Home Bunch Feature!

I’ve had a love affair with Home Bunch since I first moved to California.  Moving from the East coast was quite a transition and meant a change of lifestyle.  Life here is geared to the outdoors and I wanted my home to lend itself to that…easy, bright, comfortable and welcoming.  Luciane’s blog Home Bunch was such an inspiration with gorgeous homes from all over!  But best of all, she lists sources for everything, including furniture, light fixtures, cabinet hardware and yes, paint colors!  It has been an invaluable tool in finding that elusive something.

You can imagine how thrilled I was to have Luciane reach out to me to see if I would like to have The Little Glass House featured on her Beautiful Homes of Instagram.  YES!!  I dug through pictures, tried to remember sources, wrote a short synopsis about the house and she put together a beautiful comprehensive house tour. See it here. So cool!

If you want to see some truly beautiful homes, please check out her blog or you can also find Home Bunch on Instagram.  I know you will love it as much as I do.

The Little Glass House

 

killer blood orange margaritas

I have shared this recipe before, but I believe with warmer weather on the way, it should be shared again.  It’s that good!  I served these to friends this past weekend and the next day one friend wrote : “I know what those cocktails should be called; KILLER!  The color is totally appropriate!

Just remember, I warned you!

I found this recipe in Food & Wine magazine.  Chef Dean Fearing created this drink which is a best seller at his wife Lynae’s popular Dallas restaurant Shinsei.  “The sweet-tart blood orange flavor intensifies the margarita-ness of it. ” (I think the tequila may have something to do with that too!) I halved the recipe for a smaller gathering…

Killer Blood Orange Margaritas
Intense color and flavor is what makes them so appealing!

Blood Orange Margaritas

Ingredients:

  • 1 quart fresh blood orange juice
  • 1 ½ cups fresh lime juice
  • 1 ½ cups Cointreau
  • 3 ½ cups silver tequila
  • Kosher salt

Instructions:

  1. In a large pitcher, mix the blood orange juice with the lime juice, Cointreau and silver tequila.  Refrigerate until chilled, at least 30 minutes.
  2. Spread a small mound of salt on a small plate.  Moisten the outer rim of 12 martini glasses with the orange wedge, then dip the rims into the salt to lightly coat.
  3. Add ice to the pitcher and stir well, then strain into the prepared glasses.  Garnish each margarita with a blood orange slice and a sage sprig and serve.  (I omitted this step but had some blood orange slices in the pitcher)
  4. Enjoy!!
Blood Orange Margaritas
This is a picture from last year. This years blood oranges were an even more intense shade as seen in the feature picture.

bringing in spring

It has been a rough winter in Santa Barbara.  From the Thomas Fire to the mudslides,  everything has been turned upside down.  We have not had rain since the slide and with warmer than normal temperatures, it certainly doesn’t feel like winter.  Although it is only the beginning of February, I was feeling the need for a bit of color and to lighten things up both aesthetically and emotionally. Continue reading

warming up with wassail

I shared this recipe a few years ago, but with the rainy cooler weather here in Santa Barbara and my friends and family shivering on the East Coast, I thought it would be the perfect time to share again! Continue reading

happy thanksgiving

Having celebrated Thanksgiving this past weekend while my family was all together, I’m spending a quiet day at the Little Glass House. Later this afternoon I will be feasting with friends.  Wishing you all a bright, cozy, safe and delicious holiday!!