Happy Birthday, ‘Merica (Or This Patriot’s Digging Red, White, and Blue Decor)

I got up at 6 this morning and went for a five mile walk with the dogs because I’m mental like that. While wandering down La Cienega, I saw these chairs. They were staring at me like brightly colored candies in this window, and I was like, “Yes, please. Get in my life.” Since I have absolutely no place to put them, nor would they match any furniture I presently own, I photographed them instead.

Erika Brunson chairs on Dogs Dishes and Decor

I mean, just LOOK at these Erika Brunson chairs! They’re all crisp and sharp. And delicious.

As I imagined some sort of scenario in which I had an actual need for these chairs, I realized that I have been seriously neglecting the décor part of Dogs, Dishes, and Décor lately. And given that today is Independence Day, I figured I should make some attempt at being patriotic, so… here are some rooms I love that are giving a nod to Old Glory.

You might be taken aback by the understated nature of these rooms, especially when you compare them with those bits of Pepto pink perfection, but I’m nothing if not full of surprises. (And contradictions.)

Red White and Blue Decor from Dogs Dishes and Decor

OK, this is coral, but it’s close enough…. Source

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Lynn Morgan Designs. Source

Red White and Blue Decor on Dogs Disehs and Decor

Micky Hurley, Designer. Source

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Micky Hurley, Designer. Source

Happy Birthday, ‘Merica. I’m putting on my navy and white bikini just for you.

#0fftothebeach

Too Weak to Chew (Or How to Make a Strawberry Banana Smoothie)

I basically look like this today.

Yesterday, I had this grand plan to make my blue cheese potato salad and go to three barbecues which were inconveniently strewn all over a city teeming with terrible traffic and DUI check points. I planned to celebrate the birth of America with a burger and a single beer and then return home in time to soothe the dogs as they cried over colorful explosions in the sky.

None of this happened. After an attempt to tire out the animals on a hike, I took a nap, woke up feeling worse, and never left the house. What I initially thought was a pulled muscle in my back has basically turned into excruciating pain absolutely everywhere.

Naturally, my body has decided to rebel against me at the most inopportune time possible, as my mother arrives tomorrow. Not only am I facing at least two hours of traffic to pick her up from LAX, but I have to wash three loads of laundry, bathe the dogs, dust, vacuum, AND go to the grocery store to buy pork butt for tomorrow’s carnitas.

So, what am I doing? Watching Star Wars in my jammies, drinking a strawberry banana smoothie, and fighting the urge to go back to bed at 2 in the afternoon.

Strawberry banana smoothies are one of my favorite comfort foods from childhood. Plus they’re easy to make, they don’t require the effort of chewing (which I honestly don’t know if I could manage right now), and they’re all filled with vitamin C, potassium, and whatnot.

The recipe is below.

Oh, and if any of my friends are reading this: please send pizza – the Pizza Bianca with sausage from Pizzeria Mozza, to be exact. I think only sausage, truffle cheese, and crispy sage will give me the will to carry on today.

Without pizza, I’m going to need to summon some serious Jedi strength to get out the Swiffer….

My strawberry banana smoothie pairs nicely with a viewing of Star Wars. What doesn’t, really?

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

¾ C frozen strawberries

1 ripe banana

1 ¼ C milk (I prefer whole milk)

2 T honey

Place strawberries and banana in blender. Pour in milk and blend until smooth. Add 2 T honey and blend.