Monday, January 30, 2012

sunday sweets {banana smoothie}


Happy Monday! I'm so happy to begin the week in which January will finally end. This seriously must be the longest month ever. I don't know why, maybe it's post holiday blues or something, but I thought it might go on forever. Anyway, February starts and I'll have Valentine's Day round ups, crafts, and desserts, so thing should start to pick up.

In continuing with the healthier theme from last week, I decided to skip dessert yesterday. Partially because I was trying to be healthier, but we also had friends in town this weekend and we took them to Back in the Day Bakery where I ordered a 'Nana Pudding... because I can't help myself. When I woke up Sunday I was feeling a little guilty, but mostly I was craving more, so I thought I'd make a banana smoothie.... it's good, but it's no pudding. Still, I felt better about myself after, so I've got that going for me, which is nice.

For those of you who are not so into the healthy thing, I've got something for you next week. I intend to make up for any calories you may have lost by eating healthy, don't worry.



Ingredients:
1 banana
2 tbsp honey
1/2 cup plain yogurt
2 tbsp apple juice

Directions:
Blend ingredients together using a blender or food processor. Leave on high for about 4 minutes. Pour and serve.

Friday, January 27, 2012

have a superb weekend.

{via here}

In Savannah, once Christmas is over, I'm kind of done with the cold. I like it to jump right into spring, lucky for me, this year it seems to have done just that. Today I sat outside in a t-shirt and a skirt, and I was hot. It's beyond beautiful, I know it probably won't last, but I really hope that it will at least stay like this a little while longer.

This weekend promises to be a busy one. Save the dates MUST go out. Between addressing, cleaning, applying, planning, and baking, I've really got a lot of things to get done. I hope your weekend is productive!

Incase you're not busy, here's some things to keep you occupied:
1.Ombre furniture... swoon.
2. Amazing camouflaged floral paintings.
3. How to throw yourself a pity party.
4. Adorable handmade Georgia wedding.
5. I am seriously obsessed with The Hunger Games and can't wait for the movie to come out. So when I saw they launched this website, I almost died. Also, find out what Panem district you belong too, here.


mignon kitchen co.


Mignon online bakeshop is so sweet, it makes me want to get in the kitchen and start baking right now. Everything is designed for smaller, more personal recipes and I love the idea of inspiring people to give baked goods as everyday gifts. Rachel sells baking tools, ingredients, and packaging, I want to scoop it all up. Just in time for Valentine's Day too!

{note: Rachel is also the owner of one of my favorite little etsy shops, elephantine jewelry}



Wednesday, January 25, 2012

wedding wednesdays {the newlywed cookbook}






Honestly, I don't need a reason to buy cookbooks. I love them. I love them so much that I'm literally running out of places to put all of the ones I have. Despite all of this, I fell like I may actually need this one {note: I need all of them really, let's be honest, one can never have too many, and I'm not that great of a cook on my own, I need advice. This is how I will explain myself when someone finds me buried in my books, wearing an apron and covered in flour}. Anyway, Sarah Copeland has created a beautiful world in which newlyweds have time to cook and eat dinner together, and, I'm not going to lie, it has me really excited to be one myself.

Monday, January 23, 2012

sunday sweets {honey granola}


Happy Monday, I hope you all had a great weekend. I realize this isn't a very decadent sweet, but I'm still attempting to detox after the holidays, sort of. Anyway, I thought it might be nice to have something other than cookies floating around the house this week, and this is actually really good granola.

While in Paris, I visited Rose Bakery, owned by the lovely Rose Carrarini, author of Breakfast, Lunch, Tea. I spent quite a few mornings there for a couple of reasons; one, it's delicious, english bacon, tarts, cakes, breads, it's amazing; two many of the people working there are from the states, so I didn't have to feel embarrassed for not speaking French; and three, they served "big coffee." Big coffee is regular coffee for us, but when you're in Paris it's hard to come by, everyone serves espresso. The bakery is so charming, I definitely suggest paying a visit next time you're in Paris. The book, is just as lovely, and it includes a ton of recipes from the bakery, including this one for the perfect granola.



Ingredients:
5 1/3 cups rolled oats
1 1/4 cups whole almonds
2/3 cup sunflower seeds
3/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1 tbsp wheatgerm
1/2 cup sunflower oil
1 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 handfull of dried fruit, like raisins, currants, or dates
milk, soy milk, or yogurt to serve

Directions;
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
2. In a bowl, mix the oats, almonds, seeds and wheatgerm.
3. In a saucepan cook, stirring constantly, sunflower oil, honey, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and salt over high heat. Bring to a boil and then pour over the dry ingredients. Mix well. There shouldn't be any liquid at the bottom of the bowl, the mixture should be sticky, if it's too wet add more oats.
4. Spread out evenly on a baking try and bake slowly for an hour. Reduce the temperature to 275 and continue baking until the granola is golden- about a half hour. Switch oven off and leave to dry out for another hour, or overnight.
5. When cool, serve with dried fruit and either milk or yogurt.

Friday, January 20, 2012

have the loveliest of weekends!



This week, while being terrible at work, was actually quite lovely at home. Jacob and I had a lot of time to spend together and we were able to get a few things done that we had been putting off for a long time. One was purchasing a new bed {we've been sleeping on a full sized bed with two dogs, things get a little cramped}, which is a king, but I suspect our dogs will still sleep on top of us. I'm pretty excited to sleep in it tonight though. This weekend is supposed to be beautiful here in Savannah, so I'm looking forward to opening the windows and enjoying it. Hope your weekend is full of sunshine too!

Around the web:
1. Uplifting embroidery, I think I need this right next to my front door.
3. One of the most amazing weddings I have ever seen, and she happens to be a SCAD grad.
4. A Harry Potter wedding theme photo shoot? YES PLEASE!
5. I think I need every single one of Madewell's spring looks.
6. Porn for Pregnant ladies, this is hilarious.

sweet surprises



Sometimes Jacob does really sweet things for no reason. It's pretty great. He read my post from yesterday and agreed that the Georgia key hook was super awesome. Today I came home from work and he had made this from some of the leftover barn wood we used to build the coffee table. Isn't he the sweetest?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

etsy find {old new again}








Absolutely in love with this etsy shop, Old New Again. I'm kind of obsessed with state's shapes, so i'm loving the Georgia key hook, and those "bride and groom" birds might be a must.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

wedding wednesdays {cake toppers}

{potter&butler}

I love that cake toppers have become much more personal. While vintage ones can add a nice touch, I think handmade, custom ones are really the way to go now. You can have them painted to match your wedding day outfit, or decorated in a way that truly embodies you and your partner. Or you can go with simple pom poms or banners, which i think are really simple and beautiful. We've opted not to do a big cake, just one tier that I may make myself {time and energy will be a big factor in this decision}, and then we'll have a bunch of different desserts.

I wonder what kind of topper we'll be.

Monday, January 16, 2012

sunday sweets {snickerdoodles}




Nothing too fancy today, but still absolutely delicious. Now, my all time favorite cookie is just a simple chocolate chip, but snickerdoodles are probably a close second. Growing up, my friend's grandmother made the best, every time we would go over to her house, we'd beg for her to make them, and honestly, I haven't had any that have lived up to her's. However, this recipe is pretty amazing, they might even be as good, but I think I'd need to do a taste test, perhaps I can arrange that on my next visit.

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Combine 1 1/2 cups white sugar, butter or margarine, vanilla and eggs. Mix well.
Stir in flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Blend well. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Combine 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon. Roll dough in sugar/cinnamon mixture and place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Immediately remove from cookie sheets.

golden globes recap








Just a few of my favorites from last night, but I'm not going to lie, there was a lot of really great fashion going on. Emma Stone was probably my favorite, can that girl do anything wrong? Really.

Friday, January 13, 2012

stay warm this weekend!



I guess it is still January after all, but I had really hoped the lovely mid-seventies weather was here to stay. I just really love leaving the windows open all the time, but I do look forward to a weekend of cuddling up with some magazines, hot chocolate, and lots of football, nothing wrong with that. Hope your weekend is warm and snuggly!

Meanwhile, around the web:
1. I could really use some of these layers.
2. Adorable idea for Valentine's day desserts.
3. Beyond swoon-worthy cabin wedding.
4. Delicious looking, and beautiful winter salad.
5. How cute is this first birthday party?
6. My favorite fruity beer.
7. And last but not least, the most amazing marriage proposal. I'm actually surprised Jacob didn't think of this, he's obsessed with legos.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

moonrise kingdom



New Wes Anderson flick. I will never get tired of his quirky, retro inspired movies. I don't care what anyone says. So psyched.

Two 12 year olds decide to run away together. The girl's parents are Bill Murry and Francis Mcormand. Nuff said.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

wedding wednesdays {catbird wedding bands}





Here's the thing, I love my engagement ring so much that I'm honestly not concerned with the wedding bands. Is that weird? Since my engagement ring is round, it either needs and band to wrap around or I will need to move it to my right hand, just when I'm getting used to having it on my left. I never really wore rings before, so it took long enough to accept that I had one on, two may just be too much.

That being said, I believe I could be ok with one of these from catbird. I really love how delicate and simple they all look. Especially that one with the knot in it.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

the joy of books


It's no secret that I love books. I also really love stop motion videos. Here they are combined, and my head almost exploded.

Sean Ohlenkamp and his wife Lisa decided to take organizing their bookshelf to the next level in this amazing short for Type Books in Toronto. The music was specially composed by Grayson Matthews. I really wish this is what my books did at night, I'm just going to go ahead and imagine that they do.

colorblocked cutting boards




OK, so I know these have been making the rounds around the blog world, but I had to talk about them myself because I'm completely obsessed. How freaking beautiful are they? The color blocking trend has kind of eluded me, I mean, I like it, but i haven't really tried it out myself. Perhaps it would be better to start with colorblocked objects instead of clothing? All I know is that the blue one was added to the registry immediately.

Monday, January 9, 2012

sunday savory {cassoulet}



So I did make a sweet this Sunday, but it was creme brulee again at the request of a friend, so I figured I would share a savory dish if that's alright with you. We hadn't made cassoulet since the fall of 2010, it had been far too long. I was still having dreams about the delicious beans, yes that's right, beans, because even though this is full of pork and duck, the beans are my favorite part. You think I'm lying. I'm not. Make this and you will completely understand.

Now, our version is slightly different from the recipe {which we got out of Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook}. I'll include both ingredients. While I love duck, and I highly suggest using it, it can be quite expensive. With all the other meat in this dish, we opted to leave out the duck confit, we still cooked everything in duck fat though. Instead we used pork tenderloin.

I would suggest getting all the prep work and building out of the way the day before, let all the ingredients and flavors meld together over night. Then cook the next day, kind of a long wait, and a bit tedious, but I promise it's well worth the wait.

Ingredients:
5 cups Tarbais beans or White beans {we used white}
2 lb fresh pork belly
1 onion, cut into 4 pieces
1 lb pork rind
1 bouquet garni {we skipped this}
salt and pepper
1/4 cup duck fat
6 pork sausages {we used andouille}
3 onions, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
4 confit duck legs {we substituted pork loin here}

Directions:
Day One:
In a pot add pork belly, quartered onion, 1/4 lb of the pork rind, and bouquet garni. Cover with water, add salt and pepper to taste and bring to boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the beans are tender, about an hour. Let cool for 20 minutes, then discard the onion and bouquet garni. Remove the pork belly, cut it into 2 inch squares and set aside. Strain the beans and the rind and set aside, reserving the cooking liquid separately.

In a saute pan, heat all but 1 tbsp. of the duck fat over medium-high heat until it shimmers and becomes transparent. Carefully add the sausages and brown on all sides. Remove, set aside, draining on paper towels. in the same pan, over medium-high heat, brown the sliced onions, the garlic, and the reserved squares of pork rind from the beans. Once browned remove from heat and transfer to the blender. Add 1 tbsp of the remaining duck fat and puree until smooth. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350. Place the uncooked pork rind in the bottom of a deep ovenproof earthenware dish. Line the inside, almost like a pie crust. Start with a layer of beans, then sausages, then more beans, then pork belly, beans, duck {or sauteed pork loin, as was the case}, and then more beans, adding a bit of the onion mixture to each layer. Add the bean cooking liquid to the mixture, just enough to cover the beans, reserving 1 cup in the fridge for later use. Cook the cassoulet in the oven for 1 hour, then reduce the heat to 250 and cook for another hour. Remove from heat, cool, refrigerate overnight.

Day two:
Preheat the oven to 350. Cook for an hour. Break crust on the top with the spoon and add 1/4 cup of the reserved cooking liquid. Reduce the heat to 250 and continue cooking another 15 minutes, or until hot all the way through. Serve.

new coffee table and other home improvements



Happy Monday! I hope you all had a lovely weekend!

I'm kind of obsessed with our new coffee table. Jacob and I have been wanting a new one for a while and we've always discussed making one but never got around to doing it. When we were at his parent's house in Maryland over Thanksgiving we finally made it a priority to go through their old barn in search for treasures. We found a lot, some perfectly weathered barn wood and an old rusted up metal frame. The frame was actually really ugly, but we took it anyway, knowing we could make something cool out of it.

So this weekend,we got to work. After much debate, we decided to spray paint the frame black, and I think it turned out great. So much better than the half gold, half rust mess it used to be. Jacob put together the top with a couple of large, industrial bolts and now we have a beautiful barn wood table. How much do you think we could sell this thing for at Paris Market or any other antique store? We didn't even stain this thing, that's how awesome the wood is. We just used the air compressor to get the dirt off, amazing.



We also took the time to do a few other home improvements. Some Christmas gifts that still had to go up, a little cleaning of the bar, and we finally put up one of the skulls Jacob found in the woods over Thanksgiving. He actually found a much larger one with an arrowhead sticking out of the nose {I KNOW!} but it was a little too heavy to put up at the moment, but I'm pretty happy with the little one right now.

A pretty productive weekend if I do say so myself.

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