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I don't know if you've noticed but I've recently had a little work done.

The super talented Jackie from Jackie's Design Studio

has been working really hard at creating my new blog and website for 

This new adventure is a labor of love that I am so pleased to begin.

I hope that you all stop by and make yourself at home.

Also,  please make sure to sign up on my mailing list for special offers for the upcoming grand opening.

Shrimp Creole

Every other week or so my Mother-in-law invites us over for dinner.
Usually she has a few chores for my husband and I to complete
(setting up her email on her iPad, moving a few plants, changing light bulbs, etc...).  

She always thinks that she is imposing in a big way so she always makes us a scrumptious dinner.
What she doesn't know is that her chores are a piece of cake, literally.
After working in health care 40-50 hours a week and coming home to three attention seeking dogs,  laundry, and housework, we love going to her house.

This last "chore" dinner was very special--probably one of my favorites.

My Mother-in-law is a great cook.  
She is usually known for her sweets, but her Shrimp Creole is divine.

(sorry the picture is a little fuzzy--the steam kept fogging up my camera!!)

Peggy's Shrimp Creole
(given with her permission)
Serves 6

14 ounces peeled and deveined shrimp
1/3 cup shortening
1/4 cup flour
1 cup hot water
1/2 cup chopped green onions, including tops
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1-1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 whole bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon crushed whole thyme
dash of cayenne pepper
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1 lemon, sliced
cooked rice

Cut large shrimp in half.  Melt shortening; blend in flour and brown, stirring constantly.  Add water gradually and cook until thick, stirring constantly.  Add remaining ingredients except rice.  Cover and simmer 20 minutes.  Remove bay leaves.  Serve over rice.


Next Project: My Sister's Living Room

I'm really excited about the next project that I am working on. It is a project that is near and dear to my heart--my sister's living room. 

I am really excited about the overall design and color scheme for the room.

Charity, my sister, wanted the room feminine with a touch of glitz.

Here's where we are so far...
Charity's Living room
We've decided to use antique metals--silvers and gold, mirrors, and lots of gorgeous glass and fabrics.

I can't wait until we finish this project--
I'm actually flying to her home in North Carolina next month to finish up a few things.  
Hopefully, pictures to follow soon.

Wandering Through My Garden

This year winter was virtually non-existent in this part of the south.
 I think that maybe it reached freezing once or twice.

 My plants are beyond happy. 
( I'm completely loving it, maybe except for the mosquitos.)

Now it's mid-March and in the 80's everyday, and my yard looks like late April. 

Here are few of the beauties that caught my eye....

 I took all of the pictures using Instagram.
Aren't they lovely???


March Friendly Feature--Carolyn's Nursery

So I promised two friendly features for this month and am really happy to bring you this one
--Carolyn's Nursery. 

 We have been working on her nursery basically since the day she announced that she was expecting. 

 Caroyln and her husband, Lee, decided not to find out the sex of the baby, 
so we decided on a gender-neutral nursery
-- full of light and soothing colors. 

Carolyn and Lee (and I) absolutely love how the nursery came together.

She said "I love that it's refreshing and calming for me.  
It's the perfect baby room for a boy or girl".

The overall theme for the room centered around a precious bunny toile pattern on the bedding.
The walls are painted Benjamin Moore's Bright Laughter and white furniture and bedding (from Lee's sister and brother-in-law) were added to enhance the overall color scheme for the room.

We used lots of different fabrics and textures like this tone-on-tone animal print on the glider and a green damask pillow.  
All of the fabrics are plush and baby friendly.

Everything was kept simple and sweet. 
We added a few gender neutral accessories and paintings made by a couple of talented friends.

 We are all very excited to welcome the soon-to-be little boy or girl. 
Hopefully he or she will like their room.

 I'm linked up with

March Friendly Feature--Vicki's House

Well, I meant to feature this lovely home in February, but completely ran out of time.  
So I decided that this month you would get two friendly features.

The first feature this month is the beautiful home of one of my best friends--

I met Vicki soon after we both moved into our current neighborhood.

 She and her husband, Jeff, built their house the same year that we did, 2001. 
They chose a gorgeous corner lot right at the entrance to our neighborhood.
There are many good things about the community in which we live--
but one of the best things is that all of the homes are custom--no cookie cutter track homes.
Vicki's home is one of the most beautiful custom homes in our entire neighborhood.

The Foyer

The foyer is very grand.  
Her staircase ends in a landing on the second floor taking you to two additional bedrooms and an office area, all beautifully decorated.
(Hopefully she'll let me come and take pictures at Christmas this year--you've got to see it.)

The Family Room

I love this room.  
It is very elegant and makes me feel so sophisticated whenever I'm in it.
(I think what I love the most is that it is so different than my house.)

The Kitchen

Her kitchen is simply gorgeous. 
(I definitely have some kitchen "envy" going on. )
Top of the line appliances and always immaculate.

The Dining Room
Here's a little bonus---
Vicki was having a little dinner party the day I took the pictures.
Her table is set and a few beautiful floral arrangements had just been delivered.

I really love all of the flowers and the black glasses really pop.  

The Master Bedroom
The Master Bedroom is off of the family room. 
It is dramatic and decorated completely different from the rest of the house.

The purple looks a little different in the pictures, but it dramatic and oh so beautiful.

The Master Bathroom

I could really imagine myself having a glass of wine and a bubble bath in here.

Guest Bedrooms
Both of the guest bedrooms are decorated for Vicki's nieces and nephews.


Thank you so much Vicki for opening up your home for this month's
Friendly Feature.