Favorite tapenade


We recently went to a party at a friend’s house and I brought my homemade tapenade. This recipe has been one of our favorites for 23 years.

As lovers of all things garlic, it hits all the right notes for us.  Throw in the salty taste of the oil cured olives and the lemony capers and you have so many wonderful flavors.
I admit to trying the ready made version but it never measures up to this one.  And it only takes a few minutes to make.
Enjoy!

1 cup of olives, mostly oil cured-can be an assortment, pitted
3 cloves of garlic
2 T lemon juice
1 T. chopped parsley leaves
1/2 t. drained capers
1/2 t. Dijon mustard
1/2 t. fresh thyme leaves
1/3 c. extra virgin olive oil

In food processor, with chopping blade, process all but the olive oil until the olives are finely chopped but not pureed.  Spoon the mixture into a serving bowl and stir in the olive oil.  Serve with slices of toasted baguette.



BLOGGER’S OFFICES

I have been working on my office for a couple of years now.  Actually, it’s mostly done, but I continually tweak it.  I mean, it functions quite well, but it is lacking something I can’t put my finger on.

To figure out what is missing I check out other blogger’s offices.  Here are a few that caught my eye.

 I love the mix on this charcoal gallery wall in this post by Driven by Décor.  I just don’t quite have the courage to paint my wall charcoal, plus I would have to start over with the furniture.  But that wall really is quite dramatic.  And I am envious of the hidden storage in the credenza.

As this cozy nook at classic casual home shows, you don’t have to have a big area to have a functional and stylish space.  Aren’t those bulletin boards great?

Talk about stylish!  What a great open and airy space that Sarah M. Dorsey has created in her loft.  Love that colorful rug!

This office from Shabbyfufu has an elegant mix of modern touches with old world furniture.

This office from Inspired by Charm includes functionality with it’s good looks. 

My office seems to have so much stuff, not only files, but books and supplies and papers and bills.  I have to be able to store these items and have the room still look good.
I will have an office update later this week.  Function or beauty?  Is it possible to have both?  Those are the questions.


A FEW SUGGESTIONS FOR VACATION RENTAL HOMEOWNERS

I have never owned a vacation rental home, nor will I ever.  Over the years we have rented many beach houses for a week at the beach.
Most of them provide the basics, but it would be quite easy to provide a more comfortable stay for their guests, with minimal expense.



I am not going to get into décor here.  If you are renting a home, you probably are not going to put a lot of money into décor.  I wouldn’t either.

But I would put money into a couple of things.  Here is my list.

1.  Blackout curtains or decent blinds in the bedrooms.  It’s vacation people!  We don’t want to wake up with the sun!



2.  Many hooks in the bathroom.  We need places to hang wet clothes and bathing suits and towels.  And how much do hooks cost?  This is not a major expense.



3. Lamps.  Lamps by the beds, lamps by the sofas.  You can get good, inexpensive lamps at thrift stores, Target, Ikea.

4.  Surfaces, in the bedroom and the bathroom.  We need a place to put our toiletries.  Please don’t clutter it up with plastic plants and shells and fish.




5.  Placemats – is this too much to ask for?  They can be wipe-able.  Note to self:  bring a tablecloth next year.

These small additions will make any renter’s stay more comfortable and they will want to come back next year.  Do you have any additions to my list?  I’m sure I missed a few things!