Summer Fashion LookBook 2017 for Zimmermann

Zimmermann is an Australian brand that’s come to the U.S. and I’m loving so many of their pieces for Summer!  Lots of stripes and pieces with crochet or lace detail.  Overall their clothes have that laid back beach vibe.  If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you’d know that’s basically what I look for in clothes as well as home decor!  I’m also loving on their beach wrap blanket.  How perfect are those colors?!  Check out the rest below.

Summer Fashion LookBook 2017 for Zimmermann

Summer Fashion LookBook 2017 for Zimmermann

Summer Fashion LookBook 2017 for Zimmermann

Summer Fashion LookBook 2017 for Zimmermann

Summer Fashion LookBook 2017 for Zimmermann

Summer Fashion LookBook 2017 for Zimmermann

Summer Fashion LookBook 2017 for Zimmermann

Summer Fashion LookBook 2017 for Zimmermann

 

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5 Tips To Effortlessly Add Greenery To Your Spring Entryway

Many of you may not know that I have a bit of a plant addiction.  Actually, most people I meet have no idea, until one day I invite them over and they see the dozens (not exaggerating!) of plants I have lovingly scattered across my home.  As one friend put it, “Holy jungle Jen!”.  This particular friend hadn’t been over in awhile and she wasn’t aware that I had recently discovered how to propagate succulents.  If you’ve never tried propagating, I urge you to give it a shot!  It is highly addictive once you learn which succulents you can pull leaves off of and grow into whole new plants.  Well it was just my luck that this year’s Pantone color is greenery! Recently I was encouraged by Douglas Elliman’s Florida real estate team to share how I would use greenery in my Spring entryway  Check it out:

5 Tips To Effortlessly Add Greenery To Your Spring Entryway

Tip #1 : Sets of Three – This is a decorating rule that’s been around for awhile but it also applies to plants.  Group your plants in sets of three, in varying heights.  If you don’t have plants in varying heights, you can do what I did on the left, and add books to prop up one or more of your plants.

5 Tips To Effortlessly Add Greenery To Your Spring Entryway

Tip #2 Don’t buy all babies! – Keep in mind when shopping for plants, especially if you’re just getting the hang of your green thumb!, that nurseries sell everything from cuttings and babies to more mature plants.  While the cost usually increases with maturity, sometimes it’s worth it if you need a larger plant for a larger space.  Normally when I go to my local nursery I’ll take a lap around before placing any plants into my cart.  It lets me see what all my options are and plan out what I need or am looking for.

5 Tips To Effortlessly Add Greenery To Your Spring Entryway

Tip #3 Lighting – Another thing to keep in mind is the natural lighting in your space.  If you don’t get a lot of natural light in your entryway, you may want to think about a pothos.  I have several and not only are they very easy to take care of but they do well in low light.  An added bonus is that they help purify the air in your home.  Which is part of the reason I have so many!  A good rule of thumb is one air purifying plant per 100 sq. feet of your home.  The two plants shown above are jade, a form of succulent.  Succulents are incredibly easy to care for but usually require bright light.  Also if you find that your entryway is just too dark or you haven’t found your green thumb, there are some very realistic faux plants out there.

5 Tips To Effortlessly Add Greenery To Your Spring Entryway

Tip #4 Put your plant in something unexpected – Air plants (like the one shown above) are a miracle of nature.  You can basically stick them anywhere.  This one I’ve put into a seashell but driftwood is another good option for your coastal home.  Try looking around and see what you already have.  Maybe there’s something you love that you just weren’t sure what to do with it.  Put a plant in it! (haha I’m joking but not really)

5 Tips To Effortlessly Add Greenery To Your Spring Entryway

Tip #5 – Small Spaces – When dealing with a smaller space remember that you can go vertical.  I bought this carved piece of wood (you can’t tell but it’s about 6′ tall!) at Home Goods for around $80.  When I bought it, it was a dark wood with gold leafing but a little primer and a little paint, it soon fit right into my home.  I added wire so I could hang plants on it.  Something I was inspired to create after watching an episode of Fixer Upper!  While this item isn’t in my entryway, it is in a tight space where I can’t have something jutting out.  It works perfectly and would be great in an entryway as well.  You can see a close up below.

5 Tips To Effortlessly Add Greenery To Your Spring Entryway

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Meatless Monday : Grilled Corn Chowder Recipe

I wanted to start a new series on the blog called, Meatless Monday.  These recipes will be of course, meatless but also diary-free and most will be gluten-free or easily converted.  My goal is to share about 1- 2 recipes for Meatless Monday every month to start off, each being my own recipe!  I’m excited to share with you today, the recipe for my Grilled Corn Chowder.  It is meatless, it is diary-free and so creamy and delicious!!  You won’t miss the bacon or the butter.

Meatless Monday : Grilled Corn Chowder Recipe

Besides the fact that this corn chowder is loaded with veggies, you might also be interested to know that it’s only 248 calories per serving!!!  And we’re not talking skimpy portions either.  Most corn chowders come in at double to triple this calorie count.  Also did I mention that it’s loaded with flavor???  So now you’re probably wondering what’s in it?

Meatless Monday : Grilled Corn Chowder Recipe

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 chopped sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 3 ears of fresh corn, husked
  • 3 medium zucchinis, chopped
  • 32 oz vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 oz vegan cream cheese (I used Tofutti)
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 chilli powder
  • 3 -4 pinches of red chili flakes (optional)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • pepper to taste

Instructions:

1. Preheat grill to medium high heat.  Husk corn while grill is preheating.  Rotate every 2 – 3 minutes until browning occurs on each side.  Set corn aside to cool. Once your corn has cooled, you can take a knife and shave off the corn kernels (set aside)

2. Preheat oven to 425 OR grill zucchini. While oven is preheating chop zucchini into thick 1/2″ slices. Place in mixing bowl and drizzle with olive oil about 1/4tsp

Meatless Monday : Grilled Corn Chowder

3.  Lay out parchment paper on baking sheet and spread out zucchini.  Once oven is preheated, place zucchini in for 10 minutes, flip, and roast an additional 10 minutes.  When zucchini is done, set it aside to cool.

4.  Peel and mince your onion (set aside)

5.  Mince garlic (set aside)

Meatless Monday : Grilled Corn Chowder

I used the food processor to mince the carrots and celery because this chowder is pretty chunky already!

6.  Mince celery and carrots in food processor (set aside)

7.  Peel and chop potatoes into bit sized cubes.  Steam potatoes for about 15 minutes or until tender (I used a double boiler)

*This is the trick to getting the chowder creamy!*

8.  Take half of the potatoes that you steamed and place them in a food processor with 1/4 cup of water.  You’re essentially creating mashed potatoes (set this aside)

Meatless Monday : Grilled Corn Chowder

Onions before and after

9. In a stockpot on medium heat, place the remaining olive oil and onion.  You’ll want to cook the onions for about 4 – 5 minutes or until they turn a golden color.

Meatless Monday : Grilled Corn Chowder

10. Add garlic to cook for an additional 1 – 2 minutes.

11. Then add the carrots and celery for an additional 4 – 5 minutes.  Now add your corn, potatoes (mashed and cubed), seasoning, and vegetable broth.  Give it a good stir.

*DO NOT* add zucchini just yet

12. Slowly add the vegan cream cheese.  I used a spoon to scoop out small even amounts.  If you dump the entire cream cheese into the pot, it will take forever to melt into the chowder.

13. Stir and bring to a simmer for 15 minutes.

Meatless Monday : Grilled Corn Chowder

14. While chowder is simmering, take your cooled zucchini and chop it into quarters.

Meatless Monday : Grilled Corn Chowder

This is what your chowder should look like at this point

16.  Once your chowder has simmered for 15 minutes, add the zucchini for an additional 5 minutes.

Serve warm.  For serving sizes, I broke the stockpot up into 6 servings using the bowl you see below.  This is a full meal and a large serving.  You could always go smaller and get more servings.

Meatless Monday : Grilled Corn Chowder Recipe

Meatless Monday : Grilled Corn Chowder Recipe

 

 

 

 

 

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9 Trendy Ways to wear Palm Print for Spring

9 Trendy Ways to wear Palm Print for Spring

Palm Tree Clutch / Palm Print Maxi Dress / Palm Tree Straw Hat

Palm Tree Necklace / Palm Leaf iPhone Case

Palm Tree Sweatshirt / Palm Embroidered Shorts / Palm Print Bikini

Palm Print Flatforms

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7 Spring Salads to Try

There’s something about Spring that whispers, “eat healthy”.  It could be because the weather is warming up or maybe because everything is in bloom.  It’s difficult to pinpoint the specifics but either way, here I am making and eating delicious salads for lunch and smaller side salads to go with dinner.  I think the key to a great salad is making sure you take it beyond just the romaine, tomato, cucumber and balsamic.  Adding something as simple as avocado, or roasted brussel sprouts can take your salad from just okay to awesome!  Take a look at these 7 Spring salads that kicked it up a notch.

7 Spring Salads to Try

Citrus Salmon Salad via How Sweet Eats

7 Spring Salads to Try

Grilled Romain Salad with Corn and Avocado via Floating Kitchen

7 Spring Salads to Try

Detox Chopped Salad via Pinch of Yum

7 Spring Salads to Try

Grilled Veggie Salad for those chilly Spring days via The Endless Meal

7 Spring Salads to Try

Mexican Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad via Half Baked Harvest

7 Spring Salads to Try

Quinoa Superfood Salad via Lazy Cat Kitchen

7 Spring Salads to Try

Strawberry and Spinach Salad via Lovely Little Kitchen

Lemon Drop Margarita Recipe

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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter from Nautical Wheeler Jewelry!

Happy Easter!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beach Love Quote

Love You to the Beach and Back Quote

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April 14, 2017 · 7:30 am