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  Tijeras Creek Country Club had some beautiful faux painting done years ago on their heavily used doors.  I was called in to do re-paint them to match the original artist. 

  

I’m on a pomegranate kick!  My family and I are drinking pomegranate juice, eating pomegranate seeds (brings back great childhood memories of eating them at my friend Sue’s house straight from the trees!) and now I felt compelled to paint a pomegranate.  I gotta go.  I’m thirsty for some p juice now….EnJOY!

It’s Friday!  Farmers Market Day in Rancho Santa Margarita!  1:00pm-6:00pm  Get there early before the cold rain (and snow!) comes!

A healthy recipe to think about making while you’re there is the refreshing and very healthy Pomegrante Lime Iced-Tea.

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 tea bags, steeped with 4 cups hot water
  • 4 limes, cut up in quarters
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • pomegranate juice and seeds
  • ice cubes

Directions:

  • In a pitcher, pour in the tea and let cool.
  • In a bowl, place the limes and sugar and mash together.  Pour lime sugar mixture into the pitcher.
  • Add a splash of pomegranate juice and place in the refrigerator.
  • When chilled, use a strainer to catch the limes, and pour into glasses with some ice.  Add a few pomegranate seeds and enJOY!

FYI:  Pomegranate Nutrition:

  • vitamin C, potassium, tannins, anti-oxidants
  • fiber in the seeds
  • can help reduce chances of prostate cancer, diabetes, lymphoma, common cold and coronary heart disease, just to name a few!

FYI:  Lime Nutrition:

  • vitamin C, vitamin A, a bit of calcium and iron

Famers Market – Fresh Lemonade! (so easy!)

RECIPE

  • 1 cup sugar (fine granuals are best)
  • 6 large Meyer lemons, seeded and juiced
  • 5 cups of water, divided into 1 cup and 4 cups
  • 1 tablespoon organic maple syrup, optional
  • mint leaves, optional
  • 

 

 

 

 

Directions:

  1. In a small sauce pan, bring the sugar and 1 cup of water to a boil.  Sir occasionally until sugar dissolves completely and turns into a syrup.  Let cool.
  2. In a large pitcher/jar, stir in the syrup, unstrained lemon juice, maple syrup and 4 cups of cold water together.
  3. Chill in the fridge or serve over ice.  Add mint for an edible decoration.

EnJOY!

Christie

     

 “Coto Voice” – Food Finds – March 2011 Issue

  I must admit, living here in the foothills of a remote area of Southern California has its benefits.  Our beloved Rancho Santa Margarita just started a Farmers Market in the Lowe’s shopping center parking lot on Fridays from 1:00-6:00.  Local growers of various fruits and vegetables are there along with plants and flowers from Laguna Hills Nursery. 

There are also local restaurants who are selling their best items.  For example, San Giovanni’s Restaurant (in Dove Canyon; 949-589-1900), is selling their famous, home-made sausage, as well as individually-packed frozen Italian meals – great to serve for dinner Friday night, or pack up to work on Monday!

In addition, there are a variety of other vendors, to which the city is putting limits on.  It is a “farmers” market, not a “flea” market, so maybe that is best. 

From these vendors, I’ve made amazing fresh guacamole and salads, the juiciest lemonade from Meyer lemons, and have started drought-tolerant, succulent gardens in my yard.  Friday, I plan on getting some fresh herbs and nuts and to be further inspired to prepare healthy, tasty, organic meals for my family and friends (see Recipes in www.dinendesign.wordpress.com). 

The weather, since they started in December, has been so chilly, so I say to the vendors, “Be patient and dress warmly.”  I say to our readers, “Grab a jacket and go visit and support them this Friday!” 

If you would like to participate in the Rancho Santa Margarita Farmers Market, please contact Verge at 949-648-1033.

See you Friday!

Christie Lynch

Q:  When is it again? 

A:  F-R-I-D-A-Y-S !!!!

BBQ Pull-Apart-Pork Manwich

This was such a hit at our Super Bowl-in-Texas party with the teenagers — so easy, and so flavorful.  The night before game day, you can start marinating the pork roast, and by kick off the next day, your meal will be done and the house will smell soooo good ! 

 

 

Dry Rub:

  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon cayenne

4 pound shoulder pork roast

1 Gallon-size plastic bag

Liquid Flavor:

  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire
  • 1/2 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder

6 of your favorite hamburger buns

BBQ Sauce (see recipe after directions)

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 330 degrees F.

Mix the dry rub ingredients in a gallon-size  plastic bag.  Place the pork roast in the bag and  massage the dry rub all around the roast, covering evenly.  Refrigerate overnight or for at least a couple hours.

In a large Dutch oven, combine liquid ingredients and the garlic powder.  Place pork in the Dutch oven and tightly cover with aluminum foil then the lid.  Roast for 4 hours or until pork is tender and shreds easily.  Every hour or so, spoon  the liquid flavor over the roast.  Set your timer for 4 hours.  Start your BBQ Sauce (see below).

Remove from oven and let stand until cool enough to handle.  Shred the pork with a fork into bite size pieces.          (Smell that?!   Mmmmmmm……..)

Serve on hamburger buns topped with BBQ sauce.  Side dish options:  cole slaw, potatoe salad, macaroni salad, green salad

Left Overs?!

Oh, this turned out so good!  My husband and son loved this combination:

  • 1 box of “New Orleans Style Red Beans and Rice” (like Zatarain’s brand), cooked
  • Turkey Sausage (like Hillshire Farms, or your favorite), 1/4″ slices

Directions:

After cooking the rice and beans, based on the directions, add the sausage and the left over Pull-Apart-Pork and wa la!  Dinner is served!  This could be great for a Mardi Gras celebration too!

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BBQ Sauce:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 yellow onion, finely chopped

1 1/2 cups of ketchup

1/2½ cup water

1/3  cup Worcestershire sauce

2  tablespoons liquid smoke

2  tablespoons cider vinegar

1/3  cup firmly packed brown sugar

BBQ Sauce Directions:

In a medium sauce pan , melt the butter over a medium heat.  Add the chopped onions and cook about 5 minutes.  Into the pan, add ketchup, water, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, vinegar, and brown sugar.  Bring contents to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer about 20 minutes.  Sauce will thicken and taste great on the Pull-Apart-Pork Manwich!

Left Overs?!

Add to you kids’ turkey sandwiches the next day or a plate of meatballs!

EnJOY your family, friends and football fans with this one!

xo Christie Lynch xo

Recently I was fortunated enough to visit Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara.  Immediately, in the lobby, my breath was taken away with this amazing daisy flower arrangement! 

Is that fantastic, or what?!  I absolutely love this simplicity, consistency and grandness of this display!  Bravo flower arrangers!  As we continued our stay, I was struck by an overall tropical feel on the grounds.  As I walked around (in the rain – which I love to do!)  I noticed many courtyards with unique succulent flower centerpieces as well as tropical themes.  

            

What I love about these gorgeous succulents is that they are drought tolerant, which is ideal for Southern California terrain. 

Succulents are a great investment and are hard to kill and when layed out well, can be quite impactful.  Personally I’m so tired of planting $150 worth of flowers and they’re all dead 3 months later.  Roger’s Garden in Newport Beach and Laguna Hills Nursery sell a variety of succulents and where I get my inspiration.

   

If you have any arrangements you’d like to share, email them to: c7sdesignteam@gmail.com  I plan on adding more as I stumble upon them.

EnJOY your day and stop and smell the flowers!

It seems like the day after Christmas the Valentine decorations in the stores come out!   In January I’m already seeing Easter stuff.  Yikes!  Society! Merchandisers!  Slow down!
 
In January I don’t mind still having some RED (a rich, deep red; not the red of this font!) in my warm-colored home.  I love the color RED, both at Christmas and to support the “love” theme of Valentine’s Day.  I’m not into the tchocky Valentine decorations as much as I am into a classic, clean, simple yet impactful look of a flower arrangement.  And how great if you can find fake flowers that look so real (from a distance!). 
  

A Love Journal can be an easy but impactful way to let someone know you care about them.
 
“Love Journal” – Create one!
 

 

 

  • Purchase/Make a small – medium sized journal
  • Add photos you like and hand-write what you love about that photo/person
  • This is a great Valentine’s gift.  Everyone loves photos and telling someone what you love about them, can’t hurt either!

EnJOY and tell me about yours!

xo