Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Changing Tastes

Isn't it weird how your design tastes shift? I mean, I was into the whole southwest look when I was in high school. The somewhat pastel palette, adobes, the pottery, but now? I would only do that vibe if I lived in Arizona and even then that is iffy. Though Adobe homes are still stunning to me.

I adore Victorian houses, but I don't aspire to their cluttered look with heavy fabrics. This living room is at the St. Benedict Bed and Breakfast in East Sussex and I would love to stay there, but I would not want my living room to look like this full time.

Craftsman homes are exquisite, but I hate the kitchens that accompany them as they feel too dark. This is well done, but still not my style. Crocus Hill Kitchen

I am someone who has not gotten on board with needing to own an Eames Chair, I would set that thing on fire, open shelving or the Mid-Century Modern look. Yes I can sort of appreciate the aesthetics, but they are not mine. But recently, I have begun to bend more toward the MCM/contemporary look than I care to admit. Suddenly I love clean lines and minimalism. Well, not full minimalism, but the perception of it is nice. What I have come to really love is the furniture. I blame IKEA and their PS 2014 line that started this.

Of course, some of the furniture that falls in to that specific design category is unappealing.
Example: Togo Sofa. What is this womb look? Seriously? Why? If someone told me it was comfortable, I don't know that I would believe you. For $3,495 it should feel like sleeping on a cloud in my opinion. If it makes you happy in your house, good for you. But I would feel like I was being devoured by larvae.

So maybe that is just too much when it comes to contemporary, yet I LOVE this Copenhague  Desk design sold at

A few years ago I would not want that desk in my house, but now I would.

It is weird that as I have gotten older how my design tastes are turning. Okay, maybe not so weird, but it is interesting to see the direction we are taking our house in or wanting to take it in. I do not like to be tied to any one design ideal. I am still a big lover of the
wing back chair, especially this one by Tom Dixon. I cannot afford it, but that is okay. I can still admire the design of the chair and lust after it like a dirty old woman.

So there you have it folks. I am not sure how our home will evolve, but it is evolving. Luckily the only thing we have bought furniture wise was our son's full size bed and dresser from IKEA. Plain pine. Looks nice and he can paint it one day if he likes. I have pieces of furniture that have been moved and utilized elsewhere. Black modern looking dressers we bought over a year ago and were in the little man's room are now being utilized in the living room and look perfect. Who knew?

And to close out this post, please sing joyous tunes with me as the snow continues to disappear. There is even more gone since I took this photo. Hooray!!!


Friday, March 13, 2015

Shrimp Tacos

I had tacos shells left over from Trader Joe's. Now, while I love Trader Joe's, their products do tend to spoil right on time and sometimes before. (Looking at you moldy cheddar cheese...) Their taco shells, according to the box need to be used within 4-7 days of opening. No pressure. I decided it would be nice to make shrimp tacos. The Google gods turned up many a recipe, but nothing was really biting me. Until....

Bonefish Grill makes a dish called Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos. A blogger, known as Cinnamon-Spice and Everything Nice, is obsessed with them and duplicated the recipe which you can find here.


I did not have sweet chili sauce and it did not matter. I cut up some green cabbage to stuff into the taco, made a side of black beans with shallots and threw some rice in the rice cooker with turmeric. Hands down this is one of the best meals I have ever made and my hubby was beyond giddy. I must thank Cinnamon-Spice and Bonefish because shrimp has never tasted so damn good.

That is all I got friends. Have a great weekend.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Cookie Time!

Windows are open throughout the house. We have played outside. It is 50 degrees baby!!!

Amazing what a little warmth and sunshine does for one's soul.

My son's school is a cooperative. This means every month I get to participate in the classroom and also bring a snack. We fell a little shortsighted on our last shopping trip and forgot to get a snack for the class. Not wanting to go spend more money, I decided to take on the task of baking chocolate chip cookies. This is a very big deal in our house. I don't like making cookies. I think they use up all my butter and for what? A dozen or so treats? No thanks. (This is as irrational a thought as one could have and I know this and I don't care.) Since I figured the kiddies would enjoy this, I set off on a quest for recipes and realized as I looked that I have no white sugar.


I then googled recipes for sugar free cookies, but that only brought results for cookies made with spelenda, agave, and honey. Again, not what I want or have in the house at the moment. I finally came across just a brown sugar chocolate chip cookie on Bakingblonde's website and I proceeded forward.

I got out my not used much and held mixer and readied all the ingredients. Since I do not have vanilla extract, I used 2 teaspoons of maple syrup instead. Diana's Desserts has a great list of ingredient substitutions here. I also threw in some unsweetened cocoa powder.
I should have taken a photo because when I was done combining and mixing, the dough was very crumbly and all I kept thinking was, "I just used three cups of flour and two sticks of butter and if these taste like crap I am going to be annoyed with myself." But then I thought of how I do knitting and if you screw up, you start over and learn to let the mistakes go. Well, the best you can. So I figured if these were not great cookies, I would be okay. So instead of a scoop I ended up using my hands to squeeze the dough together and make little patties or balls. In they went and we waited 12 minutes.


This was some of the first batch. My son declared them "Yummy!" and I have to agree. Honestly, I would so make these again. (Who is this woman and where is MissFifi??) I hope the kids like them tomorrow,but if not, more for us!!