Friday, September 30, 2011

wear a cheery yellow dress and instead of complaining about the lack of fall weather, enjoy one last weekend by the pool...  even if it is october.  (ok, this one might be just for me...)
make this horribly delicious sounding cake.  anything based on childhood snacks you know has to be good.
do watch this beautiful short video that will have you convinced of how relaxing it is to make ribboned asparagus salad.  

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


painted white floors.
not that i needed more convincing, 
but this picture may have put me over the edge.
the little baby legs, might have helped a bit...
{from the amazing le dans la}

this photo wall.
actually this entire space.
the yellow chair is a very nice touch, as well.
{from mer mag}

this room.
can't pin point just what,
but i am quite drawn to it.

minimal and beautiful.
seriously, i just want to take pictures
of food all day long...
{from seth smoot}

a trapeze in your living room.
right up there with a swing or slide indoors.
oh, to have high ceilings and wide open spaces...
{unknown via pinterest}
{darn you, pinterest, when the source is unknown...}

Monday, September 26, 2011

jennifer causey

i am sure many of you know
from her fabulous project the makers,
but you should also take the time
(if you haven't already)
to check out her amazing portfolio.
i don't know what it is about photos of food, 
but i could look at them all day long.
they make me want to photograph everything
i ever make...
perhaps, i should start trying my hand at more
food photographs over here...

Friday, September 23, 2011

wear your first little sweater for the season.  if you are lucky, you live somewhere that the weather permits more than just a tank top.  if you live in phoenix, rest assured, most restaurants, theaters, etc. will crank up the a.c. and you will be glad you have that cute sweater with you.  make some tomato soup with little grilled cheese skewers for your family or friends this weekend.  tasty and cute is always a good combination.
do check out the always fabulous and newly revamped lux if you live in phoenix (and if you're really lucky, you just might run into christine baking something delicious while you're there).  otherwise, visit a delicious coffee shop in your own neck of the woods.  

have a grand time whatever you do this weekend!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

ready for fall

{from bloom via pinterest}

i am certainly ready for fall these days.
even just a little bit of a chill in the air would be nice...
as it is, living in phoenix, 
we may still have quite a wait.
here's to dreaming of cooler days 
and hoping you live somewhere lovely
where the leaves may already be changing...

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


recent goodness from sunday suppers.
i love basically everything they do.
i think it is on my life list to attend one of their classes...

sweet spaces for kids.
i really love that wallpaper.

the happiness of these tiny tassels.
miniature makes everything cuter.

these sweet little dresses.

more dipped goodness.
how rad would these look sitting on your table
for your next dinner party?
{from horne via the house that lars built}

Monday, September 19, 2011

lonny mag

stay in your pajamas a little longer this morning
and flip through the pages of lonny magazine
while drinking your morning coffee.
or stay up late tonight
(with a glass of wine, perhaps)
and enjoy all of their decorating goodness.

enjoy your monday!

Friday, September 16, 2011

wear some happy socks, for your day is sure to go right when started off this way.
make some chocolate chip cookies with homemade toffee in them to spice things up a bit. they are addicting i tell you. 
do watch this video and laugh out loud or dance along, if you have not already. fantastic and so right on.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

to add to your box.

for those interested in trying our homemade s'mores
(and, i really think you should try them),
here is a little recipe sheet to print out for your convenience.
if you are anything like me,
you find it much easier to have the recipe on hand, 
in the kitchen with you.
so print it out, make it and 
then fold it up neatly and tuck it in your 
recipe box to pull back out 
whenever the craving strikes...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

homemade s'mores.

another good time in the kitchen.
homemade graham crakers and marshmallows...
toasted in the oven. 
a quite decadent dessert shall i say. 
do give it a try as the weather cools down.
you will not be disappointed.

first cream 8 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons sugar, 
2 tablespoons brown sugar and 2 tablespoons honey
in the mixer until soft and creamy.

sift together 1 c. flour, 1/4 c. whole wheat flour,
pinch salt, 1/4 t. baking soda and 1/4 t. cinnamon.
add to butter until just combined.

roll into desired thickness and cook at 350 until done.
i would double the batch, as it does not make very
much dough.  and you are going to want to eat them...

now for those marshmallows...
mix 3 envelopes of gelatin (22g) and 1/2 cup of cold water
 in bowl of stand mixer and let sit 10 minutes.

while waiting combine 2 cups sugar, 2/3 cups corn syrup
and 1/4 cup water to boil.
Once it has reached a full boil,
let boil for one full minute. 
Remove from heat and pour over gelatin mixture.
Whip on high speed for about 10 minutes 
until it resembles white fluff....similar to a meringue. 
Add  1/4 tsp. salt and 1 tablespoon vanilla; 
whip to combine.

Spread into lightly greased sheet pan and sprinkle 
with desired decorations...and or fruit. 
We used strawberries. 
Let cool in fridge. 
Once ready, cut into desired shape with 
cookie cutters or a knife.

strawberries and white chocolate smores for the moms.
chocolate and sprinkles marshmallows for the kiddos.

broiled in the oven. 
a trick my niece taught me.

ooey gooey, rich deliciousness.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


this room.
that old leather chair with the mustard pillow.
and, oh that wall behind it...
love every detail.

this amazing idea for displaying your kid's art.
i love the way it looks from far away
and then how very sweet it is up close.

yes, indeed, a picnic does equal happiness.
i really need to just go have another picnic soon
and stop dreaming about it...

this adorable handmade skirt.
it even has pockets which is my favorite feature in a skirt.
oh, and i would like to add the boots to my 
wish list, please.

this kitchen in its lovely simplicity
and wild mix of color is oh so happy.
{from dos family}

this wildly fun gift wrap shop. 
gift wrap has always been a weakness...
ahem...serious love of mine.
always a bit sad when i see it just torn and off to the trash.
{from minimega}

these gorgeous vases such as this
yoghurt bottle shape has me inspired. 
i may be saving some containers and 
dipping soon.
{from leif via seesaw}