Friday, June 15, 2018

FRIDAY'S FIVE

Happy Friday to you!

1. I love a skirted table. They look great in any room! Lots of ideas and inspiration in this article I found on Pinterest.

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2. A gorgeous home renovation in New Orleans. (My husband and I took the train down for a long weekend this month. I'm going to tell you about it soon.)



3. Guess who has another book coming out? House Beautiful shares some sneak peaks here.



4. This might just be the perfect white t-shirt for summer from Old Navy. I've been wearing mine with jeans and turquoise colored earrings every time I leave the house. I'm digging all the ruffles this season.

 


5. My newest gadget making my chores easier. Have y'all ever used these? I should have bought them years ago!

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Have a great weekend!

Kathryn


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

LEMON CHICKEN PICCATA

I've never made Chicken Piccata before. It sounded too complicated. But when I came across this recipe on Cassie Sugarplum's blog, I knew I could do it. There weren't a ton of ingredients, and it sounded pretty easy to put together.

It turned out great! I'm definitely a fan. The best part--it didn't take forever to make. Now I have a new, quick and delicious recipe for weeknights during the school year.

It's way too good to keep to myself...


Ingredients:

1 lb cooked pasta (I used linguine) 
4 - 6 chicken breast cutlets
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup All-purpose flour
3/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 cup of chicken stock or broth (I used broth)
2 lemons, juiced
1/4 cup of capers
chopped parsley for garnish


Directions:

  • Heat the olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat. 
  • Salt and pepper the chicken to taste and flour both sides of the breasts or cutlets. 
  • Saute chicken on both sides until thoroughly cooked. 
  • Remove from skillet and set aside.


  • Leave the chicken juices in the skillet and add the broth, heavy cream, lemon juice, and capers. 
  • Bring to a boil. 
  • Reduce heat and simmer until sauce starts to thicken. This took longer than I thought it would. I probably let it simmer around 15 minutes (maybe longer), stirring occasionally.

  • When the sauce begins to thicken, put the chicken back in and simmer a few more minutes. 
  • Spoon the sauce over the cutlets.


  • Serve over the pasta and get ready for lots of compliments!



If you aren't serving a crowd, you probably won't need the full pound of pasta. We had plenty left over.

Enjoy!!

Kathryn

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

10 STYLING IDEAS FOR BOOKSHELVES

Welcome to the first official post of summer! 

Here in the South, the days are now wonderfully long, it's much too hot for coffee, and the humidity gives everyone's hair a life of its own. I love every single minute of it!

My bookshelves have been the same for a good while, except for a tweak here and there, and I'm thinking of making some changes. Before I do, I thought I'd show you how they are currently styled and share some of my favorite styling tips and ideas. 




We have dark built-ins on both sides of our fire place in our living room. That makes decorating the shelves a challenge; not everything shows up well against the finish. The wall color in the room is Shaker Beige by Benjamin Moore. It's a light khaki, kind of a creamy tan color and perfect if you're looking for a good neutral. It's a favorite of mine, and I've suggested it to lots of friends and family.  



The main accent color in the room is blue, thanks to a sofa we bought without even sitting on it (story for another post). 


So, it made perfect sense to display some of my collected blue and white with the books on the bookshelves.


All that led to this arrangement, and this is how they've looked for a while.  





1. Books - They are shelves for books, after all. Before starting, take inventory of your books, and decide how much space you want to devote to them. I love shelves full of nothing but books, but really I prefer a mix of items. Thrift stores are great places to find colorful, often inexpensive books to get your shelves going. We've actually read some of these, and some I've picked up thrifting for as little as ten cents. 

2. Add art - Art helps give the shelves a layered look and doesn't have to be hung. Just lean it on the back of the shelves. I've included four pieces in my arrangements. The old man with children fishing at the sea (bottom left) was $2 from an antique mall. The framed poppies (top left) was the first piece of art purchased when we moved in some 14 years ago this summer. The unframed canvas (top right) might be my favorite; it was painted by a student. The red bird I picked up because he was pretty. 

3. Use items from a collection - If you've been around Woodbank Lane for any amount of time, you know milkglass and blue and white ceramics are the two things I like to collect. I mixed in a little of both in different shapes and sizes.

4. Add (faux) flowers - I'm not offended at all by faux flowers and loved the look of the white ones I'm using on both sides of the cases. 

5. Add interest - For added interest, I leaned an empty picture frame behind the red bird. I also used two small busts and a gray distressed peacock (I think it's a peacock) I found at a thrift store about a year ago. 

6. Use something green - If your shelves are in a well-lit room, using real plants is a beautiful idea. I don't have that luxury, so I used faux again: a moss ball and box wood balls in a blue and white bowl (right picture, middle shelf).

7. Display sentimental objects - I'm not currently displaying anything sentimental on my shelves, but I think it's a great idea. 

8. Add something that says something - I found my white apple at TJ Maxx. Do you know a teacher without one? :-)

9. Be symmetrical - Not everyone likes symmetry, but I believe symmetry is your friend. It's appealing to the eye and looks so neat. I tried to arrange the objects about the same on both sides so they would be almost mirror images.  

10. Pick a shape for the shelves - My shelves are decorated in the shape of a diamond, meaning simply that I've used fewer things on the top and bottom shelves and filled more of the middle shelves. A triangular arrangement would also work, for example. 



No telling what they will look like next month! 

Enjoy your summer day...

Kathryn

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

WHAT I'VE PAINTED LATELY

The spring is always incredibly busy for me at work. Closing out the school year is no joke! That makes it hard to dive into any major projects, but I'm never too busy for a can of spray paint. :-)


A few weeks ago I decided to clean out in the attic before the Alabama heat sets in, and I brought down this small mouth vase. I've had it for so long, I can't remember where it came from. If I had to guess, though, I'd say T J Maxx.


Most of my vases and jars have larger openings and require a good many more stems or flowers to make them look full.


But this one is easier to fill because of the small opening.


I decided I wanted a true white for the color, and this is what I ended up using. I picked mine up at Home Depot. Of course you can always get it from Amazon, too.


Before I started painting, I wiped down the vase really well with a damp paper towel. I then dried it off and started the transformation.


The paint went on great, and I didn't have any issues (other than the bugs that always show up when I'm trying to paint!).


I'm happy to report that I like it all over again. It feels brand new. The only problem I've had is that I like it in every room. :-) In the two pictures above, the vase is in a vignette in the living room atop a round skirted table. I rarely show this room. The lighting in there is not the best.

The picture below is the dining room.


Needless to say, it's no longer in the garage sale pile from the attic. A little spray paint goes a long way.

Here are a few of my other spray paint projects:







Two more days until summer... Are you as ready for it as I am??

Kathryn