June 30, 2011

thank you

Thank you for all of your kind words over the last few days
I'm thrilled with my new followers and plan on visiting everyone after the holiday weekend...

Lots of love to my "veterans" as well xoxo!

I am hoping this weekend finds you all surrounded by family & friends, good food, sun and fireworks. God Bless you all & God Bless America!

xoxo Traci

All images courtesy of Pinterest

June 29, 2011

Repurposed {Semi} Wordless Wednesday

A {semi} homemade dinner...
(that was delicious by the way; pizza with green peppers and fresh basil) got me thinking...

about re-purposing some pretty red posies. They used to be in the wire pitcher (which I hate, it just annoys me) and shoved in a cabinet.

But how much more fun are they in a cheap can of tomato sauce?!

This lil' arrangement doesn't match my kitchen AT ALL, but I don't care it makes me happy.

Happy Wednesday All!

Linking up with the summer~lovin' Miss Daphne & her guest blogger Kerri :)


June 27, 2011

Hats Off...to a fine weekend!

My Sister-in-Law's bridal shower was this weekend. It was an afternoon tea in Chadds Ford, PA. Hats required, gloves optional. So I "crafted" this beauty from an old beach hat found in the archives.
I'm NOT crafty. I get by in all other facets of life...cooking, gardening, furniture placement, etc...but I'm not crafty. I don't think I did too, too bad! I made a Mardi-Gras style hat in the hopes that I'll break this baby out in February for a party or two...
Ribbons, and feathers and hot glue guns, oh my!
Maybe this will inspire me to be more creative 'round the house?
All from a cast off...

The Tea Party was lovely, despite the GPS sending a carload of shore-girls into the Pennsylvania wild, getting lost and arriving almost an hour late. Thankfully the trip home was smoother. Shortly after I was deposited into my bff's back yard to play with kids, family and her newly purchased Margarita machine ;-)

I'm yery excited about the upcoming Independence Day weekend; 4 days off from work and praying for tons of SUN! Hope everyone had a FABULOUS weekend!

June 23, 2011

Roasted Veggie Tart {Recipe Swaps}

It's not mine...I'm "plagiarising"!! But, it's my moms, so I think I'll be ok ;-) Mom made this to bring to my in-laws on Father's Day and received rave reviews. I've not made this myself, but it's on my short list. Enjoy!

Roasted Veggie Tart

(From my mom June 2011)


1 small eggplant, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 large zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch slices
4 plum tomatoes, chopped
1 medium sweet red pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 medium sweet yellow pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 medium Vidalia onion, chopped
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 sheets refrigerated pie pastry
2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
Minced fresh basil, optional

In a large bowl, combine the vegetables, 3 tablespoons oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Transfer to an ungreased baking pan. Bake at 450° for 25-30 minutes or until vegetables are tender and moisture has evaporated, stirring every 10 minutes.

Lightly grease a rectangular pan; place pastry on prepared pan. Spoon vegetable mixture over pastry to within 1-1/2 inch of edges. Fold up edges of pastry over filling, leaving center uncovered. Brush pastry with remaining oil.

Bake at 450° for 20-25 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Cut into squares. Garnish with basil if desired. Yield: 8 servings.


Curb Appeal (getting there)

I posted last week about Cape Cod style. http://coastalpines.blogspot.com/2011/06/cape-love.html. Well here is ours...so you can see that we need a pop of color.As previously stated...the bones are great, just need some pizazz. My wishlist would include some colorful canopies, shutters on the lower windows or window boxes overflowing with colorful flowers and greenery on the dormer windows. All in time....

...it's MUCH improved from the place we purchased in 2009. Gone is the chartruese lawn(weeds), outdated bay windows (one of which had lovely faux stained-glass blue flowers) and the shore-tacky piers by the street and front door.
Bush overhaul will come next year...In the meantime, I've added lots of sea grasses and textural perrenials. http://coastalpines.blogspot.com/2011/05/glimpse-of-our-weekend.html. Updates on the morning glories (doing fabulous!!) shortly :)
Urns & ferns. The white plastic urns will get rehabbed over the next couple of weeks; painted black and replanted. I still have the Easter purple & golden flower theme in them, I will likely replace with red for more shots of color.
Also in the future...more cape-appropriate lighting. I love suggestion, so please if you stumble upon this post, please share!! xoxo Traci



June 21, 2011

On the Waterfront {Semi} Wordless Wednesday

As the sign states, this weekend was the 10th Annual BTB Mako Rodeo. BTB stands for my husbands friend Brett who was killed on September 11th. I did not know Bill back then, but it is evident from this event how much Brett was loved by his friends and family...http://btbmakorodeo.com/

This is the boat that Bill fishes on with his best and lifelong friends. They didn't place this year, but a coupla days of fishing with friends was the perfect start to the Fathers Day weekend. I spent less time at the docks this year than I ever have, but when i am there i am perched here: http://www.yelp.com/biz/union-landing-restaurant-brielle or here http://www.brielleriverhouse.com/.

Some more shots from the marina

I'll take Moondancer ;-)

Joining Daphne for {Semi} Wordless Wednesday. Thanks for stopping by!


June 17, 2011

Homes I Love...

Sea Girt, NJ Circa 2006 Location, Location, Location in a beautiful shore town and you'll pay for it. This home is 3 million (adding prices at the request of one of my fave bloggers, Leigh from the Hines-Sight blog!)

Beautiful old world entrance in a newer construction home. Look at the lighting...

I love everything about this room...what a formal living room should look like

Beautiful, symmetrical bath

Love the coral accents, paint technique and the window treatments

From the Realtor: Sea Girt Beauty, elegance and old-world charm abound. Custom 4 BR, 5BA seashore home, w/4 stop elevator. Amenities galore! 1st floor study w/private bath; tumbled onyx in bath. Hardwood floors, fireplace in LR, French doors, Kit w/hand-painted tiles, Aga stove, 2 ovens, travertine counters, roll carpeting, storage galore! Central vac, 3 zone air/heat, Basement(9ft ceilings) w/Rec room, theater room, & possible 5th BR, MBR suite w/bath, 3rd floor w/BR & bath. All this on a 7500 sf lot. Room for a pool.

Have a wonderful weekend xoxo Traci

June 16, 2011

Cape Love

I am needing some inspiration for our cape cod. Love the house color, elevation and dimensions, but it needs some color and some POP. In the meantime, I'll reference these for future inspiration. I'll take a pic of mine as well soon and post, I would love your input!

June 14, 2011

Picnic Pal {Semi} Wordless Wednesday

God I Love Summer...beach, pool and bbq's! A couple weeks ago I had a photo of the picnic pal that I made to take camping. I outfitted it for summer and wanted to share again because I love this thing. I ordered the ketchup, mustard and clear (relish) squeezies on Ebay (could not find them for the life of me round' here). Costco/Kirkland S&P grinders fit perfectly as well in the picnic pal and I throw in the hot sauce for my love (malt vinegar when fries are involved). I just wanted to share again, if anyone wanted to throw their own together. It is so easy to just pop it in & outta the fridge, especially for those impromtu get~togethers.
{Picnic Pal}

And just some random images from our back yard...LOVE geraniums and the scent of the leaves.

The "H" candle from the Christmas Tree Shoppes is one of those flameless, battery operated (FAKE) deals. It melted during a 90+ degree day last week....really?!

Enjoy the rest of your week ~ Traci xoxo