September 1, 2018

collecting: vintage books

Pretty and interesting vintage books are one of my favorite collectibles. I’m always on the lookout for white, blue and green books that easily fit in with my décor. Not only that, but the books have to have an interesting title or be one of my favorite novels.

A lot of times flea markets, thrift stores and public library sales offer books like these for less than a couple of dollars each. They look great on a bookcase or mingling in with your other decor. 

As you can see, Wuthering Heights is one of my faves, especially this time of the year, when the weather starts to chill and it’s comforting to curling up with a good book and a hot cup of tea. 

Hygge time!

What are some of your favorite classic books?

ciao! fabiana

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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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