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Grilled Cajun Shrimp | domestic god(ish)

Written on August 31, 2011 at 4:08 am, by

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My husband has been making this delicious grilled Cajun shrimp recipe for years now.  I find it the perfect combination of spice, lemon and the flavor that the BBQ adds.  We usually eat the shrimp as our main course with a side of grilled corn on the cob or grilled veggies and a warm sliced baguette.  A perfect late summer outdoor feast…  As always, we try to use fresh shrimp but if you’re making this meal on the fly, you can absolutely use frozen shrimp.  I love shrimp because they are so easy to store frozen and take very little time to defrost.

We hope you enjoy.


1 pound of extra large (about 28) shrimp tails, shell on
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 lemon
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
olive oil
salt & pepper
This recipe couldn’t be more simple…
1. Clean shrimp under cold water and pat dry. 
2. Place shrimp into a large zip lock bag with enough olive oil to coat everything, about a table spoon.
3. Add garlic, chili powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper to taste and the juice of half a lemon.  
4. Zip the bag closed and shake it all up so each shrimp gets coated evenly in the seasoning.  It’s not necessary to leave the shrimp to “marinate” in the spices.  Feel free to experiment with the amount of chili powder and cayenne pepper (we like ours on the spicy side…)
5. Pour everything into a BBQ basket and cook over med-high heat, stirring frequently, until the shrimp turns pink. 
6. Remove IMMEDIATELY when the shrimp turns pink because the shrimp will continue to cook after you remove it from the heat and if you overcook it, it’ll get rubbery. 
7. Cover your outdoor dining table with newspaper and place a couple of large bowls out to collect the shrimp shells for a fun (albeit messy) late summer meal. 
8. Serve with your choice of veggies and a warm buttered baguette.

Twitter Tuesday | Life + Style

Written on August 30, 2011 at 4:46 am, by

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Celebrity Twitter Tuesday gives us a little peek into how our favorite stylish stars make it a splendid life.  Holly Robinson Peete tweeted this photo of her frog friend.

Thank you, Holly, for indulging us in your life + style while away from the spotlight.

Learn more about Holly Robinson Peete’s Hollyrod Foundation.

Herringbone | decor

Written on August 29, 2011 at 4:23 am, by

herringbone decor cecyj

Fall is almost here and as the cool weather approaches I’m feeling anything and everything herringbone.  Herringbone cloth or textile got its name because it resembles the skeleton of a herring fish.  In the past you would mostly find the pattern used with wool for suits and outerwear but designers are now getting creative and using it for all sorts of products.  I’d love to find a herringbone duvet cover for the chilly season… let me know if you come across one.

1, 2, 3, 4, & 5  are some of my favorite herringbone finds.

Share my love of easy elegance and finds from around the globe that are simply fabulous?  Ready to make your place a space that you adore?  I’d love to help make your house a home.  cecy j is currently accepting new interior projects.  Let’s chat

Nooks and Crannies | decor

Written on August 26, 2011 at 2:47 am, by

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The weekend is almost here… time to relax.  A few nooks and crannies I’d like to snuggle up and read stories with my boys.  Enjoy your down time with your loved ones.

{photos sourced from House Beautiful | milk and honey home |isntitjustdarling | & Pinterest} 


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Share my love of easy elegance and finds from around the globe that are simply fabulous?  Ready to make your place a space that you adore?  I’d love to help make your house a home.  cecy j is currently accepting new interior projects.  Let’s chat



Timing Time-Out | ask my MOMMA

Written on August 25, 2011 at 7:37 pm, by

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I’m confused about time-out.  My son just turned 2 and he is starting to act-out.  Should I start putting him in time-outs or is the message lost on kids his age?  And if he’s too young now, at what age is time-out a good idea?  I know he needs to learn consequences but what works best with kids his age?   Also, is it an urban myth or should I put him in one minute of time-out for every year that he is old?

Melissa, San Carlos, CA

Dear Melissa,

As you might expect, “time-out” is definitely over used.  That does not mean that you cannot use it effectively.  Guidance and consequences should match the stage of the child’s development.  Most two-year-olds will act out.  That is normal and expected for this stage of development and yet, too many toddlers are inappropriately thrown into time-out (or forced to face some other consequence) without understanding what they did wrong. Children, particularly young children, need ongoing talks and explanations from their parents to understand right and wrong.

Once you have defined limits appropriately, you will begin to recognize that your child’s behavior is more purposeful.  They understand what you have said and still chose to challenge your rules.  This is when you decide to respond with a consequence like a time-out or withdrawal of an enjoyable recorded program or toy.  The appropriate time for a time-out needs to fit the circumstances, including the nature of the misbehavior and the attention span of the child to gauge effectiveness.

Interestingly, as your child matures, you may be the one who needs time-out just to cool down in order to guide your child’s behavior in a positive way. Too often parents fail to focus on the inappropriateness of the behavior and instead tear down the child for what will seem, in retrospect, an inconsequential violation.  I am not implying that follow up and consequences aren’t important… just remember that the child’s age and their offense are critical considerations.  The “urban myth” proposes this concept.  Add on to that notion factors such as your child’s temperament, his earlier behaviors, and the guidance you have provided to him.

Ladies Lunch Box | domestic god(ish)

Written on August 24, 2011 at 6:11 am, by

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School is back and we’re all in go go “mom” mode.  We have everything scheduled and calculated for the family.  The kids activities are planned and organized.  They have shiny new school clothes and lunches packed with care and love.

But we forget… well at least I forget, to think about myself and my own lunch.  It’s amazing that I can prepare 3 meals a day and the only one I sit down and eat is our family dinner.  So here’s to taking a few extra minutes each day to make sure we moms don’t “forget” to eat a healthy lunch too.

A few quick and easy (and healthy) lunch options for momma’s lunch box.  These lunches require almost no prep.  The grocery list should get you through about 5 days by repeating meals.  Of course you can buy extra and prepare these lunches for the entire family but the list below is just for you!

Grocery List 

One package falafel chickpea balls (I love Veggie Patch brand)
1 box Trader Joe’s frozen organic brown rice
½ pound deli turkey breast
One package mini pita breads
1 small bag baby carrots
1 bottle of Soy Vay Very Teriyaki Sauce
roasted red pepper hummus (or whatever flavor is your fav)
2 avocados
1 small basket of cherry tomatoes
1 package edamame
Organic Girl Super Greens
1 bunch grapes
1 package large (wrap size) tortillas
the Mediterranean lunch
Veggie Patch falafel chickpea balls
roasted red pepper hummus
mini pita bread
1/2 cup grapes
1/2 cup baby carrots
After warming the falafel chickpea balls in your microware based on box instructions, place all ingredients on your plate (or in your lunch box) and use the hummus as dip.  Enjoy.
the Wrap lunch
1 large wrap size tortilla
1 bunch of Organic Girl Super Greens
½ avocado, sliced
3-5 cherry tomatoes, sliced
roasted red pepper hummus
sliced deli turkey
Warm your tortilla in the microwave for 15 seconds.  Spread hummus in a thin layer on the tortilla.  Place turkey, sliced avocado, sliced cherry tomatoes and greens on top.  Wrap like a burrito.  Grab an orange for dessert. Enjoy.
the Veggie Bowl lunch
1-2 cups brown rice
1 cup Organic Girl Super Greens
½ avocado
4-5 cherry tomatoes
5 baby carrots
1 handful edamame
Soy Vey Teriyaki Sauce (I totally realize this is a marinade but it’s delicious and an easy “no prep” rice bowl topping)
Heat rice in microwave (3 min) as instructed.  Slice avocado, carrots & cherry tomatoes.  Top rice with sliced veggies as well as greens and edamame.  Drizzle Soy Vey sauce on top to taste.  Enjoy.

P.S. Cool lunch box above, right?  Made by Oots, a stylish Dutch design company, and has room for your water bottle on top!

Twitter Tuesday | Life + Style

Written on August 23, 2011 at 4:24 am, by

Lauren Bush, Feed, Ralph Lauren, Hoover Dam

Celebrity Twitter Tuesday gives us a little peek into how our favorite stylish stars make it a splendid life.  Lauren Bush tweeted this photo from Hoover Dam.

Thank you, Lauren, for indulging us in your life + style while away from the spotlight.

Learn more about Lauren Bush’s FEED Foundation.

{photo of Lauren sourced from wikipedia}

Teen Wants: the iPad | ask my MOMMA

Written on August 22, 2011 at 3:52 pm, by

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parenting guideI’m overwhelmed with the pressure to buy my 12-year old son an iPad for his 13th birthday.  I want the birthday to be special and the iPad is all he talks about but it’s so incredibly out of our budget and, to me, it’s just another video game that will break or be misplaced.  If we buy it, what lesson can I teach him with an extravagant purchase?  If we don’t, what lesson can I teach him without completely disappointing a really great son?

Candace, Encinitas, CA.

parenting adviceDear Candace,

The thirteenth birthday is an important rite of passage. Your twelve year old becomes a teen. This does not however, require you to purchase a pricey gift that is outside the family budget.  I cannot think of a more important lesson to teach your new teen than how to live within his means and spend responsibly.

You did say he is “a really great son,” and while he may be disappointed, your honest response to his birthday gift request is best.  You are helping him understand reality and in that way, positively contributing to his long-term character building.  Plan ahead, talk about his birthday and celebrate with verbal praise for all he has accomplished in life to date.  This will mean much more than an iPad.  Take him and a couple of his buddies someplace fun or plan something original to celebrate the day with the bonus of great memories.

The toughest part of parenting is saying “no.”  Be consistent and have conviction in all those hard decisions


knock knock | decor

Written on August 22, 2011 at 3:47 am, by

decor cecyj door knock accessories

Updating your front door?  A coat of paint and one of these door knockers will go a long way, don’t you think?

1, 2 & 3 are all from Rocky Mountain Hardware, which defines the reason my husband will probably never let us build a house.  Their custom products are so extraordinarily beautiful (and expensive) that I could get completely carried away.  There is literally nothing they make that I don’t like.

Tahoe House is by Michael Healy.  “Theme” anything can get a little tricky especially for the front door but Mr. Healy makes tasteful quality products.  You can tell he fills them with a passion for his craft.

4 is by Ashley Norton, a wonderful alternative to Rocky Mountain.  Still not cheap but the price-point is a bit more reasonable and, like Rocky Mountain, high quality custom products.

5 is for all of you with the gated houses on the hill.  Not sure I could pull this off but there is something about this lion knocker I really love.  A google search will give you a million “lion door knockers” but Hamilton Sinkler truly does it with class and style.

Modern Beach House is by Karcher Design.  They don’t mess around; everything they do is modern.  I dream of hammering their sleek knocker to my minimalist, fresh-air filled beach house someday…

6 is by good old Baldwin, a more mainstream and price conscious company with an excellent reputation for quality.  I like the idea of knocker # 6 for a ranch-style home remodel.

Traditional Update by P.E Guerin adds a touch of something extra to a traditional door.  The hexagon shape makes the polished-brass finish look more up to date and quite lovely.

A few tips before buying a new door knocker…

First, installation can be tricky so consult a professional if this is “door knocker – round 1” for you.  Second, make sure your door can accommodate the thickness and weight of some of these knockers.  Check the product details yourself or ask for minimum requirements when you order.  Third, understand how the knocker is going to look from the inside of your home.  Many of these knockers will have bolts which will be visible from the inside of the door which may rub you the wrong way stylistically.

Share my love of easy elegance and finds from around the globe that are simply fabulous?  Ready to make your place a space that you adore?  I’d love to help make your house a home.  cecy j is currently accepting new interior projects.  Let’s chat





happy friday | life + style

Written on August 19, 2011 at 5:45 am, by

life+style cecyj You're my favorite husband

Nope, no fight with the hubby.  Just some happy humor I could not resist sharing…

Julie Ann is a greeting card designer, photo editor, really cool blogger and the owner of Julie Ann Art.  I found her fun little card creations over at Etsy and I can’t stop chuckling at these witty originals.

Happy Friday everyone.