5/24/17

Share Your Style Link Party #119


Hello everyone and welcome to Share Your Style Party #119.  I'm Carol from the blog, The Red Painted Cottage and I'm so thrilled to be your host this evening.



Remember, when you link with us, you're actually being shared on all six of our blogs.



Let me tell all of you that I had a super hard time narrowing down the features for this week.  You guys are so creative and there were so many spectacular link ups this past week.  I wish I could feature more of you, and even as it is, I've gone a tad overboard with my chosen features.  



So let's get onto our first feature which really caught my eye.  This is the gorgeous breakfast nook from The Dedicated House.  Between the lavish gold and the beautiful stencil and colors she chose for the paints she used on her wall, it just takes your breath away.




Next up is this stunning master bathroom from Panoply.  You won't believe the before and after photos that literally went from blah to spa.


There's no doubt in any one's mind that Just The Woods achieved what she set out to do when she refurbished an old dresser into one that is very masculine.  I love the color and those awesome pewter handles.



The photography of The Marmelade Gypsy really entices me to take a road trip to Southern Exposure, which is a place in Michigan (where I live), but I've never heard of it before.  It's beautiful!


Ordinarily, I would be ending right now, but I have to include something to eat.  I mean, you can't have a party without food; and this Cherry Almond Coffeecake from The Chef Next Door looks too good to pass up.


If you were featured this week, please don't forget to grab the feature button and display it on your blog.  Thank you to everyone who linked up and visited last week.


We would really appreciate if you would include a link back to Share Your Style somewhere on your blog or in your post you link up.  Remember to visit other party goers and make new bloggy friends!

Let's get the party started!!



5/19/17

Fabulous Kale Salad ~ On the Road to Clean Eating



It has been some time since I have posted a recipe here at 21 Rosemary Lane but this kale salad is one that I just had to share. Recently my dear friend Donna, who incidentally has to be the smartest woman I know, introduced me to the idea of clean eating.

What does it mean to eat clean? Well in nutshell it means to eat foods naturally occurring in nature. So you know that big hunk of Velveeta cheese and package of hot dogs in your frig... they are not in the clean eating plan. Processed foods like hot dogs typically contain extra added ingredients to enhance flavor, prevent bacterial growth and help with the browning process of the meat. Many are loaded with both salt and sugar, not good if you are trying to maintain a healthy weight. 

So what can you eat when you eat clean? 

1) Load up on fresh fruits and vegetables that have not been exposed to pesticides and other chemicals. This means maybe paying a little extra in your grocery store for organic veggies. Now that we are moving into the summer months it is best to buy from your local farmer's market, or better yet, if possible plant your own garden! 

2) Incorporate a variety of whole grains into your diet. This includes whole wheat, whole oats, whole grain barley, bulgur, buckwheat and quinoa. These are all loaded with protein and fiber. Skip the white rices and pastas which had any inherited nutritional value stripped from them during processing.

3) Read packaging labels! It may take you a little longer in the grocery store but it is well worth it. My rule is if any food label contains more than 5 ingredients, of which I know what they all are, it's a keeper! However that said if the list of ingredients is longer than 5 and I still know what everything is on the list, I would consider it clean. As soon as I start reading words like maltodextrin or disodium guanlate that poduct goes back on the shelf! 

4) Do your best to familiarized yourself with package labels that say Organic, Free-Range, Cage-Free, Grass Fed, Natural and well you get the picture. Not every label can be taken verbatim. For example the Grass-Fed label alone just means that at some point in the animal's life it ate grass, it doesn't necessarily mean grass was the only food source. According to Prevention Guide you need to look for products that where certified by the Grassfed Association or buy your meats from local producer who can qualify how the animals are raised.

This gives you just a little idea of what it means to adopt a clean way of eating and I assure you that it will not all happen at once with my family. We still have our much loved Stop Top stuffing in the pantry and I know trying to wean my two kids off of soda will prove to be a difficult challenge. But moving in the direction of clean eating will overall be worth the little battles I'll have to endure. It also means that mommy is going to have to get more creative with her cooking and meal planning.

That is where this kale salad comes in. I found the recipe in the current issue of Prevention Guide titled Eat Clean. I modified it a bit based on available ingredients and my 14 year old daughter Grace flipped for it! 

Look at all that bright beautiful color...you know it has to be good and good for you!



Kale Salad

Ingredients for the salad:

1/2 c red quinoa, rinsed 
1 medium bunch of Kale with the ribs removed and leaves chopped into bite size pieces (I also made this with baby kale leaves and it was delicious)
1/2 c sliced almonds, toasted
1/3 c. dried cranberries
2 oz of crumbled goat cheese
3 oz. grilled chicken breast cut into strips or bite size pieces

Ingredients for the dressing:

1/4 c. EVOO
2 T fresh lemon juice
2 T Dijon mustard
2 T honey
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Make the quinoa according to the package directions and let cool. Prepare the dressing in a small bowl. Assemble the salad's dry ingredient including the cooled quinoa and chicken, then drizzle on the dressing and toss to coat.
ENJOY!!!
And have a fabulous weekend!!!

XO

5/17/17

Share Your Style Link Party #118


Hello everyone!

I'm Kelly from The Essence of Home. I will be your host this week.

I hope you've had a good week so far.  It's that time again.  Time to show everyone what you've been working on lately.  Now that summer is almost upon us, I'm sure many of you will be working on projects around the house and in your yard.  Or, maybe you're planning a fun family vacation.  Let us see all of your inspiration!



Remember, when you link up to this party, your post will appear on all six blogs at once!


Before we get started, here are a few features that caught my eye last week.

Stagetecture shared a yummy recipe for ham and cheese quiche.  That is one of my favorite dishes!


Cedar Hill Farmhouse shared some decorating tips from the Round Top Antique Show.  I would love to go there someday!


My Life From Home shared a modern farmhouse bathroom reveal.  It is so pretty!  


If you were featured, please grab this button and add it to your sidebar!


Now, let's get this party started!  Please add a link back to this party on your blog post.  

5/10/17

Share Your Style Link party #117


WELCOME.....we are thrilled to have you here this evening at our 117th Share Your Style party.  Your inspiration each week is amazing!  I am Lynn, of The Vintage Nest blog, and will be your host.



Please remember, engage and enjoy the party.......visit others, make new friends and enjoy the inspiration.  You are on 6 blogs each week and will get lots of exposure.  And please add a link back to the party post   ~ Many thanks.    It takes me hours and hours to put this party post together because of all of you and your wonderful recipes, projects, how to's, and personal ideas.  But here are some of my favorites.




Like the Happy Housie, I love topiaries too but they can be quite pricey.  She shares an excellent tutorial on how to make one.
  Love it Krista,....thank you.


AProverbs31Wife......has the sweetest little gift you and your little ones can make for Grandma on Mother's Day....coming up this weekend.   A cherished keepsake she will love for years to come


Penny's Treasures shows us her "junk garden"......definitely inspiring treasures for your garden that cost hardly anything.  It's so beautiful Penny!


Angie of Knick of Time has some wonderful stencils for your own farmhouse sign making.  I am in the process of making one for my booth right now and it's so much fun.  I love how her's is so simple and clean looking. 


Soon after Mother's Day, we will be heading to the beach for a few days.  Everyone knows the beach is my happy place.  :) and  Frog Prince Paperie really caught my happy with her Beach/Seaside themed party.  So many adorable ideas in this post.....I just kept staring and staring at the gorgeous photos.


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If you were featured this week, please proudly post this button on your blog. 
xoxo Lynn
Now on to this week's sign up.




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