Quick Smoked Salmon Spread

Recipe from creolecontessa.blogspot.com

Quick Smoked Salmon Spread

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4


1/2 lb smoked salmon or 2 cans of boneless, skinless, drained
1 block of Philadelphia cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 c. barbeque sauce
1 chipotle pepper
1/4 c. sliced green onions
1 tsp. lemon zest
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. creole seasoning


Add all ingredients to blender and blend well, chill covered in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Server with crackers, toasted pita bread, naan bread, or chips.

Perfect Summertime Dessert... Grilled Vanilla Bean Mascarpone Peaches Salted Bourbon Caramel

Recipe from insockmonkeyslippers.com

Salted Bourbon Caramel Sauce

1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons bourbon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Vanilla Bean Mascarpone Peaches

8 ounces mascarpone cheese
1 vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
3 to 4 freestone peaches
Fluer de Sel, optional

1. Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to medium-high heat. Pour sugar and water in a saucepot. Bring to a rapid simmer over medium heat and swirl (don’t stir) the mixture until the sugar is dissolved. Without stirring, let simmer until the color changes to light brown, about 5 minutes, then turn off heat. Slowly stir in cream until combined. Add bourbon and salt and stir until smooth. Set aside until needed.

2. Next, split the vanilla bean down the center with the tip of a sharp knife. Open to expose the seeds. Using the blade of the knife, gently scrape the beans out of the pod. In a bowl, stir to combine mascarpone and vanilla beans. Set aside till needed.

3. With a knife, slice the peaches in half and discard the seeds. Lightly brush the flesh with canola or grapeseed oil to prevent sticking to the grill. Place cut side down on the grill for 3 to 5 minutes until the peaches are warmed and lighly scorched.

4. Fill the peaches with a large spoonful of the vanilla mascarpone and place on a serving plater or in individual bowls.

5. If the bourbon caramel sauce is too thick reheat it slightly on low heat until it returns to the right consistancy. Spoon caramel over the peaches, sprinkle with a pinch of Fleur de Sel (optional), and serve. Store any remaining salted bourbon caramel sauce in the refrigerator for up to a week.

DIY Mercury Glass Candlestick Apothecary Jars for glamourous bathroom storage

This project comes from Jackie tealandlime.com

So simple to make and so good looking!

Jackie made these from candlestick and some cheap jars that she bought in Target.

See the full tutorial here

Chocolate Coconut Balls


This recipe comes from Berglind from gulurraudurgraennogsalt.com. They are so delicious you must try them!

1 cup dates, soak the dates in hot water for 1 hour
1 cup pecans,  chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup almond butter( recipe below)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
unsweetened dried coconut flakes

Almond butter:

Put 150 gr. almonds into food processor and add in 1 oz olive oil. Keep the food processor going until the almonds release their oils. The almond butter is ready when it is a smooth and creamy butter.

Put all ingredients except coconut flakes into food processor or blender. Add 1-3 tbs of water if needed. Blend until mixed well. With dampened hands, roll into balls. Roll each ball in the dried coconut. Chill in freezer until ready to serve. Enjoy

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Diy Magnet Board


We came across this awesome magnet board idea on Apartment Therapy. Really great idea and easy to make. You will need: Plastic alphabet fridge magnets, spray paint, old frame, sheet metal and chalkboard paint.


Faux Stainless Steel Alphabet Magnets {Pottery Barn Knock-Off} Click here... for step by step tutorial

DIY: Spraying Painting Vinyl

There are so many old and sad vinyl chairs in thrift stores all around the world, just waiting for a can of spray paint to come to the rescue.

Get the full tutorial here

DIY Bike Rack

This bike rack was really simple to build and is great. This rack keeps it out of the way and yet very neatly stored. Here's the materials you need.

1 6 foot iron or lead pipe
3-5 Husky Hang-All straps
2 or 3 heavy duty shelf supports
Heavy duty zipties
3-5 metal O-rings
3-5 metal S-hooks
3-5 metal caribeaners (optional)

See full tutorial here