Monday, May 25, 2015

Coastal Tea

Happy Memorial Day . My thoughts are with those families who have lost loved ones in pursuit of keeping the United States safe from harm, of keeping me and my family safe this day. Thank you .

For those of you hitting the beach, boating or picnicing here's an easy and special treat for a cold refreshing iced tea. 

Coastal Tea

We love homemade iced teas. Our recipe is a big hit and so we thought we'd share it with you.
What you will need
  • 1 large pot filled with a gallon of cold water 
  • 1/4 cup of dried hibiscus flowers (found in the herb section of many organic markets or in most Spanish markets found as Sorrel)
  • 5 green tea bags-more if you like it stronger (cut and remove strings and tabs)
  • 1 orange cut into slices or two tangerines or  two clementines cut into slices
  • Honey
Simply toss the tea bags, orange slices and dried hibiscus flowers into the pot and bring to a boil and turn the pot off. Leave the tea to steep for a good half hour. Strain and add honey to taste. Chill.
Refreshing and gorgeous red, this bottle of tea is quite alluring.

 Serve at coastal beach parties, bring as a hostess gift wrapped with a jute bow, tuck a bottle  into your beach basket or stash a bottle  on the boat.

Just have fun and have an excellent day.

Watch for our upcoming events at the new studio opening soon. Furniture painting classes using the Chalk Country Paint line of paints, journal night and vison board/bucket list night. Watch for our groupon specials too. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

34th Annual World Famous Blue Crab Festival

At the last minute I was roped into bringing some of my goodies down to be a vendor at the 34th Annual Blue Crab Festival in Little River , S.C. 
Blue Claws are my favorite food to catch and my favorite critter and of course I was going to celebrate them publicly.
                                             Foodie Pic

                     My foodies are dying over this pic.

However, they did not have garlic crabs so I may have to share my recipe.

We spent two days along the riverfront ,under an ancient oak covered in moss , on a beautiful sun shiny day with a terrific breeze and lots of great folks and super duper bands singing their hearts out. 
If you like to travel to area events this is one of them to add to the list.

Dreaming of my next big, blue, catch and of yummy garlic crabs. 
Message me on Facebook for my mom's garlic crab recipe.

 Michele Michael

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Wish Upon a Starfish

Weathered ,windblown, worn in, seasoned, (preferably with a little sea salt ) and distinctive.

That is in the description of "Coastal Bohemian" and that is why I could not pass up this piece of picket perfection lying in the trash.

Again, I get so excited to start painting that I often forget to take before shots.
Here is an almost before shot.

The wood is aged to perfection and the patina was so sweet that I wanted to showcase it in some way and that's why I chose to use the starfish masks.
At this point I couldn't decide if I wanted to paint the sign as a vertical or horizontal sign. 

Horizontal won.

Happy Mother's Day 

Feeding the soul on Mother's Day -Michele 

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