Monday, July 21, 2014

Blue Suede Begone!

This weekend was a fun weekend for me!
 Mr. Sweetladyelaine painted our living and dining rooms!
I was so excited to get rid of that blue suede look. I love blue but it just didn't go with our furniture.
Since we move a lot, our interior colors have to be neutral.
 A little hint for potential movers, the previous sellers left paint chips!
 It is so nice for touch ups or repainting.
 I just went to Lowes and matched the chip the best I could.
They used a different brand, Sherwin -Williams Kilim Beige.
I bought the new Valspar Reserve in Desert Fortress. Let me tell you about this new paint that has been advertised on TV etc. It is fabulous! One coat for that blue to be gone!
 It went on thick and smooth! Mr. Sweetladyelaine was impressed!

                             The mess of painting and Miss SweetPea in her favorite window.

I think this picture captures the old color better than all the rest.
Living Room is done!

One wall in the dining room is done!

Clean up

                                                    SweetPea looking out her window!
                                    She is too funny she rests her bones on the window sill too!

The finished dining room!
                                                          The finished living room!

What do I like most about painting! Not the mess.......
But the way I get to totally clean the room!
I washed blinds, sills, floors and waxed all the furniture and lamps. I also like the idea that I can change whatever I want to change. I can put up new curtains or blinds, change my decorations or add some or change the furniture! It's up to me!
I haven't hung any pictures and that will come soon. I know my walls are all ready when I decide what I am hanging where.

What do you like about painting your rooms? Do you paint your rooms your favorite colors or do you go neutral?

I sure had a lot of fun sharing this weekend with you. Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment. It keeps me going!

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Thursday, July 17, 2014


I never heard of chayote, and this is really a shame, because I live in Texas where it is available all the time at the markets. It's called Agrocosco  and comes from Mexico.
 It's a pale green little squash, not much bigger than your hand, and it's usually smooth-skinned with large folds and puckers that look like a mouth pursed up.
It's from the same family as most gourds and squash, as well as cucumbers.

I am familiar with the chayote from my neighbor, Yvette.
She invited us to dinner Memorial weekend.
 I am  always excited to see what Yvette cooks.
 Mr. Sweetladyelaine not so much!

How do you cook chayote?
It's used in curries, raw in salads, boiled, mashed, stuffed and fried.
 It excretes a sticky residue when it's peeled, so recipes sometimes call for gloves.

Yvette & her husband Wallace come from Grenada.
She is making us goat, lamb, kale salad, and chayote.
We have never eaten any of the above before.
 We were a little nervous but willing to try.

Have you ever gone to someone's house and not sure if you will like what they were cooking?                            

  You can see Yvette and her Mamma cooking lots of food.

                                        Mr. Sweetladyelaine watching...... lol
                                        He is not a big one on trying new foods!

                                           Yvette is washing kale for a salad.
                                     She told me to clean & soak kale in vinegar for a few minutes.
                               The vinegar is a cleaning agent and also softens the sometimes bitter kale.

                                  Add a little olive oil, juice of a lemon & a lime, salt & pepper!
                                                                That's it!

                                         The boys doing what they do best!

                                        This is a delicious Hibiscus tea!

                  Put in boiling water: hibiscus flowers, a bay leaf and a cinnamon stick.
                                          Let it steep until the water gets really red.
                                                           add agave to taste.
                                        I think you can add any sweetener you want!
                                     Pour half of the tea mixture in a glass with ice and
                                     add your favorite sparkling water to fill the glass
It was delicious!
Yvette gave me a packet to take home. I have not tried to make it on my own.
You can buy the flowers at a health food store too!
In Texas, I can buy them in the market!
                          Yvette stuffed the chayote with ground lamb like you make a meat loaf!

                                                    When dinner was served we had soup.
                                                          I forgot what kind.

Curried lamb and goat
                                                          Kale salad and stuffed chayote

                                                                       Spinach salad

Our happy faces!
We are always happy when we are eating!

                       It was so much fun trying new foods! I just was in my glory!
                       Maybe its because they cooked and I got to sit back and drink my hibiscus tea.
                       It's always a treat when someone else does the cooking!

I did try and cook chayote........I sliced it thin and  put it on an oiled cookie sheet. I put salt, pepper and garlic powder on the slices.  I cooked it in the oven on 350 degrees about 15 minutes or until soft.
It was delicious!  You need to try it if you can find it in your markets. Use it instead of potatoes.
Something new to cook and introduce to your family.

Thanks for stopping by.....I had fun reliving this weekend! Hope you have a great week!

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Loud and Clear

As I am setting this table I am laughing and saying oh dear! This is so not me..............or is it?
I dress in bright colors but my home furnishings and everything else is more traditional.
 Quiet. Not bold in color at all.......
I tend to like glitzy, pretty and soft colors on my tables. I always struggle when I have to set a different table.
I am struggling my way through this but decided I need a few bold colored accessories and two tall candlesticks that match!

I feel a day thrift day in the air!!!!!!!  lol

My inspiration for this table was the blanket I found at the Thrift Store a few weeks ago.
Of course, Sweet Pea is supervising!
In fact, she is  usually right behind me so that I am stepping on her!

                           I couldn't decide which salad plate I liked best so I used both of them.
                          The striped plate is "Set Sail" by DEMDACO. I use them almost everyday!

                            The green salad plate is "Home Essentials," Pisa Collection
                            The heart bowls are from Michael's a while back.

     This is what the blue & gold one looks like...........this was taken as I was setting the table.
     Like a picture was going to help me decide which plate looked better! lol
     It is "Mesa Alegre" from Pier 1 imports.

    Isn't that what setting  tables is all about, FUN!!!!
    If you can't have fun doing why do you do it!

 Of course, my favorite drink since I have a pool and live in Texas is a frosty Margarita!!!
 The tall blue glasses are at least 30 years old.
 I bought them in Bradley's Department store in my home town.
 The Margarita glasses are from Marshal's.

I did change my centerpiece as I was writing this post..........
I think I like the sunflowers much better!

Which one do you like? I find if you play around enough it does get better. I really like to take a few days to set a table. It always comes out much better, when I am using colors that are different or new to me.

Well there you have it, a Mexican kind of table set by a New Yorker at heart!  I may never be a Texan but I do love the weather, food and people! Come visit Texas! Everything is bigger in Texas!
See you by the pool!

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Happy Fourth of July

Hi Everyone!
This week has been crazy........
I just was out of sorts all week, a very stressful week!
But I won't bore you with the details since we all have those weeks! Right?????
 Guess what put me into a good mood?????????
I wish I could have recorded it. My friend Carol from Buffalo sang me a song!

"Bind us Together"

I found this one on YouTube.
I have to be honest.....I was so happy after she sang to me!
Soooooooo  when someone you know is down, SING to them!
You don't have to have a great voice just pick a great song!
They will light up like I did at someone loving on them !

I am glad to be able to share a table with you this week too!
 I have to admit, I thought I wasn't going to remember how to set a table;
 but once I started the juices got flowing!
I had fun even though I had not planned on doing a Fourth of July table! LOL

I used a rattan charger first. I thought it would break up the red and blue a little. 
Then I used my favorite blue chargers from Pier One!  I bought them at Something Special in Houston the last time we lived here two years ago. 
 Can you keep up with our moves?? I can't! lol

                               Next These fabulous star plates! They are "Galaxy" by Sakura.
                                               I love the name and the deep blue color!

The last plate is "Hampton's flag by Ralph Lauren 
All my plates were bought at Goodwill or thrift shops. 
I have so many I forget where I have purchased them.
I would have to look in previous posts. 

                                     Why or why do we buy things and not use them a lot????
                                                        Am I the only one that does this?
                                                           I love these casserole dishes!
                                   I just don't use them except when I have a lot of people.

This was a great Thrift Store find recently.
Eight bowls and a salad bowl!
                 My little blue bird of happiness, just had to make his way on the table!

                                                  Other birdies jumped on the table too!

                    Cardinals are all over our backyard. I didn't realize Texas had so many!

                                   Using my Memorial Day star I found at the Dollar Store.
                                                         I wish I had bought a few more.
                                          I always do that...........not buy enough and wish I had!
                                                      Story of my life! I will never learn!

Thank you for stopping by today. Please leave a comment I miss all of you so much!
 I am so happy to be back blogging again!

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