Friday, July 12, 2013

Fire Pit {Before and After}

We love fixing up things that need a little TLC.  My mom gave us a hand-me-down fire pit for our backyard. I am in love with fireplaces and since our little house is lacking one, I jumped at the chance for an outside one. The metal screens on the side had rusted through and needed to be replaced, so I thought a perforated metal sheet would do the trick. Now all I need to do is put some elbow grease into that copper top to make it shine...or do the easy thing and paint it black ;)


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Soapstone Pencils

I ran across some marvelous little soapstone pencils at Crate & Barrel last week. I bought 3 and tried them out on our chalkboard at home. Too cool. They are so much easier to use than the regular bulky chalk. They give you smooth fine lines and leave less dust. So much better.


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Sailing Pics

We went sailing with our friend Shannon and her Dad the other day. It was so much fun. Dan and I took a sailing class last year and it was great chance to get a refreshers course once again. Bill let Dan man the tiller and we set off into Newport's bay. Dan was in Heaven. It was such a beautiful day -- perfect for sailing.
 {Our boat}

{Shan and Me}
{My handsome Danny}
{A happy husband}

Monday, July 8, 2013

Our Jalama Adventure

About a month or so ago ( I know I am super behind on posts!) we went on our annual trip to Jalama, CA. It was a wild weekend with 60 mph winds, sand storms and broken tents. But we always try to make the best of things right? Here are some pictures from our weekend in Jalama.
{Coming down the road}
{A pit stop at The Habit in Santa Barbara}
{Beach camping}
{Our attempt at blocking the wind}

{Ev and Dany <3}

{Mmmm Margaritas}

{Strawberry banana s'mores}

{The beautiful beach}

{Broken tents after a night of 60mph winds! Fun times}
{Beautiful countryside}

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Fleur De Sel Caramel Cupcakes {Salted Caramel Cupcakes}



Cupcake Batter:
½ cup butter
¾ cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 ½ cups white flour
½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
2/3 cup cold milk
Cinnamon swirl:
1 tbsp. cinnamon
1 tbsp. brown sugar
½ tbsp. butter
3 cups confectioners sugar (sifted)
1 cup butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. whipping cream
¼ cup fleur de sel caramel sauce (+ ½ cup for drizzling)
Directions for cupcakes: 
-Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
-In a large mixing bowl mix soft butter and sugar until blended and creamy. Add eggs and beat until incorporated.
-Add vanilla
-Mix the flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl and add to the butter mixture. Then add and stir in milk.
-In a small separate bowl mix the cinnamon, brown sugar and butter together. This will be sprinkled in between layers of cupcake batter when pouring it into the cupcake pan.
Directions for frosting:
-With an electric mixer, whisk together sugar and butter.
-Mix for 3 minutes or until creamy.
-Add vanilla and cream and whisk for an additional minute.
-Add more cream if needed to reach your ideal consistency.
-Mix in ¼ cup of fleur de sel caramel sauce.
-Save the rest of the caramel sauce for drizzling

All pictures by A Bit Of Bees Knees

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Salmon with Raspberry Sauce and Toasted Pecans

4 salmon fillets
1 1/2 cups pecans (toasted and chopped)
2 cups of raspberries
1/2 sugar
1/4 cup lemon

-Preheat oven to 400 degrees
-Toast pecans on a lined baking sheet in oven for 15 minutes. Chop when pecans have cooled.
-Place salmon fillets scale side down on an foil lined and oiled baking sheet. Set aside.
-Puree raspberries, sugar and lemon in a blender until smooth. Pour sauce through a mesh strainer and into a saucepan. Simmer and stir until sugar it dissolved.
-Pour raspberry sauce over the salmon fillets and top with pecans
-Place salmon in the preheated oven and bake until the salmon is almost opaque in the center and flakes easily, about 10-15 minutes.