Healthy Recipes for You & Your Family

By Ahna Torres August 23, 2017

 

In honor of National Knife day, here are some recipes we put together that require a great deal of chopping! Time to break out the wood block and use that knife set. We know you have a favorite universal knife for everyday meals, but these may require those special knives that you may not normally use, like the bread knife.

Pico De Gallo – All Recipes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Ready in: 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 sprigs fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 green onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions

Combine all of the chopped, diced, and seeded ingredients into a medium to large bowl. Add jalapeno peppers to taste. Season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stir well and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/35304/pico-de-gallo/

 

Caprese Bruschetta – House of Yumm

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 Minutes

  • 8 ounces of balsamic vinegar
  • 8 ounces of fresh mozzarella
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1 French baguette loaf

Instructions

First, pour the balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan. Bring it to slow boil over low to medium heat. Allow it to simmer for eight to ten minutes, and the vinegar will thicken. Keep an eye on the vinegar, and turn the heat off when the amount in the pan reduces by half. Pour the vinegar into a bowl to cool off. This will become even thicker and will turn into a glaze.

Then, chop the fresh mozzarella and the tomatoes. Cut the tomatoes in halves or less depending on your desired size.

Next, roll the basil to chop into fine strips. Combine the mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil together and gently stir to mix.

Lastly, slice the baguette with a bread knife into your desired size. If you want, you can toast the slices or serve them un-toasted. Both ways are great. If you would like to toast it, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lay the slices on foil and cover with olive oil. Bake until the slices are golden brown. This may take 8-10 minutes.

Serve with the bruschetta on top of the baguette and a balsamic glaze drizzle on top.

http://houseofyumm.com/caprese-bruschetta/

 

Mediterranean Salad with Lemon-Herb Vinaigrette - Delish

Prep Time: 20 min

Ingredients

  • 2 whole-wheat pitas, cut into quarters
  • 1/2 c. plus 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 c. Fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 c. fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/4 c. fresh basil leaves
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 c. tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 c. cucumber, chopped and seeded
  • 1 c. crumbled feta
  • 1/2 c. Kalamata olives, pitted and halved

Instructions

First, preheat your oven to 400°. Then, spread the pita quarters on a baking sheet and brush with one tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt. Bake until the pita bread is golden brown and crisp, approximately 8 minutes. Let it cool.

Second, combine the mint, parsley, basil, lemon juice, and sugar in a food processer and pulse until it is all combined. While the motor is running, slowly add ½ cup of olive oil. Blend until everything is smooth, and then season with salt and pepper to taste.

Lastly, crumble pita crisps. In a shallow serving dish, arrange sections of tomato, cucumber, feta, olives, and pita. Drizzle with vinaigrette and serve immediately.

http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a43422/mediterranean-salad-with-lemon-herb-vinaigrette-recipe/

 

N-COOL Collection

By Ahna Torres July 28, 2017

 

n-cool

Our N-COOL Collection is one the most popular items from Nitori, our parent company in Japan. The technology was developed for Japan’s hot and humid summers, and we have brought it here to share with you! We know it’s hot here, not just only in the summer, but most of the year.

Summer Time Hangout

By Ahna Torres July 17, 2017

 blanket fort

Here are a couple of tips for building your summer time hangout. No matter your age, it is always fun to build a fort with friends, family, and even with your sweetheart for date night.

National Iced Tea Day June 10th, 2017

By Ahna Torres June 16, 2017

In honor of National Iced Tea Day, we have put together some Iced Tea recipes! Whether you like your tea to be sweet or unsweet, you are sure to love one of these recipes!

Southern Classic Sweet Tea – County Living, My Recipes, Garden Betty

Posted in: Design and Style

Father’s Day Looks

By Ahna Torres June 16, 2017

Father’s Day is almost here! This Father's Day, get him the perfect gift, a gift that has “Dad” written all over it. We know Dad works hard and deserves a place to relax and unwind. Maybe he enjoys spending time in his favorite chair to relax after a hard day’s work, or maybe he needs something a little more.

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Happy Mother's Day from Aki-Home

By Ahna Torres May 1, 2017

Mother's Day Looks

Every Mothers Day

We are celebrating all types of mothers, unique and diverse. Both working Mothers and Homemakers.

Mothers Day Workspace

We put together a home office look for the working professional mother. A place Mom calls home, but also

Easter Brunch - How to mix and match your dinnerware

By Ahna Torres April 13, 2017

Easter table setting

Start with a couple of styles or colors of dinnerware that you enjoy. You can pick out the same style with different colors or choose completely different styles and colors for a chic, eclectic look. First, when picking out which styles to mix, compare the different shapes and sizes: circular, oval, square, comet shape, etc. For our Easter table, we used styles that were all the same circular shape but in different sizes. So, some of the bowls and plates are larger than the others.  You can pair different shapes together, just make sure the larger one goes on the bottom.

When picking each piece, consider

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Colorful Peep Centerpiece

By Ahna Torres April 13, 2017

Peep Centerpiece

Prep Time: 10-15 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

What you’ll need:

  • 1 Package of regular peeps (any color)
  • 2 – 3 Different colors of Peep Bunnies
  • 3 – 4 Different colors of Easter Grass
  • 4 – 6 Plastic Eggs
  • Glass Vase
  • Easter Wreath

Step 1 – Start with a clear glass vase. The height is up to you, but keep in mind, the taller the vase the more peeps and grass you have to use. In our example, we used a 10” tall vase.  Make sure to wash the vase before placing peeps inside if you plan to eat them later!

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Easter – Carrot Mimosas

By Ahna Torres April 4, 2017

Carrot Mimosas

To go the extra mile this Easter, serve your guests a festive drink: Carrot Mimosas.

This recipe comes from the great people over on The Food Network and thought it would be perfect! Serves 4-6

  • 1 ½  cups of carrot juice,
  • Carrot greens reserved for garnish
  • 1 ½  cups of orange juice 
  • Juice of 1 lime 
  • 1 bottle Champagne or sparkling wine, chilled

Combine carrot juice, orange juice, and lime juice together in a pitcher.

Add champagne or sparkling wine to champagne flutes first, then add the juice mixture. Use equal parts champagne and juice, or 50/50. No need to stir as this may cause the champagne or sparking wine to go flat.

To complete the drink, add carrot greens or parsley.

For a non-alcoholic version, just use the carrot and orange juice mixture and top with a green garnish.

You can check out this recipe and more at the link below!
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/carrot-orange-mimosa 

Posted in: Special Events

#BuyersCorner - Lesley

By Ahna Torres February 22, 2017

To kick start our #BuyersCorner Series we have interviewed a few of our buyers. Throughout this series, we will get a small glimpse of what it’s like to be a buyer in the world of interior design. The first category we are starting with is Home Décor.

Home Décor

Our very first interviewee is Lesley, our Home Décor Buyer. She has been with the company for a couple of years, and you may recognize her from some of our commercials. To get started, we asked her a few personal questions about why she chose a career as a buyer, and then we went into the details of her products. 

Lesley Copper   Lesley Vase
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