Sweet Cabbage Patch!


I love red cabbage and about a year ago started buying it frequently at the market.  I usually braise it or roast it and cook them until they're soft and tender, but yesterday, I really just wanted some crunchy rawness.  (I've been on a poor nutritional feast for the past two weeks and feeling the icky effects of it, so "detox" mode kicked in).

Cue up my go-to recipe file: my Epicurious app for itouch (yes, iTouch - I am too poor to afford an iPhone :D)  I searched "cabbage", "healthy", "raw", and this was the first to pop up!  Grilled Cabbage Slaw 

It was perfect!  I don't like "regular" cole slaw because they're weirdly creamy and sweet and cold and that's just weird to me, but this one was vinaigretty and worked for me! I used balsamic since I didn't have any other vinegar and used brown instead of white sugar.   I grilled a little longer than asked for because I wanted the cabbage to be tender too and not completely raw.  Then I tossed it in the dressing and let it sit while I made the rest of my dinner.  I will be making cabbage this way more often and can't wait to try it with other vinegars!  It also keeps its color really well, which is why I took a picture of it.  After braising cabbage so many times and cooking it till it's practically brown, this bright red/purple made me giddy and feel oh so healthy!

Try it!
Peace out,

yield: Makes 6 servings
Coleslaw on the grill? Absolutely. It makes the cabbage and green onions tender and adds just a bit of smoky flavor.

  • In


    Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 1/2 cup tarragon vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil plus additional for brushing
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 medium head of red cabbage (about 1 3/4 pounds), quartered through core
  • 1 medium head of green cabbage (about 13/4 pounds), quartered through core
  • 1 bunch green onions (about 6), trimmed
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Spray grill rack with nonstick spray. Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Whisk vinegar, sugar, 1/2 cup oil, mustard, and tarragon in medium bowl. Season dressing with salt and pepper.
Brush cabbages and green onions with oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill cabbages until dark grill marks form, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Grill green onions until charred on 1 side, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer vegetables to work surface.
Chop green onions and cabbages; place in large bowl, discarding cores. Add dressing; toss to coat. Season slaw to taste with salt and pepper.

Read More http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Grilled-Red-and-Green-Cabbage-Slaw-242744#ixzz1wVTMbSPx

Jewelry Auctions: on Facebook!


R's sister, Erica, just notified me of a great place to buy jewelry (and dresses, and accessories) - right on Facebook!  They post the quantity they have and the first people to respond in the comments with "Sold" get the piece!  Sounds like a fun and easy way to shop!

I had to dig a bit to find items that I would be willing to purchase, but they've got a pretty diverse variety so I'm sure you'll find something!  If not today, maybe another week!  Also, based on the comments, they seem pretty legit (aka, not a scam).  Let me know what you think if you try them out!

Chevron Arrow Earrings, goldtone, 3 inches, qty - 3, $19

I really like these earrings :)

Tan Floppy Hat with Ribbon, 100& paper straw, qty - 5, $18
Summer wide brimmed hats remind me of Miss M.!

David Yurman Inspired Link Necklace, two-tone, 36 inches, qty - 12, $24

Great necklace for dresses, button up shirts - great all around accessory!


I absolutely love the color of this necklace!  Reminds me a bit of Kerry's Dana Buchman necklace we styled a few weeks ago!

Shop to it, ladies!


Image via Blushing Apples

The upcoming launch of intiMINT {another genius Mint collaboration, this time with Brooke Burke-Charvet} has me feeling giddy about buying new skivvies! Is it awful to admit that I haven't bought new lingerie in about a year? Poor D. No... Poor me.

Now I have a perfect excuse to do a little intimates shopping as once intiMINT launches in early June, it promises to bring loungewear, sleepwear, intimates, and the like - all constructed from delicate, cozy high quality fabrics. The best part? It won't pull a doozy on your wallet with prices ranging from $19.99 - $79.96.

Want early access? Click here!

PS: I'm especially loving the cleverness of this Mint collection's name. It's reminiscent of the genius play-on-words that Tori Spelling has cleverly concocted with her name over and over again.

A Place to Lay My Weary Head: Brugge, Belgium

So, this is a throw-back post... On a trip to Europe, we stayed at an amazingly decorated B&B in Brugge, Belgium, one of the absolute MOST GORGEOUS cities on earth.  And anywhere else, I'd venture to say. ;)

We were there in October 2010, but I often think about the design of the lovely "Bread & Butter" vintage guest room... I can truly say that this place has really influenced my decorating style.  This is where I decided I loved antlers and wallpaper.  I already knew I loved cowhides and the color combo of orange and grey (I had already purchased our bedding with that color theme), but hadn't ever thought of putting plum with it (I had used peacock blue as my accent color). 

I want to go back someday.  Eating chocolate with breakfast, squeezing into a foot-too-tiny-to actually-sit-on-the-toilet-while-simultaneously-latching-the-door water closet {a small price to pay}, and gazing out the skylight/window at the picturesque European town are just a few of its charms.

Just get ready to live, if you're into that kind of thing.  Which I am.

These first pics belong to the lovely Frederika, the house mistress and operator of the B&B.  These were the original enticements that drew me there like a moth to a flame.  I can't imagine a more romantic or charming locale...

Bath; landing; amazing wallpaper close-up; letter-writing area

I swooned as soon as I clapped eyes on the guest-room (prepare for less-than-professional photos, shot by yours truly).  Here is the writing corner:
I love the colors she used.  Deep plum, cream, dark grey, orange, wood... Please ignore the crap all strewn around on the table!
The corner at the entry of the room & curtains: 
Built-in bookcase and rad wallpaper, camouflaging the back of the door!  Love the beautiful, lush velvet curtains and bamboo rod!
View into the bedroom and from there into the bathroom:

The brass bed, pendant, and bamboo roll-down shades on the windows in the bathroom door were charming.  Again, please ignore my pile of stuff under the stairs to the loft!
The bathroom is a stunner:

Rustic wood, a retro orange tub, an antler rack, and butterfly chair all under the panoramic village view from the large, slanted window.
A wider shot of the bathroom (including sweet lamp):
Those stairs to the right lead to a cute little loft
Looking up at the loft:
I love the juxtaposition of the industrial metal railing with the rustic wood!  That little widow on the left looks out from right above the orange tub to the landing.  Kind of funny, because, not that it was ever a problem, but someone could totally stand out there and watch you take a bath if they were so pervily inclined! ;) 

This is the landing leading into the guest room suite:

It may look a little different now.  See those tags?  Frederika sells really cool art and decor items, like those pillows & throw.  I loved the chandelier and the little red chair!
The view out the front window (I love that the neighbour has a mannequin in their room) and the street on which the B&B is located:
Can you imagine a more picturesque setting?  If you can, see below for a mind-changer!  This is Brugge, maybe my favorite city, ever:

The actual view from our bathroom window

It was kind of really chilly for October, which we weren't very prepared for (being from Texas, plus the internet forecasts totally betrayed us).  We ended up buying lots of sweats and sweaters at the local H & M.

Thanks for taking this little tour with me!  I hope you loved Brugge & the Bread & Butter B&B as much as I do!  There were a few other European cities that I fell in love with... I will do some little features on them, too, sometime! 

Which city has made the biggest impression on you in your travels?

Fabric & Paper: M's Monthly Love


I have a couple of monthly loves this go 'round!

The first is mine only due to the unselfish and sweet nature of a fellow blogger, Kerry!  I think I mentioned coveting her J Crew goddess maxi dress last summer, and how she kindly emailed me that, not only was it now available at J Crew factory online, but it was ON SALE!!! 

As Kerry would say: HOLLA!  I snapped this puppy up in navy for $58.  Umm, yeah.  I secretly (well, not 'secretly' anymore) am considering a bid on the black, as well...  (At a later date, when I'm not feeling the pinch of rent on my jiggly white butt.) 

So, my dress arrived, and I admit, I have already worn it FIVE TIMES.  Not kidding.  It just somehow magically ends up on my body, like, every time I get dressed!  ;) 

Not only is it amazingly comfy (which is, of course, a huge bonus.  I look like I'm wearing a dress, but only I know that I'm actually wearing pajamas), but it is majorly flattering and goes with any accessories/color combo I can come up with!  Here is my fave so far:

J Crew factory turtle earrings, which I l-o-v-e because they are more than an inch wide, no longer available {similar};
J Crew Boho Locket necklace no longer available {similar}, and, ahem, I LOVE the similar necklace... Think I might actually need it;
"Lady Hathaway" green cami from Costco no longer available, but camis are everywhere LOL; my rad Target chunky shell bracelet is also no longer available, sorry!  Got it on clearance and love the heck out of it, even though my sis, Meredith, says it looks like a bunch of teeth;
Steve Madden "Bubblez" flat sandal in cognac {my absolute go-to sandal so far this summer}; Old Navy pink and tan graphic tote with reversible neon orange lining, not available online, but may still be in stores
Ah, what the heck, here I am, in it.  (I promise it is actually flattering in real life... These pics didn't really turn out that way!)  I am totally in debt forever to Kate of the small things blog for changing my attitude about my hair.  I love to wear it up, but was always so embarrassed by its lack of, how should I say? je ne sais quoi... Now, I have a cute up-do almost every day!

My other monthly love may seem like a bit of shameless self-promotion, but I swear this is actually not about that!  I got my business cards in the mail, and I LOVE them!  Love, love love!  I think they are just the CUTEST, most FABULOUS cards evah, dahling! 

I hand them out whenever I meet stylish women, of course always pointing out that my other blog, glamourbug, has taken a MAJOR backseat to LCDF.  What can I say, I love LCDF that much!  Whenever I come up with something, I always seem to want to post it here! :)

Tell me though, is that not perfectly lovely?

The only things I would change is I would take out "home" from "home decorator" and I would put my phone number up top under my email addy.  Oh, well.  Next time! 

I got a ton of them on vistaprint.com for a great deal.  I totally recommend vistaprint.  Great quality. 

I went with the matte, not shiny version.  I think I prefer that.  Having been in marketing before, I know that the shiny business cards are tough to write on. (Sorry, english majors, I ended that sentence with a preposition).  So if you have notes, like the business fair at which you met the card-giver, it can be a challenge to just write on the card.  You probably need a sharpie on those occasions.  And who wants to carry around a permanent marker, that, at least in my case, is sure to un-cap itself and ruin the lining of a nice bag?  No one.  That's who.

Yay for May!  It was hot here in Dallas, but not hot like the sun.  Now, June begins.  I will continue to blog if I don't melt, and therefore, die.

Monster Meets Sprinkles

One of the best parts of living in the Big D is all of the wonderful food and dining options! Tops on any sweets lover's list has to be Sprinkles. I must admit that I was never much of a dessert lover, always preferring salty, savory treats over anything sweet. However I've eaten more sweets in the past 4+ years of marriage than I have in my whole entire life, thanks to that sugar-lovin' husband o' mine. 

Sprinkles is one of my favorite sweets indulgences, and any good mother knows the importance of sharing what she loves with her off-spring. Mine just so happens to be a furry, 4-legged daughter dog-ter. Thankfully, Sprinkles not only believes in treating yo' self but also treating yo' dog, so Monster got to have her first ever Sprinkles cupcake {dogcake?} on Monday. I'll let the pictures do the talking.

Of course Mom and Dad couldn't be left out and were treated to Sprinkles, too.
First Picture, Top Row: Coconut, Chocolate Marshmallow, Banana Dark Chocolate
First Picture, Bottom Row: Black and White, Key Lime, Banana Dark Chocolate {for my sister}

A confession: I can't eat a whole Sprinkles cupcake all at once because it makes me feel sick. Too much sugar. I have to spread out my bites over a few hours, hard as it is. I'm still building up my tolerance from years of abstaining. I really am a sugar novice.

My all-time favorite Sprinkles flavor is a tie between Lemon Coconut and Banana Dark Chocolate. Do you have a favorite?

A Cozy Corner Re-Do

My fabulous friend, Jennie, asked for my help with a little blank corner in her living room.  Right now, she just has a couple of boxes of toys there, which she said she will happily move (she has small children).  Here is the corner & the room:

Luckily, the colors are very neutral, so I was able to add whatever colors I wanted!  J wanted to add color and mostly, she wanted to add interest with an area that pops.  Oh, I can do that!  ;)

So, there you have it!  A fun and funky little corner to spice things up a bit for J!  What would YOU do with this corner?
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