Sunday, May 31, 2009

Summer lovin’…..

Some Palm Beach Love for you…




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From Celerie Kemble

Thursday, May 28, 2009

A little mango makes everything…just…Happier!

I am Hooked on Mango’s lately…and try them in everything!

Including Guacamole!

Yep….marry the smooth creamy green with the ripe orangey-gold…

Nectar of the Gods I tell ya!

there he is on the bottom left. He’s shy…even blushing

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Whats for dinner?

Why…I’m glad you asked.

Grilled Snapper with a wonderful smoked paprika and cumin rub…with corn salsa, fresh tomatillo sauce and Mango guacamole…all piled high on a corn tostada with a key lime remoulade sauce.

Easy Peasy puddin’ and pie!

Start by adding some diced mango to your favorite Guacamole recipe.

MY fave guac recipe has chopped scallions, cilantro jalapenos, sea salt…

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Add the mango. The sweet with the bite of pepper is sublime.


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Corn salsa with fresh corn…find the recipe here.

I add some yogurt…just a dab…for creaminess.

This is great all by itself...actually everything here is great

all by itself!

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Tomatillos…those husky little green tomato looking creatures.

Husk ‘em, roast ‘em in the oven with some hot peppers Jalapeno, cubano

...whatever fits on your dance card

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When they are soft and roasted…pop ‘em in the blender with a nice handful of cilantro


It is green…healthy…good for yaand will add a touch of spice to your friday.

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Now...Mix up some Key Lime sauce, Baby!

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon lime zest
1 1/4 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon sugar
salt and pepper to taste

Stack everything on a friendly corn tostada….

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Would I lead you astray?

I think not.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Small changes in the Casita…

Our little Casita (guest house)…is home to Grandma B.

we made a few teensy changes this weekend...

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and found a couple of interesting antler lamps.

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…Getting lighter.

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Originally it was built as a lodge, of sorts

dark, no kitchen

it’s not a small guest house (1100 SF)…but Grandma B has a lot

of big furniture…

and art.

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The 1970’s fireplace had a rock wall behind it…

and while I would love to paint the fireplace


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That isn’t happening this weekend sigh

but we did paint the rock.


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The machete worthy

tropical jungle surviveseven thrives.

It has been dry, dry, dry here of late.

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The ever changing casita…

Anything new at your Casa??

Happy Memorial Day...relax...and remember those that serve

and have served us.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Kitchen tales…

So…we had to get a new fridge.


so nice to go back to freezer on the bottom again. Missed it!

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So…I think…maybe now the kitchen will stay spotless.

Not so much.

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Apparently , according to the sign in the pantry…whining doesn’t fly in this casa

So… I had to resort to the big guns.


**Mothers hide your childrens eyes…faint of heart…find another blog to peruse**

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…Can’t quite make it out?

Simple sentiment in dainty embroidery.

That should do it.

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My mother of the year award should be coming any day.

Yep…any day now.

ok ok I'll put the tea towel back in the drawer...way in the back

hangs head.

Head over to Hooked on Houses to find even more things to get thoroughly hooked on!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Tom and I go way back…

Waaaay back to an Elle Decor about 4-5 years ago.

Me? Just reading away, getting inspired.

He? Minding his own business.

yep….we go way back


Enjoy this Bahamian beauty….

one of Tom Scheerer’s many creations.

Kick off your flip flops








Visit him here.

He’s probably just minding his own business.

Sure of it.

Saturday, May 16, 2009


Looking through my camera for some inspiration pics
I came across this... Is this little girl not

I'm inspired

Have a happy weekend!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Sticks and stones….

Travelling virtually to the other side of the world

I found talented and inspiring interior designer Laurie Owens

Love her use of organic, from the earth materials


She has designed many safari lodges throughout the continent of Africa


I am such a sucker for the simplicity of these bathrooms

They strike me as

meaningful for the spirit

beautiful for the soul

and nurturing for the body.


…and just plain ‘ole cool


Her work tends to remind you of exactly where you are…

using items from the earth

each place she designs.


Sticks and stones



flickering light

liquid turquoise.


Think I’ll stay awhile


Find Laurie’s work here

Find the Singita Lodge here.

Carry on.


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