August 31, 2018

farmhouse's chicken tortilla soup

September is literally around the corner, so as the weather cools down a bit, a hearty bowl of yummy soup is always a great option for lunch or dinner.

This recipe is loaded with intense flavors and lots of yummy protein. Make sure to top in with cool avocado slices for the ultimate flavor experience.   



8 (6 inch) Corn tortillas, cut into strips
8 Cups chicken stock
2 Chicken cooked breasts, shredded
1 Large sweet onion, diced
4 Garlic cloves, peeled and minced
2 Sprigs fresh oregano
2 Medium tomatoes, cored and diced
1 Chipotle Chile, minced and 2 tablespoons of the adobo sauce that it is packed in

1 15 oz can of black beans, drained
1 Tbsp. Vegetable oil
1 Tsp. Chili powder
1 Tsp. Smoked paprika
3 Bay leaves
Salt and Pepper
Lime, cheddar cheese, avocado, cilantro leaves

1.   Coat the tortilla strips with some oil, salt and pepper. Bake in a 375-degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes until crunchy. Cool; set aside.
2.   In a stock pot, on medium heat, add oil until it begins to lightly smoke; add onions, garlic, smoked paprika and chili powder. Cook until onions turn translucent and very fragrant.
3.   Add tomatoes, chipotle chili and adobo to pot and cook for another 2 – 3 minutes.
4.   Add chicken stock, oregano and bay leaves. Bring to a rolling boil.
5.   Reduce the temperature of the soup to a low simmer and add  about 1/2 the amount of chicken breast and a can of black beans.
6.   Keep soup on a simmer for about 30 minutes to allow all the flavors to meld. Add salt and pepper to taste.
7.   Remove oregano and bay leaves before serving.
8.   For each individual bowl, first add shredded chicken to the bottom of the bowl and top with hot soup. Garnish with tortilla strips, avocado and other toppings.

ciao! fabiana

Recipe and photo courtesy of Farmhouse at Roger's Gardens.

August 30, 2018

fresh fall floral vignettes

Fall florals don’t always have to be about earthtones and muted colors. Yes, I do love that look, but I’m finding that white flowers mixed with fall décor can be quite elegant.

Here’s a little table I set up in the back yard last weekend for a gathering. Even though it’s not officially fall yet, there’s an end of summer mood to this look.

This zinc bucket and cozy plaid throw are flea market finds from the Old Town Tustin Flea Market. I love the rustic quality of the bucket set against the fresh white hydrangeas and the cheery red apples. 

A bunch of fragrant white stock plays up nicely to the textures on this faux bois majolica pitcher I got at the flea market. It was a real deal at only six dollars!

Even though this look isn't the typical fall vibe, I still think it has enough natural textures in it to pull it off, especially  this early in the season.  

Here are the same hydrangeas brought into the house and adding charm to this corner of my dining nook. I can’t get enough of white hydrangeas right now.

They really look great any time of the year, don’t they? I can’t wait to stock up on white pumpkins to add to this corner.

Do the cool fall days get you in the mood for baking? Apple picking season is starting, and I’m beginning to think about making some of my favorite apple desserts like Apple Walnut Brownies and Easy Apple Tarts

Yum! 😋

You can’t beat the smell of warm apples and cinnamon!  

Roger’s Gardens already has their fun Halloween “haunted rooms” set up this week. I stopped in yesterday for an early peek and these velvet pumpkins are on my radar… 

aren’t they cute?  

ciao! fabiana

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August 29, 2018

yummy pumpkin spice spritz cookies

The pumpkin shape and aromatic flavor of these
cookies will definitely get you in the mood for fall.

Celebrate fall with these easy-to-make pumpkin spice butter cookies that will be sure to tingle your taste buds and put you in that perfect autumn mood. Traditionally known as spritz, these light butter cookies are usually made around Christmas, but now with the addition of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves, they’re perfect for fall.

Warm all your senses on those cool autumn days,
with Pumpkin Spiced Spritz and a hot cup of coffee. 

Did you make spritz cookies growing up? I have vivid memories of decorating spritz during the holidays when I was a little girl and being amazed at how beautiful the cookies were when they came out of the oven.  

These adorable holiday cookies are pretty easy to make with the help of one simple kitchen gadget, the cookie press, which comes with a variety of different disks. My cookie press came with this adorable pumpkin shape, but leaves and circular forms can easily be dressed up for fall. 

Additional disk shapes for other holidays and themes can also be purchased and added to your collection.

A custom mix of sparkling sugars gave me the desired
shine I was going for on these little pumpkin cookies.

The recipe for these cookies is very straight forward and foolproof. I found that the cookies stick better to aluminum cookie sheets, as opposed to parchment paper or a silpat.

The first cookie probably won’t turn out pretty, so just throw it back into the bowl of batter. It just takes a little bit of practice to figure out how much clicking is needed to get the perfect cookie on to the baking sheet.

Create your own little blend of glittery sprinkles by
combining different colors of sparkling sugars.

For this batch of cookies, I created my own little blend of glittery sprinkles by combining red, orange, yellow, gold and white sparkling sugars. This custom mix gave me the desired festive look I was going for.

In addition to the glittery colors, I used natural food color in the batter to give the perfect pumpkin hue.

Tingle your taste buds and put yourself in that perfect
autumn mood with these delicious Pumpkin Spice Spritz.

Feel free to add your own special touch to this recipe!

Find this easy recipe here at Romantic Homes.

ciao! fabiana

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August 26, 2018

old town tustin flea market

It was the fourth Sunday of the month, so that means it was Old Town Tustin Flea Market day! This flea market is pretty small, but worth the short drive. It’s really fun to grab a cup of coffee and browse…

I’ll share a few of my treasures, tomorrow!

Mark your calendars for next month,
it’ll be on September 23rd.

ciao! fabiana

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August 25, 2018

end of summer pink hydrangeas

End of summer vibes going on here today in my family room. I’m loving these huge, floppy mop-headed pink hydrangeas that just seem to last forever!

The secret, I guess, is soaking the hydrangeas upside down in the sink for at least 15 minutes and letting them soak in tons of water. Keeps them fresh for so long!

Happy Saturday!

ciao! fabiana

August 24, 2018

roses and blue transferware for fall

Those muted fall tones usually are my go to for autumn, but here’s a prettier look for the Thanksgiving dinner table.

Beautiful blue and white transferware can be quite adaptable, especially if it has a hint of fall pattern to it, that’s why I chose these blue and white salad plates with a wonderful bird motif.

These photos are actually outtakes from an alfresco Thanksgiving photoshoot I did recently. I ended up going in a totally different direction for the final layout, but you can see some similarities.

You really can’t go wrong with blue and white transferware, and I love how it pairs so well with this vintage blue cabbage rose tablecloth I made.

It’s actually just a yard and a half of fabric that I cut into a square and frayed the edges. It worked perfectly because of the linen-like texture of the material.

Aren’t these napkins perfect? They definitely add that much-needed hint of Thanksgiving to this look. I found a set of these last year at Home Goods, my favorite store!

My grapevine provides the most amazing colored leaves in the fall, and work nicely with these glittery gold pumpkins.

Thanksgiving may be three months away, but autumn decorating is just around the corner. Have you started in on your fall décor yet? 

ciao! fabiana

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August 23, 2018

super fun autumn decorating ideas

I'm so honored and excited to be featured in this month's Country Sampler's Autumn Decorating issue. 
Isn't the cover featuring this cozy Minnesota cabin in the woods so perfect for fall? Inside, there are pages and pages of great seasonal ideas...

it's hard to believe they included a couple of my favorite fall decorating vignettes from my blog

I think you'll really like this issue with all the great decorating ideas. Unlike some magazines, there aren't a lot of ads taking up precious space, just lots of pages of fun inspiration 🎃

Autumn is just around the corner and you can find tons of projects and decorating inspiration in this brand new issue of Autumn Decorating, available in stores today. 
Cozy homes, seasonal sights and fun Halloween spookiness... this is the perfect way to get in the mood for fall!

ciao! fabiana

August 19, 2018

beautiful coastal decor

There’s nothing quite like a house by the sea. Subtle coastal elements are my favorite things about a beautiful coastal home. Another prerequisite is rooms that are light, airy and relaxed.

It looks as though a beach inspired color palette of blue and greige interspersed with tons of natural textures and a clean white background is the common thread in all these homes… a perfect mixture of sophistication and laid-back confidence.

Even if you don’t live by the beach, you can infuse a bit of your favorite seaside looks into your home. Here are some of my favorite coastal rooms from this week…

ciao! fabiana

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photo credit:
1. Architectural Digest 2. Coastal Living  3. Country Living
4. House & Home  5. Traditional Home  6. Country Living
7. Architectural Digest  8. Domino 

August 17, 2018

farmhouse's healthy & yummy salad

Here’s a lovey and healthy recipe that works perfectly from summer right into fall. If you’ve never had quinoa, now is the perfect time to try it. Quinoa cooks up just as easily as rice, but has about 40 fewer calories, five times the fiber and double the protein as rice!

Chef Mead of Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens has created this recipe to be equally as delicious as it is nutritious. Give it a try and let me know what you think!


Serves 8

4 cups of cooked quinoa
2 cups of roasted butternut squash cut into cubes
1 small bunch of kale, destemmed and chopped
½ cup of dry cranberries
1 cup of granny smith apples, julienned
½ cups leeks, chopped and roasted
¾ cup of roasted onions (Farmhouse uses cipollini)
½ cup of citrus vinaigrette
Salt and pepper

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste. If salad is too dry, add more citrus dressing until the desired outcome is achieved

Chefs Note:
Marinating the clean and cut kale in citrus juices overnight will break the natural fibers of the kale apart so that it is not so stringy and coarse. The Chefs at Farmhouse use a combination of orange and lemon juices.

Makes 2 cups

¾ cup of mixed citrus juice (Farmhouse uses a combination of orange, lemon and lime juice)
¼ cup white wine vinegar
½ tbs of dijon mustard
½ tbs of honey
1 cup of olive oil

In a blender, combine all ingredients except for olive oil and salt and pepper. Blend and slowly add the olive oil and well emulsified. Add salt and pepper to taste.

ciao! fabiana

photo & recipe courtesy of Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens


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