Month: October 2015

Darling Dahlia

                Tips to have a Dahlia Garden The Dahlia is the national flower of Mexico; it is delicate, beautiful, and with an endless variety of color. These plants grow and bloom best in full sun and tolerate most soil types, but prefer a  well drained sandy soil. If your soil is heavy or clay, just add sand and peat moss. Water once a week. If it’s very hot, water more frequently. Do not choose too tall varieties if you have a small garden. Some dahlias can be two meters. Plant then in a sunny place, then the flowers develop well. Plant the tuber in late April. Make sure they covered with five centimeters of soil. Immediately place a stick to support them. Some species get top-heavy flowers and fall quickly. If you want a bouquet, cut the dahlias in the morning when the flowers are already open well.      

Spicy Pumpkin Soup – to warm you up

Pumpkin soup is a authentic autumn dish, it’s quick to make, totally healthy and taste great. Ingredient 1 pumpkin 3 tbsp olive oil 1 white onion, finely chopped 2 cloves of garlic, crushed 1 chili pepper, cleaned and very finely chopped 800 ml  vegetable bouillon Curry powder or coriander Directions Cut the pumpkin into quarters, remove the seeds and the stringy insides and set aside. Peel the segments and cut the flesh into pieces. Brown the onion, garlic and chilli pepper in the oil in a large pan. Add the pumpkin chunks and fry for a couple of minutes. Add the bouillon and leave to simmer for fifteen minutes. Season with curry powder and coriander, puree using the  blender. It’s delicious with bread. Enjoy! Photo: Monica Melsness  

6 Beautiful Rugs

A rug can set the tone, color scheme and comfort factor of your living space! Handwoven by a skilled artisan on a traditional punja kilim loom using tie-dyed wool yarns and a sumac weave, this reversible rug offers pops of color without distracting too much from surrounding furniture. Luxuriously soft, this handmade shag rug feels wonderful underfoot.   Macrame Wool Rugs are made with the softest wool from New Zealand with a pretty popcorn stitch that adds fabulous texture. This handmade wool rug features a simplified trellis pattern replicating a Moroccan Berber rug.        

Vodka Pie Dough

Don’t worry, the booze cooks off and leaves no taste behind. Ingredients 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/3 cup lard or vegetable shortening 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon fine salt 1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces 1/4 cup vodka 3 to 4 tablespoons ice-cold water Directions Pulse the flour, lard, sugar, salt and 4 tablespoons of the butter in a food processor until it has the consistency of a fine meal. Add the remaining 8 tablespoons butter, and pulse until you have pea-sized pieces. Sprinkle the vodka and water over the flour, and pulse until the dough just comes together. Evenly divide the dough between 2 pieces of plastic wrap, and gently pat each into a round. Wrap each round tightly and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour and up to overnight. The dough can be frozen for up to 2 months. Enjoy!     Via : Foodnetwork Photos: Monica Melsness /  James Ransom    

Win a Linen Table Runner – by Beyond Her

Niche & Nook is excited to have joined forces with  Beyond Her  and is offering one lucky reader the chance to win a beautiful linen table runner. “Beyond Her” line table runner combine the best of fine traditional table linens with indie flair. It’s perfect for holiday dinners and entertaining. Don’t miss out on a chance to win this amazing prize. To enter this competition, all you have to do is follow Niche & Nook  – it’s that simple! Good luck! OUR WINNER HAS BEEN CHOSEN! IT’S MONIQUE WESTON. CONGRATS, MONIQUE! Terms and conditions: The prize draw is open only for USA residents age 18 or over. All entries must be received by 6:00 pm,  November 1, 2015. By entering this competition, you consent to share your email and name with Niche & Nook  blog, who may wish to send you mailings in the future. There will be one winner who will receive the prize above. The prize must be accepted as offered (there are no cash alternatives) and they are non-transferable and non-refundable. The winners will be chosen from the list …

How to Create Beautiful Thanksgiving Table Decor

Thanksgiving is a very special Holiday. It’s time for spending time around the table and enjoying a meal with our family and best friends. Since this holiday is centered around the table, it’s very important to create a beautiful table decor to make Thanksgiving even more special. Every year, I choose a different theme. This year, I wanted to focus on a natural look filled with natural pumpkins, fresh fall florals, wood, leaves, clay, and cotton. I love decorating with  pumpkins just because they come with different sizes, colors and styles. They are so perfect for a centerpiece for a Thanksgiving table decor. There are several ways you can style your table using pumpkins. You can use the pumpkins as a vase, votives for fall candles, and/or putting pumpkins on top of a pedestal. If you want a table decorated like mine, just arrange your favorite pumpkins ( I love white pumpkins!) down the side of your table and simply make a vase  arrangement with olive leaves, chamomile flowers, and orange lilies.     To make the table get a more sophisticated …

Marinated Manchego & Oranges

Infuse cheese and oranges with pepper and thyme, toss in tomatoes, and dig in ! Serves 10 Ingredients 10 oz Manchego cheese, cut into wedges 1 orange, thinly sliced 5 springs fresh thyme 1/2 tps. fresh cracked black pepper 1 cup olive oil 4  small assorted tomatoes, sliced 1/2 cup almonds, toasted and chopped  Directions Place cheese, orange slices, thyme, and pepper in a wide-mouth pint jar. Add olive oil. Cover and chill for 4 hours or up to 3 days. Let stand at room temperature 1 hours before serving. To serve, arrange cheese and oranges on a platter. Top with tomatoes, additional fresh thyme, and almonds. Drizzle with remaining olive oil. Enjoy!    


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Patricia Velasquez – Supermodel, Actor and Author

MP: What makes you come alive or inspires you? Patricia Velasquez: Anything that propels me to create, like [my book, Straight Walk]. It kept me inspired for almost four years. MP: What makes you feel vulnerable? PV: Kids suffering, with no opportunities for lack of having their basic human needs [met], like food, health, and education, but at the same time, [it] motivates me to keep fighting for them, for the ones less fortunate. MP: If you could say something to everyone on the planet, what would it be? PV: “The universe only gives you what you can handle, so trust that whatever is happening to you is exactly what you need. Just trust. Have certainty!” MP: How do you keep your center in the middle of chaos? Do you have a daily routine? PV: I do hot yoga. I try to keep one hour a day where I have space to reflect and meditate and take care of me and what is going on inside. This way, I can be a better person to …

Heirloom Melon, Prosciutto, and Savory Granola Salad

Ready for delicious? serve 4 Ingredients 1 large egg, separated 1/2 tsp kosher salt 1/4 cup chopped raw pistachios 1/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats 2 Tbls sesame seeds 1 Tbls sugar 1 tsp fennel seeds 1/16 tsp cayenne pepper 1/2 small heirloom orange melon, seeded (such as Red Cap or Charentais) 1/4 small honeydew melon, seeded 3 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, torn into 1/2-inch wide strips 1 1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup fresh mint or basil leaves, torn into bite size pieces  Directions Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray generously with cooking spray. Place the egg white and salt in a medium mixing bowl, reserve yolk for another use. Whisk egg white until frothy and white, 1 minute. Add the pistachios, oats, sesame seeds, sugar, fennel seeds, and cayenne pepper, and toss to coat. Arrange the mixture in a single layer on the baking sheet and bake, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is crispy and golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool completely. Cut the …

5 Tips to Have a Peaceful Home

1-Clean your home: If you want a calmer experience at home, a good way to begin is by making it routine to clear your home and start cleaning all surfaces daily. 2-Use five elements:  1-Water: You can have this element in your home by hanging images of water, or just using flowers in a  bowl of water. 2-Earth: You will have this element in your home through stones or plants. 3-Fire: Light a candle or fireplace and this element will be in your home. 4/5-Metal and  Wood: Buying furniture with wood or metal can help you have this element at your home and feel cozy. 3-Use natural light: Learn to appreciate natural light. Open the window and let the sun into your home. 4-Natural Scents: Using natural scents, create a purifying and calming atmosphere  in your home by choosing  natural scents like beeswax, essential oil, natural cleaning products and fresh flowers. Music: Having calm music at low volume will help your home and your soul become more  peaceful. Music: Tiago Iorc and Duca Leindecker – Ate aqui