Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Shepherds Pie

This yum, easy one pot dish is that staple - Shepherd's Pie or sometimes referred to as Cottage pie - which is actually a slightly different pie altogether....
The image barely does it justice, but if you want to make your own yum version, here is my recipe- the amounts are kind of loose, but its hard to mess it up!

Heat Oven to 375 degress
1 lb of ground meat (beef, chuck, turkey, chicken, whatever you prefer)
1/2 a chopped onion
1 8 oz can/jar whole mushrooms
Package frozen peas and carrots
(additionally add in canned or frozen corn, or any other cooked veg, frozen or canned no specific quantities, just whatever you fancy)
1lb of russet or yukon gold potatoes/and/or a packet of Loaded Baked instant mashed potatoes
1/2 to 1 cup of sharp grated cheddar cheese
Sautee the meat and onions in a little oil, when cooked through (no longer pink)
transfer to a pyrex or 9x12 oven proof dish
Add the mushrooms, and the veg, and stir together
Either while browning the meat, or after, boil the potatoes until ready for mashing
When potatoes are done, add 1/2 cup milk and 4 tablespoons or butter or your favorite butter/spread substitute,and mash to pieces.  If you want to add the instant mash, prepare according to package and add to prepared real potatoes-
transfer potatoes to meat and veg in dish, use a fork to make a groove pattern over the whole potato, then sprinkle the cheese over the top
Cook in oven for about 30 minutes...until cheese bubbles...make some gravy, instant, or from a jar...whatever you like and serve piping hot!
and Enjoy!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Packaging Award Winners-Dieline! 2011

absolutely inspriing! Love it! Sugar....

Funny, practical and cute!  (get it?) shoots and leaves....

 Everyone loves them some nutella, even more in this packaging, which has to bring a smile to your face!
Not your everyday Pizza box! brilliant and appetizing!

Love = the tub!

How ingenious and why didn't we think of that?
 Ok, Coca cola you don't need the publicity but I love the integration of the sport and sporting equipment....

 Sexy and practical, how on earth?  and trendy packaging to boot! Beyond brilliant!

 Given a choice, I would say this is my favorite, just because of the gardening/cleaning references, as applied to skin care....who would have thought? I had to look more than twice until I figured it out exactly!
 makes having a cold so much more fun! - tissues/Kleenex? did you get that?

Practical, sensual, eco friendly and stylish, table ware for the now!

 sorry- couldn't resist...but the one below makes up for this...

 see close up - flaps can be custom used for your own work/sign!

 Do they even still make absinthe? isn't it like moonshine? but whatever? it's so cool, just to have the bottle on display would be great!

 Sexy, and really made me look twice, prob my second most fave after the sugar box/sachets.....


golden lovely................

Dynamite dairy

who wouldn't be complete inspired by the genius that is represented here in this packaging award series-I am just amazed and in awe of the brilliance of all of them....for me to even pick one would be impossible, I did choose the clever, the ubiquitous and the just genuinely practical-what do you think? any faves?
All the rest and more

Friday, December 9, 2011

Kelly Hoppen Amazing

I am a certifiable FAN of Ms Hoppen's aethetic-besides the money that creating these beauties must take, I cannot get over the dimensional qualities, check out that BATHROOM! AMAZING! and gorgeous!  
Delight upon more delight
Come back when you stop drooling! OMG!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Elle Decor tidbits

Love that dark charcoal? wall- nice touch... the rest not so much...
Simple and classic-maybe boring?

Love all that pink and filigree wood work! works for me with the mod tables!

That flash of red! Genius, the mirrors, and drapes, need them, want them, gotta have them!!!

elle Decor always offers an eclectic mix of style and design- no less the two extremes here- Hillary Swank's uber chic, cool (masculine to some extent) pad, and a French couples over the top  New York Robert Courterier pad!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Modern House

Love this ultra modern American home-sorry can't find the attributable source, but will keep looking, enjoy anyway!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Winter Wonderful Home

Even though it's lovely and warm where I am, I could be persuaded to venture to colder climes if I got to stay in this little piece of Colorado heaven!
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