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Breakfast of Champions & A Question

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Well it’s Monday…again. The weekends go by SO fast (which is ok since whatever we can do to get closer to spring is fine by me).  I’ve posted pics of my various morning smoothies on Instagram and people always ask what’s in them. So here is what I put in my very favorite morning smoothie, perfect to get going on Monday (plus then you feel like you at least did ONE good thing for your body for the day should you end up snarfing down grilled cheese for lunch!)

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Monday Morning Smoothie

1/2 a ripe banana

1 big handful baby spinach

4-5 chunks of fresh pineapple (not frozen or canned!)

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

1-2 tbs. of vanilla whey protein powder

3/4 c-1 c. vanilla coconut milk ( add as you blend to right consistency, may be less, may be more)

1 tbs. flaxseed

*Blend at a high speed in a blender until very smooth. Enjoy. (P.S. I still am dying for a Vitamix!)

Once you’ve powered up with your smoothie please take a second to quickly answer this question for me- I have the ability to sell a select number of copies of the book (signed) through the blog and want to get a general idea of how many I should try to get to do so! Thanks SO much!

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A Modern Farmhouse

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

I have long enjoyed perusing a little southern magazine called Garden & Gun after seeing it years ago in a trip down south of the Mason Dixon line.  While the title may cause guffaws from visitors to your home who see it on your coffee table, it’s not only for those entrenched in forsythia and firepower.  They have done many home stories that have knocked my socks off, as well as some of the best photography I’ve seen to date.  For example, this feature on a modern farmhouse in South Carolina.

I spent my weekend weeding, mulching and doing all sorts of sweaty outdoor yard activities as we prep our small patch of land for a fun re-do in August!  I can’t help but feel after a long day outside with my hands in the dirt that I could, someday, move to a place like this.  Nothing feels better than kicking back after some serious manual labor and the satisfaction that comes with doing something physical and beneficial with your time.  Now, let’s not get CRAZY, I live far from the actual country- and I love being able to still walk to dinner and coffee from my house- but I have to say, leaving the city was the best decision I ever made. I don’t think I’ve ever been happier in a home.

So back to this house (I must be delirious from all the mulch and weed killer).  The country vibe can be polarizing but so happy and calming, is it not? And this modern take on it I find really lovely.

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I think we need to pause a moment to discuss the coolness of these stairs. I mean, really.

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Love the kitchen colors (looks like my color scheme!) and the super rustic old wood doors!

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There are those stairs again!!

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DONKEYS!

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Chickens and a relaxing little spot to sit.  Looks lovely, doesn’t it?

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After our big day of yard work, we cooked an awesome summer dinner and I wanted to share the recipes with you! It was THAT good. :) No styling here- just our actual meal seconds before Andrew ate every last bite.

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Mojo Chicken Marinade (via Weber Grilling Cookbook)

1/2 c. orange juice

2 tbs fresh lime juice

2 tbs soy sauce

2 tbs extra virgin olive oil

1 tbs minced garlic

1/2 tsp Tabasco sauce

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

Whisk together in a bowl and place 2-4 chicken breasts in a large plastic resealable bag and pour marinade in. Place in fridge for 6-8 hours turning the bag once or twice. Grill. Yummers.

Deconstructed Street Corn (via Wall Street Journal Weekend)

6 ears fresh corn (or 4- we used 4 for the 2 of us)

1 jalapeno, finely chopped

2 tbs olive oil

1/3 cup freshly grated parmesean

2 tbs balsamic vinegar

if desired, finely chopped mint or cilantro

Pinch of salt

Boil corn and cut off the cob.  In a saute pan heat up the oil and cook the jalapeno for 2 minutes, add the corn and saute for another 5 minutes.  Pour into a large bowl and add the vinegar, salt, Parmesan and herbs and stir. Serve warm or cold!

** Note- I sent Andrew to the grocery store which means I got a JAR of sliced jalepenos and grated Kraft parmesan, not fresh. Also, our herb plants died int he heat. This ain’t no food blog, but it was still great! :)

 

Party Down.

Monday, March 18th, 2013

A few images from our small party for Andrew this weekend- I was so frantic I didn’t get to take a single shot but thankfully Sarah was there and capture a few snaps (mixed in with my pre-party instagrams).

The cutest pic of Andrew from when he was little- double stripes? No wonder I love him.

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Yep- I went with the sputnik light. And I LOVE it. I also rented a black and white stripe tablecloth from La Tavola Linens,  ghost chairs from PBD Events and pulled together a centerpiece from bunches grabbed at the flower market (in a Target vase).

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Subconsciously bought Line 39 cab- perfect for turning the big 4-0. :)  Bought a bunch of glasses from IKEA because they were cheaper then renting- a pack of 6 wine glasses for $4.75!  The napkins I got through For Your Party.

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Details from the house I’m loving.

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A quick pre-party shot of the living room with our new coffee table, side tables, lamps, rug and pillows. :)

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The flowers- wanted them to be more English garden then uptight. Love how they came out.

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Living room shot featuring my fave side table (similar) and Mitchell Gold chair- complete with arrangement sent over by friends.

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The party begins.

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Andrew’s favorite things- scotch and North Carolina BBQ!!!

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The sunroom with our new Peter Dunham pillows which I looooove and a Dash & Albert indoor/outdoor rug.

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My mom made one of her famous cheesecakes (Andrew’s favorite).

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Another sunroom shot (complete with Baxter butt and knocked over books– but hey, it’s life).

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Yesterday I spent in this spot on the couch ALL DAY with this view (never drinking champagne AGAIN.  At least not until next weekend.)  I have not spent a whole day in sweats on the couch since I can’t remember when and you know what? I needed it.

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The party was great incentive to get our house done and now that it’s in a good place (minus dining chairs) we can get back to enjoying our weekend doing OTHER things like spending time outside, going to museums and movies and soon- working in the yard.  FINALLY.

A Holiday Bar

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

A very, VERY important part of holiday fun is booze. And I am psyched to have a nice little bar set up in my living room for such merriment.  Starting with a sleek lucite Iomoi tray monogrammed with our initials I have arranged some bottle atop our vintage buffet/ console in the far end of the living room. It’s a happy little corner of the house.

Check out my Altuzzara for Target shaker I am obsessed with (also a great gift- and I also bought the huge amazing tray too!) as well as my Target frame, some Iomoi for Matouk linen cocktail napkins (so proper) and vintage barware from my assistant!

I happen to be totally obsessed with rosemary (as a scent and spice in food)- so I wanted to find some cocktails that used rosemary in them to serve this season….

Which lead me to crafting some homemade rosemary simple syrup as gifts this year for people I’ve worked with!  I used amber glass bottles and green bakers twine to accent them along with some kraft paper labels (and hand cramps from writing).

But now onto the drinks! Here are two that use rosemary simple syrup ( 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water and a few sprigs of rosemary- boil and stir until sugar dissolved then let cool). Easy, right?

Sunday Punch (shown):

1.5 oz vodka

2 oz grapefruit juice

1 oz rosemary simple syrup.

* shake with ice and either serve on the rocks or strain into a martini glass and serve with a fresh sprig of rosemary.

Another recipe I found on Cup of Jo and it sounds right up my alley as I love gin and Joanna says it’s the best party cocktail ever. I shall be making these on Christmas!

Rosemary Gin Fizz:

1 cup rosemary simple syrup
1 cup gin
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 bottle of Prosecco (or 2, if you want the cocktail to be lighter)

Combine in a punch bowl or carafe and garnish with sprigs of rosemary.

Foodie Crush: Mimi Thorisson

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

As we all pack up and get motivated to spend some time off-line with our families for Thanksgiving, I had to leave you all with these insane images from the incredible French foodie blog Manger by Mimi Thorisson.  She was recently featured on Sous Style and I fell head over heels for her style, family and fact that she has 14 dogs!!!! Hello?!?! Can I please live in the French countryside with a gaggle of puppies? And make food that is this fresh and this GOOD LOOKING? This whole blog makes my Old El Paso taco kit dinners look even worse than they already are. I need to up my game, people.

Take a peek and I know you’ll be in love too.

Oh, and thanks for reading. And being you. And supporting my dream.

Love you guys.