Mini Day Trip To Derby

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The city of Derby welcomes you!! As you all know, I love to take mini day trips. This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit the city of Derby. Derby is the smallest city in the state of Connecticut. As usually, I had my trusty camera by my side and was able to capture a couple great shots. See below for viewing pleasures :)

To view more photos. Visit: Culture of Venus: Photography & Art


Jumbo Stuffed Shells With Meat Recipe

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Anyone who truly knows me, know that I love any type of pasta dishes. Pasta recipes are one of the quickest go-to dinner options. You can make it your own by adding any of your favorite ingredients.

One of my favorite pasta dish I like to make is baked stuffed shells.  I usually load these shells with ground beef or ground turkey (whichever one I’m in the mood for).  I don’t make my own pasta sauce, so from start to finish is quite easy. Below is the recipe for these stuffed shells.

30 cooked jumbo pasta shells

For the stuffing:              
  • 2 tbs chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 tps ground black pepper
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 small package of ground beef or turkey
  • 32 oz of Ricotta cheese

I first cook the ground meet first with all of the above ingredients except for the Ricotta cheese. Once the meat has cool quite a bit…I then add the Ricotta cheese.

  • 4 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1 package of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 bottles of any pre-made pasta sauce of your choice

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Spread 2 cups of pasta sauce over bottom of two 11 x 7-inch baking dishes coated with cooking spray
  3. After preparing the stuffing, spoon 2 tablespoons stuffing into each shell. Set stuffed shells inside of dish coated with pasta sauce and cooking spray.
  4. Arrange the stuffed shells in the dish and top with the remaining sauce. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of Parmesan over sauce for each dish. Bake at 350° for 35 or 40 minutes; then add a topping of mozzarella cheese and melt for 5 minutes. 
  5. Total baking time: 40 to 45 minutes



Outfit Idea: Summer Inspiration

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Summer Inspiration

Summer Inspiration by cultureofvenus featuring dangle earrings



D.I.Y Accent Chair video

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As is the YouTube video for the accent chair I had done last week. I hope you enjoy!!!


Photographing a Mural: The Wonderwall

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A couple of weeks ago on one of my mini day trips, I came across a building that was halfway demolished.  On this partially broken down building, I noticed a mural which was painted on the building wall that was still standing. That day I thought this was the coolest thing I've seen and also the coolest thing that a community had done. I had my camera with me, so I couldn’t resist snapping a couple photos of this “Wonderwall”. Check out some of the photos below. If you would like to see more photos. Click the link: The Wonderwall


D.I.Y Accent Chair

3:09:00 PM Jem Lawren 2 Comments

A great way to add that extra “umph” to a room is to add an accent chair. An accent chair can bring out the design of a room, the charm of a room or that extra glam you may need for that room.

The end of last summer or early fall, a friend of mind was cleaning out their basement and they had this chair that they were planning on throwing away. I didn’t see anything wrong with this chair except that it was dusty and it had looked out dated. I thought to myself that this would be a great “diy” accent chair.  So I asked them if I could take the chair off their hands since they were planning on throwing it away. I figured that once the chair was finished I would be able to add this décor to my bedroom to give it an extra edge.

 I started to work on the chair two days later and had only stripped one leg of the chair.  After completing one chair leg, different things came up and I had to put this project aside. 

Nine months later or last week… I was looking over some plans and realized that I had not completed the accent chair that I had originally started. So I decided to make this project a priority. I went to the store and purchased the things I would need to complete my chair. 

 Here is the list of items I used in order to finish my project:

Material for the seat - I went with upholstery fabric. You can use faux leather…its entirely up to you.
Foam for the cushioning- I use a foam that was 2”x22”x22”
Box cutter- to help cut the foam
Scissors- to trim the edges of the foam
Long nose pliers- to remove old staples from the previous seat cover
Flat-head screwdriver- to help pry out the old staples
Staple gun- to staple the new cover
Hammer- to hammer down any staples that was not stapled properly
Strip-X- to strip the previous gloss and stain on the chair
Putty Knife
Sanding sponges or sand paper
Gloves and face mask
A new color for chair

Please check out my Youtube video for this D.I.Y Accent Chair which I will upload in a couple of days.