Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tile Mosaics by Me!

I have been working with a gal for a few months now on a wall piece for her new home. She is right here in super sunny Florida. She wanted something bright and fun to go on her newly painted sage green and apricot home. I wish I had a picture of the house...but since I do not...try closing your eyes and picturing a pretty bright green sage-y home..with sunny orange-y, yellow apricot accents....mmmm can you see it??? Great color right- especially for here in South Florida!

These are the tiles she decided to go with...a flowery burst of color! These are not her actual tiles. She had 2 sets of address' with letters A & B...as this is a duplex!  But you can get the picture...very bright and fun colors!

Now for the fun part...she is making a mosaic of sorts on the front facade of the duplex. So I have made a few groupings of tiles to be placed under windows...in the corner as accents, etc.  Here are a few pics of what I've made thus far:

This is one of the diagonal pieces...

 and another diagonal. Notice the flower colors change throughout!

There are a few of these singles on the diagonal too!

This is one of the bigger pieces...consists of 9 tiles.  She really likes the red flower center- so I have tried to tie that in...like on this border. 

Oh...found the address tiles. Not the best picture...but you can see the letters and how they all match with the bigger flower tiles.

I believe we have one more set and then the home will be complete! Check back in a month or so...hopefully I can get some installation pictures up! 

This is/was a big project...and I am so grateful to my client for having me take this remodel journey with her!!! Thanks :)


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Sun and Cousin Fun!

This is where I live.  Is it not stunning?  I absolutely love West Palm Beach! Perhaps this post is for all of you that are stuck inside...so very cold...waiting for Spring to come!!! Soak it up people!!

My sister and her family live in Rhode Island. They decided that it was time to come home and defrost for a spell.  The first place we took the kiddos was the beach- of course!!! It was a bit rough...but they had oodles of fun chasing waves and playing in the warm sand.

One of my favorite places to take kids and adults when they come to WPB is the Big Tree at the Flagler Museum on Palm Beach Island. It is an enormous banyan tree that has roots that make caves and bumps to climb and play in, on and around.

You see how big this is right?? The kids LOVE it here. There are so many places to hide and climb. Just look how big this root is!!!

There is also a small beach and a walk/bike path that follows the waterway to the Society of the Four Arts

My youngest likes to sit and watch the boats across the way in Downtown WPB at the Waterfront.

This is the path...you can see downtown in the background. The kids love climbing the Seagrape Trees!

Oh...and don't forget the wildlife. This is a Blue Cuban Anole. 
My son, who is 9, loves to catch these. And they are FAST!

 These are the cousins; Dain, Sevy, Teddy, Tage and Ianthe...having fun in the hammock!

Oh...and Happy Birthday to my sister, Kelly!!!

We took the kiddos to the water play area at South Olive Park They loved it so!!! That park never fails to impress...with a water play area and two jungle gyms...lots of fun!!!!!


I just have to leave you with this shot. This is my Mom...aka: Oma to the kids (Oma is Dutch for grandma) She wandered out onto this rock and my youngest hopped out there too. They sat and watched the world float by for a bit. What a beautiful place to live!!!

Wishing everyone a piece of sunshine today!!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Cool-Ranch Dynamite....

Cool-Ranch Chick Peas...

I found this recipe on a friend's FB post, and they were too good not to share...

The original credit goes to Amanda of Pickles & Honey who was guest blogging for Jackie on Vegan Yack Attack. I do not know either of these individuals personally. It just so happened that I had a pan full of freshly cooked chick peas draining when Karen posted the link to the recipe on FB, and Cool Ranch Doritos were my absolute favorite snack ever as a kid... so I have to say Amanda nailed the flavor combination... I did, as always make a few changes to her recipe in part because I decided to make this recipe with what I had on hand in the cabinet.... unfortunately in winter there were no fresh herbs in the garden and none on hand in the fridge...

  • 3 cups cooked chick peas
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons roasted garlic salt (homemade from the recipe by Lauren at YumSugar)
  • 1-2 teaspoon dried dill (I lost track somewhere in there)
  • 1super heaping teaspoon dried chives
  • 1 heaping teaspoon dried parsley
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix it all together.
  3. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet or two.
  4. Depending on how much crunch you like, how dark your baking pan is, etc., roast for 50 minutes... stir after 20, 15, and 10 and then keep checking in 5 minute increments until they are done... it is not an exact science...
These were so go - I had enough chick peas to make a triple batch. I have a bunch in the fridge for salads and soups for the rest of the week. Tonight I tossed some on a bowl of (leftover) tomato veggie soup. They had the most amazing flavor on their own and added excellent depth to the tomato soup. I'm thinking of tossing EVERYTHING in this herb combination... potato wedges, tofu, tempeh, whatever else I can find in my pantry... it was outstanding.

I often roast chick peas closer to 400 degrees F, so you can play around with the roasting temperature and time frame - it is the herb combination you won't ever want to forget!


Monday, January 6, 2014

Goat Cheese Cheesecake to ring in the new 2014!

Happy New Year!

We had a wonderful holiday with visiting family and friends- and I hope the same for everyone out there in blog land too! This post is a great kick off to the new year. I am using leftovers from family gatherings and making something SO...sooooo....SO good!

Allow me to intorduce to you....ta da...my very first Goat Cheese Cheesecake!

I would have never thought to use up the half block of goat cheese to make cheesecake...but then again- I am kind of a foodie newbie too. I originally had looked up some recipes to make with left over strawberries...as ours were a little mushy tasting- not the best batch. I was google-ing old strawberries...when I started to see goat cheese/strawberry recipes. ie: goat cheese and strawberry grilled cheese?...maybe next time.

Anyway- a goat cheese cheesecake caught my eye...I must give due creds- as this original recipe came from Tyler Florence :) I, as always, nover had the correct ingredients on hand- so I made it up as I went. And I must say...it is the BEST cheesecake I have ever made. It is light and creamy and not too sweet! You have got to try it!!!

Here goes- my pantry raid cheesecake:

10-12  ounces Dutch Speculaas Cookies (these are a spicy shortbready kind of cookie)
(if you use other cookies add 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon)
1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, melted
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
4 ounces goat cheese...I had 1/2 of one of those big round logs...might have been a little more than 4 oz??
1 tub of strawberry yogurt (Tyler's called for sour cream...but I did not have any) Yay for substitutions!!!
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
few tsps of lemon juice- right out of those green bottles I keep in my fridge
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

6 ounces fresh strawberries, stems removed and cut in half lengthwise
1/4 cup sugar
few tsp lemon juice

1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
pepper...yes- pepper :)

- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

- In a food processor, combine the cookies and melted butter and process until they are finely ground and the mixture holds together slightly and is evenly moistened. I used a 9 inch pie plate...as I suddenly seem to have lost my springform pan. I pressed the cookie mixture into the bottom of the pan to about a 1/4-inch thickness. Chill uncovered until ready to use.

- Mix the cream cheese, goat cheese, yogurt, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and lemon zest and juice, scraping down the sides as needed until the mixture is smooth. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.

- Place the cheesecake pan in the center of a large roasting pan...THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO DO....however- I do not have a large roasting pan (gasp) so I just used my baking sheet...yes- a baking sheet.  Place the sheet on the center rack of the oven. Carefully pour enough hot water into the roasting pan to a depth of  ½ inches around the cheesecake. (once again- if using a roasting pan it should be about 1 1/2 depth)

- Bake for 45 - 55 minutes. The cheesecake should be firm on the edges but still jiggle in the center. Let the cake cool in the pan for at least 45 minutes at room temperature. Then chill uncovered until ready to serve.

For the berries: 
- In a large saucepan, combine the strawberries, sugar, lemon juice and pepper and cook over a medium heat for five to seven minutes, or until the sugar has melted and the mixture has thickened slightly. Remove the strawberries and continue to cook for another three to five minutes, or until the syrup has reduced by half. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool...refrigerate!

- Spoon the strawberries and syrup liberally over the cheesecake.Eat up and enjoy!!!

Ain't it purdy? It tastes good too!

Hope you enjoy...oh and here is the original recipe if you so desire: Strawberrry Basil Goat Cheesecake Recipe - Tyler Florence Goat Cheesecake Recipe - House Beautiful

Cheers to the New Year!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Super Yummy Chocolate Chip Muffins

Let me begin with the plain truth that I am a savory cook. I excel in salt and sauce and seasoned deliciousness. Sugar, though it is a wonderful thing...is not MY thing- as far as cooking goes. I have been trying to be patient with my measuring. I level things now...use the appropriate liquid or dry measuring device- but it is hard. I am a wing it kind of gal. I cook on the fly- with what I have. I taste and go from there. So you will understand why I am psyched that I actually made some rockin' chocolate chip muffins. True to form for me- I mixed and matched the recipes...and added a few of my own twists. They really do rock- trust me!

Now they may not look all that pretty. Like I said- I am not baker girl extraordinaire...so my decorating skills are lacking!!!  But the inside is filled with chocolate chips and heaven.

Feel free to play with the ingredients - and if you make a better batch please let me know! 

Here goes:

Super Yummy Chocolate Chip Muffins

you'll need-
1/2 c softened butter
1 c sugar
2 tsp bake powder
1/2 tsp salt
1tsp vanilla
few shakes of cinnamon
MIX this all together
 add 2 eggs- mix
add 1/4 cup buttermilk - mix
(I never have buttermilk on hand- so I just do 1/4 c milk and a splash of vinegar...let it sit for a bit and instant buttermilk) 
add 1 1/2 cups flour and 1/2 c white corn flour- mix all together till just moist!
***again- I added what I had and what I like...and I like that gritty feel that corn flour gives muffins...but not too much- this 1/2 c just makes the crust crunchy and that is gooooood***
ok- mix in semi dark chocolate chips...I had half a bag in the cupboard...but add what'cha like!
sprinkle the tops with a pinch of sugar...mmmmmmm then bake!
---next time I will probably sprinkle a few chocolate chips on the top too...so they look prettier---

I did 350 degrees for about 25mins- but check it...because sometimes I get distracted :)

That's it...my yummy muffins!
Hope you enjoy.


Sunday, December 1, 2013

FEST: 2013 Yuletide Basket Giveaway!

FEST: 2013 Yuletide Basket Giveaway!

Most of my readers know I have a shop on ETSY: Luckii Arts.  What you might not know is that I belong to a wonderful team of all Florida based sellers....the Florida Etsy Street Team- aka FEST! We do all kinds of events together- including this: a Holiday Giveaway!!!

What is this Holiday Giveaway you ask??? 16 creative team members have gotten together this Holiday Season and all donated some wonderful items to create a Yuletide Basket Giveaway!

'The Florida Etsy Street Team (FEST) 2013 Yuletide Basket Giveaway' by FEST

Win ALL 16 items listed here!! comment and favorite for chances to win! Drawing Dec. 14th Prizes mailed to the winner Dec. 15th counted entries will be 1 comment per person per day , & favoriting this treasury will give you another chance to win!

Team Fest Yule Basket Giveaway RESERVED - Story Book Plush - Philip the Penguin - PennyBoperoo
Team Fest Yule Bask...
Team Fest Yule Basket Giveaway RESERVED - asitcomesitgoes
Team Fest Yule Bask...
Team Fest Yule Basket Giveaway RESERVED - PatricianCreations
Team Fest Yule Bask...
Florida Etsy Street Team Coupon Book - TeamFEST
Florida Etsy Street...
Team Fest Yule Basket Giveaway RESERVED - LuckiiArts
Team Fest Yule Bask...
Team Fest Yule Basket Giveaway RESERVED - LangsonsJewelryBox
Team Fest Yule Bask...
Team Fest Yule Basket Giveaway RESERVED - beadloverskorner
Team Fest Yule Bask...
Team Fest Yule Basket Giveaway RESERVED - EstiloMargot
Team Fest Yule Bask...
Team FEST Yule Basket Giveaway RESERVED - YorelNaturals
Team FEST Yule Bask...
Team Fest Yule Basket Giveaway RESERVED Not For Sale Palm Tree Studs - resin jewelry post earrings florida green pop art bright handmade - WayfarerPrints
Team Fest Yule Bask...
Reversible Fabric Bowl Etsy Street Team Giveaway  NOT FOR SALE - alemahboutique
Reversible Fabric B...
Team Fest Yule Basket Giveaway RESERVED - HuffShuffLane
Team Fest Yule Bask...
Team Fest Yule Basket Giveaway RESERVED - FromBeths
Team Fest Yule Bask...
Team FEST Yule Basket Giveaway RESERVED - Christmas Octopus Amigurumi - alyssacritters
Team FEST Yule Bask...
Reserved - Christmas Hair Bow - NoRhymeOrReasonAt40
Reserved - Christma...
Team Fest Yule Basket Giveaway RESERVED -  adjustable gold plated cocktail ring with red and green beads - RecreationalArt
Team Fest Yule Bask...

All you need to do to enter is go to the Treasury Listing and comment to be entered! You can comment once per day, as well as favorite the listing for an additional entry!

The Drawing will be on Dec. 14th, items will be mailed out to winner on Dec. 15th (so they can make the best of all those holiday prizes!)

Here is an updated list of participants in this event:
1. FEST.etsy.com
2. pennyboperoo.Etsy.com
3. langsonsjewelrybox.etsy.com
4. huffshufflane.etsy.com
5. luckiiarts.etsy.com
6. beadloverskorner.etsy.com
7. EstiloMargot.etsy.com
8. alemahboutique.etsy.com
9. asitcomesitgoes.etsy.com
10. WayfarerPrints.Etsy.com
11. PatricianCreations.Etsy.com
12. norhymeorreasonat40.etsy.com
13. recreationalart.etsy.com
14. alyssacritters.etsy.com
15. YorelNaturals.etsy.com
16. FromBeths.Etsy.com

So what are you waiting for! Go check it out and enter - share with your family/friends so they can enter too! Good Luck to all!!!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Getting my Etsy shop back in the swing!

Howdy do-

I am back from the world of oral surgery. Oh what fun it was :) Hopefully I will never have to go through that again!!! I still have 3 wisdom teeth left- so I guess we shall see!

So- new week...new ideas...and new listings for my shop. I just posted all the order dates for the 2013 Holiday Season...actually- maybe I'll post them here too:
Holiday Ordering Info: >>> ORDER DEADLINES For delivery by December 24th <<<

>> US Customers <<
Ready to Ship items - Order by December 15th.
Made to Order/Custom items - Order by November 22nd.

>> International Customers <<
Ready to Ship items - Order by November 18th.
Made to Order items, the ordering time has passed.

*Delivery dates not guaranteed*

The cutoff for custom orders or made to order items to be delivered by Christmas is November 22, 2013. My holiday production schedule is filling up quickly so please place an order soon to ensure your gifts for this Holiday Season 2013.

It is good to set cut off dates I think. That way I have ample time to fulfill the holiday orders and don't feel like I am cramming...nor missing out on fun holiday stuff with the family.   I have been busy the last few weeks creating little new bits and finally got around to taking pictures and putting them up in the shop.
These little trivets are new. Well- they could be trivets or spoon rests for the stove or just cute little tiles you stick on a shelf.
Cute right?  I like them :)

Actually- the red birds are for a Yuletide Giveaway that I am a part of. My favorite Etsy Team- FEST, Florida Etsy Street Team, is having a huge giveaway of 16 items. Wow right! If you would like to enter to win this little gem- along with 15 other fabulous Florida items- please visit our Treasury.
(check back because items are being added all the time)

ENTRIES are VALID when you visit the FEST Yule Treasury and LIKE, SHARE, AND COMMENT on the giveaway treasury. (Must do all three.)

*In the comments of the Treasury Give-away page, entrants must provide a link to their social media showing where they liked, shared, pinned or tweeted.We will use RANDOM.ORG to draw a winner.*

I also completed this little painting: Blue Jelly
He is painted on all sides- and I love the stripes and dots all over. I have a thing for Jellyfish I guess...love all the curly tendrils! The handsome Tage is my model! Ain't he a cutie?

Well...that's all folks. Until we meet again...