Thursday, September 1, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
This is a picture taken in May at my parents' house in Charleston. This is the French String Beans recipe from the Barefoot Contessa's Barefoot in Paris cookbook. I love this cookbook! We only had a yellow pepper on hand, so I just used one whole yellow pepper instead of 1/2 a red pepper. I've made it with the red bell pepper and either way, it's still a great, light dish perfect for a summer dinner after a day on the beach!
|Before mixing the ingredients to make the dough|
|Letting them dry under the fan|
I also made a Mexican Chocolate Snack Cake for a little party for Chris and his twin, Brad. We decided on a Mexican Fiesta theme, so for dinner Chris' sister-in-law made tacos and we all sipped on margaritas and Victoria beer. By the way, if you have not tried Victoria, it is my new favorite. Definitely worth checking out. This cake is rich, decadent, and spicy. I didn't have Mexican chocolate, so I added an extra 2 oz of baking chocolate and wound up doubling the cayenne pepper (1/2 tsp. instead of 1/4). I also melted a stick of SmartBalance 50/50 Buttery Spread and used this instead of vegetable oil. I like my cake to have a nice buttery flavor! Since one of Chris' brothers doesn't like nuts, only sprinkled them on top of half of the cake, then mixed up the rest of the ingredients for the streusel and poured them on top to bake.
This past Saturday morning I woke up and decided to make some banana muffins since I had a bunch of bananas that were about to go bad and wanted to enjoy them! Banana Nut Bread has always been a favorite of mine, so this was something I made and tasted along the way. I also added 1/2 cup of walnuts in mine and some extra spices. These are only 4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus a piece, and they are a great start to the day!
Thursday, August 25, 2011
I've decided to add a food segment to my blog, even though it seems every blog has them and there are countless websites to share recipes. Not to mention I've started a few myself and then always wind up deleting them. So since I am already talking about things I love on this blog, it only makes sense to me to add one more. Especially since I enjoy cooking and trying new types of food, and love talking about it too! Also I read a friend from high school's cooking blog recently and it inspired me to get back in the kitchen a little more.
So here's my first food post, today it's about a supermarket discovery I made. I love EarthFare, when I can afford it! Tuesday I was there at lunch time indulging in their goodies - smoked Gouda pasta and herbed pork! Came across their veggie hummus and thought it would make a great pre-workout snack. This hummus is not only a great bean dip, but it is also full of carrots, squash, and broccoli. I've been eating it with RW Garcia Classics Mixt Bag Blue & Yellow Tortillas. They are crunchy, delicious, and a Non-GMO Product (Genetically Modified Organism)! They are also Gluten Free for anyone out there watching that. I personally don't but still take note of it because so many people talk about it these days.
Also found recipes for smoked Gouda pasta and herbed pork. Definitely see more of that in my future, it was amazingly good... together or separate!
Truth be told, I kind of love this. It sounds like background music at a posh 1960's apartment party in New York (yes I'm thinking of a certain scene in "Breakfast at Tiffany's"). True, the images are obviously computer-generated, but whatever. I will, however, seriously miss the current theme music. It's pretty fabulous.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
LOVE this collection! Love the show too for that matter. The necklines, the tailored looked, the simple sophistication. The silhouettes are fantastic and work well on any figure type. There is also a men's collection and it's pretty fabulous too.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
These are Chris'. I love the cream and maroon moon clock. It just makes me think of Apollo 13... like it Kevin Bacon's alarm clock! My absolute favorite is the Kit Kat Klock. Unfortunately, one of the eyes was knocked in and the tail was missing when he bought it... but how adorable is it?!
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Saw this adorable little Jana vintage clutch on eBay a couple of weeks ago and loved it, but didn't bid on it. Chris just surprised me with a box and told me he had a surprise for me. It was the clutch!!!!
(Please excuse the picture quality; the Blogger app does something weird to pictures and my computer is down)
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
I watched Animal House last night, for the first time in years. It was one of my favorite movies in high school and watching it brought back a great amount of nostalgia. Even though it's a movie about college, my memories were high school. I made my friends watch it a ridiculous amount of times.
One thing I loved last night was watching the way things were in the 60s, the heyday of Greek life. The cars they drove, the music that played on the old school jukebox in the Delta Tau Chi house, the clothes they wore.
There's really no point to this post other than to reminisce. Most of all, it was nice to hear the greeting "Hi, I'm Eric Stratton, Rush Chairman, damn glad to meet ya."
Sunday, July 17, 2011
All of these are vintage, so that automatically makes them really awesome to begin with. The skirt was taken from eBay and the orange, grey and white day dress taken from vintagetrends.com. The other 3 were listed on Modcloth.com under the Vintage clothes. I love the soft, feminine look of these items.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
I've been told that this is SAJ25 Pattern but can't figure out exactly what the construction of the piece itself is meant for. Can't find anything like it online, either.
List of guesses:
- a vase
- a gravy boat
- a sugar bowl (sans lid)
- toothbrush holder
So now I'm posing the question out into the void of the World Wide Web in hopes that someone will know.