Friday, September 30, 2011

have a content weekend.

{via arrow and arrow}

It's been an exciting week to say the least, and I'm really looking forward to relaxing and collecting my thoughts. My hopes for this weekend include {but are not limited to} spending as much time as I can outside in the semi-cool weather, wearing flannel, Jets vs. Ravens, and {last but certainly not least} not being asked if I've set a date yet. If these are all accomplished I will consider the weekend a huge success. 

Things I missed while I was getting engaged {!}:
1. Must purchase succulent wreath.
2. An adorable, colorful baby shower.
3. French ladies must haves. 
4. I love Confetti System. I love paper flowers. So this is a very good thing. 
5. The honey badger lives on.
6. Beautiful packaging for my favorite spirit. 
7. Awesome pumpkin recipes to get you in the mood for fall. 
8. A Cup of Jo's guide to NYC, coupled with a friend of mine being there this weekend, makes me homesick and also angry that I haven't been to the city in quite some time. {shop, eat, drink}

Thursday, September 29, 2011


I'm completely in love with these hand-dyed ombre scarves from Scarfshop. How freaking amazing are these things? Each one is dyed by Martha McQuade in small batches out of her studio in Minneapolis. 

I think I need that blue one. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

weekend recap {exciting news}

So, there won't be any Sunday Sweets this week... unless you count some sweet news. Jacob and I got engaged this weekend! It was very relaxed and sweet and cheesy, in other words, very us. I was going to talk about how cool Harry Potter World was, but it kind of got upstaged. 

The ring. Oh that ring. It's vintage with sapphires from the 1930's and got it at one of my favorite antique stores. I'm pretty much in love with it. 

So, I haven't started planning or even settled on a date, but I have a feeling that once I do, I'll probably be posting some stuff here. Wedding Wednesdays has a nice ring to it, don't you think? 

Friday, September 23, 2011

have a brilliant weekend.

Yes folks, the time is upon us... we are going to Harry Potter World. Though you are far away, I can almost sense your jealousy. It's ok, I'll leave some butterbeer for you. 

Around the web:
1. This may have to be used for a Sunday Sweets sometime soon. 
2. Yet another clever idea for succulents
3. Gin + rosemary = happy girl. 
4. Flipping amazing street art. 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

happy first day of fall!

Welcome to my favorite time of year. 

Everything associated with fall is fantastic in my eyes, the smells, the tastes, the colors, I can't get enough. While it hurts my heart to be away from New York during this season, Savannah has it's own way of honoring autumn. Honestly, just the break in the summer heat is enough of a reason to purchase a cinnamon broom and break out an Autumn Maple. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

alex chung for madewell

Alexa Chung for Madewell launches tomorrow and the sneak peek is pretty amazing. I really love the girly tomboy look of all of it, especially the cardigans and dresses. Plus that plaid coat-dress is crazy awesome. 

lucky peach magazine

Lucky Peach is a new quarterly food journal from the creative {and slightly crazy} mind of David Chang{owner of Momofuku}. Each issue will focus on one topic through a variety of different contributor's views. This issue centers around ramen, with recipes and witty articles from people like Anthony Bourdain and Ruth Reichl. The art direction is pretty awesome, and it seems David Chang can do no wrong right now, so I think you should pick one up. 

Monday, September 19, 2011

etsy find {evajuliet}

I really love Eva Juliet's whimsical illustrations and hand rendered typography. How sweet would a family tree illustration be as a Christmas gift to mom and dad?  
I'm thinking of picking up these prints {above and below}. I'm kind of obsessed with the soft pink and blush colors. 

sunday sweets {peanut butter & chocolate chip cookies}

Happy Monday morning, I hope you all had a wonderfully cool weekend! Yesterday Jacob spent the afternoon brewing a breakfast stout with one of his friends, and we decided to recycle some of the grains from the brew. These cookies are sort of in the spirit of oatmeal cookies, but instead of using boring old oatmeal I used the chocolate/coffee/beer infused grains. The recipe came from Draft magazine and was inspired by Momofuko Milk Bar's Compost Cookies. Not a bad idea, and they're amazing. 

I'll admit, I was skeptical, but I was totally wrong. These cookies are moist, salty, sweet, and completely delicious. If you're not planning on brewing any beer lately and you don't want to use spent grains, you can use substitute with any of your favorite cooking ingredients {oreos, crackers, coco puffs, coffee grounds, etc.}

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar 
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup spent grain 
1 cup roughly crushed corn chips or pretzels {the corn chips gives the cookies a sweeter taste, and the pretzels give them a salter taste, I used pretzels}
1 cup peanut butter chips
1 cup chocolate chips 

1. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Beat butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar in a large bowl until creamy. Add egg and vanilla, beat to combine. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Stir in the spent grains, pretzels, peanut butter chips and chocolate chips until just incorporated. Chill the dough for 30 minutes. 
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with nonstick baking mats or parchment paper, or coat with cooking spray. 
3. With damp hands {these are super sticky}, drop the mixture by rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheets. Bake until lightly browned, about 14-16 minutes. Let cool.


Friday, September 16, 2011

have a lovely fall weekend!

I had a pumpkin latte this morning which can only mean one thing: fall. 

The first cool breeze blew through Savannah today and it immediately made me smile. I had had enough of the heat. This weather will probably not last too long, as we are usually pretty hot until November, but I intend on enjoying it while I can. 

Things you may have missed while you were standing in line attempting to purchase Missoni for Target:
1. For Me, For You still has necklaces for sale, usually they're gone within hours, so I suggest you take advantage!
2. Illustrated portrait tees {freddie, john, and nicki are my favs}
3. Another awesome blog to check out, with great hair tutorials. 
4. Love this look from J.Crew, also did you see their Spring 2012 RTW line? 
5. Must have one of these beautiful ombre bags. 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

whitney deal fall 2011

Whitney Deal is a SCAD alum, fashion designer, and, along with her husband, a successful wedding photographer. Their business Oh Darling! has become a favorite with bloggers and produces some of the most amazing wedding photography. Sticking with the bridal theme, she recently launched her own line of wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses. I love how whimsical and innocent they are. I've always thought pattern bridesmaids dresses were a great idea, so I especially love her bridesmaids collection. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

sunday sweets {nola bourbon bread pudding}

On Saturday I went to the Farmer's Market and decided to buy a pound of okra without any kind of plan of what to cook. I knew I wanted to make something that was warm and cozy the next day for football. I also knew I wanted something that would require extensive cooking, I wanted to be busy all day. So after consulting Jacob and our many cookbooks, I decided on gumbo. I then took the theme and ran with it, making a bourbon bread pudding for dessert {as if the gumbo wasn't heavy enough, don't judge me}.

I had never made bread pudding before and always wondered why people complained about it being hard. I now understand why people don't make it more often. It's tedious. It's time consuming. It's just plain annoying. Luckily, it's also delicious. With the exception of a hair cut mid-day, I spent the entire day cooking, football blaring in the background, with a {very large} bloody mary in hand. 

This came out great, different from other ones I've had. There's a lot of bourbon in the pudding and in the glaze, giving it a nice caramel {and alcohol} flavor. I suggest trying it, but only if you have a significant amount of time to devote to cooking... and bloody marys...lots of bloody marys. 

For the pudding:
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed and chilled, plus more for greasing the pan
1 French baguette, torn into 1-in layer pieces {I cut mine into slices}
1 cup golden raisins 
3/4 cup bourbon
3 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
1 cup whole milk
8 large egg yolks 
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons granulated sugar

For the glaze:
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/4 cup bourbon
3/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons unsalted butter cut into small pieces
pinch salt 

1. Adjust oven rack to the middle and heat oven to 450. Butter a 13 by 9-inch baking pan. Arrange the bread in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake until golden and crisp, about 12 minutes, flipping the bread and rotating the baking sheet halfway through baking, let the bread cool. Reduce the oven temp to 300.
2. Meanwhile, heat the raisins with a 1/2 cup of the bourbon in a small saucepan over medium high heat until the bourbon begins to simmer, 2-3 minutes. Strain the mixture over a bowl, reserving the bourbon and raisins separately.
3. Whisk the cream, brown sugar, milk, egg yolks, vanilla, 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt together in a large bowl. Whisk in the remaining 1/4 cup bourbon and the bourbon used to plump the raisins. Toss in the toasted bread until evenly coated. Let the mixture sit until the bread begins to absorb the custard, about 30 minutes, tossing occasionally. 
4. Pour half of the bread mixture into the prepared baking pan and sprinkle with half of the reserved raisins. Pour the remaining half of the bread mixture into the pan and sprinkle with the remaining half of the raisins. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes. 
5. Meanwhile, mix the sugar and the remaining 1/2 cup teaspoon cinnamon in a small bowl. Using your fingers, cut the 6 tablespoons of butter into the sugar mixture until the mixture is the size of small peas. Remove the foil from the pudding, sprinkle with the butter mixture and bake the pudding, uncovered unto the custard is just set, 20-25 minutes. Increase the temp to 450 and bake until the top of the pudding forms a golden crust, about 3 minutes. Remove and let cool for at least 30 minutes. 
1.Whisk the cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of the bourbon together in a small bowl. Heat the cream and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Whisk in the cornstarch mixture and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook until the sauce thickens, 3-5 minutes. Off the heat, stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons bourbon, butter, and salt. Drizzle the warm sauce over the bread pudding before serving. 


what day is it?

I can't keep them straight anymore. 

My sincere apologies for the absence as of late, I assure you I'm not trying to ignore you lovely readers. I made a quick trip up to NY this week and have been preoccupied with other things, but before I left I managed to prepare a dessert, so you have that to look forward to. 

Perhaps I'll get organized tomorrow and return to some kind of schedule.. perhaps. 

Friday, September 9, 2011

have a lovely weekend!

It's been a pretty rough week, but at least it went by quickly. I wouldn't mind spending a weekend in one of these tree tents I found on cabin porn {which by the way is an amazing tumbler name}. Instead I'll probably spend my weekend watching football and baking, which isn't too bad either. I hope yours is just as lovely! 

Around the web:
1. I'd like to be better about sending handwritten letters and notes. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


My friend Jaime is launching Bowerbags, an awesome handmade backpack that transforms into a messenger bag or a saddle bag. Each bag is adorned with custom designs from local Savannah artists, like Matt Hebermehl, and will fit any lifestyle. He's asking for donations to start his business on and the last day is Friday Sept. 9. Check it out and show your support! 

design*sponge at home

It's finally here. The Design*Sponge At Home book is now available, and I'm so excited and happy for Grace. I can't wait to get my copy! 

Monday, September 5, 2011

sunday sweets {cinnamon-pear muffins}

I literally have bags and bags of baking pears in my house right now. Someone at work has a pear tree and has been kind enough to share them with me. I thought about making a pear tart or a crumble, but I've made a lot of pies and tarts lately, so here's something different. 

Jacob and I have spent the weekend trying to recover from the damage last week's beer festival celebrations caused. Sunday morning I was on my second cup of large coffee when I decided muffins would really hit the spot. However, in my lazy state, the thought of baking anything was just too overwhelming. I then remembered a book my mother gave me for Christmas, Radically Simple, and sure enough there was a recipe for pear muffins that was said to take 30 minutes. Perfect. 

This recipe is so easy, it's kind of embarrassing, but I promise it's really good. 

1 1/2 self rising flour
3/4 sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon 
1 large egg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/4 cup peeled and diced pears {or if you prefer, apples, blueberries etc.} 
turbinado sugar 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Combine flour, sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl, set aside. Whisk together egg, buttermilk, and oil. Add wet mixture to dry ingredients and mix together until completely combined. Add diced pears. Pour mixture into paper-lined muffin tin, sprinkle turbinado sugar on top. Bake for 25 minutes or until browned. 


Sunday, September 4, 2011

monday eye candy {twenty-seven names}

Aren't these photos for Twenty-Seven Names' winter 2011 collection dreamy?

puffin birthday books

Happy Monday! I wanted to start off the week by sharing a special gift I got for my birthday last week. Aside from a surprising and exciting gift from Jacob {we're going to Harry Potter World and Universal, don't judge me}, I was also given these beautiful books. I've been eying them for a while, after discovering them in Anthropologie last fall. Usually we order our lovely books from amazon, but these could not be found anywhere online so Jacob's mother picked them up for my birthday. Aren't they dreamy? The Wind in the Willows is probably my favorite, but Robin Hood and Peter Pan are tied for a close second. 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

happy birthday to zamir!

So it's my birthday {and if you don't get the reference, here it is for your viewing pleasure, about 6 minutes in}:

Anyway, I have some nice things planned for today, lunch with friends, dinner with Jacob. It should be good. Also, I'm going to be judging for the Savannah Craft Brew Fest today. Yes, you heard right, clearly I'm kind of a big deal. I feel like listening to Jacob talk about beer night and day qualifies me for this kind of gig, and if not, at least I'll get free beer. I may need an immediate dust off.

P.S. someone make me this cake.


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