Tuesday, May 31, 2011

May Craft: Window Frame Earring Hanger

Things you will need:
An old window frame
A bearded man with a knife

Chicken Wire

A staple gun

Gloves and wire cutters

Hooks and chain

This may seem like a hard project but I assure you it is very easy once you get all the dirty work done.
Step One:
Remove glass from framing. I had my husband do this step as I was baking Strawberry Brown Butter Bettys, but it really isn't that hard. 

Step Two:

Staple the chicken wire to the window frame.  On my frame I found that there was an obvious front and back, but choose what side you like before stapling.  You want the staples to be on the backside.

Step Three:

Attach your screw hooks into the frame and the chain onto the hook

Ta Da!
Your done, easy as that!

Hang your earrings and enjoy! 

Our weekend in Diptic

Love this new app for the iphone called Diptic, loved even more having Brad finally home after almost a month and having a fun filled holiday weekend.  Brad was home, it was Memorial Day weekend, and he starts a new job today so we definitely made the most of our time and it was wonderful. Antiquing, long lingering lunches at gastropubs, night swims, farmers markets, breakfast at our favorite Nick's, yummy homemade dinners, champagne, movies, and BBQ at my folks.  It was perfect! Now a couple more weeks before we head to Portland and I can't wait.  Summer is here and I have a feeling it is going to be a memorable one.

Strawberry Brown Butter Bettys

Strawberries, strawberries, strawberries, I can't get enough of these babies this time of year.  I was looking for a new strawberry recipe to bring to my parent Memorial Day BBQ when I stumbled upon these beauties. Kind of a strange sounding recipe, but seriously to die for and you know I always love a new recipe challenge.  These were easy, light, and perfect for this time of year.  I'm sure you could also swap out the strawberries for any other berry or even a stone fruit.  Drizzled with soft whipping cream, they were a hit!

Makes 6 muffin-sized desserts

3/4 stick salted or unsalted butter
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
6 slices white sandwich bread, crusts removed
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar**
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest, finely grated
1/8 teaspoon salt (omit if using salted butter)
1/2 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs, or make your own, below*)
1 1/2 to 2 cups strawberries, stemmed and sliced (I forgot to jot down the weight, but it was less than a half pound of whole berries)
Softly whipped cream, for serving

Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle.

In a small pot, melt butter over medium heat. Once melted, reduce heat to medium-low. The butter will melt, then foam, then turn clear golden and finally start to turn brown and smell nutty. Stir frequently, scraping up any bits from the bottom as you do. Don’t take your eyes off the pot as while you may be impatient for it to start browning, the period between the time the butter begins to take on color and the point where it burns is less than a minute. Remove from heat

Lightly butter muffin cups with some of brown butter, then sprinkle with granulated sugar. Roll bread slices with a rolling pin to flatten. Brush both sides with additional brown butter, then gently fit into muffin cups.

Stir together brown sugar, zest, salt and panko, then add strawberries and toss to coat. Stir in remaining brown butter. Heap strawberry mixture into cups, pressing gently.

Cover pan with foil and bake 15 minutes. Uncover and bake until strawberries are very tender, about 10 minutes more. Let stand 5 minutes before removing from pan. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe Via Smitten Kitchen

I made marshmallows!

Well I can check this one off my life list.  I have always wanted to make marshmallows and I did just that last weekend.  Lets just say it was quite the experience! Thank goodness for hot soapy water! I definitely think the second time around will be much easier and I am even contemplating adding these to my Christmas treats cause they are pretty AMAZING! I will have a hard time ever having store bought marshmallows again. A must try and a really good and easy recipe compared to others I have seen out there.

These homemade marshmallows are not only easy to make, they set as perfectly as promised: puffed and lightweight, bouncing off one another as I tossed them in the container. Even better, they toasted like a campfire charm speared on the end of a skewer, and s’mooshed between two graham crackers with a square of chocolate.

Makes about 96 1-inch cubed marshmallows

About 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
3 1/2 envelopes (2 tablespoons plus 2 1/2 teaspoons) unflavored gelatin
1 cup cold water, divided
2 cups granulated sugar (cane sugar worked just fine)
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large egg whites or reconstituted powdered egg whites
1 tablespoon vanilla (alternately: 1/2 of a scraped vanilla bean, 2 teaspoons almond or mint extract or maybe even some food coloring for tinting)

Oil bottom and sides of a 13- by 9- by 2-inch rectangular metal baking pan and dust bottom and sides with some confectioners’ sugar.

In bowl of a standing electric mixer or in a large bowl sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup cold cold water, and let stand to soften.

In a 3-quart heavy saucepan cook granulated sugar, corn syrup, second 1/2 cup of cold water, and salt over low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, until sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to moderate and boil mixture, without stirring, until a candy or digital thermometer registers 240°F, about 12 minutes. Remove pan from heat and pour sugar mixture over gelatin mixture, stirring until gelatin is dissolved.

With standing or a hand-held electric mixer beat mixture on high speed until white, thick, and nearly tripled in volume, about six minutes if using standing mixer or about 10 minutes if using hand-held mixer. (Some reviewers felt this took even longer with a hand mixer, but still eventually whipped up nicely.)

In separate medium bowl with cleaned beaters beat egg whites (or reconstituted powdered whites) until they just hold stiff peaks. Beat whites and vanilla (or your choice of flavoring) into sugar mixture until just combined. Pour mixture into baking pan and don’t fret if you don’t get it all out (learning from my mess of a first round). Sift 1/4 cup confectioners sugar evenly over top. Chill marshmallow, uncovered, until firm, at least three hours, and up to one day.

Run a thin knife around edges of pan and invert pan onto a large cutting board. Lifting up one corner of inverted pan, with fingers loosen marshmallow and ease onto cutting board. With a large knife trim edges of marshmallow and cut marshmallow into roughly one-inch cubes. (An oiled pizza cutter works well here too.) Sift remaining confectioners’ sugar back into your now-empty baking pan, and roll the marshmallows through it, on all six sides, before shaking off the excess and packing them away.

Do ahead: Marshmallows keep in an airtight container at cool room temperature 1 week.

Recipe via Smitten Kitchen

Monday, May 30, 2011

Hope you had a great holiday weekend!

Strawberry Brown Butter Bettys, recipe to follow
A huge thank you to all the men and women who have given their lives, served or are still serving this great nation of ours. You give us our freedom and I thank you greatly for that! Hope every one had a wonderful holiday weekend!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


My husbands been gone for almost a month and I can't wait for him to come home today!! I don't know how army wives do what they do having their men gone for months on end, for me one month felt like forever! Can't wait to spend a few relaxing days with my man before it's back to the grind for him.  This was our first dance song at our wedding and thought it was perfect to post on his homecoming!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Pictures from the weekend...

This weekend I...
Enjoyed my Mom's roses, Eden my favorite

Had a sexy photo shoot to send to my out of town husband

Penny and I went on our favorite walk

I made homemade marshmallows 

I added to my ever growing nail polish collection and painted my nails

Snuggled with this cutie

Got a coffee and spent the morning walking around old town Orange

I meandered through antique stores looking for treasures

I had butternut squash ravioli with brown butter and sage

And heirloom tomatoes

I spent nights watching movies. I laughed

I cried

And I ate Macaroons

I had a wonderful weekend, hope you did too!

I wish...

...you all a beautiful tuesday!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Little Things

Ran across this tumblr and fell in love! Thank you for reminding me of the little things!

Today I'm Listening to This...

Up early doing laundry and cleaning listening to this on full blast, Happy Monday!

Thursday, May 19, 2011


Installation by Martin Creed found via style/Swoon
Sometimes it's the little things!

Men of 30

TODAY from m ss ng p eces on Vimeo.

Take the time to watch this, it's BEAUTIFUL! I'm there right now, trying to savor the moments and find my way.

Eating Clean

Lately I have been trying to eat really clean and get back into juicing.  One of my favorite things right now for breakfast is greek yogurt and fruit.

So easy and it is beyond yummy! All you need is greek yogurt, assorted berries (I love strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries), marcona almonds and a drizzle of honey! Healthy and delicious!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Picture via Apartment Therapy
It the season for my favorite flower, peonies! Looking forward to having a house full of these beauties for the next month!

Paper Moons

 Ran across these old Paper Moon photos the other day and they just made me smile.  How whimsical and charming they are.  It would be so fun to have a party and have a photo booth set up with a big paper moon.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

I can't wait...

To see this movie!

An Unconditional Love Story

For those of you that have a dog and love your dog the way I do you will LOVE this movie.  I cry just watching this preview.  It is such a wonderful love and friendship having a dog.  I had someone once say to me that dogs don't have a soul, that person and people who would think that have no idea how beautiful and powerful the unconditional love of having a dog is!

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