Coffee Service….Yes Please! Pretty Coffee Makers + Sets

 

 

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Perfection in presentation -beautiful coffee styling by Crate + Barrel

 

I love coffee, and my favorite morning ritual is drinking a cup of cafe au lait -my husband makes it for me every morning, an act of love and perhaps self protection as well.

 

 

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Nonetheless despite this loveliness, I have been thinking I want to prettify my afternoon coffee break. Things can get pretty hectic here at the beach house slash homeschool center slash writing office slash crazy kids jumping up and down.

So what way will I go, ultra modern matte Scandinavian style or Italian high modern? Or so pretty I cannot stop staring. I don’t know yet if it will be one or another or both but here are some pretty things.

 

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Via Tumblr -Oh hey there, yes keep it coming darling.

 

 

 

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16.05.14.Mjolk5679-thumbc.jpg Luca Nichetto Sucabaruca Coffee Set, Kihara Ceramics, Mjolk

 

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My heartfelt journey …. I want a beautiful coffee maker that is not fully aluminum -these are hard to find. The noble search goes on….Let’s start with the coffee maker, I love these cool ones from Rigby + Mac.

 

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This is kind of how my table would look but not as picturesque. It’s like a tumbled dream, flowers, books, toys and delicious treats plus a coffee to delight.



 

What’s your favorite espresso coffee? ♥

 

 

Summertime Delight: Fried Zucchini Flowers

A sweetly memorable delicacy I tasted first in Rome, in a quiet family restaurant in the streets close to the Borghese Villa……the fried zucchini blossom…..

 

 

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One of my favorite things about summer is the delight of squash flowers, their overbearingly gorgeous blooms, and of course, the Italian delicacy of fried zucchini flowers, which can be made gluten free, and stuffed with whatever you please such as goat cheese.

 

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Zucchini is a very hardy plant, and fairly easy to grow, much like the kale that features in so many recipes these days.

When choosing your zucchini blossoms try to get the male flowers they are more narrow in appearance, and tasty! 

 

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Filipe Lucas Frazao, Photographer

 

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How to Make Fried Zucchini Blossoms

Batter: Whisk gluten free or regular flower with water and salt. 

Stuffing: Mix your stuffing of choice, we like basil, green onion and goat cheese. You will add about 1-2 teaspoons to each bloom, so mix enough for the number of flowers you are preparing. Simply carefully twist your flower’s petals to form this botanical delight. 

1. Heat oil in deep preferably sturdy pan,

2. Cover your stuffed blossoms in the batter.

3. Fry for 1-1.5 minutes, turning as needed until golden brown.

3. Place on plate covered with a paper towel. Salt.

 

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Kristyn Hogan, Photographer

 

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Spring Style & Decor

My Top Ten Easter Decor, Inspirations & Gift Ideas ….Delightful Animal & Flower Things for Spring Time & Easter

1. Coral & Tusk Easter Linens

Basically any sweet embroidered Vignette from Brooklyn Based  Coral & Tusk. 

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2. A wool felted Easter Egg made by Natalia, Life & Wool

 

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3. A Wood Bunny by Aarika

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4. I need a note book to write down all my spring thoughts. 

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Petunia’s Whimsy

 

5. Rabbit Washi Tape for Easter

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From Pokeman Gardens

6. And some super cute watercolors, with case decoration by Natalie Lété

These are incidentally for children supposedly, but I don’t mind.

 

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7.  Whimsical Japanese cotton fabric for small sewing projects

 

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From Nanagracy, Etsy 

 

8. This squirrel cutting board by Natalie Lété

 

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9. These Gold Leaf Eggs

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From Angie, Little Inspiration

Angie’s site is very pretty, & she gives a very nice tutorial as well for these gilt eggs, & many other stylish ideas

 

 

10. Kayle’s Delightful Chocolate Eggs

And last but not least, this delicious idea that someone obviously needs to make right now. + Vegan Raw Peanut Butter Eggs dipped in Chocolate. YES. And if I can turn you onto Kayle’s site, The Kitchen McCabe, deed well done, even if you just had 6000 calories because of me. xxoooo

 

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Bonus + Did you see the sweet bunny plate as my featured image? So lovely and by Joëlle Wehkamp, Studio Sjoe, I love everything she makes…..like these amazing creations for Rice DK!

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table top setting ideas & vintage finds

 

Taking the time to set the table.

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As this feature suggest to go slow and enjoy your daily life, I  shall also show DIY decor ideas for your kitchen along with a favorite dish from  LoveGrowsWild.com

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There are so many great ways to source your eclectic tabletop -vintage linens, repurposed percale vintage sheets, thrift store finds like mismatched plates, and tumblers, use jam jars for flowers, and purchase ribbon ends from craft stores.

 

 

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Layer lace, use old one off vintage pieces, and even use old nicely pressed handkerchief as napkins. For a brighter look, add elements of bright colors such as blue and red.

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I love mismatched napkins with vintage tablecloths -it’s okay if there is a mend or stain, here or there, it’s better than a plastic table covering. Life can be lived on an second hand covering. Have you ever seen an Irish Linen tablecloth still in its package at a garage sale, clearly preserved from the wedding day? ….

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The woven blanket could also be used as a table cloth. Love this bright eating spots, designed for little one’s eating, and a backyard celebration. Source. 

 

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This fun and easy salad recipe from LoveGrowsWild.com is so lovely, we made it last summer, but this winter added some frozen peaches (canned from fresh works too!) Because of the sweetness of the canned fruit, you can skip much of the honey in the dressing. Add shrimp or grilled chicken if you like…

Ingredients

  • 8 cups Greens, mixed
  • 1/2 Cucumber, large
  • 2 Peaches, fresh (we used canned / frozen)
  • 12 Strawberries ( we used less)
  • Toppings: 2 cup Goat cheese & 1/2 cup Almonds
  • Dressing: 4 tbsp Olive oil, 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar & 1 tsp Honey, salt & pepper

 

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a little clean eating…..

 

Whether overindulged, too much gluten, sugar, too many preservatives, or an overtaxed liver (from prescriptions meds etc) a daily assist from the clean living book can help. Lose a little weight, a few toxins, and enjoy. Plus these pictures are pretty .

 

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“Goddess Salad” from An Iowa Girl Eats….Really love her site, and all the pretty pictures of plants, and food prep. And she is right, Kale is easy to grow, I think mine was still yielding in December.

Ingredients for The Detox Goddess Salad: An Iowa Girl Eats

SERVES 1

  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh kale, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cups loosely packed baby spinach, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage or coleslaw mix
  • 10 raw, unsalted almonds, roughly chopped
  • 3 strawberries, sliced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled & sliced
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/3 cucumber, peeled, seeded & sliced
  • 1/4 cup raspberries

 

Another is simple every morning drink lemon water before anything else.

 

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And of course, Gillian Michaels Detox water. On pinterest there are a different testimonials and combinations. Word of caution, do not oversteep the dandelion tea, otherwise the drink will act as a laxative which is not the goal. They say plain cranberry juice no sugar but for me it does a terrible job of masking the bitter taste of dandelion (and I like bitter tastes!) so I add green tea sometimes, mint and agave or honey. Lots of water and ice. You can play with the proportions to see how your body reacts.

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  • 64 oz. water
  • Dandelion Tea
  • 1/2 cup Cranberry Juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice

 

 

 

AND PRACTICAL TIPS FOR CLEAN EATING EVERYDAY

 

Wash, cut up and put in individual containers

PINEAPPLE

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Fun Photo from Kim Fearheiley, @ Etsy.

 

BLUEBERRIES

 

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WATERMELON

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ALMONDS…

 

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FRUIT & HERB ICE-CUBES

 

 

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Cover image via The Blueberry Council.