Heat 2 teaspoons of the oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and saute until translucent and beginning to brown, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to cook for another 1 minute. Transfer the onion mixture to a medium bowl and allow to cool.
Heat remaining 2 teaspoons of oil in the skillet and saute the zucchini (and pinch of salt and pepper) until they release all of their water, about 6 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely.
Spray an oval baking dish with cooking spray. Arrange the bread cubes in the dish. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, egg whites, milk and mustard until incorporated. Add zucchini, onion-garlic mixture, Parmesan and cheddar cheeses, thyme, and salt and pepper and stir to incorporate.
Pour mixture over bread, making sure liquid saturates bread. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or at least 8 hours. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Remove the plastic wrap from strata and bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until top forms a light brown crust.
Serve Strata with…
Fruit salad (Make it or buy it)
Baby roasted potatoes & vegetables – (I likeTrader Joe’s baby squash and finger potatoes) tossed with olive oil and Crazy Salt– roast in a 375 degree oven for 40-50 mins.
Baby butter lettuce salad-(buy bag of butter lettuces & toss with Meyer lemon dressing)
Meyer lemonvinaigrette – From Real Simple (*Meyer lemons are a cross between a lemon and an orange. They are milder and less acidic than a regular lemon.)
3 tablespoon fresh Meyer lemon juice
3 tablespoons olive oil
Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
I like to add 1 minced garlic clove
Whisk all ingredients together and toss with butter lettuce it is a nice light brunch salad.
Happy Father’s Day!
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On May 19th my niece got married on her parent’s farm in the beautiful Virginia country side. I had the pleasure of being the event planner/florist for the event. The colors were purple and yellow and the setting was stunning! I used mason jars and jelly jars for all the flower arrangements. The flowers were all locally grown they included; Peonies, Queen Ann’s Lace, Stock, Bachelor buttons, Viburnum, Sweet Peas, Tulips, Roses, Baptisia & Zebra and Green Grasses. The flowers came from a local farmwww.wollamgardens.com, the flowers were freshly cut for the wedding. It was a pleasure working with these fabulous flowers, they were so fragrant!
This is the bridal table looking out on the farm and the mountains
We topped white table clothes with a fun yellow and white checked table runner. I used yellow and purple ribbon from www.mayarts.com on each flower arrangement. My wedding gift to the bride and groom was the monogrammed napkins that were used at the wedding. I am sure those n apkins will be used for every one of their family function for years to come!
Look at the beautiful bride and her father dancing, and look at the letters on the floor they have lights in them at night they were magical.
Kirsten Fairall is the photographer
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Now is the time to think about sprucing up your outdoor space. The retail world is winding down on summer and you can get some great deals on outdoor furniture, umbrellas, outdoor pillows, table clothes, lanterns, fun planters and everything you need for summer entertaining.
Home Goods is another great place to get summer items for less! Be sure to shop the sales to upgrade your outdoor space for less.
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Although I like a lot of different styles I think I might call my own style transitional-eclectic. I appreciate good design, but in summer I am drawn to casual, rustic and cottage objects. I was asked to help design the 2012 furniture line for Maine Woodworks a cottage style furniture company, Made in Maine! I also did the photo styling for the shoot, I am very proud of the results. Liz Donnelly is the talent behind the photos.
I chose a neutral palette for this year’s line here are a few of the colors that are shown in the photos below: Benjamin Moore- Skipping Stones (CSP 155), Plaster of Paris (CSP 185), and Birds Egg (2051-60-fabulous blue). These are just the new neutrals Maine Woodworks is offering but you can get any color you want! Tangerine is the new hot color, maybe you want to spruce up your office with a tangerine file cabinet? Be creative…and go for colors that inspire you.
Why does your office need to be dark to be professional? Why not pick colors inspire you? What colors make you feel calm? How can you incorporate your favorite colors into your workspace?
I really am pleased with the way this office furniture looks and it is available now at a retailer near you. If you cannot find a retailer in your area let me know, and I will help.
Creative WorkSystems (Parent Company of Maine Woodworks) is a nonprofit organization staffed by talented and devoted individuals, Susan Percy, Executive Director, Janet Dutson, Marketing, Communications & Development Director, and Dave Gallati, of Maine Woodworks are just a few I have the pleasure to know.
Susan is an amazing person, she is so intelligent, caring and devoted, I feel so lucky to have her in my life. Janet makes a tri-athlete look lazy, her professionalism and dedication is unmatched and I am so pleased to be working with her. Dave is my go to man, he hates to see me coming with all my new ideas, but he makes them come to fruition and should be proud of his fine work! I am impressed at how all of these individuals wear so many hats and juggle so many projects while putting the needs of people with disabilities first!
Hello loyal Celia Bedilia fans…Happy Memorial Day weekend. I am such a fan of summer and I cannot wait to get started enjoying this wonderful season. So this weekend I am planning to fill the pots and planters on my deck and front patio add lighting to my backyard and maybe host a BBQ!
Container Planting Tips
Fill 1st ¼ of your Containers with Better Than Rocks, this is a mesh product
Be creative when choosing planters this is a great place to reuse/repurpose items, Wheel Barrows are great for vegetable gardens and you can move it to follow the sun! Choose different size pots and 1 color or mix and match.
Choose the right potting soil for what you are planting
Start with your favorite plant as the center of your planter, add filler around it. I like potato vine, and herbs as my filler.
Make a color plan before you go shopping; take the color of your house into account. For example I have a red house, purple, white and yellow look great against red.
I use different height plants as well, I like to have some height to each pot, I think just having pansies in a pot looks dinky!
Fertilize your containers!
Have fun with it your pots, if you have young kids get them to help…they love to get dirty.
Mason Jar Lights and Lanterns
Collect assorted sizes of Mason jars, add a 2” pillar candle, moss (wet it first) and then use twine on the lip to complete the look! These look great on outdoor tables because they are rustic and natural looking.
For the hanging Mason Jars (use large jars) you will need wire, I make the U shaped hanger first with four 14” lengths of wire create loops at the bottom and then twist the 4 wires into one, then side wire through the loops and around the lip of the jar I go around the lip 4 times and then cut the wire and twist it onto one of the loops of the U. Add a small pillar candle and a touch of water. Hang from branches in the trees or from shepherds’ hooks! They are really cool.
Easy BBQ Menu
Baby Grilled Potatoes
Toss mini potatoes with oil and salt and pepper grill over medium heat for 30-35mins.
Yum Mum Salad
1 bag Boston lettuce
1 bag baby spinach
10 strawberries sliced length wise
¼ cup toasted slivered almonds
3 Tbsp goat, feta or blue cheese
3 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar, 5 Tbsp Olive Oil, 2 Tbsp OJ, Pinch of Salt, Sugar, and Pepper, ¼ Tsp Mustard-mix in small bowl- toss with other ingredients just before serving.
Lemon Grass Flank Steak
1/3 cup Peanut or Canola Oil
2 cloves Garlic, minced
2 Tbsp Ginger, minced
3 Tbsp Fish Sauce
3 Tbsp Soy Sauce
1/4 cup honey
2 pounds flank steak
Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper
Put all ingredients in a large zip lock 6-8 hours before grilling
This project on the coast of Maine was so much fun! The homeowners became good friends through the construction process. We started with a subpar colonial and finished a superb coastal retreat. One of the most interesting parts of this project was the fact that these homeowners wanted to be involved in all of the stages of the project, in fact they did the trim and the fireplace!
This is one of the before pictures of the kitchen. The kitchen was cherry and had black appliances, many home owners would be happy with the before, but thankfully these home owners knew that the house needed to be lightened up. We not only took out the kitchen but we removed walls and set the beams up into the ceiling, the effect was amazing!
Look at this light and airy after shot of the kitchen! The appliances are all stainless steel, the cabinets are off white and the counters are so unusual, gray and gorgeous.
The difference is in the details! These lights rock, and the homeowner found them…on sale…online!
Did I tell you the view is fabulous? You can see the ocean from the stove, sink and fridge who wouldn’t want to cook here?
Here is the before shot of the eat-in area of the kitchen. Look at the fireplace…you won’t recognize it.
In the next after shot below you see how we continued the light feeling removing the bookcases, and refinishing the fireplace…the homeowner did it himself!!!!
Photos by the talented Liz Donnelly
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Art is very important in good design. You can show your style and taste through the art you choose. Art can be an investment or can just be a painting, drawing or sculpture you connect with. Trust your gut and you will build an art collection that reflects you and your family. Art is interesting because it tells a story that each person interprets in their own way.
I am high-lighting three very unique and talented artists; they all price their work very reasonably…start your own collection and let me know how it is coming.
This first photo is of a dressing room with a collection of small scale art and jewelry. Here we hung art in a gallery style.
I love this painting by Andrew Faulkner from a Marin Magazine contest. This pleasing scene could work in any home. Check out other works by Andrew www.afstudio.com/painting
Deb Hides did this mural of chickadees. I love seeing art directly on walls it can be a very clever way to dress a space. In this case up at tree level! To see more work by Deb Hides go to her blog www.debhides.tumblr.com
This last piece is from a very talented Maine artist Rhonda Pearle she owns Bridge Gallery in Portland, Maine other works by her and her husband Gary can be seen at www.bridgegalleryportland.com
I know how intimidating art purchases can be, but get to know artists that you like by going to art shows or even through images online you will feel good buying from someone you connect with.
I have been asked to put together an outdoor room for under $2k. Now I am someone who thinks of $2,000 as a lot of money but as I started researching this project I found out that $2k does not buy you a lot in the great outdoors.
So this is how I spent my money $870.00 on the Mykonos Brown 4-piece Conversation Set www.overstock.com , $298 on a Dash and Albert outdoor rug www.dashandalbert.com , $215 on Real Flame ‘Modesto’ 38-inch Black Fire Column www.overstock.com, 3 fun outdoor pillows $19 each www.westelm.com , outdoor lanterns $55 large wire hanging lantern, $39 (x2) for the fun white ceramic lanterns both www.westelm.com , Garden cart for plants or as an outdoor bar $148.00 www.anthropologie.com , Fun square umbrella $199 www.zgallerie.com this brings us to $1,920 for a very cool and eclectic outdoor room! How would you spend your $2k while still getting style and seating?