May 13, 2017

a garden party for mom

I’m so thankful that we have warm weather
in store for the weekend,
because I’m planning on setting up my little
farmhouse table out in the back yard
in the garden for my mom and I
 to enjoy together.

The formula is quite simple.
Pretty flowers, a few candles, vintage tableware
and yummy food!

What mom wouldn’t like to sit out
here and be pampered?

My mom is Italian, so she loves to be 
alfresco and she really enjoys the
 marriage of enjoying food and family together. 

I'm an only child, so she and I are really close
and we talk everyday, 
mostly about food 
and the latest real housewives drama, 

Luckily, she doesn’t live far,
so she’ll be over tomorrow
and we can spend the whole day together
with the rest of our family.

I’ve always loved brass candlesticks,
and now I pick them up where ever I see them,
like thrift stores or even Pottery Barn.

I’ve got quite a collection now,
and I love to mix and match
the shorter ones with the taller ones,
and a few in between.

Some are more polished and some have
 a lovely weathered patina, but they all look great together!

They also pick up on the brass trimmed 
hexagonal terrariums from Oriental Traders.

And I love how they look with these
gold rimmed glasses that I found 
at the Assistance League.

This natural fiber table runner adds just the right
amount of texture to the table.   

I pick up three different shades of pink roses
at Trader Joe’s to mix together for a ombre-ish look.

Rose petal scattered on the table provide the most romantic touch!

And by romantic, I don't mean lovey-dovey,
I mean old-fahioned.

And speaking of romantic, 
why not light a few candles during lunch?
As long as you’re not in bright sunlight, it’s quite festive.

Pink roses have a way of brightening my day….
I hope your day is bright too!

Have a lovely Weekend!


ciao! fabiana

May 12, 2017

style and recipes by Katie Lee

Happy Friday!
I don’t know about you,
but I’m soooo happy
the weekend is finally here!

Especially this weekend!

Just wanted to share 
a little fun summer fashion inspiration
and a few yummy recipes from  Katie Lee
in the latest issue of Good Housekeeping.

This pesto pasta looks amazing,
and all the added veggies makes it perfect for summer!

Summer Pesto Pasta
1 lb. spaghetti
2 ears corn, shucked
1 medium yellow squash, cut into 1/2"-thick slices
1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2"-thick slices
1 small bell pepper, seeded and cut into sixths
4 green onions, trimmed
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 lemon
1/2 c. store-bought refrigerated pesto
1 pt. grape tomatoes, halved
1/4 c. packed fresh parsley, chopped


1.   Heat grill on medium-high. Cook spaghetti as label directs. Rinse, drain well and let cool completely.
2.   In large bowl, toss corn, squash, zucchini, bell pepper and onions with oil and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and black pepper until well coated. Grill corn, turning, 10 minutes or until charred in spots. Grill squash, zucchini and bell pepper 4 to 6 minutes or until tender and grill marks appear, turning once. Grill onions 2 minutes or until tender and slightly charred, turning occasionally.
3.   Into large bowl, from lemon, grate 1/2 teaspoon zest and squeeze 2 tablespoons juice. Whisk in pesto and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper.
4.   Chop squash, zucchini, pepper and onions; add to bowl with pesto. Cut kernels from cobs; add to bowl along with tomatoes, parsley and cooked pasta. Toss to combine. Serve at room temperature.
About 370 calories per serving. 

Do you sometimes read a
magazine article and just get so excited?

That’s what happened today…
I flipped open this issue to check out these recipes and
was so pleasantly surprised to see all the cute clothes that
Katie’s wearing and I’m loving
the little glimpses into her gorgeous home too!

This sweet summer eyelet dress is by Kate Spade.

It looks so easy and breezy for summer! 

I really like the classic simplicity of her kitchen.

This adorable pompom sweater is also by Kate Spade.

Here’s a little peek into Katie’s living room.

Katie’s décor is traditional,
but definitely has a casual, beachy edge to it.

A fun pop of yellow,
every so often, livens up the cool
blue and white color palette. 

Two more yummy recipes from Katie and Good Housekeeping:

Chili-Honey-Garlic Shrimp Kebabs


2 lb. (16 to 20) shelled, deveined shrimp
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/3 c. honey
2 tbsp. Asian chili (sambal) sauce


1.   Heat grill on medium-high. If using bamboo skewers, soak at least 30 minutes in warm water.
2.   Thread 4 shrimp onto each skewer. If using bamboo skewers, use 2 skewers for each kebab. Brush shrimp with oil; season on both sides with 3/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper.
3.   In small microwave- safe bowl, combine honey and chili sauce. Microwave in 20-second intervals until runny; whisk to combine.
4.   Place kebabs on hot grill. Cook 2 minutes. Turn kebabs over; brush with honey mixture. Cook 1 minute. Turn kebabs over; brush again and cook 1 minute more. Turn kebabs over; brush with remaining honey mixture. Serve immediately.
6 servings, 220 calories per serving.

Swordfish Kebabs with Mint Pesto

¼  c. sliced almonds
1 large clove garlic, smashed
1 c. packed fresh mint leaves
¼ c. packed parsley leaves
1 tbsp. grated lemon zest (from 1 medium lemon)
5 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Pinch crushed red pepper (optional)
1 ½ lb. thick-cut swordfish steaks, cut into 1 ½ " cubes
1.   If using bamboo skewers, soak at least 30 minutes in warm water.
2.   In food processor, pulse almonds and garlic until finely chopped. Add mint, parsley and lemon zest; pulse until finely ground, stopping and scraping bowl occasionally. Transfer to med. bowl; stir in olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and crushed red pepper, if using.
3.   In another medium bowl, combine swordfish with one-third of pesto, tossing to combine. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours. Heat grill on medium-high.Thread 3 pieces swordfish onto each skewer. Place kebabs on hot grill. Cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Serve with remaining pesto.

4 servings, 420 calories per serving.

sweatshirt by Rebecca Minkoff

Do you ever watch Katie on “The Kitchen”?
It’s a cute cooking talk show on the Food Network
usually on Saturday or Sunday morning.

It’s a great show to wake up to and get inspired for the weekend! 

And speaking of weekend,
 I think the pesto and shrimp recipes 
sound perfect Mother's Day!

ciao! fabiana

May 11, 2017

favorite curb appeal

I've never noticed this house before
but it's a real show stopper…
 actually it's a car stopper in my case.

I had to stop the car and get a little snapshot
of it because it's got all of my favorite elements.

Such pretty curb appeal!

I just love everything about this,
the front door color,
the house numbers,
the flagstone,
the columns,
the symmetry,
the painted brick exterior….

ciao! fabiana

May 9, 2017

favorite kitchen trends

Today, just sharing a few kitchen trends
I’ve been seeing lately and
want to see more of…

Gray on gray is so elegant.

Floating shelves aren’t really a new trend,
but they’re here to stay for a while!
I love these simple natural wood ones.

Bright chairs add a much needed pop of fun
and these are perfect for seating the kiddos too! 

Modern lighting with a retro vibe
I’m seeing a lot of these in brass and gold finishes
which I love.

Geometric  patterned cement tiles on the backsplash
or floor bring so much personality into the kitchen.
I’m especially drawn to the blue ones.

Most of these ideas are simple updates 
that can be easily infused into your kitchen.
Do you have a favorite kitchen trend 
that you're seeing?

ciao! fabiana

1  House & Home
2 HGTV Magazine
HGTV Magazine
4 Sunset Magazine
House & Home

May 7, 2017

sunday thoughts...

The countdown begins…
one week until Mother’s Day!

I already have beautiful thoughts of relaxing
alfresco in the garden with lots of roses, candles,
peace and quiet.

No cooking and cleaning for the day,
but lots of time spent with family.
I know my mom will enjoy this quiet scenery too.

This is a little preview of my version of
the perfect Mother’s Day table.

How do you like to spend Mother’s Day?

ciao! fabiana


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