Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Look-alikes: silk sheath

Just in time for Easter and Mother's Day, I found the perfect silk dress that is easy to wear and effortlessly chic.  Depending on your budget you can chose between an Emilio Pucci or a similar J. McLaughlin, both come in other colors and patterns.  Add a pretty sandal and you are out the door!

Look-alikes: Silk Sheath | Ridgely's Radar





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Monday, April 14, 2014

Setting the Table: Easter Morning

Here is a sneak peak at what my table will look like on Easter morning.  To get these pictures I set the table, took pictures, and then stepped away for a short bit.  While I was away our cat, Milo, working in cahoots with our Havanese dogs, Bailey and Jax, discovered the eggs and little chicks! I can't be sure who did what, but I can say that I found yellow feathers, broken eggs and colored foil in places far, far from the table.  Just to be safe, I packed it all up and will re-create it all again right before breakfast on Easter morning..

Setting the Table: Easter Morning (1) | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Easter Morning (2) | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Easter Morning (3) | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Easter Morning (4) | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Easter Morning (5) | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Easter Morning (6) | Ridgely's Radar



photographs by Ridgely


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Friday, April 11, 2014

Look-alikes

Thanks to some very smart shoppers in my office, I have my eye on a royal blue top handle satchel.  Can you guess which one?  If you like the shape and size, but blue is not for you, check out their other colors.

Look-alikes: royal top handle satchels | Ridgely's Radar


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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Basic Beef Drip - Almost Slow Cooker

A few weeks ago my husband, Charlie, was watching Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, cook Basic Beef Drip and immediately printed the recipe for us to make the following weekend.  I was happy to find a new meal to try, but, honestly, Charlie prepared the dish and set it to cook for 6 hours in our dutch oven.   While it is not cooked in a slow cooker, it is a slow cooking recipe. It smelled delicious and was even better tasting.  True to what Ree said (as if we are on a first name basis!) it is tastier the next day.  We have made our share of French Dip this past Winter, but my husband could not stop talking about how much he enjoyed the beef drip.. almost better than the French Dip.  He loved it so much we made it two weekends in a row!  It is not the most photogenic meal, but it is sooooo goooood dipped in the side of cooking liquid. This is one recipe we will making again on a regular basis.


Basic Beef Drip (1)  | The Pioneer Woman

Basic Beef Drip (2)  | The Pioneer Woman

Recipe: Basic Beef Drip from The Pioneer Woman


photographs by Ridgely


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Monday, April 7, 2014

DIY Bunny Napkin Ring

For me, Easter is all about bunnies.  It goes back to when I was a little girl and spent spring break and Easter with my Grandmother in Florida.  I remember waking up one Easter morning to big bunny paw prints leading me to the dining room, where bunnies of all shapes, sizes and colors decorated the dining room table and then the prints took us outside for a egg hunt on the lawn.   I wanted to bring back a little of that fun, homespun to my Easter and decided to make bunny napkins rings.  

DIY Bunny napkin rings | Ridgely's Radar

PRINT DIY Bunny Napkin Ring
makes 6 napkin rings

~Supplies~
  • 12 White Pipe Cleaners
  • 1 sheet light pink felt
  • 2 sheets white felt
  • (6) white 1.5 inch pom-pom balls
  • (6) white  0.5 inch pom-pom balls
  • black 20 lb. hemp cord (located in beading section)
  • (12) wiggle eyes size 5mm/ 0.19inch
  • sharp fabric scissors
  • glue gun and glue sticks

DIY Bunny napkin rings, supplies  | Ridgely's Radar

~Directions~

1. Create a template for the outside white bunny ear out of paper and cut it out.  Fold WHITE felt sheet in half and tape the template on one corner of folded felt. Using shard fabric scissors, cut through two layers of felt using the bunny ear template.  Continue using the template until you have cut out 6 sets of ears. (pictured below in the pink felt)

2. Create a smaller template for the pink inside ear.  Follow the same directions in Step 1.  (Picture below)

DIY Bunny napkin rings (1) | Ridgely's Radar

3. Cut out 6 white round quarter size pieces of felt

4.  Using the glue gun, glue the pipe cleaner between the white and pink felt, as shown below

DIY Bunny napkin rings (2) | Ridgely's Radar

5. Twist the pipe cleaner into a circle and twist the ends around the bottom of the "ears" to make a base for the bunny. Cut off the excess pipe cleaner.

DIY Bunny napkin rings (3) | Ridgely's Radar

DIY Bunny napkin rings (4) | Ridgely's Radar

6. Glue 3/4 of the white felt circle to the front of the bunny ears, turning the bottom 1/4 of the circle under the pipe cleaner ring.

DIY Bunny napkin rings (5) | Ridgely's Radar

DIY Bunny napkin rings (6) | Ridgely's Radar

7. Glue the large 1.5 inch pom-pom to the back of the bunny ears

DIY Bunny napkin rings (7) | Ridgely's Radar

8. Glue 3 small lengths of the black cording on to the "face" of the bunny, top it with the .5 inch pom-pom and add two wiggle eyes.

9. Follow steps 4 - 8 five more times to complete the 6 napkin rings.

DIY Bunny napkin rings (8) | Ridgely's Radar

DIY Bunny napkin rings (9) | Ridgely's Radar

DIY Bunny napkin rings (10) | Ridgely's Radar

This post is for my Grandmother, my favorite and most loved Bunnie.




photographs by Ridgely


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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Mini Sweet Treats

What child (or adult for that matter) would not love mini ice cream sandwiches??  They would be the perfect dessert to pass at a party or just for fun.  Think of the different flavor combinations and decorations you could use to make delicious mini treats. The best idea would be to make them in advance and pull them out of the freezer when you need them.  This is one gadget I will be adding to my kitchen.

mini ice cream sandwich press | Cuisipro

look how easy it is to use...Video How-to:





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