Thursday, March 19, 2009

Bring on the Blue

I love the colour in this room by Pheobe Howard! So fresh! It's making me want Summer to come even faster.

You may have noticed my absence for the past week, with out warning too! I've been thinking a lot about this blog and I'm not certain I should be devoting anymore time to it. You see, my life is going to change soon with me going back to my regular seasonal job in the very near future. This cuts down a lot of my blogging time. As a person who seeks to put my family and friends first, I feel the need to back out of this blog so as to devote time to the proper things. I will leave the blog public and you may find a new post occaisionally if I'm feeling inspired by something.

I have so appreciated all the wonderful comments I have received! Thank you! I will not be gone from the internet all together. (I could never do that!) You can still catch me on Twitter and at my other blog Simply Frugal in Canada. (I'm choosing to keep going at this blog at this time in my life as it's easier to maintain.)

Again, thank you so much and I will see you around!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Colourful Kitchen Cabinets!

Who says kitchen cabinets have to be white or in a wood tone? I say break out some colourful cabinets! Maybe it's the yearning for spring that has me so into colour, but it may also be the desire to see something unique.

Which one is your favourite? Or do you really only like the classics, white and stained wood?


Canadian Home & Country

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Etsy Edition # 10

This week I'd like to introduce you to Down Home Amy. She's got some super cute napkins, aprons, change purses, and lunch bags!

You can also visit her website:

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Pretty Outdoor Living

Well, in anticipation of the warmer months ahead, I've been hooked on beautiful outdoor spaces! The only thing is, I wish we had a space for outdoor living at our condo. One day, we'll have space although I don't think we'll go as extravagant as some of the following photos!

To see what others are hooked on visit Hooked on Houses!

Simply Lasagna

I made this last night for dinner and it was delicious! It was quite similar to my Mom's recipe, maybe that's why I liked it!

Simply Lasagna

1 lb. (450 g) lean ground beef
2-1/2 cups Part Skim Mozzarella Shredded Cheese, divided
2 cups light ricotta cheese (I substituted cottage cheese)
1/2 cup 100% Parmesan Grated Cheese, divided
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 jar (700 mL) pasta sauce
1-1/2 cups water
12 lasagne noodles, uncooked

HEAT oven to 350°F. Brown meat in large skillet on medium-high heat. Meanwhile, mix 1-1/4 cups of the mozzarella cheese, the ricotta cheese, 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese, the parsley and egg until well blended; set aside.

DRAIN meat; return to skillet. Stir in pasta sauce. Pour water into empty sauce jar; cover and shake well. Add to skillet; stir until well blended.

SPREAD 1 cup of the meat sauce onto bottom of 13x9-inch baking dish; top with layers of 3 lasagna noodles, one-third of the ricotta cheese mixture and 1 cup of the meat sauce. Repeat layers two more times. Top with remaining 3 noodles and remaining meat sauce. Sprinkle with remaining 1-1/4 cups mozzarella cheese and remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Cover tightly with greased foil.

BAKE 1 hour. Remove foil; continue baking 15 min. or until heated through. Let stand 15 min. before cutting to serve.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Tree Houses!

As a child I used to dream of living in a tree house. Not simple and rustic, the ones in my dreams would be fairly elaborate, including elevators going up the trunk of the tree complete with wrap around porches. The pictures below make me very happy! Although I do enjoy any tree house now.
The TreeHouse Workshop is a Seattle-based company that takes the art of constructing tree houses very seriously. They build an average of one tree house per month and hire extremely able builders and carpenters to construct their projects. Their finished works vary in luxury but some even include fireplaces!

Designed by Lukasz Kos. Posing as a Japanese lantern on stilts, Kos’ creation floats within the fir trees on Lake Muskoka, Ontario, an elegant slatted structure that scales the trees and lets light radiate down it’s core.

Found in Alnwick Gardens is this tree house. At 6,000 square feet, it’s one of the largest wooden tree houses in the world.

designed by Takashi Kobayashi - this tree house is in Japan and was designed for a Nescafe commercial that is shown in Japan.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Etsy Edition #9

This week's Etsy Edition is all about labokoff! A woman in France has taken prints of an original photograph then digitally mixed them with painting, to create stunningly beautiful images!