Friday, December 28, 2012

Happy New Dreams

What a wonderful way to think about the new year.
Happy New Dreams.
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My DREAM is for us to move safely.
For sunny NEW DAYS at the beach.
To have a simple wedding day, with many years to DESIRE one another.
NEW WAYS to celebrate the holidays.
A YEAR of happiness, healthiness and to leave the past two years of death, cancer and family disruptions aside.
And last but definitely not least, a NEW ME that is happier, and comfortable with letting the world know my beliefs without hiding under a rock, with fear.
To all my readers,
I wish you all a very happy NEW YEAR.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Roasted rib-eye garnished with fruits

How delicious does this rib-eye look?
I found the recipe on Pinterest and discovered a lovely new blog with many scrumptious recipes to try.
Here's the recipe from La Casa Sin Tiempo:
Roasted rib-eye garnished with fruits
A piece of rib-eye according to the size you wish
½ glass of white wine
Olive oil, garlic, salt and grounded pepper
A bunch of herbs (thyme, rosemary, sage)
Green apples (or red, if you prefer) and pears.

First of all, put olive oil all over the meat and flavour it with crushed garlic, salt and pepper rubbing them well. Pre-heat the oven in 240°C. This initial high temperature will be for sealing and thus, avoiding the juice to leak out of the meat. After flavoured, tie the meat with a string all over the piece so its shape will be kept. Cut the apples and pears in halves by their longitude (do not peel them) keeping the stalk. Put the bunch of herbs under the rib-eye in a roaster, place the apples and pears among it and baste everything with white wine. The roaster goes into the pre-heated oven in high temperature (240°C). Then, at this time, lower the oven for 200°C and roast the meat for about 40 minutes. Every now and again sprinkle the meat and fruits with the wine from the bottom of the roaster. If you prefer it well done, it should remain in the oven until it gets gilded.
Delicious, right?

Sunday, November 18, 2012

New York, New York

Photo 6 - (undisclosed Address), New York, NY 10013
Photo 5 - (undisclosed Address), New York, NY 10013
Photo 1 - (undisclosed Address), New York, NY 10013
Photo 2 - (undisclosed Address), New York, NY 10013
Photo 3 - (undisclosed Address), New York, NY 10013

Here's a New York listing from Zillow.

"A warm and sophisticated layout, the sixth floor residence is a one-of-a-kind full floor 2 bedroom plus windowed study and 3.5 bathroom home. A lush private terrace has 644 sun-drenched square feet accessible via the living room and master bedroom and provides an open-air retreat with the potential for outdoor grilling. Set above the quintessential SoHo town scape, the northern skyline views offer a sense of spaciousness and light unique to the neighborhood. Renowned architect and designer William T. Georgis fused the open plans found downtown with the hierarchy of uptown, pre-war apartments to create an elegant and exclusive environment. Upon entry from the locked elevator is a gracious formal gallery luxuriously scaled to exhibit artwork. The gallery leads to a generously proportioned living room with a triple exposure created by 70 linear feet of windows and 10'-7'' ceilings. The adjacent kitchen with windowed seating area is offset from the living space to allow for cooking privacy while remaining open to the living room to create a natural flow for entertaining. Rich custom quartersawn black walnut and stainless steel cabinetry is effortlessly balanced with Bethel white granite countertops from Vermont. Appliances are by Gaggenau and Miele plus a 36'' fridge and wine cooler with additional refrigerator drawers by SubZero. The exquisite ensuite master bathroom is swathed in hand-selected statuary Carrara marble slabs that have been meticulously bookmatched. 644 SF private balcony. "
Any guesses to the price?
Only *sneeze* $8.2 million...I guess that's good for New York.

Cassidy Gifford's Teen Vogue Shoot

Cassidy Gifford did a short video for her Teen Vogue shoot.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Best Breakfasts

Oh, how I love the Pinterest breakfast ideas.
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A fruit omelet.
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Breakfast tray, how charming.
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Eggs? Sunny side up.
If I could have a luxury, I think it would be to live close by to a fantastic restaurant, that serves a delicious breakfasts.
Aren't these dishes to die for? Well the recipes are pinned onto my Pinterest boards. Along with many more.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Susan Branch's Molasses Cookies

Susan Branch
Susan was writing a post on traditions and shared her Grandma's recipe for frosted molasses cookies. The ones she baked looked delicious. Perfect with a pot of freshly brewed tea.
I got the Susan Branch 2013 calendar. I've already marked in a few birthdays, and read through her pages.
Susan Branch
I just love her watercolors and would love her book for my Holiday gift.

Hint, hint...nudge, nudge.
Susan Branch


Saturday, October 27, 2012

Ina Garten's Sunday Routine

Ina Garten aka The Barefoot Contessa; lives in The Hampton's, and also has apartments in New York & Paris.
I recently found her routine:
 COFFEE AND OATMEAL Sunday is my favorite day of the week, totally. I get up around 7:30, get the house together, and then I make breakfast: oatmeal and coffee. I put the oatmeal in the microwave for three minutes, McCann’s quick-cooking oatmeal. I never use instant. It has no texture. I brew some Eli’s coffee, put it in my big white mug, add milk and then sit at the kitchen table and read the paper. I do everything at the kitchen table: it has a metal base and concrete top, and it’s in an alcove that faces south and overlooks the garden.
  BLOGGING IN THE BARN After breakfast, I wander over to the barn; not an actual barn, but a barn like structure I built six years ago after we bought the property next door. It has a 2,000-square-foot kitchen, which is great, because until then I did all my filming and cooking in the house; it’s nice to have a separate space for work. My partner, Frank, shows up at the barn and we test recipes and work on the blog. I started a Facebook blog three weeks ago and already have 100,000 followers. Amazing. I had resisted and resisted: I didn’t even know what it meant to be liked on Facebook. But I jumped into the abyss, and now I’m splashing around.
  SUBJECT MATTER Each week I focus the blog on one of four things: cooking, travel, entertaining or house and garden. After I had Elmo on my show, I wrote about it and included the recipe for Elmo’s heart-healthy cookies.
  OUT TO LUNCH At noon, Jeffrey and I put the top down on the Mini Cooper and we either drive out to Duryea’s in Montauk or to Hampton Bays to the Canal Cafe. I have a lobster roll or some type of grilled fish; I don’t like fancy food.
  SHOPPING STOPS We might stop at Eli’s in Amagansett to pick up some food for the week, but I also make the rounds of the garden stores: my favorites are Lynch’s in Southampton and Marders in Bridgehampton. We’ve got two acres, and although some of it is lawn, the kitchen garden is about a quarter of an acre.
  PLANTS DU JOUR In the late afternoon, I’ll plant whatever we bought that day. Last week it was zucchini, dahlias in a beautiful plum color and French melons. I just like to get my hands dirty on Sundays.
  MASSAGE TRADITION Every Sunday at 6 p.m. for the last 27 years I’ve had a massage. In 1985, I was working really hard, and one day I told myself, “I’m not having enough fun.” So I did two things: I got myself a red Mustang convertible and started having massages. I don’t have the Mustang anymore, but I still have the same masseuse!
  COLONIAL TAKEOUT For dinner, Jeffrey orders takeout from the 1770 House and brings it home. I watch “60 Minutes” and the must-see Sunday TV shows; now it’s “The Killing,” but I’m excited about Aaron Sorkin’s new show, “The Newsroom.” Jeffrey watches “The Killing” with one eye closed; he wakes up at 4, so he’s entitled to fall asleep at 9 or 10. I tend to watch until 11.
You may also want to see other posts I've done on Ina at my other blog

Friday, October 26, 2012

Inspiration 10.26

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What a nice little laundry area.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Estee Lauder Family Photo

Lauder family gathering: A 1978 photograph shows how close an eight-year-old Aerin (front centre was to her grandmother Estee (directly behind)
Lauder family gathering in 1978


Bobby Kennedy is selling the home where Mary Kennedy died

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is selling the mansion where his wife Mary was found hanged - and is now believed to be making plans to move to Los Angeles to live with his girlfriend, actress Cheryl Hine.

The 58-year-old lawyer and environmentalist has put the sprawling seven-bedroom house in Bedford,Westchester, up for sale for just under $4 million - five months after his wife's death.
Tragic: Bobby Kennedy is selling the house where Mary died, it was revealed today
The house the family lived in

Family history: The house is filled with mementos of the Kennedys
The entry

Patriotic: The hallway is decorated with pictures of the American flag
Stairway, with patriotic flags

Tranquility before tragedy: The master bedroom
The master bedroom

Peaceful: Mary Kennedy had worked hard to turn the property into a tranquil eco-home before her death
The master bathroom

Kennedy spread: The lounge features a bookshelf and eco-friendly floors
The living room

Kennedy spread: The lounge features a bookshelf and eco-friendly floors
The livingroom, from a different view

A kitchen fit for a Kennedy: The sprawling kitchen with all mod-cons
The kitchen, with energy saving appliances

Family room: Now the family home is being sold
TV room

Pretty in pink: The sprawling Kennedy home boasts seven bedrooms
Their daughter's bedroom

The swimming pool is set amid 10 acres of land
The back yard, with an enclosed swimming pool.

All images from Daily Mail

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Starbucks Frappuccino's

My dad, as some of you may know has been battling pancreatic cancer for 21 months.
He's always had phases:
Latest computer phase

Band instrument phase
Video capturing phase
Video editing phase
Dinner plate and kitchen collectibles phase
Boating phase
Woodwork phase
Growing a garden phase
and right now, a Starbucks chilled frappuccino phase.
I buy as many bottles as I can carry when I go visit, last time I got him 5.
Have you ever had phases?

Friday, September 7, 2012

Alternatives to Wedding Cakes

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Here are a few alternatives to a 'traditional' wedding cake, found on Pinterest.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Martha Stewart's Cantitoe Corners Home

Situated on 153 acres Martha Stewart has a home in Bedford, in Westchester County, New York. It was first settled in 1784, and was bought by Martha in 2000.
Martha resides in the 1925 farmhouse (the Winter House), shown above – a three-story abode fronted by a long porch and dormer windows on the third level. Adjacent to the farmhouse is the property's original abode: a 1770 Colonial house, known as the Summer House. There is also a nearby tenant’s cottage, where her daughter, Alexis, lives when she is visiting. The property also contains a guest house, known as the Maple Avenue House, and a contemporary house deeper on the property.
The Driveway
The Stables
Cantitoe Corners



Monday, August 27, 2012

Belle Haven, Greenwich, CT

51 Glenwood Dr, Greenwich, CT 06830
51 Glenwood Dr, Greenwich, CT 06830
51 Glenwood Dr, Greenwich, CT 06830
51 Glenwood Dr, Greenwich, CT 06830
51 Glenwood Dr, Greenwich, CT 06830
51 Glenwood Dr, Greenwich, CT 06830
51 Glenwood Dr, Greenwich, CT 06830
51 Glenwood Dr, Greenwich, CT 06830
51 Glenwood Dr, Greenwich, CT 06830
51 Glenwood Dr, Greenwich, CT 06830

On beautifully gardened and level property with stately trees, this handsome 1925 brick and clapboard center hall Georgian with a widow's walk and a wood shingle roof has memorable architecture, great character, high ceilings and classical detailing. The brick end gable has a charming second-floor bay window. The driveway leads to a courtyard, and the front facade has columns and a Palladian window over the entrance doorway with an ornate fanlight. The center hall has a graceful curving stairway, a powder room and wide-board floors which continue into the gracious living room with a fireplace, a high ceiling, painted panelling, bookcases and three exposures with tall windows including views of the water. The formal dining room with a lovely fireplace has elegant plaster moldings, a high ceiling and south-facing windows with views as does the richly panelled library with bookcases and french doors to a flagstone terrace. The family room with a fireplace and built-ins adjoins the renovated kitchen with a bay window in the eating area, a door to the mudroom with a powder room, a door to the garage for four cars, and a classic butler's pantry leading into a charming panelled office with delightful plaster bas reliefs in the upper walls. Upstairs, the Palladian window gives a wonderful feel to the main hall, and the master bedroom suite has a fireplace in the bedroom with a bay window to the east, a south view to the water, a study with a wall of south-facing windows, a whirlpool bathroom with a separate shower, a dressing room and walk-in closets. There are five additional bedrooms, four with renovated en suite bathrooms, a back stairs and a wonderful third-floor studio with a large skylight and both north and south exposures. The lower level has a playroom with a fireplace and various storerooms. A wonderful extra asset is the separate garage apartment with a large living room, a kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom. This marvelous home of the 1920s with all renovated bathrooms and central air conditioning is in a top location only a block from the club with walking and bicycling from the front door on the beautiful, traffic-free lanes of the Belle Haven association with its private security and park like landscaping.
Priced at $8,495,000 I Source
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