Monday, July 29, 2013

Summertime Bruschetta

Lemon Zucchini Bruschetta

2 medium zucchini sliced lengthwise with peeler
1 lemon
coarse salt and pepper
4 slices crusty bread
Extra-virgina olive oil for drizzling
1 or 2 wide shavings of parmesean

 In a medium bowl, toss together zucchini and zest and juice from 1 lemon; season with coarse salt and ground pepper. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate at room temperature until zucchini is softened, about 30 minutes.  Heat broiler, with rack in top position. On a rimmed baking sheet, place 4 slices crusty bread, 1/2 inch thick, in a single layer. Drizzle extra-virgin olive oil over each slice. Broil until browned around edges and tops are toasted, 2 minutes, rotating sheet frequently. To serve, divide zucchini among toasts, cutting bruschetta in half if desired. Top each with 1 or 2 wide shavings Parmesan and a drizzle of oil.

Melted Chocolate with Fleur de Sel Bruschetta
Chocolate Bruschetta

Dark chocolate
Fleur de sel

 Melt dark chocolate in a double boiler or a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, and spoon over toasts (do not rub toasts with garlic or drizzle with oil in this variation). Sprinkle with fleur de sel.

Ricotta with Lemon, Basil, and Honey Bruschetta
Ricotta Basil Bruschetta

Fresh ricotta
Lemon zest
Basil leaves
Delicate honey, such as acacia

 Mix fresh ricotta with lemon zest, and spread onto toasts (do not rub with garlic or drizzle with oil in this variation). Add a few basil leaves, and drizzle with a delicate honey, such as acacia.

 Courtesy: Martha Stewart

Friday, July 26, 2013

Our Adventures Together In Minneapolis

I went to visit Holly in Minneapolis for a few days.  The weekend flew by, but we lived up every minute!  We did what we do best.....staying up ridiculously late hours chatting, hitting up an estate sale, antique shopping, trying the latest restaurants, barbecuing, driving around looking at architecture, a farmers market run, and just enjoying each other. 
Until next time......

Friday Night Out

Dinner at Burch Steakhouse and Pizza Bar...Minneapolis, MN

Victory Home & Antiques...Minneapolis, MN

Rolling Greens...Edina, MN

Rolling Greens...Edina, MN

Estate Sale Treasures

Estate Sale Treasures

Tortoise Shells from Hunt & Gather Antiques 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Home Library Inspirations

There's nothing better than curling up with a good book and getting lost in an adventure. The only thing that would make it better is having your very own home library that is a dynamic expression of your personality.  A few favorite home library inspirations..........

Courtesy:  Pinterest

Friday, July 19, 2013

Jalapeno Teriyaki Cheddar Burger

  • 1lb grass fed ground beef
  • 1/4 cup soy vay island teriyaki
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 diced jalapenos
  • 1/3 cup diced cilantro
  • 1 bunch diced scallions
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • salt and pepper

  • combine beef, teriyaki, cheese, jalapenos, cilantro, scallions, garlic, and salt & pepper. 
  • form into 4 patties.
  • sear burgers on the grill 2 minutes each side or until desired temperature.
  • garnish and serve on hamburger buns.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Olsen Twins

There's something magical about these girls.  Maybe it's the twin factor or maybe it's the fact that they have written their destiny.  Whether it's re-runs of Full House or their latest fashion designs at the Row these two fashionistas are two of the most stylish ladies on the planet and us ladies are guilty of following their every move.

Rock N Roll Fairytale: Style crush - Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen
 Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen

Monday, July 15, 2013

Kitchen Tub Sinks

My ideal kitchen sink is a tub sink....... just the sight of one makes my heart flutter.  This farmhouse style sink makes for easy clean-up and allows for long-handled pans and multiple large pots.  Another great thing about the deep tub is they hide dirty dishes so your kitchen can look effortlessly clean.  Until there's one in my kitchen I'm be hopelessly waiting!

Courtesy: Pinterest