If you don't know by now, I'll let you in on a little secret..... I have a love affair with crowns. So when I saw these darling towels my heart skipped a beat!
I also have a love/ hate relationship with these:
BIrds! I love the image of birds on about everything from rubber stamps, note cards, pictures, figurines and on & on. I just don't like what birds do when they take over your swimming pool and do their deeds everywhere!
But, you can find these cheerful tea towels at Teresa Sheeley's Etsy Shoppe. Teresa has the most lovely things and beautiful artwork too. If you purchase these tea towels, perhaps I could come over for tea .......say high noon!
Well, I am getting there....... Making progress towards getting my house in order! That's what I think........ My husband thinks a little differently..............are you surprised? Charlie came home from training camp yesterday. He made the comment that a lot of progress hasn't been made in our lower level!!!
The lower level is where my craft room/studio is & a there is lots of stuff. I am dedicating myself to at least an hour a day to get this space in order. First, to minimize the clutter and secondly because I miss creating!!!! I have been busy meeting people here in St. Louis and going out and about. Everyone here is so nice, & it is definitely refreshing from some of the places I have lived. I think it is the Midwest meets the South and what a great combination for friendliness & hospitality.
I have been to dinner with two sets of neighbors, several invitations to parties/gatherings, and a dear friend from Michigan threw a party in my honor last weekend to meet her friends. So that said.........I have been staying quite busy!
I have been working on my living room and that is coming together quite nicely..........
It has been fun moving different accessories around to different rooms than our previous house. Then there is the task of merging accessories, pictures, and mirrors and trying to find the right home for them in a totally different type of space. We have edited some pieces and added only a few! I still have a lot of pictures & mirrors that are not yet on the walls. I need one of my girlfriends with an eye for design to help me out!
So, I have just resigned myself that it takes time to make a house a home. However, in this football coaching business time is not always our friend! I'll be back next week with some more pictures of my progress. Have a great weekend everyone!
It's always fun to get out and about....... and shake things up a bit! That's what Charlie and I did a couple of weeks ago before he headed to training camp. We decided to abandon our work clothes (from all the moving and unpacking) and head downtown for an evening of fun.
Tim Cunningham a fabulous R & B saxophone player and former football player of Charlie's was performing at the St. Louis Jazz Cafe. Tim a former football player Michigan State University, played in the early 1980's while Charlie was coaching there.
The St. Louis Jazz Cafe is a great venue where patrons can enjoy cocktail, appetizer, or meal while listening to great music in an intimate atmosphere. We were honored to have seat right next to the stage with Tim's wife Lorann and his mother-in-law Jen. This was our first time meeting them & they were a great pair.
Me & Lorann
Some serious jazz.......
To learn more about Tim & his music you can check him out here: at TimCunningham.Com. HIs newest CD is entitled Manchester Road which is the name of a main street here in the St. Louis area.
Tommorrow evening Tim will be performing in his hometown at The Old Town Jazz Festival, in Lansing, MI. If you are in the area make sure to check him out.
I made this for dinner last week and it was absolutely awesome............. I served this wonderful dish with a grilled pork tenderloin seasoned with Ellbee Garlic Rub. This is a perfect summer recipe highlighting fresh corn, tomatoes, and zucchini. As always, this is another perfect recipe from William Sonoma, with just the right proportion of seasoning and ingredients. My family loved this recipe and I hope yours will too........
Baked Penne with Corn, Zucchini and Basil
Enriched with two kinds of cheeses, this baked pasta showcases favorite summer vegetables at their seasonal best, including sweet corn, zucchini and fresh tomatoes.
Kosher salt, to taste
1/2 lb. penne
6 Tbs. olive oil, plus more as needed
Kernels cut from 2 ears of corn
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
8 zucchini, about 2 lb. total, cut into half-moons
1/2 yellow onion, diced
4 tomatoes, cored, seeded and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 Tbs. sliced garlic
1 tsp. chopped fresh oregano
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 Tbs. tomato paste
1/4 cup white wine
1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
6 oz. mozzarella cheese, grated
2 oz. Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated
Preheat an oven to 400ºF.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Generously salt the water, add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain the pasta and rinse under cold running water. Set aside.
In a 12-inch nonstick fry pan over medium-high heat, warm 3 Tbs. of the olive oil. Add the corn, season with salt and black pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the corn is lightly golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl. Set aside.
Return the pan to medium-high heat and warm the remaining 3 Tbs. olive oil. Working in batches, add the zucchini, season with salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the zucchini is tender and golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Add to the bowl with the corn. Repeat with the remaining zucchini, adding more oil to the pan as needed.
Set the pan over medium-low heat. Add the onion, 1 tsp. salt and black pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, about 2 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, garlic, oregano and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes soften and begin to form a sauce, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute. Add the wine and cook until the wine has reduced and the sauce is fairly thick, about 3 minutes more.
Add the pasta, tomato sauce, basil, mozzarella and half of the Parmigiano-Reggiano to the bowl with the vegetables and stir to combine. Transfer to the fry pan and sprinkle the remaining Parmigiano-Reggiano on top. Transfer the pan to the oven and bake until golden brown on top, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve warm. Serves 8.