Balsamic Glazed Salmon from Gracefully Vintage!

This week, I’m featuring a blogger I adore, and her tasty glazed salmon recipe!

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Kayla, photo courtesy of @gracefullyvintage

Meet pretty Kayla, of the blog Gracefully Vintage, who hails from Sydney, Australia. I enjoy looking at her beautiful Instagram feed which features her vintage outfits and a peek into her life, especially when  she’s enjoying summer and I’m freezing on the other side of the world.

The other day she posted this delicious-looking meal, and I begged her to share! She was kind enough to oblige.

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Instagram feed: @gracefullyvintage

Balsamic Glazed Salmon and Steamed Veggies

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Guest Post: Rosanna and Paula’s Twist on Pad Thai

Rosanna “Mrs. Right”, one of my lovely Hosting With Style book models, recently emailed me this recipe! It sounds interesting, and while it may be some time before I get my hands on all of these ingredients, I figured I’d pass it along to you anyway.

All ingredients except possibly the fish sauce are reportedly gluten-free. If you use a store-bought rotisserie chicken(optional), make sure that it is gluten-free as well if that is a concern for you. Enjoy!

Lovely Mrs. Right by ShotgunPinups.com

Lovely Mrs. Right by ShotgunPinups.com

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Healthy At Home – Indoor Cardio with Kimpossible

Springtime is when I like to focus on body health for the year. It feels less like a doomed-to-fail New Year’s Resolution, and more of a reward-oriented system: I get to rock my summer clothes with confidence, and I can make sure I’m strong enough to keep up with all the warm weather activities that I enjoy.I’m a big supporter of total body confidence AND overall health, both mental and physical; no matter what a person’s size, weight, or skill level, I think it’s important to elevate your mood, get stronger, and give your system what it needs to be the best it can be. So I’m going to do a few blog posts about staying Healthy at Home this season.

Kimpossible’s Indoor Cardio

We’re not all able to afford a gym membership, we don’t all live in a climate or area ideal for outdoor workouts, or our schedules include minding little ones or minimal spare time.  This post features some at-home workouts, supplied by my dear friend and favorite workout buddy Kimpossible. Some links for cheap equipment (not necessary, but nice to have) are at the end of the post.

Kimpossible!

Kimpossible!

Rebekah’s Stuffed Shells – For Moms and Wakes

Recently I visited my younger sister Rebekah Scott, author of the humor and survival guide book Motherhood Is Easy … (Clearview Press) and blog Motherhood is Easy.

I have yet to take the Rugrat Plunge, and so for me, dinners are pretty simple. However, many of you have kids clinging to your kneecaps as I type this, so here’s a quick and easy dish that  freezes well, pleases many, and is great to pass on if you have a friend who’s sick, newly parenting, or grieving; it’s a good potluck dish, too.

I also shot a video in case you don’t have time to read the recipe. Enjoy!

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By The Power of Skull Cake! – A Spooky Tutorial by Wicked Hailey

Happy October!

I know I’m in the middle of promoting a Book Release and everything, but let’s not forget the true meaning of October: HALLOWEEN!! I don’t know about you, but this month officially kicks off my Holiday Season. This year, with my book just coming out, writing Holiday articles, and planning a lot of  life changes with Husband (a blog for another time!), I am almost inclined to ignore Halloween completely. But I just can’t let that happen. So here’s a recipe for 3-D Skull cake for your Halloween or Day of the Dead Celebration, courtesy of one kick-ass lady:  Photographer Hailey of Wicked Hailey Photography (TX).

Skull Cake Supplies – by Wicked Hailey

“The first one I made I made a traditional chocolate cake and dusted with powdered sugar (recipe below). I made a 2nd one today and documented it much more. My husband loves Funfetti or Rainbow Party cake mix from the box (~ EYE ROLL~) so I made this one for him. I hate all store bought icing so I made a Royal Icing (recipe below). This not only glued the parts of the skull together, but also makes a hard shell for the cake. Also, the wine is a necessary supply! Enjoy!” – Wicked  Hailey

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Sewing With Vintage Patterns: A Spotlight on Elegant Musings

Last month, my vintage ladies’ group, Bon Vivants, held a sewing get together, which I hosted. Melissa of the great vintage lifestyle blog Technicolor Cutie, was the group organizer.  You can read her blog entry about the event here.

Yasmin, Me, Melody Beth and Melissa, courtesy of TechnicolorCutie.blogspot.com

I have a sewing machine, and there was a time that I collected vintage patterns for the artwork. I also hand-sew toys, like this owl. Or this cat. I’ve hand-sewn toys and dolls out of found fabric, vintage buttons, and cast-off sweaters since I was about fifteen. I also learned to crochet when I quit smoking some years ago (to keep my hands busy), and I’m able to knit a basic stitch.

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Kimpossible: Off-Roading and Roughing It in So Cal.

Meet Kimpossible!  Kim has been one of my favorite people and closest friend for several years now. We’ve spent years experimenting with new recipes, working out, and ushering each other through major life changes.  Kim is an “outdoor girl”, and since I’m going camping this summer, I’ve asked her to share a few ideas for camping foods.You’ll see more of her in my book, but for now, she’s gonna tell us about eating healthy, driving jeeps over huge boulders, and gettin’ stuff done.

Tell us about yourself!

I have been working for an environmental engineer for the past 10 years. I have an amazing boyfriend named Randall, and we live together with his 2 kids, ages 12 & 15. We spend all of our free time camping, hiking, and off-roading (“Jeeping”) in the mountains and deserts of Southern California. When we’re not actually gone, we’re planning the next trip.

Bexie B – Cross-Stitching The Zombie Apocolypse in Kansas

Do you like Zombies? Gaming Geekery? What about cross-stitch? If you do, you need to know more about Bexie B!

Bex by Vixen Pinup Photography, KC MO

Tell us about yourself!

I’m known as Bex of Bexie B Creations.  I am a stay-at-home mom to one human and three canine babies. I also cook, bake, and make  video game and B-movie cross-stitch designs.

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Can’t Cook? Order In Some Casserole!

Once again, Texas delivers… and this time, it’s casserole!

Today’s Featured Artists are “The Casserole Queens”! Meet Sandy Pollock and Crystal Cook, two beauties out of Texas who have combined America’s growing love of kitsch and its need for fast, healthy, yummy food. Obviously these ladies are right up my alley!

They were kind enough to allow me to feature them, and I’m honored to tell you more about them.

The Casserole Queens, Sandy Pollock and Crystal Cook

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Bon Vivants Ladies’ Group: Ready, Set, Sew!

My fabulous friend, Husband’s hairdresser, and fellow blogger Missy of the blog “Technicolor Cutie” started a vintage ladies’ group here in Los Angeles a few months ago. One day a month, a gaggle of us gals get together and revel in our love of vintage. We try to pick a theme to share a skill or passion we have for things that are related to the vintage lifestyle. This month was hosted at my house, and it was called Ready, Set, Sew!

Missy was kind enough to teach us Sewing 101, and the machine I’ve let sit unused since our wedding reception a year ago is now churning out raised hemlines and stuffed animals with lightening speed! I’m going to edit and upload a video of it soon. Meanwhile, you can read her blog entry and pics about it here.

(Like seeing stuff like this? Follow me on Instagram @BerettaFleur for more behind-the-scenes shenanigans.)