April 2011

Tin Obsession

April 25, 2011 · 2 comments

in decor

I just love the look of flowers and plants in old tins, especially tea tins.  I don’t know what it is, but they just make me smile. 

Photo courtesy of www.cathyhecknurseryart.com

Photo courtesy of www.barefootgardening.com

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

Photo courtesy of www.flickr.com/photos/orignauxmoose/

This weekend, I was in New York City visiting some friends and decided to get some tea tins while shopping in SoHo. 

Originally we were only going to stop at Mariebelle Sweets, which is an adorable chocolate and cafe shop.  Their hot chocolates and teas come in pretty tins.  

Photo courtesy of http://thelittledish.com/

We got some hot chocolate and tea here, for the tins of course (the chocolate and tea are just added bonuses, haha).  I mean, how can you resist?

We also stopped at Harney & Sons because their tea tin selection is amazing.

Photo courtesy of www.psfk.com

Photo courtesy of www.psfk.com

 So many to choose from!  Ahhh.   It took awhile to decide. 

And I admit, my decision was based almost solely on the tin, not the tea. 

I also got distracted by their displays.  That seafoam green chest under the teapot set was adorable.

I ended up picking these two. 

Although I bought these for the tins, the tea itself smelled amazing.  And they come in these individually packaged sachets — love it!


Maps as Art

April 21, 2011 · 2 comments

in arts & crafts,decor

Recently, I’ve been looking for a new condo/house/apartment, and along with that search comes the numerous possibilities and ideas to decorate this new potential place.  That’s the exciting part. 
While browsing for ideas, I’ve noticed a lot of framed maps being used as wall art decor.  I think this is such a creative and affordable way to decorate.  Maps are an easily portable souvenir to bring back from vacation/traveling, and makes a great way to personalize your home.
Here were some random ones I saw that were great in their own way: 

courtesy of Apartment Therapy - Miguez & KD's Pleasant in Pasadena

This first one is my favorite.  I like that it’s all in one color (coral red/pink) and the off-white paper gives it a vintage feel.  (I also like the rotary phone.)

Courtesy of Decor Pad – Diane Bergeron

 I like how this one is divided between four frames.  It makes a boring map look more interesting.

courtesy of Apartment Therapy - Pete & James House Tour

This one is more bold and manly, which fits the asthetic of this living room.


This is my go-to spaghetti recipe that’s quick and easy to make.  I’ve been making this spaghetti for well over 10 years now.  And, when I say this is a recipe, I use the word loosely.  I do use store-bought spaghetti sauce.

If memory serves me right, this was something I just threw together one day when I was hungry, and have been making it since.  It’s on my personal list of comfort foods.

Don’t be grossed out, but I’ve been known to eat this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner … in a row.

Don’t judge.

It’s a pretty easy recipe, and you can easily vary the ingredients you use to suit your own preferences.

First, you brown the ground meat.  I personally stick to beef for spaghetti, but ground lamb is also delicious.  I don’t like turkey.

Set the browned ground meat aside.


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I’ve been making this Baked Honey Butter & Curry Chicken for quite some time now.  Butter, honey, curry and dijon mustard – who would have thought this combination would be so delicious (and easy to boot!).

You can use any portion of the chicken, but I personally like dark meat, particularly, legs.  I’m a drumsticks fan (I enjoy eating with my hands … how uncouth of me).

I like to pair this Baked Honey Butter & Curry Chicken with some baked Parmesan Asparagus, which was also quick and easy.

First,  you make the glaze/marinade mixture for the chicken, which comprises of melted butter, honey, mustard (I like dijon), curry powder, and salt.

Lay out your chicken pieces in a pan. 

Pour the butter/honey/mustard/curry mixture evenly on the chicken.   Now, throw them in the oven.  That’s it!

It can’t get any easier than that, can it? 

While the chicken is baking.  I rinse the asparagus, cut off an inch off the ends (those tend to be old and hard to chew).  Toss it with some olive oil, and in the oven they go too!  When the asparagus comes out of the oven, toss it with some parmasan and garlic salt.

Easy peasy, right?

Chicken’s done!  Mmmm.

Dinner’s ready!

Here’s the recipes.

Baked Honey Butter & Curry Chicken

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Makes 6 Servings
Prep Time:  15 Minutes
Cook Time:  1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time:  1 hour 30 minutes


  • 3 pounds chicken pieces
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Place chicken pieces in a shallow baking pan, skin side up.
  3. Combine the melted butter, honey, mustard, curry powder and salt together in a bowl.
  4. Pour the mixture evenly over the chicken pieces.
  5. Bake for 1 1/4 hours, basting every 15 minutes with pan drippings, until the chicken is nicely browned and tender and the juices run clear.

Parmesan Asparagus

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Makes 6 Servings
Prep time:  5 minutes
Cook time:  15 minutes
Total time:  20 minutes


  • 30 medium fresh asparagus spears, trimmed
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt


  1. Place asparagus on a baking sheet.
  2. Brush asparagus spears with oil.
  3. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 6 minutes.  Then turn asparagus.
  4. Bake for another 6 minutes until asparagus is tender.
  5. Combine Parmesan cheese and garlic salt, and sprinkle over asparagus after removing from the oven.


I have a problem with saying no.

Two weeks ago, I mentioned that I was lusting after the Kate Spade Fierce Ballet Flats.   Well, I ended up purchasing them right after I posted that article, haha.

Talk about no self-restraint!

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