Kat's Shrimp Scampi
¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) butter
1 lb large uncooked shrimp, peeled, deveined and butterflied (I used 2 lbs)
4 large garlic cloves, minced
¼ tsp red pepper flakes
Zest and juice of ½ lemon (I used bottled)
3 tbsp fresh parsley
1 lb linguine freshly cooked
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
Freshly grated parmesan - garnish
Lemon slices and parsley sprig for garnish
er in a large skillet over medium-low heat until melted. Add shrimp and toss to coat. Add garlic, red pepper, lemon and parsley. Cook until pink, 5-7 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put butter in 13 x 9 x 2 glass dish and place in oven until melted. Add shrimp, garlic, lemon juice and red pepper flakes to butter, stir and blend. Return dish to oven and bake shrimp 3 minutes. Mix in parsley and bake until shrimp are just cooked through - approx. 2 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
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MELON, PROSCUITTO AND MOZZARELLA SKEWERS
For warm weather entertaining, you'll love these salty, creamy proscuitto bites with mozzarella and cubed cantaloupe! Feel free to substitute thinly sliced ham for the proscuitto, since the good stuff can be pricey (but worth every penny). You'll get lots of bang for your buck out of just 1/4 pound! Not much is needed for this recipe.
1 medium cantaloupe, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/4 lb. thinly sliced prosciutto
20 small mozzarella balls (ciliegine)
For serving, optional:
Chopped fresh parsley
Onto small cocktail skewers, thread prosciutto, mozzarella and melon cubes. Place on a serving platter.
Sprinkle with parsley, if desired. Serve immediately after drizzling with balsamic reduction,
All professional photography for Kat Nelson Designs by Lisa Konz Photography.
As the warmer weather ushers it 's way in, we are once again lured outside to enjoy the weather and the beautiful new blossoms that come with this season..and pollen!
This issue focuses a lot on the merits of spring cleaning and getting your home organized. If you feel overwhelmed on where to begin, there are countless sources out there that can help keep you focused while, also, offering handy cleaning tips.
We are not saying that spring cleaning has to be your favorite springtime activity but it doesn't have to be your least favorite either. Look for some gardening tips in our next issue as well as another featured spotlight on a project we've been working on.
We will be heading to High Point, North Carolina soon to see all of the major furniture and textile companies debut their upcoming lines for the new year. This is an exciting time for us to see the trends for 2016 and get fabulous inspiration.
Stay tuned for our next newsletter where we share all of the exciting things that we see and help you implement in your home!
Kat Nelson and team
Need to Know
Does the very idea of Spring Cleaning leave you feeling overwhelmed?
Everyone loves the feeling of a freshly cleaned house. But, it's true spring cleaning can seem like a monumental task. Here are a couple of tips that might just help you grab that broom and dust-pan with a little more pep.
Buy new cleaning products with scents you love and new brooms, buckets, sponges and mops.
Make a playlist of music that makes you want to move. Play it loud and let yourself get lost in the music. The time will go by much faster if you are actually enjoying yourself.
Put together a basic spring cleaning plan.
Plan your spring cleaning according to the time you have and the space you are cleaning.
Place new door mats at all entrances to your home!
When was the last time you changed your old, dusty door mat? Consider this: 80% of all dirt tracked into your home can be blocked instantly with new door mats!
When cleaning, always work top to bottom (ceiling fans & wall shelves to appliances/tables and finally to floors) because dust falls downward, and work left to right around the room (so you'll know where you left off in case of interruptions)
Wash windows horizontally on the inside and vertically on the outside
. If you notice any streaks you will know which side to re-do!
(Best recipe for window washing: 1 cup white vinegar, 1 cup ammonia, 2 tablespoons corn starch, mixed into 1 gallon of warm water. When washing, always use a cheap, bargain brand roll of paper towels (they have less lint)).
Clear the Clutter! With each room you clean, find 10 things within that space you can toss out. Start applying the 'one in/one out' golden rule of organizing.
Plan a get together for a day or two after you plan to be finished spring cleaning. Buy fresh flowers and sit back and enjoy the pride that comes with a clean and well organized home. .
by Kat Nelson Designs
Owning a Second Home
One of our favorite aspects of interior design is being a part of the excitement that comes from a client purchasing their first vacation home.
Whether it is a beach house or a cabin nestled in the woods, helping a client infuse their unique personality into the property is not only highly rewarding but a whole lot of fun.
We offer services for every aspect associated with the purchase of a second home. Whether you need help with the abundance of choices that comes with new construction or a game plan for a previously owned home, we are there every step of the way.
We can even help you stock your home with all of the home's necessities.(stocking the kitchen with dinnerware, cleaning supplies, purchasing bed and bath linens).
If a second home is in your future or you presently own but are considering updating or renting, here is a compilation of our top tips.
- Decide if this property is a rental or not. The main distinction is in how the furnishings are approached. Either way, you want this home to be a reflection of you....the casual and relaxed you. This is not the place to be too fussy...this is the place you "put your feet up" and read a book.
- Take inventory of what extras you have at home. Can they be painted a fun color? Reupholstered in a bright fabric? This is the time we can color outside the lines and use color in a fun way. However, we don't want the home to become a mishmash of your primary home's cast-offs. Also avoid over decorating in "beach/lake/mountain" accessories.
- Ensure your floors are hardworking surfaces for sandy toes, wet feet or frozen boots. Hardwood floors (not a soft wood) and tile are the best options. Generally, I don't place carpet in any rooms. Durable rugs are easier to clean or replace than a room full of carpeting.
- Ensure you have at least one large refrigerator that can accommodate a weeks worth of groceries. It is important that you have a dining table that can seat at least 8 to 10.
- All beds should be comfortable. You don't have to buy the top of the line but invest in a comfortable mattress and add a thick pillow topper if needed. Make sure all of the bedding is machine washable.
- There should be an extra mirror and seat in every bedroom. Often the bathroom is being occupied by showers and it's helpful to have another place to put makeup on etc.
- Hooks!!!! They should be everywhere. No one neatly folds a towel over a towel bar. And if they do...it doesn't dry well. Have several hooks in the bathrooms, closets, outside...they will be well used.
- Save and Splurge. There is always a cost balance when furnishing a beautiful home. The savings should be concentrated on bedding, rugs, and dishware. These items are more easily replaced if damage is to occur. The place to splurges is in the lighting, art and window treatments. Typically, these areas don't get damaged.
- The furniture needs to be durable but not the top of the line. We are always looking for furniture sources that provide both excellent durability and can be purchased with indoor-outdoor fabrics. We suggest using slipcovers that are machine washable. Top it off with cute pillows and voil'a...way too practical and cute!
- Lastly, if you are using the property as a rental as well as your second home expect some things will need to be replaced yearly. If you accept this and budget for it, you will be less stressed about some of the aspects of owning a second home. The memories of fun and relaxed times with friends, family or renters are worth the investment.
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