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Monday, August 31, 2015

Show House Take 3

Hello dear friends.  Happy Monday.  This is the last installment of my day with my buddies in the Hamptons and at the Show House.  If you missed my past posts, you can find them here, here, and here.  This post will cover the outside spaces of the house.

This was the deck attached to the master bedroom.  

And this is the moment where I sensed what these ladies were thinking.  
Enough with the camera, already!
I probably won't be invited back next year.

This little covered patio was my favorite area of the house.

I am in love with the elephant table and pillows.

Such a cozy entertaining space!

For larger parties...

If the Mister and I lived here, I would lounge right in this spot and request the Mister to bring me another glass of champagne.

On to the pool house.

A lot going on in this pool house.

More knickknacks and doodads.

Cozy area - the ladies seem comfortable.

I told you that there was a lot going on.  Not a lot of room to wash your hands.  

Can't have a pool house without a ship chandelier!

The pool house was a combination of the '60's and the Salvation Army.  Who's that guy in the shower?  And why is he in there?  And how did my bikini bottoms get up there?  

A certain friend of mine spotted that hat and there was no turning back.

It took me awhile to talk Dude into putting it back.

Until next time...

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Hamptons Show House - Take 2

Hello dear friends.  I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.  I am writing this on my patio - it is such a gorgeous day.  This is the second installment of the Hamptons Show House.  If you missed Part 1 you can find it here, and if you missed the rest of the day, you can find it here.  Part 3 will cover the  patio and pool house.

I dared Miss B to model on the bed.  Glad I didn't bet any serious cash.  I didn't care for the wall covering in this room.  It looked like vinyl wrapping paper.  The model was lovely, though.

As a reminder from Part 1, there is definitely a beachy, coastal theme to this house. 

The house was jam packed with doodads and knickknacks. 

Two fancy Hamptons ladies chattin' it up.

This is the room where I think the designer went rogue.  You'll see what I mean in a minute.

Part of the reason.

I liked these, though.

This is the moment where I wondered if one of those mirrors was a candid camera.  I am not quite sure what the plastic things hanging off the wall signified.  I don't think that I could sleep with those creepy things crawling the wall. 

And it looks like my friends felt the same way.

A lot of stuff going on in this hallway.

Looks like Miss B found something in the closet that she liked.

The lady in charge told us that the vanity sells for 60K.  I wonder if that includes the candles...

Dude trying to catch her breath from all the excitement.

This is the upstairs den.  
It was so pink, it made my teeth itch.

Love this chair!

Dude trying to absorb all the pinkness.

Stay tuned for Part 3.

Until next time...

Pink Darcey Dog

I wonder if Chili's in the mood for a make over.

Then again, maybe not.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Anne's Impressive, Easy Recipe

Happy Weekend, dear friends.  The Northeast is having gorgeous weather, which is a good thing because the Mister and I are hosting a party tonight.

While I was in Maine this week, Anne was flipping through her pics when I caught a glance of this gorgeous photo.  I asked her if she would share the recipe with you all, and she graciously said yes.  Anne said that it was fairly simple.  It doesn't look so easy to me, but that doesn't mean much.  

Photo by my bff, Anne

Carrot Tart with Ricotta and Herbs


  • 2 cups ricotta
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 large carrots (about 8 ounces), scrubbed, thinly sliced into coins
  • 1 package frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 large egg, beaten to blend
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons small dill sprigs

  • Preheat oven to 425°. Whisk ricotta and cream in a small bowl; season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Cook onion, stirring occasionally, until soft and starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Add carrots and cook, tossing occasionally, 2 minutes; season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  • Lightly roll out pastry on parchment paper just to smooth out creases. Transfer on paper to a baking sheet. Lightly score a 1" border around pastry. Brush with egg; bake until golden and slightly puffed, 10–15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and spread ricotta mixture over pastry, staying within border. Scatter reserved onion and carrots over top. Bake until carrots are tender, onion is starting to caramelize, and pastry is golden brown and baked through, 30–35 minutes. Let cool.
  • Just before serving, toss herbs and remaining 1 Tbsp. oil in a bowl; season with salt and pepper. Scatter over tart.
  • Do Ahead: Tart can be baked 6 hours ahead. Store tightly wrapped at room temperature.
  • Recipe by Alison Roman
  • Photograph by Christopher Testani
  • Recipe found on bon appetit

Until next time...

Naomi the dog at the beach

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