October 27, 2010

Fall Family Favorite...

One of our family fall favorites.
This is a good one, too,
if you like throwing a meatless dish into the mix.

Martha Stewart
Food Magazine

Baked Shells with Winter Squash

Baked Shells with Winter Squash
This is a grown-up alternative to macaroni and cheese, but even kids might approve.
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 50 minutes


Serves 6
  • Butter, for baking dish
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 pound small pasta shells
  • 1 package (12 ounces) frozen winter squash puree, thawed
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 slices crusty baguette, cut into 1/4-inch cubes (1 1/2 cups)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add onions; season with salt and pepper. Cover; cook until onions are soft and release liquid, 15 minutes. Uncover; raise heat to medium. Cook, stirring, until onions are browned, 20 to 25 minutes. Stir in 1 teaspoon rosemary.

  1. Meanwhile, cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water 2 minutes less than package instructions suggest. Drain, reserving 1 1/2 cups cooking water. Return pasta to pot.
  2. Stir squash and reserved pasta water into onions; simmer 2 minutes. Toss squash mixture and 1/2 cup Parmesan with pasta. Transfer to prepared dish.
  3. Combine bread cubes with remaining Parmesan, rosemary, and oil; season with salt and pepper. Top pasta with bread cubes; bake until golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes.

I'd love to hear your thoughts if any of you try this fall delight.

As always, thanks for visiting

October 21, 2010

After Shots...Heritage Wall

I know, I know.

I hate when I do this.

Worked on a Family Heritage Wall and forgot the "before" shots.

Happy with the end results regardless.

Any thoughts?

Can you find the two Monograms we hid on the wall?
Not hard to find, really.

As always, thanks for visiting...

October 13, 2010

I Wore Gwyneth Paltrow's Uniform Today.

What uniform? You ask.

Okay. Let me back up a little.

Was turned on to Gwyneth Paltrow's blog yesterday.
(I know...who knew?)

Yes, THE Gwyneth Paltrow...
movie star extraordinaire, stylish wife and mother to Apple and Moses.
She's simple, smart, and chic.

Please check out this website. You won't be sorry.
Make sure you've got a cup o' joe next to you, you might stay a while.

Discovered one blog post: "My Uniform"

As she puts it,

"I want clothes that move easily from a winter's morning making
pancakes to the school run to a meeting to homework to a dinner party.
These are the basics I am wearing right now for easy, fuss-free dressing.
I’ve paired the basics together for three very different but wearable
outfits that can be amended for any occasion."

Total inspiration!
Made me look in my own closet and discover my own "uniform".

Totally swiped her look and loved it.

Makes you think about what you end up wearing day in and day out.

What does YOUR "uniform" look like?

As always, thanks for visiting.

October 11, 2010

New York City Inspiration

We are headed up to NYC for the first time.

I can't wait to get inspired with street fashion only found in New York.

You can't deny the individual style going on here.

Images found from
The Sartorialist

One of my fav blogs to get inspired by.

What inspires you?

And don't forget one important factor...
Inspiration is absolutely FREE!

As always, thanks for visiting.

October 4, 2010

New Favorite Frugal Find

This my new favorite fall fingernail color

Are you ready for this?
I can't wait to tell you what I paid...
Wal Mart Brand Nail Polish
It's called
Pure Ice
Color is: scandal
Isn't the price just scandalous?

I know...

This is the fabulous fall color I bought last year.
This is Sephora Nail Polish by OPI
Color: Metro Chic
I paid

I bet you wouldn't be able to tell the difference between Wal-Mart and Sephora.

At least I couldn't,
Not with nail polish, at least.

Get out there, ladies.
Paint those nails.
It's easy, inexpensive and spruces up an outfit in no time.

Thoughts on this one?

As usual, thanks for visiting.

October 3, 2010

Living Room Re-do

Helped a client with her living room.

She wasn't crazy about her room set up
and asked for my suggestions.

Take a look...


(Sorry about the fuzzy photos...
I blame operator error)

As you can see, furniture pieces were squared off
and pushed up against surrounding walls.

Now take a look at


Furniture was pulled off walls, space was opened up
and accessories were streamlined.

We used only items that were already in the house.

Let me know your thoughts.

As always, thanks for visiting.