Monday, July 27, 2015

Simple Summer Dinner By The Pool

My husband’s brother and his fiance were in town over the weekend.  We wanted to spend the day in Carmel so I prepared the dinner in advance so we could get home and just enjoy the views before the sun set.

I gathered a simple bouquet of hydrangeas, eucalyptus, and fennel blossoms from my yard and plopped them in one of my vintage glass jars.
I set up a collapsable 48” table in front of the fireplace so we could start a fire once the air cooled.

I fixed (a new favorite) Lemon Feta Dip for the appetizer (also made the day before)

Lemon Feta Dip (via A Cup of Joe)
7 oz. feta cheese (about 1 cup crumbled) 
1 tbsp. grated lemon zest, plus more for garnish
1–2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
6 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
Pinch of red pepper flakes
Crudités, chips, toasts or pita crisps, for serving

This is super easy,delicious and one of my new favorites !  If you buy really good Feta it is even better.

This Ina Garten Guacamole Salad is one of my go to’s to serve with Mexican food and you can whip it up in a flash.

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Guacamole Salad
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and ½-inch diced
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
½ cup small-diced red onion
2 tablespoons minced jalapeno peppers, seeded (2 peppers)
½ teaspoon freshly grated lime zest
¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice, (2 limes)
¼ cup good olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon minced garlic
¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
2 ripe Hass avocados, seeded, peeled, and ½-inch diced

These crab enchiladas are an old standby recipe of mine that I have made for years.


 Crab Enchiladas
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Saute onion in oil, add flour, milk and chili.
  3. Cook until medium thick.
  4. Reserve 1/4 cup of cheeses to sprinkle over top of sauce.
  5. Heat 1/2 to 1 tsp of canola oil at a time in skillet.
  6. When oil is warm quickly dip tortillas in oil until soft and warm.
  7. Immediately put 1 Tablespon each of cheese, crabmeat and sauce in tortilla and roll up.
  8. Place seam side down in a 11x7 inch pan.
  9. Repeat until all tortillas are used.
  10. Pour the remaining sauce on top and sprinkle with reserved cheeses.
  11. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes.

For dessert I served coconut sorbet with good old Trader Joes Lemon Cookies since I hate baking!!
Of  course Beau was happy to keep everyone entertained (and damp) throughout the evening!


Friday, July 17, 2015

Tahoe Update Martis Camp Architectural Tour

This Saturday our Tahoe Project will be one of the featured homes on the Annual Martis Camp Architectural Tour.  If you’re in Tahoe be sure and stop by.  I will not be there as I am recovering from my hip replacement.
Saturday, July 26th
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Open house self-guided tour throughout Martis Camp
4:00 p.m. Cocktails at Lookout Lodge

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to tour the diverse residential architecture Martis Camp is so celebrated for. Enjoy inspired mountain living by exploring the creative floor plans and exquisite finishes of each home on the tour. Make your first stop Lookout Lodge to grab a map of participating homes, then pick n’ choose those that catch your eye and set off on your own self-guided tour. An informal cocktail hour at Lookout Lodge follows, where you can shake the hands of the architects, builders and interior designers who have infused their talent into these homes.
For more info, contact Architecture Review at (530) 550-2990 or

Here are some sneak peeks of what you will see.  If you follow me on Instagram you saw this picture a while back.  This is the wonderful curtain detail at the entrance.  We had a lot of fun designing this. You can find the tutorial on how we did this here


Curtains and bench cushion by Yvonne of Soft Accents.  Fun upholstery webbing pillows by Katie Baker Slipcovers.
Here is a shot Barbie took of the dining room.   I have not been up to see the nearly completed dining room yet!! Love the beautiful Noir Mirror.  Barbie and I went round and round about which mirror to select.  So glad we chose this one. The ceilings are very high but this room is actually quite small.  This mirror makes a statement without crowding the room.
Here is the banquette area in the kitchen.  Barbie selected the pillows to complement the ones we selected for the great room.

Didn’t Barbie do a great job styling the interior of this cupboard? 
That’s it for the sneak peak.  Be sure to stop by if you are in the area on Saturday. 
Thank you everyone for your well wishes.  I have a brand new hip and am already getting around much better than prior to the surgery.  It has been about a week and a half, I am pain free with just a little stiffness.   I am walking with a cane and hope to be ditching that very soon.  I am amazed at the quick recovery with the Anterior Hip Replacement.  I am so thrilled I had it done. If  any of you are gimping around worrying about getting it done, go for it. I go to the doctor today (hope he isn't reading this).  I am planning on being back to work next week on a limited basis!  Woo Hoo!!