Jun 28, 2015

27 Breathtaking Bridal Hair Styles


Jun 27, 2015

13 Most Beautiful Mason Jar Centerpieces

Mason jars - painted or plain, tinted or wrapped in twine, they add rustic elegance to every table top where cousins, friends and co-workers gather over martinis and Moroccan Leg of Lamb to celebrate this perfect day. No other flower looks so lovely as baby's breath in these unpainted mason jars with thin metal handles. Wildflowers are my sweet second choice - such as the abundant and beautiful (and free for the picking) Queen Anne's lace I saw this week all along the highway in and out of Richmond, Virginia.

Mason jars with baby's breath
gold painted Mason jars with succulents
Gold painted Mason jars makes these centerpieces look elegant and expensive. 
blue tinted Mason jar centerpiece
gold glitter Mason jar tea lights
Gold glitter Mason jars in a variety of sizes - 8, 16 and 32 ounces.
Mason jar dipped in gold glitter
beach themed Mason jar centerpiece
Simple beach themed centerpiece you can make in 10 minutes or less!
Mason jars with lace and pearls
 Lovely lace and pearls transform these ordinary jars into lovely vintage style centerpieces
gold glitter Mason jar 
Raffia tied bows make this floating candle centerpiece rustic and romantic. 
lavender and lace centerpieces
Mason jar with fresh lavender 
rustic Mason jar centerpiece with wildflowers
Wildflower centerpiece with fragrant silver dollar eucalyptus leaves.
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Jun 19, 2015

13 Easy Meatless Side Dishes

Easy meatless side dishes. I love easy. And I love weddings. It's what I write about - all day, every day. But I still have to eat. And I'm trying to eat smarter, cleaner - more hummus and less hot dogs, bigger helpings of cauliflower and fewer bowls of double fudge brownie ice cream. Your wedding guests are no different. They may be temporarily paralyzed by the smell of pan fried pork tenderloin with a sauté of spicy chorizo sausage, but are happy and healthier dining on portabello stuffed mushrooms - filled with squash, zucchini, and a roasted garlic cream sauce. Have you tried any of these meatless recipes or do you have a favorite you want me to add?

Eggplant and Zucchini Gratin - If this isn't the most seductive side dish by Julia Childs that you ever laid eyes on, I don't know what is.  A colorful bed of beautiful eggplant and zucchini slices with a creamy coat of Herbes de Provence and freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Summer Corn, Avocado & Black Bean Salad - The more ways to eat fiber-rich foods on a regular basis, the better!  Not a big lover of beans?  You can add one half cup of creamy and mild tasting navy beans (drain and rinse first) to your morning smoothie and you won't even taste the difference.
Grilled Corn Fritters - A delicious side dish made with a blend of cornmeal, flour, baking powder and grilled corn.

Baked Parmesan Tomatoes - Such an easy meatless side dish.  Slice lovely large tomatoes into thirds, top with freshly grated parmesan cheese and drizzle with olive oil and oregano.

Lemon Herb Roasted Potatoes - Fragrant rosemary, oregano and thyme flavor these cooked potatoes that are pre soaked in the fresh juice of one lemon.

Balsamic Roasted Baby Carrots - Good quality balsamic vinegar, coarse salt and fresh parsley give this roasted carrots a fresh garden taste.

Roasted Mushrooms with Garlic and Thyme - In less than 20 minutes you can enjoy these roasted mushrooms flavored with garlic and a crunchy bread crumb topping.

Healthy Sweet Potato Skins - Three super foods we know and love (spinach, sweet potatoes, and chickpeas) come together in these baked sweet potato skins made even more irresistible with mozzarella, sour cream and light cream cheese.

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Broccoli - Beautiful broccoli, all by itself.  Or in this case, drizzled with garlic and freshly grated parmesan cheese, and roasted in the oven for only 10 minutes.

Sweet Corn Zucchini Pie - Swiss and Mozzarella cheese add rich and creamy texture to this healthy meatless pie featuring thinly sliced zucchini, fresh corn and 8 ounces of fresh mushrooms.

Creamy Spinach Casserole - Chopped frozen spinach makes this Swiss cheese-filled casserole fast and filling.  A great meatless casserole for quiche lovers without the crust!

Roasted Green Beans with Parmesan and Basil - A meatless recipe that doesn't get much easier than this!  Only five minutes to prepare, make sure your green beans are perfectly dry to capture the crunchy goodness of olive oil, grated parmesan, dried basil and freshly cracked pepper.

Broccoli Quinoa Casserole - For those learning to live with gluten-free diets, quinoa is a more nutritious and antioxidant friendly ingredient than rice, corn, potato or tapioca flour.  Also loaded with major amounts of manganese - for strong bones and lovely looking skin.