My Favorite Things #3

 

Celebrating spring with lunch and wine at Coronado Island's Candela's on the Bay

Celebrating spring with lunch and wine at Coronado Island’s Candela’s on the Bay

I think it’s fairly safe to assume that Spring has finally arrived in most parts parts of our country. WOOT! But can you even believe that Easter is a mere week away? Cris and I are hosting a family brunch for about 20 people and I just now created the menu. No tablescape design. No Easter/Spring decor prepared. Nope. Nothing. So, I guess we all know what I’ll be up to next week. (Did I mention that I have guests arriving for a visit tomorrow? They’re the type that are outrageously fun-loving and adventurous, and I’m not one to miss out on anything related to fun or adventure.) Luckily, I did spent a little bit of time this week collecting some fun Spring entertaining ideas from Pinterest . (Thank heavens for Pinterest and all those creative geniuses who pin their fantastic ideas for procrastinators like me.)

Umbrella design from http://refurbished-ideas.com

I loved this umbrella repurposing design idea so much because it’s a genius twist on the typical front door wreath. So I ordered up a ridiculously cute Kate Spade striped umbrella from Lifeguard Press, and will be stuffing it with beautiful spring blooms as soon as it arrives. Yippee! I also love that it’s dual-purpose. If we ever get any more rain here in sunny San Diego, I can use the umbrella for its intended purpose.

When coming up with brunch menu ideas, I found this scrumptious-looking recipe for Gooey Cinnamon Roll Baked French Toast Casserole from Carrion at Oh, Sweet Basil. By the way, any food item that enlists “gooey” in its name, is a pretty solid guarantee that I’m gonna love it. Have you ever tried Greenlee’s Cinnamon Bread? Talk about gooey! I’m drooling already …

I’m not a huge fan of cake. I’m quite certain this revelation would be an absurdity to the confection lovers of the world. But if you put a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting in front of me, I’ll gladly wipe the plate clean. And if you put a slice of cheesecake in front of me, I’ll surely lick the plate clean. So then, here’s Easter dessert. Carrot Cheesecake from Food Network Kitchens. More drool …

Candela's Estructura de Aguacate ... avocado, lime-marinated scallops, shrimp and crab served with basil and mango vinaigrettes

Candela’s Estructura de Aguacate … avocado, lime-marinated scallops, shrimp and crab served with basil and mango vinaigrettes

I absolutely love Coronado Island. If I could live anywhere this would be my home. The only real problem with this dream is that the cost of living on Coronado greatly exceeds my budget. However, in the meantime, I’m happy to buzz over the bridge and plop down on Coronado State Beach in front of the Hotel Del Coronado for an afternoon of sun. I also love to luxuriate in the spectacular views of San Diego skyline from the veranda at Candela’s On The Bay. Add in a glass of wine or two and an order of Mixed Ceviche or Estructura de Aguacate and I’m in for a splendid afternoon.

100 Good Deeds Bracelet

Thomas Morgan is a filmmaker and father who, with his family, created the 100 Good Deeds Game. It is a call to action for participants to go out of their way to anonymously help someone. Mary Fisher is an artist, author and advocate who spent 10 years designing jewelry with vulnerable women in Africa, helping to empower them. When Thomas shared his game with Mary, she created the 100 Good Deeds Bracelet. The bracelet is a call to anonymously do good deeds, but it is also enlists the skills of vulnerable women throughout the world who make these beautiful bracelets, and in doing so, empower and enrich themselves. I love the 100 Good Deeds mission to anonymously help others –I love the 100 Good Deeds movement — I love the 100 Good Deeds bracelet.

 

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