A Morning Stroll through the French Quarter

 My niece is getting married in November. Over the holiday weekend, our family gathered in New Orleans for an engagement party, an authentic New Orleans crawfish boil. It was so much fun! I didn't get to visit some of the shops on Magazine Street that I was dying to see but did take an early morning stroll through the French Quarter just for you. The architecture, authentic french details and color palette are amazing...a photographer's fantasy!

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Coastal Diversions

 To continue my series, Farmer's Market Fridays, I would like to share my love for North Carolina's coastal markets. The seafood is incredible, especially the shrimp. As many of you are heading to the beach for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, I thought I would share one of my most favorite go-to shrimp recipes. Trust me and take it along on your next coastal vacation.

Last Friday, I was at the beach for a wicked weekend with my best friends from college. We affectionately call this annual outing GBW {Girls Beach Weekend} and beleive it or not, this year we celebrated our 25th year! I really can't express to you how important that weekend at the beach has been to me through out the years. We love to share recipes during our trip as the trip is all about eatting, drinking and well, being merry.

Have a festive and safe Memorial Day!

Chilled Shrimp and Tomato

1teaspoon pickling spices, tied in cheesecloth
3 quarts water
1 1/2 pounds large shrimp, peeled, deveined
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 cup Vadalia onions, cut into 1/2 inch dice
1/2 cup julienned fresh basil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley or chives
5 garden fresh tomatoes, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2 inch dice
1 recipe Classic Herb Dressing

In a large pot bring the pickling spice bundle and water to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes to flavor the water, the remove the spice bag and add the shrimp. Stir to cook until just pink about 4 minutes. Drain immediately and spread out to cool.

Saute the onions in the olive oil until crisp, tender about 3 minutes. Spread on a plate to cool.

In a large bowl toss together the shrimp, onions, basil, parsley, tomatoes and herb dressing. Chill but allow to warm to room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.

Classic Herb Dressing

2 tablespoons minced shallots
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
2 tablespoons minced fresh tarragon
2 tablespoons minced fresh mint
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons hot water

In the bowl of a food processor combine the shallot, garlic, vinegar, herbs,sugar, salt and pepper. With the motor running slowly pour in the oils. Continue processing to pour in the hot water. Set aside to combine the flavors.

Recipes  from a favorite Southern Cookbook: Savannah Seasons
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Painted Floors

Painted floors have captivated me for as long as i can remember. As summer approaches, I consider larger scale DIY projects and am once again walking around the house with a paint brush...what can I paint? How can I make an impact, play with my interiors, have a little creative fun!

I need a little inspiration and wanted to share with you some amazing painted floors so fresh and clean.

{Suzanne Rheinstein}

This faux bois kitchen floor from William Diamond's coastal kitchen in the Hamptons is amazing!

From Coastal Living July/August 2010

I love the striped floors in the Arkansas kitchen designed by Tobi Fairly!


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{Mary McDonald via Domino}

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In Pursuit of Beautiful Old Things

Have you visited Jason Home and Garden's Flea? I love visiting their online store but just recently discovered their vintage and antique offerings. As luck would have it, I found several things that I just love!

Vintage Books from Sweden

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Wallpaper Crush

I am in love with the new wallpapers in the Gustavus collection from Zoffany!

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