>{Taste of the Coast} Shrimp Salad

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Shrimp Salad Recipe by Ocean Offerings

Melinda of Ocean Offerings has got us drooling over this yum, yum, yummy Shrimp Salad recipe from her blog.

“Not only is this a delicious recipe, it brings back great memories with friends on North Captiva. So many wonderful memories revolve around getting together with best friends, special places and good food!”

We agree, Melinda!  There is nothing better than good food, good friends and special places. We love that this recipe incorporates water chestnuts, almonds, and fresh vegetables. With Spring here we’re excited to try out this delicious >> Shrimp Salad Recipe.  Enjoy!

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>Outdoor Living Ideas for your Beach Cottage

 

Outdoor Breakfast Nook – Sunset Magazine
Spring has FINALLY arrived and the Washington coast is enjoying a bit milder weather. Even with all the spring rain yet to come, we are thankful that the flowers are beginning to bloom nicely around our cottage.
Our dream is to cover our back deck (keeping fingers crossed for this summer) so that we can enjoy more outdoor living time.  There is nothing better than eating dinner al fresco during the warm months of the year, don’t you agree?
Here are some favorite outdoor living ideas that hopefully inspire your creativity (or a bit of daydreaming).  Kick off your shoes and enjoy!

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>{Favorite Find} Women and the Sea

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Women & the Sea, Hearing the Siren’s Song by Claire Murray

Nantucket is where it all began… “Some women set down a record of their days in a journal, but not Claire Murray. Instead, Claire weaves the texture of her existence into rugs. Step into her home, and you literally walk into her life. “

In 2004, Claire Murray launched La Vie Claire magazine to celebrate women living creative lives pursuing their passions. It quickly became apparent that there were many others who shared her vision: women who had been enchanted by the sea and who built their lives around this inspiration. Thus the concept of Women and the Sea was born. In telling the tales of sixteen women, Women and the Sea pays tribute to all sisters of the sea. 

Women and the Sea was featured in Coastal Living Magazine, Editors’ Favorite Look Books. “Coastal staffers pick the must-have coffee table books that deserve to be on display every day”. This wonderful book is now available at Claire’s website at HUGE savings…and each copy is even signed by Claire!  http://www.clairemurray.com

“Not only are the pictures beautiful, the prose are, too. I enjoyed all of the essays in this book. It provides such scope for imagination. If you can’t live by the sea, then having this book is the next best thing.” ~ Amazon 


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>Australian Beach House’s Blue Bedroom

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Do you know Carolyn yet? She lives on the Northern beaches of Sydney, Australia (otherwise known as paradise) and has the most dreamy blog called Desire Empire. Her site is full of coastal lifestyle and design articles, so, of course we just LOVE it and know that you will too. Carolyn recently shared her Beach House Blue Bedroom with us coastal decorating nuts and we just "HAD" to share it with you.

While Carolyn shares her fabulous bedroom with you today, we'll be working on our kitchen.  We're making a ton of progress on our kitchen mini-renovation already! Cabinets have been sanded, washed, wiped with tack cloth and a first layer of primer is drying. A little side-note to anyone thinking about doing any kind of kitchen rehab – – make sure you keep out some dishes, silverware etc. and place in a dust-free zone. Don't forget the coffee pot too (priorities, you know!). I'm off to work on making a stainless steel back splash from some salvaged steel we found (should be an interesting project). Have a great day and make sure you give Carolyn a visit when you're done looking at her bedroom.

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>{Kitchen} Let the Renovations Begin!

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Mermaid Manor – Tybee Island, Georgia.
Well, we can’t stand it any longer and are going to dig into our little beach cottage kitchen renovation. 

Thank goodness for paint – it’s cheap and simply transforms everything. We can only hope that it ends up with at least a bit of the charm of this kitchen designed by Jane Coslick and photographed by Layla and Kevin of The Lettered Cottage 

We’ll let you know how it’s going (and if you don’t hear from us for a while it’s because we’re lost behind a 5 gallon paint bucket and the fridge) ;o)

Have a great day and wish us luck!

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>Driftwood: From Beach to Living Room

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Extra-large Driftwood Heart by Karen Miller

Definition: drift·wood (drftwd) n.  Wood floating in or washed up by a body of water.

Some actually have the nerve to say that driftwood is a form of "marine debris or tidewrack".  I guess that I've got a thing for marine debris! LOL! I have fond memories of collecting driftwood with my mother along the shores of the Northern California beaches as a young child. She had a thing for debris too ;o) 
 
We have various pieces of driftwood out on the back deck which we are letting the rain clean and sun bleach. When they are properly cleaned we'll find just the right use for them. Since living at the beach we are much more selective about the pieces we bring home.  David has a piece which looks like a wooden club that it currently being cleansed outside…I'm not sure what his fascination is with the "club" look (getting in touch with his inner caveman, perhaps?) but he loves it, so we'll find a place for it.

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>Our Beach Cottage Garden is Blooming!

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Pink Camellia in our beach cottage garden. March 2011.
I'm so happy to report that our Camellia's are blooming; which means that Springtime at the beach is right around the corner! 
Our pink Camellia shrub has been trying to produce beautiful blooms even with the torrential downpours the Washington coast has been experiencing this entire Winter.  As you can see, this delightful flower takes on a rose-like appearance…isn't it lovely?
What is really exciting is that the forsythia is beginning to burst with yellow blossoms and that our pink roses and …

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