The Hubby Cooks Up a Rainy Sunday Breakfast

Rainy Sundays where you can just lounge around in your PJs all day are the BEST, aren’t they? Even better is when you get a fresh cooked breakfast like I did last weekend made by The Hubby. It’s awesome when your husband is a good cook!

Just me, Quinley & The Hubby with no responsibilities and no-where to be…honestly, I’d have to say it was one of those perfect, relaxing Sundays I’m definitely hoping to repeat :-)

Chili Sweet Potato Hash with Fried Eggs and Fresh Tomato Salsa

Ingredients

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1/2 pound bulk breakfast sausage, such as maple sausage

2 medium sweet potato, scrubbed clean, cut in 1/2 lengthwise, thinly sliced into 1/2 moons

1 large red onion thinly sliced, divided

2 teaspoons chili powder (2/3 palmful)

1 teaspoon ground cumin (1/3 palmful)

2 teaspoons ground coriander (2/3 palmful)

Salt and pepper

3 yellow vine-ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced

1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped

1 Shallot

2-3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (a palmful)

1 lime, juiced

1/2 cup chopped flat leaf parsley (a few handfuls)

1 cup grated Manchego cheese or extra-sharp cheddar

1 tablespoon butter

4 large eggs

Directions

Step 1:  Pre-heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat with two turns of the pan of olive oil, about two tablespoons. Add the breakfast sausage and break it up with the back of a wooden spoon into little chunks; brown sausage for three minutes. Add the sweet potatoes and chopped red onion to the sausage. Season with chili powder, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper and cook, stirring frequently, for 10-12 minutes, or until the potatoes are nice and tender.

Step 2: While the hash is cooking, in a small bowl combine the tomatoes, jalapeño and 1 shallot, cilantro, lime juice and a little salt and pepper.



Step 3: Once the hash is cooked, add the chopped parsley, stir to combine and transfer hash to a serving platter. Sprinkle with the cheese and cover with aluminum foil, the cheese will melt while you make the fried eggs.

Step 4: Wipe clean the skillet you made the hash in, return it to the cook top over medium-high heat and add the butter. Once the butter has melted, crack each of the eggs into the skillet, season with a little salt and pepper and fry to desired doneness. Eggs may, of course, be scrambled as well. As you like!

Step 5: Transfer the fried eggs to the top of the hash, sprinkle with the fresh tomato salsa and serve.

Hope you enjoy!

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This recipe was inspired by one found on the Official Rachel Ray Website. Changes made to the recipe were using 2 sweet potatoes instead of one, adding all of the red onion for the hash and adding 1 shallot to the salsa instead of the red onion.

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Rain Couldn’t Ruin The Beauty & Spirit of This Hermitage Museum & Gardens Wedding

Everyone’s heard that rain on your wedding day is supposed to mean good luck for a marriage, right? Well how about this belief I just found on the Inter-webs,

“Rain on your wedding day is also said to symbolize the tears of all of your ex-boyfriends.”

That’s hilarious, isn’t it? I’m guessing the person who came up with that was not quite over their ex…haha! I think I’ve pretty much heard it all now ;-)

But whatever you believe rain on the wedding day is meant to stand for, today’s bride and groom Kait and Ian definitely didn’t let one drop ruin their beautiful day! I mean, just slip on a pair of powder blue galoshes and you’re good to go, eh? Photographed by Grant & Deb Photographers, this wedding is full of love, laughter, lots of amazing details…and one very happy bride and groom!





























































Photographer: Grant & Deb Photographers

Caterer: East Beach Catering

Event Planner: Simply Perfect Events

Event Designer: Distinctive Event Rentals

Dress Store: Pure English Couture Bridal

DJ: Arch Entertainment Company

Makeup Artist: Kristal Lane Beauty on Location

Transportation: Bay Breeze Limousine

Bakery: Incredible Edibles Bakery

Museum: Hermitage Museum & Gardens

Submission via Two Bright Lights

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Repurpose Something Old Into Something Brilliant & New To You

New is not always better. In fact, many of us have a goldmine of old stuff in our homes which can be re-purposed into something so wonderful, we’d be appalled we ever thought it was junk. And in this economy, re-purposing is really the best way to go if you’re looking to design any space on a small budget. And who doesn’t want to save money, right?

The following are some images I found for today’s design post showing several possibilities for items many of us would more than likely haul off to the closest Goodwill. So, the next time you’re doing any “Spring Cleaning”, ask yourself, “What else can I make out of this?”

I’ve used old suit cases such as these for photography props, but what a fantastic idea as seen on Apartment Therapy for re-purposing old suitcases as wall shelving. Brilliant! Also, I have to mention the adorable idea of using dice as the middle drawer’s hardware. Such a cute design! I just wish I’d thought of it ;-)

Okay, now you’re probably going to say, “Stephanie…I don’t have truck springs like these just sitting around my house!” Well, that’s probably true, but you can find items like these truck springs featured on Apartment Therapy by going to your local junk yard. Even better, take a drive out of your city to a rural junk yard…they have some amazing stuff out there just waiting for you to re-purpose ‘em.

Next up, here’s something a lot of people probably have sitting in their garage. Or if you don’t, your local Goodwill or thrift store may have something similar. It’s an old hutch that’s been re-purposed into an island as seen over at Better Homes & Gardens. Isn’t it pretty?

Again, this jack from Restoration Hardware isn’t something you’d find just laying around your house. Of course, if you like the look you can purchase it from Restoration Hardware. But that’s not the point. The point is to show you what you can do with old things you may find with just a little bit of thought. Try it out the next time you’re at a thrift store or flea market. If you look at items not for how they look at the moment, but instead the potential they have to be something amazing…a whole new world of design opens up. It’s really a fun feeling!

Here’s something you can most certainly find at any thrift store. It’s an old bed frame, headboard and foot board that’s been re-purposed into a love seat and featured on Better Homes & Gardens. Now that’s something anyone can find anywhere and easily do.

Below are some wood floors that have been re-purposed into this table and featured on Design Sponge. Seriously, most people would just throw their old floors away. That’s why it’s good to start thinking about recycling and not only your everyday garbage, but other items you throw away less frequently, yet still have a footprint effect on the environment. So next time you or anyone you know is redoing floors, think about what you can do with them. You’ll be doing something great for the environment and creating something fantastic all at once!

I’ve saved the best for last. I’ve been wanting to do something like this in our master bathroom for ages. And I think I’ve finally talked The Hubby into getting on-board with the idea, especially after I showed him this image from Traditional Home. If you don’t have doors like these already, finding some like them is not difficult. Most big cities have a Habitat For Humanity Re-Store where items from homes being remodeled or demolished are donated. Re-Stores are great places to find doors like these. In fact, just last week I went to our local re-store and found rows and rows and rows of doors. It would take me all day to get through them all.

But just think of all the possibilities…

I hope you enjoyed this post and are now filled with inspiration to turn something old into something fabulous!

Happy creative-ing :-)

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How About This Cool Navy Blazer & White Skinny Jeans Paired with a FAB Vibrant Green Woven Belt?

It’s a Navy blue and green day here on Fab You Bliss and don’t you just love this outfit? Dress it down with a pair of flats or Grecian sandals and this outfit could work for day or night. I love the aviator sunglasses too…it just tops the whole look off!

 

Items can be purchased at, from top left clockwise:  1.  Michael Kors Gold Chronography Sport Watch,  2.  Uniqlo Blue Blazer,  3.  Jaeger Silk Check Shirt,  4.  Juicy Couture Sunglasses,  5.  Belt Fabrica Green,  6.  Metal Knot Bracelet,  7.  Optic White Jean,  8.  Brown Zipper Detail Shopper Bag 

 

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Rich and Michael Tie The Knot at Clover Forest Plantation with Blue, Green & Plaid Details!

I’m not going to get all gushy and talk about how great it is that Rich and Michael finally got married. As awesome as that is, given no matter what, marriage is about the LOVE and relationship between two people and nothing else. Nope, instead I’m going to let you admire the beautiful images of their wedding held at Clover Forest Plantation and photographed by Grant & Deb Photographers. Also, I have to mention the couple’s fantastic choice of blue, green and plaid details. Even the officiant is wearing a plaid scarf! Combined with numerous glass canisters of M&M’s sprinkled about the reception, this is my kind of party! Add in the amazing looking cupcakes and you had me at hello! Salted caramel? Seriously, I think I could jump in and grab one of those cupcakes right now!

But best of all the details…their “Top Ten Reasons for Finally Getting Married”. They’re funny and fabulous! Be sure to get up close and read them. Such a beautiful wedding guys, thanks for sharing your amazing day with us!




























































Photographer:  Grant & Deb Photographers

Musicians:  Aiken Wedding DJ

Venue:  Clover Forest Plantation

Attire:  Alton Lane

Cupcakes:  Frostings Gourmet Cupcake Bakery

Submission via Two Bright Lights

 

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Love Burlap? Then You Will Love These Napkin Ring DIY Tutorials

Last week I posted a tutorial on how to make a woven burlap table runner. This week, since I had so much left over material, I though I’d keep with the table set-up theme and post a few napkin ring tutorials using burlap as well.

Honestly, I have so many ideas for burlap napkin rings that this tutorial could go on forever, but here are just a few of my favorites.

#1 Beaded Burlap Napkin Ring

Supplies needed

Burlap

Assorted size beads

Sewing machine

Scissors

Hand sewing needle

Thread

Tape Measure

Step 1:  Measure and cut your burlap to be 7.5 inches in length and 2.5 inches in width.

Step 2:  Fold 1/4 of an inch around all edges and sew a straight stitch to prevent fraying.

Step 3:  Thread your hand sewing needle and insert your first bead at the length-width intersection of your machine sewn stitch. You can see where I started on the left side of the burlap in the image below.

Step 4:  Place and stitch down once side a random pattern of different size and color beads in groupings that are pleasing to you. Stop adding beads about an 1.5 inch before you reach the end of your burlap.

Step 5:  Repeat on the other side.

Step 6:  Fold top end over bottom end and hand stitch together. If you prefer, you can use some fabric glue to bind the ends together instead.

Step 7:  Add some beads to your folded over area to complete and finish the look

And there you have it…your first napkin ring done!

 

#2 Braided Burlap Napkin Ring

Supplies needed

Burlap

Embroidery floss

Sewing machine

Scissors

Small office clip

Small plastic storage container

Tape Measure

Fabric glue

Step 1:  Take 3 pieces of embroidery floss per desired color and cut them at 8″ in length. Tie them together with a regular knot. This means you will have 3 pieces per color for a total of 9 strings total.

Step 2:  Use an office clip to secure your knotted embroidery floss somewhere so you can braid it. I use a small plastic storage container as shown below

Step 3:  Braid your 3 colors of embroidery floss together.

Step 4:  Tie a regular knot at the other end when you’ve completed your braid.

Step 5:  Measure and cut your burlap at 7.5″ length and 2″ width.

 

Step 6:  Insert one end of embroidery floss into top of the under side of your burlap and fold all four edges over at 1/2″ and machine sew a straight stitch.

Step 7:  Repeat process for two more burlap & embroidery floss pieces. Machine sew all three piece together at the top with a straight stitch.

Step 8:  Braid pieces together and machine sew bottom end together with a straight stitch.

Step 9:  Hand sew or use fabric glue to bind the two end pieces together to form a ring. If your stitching is unsightly, use a small, clean piece of burlap to fold and glue over your stitching.

#3 Flower Applique Burlap Napkin Ring

Supplies Needed

Burlap

Flower applique

Sewing machine

Scissors

Hand sewing needle

Thread

Tape Measure

Fabric glue

Follow steps 1 & 2 of the Beaded Burlap Napkin Ring above.

Step 3:  Place some fabric glue on the backside of your fabric flower applique.

Step 4:  Glue flower to your stitched burlap piece.

Step 5:   Fold top end over bottom end and hand stitch together. If you prefer, you can use some fabric glue to bind the ends together instead.

 

Repeat process for the desired number of rings you need for your setting and you are done!

All burlap used in this post came from BurlapFabric.com

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