Grilling this 4th of July!

As we get closer to celebrating the 4th of July, when we remember this country’s Independence, I love the time we spend with family, friends, at the town’s parade, watching the fireworks and of course good grilling. I try today a new combination of ingredients to spice my grill steaks. Whether you will be grilling this 4th of July or not, try this tangy and smoky rub for your steaks. I promise this recipe will be a quick and delicious fix for any family gathering or celebration.

Grilled Spiced Steak Salad

Spiced rub steaks

Ingredients
6 Top sirloin steaks about (3-4 oz each)
Tangy Rub – ½ Tsp of smoke paprika
½ Tsp of garlic powder
1 spoonful of dry parsley
½ Tsp of salt and pepper
¼ Tsp of cumin
¼ of annatto powder (Achiote) or Goya seasoning
Juice of ½ lime
Salad-
1 Romaine lettuce head
¼ bag of arugula
1 Roma tomato
2 Persian cucumbers
¼ cup or Parmesan croutons
2 limes
¼ Tbsp of mustard
¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil
1 Spoonful of grated Parmesan cheese
Salt, pepper
Mix all the ingredients for the rub. Then, drizzle olive oil over the sirloin steak and season with the rub. This rub seasoning gives the steaks a tangy, smoky flavor without overpowering its taste and really has a subtle kick at the end. Then, set aside to let it marinade while you prepare the salad.
Chop the romaine lettuce, slice the roma tomatoes and cucumbers. Now, in a mason jar mix all the ingredients for the dressing: lime juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, parmesan cheese, and mustard and stir. You will get a creamy tangy dressing. Then toss all salad ingredients with the dressing. Yum!
Get your grill ready at medium heat and grill each steak on each side for about 5-8 minutes depending how you like your steak. Since I like mine more like medium to well done I left them on the grill for about 8 minutes each side.  Once ready, remove steaks from the grill and let them rest for 5 minutes. Get salad ready, top it with steaks and dinner is ready.  Sounds simple and delicious, right?
Happy 4th of July… Eat… Entertain… Enjoy!

Posted on: June 30, 2014


What’s hot for the summer? Bright bright bright!

Unexpected color pallets that you wouldn’t think would be for a wedding

Coral loves turquoise!

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 This color pallet is perfect for a beach wedding. The turquoise against the ocean and the coral against the sunset sky will be beautiful. I would use some turquoise linens with my own personal touch of coral to create a fun atmosphere for my guest to enjoy.  {…}

Posted on: June 25, 2014


3 key pieces of furniture for your kids room!!

3 pieces of furniture you should consider when decorating your kid’s room!

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I know a lot of new and expecting parents have been told that a changing table is one of those must have furniture pieces in a nursery.  I’ve found though, that your good old dresser can do the job better! {…}

Posted on: June 24, 2014


Summer is here: have your snack shack ready for your kids!

Now that the kids are home from school for the summer break,  we have to keep them busy with sports, crafts and other fun activities to make sure they are entertain.  But while they burn all that kid energy they also get hungrier.  Therefore, I need to  have in hand a variety of healthy yummy snacks for my 7 and 4 year old sons.  Think about your kids favorite food and snacks, so you can prepare in advance and have them ready.   Here are some of my kids favorite that I hope you will enjoy too.

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Posted on: June 23, 2014


6 tips to staying cool for a summer wedding

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Its summer and in full effect, with the sun being our biggest enemy. Here are some tips and tricks to beat the heat. What is easier than staying cool by staying hydrated? Have some water available for the guests as they enter the wedding. Get creative on the presentation of how you offer the water. {…}

Posted on: June 18, 2014


Bring summer into your home

In my last write up I focused on easy ways to bring summer into your kids spaces. In keeping with the summer theme, I wanted to focus today on easy tips for summer decorating in your homes.

  1. Keep it fresh

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Nothing screams summer better than fresh flowers and produce. Lemons, oranges, watermelon, herbs and flowers make for easy beautiful summer décor. Here are a few of my favorite ways to use them around the house. 

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Posted on: June 17, 2014


Meatless Monday… Easy summer dish

Summer is here… Fun times with the family, enjoy a day at the beach or the pool.  But all I can think is all the easy simple yet delicious recipes that I need to have in hand to make sure I spend less time in the kitchen, and more time with the kids.

Summer Gnocchi

Summer Gnocchi

Here is my delicious creamy tomato gnocchi with all the ingredients from our favorite  Trader Joes.

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Posted on: June 16, 2014


Frozen Pizza Party

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After the release of the popular movie Frozen, lots of little girls have been wanting to use the theme for their birthday parties. {…}

Posted on: June 12, 2014


Wedding on a budget with Erica

Hello Everyone, hope you all have a happy Wednesday and we will like to introduce and welcome Erica Mendivil. She is a wedding coordinator in Arizona. We had the pleasure to meet Erica back in March and she will be introducing new trends, tips and sample of her own work with us in our blog every wednesday.

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Brides, get your notes ready!! {…}

Posted on: June 11, 2014


Design spaces with Vinithra

Meet and welcome Vinithra Amarnathan, founder of the weespaces blog. She will be adding her expertise and incredible ideas to Design Spaces, by posting inspirational boards, great tips/finds and her own work in the MLC blog every Tuesday.

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http://www.wee-spaces.com/blog/

3 easy ways to bring summer into your kids spaces:

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Posted on: June 10, 2014


Vintage Monday

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Hello Everyone, hope you all had a great weekend. Today we are sharing some pictures of a Vintage and Shabby chic tea party we helped styling for a beautiful seven year old birthday girl. {…}

Posted on: June 9, 2014