Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A Simple Pleasure

While doing my Sunday post-brunch clean up
I moved my dishwashing soap bottle and
noticed how lovely it was.
Sun streaming through the window and through
the green glass and then again,
through the clear blue soap.
This was my first Martha Stewart project,
first appearing in the April/May 1993
edition of her Living magazine.
This simple change to my countertop
has traveled with me all these years.
Proof that a simple pleasure is worth keeping.

The bottle didn't cost more than $10.00.
Stopped using the spout but now in retrospect,
I may return to using it to reduce over-pour.
Just fill with your favorite soap,
is the only one for this tree-hugger.
Biodegradable and Dawn Saves Wildlife.

Just a simple change can add to a dull corner.

thanks for stopping by moonlight lane

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Crab Cakes with Remoulade

A fabulous summer recipe that is really a quick cook.
I halved the recipe as I was only cooking for the two of us.

here are ingredients mis-en-plas
picked up the
Chicken of the Sea Jumbo Lump Crab Meat
at my favorite store, Trader Joe's 
but should you not have one nearby,
I am sure you can find it in refrigerated meat section
of your local market.

make the remoulade first so it has time for
flavors to meet and greet. 

finely diced green pepper
and green onion

drain the crab and add to veggies

mix in mayo, pepper, and egg

divide into four patties
dredge in bread crumbs

Sauté in vegetable oil for 3 minutes

flip and cook another 3 minutes
transfer to plate
(if making full recipe, put plate on warmer)

Here is my adaptation ...

1/4 Cup Mayo
2 tsp shallots, minced
1 tsp fresh parsley
1 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
3/4 tsp capers, chopped
1/4 tsp ground pepper

Crab Cake
1/2 lb jumbo lump crab meat, drained
1 tbs green pepper, finely chopped
1 tsp mayo
freshly ground black pepper, you know what you like
1/2 of a lightly beaten egg
1 cup bread crumbs
canola oil

For original recipe, please visit
by Pam Stultz @
Housewives of Frederick County

as always, thanks for stopping by moonlight lane

linking in...

linking in...

here are some lovely inspirations

Isabel Lopes Quesada Studio entrance @ Belgian Pearls
This designer is so talented
but this entrance to her studio stole my heart.
Look at that door
and that black brick walkway.

Kime Kitchen in Provence @ Belgian Pearls
This is my kitchen crush this week.
A beautiful piece on the work of this gifted designer.
Prepare to swoon...

a lovely read as you wander through
the longest day of the year.

This is a perfect project for an afternoon
when the temperatures are way too high
to go out of the house -
Hello California Heat Wave!
Pillow from IKEA
Pom Poms from Amazon
Felt Glue from Amazon
More awesome ideas from Domino

Sunday mornings are big breakfast mornings.
most Sundays are traditional eggs, bacon/sausage,
potatoes, toast and juice.
with summer officially arriving,
we also enjoy a good ol' BLT.
so while mr. moonlight had a
traditional BLT
I had this delish salad.
two thumbs up!!

thanks for stopping by moonlight lane

Monday, June 20, 2016

Bath Stenciling -

Inspired by
I decided to go a little animal in my little bath.
Below are Before...
 and boring

now months later and not yet complete
definitely the start of something
much better than Before.

Cheetah Leopard Allover Stencil
in Beetle Black
both Martha Stewart products
purchased at Michaels.
All making application easy.

In the end, I am with Cindy on the stenciling,
haven't done it in 20 years and
it was easier 20 years ago.
But then just about everything was easier
20 years ago! Ha!

Just need to finish a couple of walls and
fill in corners / touch up.
I would like to change out the blinds
for a matchstick shade.
What do you think?

I have a self imposed rule that I must finish this project
before repainting the front entry door,
touch up the kitchen cabinets,
redo kitchen counter tops,
paint the entry chest,
paint the queen bed,
paint the lamps & curtain rods,
paint the cinder-block half wall in the garden,
paint dining chairs,
paint coffee table,
redo bath counter tops,
frame bathroom mirrors,
paint shower enclosure,
my list is long and keeps growing.
Love this new look and
I smile every time I walk in.

thanks for stopping by moonlight lane

Saturday, June 18, 2016

linking in...

Here are this week's crushes....

This visit is a treasure.
flowers rule in this lovely oasis in Wiltshire.
The gnarled wisteria to greet you at the front door.
Oh to dine on that patio among the flowers
and humming bees.
Ah, South California is a long way from

Yvonne is at it again -
her drop dead kitchen is freshened up
with just a little change here and there.
But over a hundred peonies?
I have just fainted.....

The Skimm makes it easier to be smarter
these two young women hit the headlines
and condense it to a paragraph.
Links are provided to get
deeper into a story.
I Skimm with coffee each morning and
go into my day "in the know".
try it, you'll like it.

Will be putting the finishing touches on my
4x4 garden (post coming soon)

Forecast says "The Heat is On"
(yes,  you are humming it now)
Sunday is going to be a scorcher
so this is on the menu for
Father's Day Sausage-Fest

thanks for stopping by moonlight lane

Sunday, June 12, 2016

happy Sunday!

just a lovely picture with a lovely thought

Enjoy the little things,
for one day
you may look back
and realize they were
the big things.

Robert Brault

enjoy your day

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Potting Table

This was my surprise today.....

My fabulous son-in-law made this for me.
I just love it.
rustic and useful
It is so dear to me
aren't I just the luckiest woman?


Friday, June 10, 2016

Linking in...

Hello again....

Here are some beautiful and informative sites
Hope these spread the seeds of inspiration
and push your "can do' button

So you think I have "a thing" for
white kitchens?
Yes, yes I do.

Heather Bullard's French Display Cabinet
Is this not simply beautiful?
white dishes
frameless painting
herb pot
bamboo mirror
copper cups
crushing on it all

A light-hearted video on quickly applying
makeup before dashing out to
Trader Joe's or Home Depot. 
You never know who you may run into!
She has a lovely blog
and I enjoy it immensely.

found on one of my favorite blogs
Finding Silver Pennies
even contains some authored by her!

 La Mer sung by Charles Trenet
reminds me of the two most important men in my life,
my father and husband
happy 35th anniversary mister moonlight!
vous avez berce mon Coeur pour la vie
(you have rocked my heart for life)

thanks for stopping by moonlight lane

Saturday, June 4, 2016

linking in...

a little late on this post
after a long-short week I am riding the tired-train
here are some really lovely links...enjoy

At Home with the Giannettis on Patina Farm
At Home with Susanna Salk and her video post
on her blog Quintessence
after crushing on the stills of this beautiful
Ojai (said Oh-hi) home for weeks
here is a beautiful video where you
join the couple for a tour of house and gardens
breezes putting the landscape in motion
goats being so cute
chickens clucking
and donkeys just being so cute

this is a downsizing project that is adorable
love all but this bath is so sweet and fresh

Domino Father's Day Gift Guide
ok, Father's Day is next weekend
if you live with a man who has everything
this may help you find something he would enjoy
some are practical and some not so,
like the pizza slice floatie - lol

Raised Garden Bed @ a Burst of Beautifulthis is my inspiration for my next project
Hi-ho, Hi-ho,
to Home Depot I go!

Could not find an image on their website
so this is my  iPhone image of the magazine page
easy and deeeeelish!

As always, thanks for stopping by moonlight lane