To some ladies Valentine’s day is about roses, chocolates and gifts. To others it’s a reminder that they are still single and they hate this day. But to me, Valentine’s Day is about celebrating all things pink, red, girly and glittery. It’s about feminine details and another day to dress up a little. Naturally I had to share this fun Valentine’s Day photo shoot from Classy CrossRoads Boutique. Hopefully this fun feature inspires you!
Angel wings aren’t just for Victoria’s Secret, they pair nicely with cowboy boots ; )
And I love the details on the dress.
A flower crown always adds a nice touch.
A little leopard print goes a long way.
This gold sequin love tank top is too cute!
Tunics, leggings and cowboy boots, yes please!
White and pink is always a good combination.
Turquoise boots and a sequin heart tank top for a dreamy look.
Pink denim, don’t fool yourself because you need those jeans.
To purchase any of the clothes or boots from this photo shoot please visit Classy CrossRoads online or give them a call (904-653-4725). Also if you are unfamiliar with the boutique you can check out the Store Spotlight from a few months ago.
Cheese balls… where do I begin? First of all, you can never go wrong with cheese. These delicious appetizers are always the star of a party or event. You can easily make them and there are so many different ways to do it. In fact, I could come up with at least ten different ways to make a cheese ball and share them here. The only problem is I would be forced to eat all of them and intake way too many calories because lets face it, these are not healthy!
I put a Mexican spin on my cheese ball by using Monterey Jack cheese, jalapenos, Mexican oregano, smoked chipotle, cumin, red pepper flakes and crushed up tortilla chips. If you don’t have the spices I used on hand you could substitute with a generic packet of taco seasoning but I encourage you not to do that!
Quality dried spices make this taco ball! I should start by telling you I am a little bit of a spice hoarder, this truth was uncovered by unpacking boxes from New York yesterday.Ground chipotle, cumin and Mexican oregano are three of my basic favorites so here is your spice lesson for the day.
You might be saying, “what the heck is Mexican oregano” – don’t worry you are not the only one. Most kitchens or stores are familiar with an Italian oregano or perhaps a Greek oregano or Turkish type, there are several varieties of oregano. But two main groups Mexican and Mediterranean (Italian, Turkish, and Greek). Don’t ever substitute Mediterranean oregano for Mexican and vice versa, their flavors are extremely different. A Mediterranean oregano has a much sweeter flavor with almost a hint of anise to it. Think about a sweet spaghetti sauce or Italian style sausage. This oregano is a member of the mint family (perhaps this is why it has a sweeter taste) and it grows in Greece, Italy, Spain, Morocco and Turkey.
Mexican oregano has a much robust flavor, almost grassy. It has just a hint of citrus and goes well with other Mexican flavors and dishes. It is a member of the lemon verbena family and grows throughout Mexico, Central and South America. And that my friends is your spice lesson for the day! I suggest picking up a bottle of Mexican oregano if you cook a lot of chili or Mexican food.
A Mexican flavored cheese ball with just a touch of spice.
- 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
- 2 cups Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded
- 2 tablespoons Sriracha
- 1/4 cup pickled or fresh jalapenos, diced
- 1 teaspoon Mexican Oregano
- 1 teaspoon ground chipotle
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1/2 cup crushed tortilla chips
- 1 tablespoon crushed red peppers
- 1 tablespoon Mexican Oregano
- Add the cream cheese, cheese, Sriracha, jalapenos, oregano, chipotle and cumin to a bowl and mix well.
- Add tortilla chips, red peppers and oregano to a shallow dish (a pie pan works great) and mix.
- Take your cheese ball and form it into a round ball with your hands.
- Roll this into the crushed chips and herbs.
- Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least two hours before serving.
This cheese ball tastes great with crackers or tortilla chips.
Enjoy and happy Super Bowl weekend!
Florida is known for having many beautiful horse farms and nice weather among other things. I am so excited to share the latest edition of Stable Style with you, take a few minutes to wow over the beautiful and enchanting farm. A special thanks to Gany Bernal for providing these photos.
Farm Name: Blue Stallion Farm
Location: Hollywood, Florida
The farm’s style: Eclectic, colorful, and well curated.
Blue Stallion Farm is located on ten lush acres just minutes from Hollywood, Florida. It is operated by Jimmie and Gany Bernal, they raise Arabians and have lots of other wonderful animals on the farm.
Pictured above is their stallion, Sshamroque known around the barn as Ezra (photo by Nisso Studios).
There is also this handsome little resident, Melman the Appaloosa Miniature Horse.
A newborn foal runs in lush pasture with mom following behind (photo by Nisso Studios).
The Bernal family also has plenty of fresh eggs from their chickens and grows lots of vegetables in the garden.
The exterior of the barn at night, just wait until you take a look inside!
Melman, wishing he could come inside and play.
Are we in love with this bold barn aisle? The eclectic charm in here is stunning.
A rustic bench, embroidered pillows, fun shelving and oh – that show saddle!
This equestrian themed office is nothing short of beautiful, I cannot get over this awesome couch.
Photos of the Bernal family and their horses make lovely artwork.
More bright and pretty styling. I spy a pretty Anthropologie tea towel on that chair.
For more photos and to learn about Blue Stallion Farm, visit them online at BlueStallionFarm.com
Thank you again Gany for providing the photos, for more lovely updates follow them on Instagram @BlueStallionFarm
Want to see another charming Florida property? Check out the previous feature on Fox Meadow Farm in Ocala, Florida.
I am trying really hard to think of recipes to share for cold winter days… meanwhile the temperatures are in the 60s and 70s here in California so I think I have failed so far. I also am lacking a lot of kitchen utensils until my things arrive so easy and simple was what I was going for.
Fresh citrus from farmer’s markets are everywhere! I have been trying to stay healthy and hydrated so I created this easy Mandarin Green Tea with Honey, enjoy it hot or cold. If you have ever tried the brand Honest Tea, this is what it reminds me of, the flavors are simple and it tastes unprocessed. I am loving having so much amazing citrus around all the time.
A refreshing and hydrating green tea with sweet mandarin orange juice and honey.
- 1 cup water
- 1 green tea bag
- 1 mandarin orange, juiced
- 1 - 2 tablespoons honey
- optional - ice cubes
- This recipe serves one but you can make it in batches if you prefer.
- Pour a cup of hot water over the tea bag, mandarin orange juice and honey.
- Allow this to steep for a few minutes and then remove the tea bag - if you are enjoying this hot your beverage is ready. If not, place the drink in the fridge for 30 minutes or so and then add a few ice cubes.
- Serve with a few slices of mandarin oranges and enjoy.
My love affair with cowhide rugs and cowhide continues… While I lived in NYC I was convinced I would buy a rug for the kitchen but I never had the time. Now here in Santa Monica, I am currently living in an unfurnished apartment with an air mattress until my stuff comes from New York. I day dream about decorating this place all the time and let me tell you, there is a perfect spot here for a new rug.
All I know is it is going to be a very non traditional rug, something bold, something fun. Here are my current inspirations from Pinterest.
A solid black rug makes a big statement but so does a tan rug with a little gold metallic acid wash.
Yellow and pink are just about as bold as they come.
Zebra stripes also intrigue me.
Shop for similar rugs below!
Do you ever get ready to go outside and do something only to be greeted by the rain? That is exactly what happened when I went out to take a few photos of these boots. Luckily a few sprinkles can’t scare me off.
These Corral Taupe Tall Top boots from AA Callisters are perfect boots for fall and winter weather. I like the distressed finish and practical zippers on the side. You cannot frighten Mango away with a little rain, she has so much fur she doesn’t know when it’s raining. These boots also make a great every day boot for someone who isn’t into wearing a traditional cowboy boot all the time. Yes, Mango and I do try to coordinate our accessories sometimes. Buy the boots online here >
Boots provided c/o AA Callisters
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