my new favorite thing = light bulbs. they can make a huge difference in the look of your lighting. if your chandelier isn't exciting you anymore or if you've picked up an oldie that needs an update, try decorative globe bulbs instead of the typical candelabra "flame" or try silver tipped bulbs [come in various shapes + sizes] which will create indirect light and result in a very glamorous look. decorative candle sleeves can also be an adorable change - apa company [a design firm in seattle] has found an untouched niche in these little gems.
who would have thought such minor changes could make such a significant difference?
i've been majorly slacking on the posting this week...it's been a busy one. hope everyone has something fabulous planned for the weekend - get out and enjoy the warm weather! i will be at work wishing for a vacation that looks a little something like this...
i'm a huge fan of mexican food - there's just something so incredible about eating fish tacos, chips + salsa and enjoying a delicious margarita during a sunny afternoon [the thought makes me smile]. anyway, i'm fully looking forward to summer and the baja style fish tacos i normally love to enjoy don't really fit in with my new healthier eating habits - but these incredible mexican tuna tostadas most definitely do.
mexican tuna tostadas
these spicy snacks taste even better than nachos, plus the avocado and tuna add a hefty 10 grams of heart-healthy fat.
8 corn tortillas (6 inches each)
3 tablespoons canola oil
4 teaspoons salt
1.2 teaspoon finely chopped chipotle pepper
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon tequila
1/2 teaspoon adobo sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 pound sushi-grade tuna, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
1 avocado, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
3 scallions (green part only), thinly sliced
3 tablespoons hulled pumpkin seeds
heat oven to 350˚. cut 2 rounds from each tortilla with a 3-inch cookie cutter. brush both sides of tortillas with 1 tbsp of oil and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp of salt. place rounds in 1 layer on cookie sheets; bake until crisp and edges are golden, 10 to 12 minutes. remove from oven. whisk chipotle, remaining 2 tbsp oil, lime juice, tequila, adobo sauce, cumin, sugar and remaining 1/4 tsp salt in a bowl. place tuna, avocado, 2/3 of scallions and 2 tbsp of pumpkin seeds in another bowl. pour dressing over top and gently stir to coat, trying not to break up avocado. spoon tuna mixture onto tortilla rounds. top with remaining 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds and remaining 1/3 of scallions.
248 calories per 2 servings, 14.6 g fat (1.8 g saturated), 13 g carbs, 2.9 g fiber, 16 g protein
help your plastic coke bottle become extraordinary again by making sure to recycle - it could turn into one of these fabulous chairs! the iconic navy chair by emeco and the iconic plastic bottle of the coca-cola company got together and a new chair was born_ 111 navy. it takes 111 plastic coca-cola bottles to create one of these beauties. dying to have these in your dining room? [i sure am] the 111 navy will be available for sale june 2010 in six different colors: coca-cola red, snow, flint, grass, persimmon and charcoal.
these spaces from the portfolio of jessica helgerson interior design have me utterly speechless. this design firm specializes in environmental design [which i fully plan to incorporate someday when i have my own clients] and they never fail to create stunningly beautiful, livable interiors while including the most incredible lighting. jh interior design was recently featured in the march 2010 issue of traditional home "20 young designers to watch" and rightfully so...
the perfect pair of cute western cowboy boots to wear in my cousin's wedding this july. i'm having a bit of trouble, but here is what i've come up with so far. anyone have any suggestions? i'm down for vintage or new...
i’m hugely inspired by the work of jessica hische’s students. each student was challenged to create a book cover design, endpapers, titlepage, and bookplate for a special edition of the wizard of oz (which just so happens to be my favorite story of all time). these are my favorites, but you can view all of the incredible designs right here.
sending TONS of love to my new followers [thank you, thank you, thank you!] i've had lots of comments from new friends as well...thank you to everyone so much for taking the time to check out my little blog! xoxo
i've been on a salad kick lately (i'm having sesame chicken salad for lunch today - thank you sunshine market!). i found this recipe over at self and i'm dying to try it out because i'm extra crazy about avacado, bell peppers + goat cheese and this cornmeal-crusted chicken sounds veeeery intruiging...plus the fact that i found this under the 30 minute meal category sold me immediately.
cornmeal-crusted chicken salad
avocados add a heart-healthy touch to this satisfying salad from executive chef stephane beaucamp at kantina in newport beach, california.
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 whole egg
1 egg white
1/4 cup finely ground cornmeal
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons sugar
vegetable oil cooking spray
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 4 oz each), sliced lengthwise into 1 1/2-inch-wide strips
8 oz mixed greens
1 jar (7 oz) roasted red peppers, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons goat cheese, crumbled
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoons grapefruit juice
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1 teaspoons honey
heat oven to 425°. set out 3 shallow bowls: put 1/2 cup flour in the first, egg and egg white in the second and cornmeal and the remaining 1/4 cup flour in the third. season flour and cornmeal bowls with 1 tsp each of cumin, salt and sugar and a few grinds of black pepper. stir each bowl to blend ingredients. cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil; coat foil with cooking spray. dust each chicken strip with flour mixture, then dip in egg, dredge in cornmeal mixture and place on sheet. bake 12 to 14 minutes, turning once halfway through, until chicken is cooked and crust is golden brown. cut avocado into thin wedges.
whisk dressing ingredients in a bowl big enough to accommodate greens; toss greens in dressing and divide among 4 plates. top greens with chicken, avocado, peppers and goat cheese.
467 calories per serving, 19 g fat (4.3 g saturated), 39 g carbs, 5.4 g fiber, 36 g protein
so i just heard about this new opi axxium gel manicure and i am incredibly intruiged. a manicure that stays on for weeks (?!) without chipping or loosing its beautiful shine?! count me in - anyone know of a salon in the bay area offering this service?
i'm currently craving pretty little spring dresses. each one below would be perfect for every spring activity i can possibly think of. picnic. dog walk. brunch. shopping. bridal shower. check - check - check - check - check!