Blog Posts by Coastal Living

  • 10 Super Game Day Dips

    These hearty dips will have you fighting for your team-and the chips!

    Avocado-Black Bean DipAvocado-Black Bean Dip
    Avocado-Black Bean Dip
    Ingredients
    1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
    1 cup frozen whole-kernel corn, thawed, or fresh corn kernels (1 ear)
    1 (14.4-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, with juice
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    1/4 cup packed fresh cilantro, chopped
    3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    2 tablespoons avocado oil or light olive oil
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    1 teaspoon minced canned chipotles in adobo sauce
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    2 avocados, diced
    Tortilla chips
    Preparation
    Combine first 10 ingredients, stirring until well blended. Fold in avocado, and serve with tortilla chips.

    Chorizo-and-White Bean DipChorizo-and-White Bean Dip
    Chorizo-and-White Bean Dip
    Ingredients
    7 tablespoons olive oil, divided
    1 (4-ounce) link spicy chorizo, casing removed and crumbled or chopped
    2 (15.5-ounce cans) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
    4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    4 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
    1/2 cup lightly packed fresh parsley leaves

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  • 4 Easy Crab Recipes

    Bored with a basic crab cake? These four recipes are delicious and unique!

    Crispy Crab Cakes with Mango-Pineapple SalsaCrispy Crab Cakes with Mango-Pineapple Salsa
    Crispy Crab Cakes with Mango-Pineapple Salsa
    Ingredients
    1 large egg, lightly beaten
    1/3 cup mayonnaise
    2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
    1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
    1 roasted red bell pepper, chopped
    1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
    1 pound lump crab, drained and picked
    1 1/2 cups panko, divided
    2 tablespoons melted butter
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    Mango-Pineapple Salsa
    1 cup chopped mango
    1 cup chopped pineapple
    1 roasted red bell pepper, chopped
    1/4 red onion, finely chopped
    1 garlic clove, minced
    1/2 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
    1/4 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro, chopped
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 to 1 teaspoon lime zest
    1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
    Preparation
    Combine all Mango-Pineapple Salsa ingredients in a bowl; cover and chill until ready to serve.
    Combine first 6 ingredients in a

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  • 8 Steps to a Stress-Free Work Zone

    At the beach, getting work done is a breeze-especially when you follow our secrets for turning your office space into an inviting retreat.


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  • Healthy Eats: Colorful, Flavorful, and Nutritious Meals

    Photo: Becky Luigart Stayner These fresh, mouthwatering recipes deliver bold flavor while packing in lots of nutrients. Photo: Becky Luigart StaynerPhoto: Becky Luigart Stayner
    Mixed Grill Kebabs with Guava BBQ Sauce
    Ingredients
    1 pound boneless fish fillets, cut into bite-size pieces
    1 pound peeled and deveined shrimp
    1 yellow bell pepper, cut into pieces
    1 orange bell pepper, cut into piece
    1 red onion, cut into wedges
    1 pint cherry tomatoes
    Olive oil
    Salt
    Freshly ground black pepper
    Guava BBQ Sauce
    1 tablespoon coconut oil or vegetable oil
    1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    1/2 cup guava nectar
    8 ounces guava paste or jelly
    1/4 cup molasses
    1/3 cup cider vinegar
    2 tablespoons tomato paste
    1 teaspoon ground allspice
    1 teaspoon curry powder
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    Hot sauce to taste
    Preparation
    Prepare Guava BBQ Sauce. Thread fish, shrimp, and vegetables on skewers. Brush with olive oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill over

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  • Easy Ways to Pamper Your Holiday Guests

    You want your houseguests to feel right at home. It's easy to turn your spare bedroom into a true haven for visitors and make their stay sublime. Here are some simple ways to help friends and family relax while away.
    By: Bradley Nesbitt

    1. Extend a warm welcome with a bedside tray
    It's the thought that counts-show your guests you have them top of mind by filling a tray with some bedside indulgences. A blown-glass carafe, gourmet chocolates, and a loose arrangement of fresh flowers will make them feel extra special.

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    2. Feather your nest
    Layer beds with light blankets and plush duvets so guests can control their sleeping temperature without adjusting the thermostat. Bedding sets are ideal for guest rooms, because pieces can be thrown in the wash all at once.

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    3. Make it personal with design touches
    Put your own stamp on the bed's style with embellished throw pillows that express your taste and add texture.

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  • 20 Charming Coastal Christmas Trees

    Whether you prefer traditional green or daring multicolored tinsel, you're bound to find your perfect holiday tree. By: Kate Krug


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  • Holiday Dinner Main Dishes

    One of these stunning holiday centerpieces is sure to please the whole family! By: Amber Sandoval-Griffin


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  • Beautiful, Space-Saving Built-Ins

    Utilize your square footage by adding storage and style with built-ins. By: Jennifer Bonds


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  • Fall Decorating Tricks

    Get your home cool-weather ready with our ideas for cozying up your space in a hurry.
    By: Jennifer Bonds

    Layer Up

    In the same way that you dress yourself for cooler weather, add layers to your home with pillows and throw blankets. Use this time to experiment with mixing textures, patterns, and colors.

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    Think Warm Tones

    Even bright white can feel autumnal when combined with warm oranges and browns. Consider giving those seaglass tones a break until spring in favor of more seasonal pillows or throws.

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    But Not Just Orange

    When adding fall color, orange is not your only option. Jewel tones of deep purple, magenta, and even dark teal can go a long way in warming up a space.

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    Create a Cozy Nook

    Even seldom-used areas of the home can be cozied-up. The addition of a daybed turned this pass-through porch nook into a comfortable destination for curling

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  • Carve a Coastal Pumpkin

    Download our free templates and get step-by-step instructions for carving adorable coastal pumpkins!

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