Sunday, July 14, 2013

Bacon fig jam

Bacon fig jam.  The epitome of food trends.  Every year when my fig tree throws its fruit, I am challenged with how to use all of my bountiful crop.  Balsamic fig vinaigrette for salads, carmalized onion, fig and goat cheese tart, fig ice cream...I could go on.  And now, jam.  With bacon.  Ok.  

1/2 pound of bacon, chopped
Medium onion, chopped
5 cloves of garlic, chopped
16 figs, chopped
2 tbsp. Sriracha
2 tbsp. maple syrup
3 tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. all spice
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/4 cup apple cide vinegar

Fry bacon until crisp.  Remove fom pan, but leave bacon grease.  Sauté onions, garlic and figs in bacon grease.  Return bacon to the pan.  Add the remaining ingredients.  Reduce on low heat stirring continuously.  Let cool, then add to blender to purée.  Serve with toasts or crackers.  Or add to sandwiches, burgers or baked potatoes.  

Creamy collards dip

Craving:  spinach and artichoke dip. Problem:  no spinach, no artichoke.  Enter the improvisational chef.  Collard greens and tomatoes made a really tasty substitute.

1/2 bag frozen collard greens
Can of diced tomatoes
Medium onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, diced
1/2 stick salted butter
Block of cream cheese
Handful of shredded mozzarella cheese
Two tablespoons of sour cream
Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Salt, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper to taste

Soften onions and garlic in butter in a large skillet.  Add frozen collards and drained tomatoes.  Simmer until flavors unify.  Add cream cheese, cheese and sour cream.  Season and fully combine.  Serve warm.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sunday, November 25, 2012

More stripes


We are both


In this moment, I have everything I need. Loving husband, sunshine, and a belly full of love. Lucky, indeed.

A View from Above

Monday, November 12, 2012

Tray redo

A hand-me-down tray has a new life. After a coat of white paint and a mod podge of some wrapping paper from a gift I received, this tray is good as new!

Trash to Treasure

My parents brought me a few old chairs. A coat of white spray paint and some leftover velvet fabric does wonders. Voila!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Mother's Day

My thoughtful husband's gift to me. We were so anxious to meet our little bundle.

Horizontal Stripes

As my belly began to grow, I decided to embrace the changes, and my favorite motif. Who said horizontal stripes can't be flattering?

Belly love

Fit for a queen

My happy place

It's been a while...

Well, it has been a while! Lots of changes.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Louisiana made, Louisiana proud

It's been ten years since I have lived in New Orleans, but it will always feel like home. Memories of being on the water as a child will never leave me. Riding in the boat, breathing the fresh air, feeling the wind in my hair...memories of a simpler time. Now, I see that place through different eyes and with a deeper appreciation.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Valentino RTW Spring 2012

Like a little slice of heaven! Beautiful lace, tulle, and laser cut fabrics, with a perfect balance of femininity and sensuality. The impeccable tailoring shows the perfect amount of skin. Perfection!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Southwestern Corn Soup

Southwestern Corn Soup

1/4 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 can chopped tomatoes and pepper blend, drained (Mexican style)
2 cans of cream style corn
1 can of chicken stock
Tortilla corn chips
Chili powder
Salt and pepper

Saute onion and garlic in canola oil over medium high heat until golden. Lower heat to medium low, add can of tomatoes and stir. Add cans of creamed corn and stock. Bring to a simmer. With a ladle, carefully remove 1/4 cup of broth into a small bowl. Add flour and stir with a fork until thick paste is formed. Add paste back to the soup mixture to thicken. Mix in two handfuls of crushed tortilla corn chips. Bring soup back to a simmer, 5-10 minutes. Season with cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Turn off heat and let cool, 5-10 minutes. With a stick blender, puree soup mixture. Serve with crema Mexicana, queso and tortilla chips.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Pop of Pink

How fun is this? I have been living in my white converse Chuck's this summer. They are great with jeans and quirky with dresses. I love the pop of pink. So fun!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Floppy straw hat

Mission: To find the perfect floppy straw hat for summer.
Easily accomplished. The selection is great right now.
Urban Outfitters

Parisian Weekend

Friday, July 22, 2011

Where it all began...

A classic cover. This is one of the most memorable issues of Vogue I remember getting. This began my lifelong love of fashion. I started my subscription to Vogue when I was 13, and have been getting it almost continually since. I really wish I would have held on to all of my old Vogue magazines. I would cherish that collection now.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Little Tybee Island, Savannah, Georgia

Photos taken on a recent boat trip to Little Tybee Island near Savannah, Georgia.
Perfect day with the family. Much needed relaxation.

The one and only Rocco

Rocco. Our first born.
We've always thought he was the best dog we could ever hope for. But, getting a new puppy has put that into clearer perspective. So laid back and unaffected, he truly believes he is a human, and in some ways, he acts like it. Rocco, we love you.

Monday, July 18, 2011


My new Lanvin beauties. This is the first of this line I have ever purchased, and I am a fan!
The perfect combination of glamour and comfort. Love!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

One of a kind

New nail color, Essie One of a Kind

We're a two dog family now!

Meet Chloe, the newest member of our family.

We adopted this sweet girl yesterday from the Atlanta Humane Society. She loves to cuddle! Our first baby, Rocco, needed some companionship. She is rounding out our family perfectly. We are so happy to have found her!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Today's organization
My makeup is the last thing I do before I run out of the door in the morning.
The more visible it all is, the better (and quicker I get out of the house).
And if I can't see it, I won't use it (what a waste).
In my vanity, I have everything laid out in the order of application.
Powder/concealer {top left}
Blush {top right}
Eye shadow {top center}
Eye liner/mascara {bottom left}
Lip liner {bottom right}
Lip gloss {bottom center}
Organization...makes mornings easy.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Vintage bottles

I love vintage bottles. My husband and I rescued
these as they were on their way to the dump.