Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sunday Soup Satisfier

Hello all! Happy Sunday! It is so beautiful here today! I wish the weather would stay this way forever! First off, I want to send a big BIRTHDAY shout out to my wonderful and sweet mother in law, Charlene! Happy birthday and I love you!

Today, I want to share a scrumptious, semi-homemade clam chowder recipe that came from my Aunt KBL. My mom, my mother in law, and I make this all the time! It is so great and so easy to make for small or big crowds. EVERYONE wants the recipe after eating it, so have it on hand! ;)

Creamy Clam Chowder

3 Tbs. butter

1 pkg. cream cheese

6 scallions, chopped (mostly white and a little green)

2 lg. cans clam chowder (I use Campbell's Chunky New England Clam Chowder)

2 cans crab meat, drained

Heavy cream

Salt and pepper

Sauté butter, cream cheese and scallions. Add clam chowder and crab meat. Slowly add heavy cream to consistency of your liking. Salt and pepper to taste.

Optional: Top with shredded cheese, scallions and crumbled bacon.

*Perfect soup for grilled cheese dippin'! Mmmmm! Good!

Friday, February 26, 2010

10 Things I Can't Live Without

These are 10 things I can't live without! Well I probably could live without them, but I REALLY don't want to!

1. The Bible, all I need to know in ONE book, and words from my Heavenly Father. Enough said.

2. My Crackberry, I mean Blackberry.

3. My hubby's kisses, XOXO!

4. Mexican food, oh my queso! OBSESSION.

5. My wedding ring and band, symbolizes the union, bond and commitment between my Barrett and I. =)

6. Decorating mags & books, they inspire me and are so fun to read!

(just got this in today!)

7. My favorite perfume & fragrance, Acqua Fiorentina by Creed.

8. Music, lifts me up when I'm down and motivates me to want to get up and move!

9. Diet Coke, not proud to say I'm an addict, but at least I admit it. That's the first step.

10. Pictures, they capture moments in time like nothing else can, and can last a lifetime.

(My favorite picture from the day we got engaged!)

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Horns are not just for Honkin'!

There something so organically chic about accessorizing with natural horn jewelry and accessories! I love the uniqueness of natural horn as well! Here are some picks I found online!

Nest Organic African Horn Cuff- Neiman Marcus $250

Horn Chain Link Necklace- Neiman Marcus $165

Two Tone Jet Set Watch, Horn/Gold- Michael Kors $250 (LOVE THIS!!!)

Rettore Zebu Horn Ring- Barneys New York $7,280 (I know I am crazy for even posting a piece this expensive, but isn't this ring awesome!? Must be the brown and white diamonds...)

Classic Round Buffalo Horn Sunglasses- Target $14.99

Lift Buffalo Horn Earrings- Hermes $380

Hair Barrette in Horn- Hermes $215

Quadrate Ox Horn Handle Sea Shell Handbag- Good Orient $72.98

images via Neiman Marcus, Michael Kors, Barneys NY, Target, Hermes USA, Good Orient

Oh Happy Room

My Aunt Kathy, who by the way is a decorating phenomenon, sent me this picture this morning and I just had to share! What a bright, fun and happy room! All the different Company C patterns, from the rug to the chairs, mesh so well, without going overboard! I love the bright green chair! So fun! Thanks for sharing AKBL!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

There's nothing like...

Mom's homemade wheat bread topped with honey nut peanut butter, ice-cold DC, and some Pirate's Booty! What an interesting mix for lunch today...

short and sweet!

In the midst of browsing for cruise attire I came across some cute shorts... Not that I can really afford buying new clothes right now, but it's fun to look!

Dayboat Shorts- Vineyard Vines $65.00 (Love this color!)

Clayton Short- Trina Turk $186.00

Embellished Boyfriend Short- Victoria's Secret $59.50

Linen Pull on Short- Victoria's Secret $29.50

Frayed Twill Short- Victoria's Secret $29.50

Beach Linen Short Jumpsuit- Victoria's Secret $49.50 (I'm not much of a jumper girl, but I love this to throw over a swimsuit!)

Cuffed Stripe Shorts- Gucci $790.00 (a girl can dream, right?)

Tie Waist Shorts- Juicy Couture $98.00

Level 99 Axle Carolina Shorts- Anthropologie $68.00

Marina Cuffed Short w/ Tie Belt- Forever 21 $19.80

Bermuda Short- Tory Burch $175.00

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Posh Peony Bag

I got this super cute new tote for the cruise I'm going on next month! Just had to share how adorable it is! Reminds me of a Lilly Pulitzer print... but for half the cost! ;)

Love the hint of gold on the handles, and it's also on the bottom of the bag too!

Stunning Silver & White Rooms

Oh, my heart melts for classic, crisp and clean silver and white combinations when decorating! Some may think it feels cold, but it's all in the way you use the colors. I think it's chic and so beautiful! As pictured below, silver, grays, whites and creams blend together to make cozy and gorgeous rooms!

Oh my goodness... My heart dropped when I saw this dining room!


Love the backsplash!

Oh so chic and beautiful!

Country Living Magazine

I want this Christmas Tree!!

I know this is pushing silver/white, but I just love this kitchen too much!

Coastal Living Magazine

Country Living Magazine

Love the gray/silver skirt! So girly! House Beautiful Magazine
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