Friday, August 27, 2010

Nancy's Pink Coconut Punch

Have I ever told you all that two of our six kids have the same birthday?  Well, they do. And no, they are not twins.  Ethan was born August 6th, 1991 and Trevor was born the same day, five years later.  Ethan just turned 19 and Trevor, 14.   We always fix the kids their favorite meals for them on their birthdays and sometimes we go out to dinner instead (I still fix their favorite meal a few days later).  This year we took the family out to dinner and the boys chose Osaka, which is a Japanese steak house where a trained to do tricks with utensils chef prepares your meal on a large Hibachi grill at your table.  Recently, Osaka opened another restaurant here and we'd been wanting to try it out.  If you're in Tulsa, and like sushi or hibachi steak, this is a must place to dine.  It's beautifully decorated, and the food, including a full sushi bar, is great.  

We've dined at Japanese Steak houses for years and once took Michael, our oldest,  along with 8 or 9 of his friends there for a birthday dinner when he was in 3rd grade.  Here the two of us are after coming home from that birthday dinner to cut the cake.  This is one of the rare pics of Michael making goofy faces.  It's hard for me to believe he's almost 21 years old (teardrop(s)).

Ok, enough reminiscing.  I start out writing about one thing and it conjures memories of similar, past times and next thing you know I'm writing about that.  I brought up the whole Japanese steak house thing because when we do take our children out to eat there, they always order a (non-alcoholic) drink called Coconut Punch.  This past trip to Osaka was no exception.  The problem was that noone got their fill of the slushy drink this time.  The saying "just a dab'll do ya" just won't do at all in this case, so I decided to try my own version of Coconut Punch and if I do say so myself, it is just as good as Osaka's.  The kids and Shawn think it's even better.  I kinda' agree ;-)
I've made this at least four times this month and since summer is finally and thankfully nearing an end I wanted to get this summery treat in one last time.  I made a batch up tonight to share with them, and you.  I even (sort of) measured everything out tonight so I wouldn't have to say a capful of this and two scoops of that plus a big plop of this with two handfuls of that, and now blend till smooth.  

Nancy's Pink Coconut Punch
makes 2-3 good sized servings  

Here is (pretty much) exactly what I do:

Ask (make) at least one kid to help get out ingredients and necessary equipment
 then add about ( you really can't mess this up so don't worry about exact measurements...they aren't exact anyway)

5 oz Cream of Coconut
1/3 cup frozen, sliced strawberries microwaved for 15-20 seconds to soften slightly
1/2 Cup Rainbow Sherbet (lemon, lime, orange)
3/4 - 1 tsp Grenadine syrup
1/3 cup whipped topping, such as Cool Whip
2 cups ice

Combine all in a blender or food processor that will crush ice and blend until smooth or to the consistency you like.   Serve in any glasses you want, but real coconut cups with real bamboo straws and cute cocktail umbrellas make it taste even better and look even better so that I can blog the end result.

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Antlers on the walls

 Antlers aren't just for cabins.  They have found their way into contemporary and Old World designs alike.
I've admired trophy mounted antlers for some time as decorative wall accents and recently took the plunge into the world of decorating with them.
Check out these great rooms by some of the world's best designers who've used antlers in their homes and homes they've decorated.

Below, a paneled wall houses a pair of antlers on either side of an antique oil painting over a French chest in an entry hall.

  See the antlers over the arched wall to the right of this pic?  

2 pics below: Charles Faudree uses antlers in some of his fantastic French Country designs, including his own home.

 One of my favorite things, English transferware, combined with roe deer antlers 

Tracy Porters take on antlers

As seen in Country Living, this antler collection hangs over a Victorian burled wood bureau.

Antlers find their way around the bedroom walls of a turret

A more contemporary look 

 An eclectic blend of furnishings, including the use of antlers as artwork

So castle-esque

This dining room is filled with antlers, on the wall and at the table....including the antler handled flatware

 Here, in my dining room a set of antler with a date of 1927 hangs over an oil painting. 
My toile wallpaper depicts a hunt scene.

In my family room, a vintage set of mounted antlers becomes the crowning point over an antique French armoire with attached bookcases on either side.

So, what say you?  Do you like antlers used in decorating?

There's still time:

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Shaping up the Shop & a GIVEAWAY!

A few months ago I showed a few pics of our shop/warehouse.  It is an old building in need of lots of tlc.  The building was once a T G & Y store for those of you who might remember that discount chain, similar to Walmart before the SuperCenters.   The building has changed hands several times and was last an antique mall with individual booths inside.  Some walls were put up which made three rooms across the front of the building.  One is a large room that customers enter into.  To the right of this is a small room I have painted and papered using leftovers from my house.

This is picture of the wall shown above with the paper and drapes, before doing anything.  The whole building looks like this inside!!!

I painted the side walls.  The light fixture attached to the wall wasn't needed so it's been disconnected but kept in place.  I saved the toile drapes I designed and had custom made for our old house.  They are attached to a board and hung with 'L' brackets  perfectly fitting over the light fixture to conceal it.  Below is the room after papering the back wall and painting the two side walls (same place as the first pic!).  This room faces the store front.  Opposite the curtains is a big window looking into this room/shop.

  I do lots of custom plate arrangements for clients walls so I'll use this room to showcase some of the red transferware I sell.   I brought in some Wheat Back French chairs accented with French document pillows from Word Garden and some needlepoint rooster pillows I already had. 
 On one wall I've placed one of the fireplace mantles we carry.   

A Country French footstool holds books and a cup of tea.  
The rug is also salvaged from my old house. I've still got lots to bring in and fill this small space but it's beginning to take shape.

The French document pillows come in a variety of sizes.

Sally, from Word Garden, makes all kinds of fun and beautiful decorative pillows, including the ones shown above.  A few months back I showed some of her work including this romantic floral pillow that I have in my entry way.
 This week I added another of Word Gardens pillows to the chair on the opposite side of the Chippendale dresser in the entry.  This one matches the floral pillow materially, but has a bird motif' instead.

The pillows bring me to this weeks giveaway.  Sally, from Word Garden has generously offered a pillow of choice from her Etsy shop to one of my readers.  She's got about 100 designs in her shop right now so you're sure to find something you'll love.  My new favorite design of hers is this 'Your City is Famous Too' pillow.  Sally will insert 'your city' name on the pillow where you see those very words.  Isn't this adorable?

So go on over to Word Garden, choose your favorite pillow and then come back and post a comment telling me which it is.  That's all you need to do to enter this giveaway.
You may get additional entries by becoming a follower (or already being one), tweeting or mentioning on Facebook or your blog.  Leave a comment for each entry.
I will announce the winner next Sunday, August 29th.  Please make sure that I am able to email you.

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