Month: May 2018

Decor: Modern Barn in England?

While being driven through the countryside in England, I am fascinated by the array of beautiful brick homes perched along the narrow roads, surrounded by miles of greenery. So it was interesting that I stumbled upon a modern take in Oxfordshire on these wonderful structures. THE OLD THE NEW – click below on photo for a tour

Travel: Topics Covered by Raw Silk and Saffron

I am very certain that most everyone has a busy week ahead – with end of school, possible graduation, baby showers, bridal showers, start of vacation – something is keeping each and every one of us on our toes. So here’s to all the planning, and attending or participating and enjoying: And for Travel – go here

Decor: Home Office Space

Since downgrading my home to a comfy studio in the city, I realize the only space I miss is a home-office. Although I’ve managed to create a corner in the large studio for a desk of my own – I still feel a dedicated room for my hobbies and writing is much needed. And so the dreaming and planning begins – for such a space in a future home with a combination of these decorating ideas. {featured image source}

Travel: Destination Wedding

The idea of a prince marrying an American girl was something the Hallmark channel mastered  – telling a story that could only be a fairytale. I mean, in real life, there was Grace Kelly who married Prince Rainier III of Monaco in the late 50’s. But we were all too young to remember that one and so we resolved, watching and daydreaming through the Hallmark movies – until of course late last year, when it was  announced that Prince Harry would marry Meghan Markle on May 19. So I thought it would be fun to share a destination wedding venue to consider in case you are  planning a fairytale wedding of your own.

Food: Dinner Tonight – Garlic Shrimp with Honey Drizzle

Although I am following a no-carb no sugar diet, I have to consider the family when preparing dinner – Meaning to clarify – a dish where I can leave out the carbs and enjoy the key parts of the meal to feed my dietary needs. Like this amazing recipe I found here: In this case I simply eat the shrimp and avocado, and pass up on the rice, beans and just maybe have two slices of the plantain or maybe not (I need to be good) INGREDIENTS 1 pound raw tail on shrimp 1/4 cup olive oil 2 tablespoons honey 4-6 cloves garlic finely minced or grated (I like using around 4) 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger 2 jalapenos seeded + chopped 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (use less for less heat maybe 1/4-1/2 teaspoon) 1 teaspoon cumin 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped 4 tablespoons butter 1/4 cup canned coconut milk 2 tablespoons fresh basil chopped + more fore serving kosher salt + pepper steamed white rice + black beans + sliced avocado for serving FRIED PLANTAINS 4 inch yellow plantains sliced into 1/2 rounds oil for frying flaky sea salt {more}

Culture: Topics of Discussion Over Cocktails and Sushi

Have you ever considered a sushi night get-together? I mean catering sushi for a cocktail party hosted by, well…you? Something like – you provide the sushi and the guests provide the cocktails. And I do mean provide the cocktails (recipe index card included) for that amazing bar-keeper to create the masterpiece drink of choice. And when all the conversation has run out about sushi and cocktails, here are some interesting topics you might want to consider bringing up to fuel discussions among the crowd…