Friday, February 27, 2015

Dinner and Drinks | Gluten Free

Our new housemates have some specific dietary needs. One is gluten free and the other is a vegetarian. So I've been tweaking some of our meals lately. The other night, we had a particularly yummy adventure. I thought I'd share here!

The salad entree is a wilted spinach salad that I paired with a cauliflower, Portabello mushroom sauté. The second course was a bowl of Julia Child's garlic mashed potatoes, taken from her book Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I also served a rosemary lemon vodka tonic cocktail with dinner. It was a weird set of things that all went together beautifully! Yay for happy accidents.

Wilted Spinach Salad with Marinated Onions in Mustard Seed Dressing
Recipe from Ani's Raw Food Kitchen by Ani Phyo

Marinated Onions:
  1/2 yellow onion sliced thin
  1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  1 Tablespoon soy sauce (I used Bragg Liquid Aminos since we have a gluten free eater)
  Pinch ground black pepper

Mustard Seed Dressing
  1 Tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  1/2 teaspoon salt

  8 cups spinach
  2 carrots julienned
  Pinch ground black pepper

To marinate the onions, combine onions with vinegar, Braggs Liquid Aminos and pepper. Set aside to marinate while you prepare the rest of the salad. (I let mine marinate for two hours).

To make the dressing, combine maple syrup or honey, vinegar, oil, mustard seeds and salt into a small bowl and mix well.

Toss dressing, marinated onions and salad mix together and let stand for 5-10 minutes to allow for wilting. This is a raw, vegan, gluten free salad and it is delicious!

Portabello Mushroom and Cauliflower Sauté
(I made this up on the spot)

1/2 head of cauliflower, chopped
2 large portabello mushrooms, chopped into bite sized pieces
2 cloves garlic, send through garlic press or finely chop
1 fresh sprig rosemary, stem removed and chopped
Pinch sea salt
Pinch ground pepper
Olive oil, 2-second pour

Heat oil in sauté pan over medium to high flame (I have a gas stove). Toss cauliflower into pan and sauté for a few minutes before tossing in the mushrooms. Add salt, pepper, garlic and rosemary. Either flip or stir ingredients in pan as they cook. I like to let my vegetables brown up a bit. After a few minutes, vegetables will soften. Serve when a desired consistency is reached. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Houzz Tour | David & Jennifer Lancashire

After a six month hiatus, I'm back at this week with a new home tour article. I took some time off after the death of my brother in early fall. But spring is coming and its the perfect time to get back in the game.

This week, I featured an opulent and luxurious Dallas home owned by David and Jennifer Lancashire, designed by Suzan Davidson. This place is off the hook and it was such fun to photograph. Check out the full article and lots of other photos HERE.

See the full article HERE.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Seedlings for the Spring Garden

Its time for our weekly installment of Radical Homemaking. Interested in learning more about what that means, check out THIS post and THIS post. 

Dallas was hit yesterday with an ice storm. Schools were closed and freeways shut down. This morning it's more of the same. It's nothing compared to the terrible winter weather happening in the north, but the conditions are still dangerous.

With the ice and sleet accumulating outside, we're grateful to be on the inside. We're also having lots of fun watching our spring seedlings make their way through the soil. A few weeks ago I started a round of arugula, romaine, kale, market means, mixed greens, and a host of heirloom cucumbers and tomatoes. They'll be ready to transplant in a few weeks after the threat of frost has passed.

Have you already started seeds?
What are you growing this year? 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Labradoodle Puppy Love

This Christmas, our family was gifted with a puppy - a puppy that will eventually train as a therapy dog for my son, Charlie. I'm allergic to dogs, so this dog is a very special non-allergenic breed that does not shed. He's an Australian Labradoodle and will grow to be a mid-size dog around 30-35 pounds. He was born in Oregon on January, 20th and he'll be joining our family this spring, sometime mid-April. Dear readers, meet our future family dog. We're thinking "Griffin" for a name, but are still deciding. Any suggestions? This photo was taken this week at 4 weeks old.

And here is Griffin (second from the left) with his brothers and sisters at 2 weeks old. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Weren't you doing a bathroom remodel?

Remember THIS? And THIS? And then THIS? Yes, you remember... there were all sorts of updates along the way. The bathroom remodel project is now done! It's been done for a few weeks. I still have some painting to do in the laundry room area, but generally it's done.

However, I haven't shared any photos with you all because I'm stalling. We immediately began using the bathroom everyday and I haven't had a chance to clean up the dust and prepare the space for photos. I'm also going to be writing an article about it for, so the photos need to be good! So sorry for the long wait. To tide you over, here are two yellowy snapshots of the space.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Navy Walls and a Brass Bed

My friend, Hilary Walker (the brains and beauty behind Our Style Stories) is in the process of designing her new home. Do you know what that means for voyeurs like me? I get to watch her design her home room by room! Last week she gave us a glimpse into her finished master bedroom. Her color combos are always a surprising mash up - they feel sophisticated and adventurous all at the same time. Take a look.

Hilary is also in the process of creating a nursery for her first child, due this spring.
So stay tuned!

Hilary Walker on Instagram

The paint color is Sherwin Williams' Rainstorm. 

See Hilary's former home HERE?

All photos featured above are by Hilary Walker.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Fire Pit Project

My son is seven and among his favorite things "behind Legos and before sweets" is making an outdoor fire. He's not a pyro or anything like that. He just likes shootin' the breeze around a campfire and roasting marshmallows. As I write this, I realize that his request for a fire pit may have been one elaborate ploy to consume marshmallows. Ah, well, taken again by a child.

Yesterday he and I procured some circular stones and built a small fire pit for our small back yard. As my mother-in-law said, its big enough for fun but small enough to quell the chicken's rotisserie fears. We'll be firing this baby up as soon as the rain clears, but until then, take a look at our latest edition to the back yard!