Monday, November 18, 2019

monday {menu}

{recipe from... h e r e}

Vanilla & Rose Shortbread Cookies


  • 1 cup of butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon rose water
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour


  1. Heat oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and rose water until combined.
  2. Stir in flour by hand, adding melted butter or water if it’s too dry and crumbly.
  3. Roll out until 1/2-inch thick on a floured surface and use a cookie cutter to cut your desired shape.
  4. Place the cookies on a cookie sheet and pop in the freezer for 10 minutes (this helps the cookies keep their shape).
  5. Bake for 14 to 16 minutes until the cookies just start to get golden brown. Cool on wire rack before glazing.

Pink Glaze Ingredients:

2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
Food coloring
Edible dried rose petals for topping


Slowly add milk into powdered sugar while whisking. If you need more milk, add until the glaze is thick. Immediately frost cookies using a butter knife and drop in a few rose petals. Place plastic wrap on top (touching the glaze to create a seal) and keep in the fridge to store.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

happy sunday...

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

next... coastal alley s a l e

Monday, October 28, 2019

monday {menu}

Chicken Shawarma Salad with Yogurt Dressing...
{recipe from... here}
Roasted Shawarma Chicken
1 (3 lb) whole organic chicken or skin-on chicken thighs or breasts
Zest and juice of 1 lemon, plus more for serving
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 cinnamon stick or ½ tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground dried ginger
2 tsp flaky salt or 1 tsp fine-grain salt, plus more for serving
1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1 large head red leaf lettuce, torn
1 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
3–4 tomatoes, sliced into wedges
1 (14 oz.) can butter beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 English cucumber, sliced into thin strips or rounds

Yogurt Dressing: 
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup mayonnaise (vegan and gluten-free, if necessary)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp lemon juice or white vinegar
2 tsp honey
Pinch, granulated dried garlic or 1/2 clove garlic, grated into a paste
Pinch, salt


  1. For the chicken, preheat oven to 400ºF. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Cut chicken into 8 pieces and place on the prepared baking sheet or place already cut chicken thighs or breasts on the prepared baking sheet, along with the cinnamon stick if not using ground cinnamon. In a small bowl, stir to combine lemon zest and juice, olive oil, ground cinnamon if not using cinnamon stick, coriander, cumin, ginger, salt, and pepper. Drizzle spice mixture over chicken and rub well to coat, getting some under the skin, directly onto the meat. At this point, if you have time, allow the chicken to marinate at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes, or marinade covered in a glass (non-reactive) dish or bowl in the refrigerator for up to 1 day. Arrange chicken skin side up in a single layer and roast for 25 to 30 minutes, until the juices run clear and the skin is crispy. You can make this portion ahead to serve both the salad and chicken cold, if desired. Meanwhile, prepare the salad and dressing.
  2. For the salad, on a large platter or individual plates, arrange lettuce, mint, tomatoes, butter beans, and cucumber.
  3. For the dressing, whisk all dressing ingredients until fully combined.
  4. If slicing the chicken, allow to rest for at least 10 minutes before doing so.
  5. To serve, arrange chicken pieces or slices on the salad platter or plates and drizzle everything with dressing, to taste. Season with additional salt and lemon juice, to taste, and then serve.

Monday, October 21, 2019

monday {menu}


Sunday, October 6, 2019

happy sunday...

Monday, September 30, 2019

monday {menu}

Fried Churro Apple Rings
{recipe from... here}



  • For batter, in a medium bowl combine flour, the 2 Tbsp. sugar, and the baking powder. Add next four ingredients (through vanilla). Whisk just until smooth.
  • For cinnamon-sugar, in a shallow dish combine the 1/2 cup sugar and the cinnamon.
  • In a large deep skillet or deep-fat fryer heat 1/2 inch oil to 365°F. (If using an electric fryer, follow manufacturer's directions.) Using a fork, dip apple slices into batter; drain off excess batter. Place carefully in the oil. Fry apple rings, a few at a time, in hot oil 2 minutes per side or until golden brown, turning once. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. While still warm, toss in cinnamon-sugar to coat generously.

Monday, September 9, 2019

coastal alley s a l e

Sunday, September 8, 2019

happy sunday...

Saturday, September 7, 2019

hello beautiful

Inspiring homes - Reminds us of the house from Father of the Bride! Traditional white historic colonial style home with dormers, black shutters, brick walkway. #houses #housedesign #homedesign #tradtionalhome #oldhouses #historichomes #southernliving #homes #homedecor #exteriordesign #traditionaldesign #housegoals #homesweethome #southerncharm #entry #doors #frontdoor #townandcountry #housebeautiful

Hello Beautiful! 
Well, I wanted to share this pretty picture with you all so you can think happy thoughts on this gorgeous Saturday! Ahhh I'm drooling... I love everything about this home!   


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

back to school

Salem, Massachusetts - August 2019
{Taylor 13 and Ryan 11}

It's crazy to think I have a 6th grader and an 8th grader. WOW... Kind of mind blowing! Yes, you do blink and in an instant they're getting so big... But I'm really trying to savor as many moments and make as many memories I can by traveling with them all over! The memories I have made with my kids are beyond priceless. I will never forget our adventures and look forward to many more to come... Even when they're in college and married with their own families! My adventures with my kids will never stop! I actually have to laugh when people say, "oh my I only have 10 more summers left with my kids!" Guess what friends I traveled so much with my parents during and even after college. They took us everywhere and still do! You have a choice... So make it with your kids! Included them forever! I know I sure will...  


Monday, September 2, 2019

did you know... happy labor day!

Did you know... The first Labor Day celebration was in 1882. It was a parade planned by the Central Labor Union in New York, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Oregon, however, was the first state to pass a law making Labor Day a holiday in 1887.
But it wasn't a legal holiday everywhere... The Encyclopedia Britannica says the massive Pullman Strike happened in the summer of 1894, when workers boycotted the railroads to fight for safe conditions, normal schedules, and living wages. To honor the labor movement after this, President Grover Cleveland officially declared Labor Day a national holiday, according to

Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday of every September.It falls on a different date every year, just like Easter and Thanksgiving. The very first Labor Day celebration was on September 5. This year, it is on September 2.

The holiday is meant to honor the nearly 160 million working Americans. The United States Census found that 159.8 million people made up the American labor force, as of May 2017. The most popular jobs among them? Retail salespeople and cashiers.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

happy sunday...

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019


I wanted to start my Tuesday off with a little t r u t h... Hey a little truth or as I like to call it in my head... Confession {get it off my chest} Tuesday. By the way you would fall over if you knew all the stuff I would like to talk about with you guys {yikes}!  I'll spare you... But, I do have a serious Blue and White pottery issue, obsession, love affair or fondness! HaHa I guess I could have a worse issue... But I swear every time I design a home I must add them. They add so much strength and character to a home. My mission is to be able to sell my blue and white pottery to everyone. I want you all to enjoy my happiness {obsession} as well! 

Happy Tuesday... Whats's Truth? 

Monday, August 26, 2019

monday {menu}

{recipe from... here}

Italian Sausage Soup with White Beans and Spinach


  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage casing removed
  • 1 large vidalia oniondiced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning Blend I use Spice Islands
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15.5 ounce can cannelloni beans rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup small cut pastaI use DeLallo Ditallini
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • Grated parmesan cheese for serving


  1. Place a large pot or dutch oven over med-high heat and add the sausage, breaking it up in to small pieces with a fork as it browns. Continue cooking until the sausage is no longer pink. Transfer the sausage to a bowl with a slotted spoon and discard all but 1 tablespoon of fat.
  2. Return the pot to the stove and add the onions. Cook the onions until translucent, approximately 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic, cooking for one minute until fragrant.
  3. Stir in the Italian seasoning and 1/4 cup of chicken stock to deglaze the pan being sure to scrape up any brown bits with a wooden spoon.
  4. Stir in the tomatoes, beans, sausage and remaining stock. Add the pasta and bring the soup to a boil. Cook for 6-7 minute or until the pasta is al dente.
  5. Stir in the spinach. Serve immediately topped with parmesan cheese.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

happy sunday...

Saturday, August 24, 2019

catch up

Hi you all... Happy Saturday! I'm trying to play catch up from our historical summer trip, Ryan starting school last Monday, Taylor having oral surgery last Thursday and work. Good times! On a positive note i'm going forward and just staying calm. Checking of my to-do list!  But, the one thing I really want to let you all know about is our n e x t Coastal Alley S A L E date!  Yesterday I received a package of goodies that we purchased while traveling back east. I always love buying one of a kind items to sell at our Coastal Alley S A L E. Oh just wait... We have some fabulous finds! Keep you posted on the date! Happy Saturday everyone! Any fun plans on your agenda?

Sunday, August 18, 2019

happy sunday...

Sunday, August 11, 2019

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