As you have probably noticed, I have not posted in a while—quite a while. Honestly, the time between our annual buying trip to Chicago and now, Christmas week, have flown by and my days have been filled with furniture orders for 2017, changing our Forest Drive store from an outdoor furniture store to a holiday shop, making custom holiday décor for customers, and decorating people’s homes for the holidays.
Please accept my apologies. Each time I thought of my negligence and lack of posts, I kept telling myself that I had to prioritize some how and the blog got . . . → Read More: Changes at Casual Living
I spent last week in the mountains of North Carolina, including a day in Asheville. While the residents were complaining about the heat, I was happy to be relieved of the oppressive heat that we have been experiencing in South Carolina all summer. And, while a hot cup of joe was not on my list of wanna-haves, I couldn’t resist stopping at this adorable coffee shop. A bright red English double-decker bus parked in the middle of downtown Asheville serving coffee and food items–how cute! Of course, I had to know if the upper deck was open to customers–it . . . → Read More: Double D’s Double Decker Coffee Shop
Romulo Yanes for Bon Apetit
Grilled Kale Salad with Ricotta and Plums
Courtesy of Bon Appétit
Quickly grilling kale makes it crispy. Pairing it with fresh plums and ricotta transforms it into our new favorite salad.
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
3 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
1 teaspoon honey
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
4 medium plums, halved, pitted, and thinly sliced
12 large or 16 small curly kale leaves
¾ cup fresh ricotta
Whisk 3 Tbsp. oil, vinegar, thyme, and honey in a medium bowl. Season vinaigrette to . . . → Read More: Grilled Kale Salad with Ricotta and Plums
Since 1997, HGTV has given away a breathtakingly beautiful, fully furnished home in a jaw-dropping location. On January 1, the location of this year’s HGTV Dream Home sweepstakes was revealed with photos of the future home of one lucky winner. And the winning location is…Merritt Island, Florida, located on Florida’s east coast in Brevard County. Nearby, the new resident will be able to visit the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and the Kennedy Space Center—not bad neighbors.
This year’s home offers a departure from those of the past. Rather than build a new home, an existing . . . → Read More: HGTV Dream Home Sweepstakes