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Sunday, April 20

Inspired By: Easter

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For more Easter inspiration, click HERE.

Saturday, April 19

Roasted Asparagus with a Mustard Dill Dipping Sauce

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You know what is in season right now? Asparagus.

And you know what the best way to cook it is? Roasting.

Seriously, if you have never tried roasted asparagus you are in for a real treat. The high heat brings out the earthy sweetness and gives the very tips a satisfying crunch. Then the inside is to the tooth tender and succulent.

Personally, I like asparagus prepared every way- steamed, raw, grilled, even boiled. But my hands down most favorite way to eat it is roasted. As a matter of fact, I served this dish for Passover a few days ago and it was a hit at the table, especially with the mustard dill sauce. The dip is directly from The Barefoot Contessa but she serves it with her gravlax. The gravlax is amazing, but time consuming so I don’t make it very often. However the dill sauce is spectacular with vegetables and super easy to make, so I serve it fairly often.

The best part is, the dip can be made ahead of time. Even the asparagus can be roasted the morning you are going to serve it and then kept at room temperature. There is no need to keep this dish hot, which is a blessing for a hostess. I usually make it, place it on a tray, and then cover it with a clean dish towel. Then when it is time to eat I just remove the towel and voila! It is ready!

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Roasted Asparagus with Mustard Dill Dipping Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1-2 bundles of fresh asparagus
  • olive oil
  • salt/pepper
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 3 Tbsp sugar (you can also use honey or maple syrup)
  • 2 Tbsp white wine vinegar (I used champagne vinegar)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp fresh chopped dill

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400

Cut the tough ends off of the asparagus. Then lay them on a cooking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, then toss with salt and pepper. Roast for 20 minutes or until the edges are golden and you can run a fork through the stems.

To make the mustard sauce, combine both mustards, the sugar, and the white vine vinegar in a bowl. Slowly drizzle the oil into the bowl while whisking. This will emulsify the oil into the dip to keep the oil from separating like in a salad dressing. This can be made up to a few days ahead of serving, but wait until the day of serving to add the fresh dill.

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Friday, April 18

Dear Diary

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This summer marks the fifth year I have been blogging here on The Glamorous Housewife. Five years. And yet sometimes I feel like I have only just started this journey from being a bored stay at home mother into a life filled with inspiration and abundance. I have been going through old posts and seeing how far I have come, reminiscing on lessons I have learned, and re-reading my beloved followers wise comments.

I believe each of us has a inspired life and it is my purpose to both seek out my own inspiration as well as help others live a life full of joy. This blog started as a way for me to be a little bit more creative, find others who loved vintage clothing, and give me a break from my daily monotony. It has now become a true passion and a way for me to connect with so many other women who believe in the same things I believe in. So whether you have been reading me for five years or are brand new, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

With that said, I am curious if there are any questions you would like me answer such as beauty tips, cooking questions, how to entertain, goal setting and implementation, inspiration, etc. I already answer questions in the VintageVille magazine, which I love, and would like to continue it here on the blog. Feel free to email me at TheGlamorousHousewife @ gmail (dot) com with your questions, or ask in the comments below. I can’t wait to hear from you!

Weekly Links

  • Let’s start with a hilarious video of two old women who have never flown on a plane before. Their joy at something we often find a chore is both hilarious and humbling at the same time.
  • I love it when women find their passion in life. This teenager was unhappy with the bras she found in the stores because they didn’t speak to the way she wanted to portray herself, so she did something about it. Good for her!
  • Ariella, my almost 3 year old, watched her first Disney movie. It was Frozen. It now plays on repeat on our TV. As a matter of face, when we were having our Passover Seder we were trying to sing “Let my people go” and Ariella belted out “Let It Go” instead! Of course we all joined in with her and a good laugh was had by the table. With that said, I thought this was the way Frozen should have ended.
  • Anyone else watch Game Of Thrones? If you are as obsessed as I am with it then you need to visit this website and make your own characters.  I’m not even going to tell you how many minutes I have wasted on this, but suffice it to say it has been a lot!
  • I finish by wishing you all a Happy Easter! Here is a fun post outlining some vintage Easter cards and how we used to celebrate this spring holiday.

 

What’s In Store

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Stunning vintage dress. (HERE)

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Vintage bathing suit. (HERE)

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Vintage LBD. (HERE)

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Azure vintage earrings. (HERE)

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Daisy bouquet vintage scarf. (HERE)

Have a glamorous weekend!

Thursday, April 17

My Garden Redesign Before

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If you have been reading my blog for a while you might remember we moved into our home a few years ago. The house was designed by us and built to look like a turn of the century California beach cottage. At the time I didn’t blog about the design or building process because I wasn’t sure how much I wanted to share with the whole world. Blogging was only starting to become mainstream when I began this blog in 2009, and I didn’t exactly know where I drew the line when it came to privacy. Now that it is 2014 and I have been doing this for a long time, I am very comfortable sharing my life with you dolls, and can therefore be more open about home projects, including one that I am currently in the middle of, which is redoing the front garden.

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You might be wondering why I would need to redesign the garden if the home is only a few years old. The reason is due to the city planning laws. In order to move into our home we had to have the landscaping planted, and it had to be xerisacape compliant. By the time the garden rolled around I had made thousands of decisions regarding the house and couldn’t handle one more. So we hired the first person we saw and I told him to do whatever he wanted so long as the city would approve.

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The good news is I liked the general layout of the garden. The bad news is I wasn’t keen on the actual plants he put into the yard.

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After a few years I figured it was time to hire someone who could bring about the vision I always had for the space, but hadn’t bothered to do anything about. After doing a Google search I narrowed my choice of designers down to one: The Garden Magic Company. There wasn’t much on their website, but I just knew it was the perfect match for my design ideas. I don’t suggest doing what I did and only interview one person. To be honest I did have a back-up, but once I met Mimi I knew she was the one.

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Mimi is a kindred spirit who has an encyclopedic knowledge of the flowers and plants that work best in Manhattan Beach. She amazed me with her passion and she was thrilled to be working with someone who wanted a lot of flowers. She understood my vision of a sort of overgrown English garden (inspiration can be seen HERE) but done using drought tolerant plants. She especially embraced the large playhouse for Ariella and incorporated it into the design instead of ignoring it as an eyesore.

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We decided on a color chord of pink, yellow, and white which would contrast perfectly with our bluish-gray home.

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Work started earlier this week and I can’t wait to show you the new garden because it is gorgeous! But I want to wait until the newly planted flowers perk up a bit from their precarious homes.

To see my pathetic attempt at doing it all myself last year see THIS post.

Wednesday, April 16

An Easy Classic Hairstyle Tutorial

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It’s Wednesday which means it is time for a new video! Today I show you how to create a classic hairstyle where you cover your bun with a scarf as seen in the picture above. I think this is an extremely chic look, and the best part is how easy it is to achieve! If you have a Google + account, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel (HERE). Also, if there is anything you would like me to make a video about, please let me know in the comments. I am always looking for inspiration on video topics.

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