Thursday, April 10, 2014

Have you seen this?...Minimalist vacation home inside of a rock

This minimalist vacation home made out of a concrete rock is beckoning me to Spain.  The amazing collaboration of the architects of Ensamble Studio and a cow named Paulina have created one of the most unique vacation homes I have ever seen.  Now back to Paulina (the cow)...the structure was made by stacking hay bales into a form they wanted, then covered in concrete.  After it was allowed to cure, the structure was cut open and Paulina's talent was utilized to perfection.  She ate the hay out of the structure and the form that was left behind became the minimalist rock vacation home we see here.  

I absolutely LOVE it!  The rock home is strategically placed on a cliff overlooking a lake, and though it is rustic and modern at the same time, every thing you need is at your disposal. I LOVE the fireplace and the hidden toilet.  Genius  : )

(via Fubiz)

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Artist Spotlight: Katerina Plotnikova

I am absolutely amazed by these surrealistic fairy-tale-esque (I know that is not a word, but it seemed appropriate : ) ) images by photographer Katerina Plotnikova.  You may think that some of these photos are courtesy of some mighty good photo shop skills...but they are not. Each photo is a real moment caught between the model and the animals.  Never fear though...all the animals' trainers were there to ensure they were on their best behavior : ) LOVE!

(via Fubiz and My Modern Met)

Monday, April 7, 2014

My Pinterest Menu: Week of April 7th

I am crazy excited about this week's menu!  Looking on it now, I am amazed by all the color. I'm going to blame it on the fact that Spring is finally here, because everything in my life lately has been all about color. Obviously, the food is no different : )

When I saw the recipes for the Beef Burgers with Bacon Jam and Gorgonzola, I think my mouth hit the floor. I chose Wednesday for this meal for a reason.  Jason's birthday is Wednesday, and I think he is going to LOVE this meal!  I'm also excited about the 5 ingredient Easy White Chicken Chili.  Sometimes, I need easy and Tuesday is looking very busy already, so I don't want an excuse to eat out.  Easy recipes are what I need on the busiest of days, and this one looks SUPER good.  So without further ado...

Here is this week's menu... Enjoy : ) 

via Gimme Some Oven

via Gimme Some Oven

via Simply Delicious

via  Ottolenghi

via Gimme Some Oven

The Grocery List:

Spaghetti Carbonara-
1 lb. spaghetti
1/2 large onion, diced (about 1 cup)
1/2 lb. bacon (regular or turkey bacon), diced
5 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup parmesan (or more)
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
olive oil

5 ingredient Easy White Chicken Chili-
6 cups chicken broth
4 cups cooked shredded chicken
2 (15-oz) cans Great Northern beans, drained
2 cups salsa verde (storebought or homemade)
2 tsp. ground cumin
optional toppings: diced avocado, chopped fresh cilantro, shredded cheese, chopped green onions, sour cream, crumbled tortilla chips

Beef Burgers with Bacon Jam and Gorgonzola-
1 lb. streaky bacon, roughly chopped
4 large red onions, peeled and roughly chopped
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1 bay leaf
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup (60ml) Balsamic vinegar
1 cup soft brown sugar (I used Muscavado)
1 cup apple juice
1 cup water
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 lb. lean beef mince (ground beef)
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 egg
1.5 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
fresh breadrolls
thin slices of red onion
Gorgonzola, crumbled

Saffron Chicken and Herb Salad-
1 orange
1/4 c. honey
1 tsp saffron threads
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 and 1/4 c. water
2lbs. skinless chicken breast
4 tbsp olive oil
2 small fennel bulbs, thinly sliced
1 tbsp picked coriander leaves
1 tbsp picked basil leaves, torn
1 tbsp picked mint leaves, torn
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 red chilli, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, crushed
salt and black pepper

Cilantro Lime Baked Shrimp-
2 lb. raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 cloves garlic, minced
zest and juice of 1 lime
1/2 tsp. cumin
salt and pepper
2 Tbsp. melted butter
1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
(optional garnishes: additional lime slices and fresh cilantro)

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

A Saturday Song...

We have jumped right into Spring cleaning this morning.  Jason climbed to the very top of our house to replace a piece of flashing that blew off in a windstorm last week.  I couldn't look! Heights are not my favorite thing : / Now, he is power-washing the house, and I am in the middle of deep cleaning the downstairs.  Normally, I would be sad that I am not out enjoying this beautiful weather, but I have every window open and the breeze is filling the house.  My favorite candles are burning and my favorite music is playing. Feeling pretty good right now : )

Here is a song for your Saturday... 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend : )

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