Friday, July 19, 2013

Spicy Corn off the Cob

Since we are in the mist of a brutal heat wave - day 6 of temps in the 90's!  With no relief in sight until Sunday, and temps expected to reach 99oF tomorrow (37.22 celsius). I've been trying to come up with easy side dishes and I came up with this creation.

We had some corn from the farm and I didn't want to stand over a hot grill roasting corn - I do not boil corn.  So I decided to take the corn off the cob and mix it up with a can of Rotel.  It was an easy and tasty side dish!  The bonus - my husband said this was a keeper!

1 dozen ears of corn
1 can of Rotel
Drizzle of olive oil
Pat of butter or margarine
Sea salt & fresh ground pepper to taste

Drizzle olive oil in a large skillet
Take the corn off the cob right over the skillet
Add a can of Rotel
Give a twist of sea salt & fresh ground pepper
Cook on medium heat for about 15 minutes
Finish with a pat of butter


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P.S.  Thank you for all your painting suggestions!  It's going to take me a while, but I promise I'll post when complete!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Cottage Peek & Decorating Dilemma

Hello everyone! I thought I would give you a glimpse of our little cottage in Maine. It's our Shangri-La if you will. It's not very big, as I've mentioned before, all the lots on our street are 40 feet wide by 100 feet long.

My next door neighbor, a full-time resident and local attorney refers to her home as her "double-wide." My other neighbor is my brother - my oh soooo meticulous brother! He's cut his grass twice this week . . .

We are a 7-10 minute walk to the ocean which is just under a half-mile, and at night when it's quiet we can hear the pounding waves while we're sitting on our porch!

Above is the family room. I've got color going on in here which I love at the cottage. The colors seem to be primarily yellow (end tables, Duke's ball), blues (walls, coffee table, chair cushions, dog bed) white (slip covers and window trim - soon) red (accents) and hints of green. We've had some crazy mad checkers & chess games on that table too!

Those walls used to be a dark pumpkin stain . . .

This is the other piece of slip-covered furniture. It was purchased by my husbands parents when they were newlyweds and is still amazingly firm and comfortable. It's where my husband likes to read in the evening. The lighthouse lamp was a gift from my husband's cousin and the comforter was a gift from his cousin when we got Duke 9 years ago. Gee, I guess this truly is the husband's corner!

We purchased this little gem for about $100.00 (the top alone is worth three times that!) and I want to paint it fire-engine red, it will become our new television stand! My husband has started to modify it already. He'll be adding a shelf to hold the DVD player on one level and a computer charging station on the other level. This piece will replace what you see in the photo below! What do you think? 

Oh, take a look at that little table to the right & keep that in the back of your mind for another question.

I'm thinking of mounting the television to the wall because of this beautiful carrera marble top. I don't want to hide it.

I also have a small side table next to the white slip-covered chair (see above) that I'd like to paint too. Do you think it should be fire-engine red too? Or am I insane to paint those pieces red? What are your thoughts? 
I have another room of furniture to deal with too, but I'd really like to hear from you on this decorating dilemma!!! I'll post the other decorating dilemma later this week!

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