About lulu

I am a fiber artist with special emphasis on weaving, but I love working with threads and cloth in a variety of mediums. New ideas, new ways of connecting threads are the spice of life.

Same Place, Different Look

daffodilsDaffodils were 3 bunches for $5 at the grocery today, a very good thing since last week’s tulips were done.

daffodilsNo need to use anything other than the same bottles which fit very nicely into the holes in this barrel stave which is actually a candle holder. (Ouch, the ISO was way high on this photo!)

daffodils Not too long ago I shared using burlap strips in a centerpiece, and they work perfectly here.  This is an idea I will use many times!

tablescapeThe bright yellow of the flowers highlights the same color in the handwoven  runner that has been on the bar the last few days.

tablescapeAs for the dishes, they were a spontaneous decision.  I was unloading the dishwasher and as I looked across to the bar, I thought there was no sense in putting them in the cabinet when they added such a playful touch to the runner.

tablescape I always love using this handpainted Italian pottery because each piece is different both in color and design.  I think it’s also a favorite of Michael Lee West at Rattlebridge Farm.

tablescapeNo point in going conservative now, so these wine glasses do their part to continue the energy of tonight’s setting, which, coincidentally goes right with our dinner of black beans and rice.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASpeaking of, this dish is always a favorite no matter to whom it is served and oh so easy to prepare.

Black Beans and Rice

1 lb. black beans

1 c. chopped onion

1 can Rotel tomatoes

3 cloves minced garlic

1 T. cumin

1 lb. smoked sausage 

salt and pepper to taste

Soak beans overnight.  Drain and add water to generously cover.   Add remaining ingredients except for sausage.  Cook over medium heat for about 2 hours or until beans are soft.  About 30 minutes before beans are done, add sausage sliced 1/4″ thick and adjust seasonings if necessary.

Serve with white or yellow rice and have cheese and salsa for toppings.  At our house, cornbread muffins are a must when we have beans and rice.

There you have it, another dinner at the bar!

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lobster guyDuring the summer months it doesn’t get fresher than this.  My lobster guy calls me on his way in to the dock, and I meet him there for my quota of lobster minutes out of the bay.

lobsterA few minutes later they are being readied to go into the pot.  I’m always a little squeamish about cutting the rubber band from the claw cause that lobster still has fight left in him.

lobsterOut of the pot, these guys are ready for the hubby to clean to go into lobster risotto, lobster pot pie, lobster ravioli, lobster stew….well, you get the picture.   Sometimes we don’t bother with doing anything more than dipping the warm meat in melted butter.    Hmmm, I can’t wait till summer!

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Bar Talk

Most nights the hubby and I eat at home, and because it is easy, we more often than not have our meal at the bar.  Casual? Yes, but that doesn’t mean ignoring serving the meal attractively.  Typically, there are flowers, a basket of fruit, bottles or some other simple decorative element on the bar that serves as inspiration for selecting dishes, glasses and flatware.

tablescape/barThis night yellow tipped tulips grouped in cute French yogurt bottles provide the starting point.  By the way, if you are not familiar with Kinfolk, check it out as it is a gorgeous publication.

tablescape/barFrom there, it was easy to select these dishes,

tablescape/bar napkins and placemats, all taking their colors right from the tulips.

tablescape/barAdd to those, green Fostoria stems that were a gift from my now hubby long before we ever thought about being a couple!  

tablescape/barThe last touch is the flatware from Ross that keeps the color theme going.  Though it’s always a fun addition to a table, I have to confess that it’s kinda flimsy which validates you get what you pay for!!

tablescape/barThere you have it, about 2 minutes of effort that will add to the pleasure of the evening meal.  Whether or not the hubby ever pays attention who knows, but I’m guessing he would notice if such little touches disappeared!

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Thinking Green

Just as the grass begins to green and leaves shyly appear on trees, here comes St. Patrick’s day wearing its own cloak of green.  It may not be as widely celebrated in Houston as in some parts of the country, but there are a few Irish pubs where green beer will flow and Irish music will spill from the speakers.

St. Patrick'sAs for me, I will don my sparkly fedora

St. Patricksand head to World Market to gather my usual basket of Irish goodies.

corned beefI am a creature of habit when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day, so we will have the same corned beef and cabbage that slow cooks in one of those Irish beers and fills the house with warm aroma.

St. Patricks tableAs for the table, not much changes from year to year.  White plates set on green placemats  always appear with the same green Fostoria glasses and maybe a new napkin.  And, yes, I do like using those fedoras over and over.

white azaleas/springAnd because they are beginning to bloom, white azaleas festooned with green will add their special beauty.

Here’s to all of you with shining Irish eyes who share in one of Cuisine Kathleen’s favorite days.

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The Real Thing

French country has been  a popular decorating style for a number of years now.  With its understated simplicity and warmth it is easy to live with and can be interpreted in many ways.  When I think of the real thing, however, I return to this wonderful house in Provence which we called home for a month.

Provence houseFrom the minute I saw the stone house perfectly nestled into the landscape, I was in love.

Provence houseNothing could have been more perfect than the interior, not fancy, just quirky and artistic.

Provence houseEverywhere were fun touches like the old sled used as a coffee table.

Provence houseColor and texture, two of my favorite elements, were in every room.

Provence housePlaster walls washed with warm tints 

Provence houseand rustic board ceilings worked their magic.

Provence houseNo fancy bathroom but even that was part of the home’s charm and was ample enough.

Provence houseSpring in Provence is full of sunlit days, the kind that make you want to be outside enjoying their warmth with a glass of wine and entertaining company.  Yes, that is the real thing!

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Fun In The Kitchen

We do enjoy entertaining at home, and sometimes it’s fun to have everyone get involved in the fixing.  Nothing works better for that than pizza.

pizza/foodYou never know what toppings folks will like, so it’s best to have an assortment ready.

piza/foodTalk about an opportunity to be creative!

pizza/foodChoosing one or two toppings can be a real challenge, so loading up with a variety has real appeal!  Guys especially get into combining ingredients, and it’s always interesting to see how their creations turn out.

pizza/foodSome folks do like to keep their pizza a tad simpler so as not to totally confuse the taste buds!

appetizer/foodOnce the pizzas are in the oven we snack on appetizers.  What could be more perfect than cantaloupe wrapped with prosciutto 

crostini/appetierand tomato mozzarella  crostini?  Yum, it just doesn’t get better!

pizzaWhen the pizzas are ready, we mound slices on a platter so everyone can share.  I’m betting you won’t find any  of these combinations on a menu!

tablescapeWith platter and a caesar salad in hand, off we go to the dining room for some lip smacking fun at a very simple and colorful table.  The plates actually came from Italy so they are a good choice for pizza.

tablescapeLet me tell you, those straw wrapped wine bottles are not as easy to find as they were when we thought them dripping with candle wax was the epitome of table decor!

There you have it, a very fun way to spend an evening with friends!

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