Friday, September 5, 2014

Pretty, Pink, Paisley Painted Table

I can't believe another season has come and gone. Even though my posts have been seriously lacking, it does not mean I have not been busy with various projects around the house. At the beginning of spring my mom picked up a great wood table and chair set for my little niece at a second time around sale but the table was painted blue and yellow.

I volunteered to repaint the table to match my niece's room better.  It came out adorable if I do say so myself! My sister loves all Lily Pulitzer so I decided I was going to paint the table in that theme.  My husband spray painted the table and chairs a light pink color. I found a paisley pattern Martha Stewart silk screen and used that to paint the table. I chose to do it in a more random design instead of a thought out pattern. I think it came out pretty nice. 


My little niece loves the new addition to her room and I could not be happier!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Pear Martini

Every summer I find myself gravitating towards a particular cocktail.  A few weeks ago, while at a restaurant in Asbury Park, NJ I ordered a Pear martini and loved it so much I had to recreate it at home.  Last week while on vacation I indulged and allowed myself to drink one every night.  It doesn't taste too strong but can pack a punch so 1 is enough!

To make this delicious drink simply mix together the below ingredients in a shaker over ice and pour into your favorite martini glass.

3 ounces pear vodka

3 ounces St-Germain

1 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Perfect Summer Dish

Who doesn't love the summer time and all the delicious food that goes along with it.  One of my favorite summer foods is seafood.  I love almost all seafood but clams are a particular favorite of mine.  I think the most delicious thing to eat on a warm summer day near the pool is a grilled clam and sausage dish I first had at my friends house.  It is really easy to make and adapt to your taste and can be an appetizer or an entree.  

First take about 3 or 4 hot sausage links and cut them out of their casing.  I usually break them up and sauté them in a minimal amount of olive oil and wait for them to get all brown and delicious.  When done I throw them into a foil pan.  Then I zest 2 lemons and use the juice from both.  Clean, add the bag of 50 clams to the foil pan and drizzle about a quarter cup of olive oil on top.  Lastly, pour about three quarters of a bottle of white wine into the pan. The liquid should come up halfway in the pan.  The clams should not be submerged in the liquid.  Cover with aluminum foil and set on the grill on high until all the clams open.  About 10 minutes.  Serve with your favorite bread (Rosemary Sea Salt from Wegmans if it is up to me) and dig in.

We have made this recipe with mussels as well as clams and we have also tweaked the recipe with a few different additions like garlic, fresh herbs and chili flakes.  This is also great over pasta.  The "juice" this meal makes is delicious!!!