Wednesday, May 29, 2013

oh my!

* lobster wraps with lemon mayonnaise *
lemon mayonnaise:
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise                               
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper     

    remaining ingredients:                                          
  • 3/4 cup chopped seeded tomato                            
  • 4 (4-ounce) lobster tails, cooked and chopped
  • 4 (2.8-ounce) whole wheat flatbreads                               
  • lettuce leaves                      
    1. To prepare lemon mayonnaise, combine 1/4 cup mayonnaise, chives, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper; stir well.
    2. Combine lemon mayonnaise, tomato, and lobster; stir well. Divide the lobster mixture evenly among flatbreads. Top each serving with 2 lettuce leaves. Roll up jelly-roll fashion.

    Tuesday, May 28, 2013

    come on in...


    Don't you just love looking at front doors!
    I sure do! I feel you can tell so much of a family by their door color and style. People who have glass doors don't have a care in the world. People who have solid doors seem to be more private people. A mix of glass and wood are inviting people... They want you to come over, but only for a little while {wink}. Doors with detail seem to be more of a fancy dancy family. They like the attention, but don't want you too see in their crazy world. I think I'm a mix... Glass and wood.  I love to entertain and have family and friends over, but when I'm done, I'm done! Get out...  lol  
    What are you?

    Monday, May 27, 2013

    memorial day...

    Happy Memorial Day! 

    "Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. American will never forget their sacrifices." - Harry S Truman

    Thank you to all who have served for our country. 

    Friday, May 24, 2013

    memorial day sale...


    Thursday, May 23, 2013

    new... new... new...

    1.) Round French leg coffee table

    2.) Toy/blanket chest 
    3.) Cottage rectangular coffee table 
     4.)French leg game table

    5.)Round cottage coffee table 
    6.)Rectangular parquet coffee table 
    :: top detail :: 

     7.)White cottage desk
    8.) Bookcase with top drawers

    If you have any questions on
    measurements or pricing
     please call the rustic rooster,

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

    food revolution...

    In 2010, British celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, began a movement in America called the Food Revolution. This year Food Revolution Day took place on May 17. With this movement, Jamie teaches a “Better Food Better Life” to millions of people. The foundation aims to change the way people eat by educating every child about food and empowering families with cooking skills, which fights against the epidemic of diet-related diseases.
    With the kids about to get out of school, here are a few healthy snacks that you can prepare for them this summer!

    *{yogurt pops}*

    These yogurt pops are a great alternative to the sugary treats found in your local supermarket.  Feel free to mix things up and use different fruits along with the bananas. They are perfect on a hot summer day as a treat or healthy dessert!

    {serves 6}

    2 small ripe bananas
    6 ounces frozen strawberries or 1 cup  frozen
    2 cups non-fat plain yogurt
    2 tablespoons honey

    - Peel and slice your banana and put it into
    a food processor or blender with the frozen
    berries, yogurt and honey. Whiz it up on a
    low setting until really smooth.
    -Divide the mixture between 6 paper cups
    or plastic molds - you want about 4 ounces
    in each.
    - Place the pops in the freezer for 10
    minutes, then gently poke a popsicle stick
    into the center of each one.Place back in the
    freezer for at least 3 hours, or until frozen
    solid (this may work nicely with our Zoku!).

    *{sloppy joes}*

    Sloppy Joe is an American classic and a kid-favorite! Now you can make it yourself and know exactly what your kids are eating!
    {serves 4}
    ¾ pound lean ground beef or turkey
    1 yellow onion, peeled and diced
    1 green bell pepper, cored seeded and diced
    ¾ cup tomato purée
    2 tablespoons cider vinegar
    1½ tablespoons light brown sugar
    1 tablespoon honey
    2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
    ½ teaspoon chile powder
    ½ 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed freshly ground pepper, to taste

    for serving:
    4 whole wheat hamburger buns or whole wheat wraps
    1 cup shredded lettuce

    - Put a large sauté pan over a medium head
    and crumble in the beef or turkey. Fry until
    the meat starts to brown then add the bell
    pepper and onion. Continue cooking, stirring
    occasionally, until the veggies start to
    soften – this should take around 5 to 10
    - When the veggies are tender, add the tomato
    purée and stir into the meat, then add the
    vinegar, brown sugar, honey, mustard and
    chile powder to the pan and give everything
    a really good stir. Add the beans, season
    with salt and pepper, then bring to a boil
    and cook until the sauce is nice and thick.
    - To serve: pile the Sloppy Joe mix onto the
    bottom of a bun or middle of a wrap, top it 
    with lettuce and close up the sandwich or
    roll up the wrap.

    Find out more about Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution at: 

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013

    are you feeling it...

    I sure am! I'm loving this entire combination today...  

    Starting with fashion and ending with a living room setting... Absolutely Love!  For some reason this color scheme consisting of blue and white just warms my heart. I feel calm just looking at all of this! You can go soft or vibrant with your blue tones... Never be afraid! I tend to lean towards the more softer tones, but on occasion I do step out of the box. What do you think?

    Monday, May 20, 2013

    new... new... new...

    1.) Armoire, White

     2.) Desk, Black
     3.) Dresser, White

     4.) Cabinet, Red
    5.) Chair, Cane
    If you have any questions on
    measurements or pricing
     please call the rustic rooster,

    Sunday, May 19, 2013

    pretty office

    We're about to put new flooring into our interior design studio... I can't tell you how excited I am. {OMG} This has been a long time wish for me. Timing just wasn't right to do it... Now it's time! I've always felt your office should reflect your design style. What do you think? It's finally happening! Growing up is fun! Responsibility does come with growing up... Oh Great do I really want that!  New paint, new lighting, new everything. I'm so ready for this... Can't wait to show you the Design office changes. Stay tuned! 



    Saturday, May 18, 2013

    one month ago...

    WOW... I can't believe it's been one month  since my father passed. I haven't been able to stop thinking about him. I'm ok with that! My memories of my dad have been so happy and actually extremely calming to me. Not gonna lie I do get a little overwhelmed here and there... At home, at the office... Even just coordinating something little, like dinner. The one thing that seems to be helping me is looking at this one picture that I have of him on my cell phone. His face, his smile, his stare,  no joke puts me at ease. Peace takes over my body and I actually smile back at him. Shhhh I do have an occasional conversation with him as well. Thanks dad!  

    Knowing that he's in Gods hands and pain free has released an energy that I don't think anyone will ever understand until they've experienced loosing a loved one. His passing has made me want to work harder...  And more! I want to help people and actually smile more. Hey, I'll take that any day than sitting in bed and crying! No bon bons for this lady {giggle}! 

    Thank you all so so much for the sweet gifts, beautiful flowers, touching cards, heart felt calls, thoughtful texts and comforting hugs! You all know who you are... I cried opening each and everyone. They were tears of joy! Thank you! I read all the cards over and over again. I look at texts each day. The power of family and friends are huge. You really know who your friends and family are when tragedy strikes. I've realized what people want when tragedy happens in a family... Comfort and love. Just, I'm sorry for your loss. 5 simple words. They mean so much to an individual!  Thank you all so so much! 

    My life has changed in so many ways right now... If I don't embrace it I might as well give up. I can't give up... I need to fight and try harder for me, for my family as well!  My children need to see that because papa is in heaven doesn't mean you give up on life. You work harder and make a difference in the world. I want my father to look down from heaven and say good job, Alex! I knew you could do it! I know he is! We were so alike in so many ways... I do miss his pep talks and his alternative route he would send me on if I was frustrated or upset. He would remind me to always sit on the other side of the room and listen to people. Don't close up and judge. Got it dad, I won't forget... I'll chug on and continue what you have preached to me.  Now I need to create my own path. Change my routes when the going gets tough. I will dad... I will!  

    My mom is actually my hero... She has shown me what a woman with unbelievable grace and style really looks like. She is wonderful! Having her best friend leave her and have to deal will all the awful after math of a loved one dying she has been such a trooper. Not going to lie... She's hurting so bad. Who wouldn't... Her pain is so deep. I'm doing everything for my mom... Always and forever!   She's amazing! Love you mom!  

    My kids talk about my father all the time... I actually look forward to their little questions. They seem to love to talk about him right before bed. It truly makes me think.  Do you think papa is flying right now? I bet he's listening to techno and dancing. Do you think he's with his mommy and daddy? Their questions are endless... So innocent and pure!  

    Well, Summer is almost here... Are you ready for it? I'm sure not! hahaha I do welcome it with open arms... I can't wait to swim and go to the beach. I need the summer sun to warm my heart and soul! Dad it's been a month since you've left us... Crazy! Can't wait to go to the beach this summer with you! Kind of jealous you don't have to wear sunscreen {wink}

    Thank you all for listening to me... 
    Thank you! 


    Friday, May 17, 2013

    persian love

    My mother and I have always had a love for Antique Persian rugs. Shhhhh I'm slightly obsessed! I grew up with them... They were all over my parents home. So at an early age I've been schooled by my mom what to look for and what not to look for. Of course new I'm super picky on what I put in my home and my clients homes... I guess that's a good thing {smile}! Now I'm sharing my Persian rug passion at the rooster... We've just received a ton of wonderful rugs today. All of them are   fabulous! Lets just say, If I had room for them... I would take them all! Stop by the rooster and take a peek! You won't be disappointed! 


    Tuesday, May 14, 2013

    something to remember today... xoxo

    Thursday, May 9, 2013

    1.) Dresser, Seafoam
    2.) Cabinet, Black

    3.) Potting Table, Green

    4.) Dresser, Vintage

    5.) Cart, Black

     6.) Trunk, Vintage
     7.) Mirror, Green
    8.) Cottage Chair, White

    9.) Dresser, Pale Pink
    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
    Ready-to-Finish Finds!!!



    If you have any questions on
    measurements or pricing
     please call the rustic rooster,
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