Monday, February 28, 2011
Just got my new OXO salad spinner in the mail and it reminded me of this amazing documentary we watched last year about the creation of objects. It is such a great film and I would recommend it to everyone, it really makes you think about the objects we all use.
|My Girly Bathroom Curtain|
|Brad's Old Fashion Barbershop curtain. Now if only I had that bathtub too!|
- 24 Key Lime Cooler cookies ( I can never find so I just use Nilla waffers)
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons lime juice, preferably Key lime
- 1 teaspoon lime zest
- Fresh sweetened whipped cream
- Mint leaves or lime zest, for garnish
Prepare filling. Beat together cream cheese, egg, sugar, lime juice, and zest until well mixed. Fill the cups to the top. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove tarts to cool. When completely cool, fit a star tip in a pastry bag and fill with the whipped cream. Pipe the whipped cream on top of the tarts. Garnish with tiny mint leaves or lime zest.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
A Paula Deen Recipe
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
sproutcreekfarm.org or if you live in the New York area go check them out, it's a beautiful place! Thanks Colin for sending me some, I can't wait to enjoy it!
|photo from Real Simple Magazine|
- 1 pound dry fettuccine
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium red onion, sliced
- 1 clove garlic, smashed
- 4 hot Italian sausages, casings removed
- 1 pint red or yellow cherry tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
- 1 cup arugula, torn
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1. Cook the fettuccine according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.
2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion softens, 2 to 3 minutes.
3. Add the sausage and cook about 5 minutes, using a wooden spoon to crumble it.
4. Add the tomatoes and cook until the skins burst, about 8 minutes. Stir in the vinegar, salt, and pepper.
5. Add the cooked fettuccine, basil, and arugula and toss gently to combine. Serve in bowls and top with the Parmesan.
One of my oldest and dearest friends Ange and I decided that we were going to find a day once a month to spend time together. My husband had recently found a video tape that Ange and I had made when we were 13 of us dancing, making up talk shows, and just being silly so I invited her for dinner and to watch the tape. I have to admit that morning, I was feeling very uninspired on what to cook that night for my NEW recipe. I flipped through cookbooks and magazines and just wasn't feeling anything. I decided to do a broad search on google for pasta recipes and I fell upon this from Real Simple Magazine. It actually was in a section labeled 40 great pasta recipes. It was cold and rainy off and on that day and I felt like something comforting that night for dinner and something that would go great with a couple bottles of wine I had bought in Temecula a few weeks back. This recipe was perfect! I was so impressed that these few simple ingredients cooked together to be this rich flavorful sauce. It was simple to make and tasted like it had been simmering in a pot all day. The taste was so rich and flavorful but it wasn't heavy, which I liked. I served it with french bread and a simple salad and it paired perfect with all the wine. We had such a fun time that night drinking, eating and laughing till our stomachs hurt! I feel so lucky to have such a wonderful friend to walk through life with. This recipe is perfect for dinner with friends and I can't wait to make it again. Hope you enjoy!
Today you are 3 and it feels like only yesterday you came into our lives and yet I can't remember what it was like with out you! You are the funniest, sweetest dog I have ever known and I hope you live forever so we will never have to know life with out you! Happy Birthday Penny Lane, I love you so much and I hope you have the best day!
We have lived in our place now for almost 4 years. Being the fickle creative person I am, that and the fact that I know we will stay here for at least a few more years, I wanted to freshen up our place and give it a bit of a face lift. I have this old table in our entry way that actually use to be my Mom's vanity table when she was a teenager. I had painted it years ago and had fallen very out of love with it. I felt like it was this dark thing in the corner. One day I was browsing online and I had two moments of inspiration that inspired the revival of this old sad table. The first was this beautiful knob I saw at Anthropologie, and the second was a picture of a yellow table I had seen on some design blog (of course I don't remember which one). So that was it. I went to Home Depot and picked out my paint, borrowed a sander from my Dad, and listened to the new Cold War Kids album on repeat. 3 days later I had a beautiful new old table to brighten up the room. I am so happy with how it came out and I now have the bug to repaint a few more pieces. Here are a few pictures from my project.
|My picture inspiration and paint samples|
|The knob that inspired the project|
|The original table|
|The color is Nutmeg by Martha Stewart Living|
|I loved this yellow color. It is Solar Fusion by Behr|
|Watching me paint|
|I did 1 coat of the brown and 2 coats of the yellow|
|Ready to start sanding|
|This hand sander is awesome for small projects.|
|The finished table! Not the best picture of it but this will have to do. I love the yellow and how it just brightened up this wall!|
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
We had so much fun this past weekend spending time with friends, relaxing, crafting, seeing one of our favorite bands, and celebrating Valentine's day! I fell so lucky to have such wonderful people in my life, I am truly blessed! Here's our weekend in pictures...
|Sunday was a beautiful day! We slept in, got bagels, and I spent the afternoon at a friends baby shower.|
|We met Matt and Molly (Yes it was a Snelson filled weekend and we loved it), and headed down to San Diego to see one of our favorite bands, The Decemberists. The sunset was amazing for our drive.|
Monday, February 14, 2011
I stubbled upon this cute craft on Design Sponge and thought it was so perfect for my February/Valentine's craft. It was really easy and it would make such a cute gift!
All you need:
All you need:
|Using your drill, drill a small hole (large enough for a nail to fit) in the back of the wood.|
|Chip off as little or as much of the bark as you want and figure out how you want to do your design. Let your wood burner get really hot and start burning out your design. I just love how they turned out!|
|I love the idea that they looked like tree carvings of love.|
|What a perfect craft for Valentine's day!|
Hope you enjoy! I had so much fun doing this craft!