Chicken Orzo Salad //

Main Dish Salads; Chicken Orzo

So, we’ve been trying our best to keep the cooking to a minimum now that the full-on heat of summer is upon us. Believe me, it’s not always the easiest task. Taking a step in the right direction, we’ve been experimenting with what we are calling “Main Dish Salads”; i.e healthy, filling, easy to prepare, and DELISH… did we mention easy to prepare too?!  We made this Chicken Orzo Salad With Goat Cheese, and it was a huge success, leaving our guests asking for seconds, and our dishes to a minimum. Continue reading Main Dish Salads; Chicken Orzo

Love-This Homemade BBQ Sauce

Well readers, it seems that summer is about to be in full swing, and you know what that means… Long days full of sun-drenched activities, and if you’re lucky, you get to end those days with a home cooked meal on your BBQ. But, alas, what would a bar-b-q be without a delicious finishing sauce for your chicken, ribs, or steak!? This recipe has been a well kept secret in my family for years, and I’m breaking into the vault to share it with you! It’s just THAT good. The great thing with making a home-made sauce is you get complete control over what ingredients you choose to use, which means no extra additives that you can’t pronounce, and you can adjust the ingredients to taste (hellooo extra spicy version!). Continue reading Love-This Homemade BBQ Sauce

Fountain Restoration Success!

Spring is revealing the rewards of last years hard work at the Bohn estate. The landscaping renovation and the leaded window restoration were grand improvements but nothing has made quite as a rewarding impression as the rebirth of the courtyard water feature. There were many skeptics, some suggesting that it be converted to a planter, another solution was a lamp post. I was tempted to give in, after all, I wasn’t succeeding in my search to locate a fountain restoration specialist.. My very talented team at JV DesignWorks were ready to take on the challenge of doing the restoration ourselves, giving this architectural asset a makeover worthy of her position.

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aventura roman shade

An Elegant Window Treatment Solution

Looking for window treatments? Something unique and timeless? This interpretation of the Roman blind is The Shade Store’s most popular style and after one look at my installation I can see what all the fuss is about. They have the design and manufacturing quality perfected! Each blind is made individually according to your window measurements and from a bountiful selection of quality fabrics. An on-line designer is available to answer any concerns, and fabric samples make the selection easier. Continue reading An Elegant Window Treatment Solution

Simple Vinaigrette

Many healthy diets (or shall we say ALL healthy diets should) include a salad each day, and they all have one thing in common; a vinaigrette! Why buy an expensive grocery store concoction when you can make your own healthy version at home? Using your own collection of oils and gourmet vinegars, lemon juice, and fresh herbs allows you to customize your dressing, without the chemicals and sugars that store-bought dressings are sure to contain. This simple vinaigrette can be made in mere minutes with ingredients that you probably already have on hand.
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DIY: How to Assemble a Spring Planter

There’s just something about Spring, isn’t there? Something that screams “I want flowers, and I want them NOW!!”. Well, my lovely readers, we have your fix!

Today well be showing you, step-by-step, how to plant your very own outdoor (or indoor!) planter.
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