Easy Baked Coconut Shrimp


  • 1 pound large shrimp (about 25), peeled (tails left on), deveined
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup flaked unsweetened coconut
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprkia (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Pre-heat oven to 425F. Grease a cookie sheet with oil and set aside.
  2. Beat eggs in a small bowl and set aside. Combine breadcrumbs and coconut in another bowl and set aside. Lastly, combine flour and spices in a 3rd bowl.
  3. Dip shrimp in small batches in the flour mixture then the egg mixture (letting the excess drip off the shrimp) and then coat in the coconut/breadcrumb mixture, pressing to adhere.
  4. Place the shrimp on the baking sheet in a single layer. Lightly spray with nonstick spray or drizzle with oil. Bake until the shrimp are golden on the outside and opaque in the center, about 10 minutes

Source: Easy Baked Coconut Shrimp | The Recipe Critic

10 Interior Styling Mistakes to Avoid


  1. Matching Everything – It looks like you bought your room off the furniture store floor.  Try to avoid using all matching furniture sets, matching frames, etc.  Mix it up to create more interest and depth in the room.  Try it today.  If you have a room full of all matching furniture, swap the chair or ottoman with one from another room and see the difference it makes.
  2.  Spreading Out a Collection – You might think by displaying one of your treasured collectibles in every room of your house, you are getting the biggest impact.  When in fact, you are diminishing the impact of the collection.  Instead, display all the same type of collectible in one place for the biggest bang.
  3. Grouping Objects in Even Numbers – It is better to place objects in odd number groupings, like 1, 3, or 5.  Groupings of 3 objects with varying heights always works (I will show you tomorrow)!
  4.   Everything the Same Height – To create interest you need to vary the height of things grouped together.  If you are grouping things in threes, as suggested above, make sure they are three different heights.
  5.  Ignoring the Rule of Thirds – The rule of thirds is commonly used in photography and art to describe the best place for the subject.  Draw imaginary lines on a picture vertically at 1/3 and 2/3, and horizontally at 1/3 and 2/3.  Compositions with the subject placed on those lines, especially at the intersection of those lines, are the most interesting.  The same rule can be applied when looking at a vignette in your home.  Instead of placing an arrangement in the center of the shelf, try placing it 1/3 of the way in from the edge.  It is more pleasing to the eye.
  6. Empty Space Under a Console – This may seem minor or more specific than the others on this list, but it is one of the most commonly un-dressed spaces.  It looks unfinished and uninviting.  Tuck a stool or basket under the console table for a quick fix.  The same trick can be applied to sofa tables and benches.
  7. Over Accessorizing – There is a fine line between a well-styled space and over-accessorizing, which looks cluttered and messy.  Keep it simple and realize sometimes less is more.  Try one big statement piece, instead of a bunch of smaller accessories. Edit!
  8.  Lots of Little Things – A bunch of small items together looks like clutter.  Trust me on this one. When you have the option of small, medium, or large…go large.  Small accessories quickly get lost and create visual clutter.  Fewer, larger accessories make a bigger impact.  You might think you are saving money by buying the smaller version of the vase you love, but to make the smaller version work in the space you will have to buy other items to fill out the space.  If you love it, go large.
  9.  Fake Greenery – I get it, I have a black thumb, too.  But fake vines don’t look good in anyone’s home.  Try easy to care for plants, like succulents.  Another option which is better than fake, plasticy greens, is to use natural elements like branches, natural vase fillers, or some dried greenery (grasses or preserved boxwood).
  10.  Lack of Meaning and Personality – Model homes and show room floors don’t have the lived in look, because they aren’t.  Don’t forget to breathe life into your space by using personal touches and mementos in your decorating.

Source: 10 Interior Styling Mistakes to Avoid | School of Decorating by Jackie Hernandez

21 Ways To Prepare Your Home For Selling

  1. Clean, clean, clean. Dust on top of the fireplace mantle and fan blades, polish your appliances and faucets, and give the windows a thorough washing. If you’ve already moved out or if you’re too busy to stay on top of things, consider hiring a cleaning service to stop by every couple of weeks.
  2. Pay attention to smells. “Don’t cook bacon in your home the day of a showing,” advises Rachel Weinberg, a broker at Wright Kingdom Real Estate in Boulder, Colorado. “Although it might taste great, the smell is strong and lingers for a long time. You don’t want your home to smell like a fast food restaurant!”
  3. Clear out the clutter. You want buyers to focus on how awesome your space is, not how messy it looks. Banish that piles of shoes from the entry, that stack of mail from the kitchen table and anything else that detracts from your home’s gorgeous features.
  4. Repaint the walls neutral colors. As much as you love your dramatic red dining room, it could turn off a good portion of your buyers. So repaint your rooms in neutral tones like tans and whites that allow buyers to focus on the spaces themselves, not the color of the walls.
  5. Keep the décor simple. To help buyers imagine themselves in your space, get rid of any art or other décor that might turn off people with different tastes. A classic landscape painting? Totally fine. Your zebra print leather couch? Might want to slipcover that for showings.
  6. Get rid of personal items. Buyers want to be able to envision themselves in your home, so remove anything overly personal, like family photos in the hallway or your kids’ artwork on the fridge.
  7. Let there be light! Open up all the windows to let in natural light and add floor or table lamps to areas that are dim. A bright, cheery room looks bigger and more inviting.
  8. Bring nature inside. Potted plants or a few pretty buds in a vase can help bring energy into a space, fill in empty corners and even draw attention to features you want buyers to notice. Just make sure the plants are in good health (and bug-free!).
  9. Get rid of bulky furniture. Your furniture should fit the scale of the room, so get rid of any extra or oversized items that could make your space look smaller than it really is.
  10. Organize your closets. Storage space is a huge selling point, and if your closets are stuffed to the brim, buyers will think you don’t have enough of it. Invest in some boxes, dividers and other solutions that will help you make your stuff look more organized, and remove extra items you don’t need immediately (you can stow them away until you move).
  11. Tackle that honey-do list. All those little things you’ve been meaning to do but never got around to? Buyers will notice them, and they’ll detract from the value of your home. So set aside a weekend to tighten those loose doorknobs, fix that leaky faucet and paint over the scuffs from when you first moved in your sofa.
  12. Do a faux “renovation.” Little tweaks can make a big difference in the overall feel of a room. Kitchen a little outdated? Replace the fixtures, faucets and hinges. Family room furniture beaten up? Throw some slipcovers over it.
  13. Give each room a purpose. That spare room you’ve been using as an office / guest room /dumping ground won’t help sell your home unless you show buyers how they can use it themselves. So pick a use (office, guest room, crafts room) and clearly stage the space to showcase that purpose.
  14. Turn the bathroom into a spa. Create the feel of a relaxing, luxurious bath — for less than $30. Stack a few pretty washcloths tied with ribbon, add some scented candles and faux plants, and buy bathmats and towels in coordinating tones such as light green, blue and white.
  15. Close the toilet! When it comes to both showing and photographing your home, this little trick can make a surprising difference.
  16. Turn the living room into conversation central. Help buyers picture themselves relaxing with family and guests by grouping your furniture into arrangements that inspire conversation.
  17. Keep the flow going. The last thing you want is people bumping into furniture as they tour your home; it disrupts their focus and makes your space look cramped. Do a dry run as though you’re seeing your home for the first time and tweak anything that interrupts the “flow.”
  18. Make something yummy. Realtors don’t put out fresh cookies at open houses just to treat buyers; a “homey” smell like baking cookies or bread can help people connect with a kitchen. Not a baker? Fake it with a scented candle.
  19. Make it look “lived in” with vignettes. Help your buyers see themselves in your home by adding deliberate vignettes that showcase how your home can be lived in. An inviting armchair and a tray with a coffee cup and book can turn that empty corner into a reading nook. Pretty soaps in a decorative tray can make your tiny half-bath more appealing.
  20. Highlight focal points. Draw buyers’ eyes towards any special features with bright colors or accents like plants. A pop of red throw pillows can draw a buyer’s attention to that lovely window seat. A striking fern on the mantle can show off your fireplace.
  21. Boost the curb appeal. Don’t spend all your time indoors. More than one buyer has decided not to even enter a home based on its curb appeal, so make sure your home’s exterior looks excellent. Trim your shrubs, weed your flower beds, fix any peeling paint and keep the walkway clear. Just adding a row of potted plants along the walkway or a cheerful wreath to your front door can make a big difference.

Source: 21 Ways To Prepare Your Home For Selling

7 Easy Sun Loving Perennials

It seems like our lives are so busy, and though I love my garden, I find that sometimes, it is hard to find the time to take care of all the tasks needed to maintain it. One way I found that helps, is finding those plants the make your life easy. Today, I’m sharing seven of my favorite sun-loving perennials that anyone can grow.

1. Catmint — Nepeta faassenii ‘Walker’s Low’

Perennial Plant Association winner in 2007. Any plant on the PPA award list is a great choice for the garden. They always choose those that are easy to grow in many conditions, in many areas and have long blooms times etc.. I particularly love the grey-blue foliage of this mounding plant which looks great all summer.
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2. Perennial Bachelor’s Button — Centaurea montana

Some say this is an invasive annoyance and it does freely seed in the garden but the volunteers are easily removed and planted or a nice giveaway. Who wouldn’t love this beautiful blue flower which performs well all summer and looks great in a flower arrangement.

3. Threadleaf — Coreopsis ‘Moonbeam’

Another PPA winner way back in 1992 Coreopsis ‘Moonbeam’ is a sweet delicate plant that never fails. It has a nice airy feels perfect for a border or for those who enjoy the cottage look. Today you can find many hybrids of this perennial in nice range of pink to gold and combinations therein.

4. Rose Campaion — Lychnis coronaria

This interesting perennial was already growing in my garden when we bought the property. Though it is classified as a perennial it behaves more like a biennial or annual for me. However, it is another self seeder so it shows up in many places every year. Like the bachelor’s button, Rose Campion is easily removed or moved to another part of the garden so I don’t mind its self seeding nature. Rose Campion has a beautiful deep magenta flower on the most interesting fuzzy grey leaves which remind me of lambs ears or Stachys byzantina.

5. Clusterd Bellflower — Campanula glomerata

If you like perennials you will have already heard of bellflowers. There are so many different plants to choose in the group. My favorite one is glomerata.  Some say it can be invasive but I have not found this to be true for me. This one can also takes some shade.

6. Betony – Stachys officinalis ‘Rosea’

If you like a tidy looking plant you will love Betony. This one is the pink version, the more common being white, grows in a nice contained mound of crinkly leaves great for the edge of a border. It is also said to reseed but I have not found this to be the case in my garden.

7. Beebalm – Monarda didyma ‘Blue Stocking’

Last but not least is Beebalm. I have loved this perennial for about as long as I have had my own home to grow it in. This one comes in many shades from dark purple to bright red, pink and white. The leaves and flowers have a wonderful citrus fragrance making it a nice addition a flower arrangement. Some beebalm are said to have a mildew problem but many of the newer varieties have been bred to resist this issue. Of course, the bees love it, thus the common name Beebalm. Fun fact: After the Boston Tea Party, the colonists learned, from the Indians, how to brew tea made from the leaves of the beebalm plant. Funny that their fragrance smells like the bergamot orange used to flavor Earl Grey tea.

Did you find some new favorites to add you your shopping list? Do you have other great sun-loving perennials to add to the list? I hope you are all enjoying the season and have a fruitful and prosperous summer.

Source: 7 Easy Sun Loving Perennials Worth Planting | Hearth & Vine – formerly Garden Matter

Sweet Cornbread

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Bake Time: 35 Minutes



  • 1 (8.5-ounce) package JIFFY Corn Muffin Mix
  • 1 (14.75-ounce) can cream style corn
  • 1 (15-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon salt


Preheat the oven to 375° and lightly grease a 2-quart casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine the ingredients and mix well. Pour the mixture into the casserole dish. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until the spoonbread is set.

Source: Sweet Corn Spoonbread and a Great Big “Thanks!” – Southern Bite

Kitson & Partners » Public invited to Babcock Ranch during Founder’s Festival

BABCOCK RANCH — Master Developer Kitson & Partners is inviting the public to come enjoy the progress being made at Babcock Ranch during a two-day Founder’s Festival event on Saturday, March 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 12 from noon to 6 p.m. The opening of the festival will be preceded by the 2017 Sun Run that will include 10-K and 5-K races and a one-mile Fun Run beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday.Babcock Ranch is a new eco-centric town being developed by Kitson in Charlotte County east of Fort Myers off State Road 31 north of the Lee County Civic Center.

Babcock Ranch is the first solar powered town in the world and will ultimately include 19,500 homes, nearly 50,000 residents, and 6 million square feet of commercial space.The Founder’s Festival will celebrate the completion of Founder’s Square’s event lawn, band shell and boardwalk, the first buildings in Babcock’s Downtown District, including Woodlea Hall, Curry Creek Outfitters, and the Table & Tap restaurant, as well as a fishing pier, dog park, the first four miles of the new town’s trail network, and a number of new model homes. The celebration will feature two days of music, food trucks, a farmer’s market, model home tours, kids’ games, family activities, and more.Before the dedication of Founder’s Square at 10:30 on Saturday, March 11, Babcock Ranch will host the 2017 Sun Run that will include a 10-K timed chip race starting at 7:30, a 5-K timed chip race starting at 8:00, and a one-mile Fun Run at 9:00. Online registration for the 10-K and 5-K at www.foundersfest.net ends on March 8 and includes a $5 race fee and a $2 sign-up fee. The fee for registration on the day of the event is $20. The free one-mile Fun Run is open to runners and walkers of all ages and strollers are allowed. Dana Miller of Cypress Lake High School’s Performing Arts group will perform the national anthem prior to the start of the 10-K. Awards will be presented at 9:30 at Founder’s Square.Kitson & Partners’ Chairman and CEO Syd Kitson will welcome festival visitors from the lakefront band shell at Founder’s Square at 10:30 Saturday morning.

Kitson will be joined on the stage by Babcock Ranch President Rick Severance, representatives from numerous partner organizations, and Charlotte and Lee County Commissioners as he formally dedicates Founder’s Square with a ribbon cutting. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy the festivities while sitting on the Square’s open green.Furnished models by Stock Development and Homes by Towne from Lake Timber’s Longleaf and Heritage Collections, respectively, will be open for viewing on Saturday and Sunday. Games and activities will be held on both days. The DeSoto Arts & Humanities Council and Peace River Arts & Humanities Council will feature active painting by artists on the Square’s boardwalk overlooking Lake Babcock. Food and beverages will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday in the Downtown District and at locations in Lake Timber. Those attending the Festival will also have an opportunity to experience Sunset Trail, the first stage of the 50-mile network of nature trails that will be enjoyed by Babcock’s residents and visitors.Musical performances at Founders Square’s band shell will be held throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday.The approximately 13-acre Founder’s Square is the heart of the Downtown District at Babcock Ranch and serves as Babcock’s central gathering place and the site of community events and celebrations. It also anchors every aspect of life in the new town. Kitson’s development strategy at Babcock Ranch is focused on creating a sense of place that will be embraced by residents and visitors alike.  Founder’s Square epitomizes that vision.

Visitors to the festival will have an opportunity to visit the information center at Woodlea Hall, Babcock’s first civic building situated on the western edge of Founder’s Square. Hikers, bikers, kayakers, boaters, and fishing enthusiasts will enjoy Curry Creek Outfitters located next door to Woodlea Hall. The lakefront Table & Tap restaurant includes indoor and outdoor dining and a beer garden immediately adjacent to the green at Founder’s Square. An 80-year old oak tree transplanted from the Babcock property provides a backdrop for the beer garden. Children will enjoy the Square’s splash pad. Benches offer a place to relax and the lakefront boardwalk at the northern edge of the green beckons visitors to take a stroll along the lake.To learn more about the Founder’s Festival at Babcock Ranch on March 11 and 12t or to register for the 2017 Sun Run, visit www.foundersfest.net.To learn more about living at the eco-centric, solar powered town being created by Kitson & Partners at Babcock Ranch, visit www.babcockranch.com.

Source: Kitson & Partners » Public invited to Babcock Ranch during Founder’s Festival

Easy Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings

I am always looking for delicious and easy meals to make, here is one of my favorites that the whole family will love. This Easy Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings only requires 5 ingredients.


  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can of chicken broth
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 can Grands flaky refrigerator biscuits (I used a whole can, I like dumplings)


  1. Place Chicken breasts in crock pot and top with butter.
  2. Add 2 cans of cream of chicken soup
  3. Add chicken broth
  4. Add diced onions and dried parsley
  5. Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or low 8-9 hours
  6. Once cooked shred the chicken
  7. Cut biscuits into 9 pieces
  8. Add biscuits to the soup and stir
  9. Cover and cook on high for another hour
  10. Serve warm and enjoy!

For more information on this yummy Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings click the link below.

Source: Easy Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings – Julie’s Freebies