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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Spinach Mozzarella Chicken Casserole

Today is my dad's birthday and we are going to celebrate over the weekend but I really wanted to make him something really good for dinner tonight.  I found this recipe on Pinterest a while ago and decided to try it (they say it is good for picky eaters)...It's so easy (my speciality) and really really good...I highly recommend it!!



image eatwell101.com

adapted from eatwell101.com

  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut horizontally
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cup spinach, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 oz Mozzarella cheese, shredded


The marinade:
1. Add olive oil, garlic, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes into a Ziplok bag along with 1 teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper. Seal the bag and shake until mixed. Add the chicken breasts, seal, and massage so the chicken is covered in the marinade, set aside for 10-15 minutes while you prep the remaining ingredients. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 400ºF (200°C).
2. Quickly wilt the spinach in a skillet with 1 tablespoon olive oil, set aside.
3. Arrange chicken breasts drained from the marinade in a baking dish. Spread the softened cream cheese over the chicken and lay spinach on top of the cream cheese. Finally, sprinkle mozzarella over the top.
4. Bake the chicken casserole for 20-30 minutes. Chicken is done when cooked through to an internal temperature of 165˚F (75°C). Serve warm with a side of cauliflower rice, or baked veggies. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Decorating for Christmas with Garland

Ever since last Christmas, I have gone garland crazy.  I added garland, around my front door, on my mantle, in my kitchen and up my staircase.  Here are some of the photos I used for inspiration, because there is always room for one more!!!  Happy Decorating!!!!


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image yuyek.com

image godfatherstyle.com

www.betterdecoratingbible.com

image thepeakoftreschic.com

www.homemydesign.com

www.tidbitsandtwine.com

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Prom on Broadway......a perfect gift for Christmas

Are you looking for a new play to give as a Christmas gift for your teens, college age child, or a feel show for your family?  The Prom on broadway is the next big hit from the geneses of Mean Girls, Aladdin, Elf, The Book of Mormon and MORE!!!  We have tickets for The Prom on Broadway, on Sunday, January 13th at 3:00.  The orchestra seats are $140 each.  Please Email me to save your spot.  Flyers will be available for you to wrap under the tree!!!

What happens when four stars leave the bright lights of Broadway and take leading roles in a small-town controversy making national headlines? Big drama. Bigger laughs. And the biggest musical showstoppers in years! You’ll agree with Variety, The Prom is “musical comedy heaven!”

Here is the REVIEW from the New York Times.....



And a clip of the show that was preformed at the Thanksgiving Day Parade....










Monday, December 3, 2018

Book Club Monday

Are you gearing up for Holiday cookie exchanges?  Both of my girls have them next week.  That means that 4 dozen plus cookies will be coming out of our kitchen.  And, it might take us a few days because we need to practice, no body wants an ugly cookie!!!!! I recently saw a recipe for Christmas Cracker Stackers (which someone told me was the best cookie they ever had BTW!!!!)...from the book Out Of The Box Holiday Baking by blogger Hayley Parker.  This book is now on my list for all my fam and friends who love to bake, esp. easy baking, including my own daughter!!!  Here is the summary...every recipe looks amazing...you have to check it out.....

By starting with cake or brownie mixes, ready-made dough and crusts, and other make- it- simple head starts, Hayley Parker makes holiday baking a breeze. She transforms everyday ingredients into one- of- a- kind desserts and puts new twists on flavors like spicy gingerbread, cool peppermint, and creamy eggnog. Here are candies, cookies, cakes, cupcakes, pies, bars, and more, including: 
  • White Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes
  • Homemade Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles
  • Eggnog Pie
  • Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
From the blogger who makes "even novice bakers feel like pros" (POPSUGAR), these sweet treats are perfect for holiday gift-giving, parties, and unexpected guests―even Santa will be impressed! - Amazon.com

For more information or to purchase this book, click HERE.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Holly Jolly Punch

It's time for some Holly Jolly Punch!!!  If you are running around shopping, decorating and wrapping you are truly ready for a rest and a cocktail and this is the one for you!!!!  Bottoms Up!!!!


image The Cocktail Project

adapted from The Cocktail Project

1 part DeKuyper® Triple Sec Liqueur
  • 2 parts Pinnacle® Original Vodka
  • 3 parts Cranberry Juice
  • 6 parts Ginger Ale
  • 2 parts Orange Juice
  • Cinnamon Allspice
  • Nutmeg
Add ingredients to a punch bowl and stir. Slowly stir in orange juice concentrate as it melts. Add spices to taste, and garnish with orange slices.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Home Goods Holiday Re-Cap

I know I owe you a Home Goods re-cap.  I thought I would do one focusing on Holiday decor.  My Home Goods was full of items.  Things do really go fast but they are replenishing everyday.  I think I am going to have to go back next week!!!  Everything was found at the Home Goods in Port Chester.  This store seems to have the best selection, second to Westport!!!  Happy Shopping...Let me know what you end up buying, I'd love to hear!!!

I have been looking for this faux fur garland for 2 years now....It is so beautiful on a tree.   I bought one and could not find another....Lucky for you they had a whole end cap full!!!!

I love these decorated felt trees.  They had larger ones too but this trio caught my eye...

These storage baskets are so chic!!!

You know I cannot resist bar accessories!!!

Or anything hair calf!!!

There were tons of items for a Hot Chocolate Bar!!!  We will be setting one up soon!!!!  Def a highlight of the Holiday season!!!!

There were a bunch of decorative santas and Christmas trees.  I loved this metal tree (there was a pair) and this is the cutest white fur Santa..I cannot believe I left him there!!!

There was also a ton of Le Creuset in every shape, size and color!!!  They really do make the best gifts.

They had these evergreen centerpieces again this year....If I didn't have a round dining table, one would def have come home with me...the one with the gold antlers is my favorite!!!

How cute are these Hermes orange colored storage boxes......such a great gift!!!

I LOVE these trees...they would make such a statement placed on either side of a fireplace...

Also these mercury glass red trees are incredible and there were sooo many..I love the way all the patterns look together!!!!

How great is this xlarge candle?!?....another fab gift!!!!  I love the color!!

These bar stools are gorgeous..I wish I had a place for them!!!!!  The gold legs are perfect.

I am really into mixing plaids this year on my tablesetting...stay tuned!!!!

These red crystal glasses would enhance any beverage!!!!!!

Another regret...my son would LOVE this lucite Jenga game.....I should have bought it.

There was the most gorgeous selection of napkin rings...

These reindeer and rattan trees are so fabulous!!!  A great neutral decoration.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Importance Of A Lighting Plan

A lighting plan can make all the difference in home decor.  Most people do not know how important it is.  Having the proper mix of overhead lighting, wall lighting and table lighting can change the entire mood of a room.  I recently visited the "Light Lab" at Patdo Lighting and was so impressed with all the elements they can add to each room in your home.  Partner's Mari Lou Nania and Gary Novasel are truly experts in their field.  I was able to sit down with Gary and have him explain exactly what creating a lighting plan can do.  Whether it is a new construction or simply just sprucing up one room, they can certainly lend a hand!!!!




One of the most enjoyable parts of being a Lighting Designer is when I work with a new client who has never used a lighting designer before. Throughout the design and specification process they are constantly amazed at the depth and breadth of the information and factors that we need to get into to create a proper design. There are questions about life style and family activities, artwork and collections (and protection from UV) , flexibility, furnishing style, finishes and placement, texture, wall, floor and ceiling finishes, structure and plenum, insulation, Electrical, Energy and Life Safety Codes,  lighting’s effect on color, color rendition (CRI), color temperature, energy savings, dimming and control, flexibility, drama, functional and shadow free task lighting, the psychological factors of light, construction details and constraints, craftsmanship, budget, product lead times, fixture size, aperture shape and glare control, maintenance, environmental impact, security, and on, and on, and on…..It is this depth and  diversity of  required information that I think best defines the process and practice of Lighting Design.

“I had no idea!” Clients say, “ I  just thought you just went to the Home Center and put a light in the middle of the room or have the Electrician go to the Supply House and install a couple of downlights in the corners”. This is what I call, “Lighting as a Commodity”.

Lighting is THE most powerful, yet UNDER-UTILIZED  design tools available.   When we treat lighting as a “commodity” we miss out on enormous opportunities to transform our environments as well as the joy of living and working in  properly lit environments.  

It is  when our client’s projects are complete, furnishings and artwork are in place and Patdo has aimed and adjusted all of the lighting, that we get to hear the BEST comments, “Wow, I had no idea how beautiful my home could be.”  I will NEVER build again without a Lighting Designer on board!”  “I’m going to tell all my friends not to DARE do a project without Patdo.”

Frank Lloyd Wright called lighting, “the great revealer of form”. He made this statement  in the context of the very crude and early  lighting equipment  available to him in his day. Just imagine the power of lighting now with today’s amazing new LED technologies and products at our disposal!








Monday, November 26, 2018

Andy Warhol for Christmas

Who's ready to give Andy Warhol this Christmastime?  We have hired Emily McElweath, Warhol expert, to lead our group on a tour of the Warhol exhibit at the Whitney Museum.  What a great gift for your mom, sister, BFF, etc.   Here is the museum's blurb about this once in a lifetime exhibit....

Few American artists are as ever-present and instantly recognizable as Andy Warhol (1928–1987). Through his carefully cultivated persona and willingness to experiment with non-traditional art-making techniques, Warhol understood the growing power of images in contemporary life and helped to expand the role of the artist in society. This exhibition—the first Warhol retrospective organized by a U.S. institution since 1989—reconsiders the work of one of the most inventive, influential, and important American artists. Building on a wealth of new materials, research and scholarship that has emerged since the artist’s untimely death in 1987, this exhibition reveals new complexities about the Warhol we think we know, and introduces a Warhol for the 21st century.

For more information or to hold your spot, EMAIL ME.  A certificate announcing your gift will be available for you to put under the tree.




Friday, November 23, 2018

Statement Earrings for Black Friday

This Black Friday I plan on getting a Starbucks and spending the day online starting my Christmas Shopping. I feel like the list gets longer and longer each year.  I will admit that I do wait for this day to get a few things for myself.  I stock up on embellished sweaters....Saks Off Fifth and Last Call have great ones.  Mostly, the ones that were in the store last season for $$$$ and they are both having huge sales and addition percentages off!!! It's worth a check...but back to the earrings....I am going to buy a bunch of statement earrings for clients and friends.  I know that there are gorgeous ones out there but wayyyyyy over my budget...here are some really fabulous ones for way less...you might even get a few for your self!!!  Happy Shopping!!!!! (oh some even have coupons for additional $ off)




Acrylic is sooo HUGE this year......

I saw this same style at Anthropologie...sooooo great for Holiday parties!!!!

This has a great glitz look...but not too much...just right!!!!!!!

I saw another blogger wearing these on Instagram...I just ordered them for myself!!!!

Last year I bought the identical pair at Zara and wore them on New Years Eve....I get so many compliments every time I wear them...

I think these might be my favorite....I love anything with turquoise!!!

You cannot go wrong with this pair...I think they make the most amazing gift!!!!

Such a gorgeous earrings...esp for someone going someplace warm soon!!!

And here is the smaller version

Lastly a perfect earring for all your Holiday parties..I love all the colors!!!!