June 28, 2012

Baby Big Eyes

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June 27, 2012

Pinteresting Porches

After spending a terrific weekend at my parent's house, lots of it in their charming porch where I have so many warm memories (the best ones most involving really delicious steamed crabs, buttery corn on the cob, juicy tomatoes, cold beer and lots of laughs) I am really wishing I had a porch of my own.

Here are some gorgeous porches I came across on my nightly travels through Pinterest.

porch Shutter Porch
Shutter Porch

wraparound white porch
White Washed Floors
Create an Outdoor Porch Retreat: Enjoy the great outdoors from the comfort of your porch. Explore various porch styles to find the perfect setup for your home. Naturally Modern:   This backyard oasis blends contemporary design with natural elements. A large paper chandelier comes to life as the room's focal point. A simple color palette of neutral tones and warm accent hues brightens the space. The low L-shape sofa, wooden coffee table, and open walls create a Zen-like ambience.
Comfy Seating

sleeping porch
Ocean View

Awesome sleeping porch
With Floor Length Curtains

The Whole House is a Porch

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June 26, 2012

Smooth for Summer

great legs, great shorts

BzzAgent just sent me a new Bic Soleil Savvy disposable razor and four refillable cartridges just in time to start wearing shorts... it has been sooo hot at the Harbor this week! 

Bic Soleil Savvy's pivoting head and lubricating strips offer a nice close shave and left my legs smooth and moisturized... I'm a big fan after my first use! Plus, you can't beat the price for cartridge refills. 

Now, just need to get some cute new shorts for summer ... I am thinking about these:

Shorts - Neat As a Spin Shortsforever in my heart sequined shortsBeach short2 1/2" SATIN CUFFED SHORTS

Shop Shorts Here: 

And my favorite product for a golden glow:

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June 25, 2012

Simply Delish Baby Food

One of my loveliest and dearest friends, Jill Conlin, is so sweet to share her fantastic and simple homemade organic baby food recipes on Harbor Love. Jill is a loving mother to an adorable seven month old cutie pie of a baby girl named Cassidy, who, judging from these recipes below, gets to eat like baby royalty. I can't wait to try these recipes out on Lucy a few months down the road!

Jill Says:

Before Cassidy came into my world, I registered for all sorts of ridiculous things. Among them, a fancy baby food maker and recipe book, for the endless hours I imagined would be spent making her nutritious, wholesome baby food. 

Now, only 7 short months later, I have returned the fancy baby food maker, and have found that the availability of organic food packets, made by brands like Sprout, Plum Organics and Ella's Kitchen, make it easy to give her quick and nutritious meals. 

However, when I am feeling ambitious, I find that these simple recipes coupled with my trusty blender, are just as easy:

Apples and Oatmeal:

Wash the apples and cut into quarters. Place apples in pot with just a little bit of water (not enough to cover apples). Bring to a boil and cook until applese are tender. Remove apples from pot and let cool. After they cool, remove the apples from their skin and use potato masher or blender to create desired consistency- Add a little water if necessary. Prepare oatmeal according to box instructions- I like Earth's Best Organic. Add the two together and serve with a little cinnamon.

Bananas and Blueberries:

Use frozen bag of organic blueberries (Cascadian Farms are a favorite of mine), and thaw completely. Place berries directly into blender and blend until smooth. Remove berries and run through strainer to remove any excess berry skin.  Put strained blueberries back into the blender along with a cut-up, very ripe banana. Blend to desired consistency and serve.

Pears and Peas:

Cook pears according to apple instructions. Remove skin and blend when cooled. Take frozen organic peas (or fresh peas) and thaw completely. Add directly to blender with pear chunks and blend. Use water as needed to reach desired consistency.

All of these recipes freeze very well, so make a lot at once and freeze! I like Green Sprouts Baby Food  Glass Storage Cubes and the BEABA multiportions for freezing.

green sprouts Glass Freezer Cubes, GreenBeaba Multiportions Freezer Trays

A Helpful Link: The EWG puts out a 'dirty dozen' list  of produce that are best bought organic:

Happy Eating, Little Ones!
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June 23, 2012

Insta-Lucy .. at One Month

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June 22, 2012

Crispy Chops

Felt like making my man an extra manly dinner the other night so I went for it with this really easy to make meal.

Pan Fried Bone-In Pork Chop and Iceberg Salad

Get some juicy, thick pork chops on the bone from the butcher. I like to make sure they have a good amount of fat around the edges.. tastes sooo good when it gets a bit crispy and crunchy.

Optional Step...Soak the chops in melted butter for about an hour before you fry them up.

Heat a few tabolespoons of butter in a frying pan over medium high heat until it is completely melted.

Coat both sides of the chops in flour, sea salt and black pepper and add them to the sizzling butter in the frying pan.

Depending on the thickness of the chop (the one's I cooked were a little over an inch thick and I fried 'em for about 5 minutes on each side), fry each side until the flour. salt and pepper coated chops have a nice crispy brown surface.

Remove the chops from the pan and let them rest for three or four minutes to seal in the delicious juices.

While the chops rest, prepare a simple salad of chopped iceberg lettuce, crunchy celery and crumbled bacon tossed with red wine vinaigrette.

Add your super flavorful pork chops to the plate and you're good to go!

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June 21, 2012

Teddy and Lucy

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