Christmas a 60's ski chalet vibe

This year I thought I would throw back to my days as a kid in Califorina!  We delighted in spending time at Lake Tahoe.  camp Richardson in south Tahoe was a place where I believe shaped so many of my memories...memories of lakeside cabins, cozy plaids, playful times... So this year I thought I would harken back and pull together a bit of an apres-ski feel... Granted, my family didn't ski back in those days...but looking back at favorite scenes in the old movie White Christmas... At the lodge, around that fireplace, comfy cozy... Just brought back fond memories! Bring on the warm milk and let me count my blessings!  So... Here is this years take on Christmas! Enjoy!


Angel food Cake with Drunkin Strawberries

Recipe: Angel Food cake with Drunkin Strawberries 

We were asked to a Mexican fiesta and were required to bring a dish to share.  We had been on the road and very busy... So I decided to bring ingredients on the fly, to the party.   I remembered the angel food cake with fresh sliced strawberries tossed in a bit of dark brown sugar that I always love ... But to add the Mexican flair, I added cinnamon and dash of Mexican vanilla we happened to have on hand ...  I let that refrigerate for a few minutes then spooned the mixture over the angel food slice... I spied some Chambord a raspberry liquor and some Cointreau, an orange liquor... I thought to give the partakers a choice... We drizzled their choice over the spooned on strawberry mixture and it was a hit!  


Easy Salmon in Parchment Recipe an OpendoorStudio Original... so DELISH !

Martha's Parchment Salmon

With 2016 beginning and fresh starts happening in the New Year,  My husband and I have begun to think about how we eat.  We both decided that 2016 should be the year to make our lives healthy.  We are not thinking "diet" but we are thinking "lifestyle change".  That said, we took a look at our eating habits and decided to make more of the delicious and healthy choices available to us.  

I began by inventorying the foods we love.  We shopped and stocked the fridge with some yummy, delish foods.  Lots of veggies and fresh items.  

I have also been refocusing on the family and being more available to them to create meals that we can enjoy together. 

I decided to have some fun with what was in the fridge and developed this recipe.  I absolutely love it and the family does too.  I brought some supplies to a girlfriends home and created it for them as well.  They loved it too.  I wanted to share my original recipe with you.

Parchment Salmon Recipe:

Preheat the oven to 450*
I use ( for 4 salmon filets)
4 Fresh Salmon Filets
1/2 Cup Chopped Red Pepper
1/3 Cup Chopped Red Onion
1/4 Cup Chopped Cilantro
4 T fresh salsa
Pink Sea Salt
Ground Pepper
Lime, Quartered
4 pieces of Parchment paper cut in to 16 x 12" Sheets.

Place each sheet of parchment on a flat surface.  Place one salmon filet in the center of each.  Season the top of each piece of salmon with Salt and Pepper ( to taste).  Place 1/8 cup or 2-3 Tablespoons of the chopped Red pepper on each filet.  Place 1-2 Tablespoons of Red Onion.  One heaping Tablespoon of Cilantro on each filet.  Add 1 Tablespoon of Fresh salsa to each Filet and then squeeze one lime wedge on each.  
Bring the parchment end to end above each filet and fold over several times to seal in the salmon, veggies and lime juice.  Fold the sides under the salmon.  Place on a baking sheet and place in the preheated 450* oven for 15 minutes.  Once the packets have baked, remove them from the oven but allow them to rest for 5 minutes before opening.  This will allow all of the flavors to meld.  

Once you open the packet... you may just serve the salmon with the packet on a plate with your favorite side dish.  We chose asparagus lightly steamed, still crunchy and added a very small amount of butter and sea salt to taste.  
This recipe is SO fresh and delicious.  I know you will want to add it to your list of regular dishes.
If you love my recipe... Please share it and don't forget to stop back soon... for more fun original recipes!


How EXCitiNG! Seeing your work in print!

I am so excited to announce my Society6 shop!
NOW you can order items I have in my shop, photos, graphic design, my original watercolors, oils and more ( in print)  on PILLOWS, Iphone skins, tote bags....Travel Mugs as well as prints.

My Happy Camper pillow... take on a recent trip to Door County... perfect for YOUR happy camper!


Boho / Indie bedroom decor : How to

Add simple elements you love.  Plants add to the airy feel.  We created easy to make diy macramé hangers for the little ceramic pots by using 4 long pieces of jute we doubled over... Creating 8 strands, tying a knot at the end and then adding a few simple knots along the side to secure the little pot. Attach a nail to the wall and hang.  Hint: grouping several together adds impact.
We liked the wall tapestry from etsy / society6.com in a cool blue landscape. We added pillows to the feminine comforter from "Tuesday Morning".  Rummaging thru our collected vintage finds we added a twig side table and found antlers, sourced from our favorite little spot just outside Algoma, Wi. 
The arrow was from hobby lobby and adds a touch of metal as well as  a geometric element.  
Not shown, we used an old oriental rug on the floor... thin and warm, as well as a handmade woven rug, to add a bit of color and eclectic style.
 A mid century modern dresser/cabinet makes for a great space for the computer workspace and succulents add a bit of life to the room. A jar of porcupine quills and old feathers finish off the look.
The handmade adventure art piece on wood panel was from travel&dwell on etsy. 
Adding a simple made by hand (opendoorstudio) cage of wire around the terra cotta potted - moss rose, and baskets to add interest to the space.  The ladder was from my mother and holds a favorite quilt.  
The simple photo holders below were created using our jute again (with this rustic style, jute can be your friend).  Determine the correct length for your photos.  We did four lengths but you could make a banner-like continuous string too.  We found favorite photos of friends and printed them in black and white.  Among them we added favorite locales, we printed them in muted colors to add interest. (Opendoorstudio) You may connect them however you like.  Paper clips, clothes pins, additional jute, pins or tape.  Each adds your own personal style.

Let us know what you think of our boho bedroom?