Sunday, May 20, 2018

Mid Century Set of 4 Retro Vera Neumann Quilte Placemats & Summer Tablescape.

Vibrant colors of Yellow, green, black & white with yellow on stunning flower art. 

A signature statement piece for any summer tablescape. 

They are: 
-clean, measure approximately 17.5" x 13.25". 
- rounded corner / oval shaped. 

Available here.

Here's an example from The Little Round Table on how to mix and Match Vintage and Contemporary pieces to add whimsy to your summer meals!

Breakfast with Vera

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Remembering Mandy Bagwell of Alabama & Easy Best Crab Dip Recipe to die for

Artist Mandy Bagwell's Fun Yellow & Green Crab ceramic dip bowls

In her glorious but short life, lifestyle artist Mandy Bagwell of Alabama created many fun colorful dinnerware collection.

These one of a kind crab dip bowls are part of her water collection. Definitely a collectible.

Available here.

Read more about the late Mandy Bagwell here : 

Here's a Crab dip Recipe from Brown Eyed Baker which is to die for :


For the Dip

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 small red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 16 ounces lump crab meat (drained, if canned)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (227 grams) mayonnaise
  • 4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (1 cup shredded)
  • ¼ cup (28 grams) Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1½ teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce

For the Topping

  • ½ cup (30 grams) Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a 1½-quart casserole dish; set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add the red pepper and onion and cook until softened and all moisture has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant. Remove the mixture to a large bowl and allow to cool.
  3. Add the rest of the dip ingredients to the bowl with the pepper mixture and gently stir together until combined, being careful not to smash the crab meat too much. Transfer the mixture to the prepared casserole dish.
  4. With a fork, toss together the bread crumbs, Parmesan and melted butter and sprinkle evenly over the top of the dip.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with baguette slices or your favorite tortilla or pita chips. Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Common Core

There hasn't been any political agenda in the history of America, that has so successfully and silently slipped into the lives of the American public. Common Core is ultimately dumbing down our children in this country. Common Core literature equates reading Shakespeare as similar value to reading government regulations. Doing math without common sense but the most meandering way possible. The scary part is, it is erasing history, the centuries of classical education as we knew it, is being deleted.
Each child is a thinking and emotional individual, complete with their own talent and passion. Education is the way to liberate them and point them in their directions, not cookie cut them into an unbearable robotic life in order to serve the dictates of a group of elites. Because all the testing boards including SAT and ACT have dumbed down their standards, this fight involves everyone, not just the public schools. At the start of this year, I had to personally meet with the head of school when one of my son's recommended reading "365 ways to live green" was flawed with lies and unsubstantiated assertions. It was a brain-washing piece of literature which I do not mind him reading as long as he is also recommended an alternative perspective and substantiated facts. The head of school agreed.
The day I become Mom, it is my responsibility to know what my children's malleable minds are exposed to. They are my children, they are not a part of some mechanical system. I spend more time on vetting through their educational exposure and surrounding than anything else I do. Yes, we have a race, not against the China or Asia ( note: most Asian parents actually aspire sending their children to American College), we have a race to raise thinking and caring children.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Person of Interest - The TV series

Person of Interest

If you haven't seen it, you're missing one of the best TV series ever made. Strong characterization, intense plot within plot within plot. You are constantly on edge, surprised and humored. Action scenes are as good as any major movie production and each main actor brings life and complexity to their role. Breathtaking soundtracks. The emotional aspects of the series, while subtle,are realistic and multi-layered.

Be forewarned, it is highly addictive. Set your alarm and be ready to give up your social life before you pay for it. We bought it via Vudu but it's available on Amazon too.


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Easiest Way to Cook Chicken

2 Whole Chicken in A Crockpot. No kidding, that's all you need for your chicken supply of the week.

Usually in our house, we make the famous Singapore Hainanese Chicken Rice. 

Rice ( better if cooked with chicken stock and basil), sliced up Chicken, garlic and red peppers pureed sauce, dark soy sauce ,  ginger pureed sauce and chicken soup.

Shredded cucumbers, carrots, green onions , even slices of tomatoes really lighten the whole dish. 

 If you don't like it deconstructed, you can make a combination sauce of all the condiments. So it would look like this: 

Just shred some chicken on top of hot rice and add sauce. 

More left over chicken? Fry and slice up an omelette, more vegetables and you're ready for wraps. 

Wine to pair. 

Because the taste is rather bold, I would pair with something white and fruity like a full-bodied Pinot Gris from Alsace, a full-bodied Grüner Veltliner from Austria, German Reisling or Champagne. 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Coffee Forward

Something nice happened to me yesterday. 

I was in a long line at Starbucks drive through. Staring at my clock on the dashboard, getting nervous and frustrated, It's too hot and I was sure I was going to be late to pick up my children from school. No one was moving, for a very long time. So long I had to pray for patience. 

I was going to leave but there was no way I could back up from the drive through without getting that someone behind me very mad. Then after what seemed like a week's worth of waiting, the line moved and rather quickly. When I pulled up to the coffee window, a guilty cheerful voice read my order. I tried to smile a half smile and handed her my Starbucks card. Her eyes widened and uttered the sweet words,
 "the car in front of you paid for ya!". 

I was so taken aback. I wasn't in the best of mood all day. That's perhaps why God felt I needed a "cheer me upper". And hey, what's more perfect than a cheer-me-upper coupled with a pick-me-upper? So Thank you God! I hadn't smile so widely for a while. It's amazing how powerful Mundane has over my jaw muscles. 

And out of my own selfish interest to feel even better, I paid for the car behind me. Wonder if I laid a wide smile on her face too? Would she feel as great as I felt then? To think that I could have gotten impatient and missed this great gift of joy. Patience does pay. And I suppose it's only logical for me to pay it forward. 

I love this country, good things still happen in this great country. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

What do you do to never forget?

Today is a day where hate seems appropriate.
12 years ago, America suffered a mortal wound. Yet the country went on to vote in a 2 term Marxism-driven Presidency,  whose policies and leadership have done more to dismantle America than Al Qaeda ever did.
A year ago, four Americans who stood post for Obama , namely, Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed when their commander in Chief traded his backbone for sleep. A year later, there is still no real closure for their sacrifice.
Via Wikipedia
In an August 12, 2013 interview with WMAL radio in Washington DC, Joe DiGenova, a former U.S. attorney who represents one of the Benghazi whistleblowers, said that 400 American surface-to-air missiles were stolen during the terror attack. DiGenova is quoted as saying: "We have learned that one of the reasons the administration is so deeply concerned" is that "there were 400 surface-to-air missiles stolen, and that they are ... in the hands of many people, and that the biggest fear in the U.S. intelligence community is that one of these missiles will be used to shoot down an airliner."
Last night around the dining table, my husband reminded the family of this special day. My 7 year old asked what it meant. And we explained to him that there is an enemy who has and would like to kill Americans because what we believe is different from what they believe. My 7 year old was clearly disturbed by the concept of an enemy so bent on evil that they would anything, including killing themselves, just to destroy us.
“I hate that, mommy”. He exclaimed.
He’s right. We ought to hate evil actions. 
It must have bothered him all night. After he brushed his teeth and jumped into bed, my son said “ Mommy, do you know why Voldermort didn’t kill baby Harry Potter?” .
 “ Isn’t it because of the scar he had?”
 “ No, mommy, the scar came after the first attempt to kill him.”
“ No, I don’t remember. Why?” I replied, as I slipped his pillow in a newly washed white pillow case.
“It’s because of love, his mother loved him so much that she died in order to save him. And Voldermort couldn’t destroy Harry because he doesn’t understand what love is.”
And there, once again, my little acorn led me to the tree.
Our enemy cannot defeat us because they would never understand what greater love is. What it means to unconditionally love one’s country and neighbor. The road might be long and arduous and more blood would be shed. The true devastation of the Obama regime would reveal itself. But as long as we hold pure love in our hearts, we do not fear.
With that, I shall focus on the Hero stories with my children today.
What about you? Which hero story would you be telling today? What else do you do to Never Forget?

Monday, April 22, 2013

Drano Water Bombs True

Be Careful.

Don't pick up any plastic bottles that may be lying in your yards or in the
gutter, etc.

What kind of kids are we raising? 

Where is their standard of right and wrong? Who decides right from wrong? 

Children raised in a Godless culture soaked in Secularism has a grey sense of morality. 

We live now in a society that placing a "bomb" for innocent people to get blow up is a "funny prank". 

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