Emily’s Tips for Bold Spring Color

February 10th, 2011

My friends, yesterday was such a great day.   Yesterday, I got my hands dirty with some revolutionary new DIY products from RustOleum (will share very soon).  Yesterday, I ate gumbo.  Twice.  Both servings were a little bit spicy and a whole lotta heavenly.  I am now obsessed with recreating that magical flavor at home.  

Yesterday, I walked the streets of Nawlins.  I savored beignets with café au lait.  I walked every cobblestone street in the French Quarter from Decatur to Dauphine.  I visited antique shops and drank a hurricane.  Thankfully I drank the hurricane after I visited the antique shops and not the other way around, or I may have done some serious damage to my bank account.  It was all so fantastic, I barely even noticed it was pouring rain.     

Today, I’m headed home, but here to take the reins is the lovely Emily A. Clark!  I had the pleasure of meeting Emily last November when I visited New York and have followed her blog ever since.  Emily is an interior decorator with her own design business ~ she has amazing taste, and I absolutely love how she uses bold color in fearless ways.  Emily is here to share a few tips on sprucing up your home for spring with intense pops of color. 

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Wall Stencil GIVEAWAY

February 8th, 2011

Midweek greetings!  I’m on my way to New Orleans today to meet with some of the fantastic folks at RustOleum, and can’t wait to see what they have prepared for a few of us bloggers in attendance!  I always think about regional food when I travel to a new place, and I’m really hoping to savor some good jambalaya while I’m there.  Got any recommendations?  Thankfully this is the last trip across the country for quite some time, whew !

Announcing the winner of the Geezees custom canvas giveaway: #201 Emily C. !    Emily, I’ve emailed your information to the company, expect a contact shortly to start customizing your canvas.

Today, I have another fabulous giveaway, and definitely one that is right on trend.  In the mood to introduce some pattern to your walls?  Well then time to get your hands on a stencil by Cutting Edge Stencils!

Remember last week’s article offering up tips from bloggers on successful stenciling?  Now’s your chance to put all their advice to good use!

Here’s a peek at just a few of the many patterns and styles available:

allover stencil

allover pattern and flower

damask kerry

crysanthemum and acanthus

damask stencil

So many design possibilities!

Cutting Edge Stencils is giving away to three winners a $50 store credit to their shop (that’s enough to purchase most of their stencils!)  Woot!

Eligibility to win one of three $50 shop credits to Cutting Edge Stencils:

1) Hop on over to Cutting Edge Stencils and pick a favorite from their shop, then name it in a comment!

2) For a second chance to win, link to this giveaway on Facebook, or tweet about this giveaway on Twitter (with a link) and then leave a comment telling where you mentioned it (FB or Twitter).

Giveaway ends Sunday February 13th, 2011 at 8 p.m. PST.  Three winners chosen at random.

Good luck everyone, be back very soon!

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Sour Cream Enchiladas

February 8th, 2011

There was a time I was forbidden to make these.  I used to make them every now and then, but my husband complained that he couldn’t stop eating them, so I was asked not make them ever again.  Never never never.  When it comes to these favorites, I don’t listen very well.  

I love these enchiladas, they make me happy.  Whenever a friend has a baby, this is my go to recipe, I whip up a large batch!  They are my go to recipe whenever a friend comes home from the hospital, like our good friend Mike last weekend.  They are my go to recipe when we watch the Superbowl.  And always whenever I crave comfort food, and don’t care about the effects on my waistline. 

This is my mother’s recipe, given to me when I left home.  You are free to thank her for the tastiness inside, and also blame her for any pounds that creep up after eating them.   

green enchiladas on plate

 

Simple Sour Cream Enchiladas

Ingredients:

4 chicken breasts, fully cooked & shredded

2 dozen white corn tortillas

1 16 oz. can green enchilada sauce

2 ounces additional green chiles

14 oz. sour cream

4 cups shredded cheese (Jack or Mexican blend)

*using nonfat sour cream and lowfat cheese will decrease the calories!

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