is a definite feeling of Spring in the air... in Southern
California it's cool and breezy. Spring makes me think I need to eat more
salads and less pasta. Last week I went to lunch with a friend at Haute
Cakes in Newport Beach and had a wonderful salad. I tried my best to recreate it from
what I could remember. They do not have their menu online.
I used baby lettuces, butter lettuce, avocado, dates, roasted mini heirloom tomatoes, goat cheese and pine nuts. The dressing...a little olive oil, balsamic vinegar and Dijon mustard. I could eat this everyday.
I am still experimenting with my chalkboard. I haven't quite figured out which rooms I'll paint black or dark gray, but I do love just about any color against the gray. I like when dark painted rooms also have window trim that is painted in the dark color as well. Check it out on my pinterest board titled BLACK.
What I love about blogging is that you meet a lot of really nice people. Tomorrow I am meeting up with Mary Ann of Classic Casual Home to talk a little shop...(I still can't figure out why emails are not sent out when I have a new post)...so maybe we'll figure that out while we catch up. On Monday I received a beautifully wrapped package from a blogger--Lynne of Dream on 34th Street. I won a pair of Eiffel Tower scissors and the package that arrived had all sorts of fun things in it.
I'll be using a few of these lovely items when I wrap up the little twig bird I chose for Mary Ann. Fresh flowers were out of the question as a hostess gift because she travels a lot. This little guy will wait for her return and won't make a mess while she's away. I found him atCamps and Cottages in Laguna Beach. The owner, Molly Hyde English was in the shop today. She has two books out and her lovely shop is filled with old original paintings, slip covered furniture, Pendleton blankets and all kinds of wonderful things old and new for a cottage or bungalow. Her latest book, Vintage Cottages just came out in paperback.