March 29, 2015

simple easter eggs

With simple household items, you can create gorgeous abstract designs on your Easter eggs this year.  In this month’s Better Homes and Gardens, string, electrical tape and even rubber cement are used to produce pretty and unique patterns on each egg.  For beautiful and organic egg dyes, try these natural recipes here, using different spices and vegetables.

ciao! Fabiana

cousin Lee's pepper jelly appetizers

Our cousin Lee Oakley makes the most delicious pepper jelly from an old treasured Douglas family recipe. She incorporates this yummy pepper jelly with brie cheese and chopped roasted almonds to create a scrumptious filling for little phyllo dough cups. These Mini Pepper Jelly appetizers are amazing and the perfect party starter for your guests!  Lee recently added the sweet and hot pepper jelly to her already established line of southern pickles.  Her company, Oakley's Southern Delights is a true family business.  Lee and her son Kerry are the team behind the delicious treats and their recipes are passed down from Lee’s mother Leila and from Leila’s mother.  This is a real southern recipe handed down by many generations of Douglas’ in Nashville. Oakley’s pepper jelly and pickles area a real homemade treat for us Californians!
In a bind with unexpected guests?
and serve on crackers with cream cheese.
It’s a classic that everyone loves!
2 (1.9 oz) packages of frozen mini phyllo pasty shells, thawed
3 oz Brie cheese, rind removed
Oakley's Southern Delights Sweet and Hot Red Pepper Jelly
3 Tablespoons chopped roasted salted almonds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place mini phyllo pastry shells on a baking sheet. Cut Brie cheese into 30 small pieces and place in pastry shells. Spoon 1/4 teaspoon of OSD's Sweet and Hot Red Pepper Jelly and topped with crushed almonds. Bake pastries for 5 to 6 minutes or until the cheese is soft.

Meet Lee and follow Oakley’s on facebook and instagram.

ciao! Fabiana

sharing with Tabler Party of Two

March 28, 2015

color inspiration : cobalt blue

Cobalt blue  is soothing, peaceful, and can also suggest richness, but not all blues are in the cool color family.  For example, cobalt blue is warm, and ultramarine blue is so warm that it's almost purple.  Blue represents both the sky and the sea, and is associated with open spaces, freedom, intuition, imagination, expansiveness, inspiration, and sensitivity. Blue also represents meanings of depth, trust, loyalty, sincerity, wisdom, confidence, stability, faith, heaven, and intelligence.  
Owning an oil painting made with expensive blues was once a status symbol. Painters who were poor or who didn't live in cosmopolitan areas never used any blue at all.  Jan van Eyck used lapis - but only at the request of his patrons.  
The color blue has positive effects on the mind and the body. As the color of the spirit, it invokes rest and can cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming and exude feelings of tranquility. Blue helps to slow human metabolism. It cools us down, and helps with balance and self-expression. Blue is the color of truth, serenity and harmony, by helping to soothe the mind.  
In our homes, cobalt blue is stunning and commands attention.  If you want an attention-grabbing color to use as an accent, try cobalt.  Outdoors, cobalt blue works beautifully with crisp whites and the soothing greens found in nature.  Add a little cobalt to your table setting for real wow factor!  

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ciao! Fabiana

sharing with Tabler Party of Two

March 27, 2015

spring colors : yellows and greens

Better Homes and Garden magazine’s  April color palette is so pretty and inspiring for Spring!   The variety of greens is pale and fresh and the yellows are bold and tangy.  The colors remind us of being out in the garden with different hints of sunlight.  We can use these colors as a design incentive in our own homes by adding new accessories and accents in to liven up our rooms as we say goodbye to Winter.  Pillows, lamps, glassware and plants are a great start in revamping our spaces.  You may even want to think about painting an accent wall or piece of furniture!

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ciao! Fabiana 

March 26, 2015

Roger’s Garden's 3rd annual “day of art"

Doesn't this look like a fun way to spend the day? Roger’s Garden will be hosting their 3rd Annual “Day of Art.” 50 talented artists will be there to paint and draw in the Gardens for the day.   A painting by each of the participating artists will be on display and available to the public for purchase.  This year they will be judging the artwork and presenting awards.  All visitors will have the opportunity to be an artist for the day with scheduled workshops and demonstrations!  For the event schedule, visit the Art Gallery page at
Sunday, April 26 from 10 AM – 4 PM

ciao! Fabiana

March 25, 2015

black and white for outdoor spaces

For the chicest of chic looks for your outdoor living areas,
try a dramatic black and white color scheme.
A solid black wall is brought to life with an eye catching display
of all white plates and black and white Spode transferware plates,
and then grounded by a great zebra-print area rug.
 Keep the design classic and simple. 
Stripes are always a nice choice for a table cloth. 
Color can then be added with gorgeous flowers. 
Create an outdoor retreat with a resort vibe.
Large or small, your space will shine.
A large plain wall can be simply adorned with stencils or real bird cages.
A softly draped area is sure to add ambiance. 
Bring out some of your indoor pieces for a special gathering.
Mix and match beautiful geometric prints.
Your space will be pretty to look at,
and even better to relax in.

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Here are a few of my picks from Frontgate to get you started.

ciao! Fabiana
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