Thursday, May 26, 2011

Chartreuse + Concrete?

I'm IN LOVE! Content taken from YOUNGHOUSELOVE, and original kitchen from KELLYMOOREPHOTOGRAPHY.  Enjoy the juicy eye candy, I sure am.....wiping away the drool off my keyboard as we speak. (Blogpost originally written by Sherry of YHL)

This house just makes me smile, so of course I had to House Crash the heck out of it and share it with you guys. Behold- the eye candy that is Kelly Moore’s amazing casa. You might know her from her killer photography blog (all of her DIY-related posts can be found here) or her genius line of camera bags. But you don’t really know a person until you poke around their house, so let’s get to it. We’ll start in the kitchen, where Kelly and her husband whipped up some extra thick homemade concrete counters (and shared a tutorial right here). Everything from the happy painted cabinets to the apron sink and the sleek stainless appliances are so charming together:
The cabinets are painted Sherwin Williams Alchemy on top and Grandiose on bottom (she couldn’t decide on a color so she used both). And the island, sink, and shelves hail from Ikea while the rug is by Dash & Albert (from a shop in Ruston, Louisiana called Chartreuse Pear).
And that wall of smoky and sophisticated glass tile? Cue the breathy amorous sigh. She got that from Lincoln Flooring (also in Ruston, Louisiana).
Here’s the large and lovely living room with a come-hither sectional and cushy round ottoman (from Haverty’s and Overstock)…
… that faces a sweetly rustic brick fireplace with airy lofted ceilings.
Everything right down to the little details (like this showstopping mirror from Pier 1) seems to scream come on in and make yourself at home.
I can totally imagine myself curled up on that sofa reading a book. Is that creepy? Sorry.
And I can picture myself sitting here at the dining table scarfing some pita chips and hummus. Too much? Ok. I’ll try to keep it casual. Check out the great paneled ceiling and those sleek bulb lights (from West Elm) over the farmhouse-ish table (from Material Things in Monroe, LA). The chairs and picture ledges are from Ikea and that amazing folk art cow painting is by Erickson T. Wright.
Once again Kelly has managed to mix something rustic with something sleek for a gorgeous result (just like her stainless appliances & her charming apron sink or the clean-lined sectional & the weathered brick fireplace).


Summer Enrichment Programs @ The BRC
SAT Prep Course:
This one on one tutoring course is designed to help students master skills required by the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test).  Such skills/categories include but are not limited to: verbal, mathematical and reasoning abilities, etc... Other strategies such as essay writing, analogies, and comprehension tips will also be addressed. The goal of this course is to encourage high test performance, decrease testing anxiety, prepare and equip the mind for testing and to develop useful strategies. Students will meet with the instructor once a week for the entire summer. To contact the instructor directly, please forward e-mails to Elizabeth Slagg via:
Tuition: see reading therapy tuition fee
Dates: Evening hours to be determined by student and instructor, as they will commit to coming once a week for the entire summer. 
Summer Reading Maintenance Course:
This small group class is designed to maintain the average student’s reading skills over the summer by practicing skills through the use of fun activities. The reading of novels will be encouraged and rewarded.  Students will meet once a week for 4 consecutive weeks.  As research has proven,  the "summer slides" of academic skills occurs in most students, therefore all ages need to maintain reading abilities over the summer to keep such skills sharp for the following school year.  To contact the instructor directly, please forward e-mails to Amanda Peterson via:
Tuition: $95.00
Dates: TBA for the month of July
Advanced Classic Literature Experience: Small Groups
In an effort to revive the realm of classic literature in the hearts of avid, young readers this fun and laid back course is designed to excite and excel students. Class discussions, higher level thinking, and other critical literary skills such as comprehension, inferencing, etc... will be encouraged. Students enrolled are to vote upon the novel they are most interested in reading.  Offered novels include:  
  • Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist (1839) 
  • Farley, Walter. The Black Stallion (1941) 
  • London, Jack. White Fang (1906) 
  • Louis Stevenson, Robert. Treasure Island (1883) 
  • Rawls, Wilson. Where the Red Fern Grows (1961)
Tuition: $95.00 per module
Module 1: (meeting weekly) Mondays from 4:30-5:30 beginning June 4 and continuing for 4 consecutive weeks, i.e. June 6, 13, 20, 27.
Module 2: (meeting four consecutive sessions) Monday through Thursday: June 20, 21, 22, 23 daily from 3:00-4:00p
American Sign Language Course(s)
This is a spiraling curriculum for students interested in learning American Sign Language.  Courses address both receptive and expressive skills needed to fully dialogue among the Deaf and hearing people who converse using ASL.  Each course’s focus (there are three options) will be tapered depending on the age range of students participating.  Students in the 4-Day Happy Hands course will acquire categorical vocabulary, the alphabet and numbers, and elementary conversational fluency.  Students in twice-a-week Serious Signers Course can be sure to acquire all that the previous course teaches, as well as higher conversational fluency, a more well-round vocabulary, and lessons in Deaf Culture.  Students involved in the twice a week Adult Course will acquire the skills taught in an entire year of Sign Language condensed into eight classes.  Quizzes, Tests, and other homework will be administered; this course is to be considered rigorous but worth the challenge.  *Note: ASL is now widely accepted as a foreign language in both high schools & colleges.  To contact the instructor directly, please forward emails to Kendra Randall via:
4-Day Happy Hands Class (four consecutive sessions)
  • Tuition - $95.00 per module
  • Class Times: Mon-Thur 9:00a - 10:00a
  • Module #1: 6/13-6/16; 
  • Module #2: 6/20-6/23; 
  • Module #3: 7/11-7/14;
  • Module #4: 7/18-7/2;
  • Module #5: 8/8-8/11; 
  • Module #6: 8/15-8/18
Twice-A-Week Serious Signers Class (eight sessions total)
  • Tuition - $190.00 per module
  • Class Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:30p - 5:30p 
  • Module #1: June 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30
  • Module #2: July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28
Twice-A-Week Adult Course (eight sessions total)
  • Tuition - $190.00
  • Class Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30p - 6:30p 
  • Module #1: June 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30
  • Module #2: July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28
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Monday, May 16, 2011

Tortilla Black Bean Pie

4 flour tortillas (10 inches)
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 large onion, diced
1 jalapeno chile, minced (remove seeds and ribs for less heat)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, drained and rinsed
12 ounces beer, or 1 1/2 cups water
1 package (10 ounces) frozen corn
4 scallions, thinly sliced, plus more for garnish
8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded (2 1/2 cups)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. With a paring knife, trim tortillas to fit a 9-inch springform pan. Use the bottom of the pan as a guide. Set aside.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, jalapeno, garlic, and cumin; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5 to 7 minutes.

Add beans and beer, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer until liquid has almost evaporated, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in corn and scallions, and remove from heat. Taste and adjust for seasoning.

Fit a trimmed tortilla in bottom of springform pan; layer with 1/4 of the beans and 1/2 cup of cheese. Repeat three times, using 1 cup cheese on top layer. Bake until cheese melts, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove side of pan; sprinkle pie with scallions. To serve, slice into wedges.