March 17, 2018

irish soda bread with blueberries

I made irish soda bread earlier in the week,
but this year I had to add add a little twist to the recipe…

 Just spread a little Irish butter on a slice of this

blueberry soda bread 
and it’s the perfect compliment to your

 morning coffee or tea..  

We’ve been enjoying this yummy soda bread every morning for the last couple of days and plan on having the rest it tonight with our corned beef dinner.

You can try the recipe here:

Irish Soda Bread with Blueberries

 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for blueberries
 4 tablespoons sugar
 1 teaspoon baking soda
 1 ½  teaspoons kosher salt
 4 tablespoons ( ½ stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch dice
 1 ¾  cups cold buttermilk, shaken
 1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten
 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
 1 cup dried blueberries
 1 tsp caraway seeds (optional)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the butter and mix on low speed until the butter is mixed into the flour.

With a fork, lightly beat the buttermilk, egg, and orange zest together in a measuring cup. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture. Combine the dried blueberries with 1 tablespoon of flour and mix into the dough. It will be very wet.

Dump the dough onto a well-floured board and knead it a few times into a round loaf. Place the loaf on the prepared sheet pan and lightly cut an X into the top of the bread with a serrated knife. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. When you tap the loaf, you will heat a hollow sound.

Cool on a rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Adapted from a recipe from the Barefoot Contessa.

By the way,

another one of my all-time favorite recipes

and it’s sooo easy to make!

All you need is a couple of baked potatoes and you chop them up with a little leftover corned beef

saute in a pan with half
a chopped onion and
a little diced red bell pepper
a little butter or olive oil,
salt & pepper until it gets a little crispy!

You can add a splash of milk
for a little creamer version…

Yum!!  🍀 So perfect for breakfast tomorrow
with a fried egg on top!

How are you celebrating St. Paddy’s Day?

 ciao! fabiana

March 16, 2018

kyle richards' new house

If you watched the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills this week, then you saw Kyle fall in love with a gorgeous new house. Well, technically it’s an old house, as it was built in 1912, but recently remodeled.

This stunning home is known as the former Smokey Robinson Estate and is located behind impressive iron gates on one and a half acres, and it’s not in Bel Air or Beverly Hills. It’s in the valley, in beautiful Encino.

To me the Kyle and Mauricio story line seemed a little phony, like they already knew they were going to buy the house, but were pretending not to know if they really wanted to move.

So here's the home, in all its "multiple listing" photo glory. 

They did in fact move in around October,  
so we won't be seeing her well-known Bel Air
home anymore on the show.


she kept talking about all season.

A pretty vintage fireplace and mantel.

The kitchen was recently renovated.

But what’s really spectacular,

I love the vintage charm of this home!

And I can’t wait to see it
next season on the RHOBH.

I’m sure she’ll have one of her

 ciao! fabiana

Book Pick:

P.S. Check out more Bravo housewives homes here:

A peek at the Real Housewives' Homes

photo credit:  MLS

March 15, 2018

thursday blues

Yes, you all know I love blues…

I just can’t get away from that color,
as much as I’m liking a crisp white palette,
it seems my accessories are always

a pretty shade of blue.

So when I recently had to have 
all the outdoor cushions from 
my front porch recovered,

I called my talented friend Brenda Kristine.
She’s the expert in  recovering outdoor cushions 
and pillows here in Newport Beach.

Together we chose “Canvas Charcoal” for the cushions,
she said it was the same color they have on the furniture 
at Lido Marina Village.

Yes! I love the look they have going on!

And for a little contrast,
“Canvas Capri” for the throw pillows,
both fabrics by Sunbrella.

BTW, you can reach Brenda here:

Inside the homefront,

I’ve been working on a few Easter tablescapes,
and of course, I can’t steer away from blue!

Aren't these vintage blue and white egg cups cute?

And here’s a little peek at a new tablescape

I’ve always been such a big fan of these!

And in case you missed it,

don't forget to check out my latest 

So we're over the hump and headed in the weekend...

Do you have any St. Patrick’s Day plans?

I'd love to know!

 ciao! fabiana

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