Friday, February 5, 2016

Curio Style Coffee Table and Adding Green~

I just love our Curio style coffee table we purchased from Pottery Barn many years ago.  I love changing out the interior contents with the seasons.

During the summer months it is filled with coastal items...lots of seashells and such.  Fall-acorns, pinecones, rich earthy tones.  Christmastime-ornaments, snow covered pinecones and my Great Grandfather's vintage sleigh bells.

I recently changed the contents of the table out to incorporate more green.  I have added several new touches of green to our family room, which I will share at the end of this post, and wanted the coffee table to reflect the freshness as well.

This room in general is a bit difficult to photograph as it has floor to ceiling windows along the east wall, so it is bathed in sunlight for most of the day.  I took these with the top of the table open to cut down on the glare.

The table is filled with greenery, oyster shells, river rocks, pinecones, wine corks, moss covered balls, and more.  I will let the pictures tell the story.

With the top down.  We keep things on top to a minimum.  Our TV remotes, a candle, coasters and recently a fun game a friend gifted us at Christmastime.

I carried the green touches throughout the room.

Succulents in our giant clamshell.

Our fiddle leaf fig tree is thriving in this spot.

New throw pillows from Pottery Barn.  I mixed them with our lambswool blanket and pillow and another sweater pillow (all from Pottery Barn purchased several years ago).  I love the warmth that they add while still keeping things light.

Another embroidered pillow I purchased at Pottery Barn.  And yes, we LOVE that store!!

And, our dough bowl a top our mantle got filled with granny smith apples (faux).

I hope to get the room photographed soon so you can see how it all comes together.

Hope you all have a wonderful and BLESSED weekend.  I will be watching the Super Bowl for the commercials and the yummy food!!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Gluten Free~Korean Style Pork Chops~

I had planned to share with you some organizational projects and changes in our home today, but yesterday's rainy weather didn't make for a good day for photographs.

So instead, I will share what we made for dinner last night.  Once again, Pinterest for the win.  This recipe could not be easier, and is perfect for an evening where you only have 20 minutes or so to get dinner on the table.

Korean Style Pork Chops


4 pork chops (we used boneless center cut)
1 TBS olive oil
1/4 C soy sauce, low sodium (we used gluten free)
2 TBS honey
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp ginger, minced
2 tsp sriracha sauce
black pepper to taste


1. Preheat oven to 400* F.
2. In a medium size bowl whisk together the soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger, sesame oil and sriracha sauce.
3. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet for medium high heat. Add pork chops, without marinade, and cook for about 5 minutes for the first side, or until it gets a nice brownish color. Flip the pork chops and pour the remaining marinade over them. Cook another 5 minutes on this side.
4. Place the skillet in the oven to finish cooking them.  Roast for about 10 minutes, or until pork chops are completely cooked through.


If your pork chops are not very thick, you may not need to finish them off in the oven.  Also, if you prefer a little less heat you can add more honey and use less sriracha.

The original recipe comes from this blog.  I can't wait to try some of her other recipes.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

What's for Dinner Wednesday~Chipotle Lime Grilled Flank Steak

It feels good to get back to blog land.  While I had good intentions after the holidays to blog at least five times a week, a nasty cold and then pink eye told me otherwise. Glad to finally be on the mend and back amongst the living.

I love searching for and trying out new recipes, and am fortunate my hubby does too. This latest one I found on Pinterest.  Very easy, yet so flavorful.  We love a good marinated flank steak.

Chipotle Lime Grilled Flank Steak


2 lbs flank steak
1 C oil
Juice of 4 limes
1/2 C white vinegar
1 C loosely chopped fresh cilantro
1-2 TBS adobe sauce
4 Chipotle peppers
Salt and pepper to taste


1. Combine the oil and rest of the ingredients in a food processor or blender.
2. Pulse until the peppers and cilantro are smooth.
3. Place marinade in large ziploc bag.
4.  Add large flank steak and mix the marinade around to completely coat the steak.
5. Marinade for at least 8 hours, but up to 24.
6. Grill large steak for 5-10 minutes per side (5 minutes for rare meat, 10 for well done).
7. While steak is grilling, add marinade to a small saucepan.
8. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 8-10 minutes.
9. Cut the steak across the grain into thin diagonal slices.
10. Serve steak with the marinade sauce.

We served it alongside roasted corn.

The original recipe can be found here.