Thursday, June 30, 2011

Mermaids ~

My sister Jeanne van Etten is a very talented artist.  She lives in Nantucket, Mass and has a shop there.  Here are some of her items she makes ~ ~ ~ ~

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Modge Podge

So I spent the day doing some Modge Podge....this is what I came up with as my end result...pretty pleased with it ~ ~ ~

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Outstanding in the Field...a restaurant without walls~


Our mission is to re-connect diners to the land and the origins of their food, and to honor the local farmers and food artisans who cultivate it. Outstanding in the Field is a roving culinary adventure – literally a restaurant without walls. Since 1999 we have set the long table at farms or gardens, on mountain tops or in sea caves, on islands or at ranches. Occasionally the table is set indoors: a beautiful refurbished barn, a cool greenhouse or a stately museum. Wherever the location, the consistent theme of each dinner is to honor the people whose good work brings nourishment to the table. Ingredients for the meal are almost all local (sometimes sourced within inches of your seat at the table!) and generally prepared by a celebrated chef of the region. After a tour of the site, we all settle in: farmers, producers, culinary artisans, and diners sharing the long table.

Annie Sloan

Go to Blue Creek Home by clicking on the above link....get in on this great Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and more ~GIVEAWAY!!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Sugar Lips

These lips I found and thought they were so pretty..~ sugar lips~  The last one has a heart in the middle.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Victorian Border ~

Is this not the most beautiful Victorian Border/Frame!!!  Love it!  Going to try to use it on my Tomato Sauce and other canned goods if I can figure it out...we will see ~~~

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Canning is made pretty

Now that I did my canning, I have to make it look pretty!  As I tell my girls, "It's all in the presentation".

Canning is done!

It took 4 cases of tomatoes and alot of work, but, I got it done!  Made a bunch of fresh tomato sauce:  fresh basil leaves, garlic, onion, salt and fresh ground pepper.  Very fresh tasting!  Then some Pico de gallo:   tomatoes, fresh cilantro, onion, fresh jalapeno, lemon juice, lime juice, salt and freshly ground pepper...a bit on the spicey side~


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Whole Foods ~~

I'm in Nashville almost every day.  Today, I ventured to Whole Foods.  Sometimes I like to go there and Trader Joe's just to look and see what's new.  Today I went to get Basil.  I remembered at Whole Foods, this time of year, they have this basil that is "LIVE".  I bought basil weeks ago to plant and it died before I could plant it..go figure!  To my surprise they also had "LIVE" watercress.  This watercress is the larger leaf, much easier to work with and not as "stalky".  So I got my basil, very happy!  Found watercress, very happy!  Will use and plant both of these in my garden...TOMORROW!

So, most of you know that I sell my homemade Tortilla Chips at Hendersonville Produce.  Well, Regina called and ordered chips, AND, asked me if I wanted 4 cases of tomatoes that she couldn't sell.  Ugh.....yes!  So I am making some fresh tomato sauce with basil, onion, and garlic.  I'm also going to make some fresh pico de gallo type salsa.  Canning it all!  I'm excited~ ~ ~

"LIVE" Basil


tomatoes from Hedersonville Produce....Sweet Reginia!

"LIVE" Watercress

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I want each and every one!

25% OFF...these beautiful linens and more.  I just get nervous looking at all these beautiful colors, honest!