I was folding clothes the other evening in Willows room and since she shares a Jack and Jill bathroom with the guest bedroom I had a nice long view of the sun setting in the western window. Sunset is my favorite time in the guest bedroom, the light trickles in warmly.
I tend to gravitate toward simple, classic, design but in the bedrooms I really love to mix and match patterns. Blue and white is a classic combination that I love. The mix in this room of soft flannel and cable knit is perfect for the Virginia winter.
I pulled a couple of things from the garden room when I made the switch. I had purchased the navy and cream Ikat drapes already from Wayfair.com. They were waiting to be hung (for a year) so I borrowed them for a little bit. The garden room is becoming an office for me this summer so the drapes can stay for a season at least.
I recently moved my office upstairs since we were swimming in paperwork, and inventory for the online store. The guest bedroom had to move downstairs. The switcheroo was perfect because there is a wall of built-ins for the office now, and the inventory finally has a home. Guests have an easier time being downstairs too.
The two wicker chairs sit nicely by the window and give guests a place to set their belongings.
The navy buffalo check bedding is from Pottery Barn Kids years ago. I was hoping to switch everything out for Spring but I think I will just wait until next Spring and remodel the whole room. Still keeping with classic blue and white, but fresher, brighter, and a little more floral. Think Chinoiserie lamps, soft buffalo checks, custom bedding with matching drapes and fresh hydrangeas from my garden. And FOR. THE. LOVE...maybe some new windows as well. The bed was a $100 craigslist find 7 years ago. It is a little chippy in places but I'm still in love. The headboard lights up via a touch plate and the warm pine is the perfect compliment to the navy in the room.
Do you love classic blue and white, buffalo check, warm pine tones? Let me know in the comments below!
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Instagram is my favorite place to be these days. In fact, right now while I am trying to put together this post I am falling down a rabbit hole of @Corgistagrams and #petduck hashtags. I find Instagram to be full of talented people with great aesthetic. But I mean really...#petduck is my new favorite hashtag to follow.
This post from @ducksmakegreatpets though! Sweet Jesus get me a duck to hug STAT!
All ducks aside...I have a list of 5 Instagram accounts to get you excited about Spring gardening. @BraebourneFarm is at the top of my list. This Australian based Instagram account gives me life all winter long. The Allee's of pleached trees and agapanthus are the most spectacular I have ever seen.
The Art Of Gardening
This one I recently started following on Instagram and this account does not disappoint! It is one of many that doesn't post original content but gathers inspiration from other Instagrammers and the internet at large.
She has one of the most beautifully neat gardens I've seen. The hardscape is to die for and the overall formal design is so happy and bright. Her use of whites is especially gorgeous. She also has a website/blog which gets me through the awful Virginia winter. Since she is in Australia there is a seasonal juxtaposition that works so very well for me.
Positioned in the Northwestern U.S. Floret one of my biggest inspirations for our cut flower business that will be launching this Spring (you know in the next 90 days!) All of our cut flower seed will come from Floret this Spring and Summer. We have a lot of space here for flower farming but we are starting with about 3000 sq. ft. near the vegetable garden.
I just love him! He has been dubbed Scandinavias Martha Stewart and his feed is inspiring. He not only has a glorious instagram feed but his own line of bulbs in Denmark. P.S. isn't that Allium magnificient.
Make sure you follow these 5 Instagram accounts to get you excited about Spring gardening! They are all sure to inspire you in your own garden. Oh...and don't forget those sweet little ducks. Follow them too.
Shirataki Pasta is my new jam. All day....errrryday, Shirataki. This Shirataki Mushroom Fettucine recipe is everyTHANG. With very little/nearly no carbs in these Japanese Konjac flour noodles it is perfect for people on the Ketogenic Diet like me. And by the way, I'm still going strong on Keto almost two weeks later and I've lost 5 pounds. I'm struggling to get the necessary fat, but y'all...my brain! My brain feels so clear and so sharp. As in, I don't wander around all day trying to figure out what to do next. In a fog is the only way I can describe it.
What is it about processed foods/gluten that makes me feel so awful? For one, all of that awfulness raises my thyroid antibodies which are right now, out of control. Since I have Hashimoto's disease, I am desperately trying to lower my antibodies so I can feel better. Eventhough I take high levels of medication, it still doesn't totally help me feel okay. This Shirataki Mushroom Fettuccine recipe is here to keep me on track.
It's mushrooms, garlic, brie, coconut milk, all the keto fats you need to help you reach those daily Macros.
The mushrooms are simmered in Kerry Gold butter, garlic, and coconut milk. The brie gets tossed in, noodles swished around, and the whole thing topped with fresh herbs. Keto dream noodle status.
SHIRATAKI MUSHROOM FETTUCINE RECIPE
Servings: 1* | Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 20 minutes
1 Tbsp Kerry Gold Salter Butter
2 cloves of garlic, minced
3 mushrooms (any kind) sliced
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 cup of Brie cheese, cubed and trimmed of rind
1/2 cup coconut milk
One package of Shirataki noodles
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1 Tbsp Fresh parsley
Add butter to a heated pan
Saute' garlic and mushrooms over low/medium heat until tender and fragrant about 10 minutes.
Turn the heat up to medium
Add coconut milk and simmer for 5 minutes
Add cubed Brie and dried parsley until fully melted, stirring often
Add Shirataki noodles and simmer for another 5 minutes
Slide it into a bowl and top it with fresh parsley
*servings are relative: This is great for one person for lunch or two people as a side at dinner.
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Forced Dragons Blood Tulips have to be one of the MOST beautiful forced bulbs out there. I rarely, if ever, have red flowers in the house. Red is a little bit jarring to me and contrasts with the soft grays and creams we have used throughout.
There is a big but here. But...I recently decided on the richest charcoal gray for our new library space. It reads as a little black but not so black that it sucks the light out of the room. Against this charcoal, the forced Dragons Blood Tulips pop.
To force tulips you will need to either refrigerate them or keep them in an unheated space for at least 6 weeks. At that point, you will simply pop them into a bulb forcing vase, like the one pictured above. You should fill it with water just enough to reach the roots at the bottom of the bulb, no higher. I am hoping to be able to offer these vases in our store this Spring!
I've been working hard on the new library space. The built-ins are taking me longer than I expected because of all of the rain we have had here. I mostly use the saw outside and so the rain just ruins it for me. Here is a pull back shot where you can see a little bit of the gorgeous gray. The built-ins will be painted the same color and filled with antique leather books. I'll share more about the space when I have better pictures.
Do you love tulips? Have you ever forced Dragons Blood Tulips? Other bulbs? Let me know in the comments below!
We recently started the Ketogenic Diet here in our house. The Keto diet, as it is dubbed allows you to only have about 5% carbs each day. This works out for most people to be about 20-30 carbs per day. Really low carb y'all. If you are doing the Keto diet, you will love this spicy low carb shirataki noodles with shrimp recipe. I hope it will work out well for me, I have Hashimotos disease and apparently this low carb, high fat diet can help lower my antibodies so that I can feel better. Also, I don't like being hungry.
The Keto diet keeps you from feeling hungry. Win-win.
If you love a pasta dish but don't want the carbs, shirataki noodles are for you. Do they taste like spaghetti?
Do they taste like Asian noodles you might get in an Asian noodle soup?
The important thing here is that they hold a sauce...and isn't that the point of noodles really? A vehicle for a sauce. The Japanese have been eating Shirataki noodles for a long time. They are high in water-soluable fiber and low in carbohydrates. Low means 4g total per serving (3g fiber). Low, low, low.
The texture is not totally unlike a regular noodle, think more al-dente. I start by rinsing them in warm water and then drying them on paper towels. Make sure you dry them. If you don't they get slippery and have trouble holding the sauce and remember that's the point of this whole thing.
This spicy low carb shirataki noodles with shrimp recipe is a go-to for me. They really take about 5 minutes to make and is a yummy work from home lunch. Any work from home-ers out there? Do you struggle with lunch as much as I do? You know your hungry but you can't take a break so you tear yourself away from the computer only to go in the kitchen and guzzle snacks or your kids leftover breakfast?
Not saying I do that or anything.
I'm just saying...now you can whip up spicy pasta with almost no carbs in 5 minutes!
The spicy here is Sriracha. Let us take a moment to give a round of applause for Sriracha. Sriracha is life. Sriracha everything! It's a little sweet and mostly spicy and it makes errrrrrythang taste better. So theres a lot of Sriracha, a little lime, rich sesame oil, and fresh zippy scallions in this spicy low carb Shirataki noodles with shrimp recipe.
You basically saute the shrimp with a little Sriracha, throw in the noodles, swish it around and garnish with scallions. Easy.
SPICY LOW CARB SHIRATAKI NOODLES WITH SHRIMP RECIPE
Serving size: 2
12 shrimp peeled, deveined
2 tsp sesame oil
2 Tbsp Sriracha sauce divided
8oz. package Shirataki spaghetti rinsed, drained, dried
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 green onion
1 tsp salt
In a small skillet heat sesame oil until shimmering
Add shrimp and 1 Tbsp of Sriracha and cook, stirring constantly for 5 minutes
Add the shirataki noodles and remaining 1 Tbsp of Sriracha
Turn down the heat to medium and toss the noodles and shrimp in the skillet
Add the lime juice
Saute' for an additional 5 minutes until the noodles are heated through.
Garnish with Sriracha and sliced green onions.
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Note: The serving size here is two. But let's be honest. You know if you are eating this for lunch you are going to eat the whole thing. What is pictured is one package of Shirataki which is 8oz. I have made this at dinner with meat and vegetables and my husband and I split it and it was perfect.
Not my 5 year old daughter though...because you know...Eggo Waffles.
Every two weeks in the winter I splurge on fresh flowers. It is a totally frivolous yet totally necessary expense for me. As someone who loves to grow flowers all Spring, Summer, and Fall, I can attest to the fact that winter is especially hateful for fresh flower lovers.
This Friday's fresh flowers are Stock, Waxflower, and Tulips. Three gorgeous flowers in light, pastel shades. These three are a beautiful mixture of light pink, deep pink and white.
For tall heavy flowers like stock and tulips I always use a flower frog. I have a few favorite antique flower frogs like the one pictured above. I cant remember where I found it but the metal is heavy and holds the stems nicely.
The Waxflower is beautiful and breathy with tiny juniper-like leaves. It is an evergreen that belongs to the myrtle family.
Stock is one of my favorites and a variety that I will be growing this summer in our cut flower garden. I tend to gravitate toward soft, pale, flower colors so I was really excited to find this gorgeous soft pink Stock.
Sadly, the grocery store managed to mangle it. They must have stacked it or otherwise jammed it up against other bouquets because it looks a little sad. Not to worry, Since I buy it almost every time I know that it will bounce back, fill out, and stand up straight with a fresh water and a little flower food.
The first thing I do is open up all of the stems and lay them out on the counter. I pull the vessel I am using to the edge of the counter for measuring stems. A good rule of thumb is that the arrangement should be one and a half times the height of the vessel you are using.
I start with the largest flowers with the most presence and hold it up to the container (at the level I would like it). The stock was the fullest flower so I started there. Next I layered in the WaxFlower and then popped in the tulips. This time, I was really going for a loose, just-picked, wildflower look. Nothing too formal or pretentious.
This arrangement needs a day or so to settle. The stock will stand up and the tulips will begin to open in about two to three days. After a week, I will take the stems out, change the water, and freshly cut the ends, and put them back. I am able to make arrangements last two weeks this way and end up only spending about $40.00/month on fresh flowers for the kitchen or breakfast area.
Do you love fresh flowers? Do you splurge on fresh flowers in the Winter like I do? Let me know in the comments below!
Almost every day I find myself wondering how many more days until winter is over. This morning I woke up and there was beautiful sunlight streaming through the windows. It was bright and warm.
Correction: It LOOKED bright and warm.
I grabbed my ipad straight away to see the temperature, thinking maybe it would be one of those fluke 60 degrees days when I could go outside and wander around. No. It said 26 degrees.
You know what helps me not hate winter so much? A winter window garden!
I'm not saying that I want to get off the couch and turn off Netflix or anything. I'm not saying that. No...I'll just be here wrapped up tight, sitting by the fire.
But I am saying...that if you love planting and growing as much as I do: this will bring you some life in the middle of winter.
Its a happy little spot in my winter life. We don't get any direct sunlight in that window in the winter so the mint is really stretching. At this point it's getting a little leggy. That's okay, I'll take it. In the other pots I have parsley. This morning I planted cilantro and dill in the two empty pots. That was before I lost the will to hustle and sat on the couch with my dogs for two hours drinking coffee and scrolling Instagram. Wintering is a verb in my house today.
I will probably continue to grow herbs here through the Spring and Summer. The terra cotta pots add a little warmth in the kitchen and the herbs keep things looking fresh. By the way, this is my favorite little bay window with two casement windows.
Do you have a winter window garden? A favorite window? Ideas for binge-worthy shows on Netflix? Let me know in the comments below!