Friday, July 5, 2013


Some people are off today and enjoying a long weekend.  Some of us will work today . I am grateful that I love my work !! Enjoy your day !

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Summer time meal...Courtesy of Max!

I just called home and they swimming in the pool today and filling it up ...Summer has seemed to come so quick!!

With a family as big as mine you have lots of input on what they would like to do at the pool and what they want Big Da to grill.

Max, the four year old, told me months ago that he only wants Big Da to grill roast.......but the way he says it is what makes it so special.

 Max and his Daddy!

  His eyes get soooo big and deepens his voice and says "ROOOOAST" !! 

 I can't really figure where this comes from but I can tell you this..We Will Have Roast !

So, think I will have a summer gathering in honor of Max and then work my way up the ladder to the oldest grandchild, by then I can only guess what we will be grilling .

Max's Menu:

fresh farmer's market veggies and homemade ranch dressin
Watermelon lemonade punch

grilled corn on the cob with basil butter

Farfalle ,Brie, and Tomatoes Salad

Rocky Mountain Pork Roast

Assorted cookies from Ambrosia Bakery


Watermelon Lemonade is so delicious and refreshing and very easy. Mix Country time lemonade mix with pureed watermelon and chill.  It is fantastic........and for the adults it is perfect with vodka and mint garnish.

I use fresh basil to blend with softened butter and rub it on my ears of corn with kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper and wrap in foil  Evetyone will want more than one !

My little ones love fun shaped pasta so I use different ones but Farfalle is perfect for this salad. 
4 large ripe tomatoes,seeded and diced
1 pound Brie cheese ,rind removed and cut in one inch pices
1 cup loosely packed chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon salat
1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1 pound bow tie pasta cooked al dente 

In large bowl, combine tomatoes, Brie,basil, garlic 2/3 cup olive oil salt and pepper.  Cover and let stand at room temp up to 4 hours.  Add the pasta and toss.   I also like adding capers to this recipe and fresh shaved Parmesan cheese.

Rocky Mountain Pork Roast is so yummy and makes great left over sandwiches !!

3 pound Pork Tenderloin
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup soy sauce
6 Tablesp[oons honey
2 small shallots peeled and halved
2 large cloves garlic peeled and halved
2 bay leaves crumbled
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley

in processor combine lemon juice soy sauce honey shallots garlic bay leaves salt pepper mustard ginger and parsley. Puree and pour over tenderloin and coat well.  cove and marinate in fridge overnight and turn occasionly.

preheat grill to medium high heat , Grill pork ,reserving marinade. turn frequently.
about 20 min. or till temp is 170 degrees
Remove to serving platter and cover with foil to keep warm.  Place reserved marinade in saucepan and heat to boiling.  boil till reduced slightly.
Slice the pork and serve with the marinade.

Note : I like grillilg lemons and placing them on the platter with the pork.. A little extra lemon juice is always good !!

Well, I can see the action watering the plants, jumping in the pool, shooting water guns and just lovin being together again.  

You know you can't get enough or have too much of these times with the ones you love. 

 While it is going on and you are busy answering lots of little questions, getting the meal ready and listening to all the loud music you wonder if you have the energy and then  you hear that precious laughter and the hugs and kisses and " Dear , your'e the BEST ".  and it is all perfect.

Big Da kinda likes all that too !!!

I had to share one more of the little man swimming with the dolphins!

Get your summer on !


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Please check out my Dear Sandy feature in the Sentinel Record GO Magazine this morning .. I had so much fun doing this !

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Window dressing

It is tough to find affordable yet stylish ready made drapery panels but I have them .  Will be posting the different fabrics and pricing very soon ....

Monday, April 29, 2013

Exciting flooring options

There are so many affordable and good looking options in flooring today but one that people are finding exciting is the luxury vinyls .  They not only look like fantastic wood planks or stone tiles but they are easy to install and priced well below other options.  I have some great displays here at The Design Center with Sandy Sutton !! We can get you free estimates .... Get ready for amazing floors !

See ya .


Saturday, April 27, 2013

Lazy morning

Do I love a lazy Saturday morning ???  You bet I do !

They just don't come around that often .  Hope your Saturday is lazy too .

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Upholstered Wall Madness!

Upholstered walls are not just for the criminally insane anymore..  Nope!  I was recently thumbing through the latest issue of Veranda and was drooling over a feature on said walls.  How fabulous were some of these!?  

It got me thinking about this wonderful technique and I have found some of my favorites below.  

Love these framed paneled walls trimmed out with nail head

What a fabulous way to soften a baby's room!  Love this paneled wall!

How luxe and rich is this three panel system and this settee is to die for!

One way to give the paneled look is to add a simple banding around the edges of a wall and then glue on large nail heads.  

I love this little work space with the paneled pieces behind which can also serve as a tack board!

What a great way to really soften an existing area without having to paint over beautiful wood!

Call me Crazy...but these beautiful pieces are enough to drive ME insane...and that would be just fine with me if these padded walls were in my room!

Until Next Time,