It’s Friday! Time for one of our favorite things … food! Do you ever find yourself “pinning” multiple recipes at once with no real purpose, just because they look good? We do this all the time, so it goes without saying that when we go back into our recipe boards and choose something new to try, we are pretty proud of ourselves. This particular recipe that we are about to share is one that was found on Pinterest and saved for a “rainy day”. It was pretty easy to follow. To make your own taco stuffed zucchini at home just follow these step by step directions:

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1. Preheat oven to 400.

2. Cut 4 large zucchinis in half. Use a small spoon to hollow out the center of each half, and save the leftover zucchini for later.

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3. Brown 1 package ground turkey in a large skillet. Add 1 teaspoon of each garlic powder, cumin, salt, chili powder, paprika, and 1/2 teaspoon oregano. Mix well.

4. Add 1/2 an onion chopped, red bell pepper, some cut up pieces of the leftover zucchini, a 4 ounce can of tomato sauce, and 1/4 cup water. Stir, cover, and let simmer for 20 minutes.

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5. Fill each zucchini boat with the meat mixture and top with shredded cheese, chopped cilantro, scallions, and your favorite salsa.

6. Bake for 35 minutes or until cheese is melted and the zucchini is cooked through.

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We hope you have enjoyed this edition of our weekly Food Fridays post. Sharing these recipes helps us to constantly be looking for new things to make at home. Do you have a favorite recipe to share? We would love to hear from you. Leave a comment below.

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Last year, Tami helped direct a musical production of Alice in Wonderland at her school. Although she has been part of other plays in the past and has even written scripts for her students to act out on the “small stage”, this was by far the biggest and best show she had done to date. Tami was lucky to be paired up with a very experienced director, Jan Plank, who trained her along the way in vocal direction, choreography, creating costumes and props, and taking raw (elementary school) talent and turning their students into stars on stage. You name it, Jan did it … and Tami was right there alongside her coworker throughout the entire journey. This weekend, Jan and Tami are at it again, and as their students are performing Disney’s The Aristocats, this duo have been busy creating costumes for cats.

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The “Alley Cats”, as they call them, are made up of the biggest group of actors in this show. When planning out these particular costumes, Jan and Tami had the option to keep them all uniform but opted rather to create a completely different look for each of these characters. Their inspiration came from a combination of the musicals West Side Story, Cats, and of course The Aristocats itself. Thus, Jan scoured local thrift shops to find a variety of vests that would give each cat their own look.

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Apparently, gutting stuffed animals (also found at thrift shops) is the most cost effective way to come across animal fur to use in costume production … don’t try this at home!

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Adding patches of fur in all different colors and animal prints made for a whole new look for each of these vests.

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Matching headpieces with cat ears were created as well.

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The piece de resistance and Tami’s pride and joy … the main character’s T-Bird inspired jacket. Tami added a fur collar as well as a bit of zebra print fur to the pockets, holes and scratches throughout to make this cat look as if it actually lives in the alley, and a bit of gray paint here and there for texture. Tami might actually be moved to tears when this piece of hard work is worn on stage!

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As if it wasn’t enough to have a really cool jacket, this lead character will also wear a black leather hat and matching gloves to finish off their look.

Tami and Jan truly can’t believe that the big show is just a few short days away. They are really looking forward to seeing all of their hard work (and the kids’ of course) come to fruition and are proud of all that they have been able to accomplish. We wish all of the actors and actresses lots of luck on stage and know that this will be a show to remember (not just for the cast but their directors as well). Stay tuned … next week we will post details from this weekend’s big production. Break a leg BHDS!

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In our Pining for Pinterest posts, we prepare our readers for the upcoming season with interior shots alongside decor and event details in a fresh, new color story and overall look. Please enjoy as we take you through our Summer inspiration in our own distinct styles.

Tami’s Pins: What’s “pin”spiring me this season? A soft balance between blush and red wine tones. I see this board as the inspiration for the perfect Summer backyard engagement party. Incorporating these colors into all aspects of this event promises a casual atmosphere with an elegance and grace. Perfect for the couple who is a little bit more mature and knows exactly what they want.

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I love this all white bedroom with a few soft pops of color. A very sophisticated set of fiancees must live here.

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A classic invitation suite can set the “tone” for the start of the wedding events and can be carried through to the end when this couple says “I do”.

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This photo is beyond words. I just hope that some day I will be able to recreate this beautiful scene.

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Vintage inspired luggage tags are a great way to seat your guests and gives them a little something special to take home.

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Place this fabulous floral wreath on the front door to give a hint at what guests will find out back. First impressions are everything!

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What to wear when it is your special day? I love this option!

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A signature cocktail and bottles of red wine seem to be the obvious choices for this event.

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You don’t have to wait until the wedding day to celebrate with cake!

Lauren’s Pins: What’s “pin”spiring me this season? Indigo and ikat! These two things are so hot right now. Seems like the perfect combination for a Summer birthday bash! Unless you go big for your birthday every year, I see this as a great opportunity to celebrate a milestone. Anybody have a flirty thirty coming up?

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Mostly white with a mix of pattern keeps this two-toned room interesting and perfect for Summer.

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Gold zippers and lush linen backs gives these pillows a classy touch.

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Introducing the color palette and use of fun patterns in the invitation itself sets the tone for the whole party.

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I am simply obsessed with these ikat table runners, and the white draping is so gorgeous behind.

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Why wouldn’t you wear a blue and white romper to match your party? How chic is she?

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A blueberry martini …

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… and blueberry topped cupcakes in fun coordinating wrappers are an excellent addition to this event.

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Why not send home each of your guests with something totally unexpected? Tiny dipping bowls in various patterns to match the party will remind them of this fun day.

We look forward to all that is coming up this season and even possibly using some of this inspiration in our own planning. We would love to work with you in creating the right look this Summer by tying in the inspiration of your event with the essence of your home decor. Contact us at info@sbsdesignla.com for more information.

To see more of our individual styles through our inspiration, follow us on Pinterest at:

https://www.pinterest.com/tamibitton/

and

https://www.pinterest.com/lgwartz/

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It’s Friday! Time for one of our favorite things … food! A few weeks ago, Lauren decided to host our family for Shabbat dinner (a traditional Jewish Friday night meal). As she prepared her menu, she kept many key “ingredients” in mind. It is always important to know your guests preferences and whether or not they have any dietary restrictions. She knew when she settled upon the final menu that it included something that everyone at the table could enjoy (from the vegetarian, to the one who keeps Kosher, to the picky eaters). Here are the details from this delicious meal:

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First, Lauren began by setting her “Shabbat table”. Each item on the table is symbolic and significant; the white tablecloths represent the purity of this special day and saying the prayers over the challah and the grape juice is the traditional way to start the meal. She even included the two simple candlesticks brought home from a family member’s trip to Israel to set the tone for the night.

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Moroccan salads made our father (who was born in Morocco) feel at home.

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A not-so-standard green salad includes grape tomatoes, beets, avocado, and parsley.

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Tami used this recipe for Gwenyth Paltrow’s salmon with sriracha and lime in our previous post, T Side / L Side: Sriracha Recipes. She enjoyed it so much, she suggested that Lauren include it in her Shabbat meal and then made it with her Side by Side.

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This Brussels sprouts and potatoes side dish was delicious! We used this recipe

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A crock pot is a great tool for preparing your meal early in the day as you can let it sit until you are ready to eat. This chicken recipe was definitely really good as well!

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Basmati rice was the perfect finishing touch. Here is the recipe I used.

As always, we truly enjoyed our time spent with family and the opportunity to entertain in one of our homes. We love the tradition of celebrating Shabbat with a family dinner every week, and this was a great place to start. It is for sure a goal of ours to prepare this type of meal every Friday night. What kind of traditions do you have in your home? Have a great weekend from Side by Side Design.

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This past Monday, we shared a truly special event that we had the opportunity to be a part of. As we mentioned, the ceremony is the most important part of a Bat Mitzvah, but the entire day should be filled with family and close friends. Following Lily’s Bat Mitzvah luncheon, her family decided to continue the party. They stuck with the same vintage overall theme but threw in a fun twist … a casual raceway environment!

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MB2 Raceway was the perfect choice for Lily’s reception (for the kids and kids at heart). A change in wardrobe was definitely in order for this change in venue. Lily loves her Lulus!

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This family definitely knows how to let loose! Karen of Karen Ard Photography did such a great job with their photo shoot. These photos are sure to be favorites for a very long time!

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Many decorative items (including this chalkboard sign) were transported from the luncheon space to the reception. Each item was used in a new way to enhance the look of the space. This sign was a way for guests to locate the VIP room that was reserved for Lily and her friends.

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A rectangular table was set up right outside the VIP door to allow guests another opportunity to “leave a note for Lily” and leave a gift as well. We reused floral arrangements made by Kayla of House of Magnolias in this space to set a softer tone.

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Each table inside the VIP room was finished off with full centerpieces as well, a burlap table runner with a raceway feel …

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… and we found many unexpected places to include the rest of the floral arrangements which reminded guests that this was a special occasion.

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You can’t have a party at a raceway without the race cars themselves. This, of course, was the main event of the night. Guests loved getting the opportunity to compete and some took this very seriously … not naming names!

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When off the track, there were many other activities to keep the kids busy …

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… and lots of food too! Mini silver pails were the perfect thing for holding snacks, and what kid doesn’t enjoy pizza delivery?

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It definitely isn’t a party without at least one cake, and this party had two!

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The professionals at Mr. Hoodbrush provided airbrush tatoos for Lily and all her friends.

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A photo booth was set up with lots of props and a few Polaroid cameras for the guests to enjoy. We moved the “Lily” marquee letters from her luncheon to add  to the awesome backdrop, and the chicken wire frame used previously to hold seating cards was the perfect place to keep mini Polaroid photos. These will later be used in the decor in Lily’s newly remodeled room.

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The finishing touch … a multicolored vintage inspired candy and soda bar!

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On their way out, each guest was encouraged to fill a bag with gummy and sugary treats! We love the way the vintage crates look within the candy set up as well as the use of custom paper bags. We purchased washi tape to match the multicolored sweets … another small but fun detail.

We hope you have enjoyed reading about this special featured event. We truly enjoyed every aspect of working Side by Side with this amazing family from pulling inspiration photos, to creating handmade place cards and table numbers, to setting each decorative item in its exact right spot. We can’t wait to share one more follow up post with all of you when Lily’s room is finally ready to be revealed … stay tuned!

All photos taken by Karen Ard Photography.

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