Showing posts from January, 2014

Winter Readings

This cold has been unbearable at times but what it does do for me is put me in the mood to be with a book for long periods of time. Sitting in a cozy chair in our new home by the fireplace... just delightful. With school out today, I did finish two books I have started and as I was getting ready to choose a new book to start, I thought of those books that I just love to reread in the winter. Here are my top four... The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder The bitter cold, mind numbing tasks, low on food, fuel and light... this book has all the spine tingling effects of a crime novel because it is so real. Reading it at five years old or 55 years, still on my list of best reads in the winter. The book as it appeared in my school's library While reading this book, I like to eat my mom's potato soup.  Recipe here:   Shirley's Potato Soup The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey This book is set in Alaska and a couple who wants a child so badly and can't, see a

Breakfast Cookies

This is probably the first time since I was 10 that I didn't order Girl Scout cookies. Thin Mints remain my all time favorite cookie in the whole wide world and I usually buy a few boxes to have in the freezer as that is my favorite way in the whole wide world to eat them. I love cookies in general, their small size is easy to carry around in your purse, they come in all kinds of delightful flavors and you can dunk them in milk. Nowadays my milk is Almond Breeze and I am trying to squash my desire for Thin Mint cookies with these yummy sounding Breakfast Cookies. I found the recipe on Pinterest and have been meaning to try them when I had a couple of overripe bananas. I would forget to tell Bob that I wanted to keep the bananas and at some point he got tired of having them in the fruit bowl. Today, with the snow day, I decided to beat Bob to the fruit bowl and bake up a batch of these cookies. I baked the cookies longer, about 35 minutes, to get the crispiness I wanted.
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Sidney Street Cafe 10th Anniversary Party

Last night Bob and I spent four and half hours eating dinner. Nope, that isn't a mistake. That's exactly what we did. SSC celebrated its tenth anniversary by having fourteen chefs prepare an eight course meal (not counting the appetizers). We started getting there early. Those of you who know Bob do not find this an amazing fact. However, a good portion of our time was in the bar. We had a seat at the bar and watched expert chefs prepare a raw bar and a charteuterie bar that was delicious both in taste and sight. The home cured ham was being sliced from the leg, including the hoof. Homemade sausages and chutneys were served with a round artisan bread that was sliced and toasted. At the raw bar, we were given a choice of scallop served with a watermelon vinaigrette, oysters, and a redfish salad.  The scallop was my favorite as the vinaigrette was so refreshing. Do you see the whole redfish, crab and sea urchin? We sat at the bar for 90 minutes,
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Web Address has Changed!

Due to some changes in Google, I have changed Our Good Life web address. It is now Sorry for any issues this may cause.
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The Dining Room

Our dining room is a part of the kitchen.  It does feel more like a dining room than an eat in kitchen and I would suspect that it is because of the four windows in the area.  This area is getting its vibe from the Miami Beach area.  The turquoise and yellow were the colors of the hotel we stayed at before we went on a barefoot cruise with some great friends from Bob's school, Jefferson Junior High in Columbia.  So many memories of that trip! Again, a good foundation:  Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray on the walls, white painted trim, white blinds.  Great canvas just waiting for the right stuff! Here is the original look: BEFORE:  Rather plain, pretty gold placemats and a beautiful view of our fence going up... Now we have a colorful, musical art piece above the windows, which are now valanced with a medium striped burlap.  Cute bubble mirrors on the wall, reflecting the Art Deco style of Miami Beach.  The turquoise bowl holds rope balls in yellow and red.  Yellow placem

Garlicky Buttered Shrimp-Pinterest Trial

This recipe has been all over Facebook and Pinterest and so I am going to take this on for our Friday night meal.  Of course, I am going to change up the recipe before I make it the original way, but in this case, it is a good idea. For one, I am reducing the amount of butter and replacing it with olive oil to make it a bit more heart healthy. Secondly, I am serving it over brown rice to give us a healthy serving of grains with the meal. Here's the recipe I made: 1/2 c butter 1/2 c olive oil 2 cloves of minced garlic 1 lemon, sliced 1 bag medium shrimp (cooked or uncooked, whatever you have) Italian seasoning Put butter and olive oil together in skillet, melt together.  Add garlic and stir often, until garlic is cooked and golden brown.  Lay slices of lemon on top of the butter sauce.  Add shrimp.  Sprinkle on Italian seasoning.   Cook on stovetop for 15 minutes on simmer. Serve over rice. VERDICT:  The original pinner, "Diana,&

The Living Room

In our beach cottage here in New Town, we wanted to capture a feel of being at a resort but with the comfortable feeling of being at home, too.  We have visited many beaches and felt that each and everyone of the ones we know offered something special in the way of relaxation.   Our favorite vacations have been on beaches! The living room is a definite spin off of our New England coastal visit.  We loved the homes, the welcoming atmosphere, the blues, reds and yellows.  I took a lot of sailboat pictures in New England, and met up with some pretty fine ladies, Kristen, Marnie, Robin and Jodi.  I loved that trip!! We had the basics right, the wall color is Comfort Grey (Sherwin Williams) and the white woodwork and mantle.  We just needed to accessorize with color and our favorite souvenirs. BEFORE BEFORE BEFORE Time for the accessories!  With the help of Jackie Long Interiors, we dressed up the living room with soft burlap curtains, fun colorful accessories th