Thursday, July 14, 2016

Summertime Prawn and Broccoli Pasta - Delish!

Truly, you can't mess this easy Summertime seafood recipe up!  Almost fool-proof with just a word of advice - have all of your ingredients ready to go before starting.


  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 Lemons. 1 for zesting and then cut into thin slices; 1 for lemon-wedge garnishes when the pasta is done 
  • 6 fresh thyme sprigs, leaves removed (or dried if you don't have fresh)
  • sea or kosher salt and fresh black pepper
  • linguine pasta (we like fatter pasta with this kind of sauce)
  • 3-4 Tablespoons butter - NOT margarine
  • 1-2 pound fresh prawns, medium-or large sized, peeled, de-veined and with tails off
  • 1-2 cups of broccoli
  • 1 cup sliced red pepper; yellow or orange are fine too!
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 5 cloves of garlic minced

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In a glass 9 x 13 (or larger)  baking dish, combine olive oil, lemon zest and thyme. Olive oil should liberally cover the bottom of the pan.  If it doesn't, then drizzle more in.  Season with salt and pepper.  Place in oven for 10-12 minutes.  Check it every few minutes - if it looks like it is getting too brown, remove and proceed to the next step.

2. Meanwhile, cook your pasta according to the package directions. Drain and toss with a pat of butter or olive oil.

3. Remove glass baking dish from the oven, add butter and swirl to melt.  

4. Add prepared prawns, broccoli, peppers, tomatoes, garlic and the lemon slices.  Don't squeeze the lemon slices - just add to the prawn and veggie roasting mixture.  Give it a quick toss to mix well with olive oil/butter and spices. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until prawns turn pink.  You might want to check at 6 minutes or so to make sure that you are not overcooking the prawns. There is nothing worse than rubbery seafood.

4. Remove roasted lemon-garlic prawn and broccoli mixture from the oven and dump into the pasta. Stir completely into the pasta, over low heat for just a few minutes with a few squeezes of fresh lemon and a dash more of olive oil.  Taste test it for salt and pepper seasoning.

5.  Serve in your best pasta bowls with a great fresh rustic bread and a special white wine. Sauvignon Blanc during the summer months would be perfect!  

Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese and left over lemon wedges. Enjoy! 

P.S.  The glasses and dinnerware can be found on our site!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

A Beach Sunset Hued Palette

Try A New Color Palette for Summer Coastal Decor - Coral, Pink and Gold
So excited to have Cottage and Bungalow Magazine share some of our favorite Coral, Pink and Gold Products in their "Extra Color Palette" summer feature.  We love the ideas that Sarah Jane Stone put together in the article, and have a few of our own to suggest for inspiration to creating a sunset hued bedroom in shades coral, pink and gold!

Love these fabulous Coral Sand Dollar Beaded and Appliqued Pillows! (P.S. they are available in Navy Blue too!)

So glad that Jickie Torres, the editor for Cottage and Bungalows magazine chose this Terrace Palm Rug.  They are so versatile, and affordable ($127.00 for a 4.10' x 7.9')  for adding a pop of warm color to a room. (P.S. they come in lots of sizes and other colors too!) 

Add Gold Themed Bedding to create a sense of luxury and warmth!

The gold geometric inspired pattern of our new Palm Beach comforter set creates a luxurious sophisticated feel to your coastal bedroom. The slight sheen of the gold border adds an extra glamorous touch to the look, while a softer yellow covers the reverse. Three decorative pillows with gold detailing complete the look. 

Absolutely gorgeous! 

We love Sarah Jane Stone's style idea in the Cottage and Bungalow article, of adding fabulous pendant lighting to create a "glistening inspired by sunsets" This new Five Cays Pendant in Gold Leaf is one of our new favorites!   

Create a sense of drama in your coastal home with this large 32" Five Cays Pendant in Gold Leaf  with the added mirrored tile details circumventing the center and the bottom of this extraordinary lighting fixture.  Love the slightly fluted top detail, and on-trend styling!

Don't forget the Glistening Coastal Accents!

On Trend for this summer - we are seeing so many gorgeous golden coastal accents! Including these glamorous,  large Gold Sea Fan Sculptures molded from real specimen coral pieces, rendering them incredibly life-like and delicate like a natural sea fan found on a tropical reef. 

Complete your look with art! We are rather fond of these new 20" x 20" Gold Embellished pieces - fun and also very affordable.

These new Resort Themed pieces from artist Suzanne Nicoll are pretty cool too, only adding to the Sunset hued themed. Would really add a special pop of color and tropical artistry to a bedroom!

What do you think? If my bedroom weren't already decorated in aqua and driftwood shades, I would definitely give this Coral, Pink and Gold look a try.

Have a wonderful weekend!

P.S.  If you don't already have your copy, I think these "Summer Styling" issues are on the newsstands now - I can usually find one at Barnes and Noble or at larger grocery store chains.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The ReStore Truck Comes to Caron's Beach House

Can I begin to tell you how excited I am that Tom's brother Mark, Director for Willamette West, Habitat for Humanity in Oregon State, suggested that we donate our returned merchandise to the ReStore here in the Bay Area?   Thrilled on so many levels!

So wonderful - they even pick up!

We have been hanging onto thousands of dollars in returned merchandise to our Caron's Beach House online store, and have not been sure exactly what to do with it.  All brand new rugs, pillows, lighting, etc - some of which we don't even carry anymore and most of it in the original packaging.  Now every single home decor piece can go to Habitat to assist in raising money for building homes and communities in our San Francisco Bay Area.
Check out your local Habitat ReStore for cool decorating stuff  for your home, never know what treasure you might find. Plus, you will know that every penny raised from the ReStore in your area will go towards building homes and communities.  A big win for everyone!

Thank you Habitat for Humanity - Greater San Francisco Area - Totally made my week!

Clean warehouse - check
Good Works in our Community - check

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