Monday, February 28, 2011

PS22 Chorus

I was so happy to see PS22 Chorus* performing at the end of the Academy Awards last night. If you've read my profile you will see that I am a big fan of theirs...and especially of their teacher...the amazing Gregg Breinberg. I am a firm believer that if given an excellent teacher, children can thrive and become excellent themselves.

“There”...a song by The Innocence Mission (one of my all-time favorite bands) is one of my favorite youtube recordings of PS22. The children sing and gesture with such feeling and the energy of Mr. B is inspiring.

*The PS22 Chorus is an elementary school chorus from Public School 22 in Graniteville, Staten Island (New York). It is composed of 60-70 fifth-graders, and is directed by Gregg Breinberg

Friday, February 25, 2011

Make it a double

I suppose if you have plenty of space, and money, you could have two islands.

Clive Christian, Luxury Kitchen Designer

Sunset Magazine
House Beautiful
Have a great weekend! It snowed yesterday here in Portland and today it's in the 20's...BUT...the sun is out! It's a sparkly day.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Colorful Kitchen Islands

These colorful kitchen islands bring an element of fun into the kitchen. My kitchen island...not pictured a deep plum color with a large square gray tiles. I love it. That said, if I were redesigning my kitchen today, and thankfully I am not, I'd have a hard time deciding which direction to go in.

Country Living Magazine

House Beautiful

Sunset Magazine

I am crazy about this last design! Especially the lights!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Toolbox Island

I have a box where I keep pages that I have torn from magazines that relate to home design. To keep it under control I have to, every so often, go thru it and toss out any ideas that are no longer appealing to me. This is one page that has made it thru my many attempts at downsizing my idea box.

I think I tore this page from a magazine in the mid 90's. I was drawn to it because of the simplicity of the kitchen and because it was a bungalow near the beach. (I believe in San Diego.) It just looked like a nice way to live. In any case, I think this is a great idea for a kitchen island.

I'd love to know the source for the photo! Maybe someone recognizes the people in the photo,,,you never is a small world these days.


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Bold Red Islands

Functional kitchen island from Diva

shiny red kitchen set from KicheConcept

A great toolbox design

Dresser upcycled to be a kitchen island

Do you see anything you like? I like the tool box design with the thick countertop. That reminds me...I have a magazine page in my home-design-inspiration-box that features a toolbox as a kitchen island. If I find it I'll post it tomorrow.

Monday, February 21, 2011

It's Island Week!

Since it's winter and we are all dreaming of tropical island vacations, I'm going to do a week of posts about islands...well kitchen islands that is.

Stainless Steel Work Table on sale on $124.99 delivered.

I can think of lots of great uses for this stainless steel work table, on sale right now on, but don't you think this would make a great kitchen island? I would add big chunky, locking casters to the legs to make it look more urban and to add versitality.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Kitchen remodel by Rosa at Flutter Flutter

Flutter Flutter is one of my favorite blogs! The adorable Rosa and her husband are in the process of renovating their home that sits up on a hill in British Columbia. I love the outcome of every project that she has shown on her blog. And there are more to come! I asked her if I could share with you all of the wonderful things happening in her kitchen and she graciously said yes. So enjoy. There are updated photos of her kitchen on her blog, as well as photos of her bathroom redo (I especially love the vanity) and her master bedroom makeover.

Rosa's kitchen BEFORE

Rosa's kitchen after

So clean and fresh looking.

I love how she put the soaps in clear bottles.

A perfect place for an apple.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Twitter Recipe Contest Winners

Lemon-Thyme Bruschetta. Photo: Ross Hamilton, The Oregonian

I think this is a fabulous idea for a recipe contest! Two weeks ago Food Day of the Oregonian newpaper put out a call for entries for their Twitter Recipe Contest. To enter you had to submit your award worthy recipe in one 140 character or less tweet!

Here are some of the winners!

1st Place
lemon-thyme bruschetta

@rosemarried/Lindsay Strannigan
Mix 8ozRicotta+juice/zest1Lemon+1Tbl Honey+ s&p +1.5tspThyme. Spread over crostini, top w/ honey, fresh thyme
Food Day says: “As for the winners, our top tweet happened to be one of the first we received: Lemon Thyme Bruschetta, which sailed to the top of the heap because of its surprising blend of flavors and textures: lemony ricotta over crusty bread topped with thyme sprigs and a drizzle of honey.” 

2nd Place
beet salad
@GoGingham/Sara Tetreault
Bake 4largebeets@350,covered1hour.Cool.Peel.Dice. Add 1/2Csourcream,1Tonion,1Tlemonjuice, 2Thorseradish.S&P to taste.

3rd Place
smoked salmon hash

@cowboyecho/Clark Haass
1ea sweet/yuk potatoes, sauté 15min, add  1/4 onion, 5min, 8oz smk salm warm, remv. Add 1Tb dill, 3 Tb crème fra‹che, egg.

Most ambitious tweet 
crab ravioli
@stahancyk/SK&H (Stahancyk, Kent & Hook)
Brwn butter&hzlnuts. Mix .5lb crab/8oz mascarpone/1T chives/1tS&P;Fill wont wrap/fold tri;Boil3M;Srv mlt brwn but/nuts&chvs
Food Day Says: “We applaud your confidence in the kitchen and the Twittersphere.”

See more entries and winners here!
Click here learn more about “@cookbook” the inspiration for the contest.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Photo by darkmavis
For Valentine's Day I'm linking you to a sweet and romantic post
by Danielle of my dear hearts blog.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

By my side in the kitchen

I thought you like might to see a photo of someone who is always, always by my side...especially when I'm in the kitchen!

This is Ellie. My 101/2 year old yellow lab and very great friend.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Year of the Rabbit

From Eden Creative Studio

Are you doing anything to celebrate the Chinese New Year?

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

a cup of sugar

“I’m going to go next door and borrow a cup of sugar. I don’t need a cup of sugar I just need to know that still happens, because once it stops we’re lost.”    -by Dallas Clayton


I love this quote. It says so much about life today. And if you don't really know your neighbors then this is a great way to introduce yourself.  Read more about this talented young man, Dallas Clayton, who writes quotes and children's books here!