Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
The minute I saw these adorable treats I knew I had to post them. This recipe is perfect for those of us who don't have a lot of time on our hands. These are super easy to do and would make a great treat for Easter. Just pick a pastel ice cream, sandwich it between waffle cookies and violá! Easter eggs! They used strawberry here but mint or sherbet would be cute too, honestly though, can you ever really go wrong when it comes to ice cream?
Carton of ice cream
Butter waffle cookies from Trader Joe’s or Whole foods
Round cookie cutter bent into an oval
While you wait, cut out 9.5″x2.5″ strips of parchment paper to use as holders for the finished product.
Once the ice cream has chilled for a bit, transfer to the cookies with a spatula.
For the final touch, wrap in parchment paper and secure with waxed thread or baker’s twine then freeze until ready to serve.
(thanks twig and thistle!)
A man opens a car door for a lady. Yes, you know this and you practice this on a first date or two, then lapse into comfort. But you should be opening the door all the time so this practice becomes second nature. You open the door for your mother, your aunt, your grandmother, for any woman your age or older. In a nod to modernity, this rule can be relaxed when the sexes mix and it is all friends and no romance, but you should wait until the woman instructs you otherwise before you abandon this courtesy. And this isn’t just car doors, mind you. Front doors — any door you open — should be held open to allow a woman to walk through before you. If it’s an extremely heavy door you can push through before her and hold it until she passes. On a revolving door, give it a push to start the contraption moving then allow the lady to enter first. Alone. One person in a revolving door pie slice at a time please.
On a similar topic, a man driving a woman home walks her to the door. Exception to this rule would be when you are the same age or the girl is younger and she jumps out of the car before you can react or perhaps you are old friends and this formality seems, well, formal. At night a gentleman driving a car should always wait until his passenger is safely inside the house or building before pulling away. This courtesy should be extended to anyone actually, man or woman. If you are driving someone home or to a destination at night, wait for your passenger to walk safely through the door. As for city folks entertaining in high rises or apartment buildings, a gentleman should always walk a woman to a taxi. SP has seen far too many a woman attempt to leave a party unescorted to the street. Even if she objects or refuses your offer, make up an excuse to run down to the corner deli for a pack of mints, and on the way you will safely deposit her into a taxi, feminism still intact.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Do You Know? A diet containing the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables exposes a person to an average of 15 pesticides a day.
(Info from martha stewart Whole living)
Friday, March 26, 2010
( Fabulous hair piece by austie , another fun find)
White sparkle organza pleated on a bodice. Pleats go from bust to waist. There are three bottom layers of the dress, 1st slip, then two layers of the organza. The bottom of the dress has some volume. Recycled strip of silver beads at the waist, very cute!
Tea top and Crumpets skirt, what a lovely combination. The top is made off a recycled bodice with light pink fabric pleated at bust. High waist skirt with ruffle and button made out of black gabardine.
Check out her shop on Etsy. The best part about these gorgeous little numbers is that they are totally custom made and fit to your measurements. She can also make these dresses in other colors as well.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Artificial colors. Plastics. Chemical dyes. They're in your kitchen. Not in the pantry, but over by the sink. Like that neon yellow sponge with the bright green scrub side. We have a feeling that's not exactly natural. Unlike this sponge, which shows its true colors: unbleached, undyed white cellulose and tan, scrubby loofah. And it's biodegradable, just like the food it cleans up after.
Paper towels have a lifespan of approximately one use. Yep, they're one and done. Then it's in the trash, on the curb and off to a landfill somewhere. Wouldn't it be better if a paper towel could be reusable and still biodegradable? Designed to work over and over instead of once? Heck, how about 1,000 times instead of once?
Watkins proudly formulates with:
Plant-based Cleaning Agents
Watkins natural cleaners feature the most popular cleaning products on the market in non-toxic, plant-based formulas that are both biodegradable and phosphate free. Not to mention It is the best smelling cleaner I have ever used! I use the counter top spray in my kitchen and it smells like I have been burning a yummy candle all afternoon. The Aloe green tea is my favortie.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Tidiness begets tidiness. A crisply made bed makes the whole room seem more orderly, which makes it less likely that you’ll let other things — such as clothes and papers — pile up around it.
2. Manage Clutter
Whenever you leave a room, take a quick look around for anything that isn’t where it should be. Pick it up and put it where it belongs. Insist that everyone in the household do the same.
3. Sort the Mail
Take a few minutes to open, read, and sort mail as soon as you bring it inside. Keep a trash bin near your sorting area for junk mail. Drop other mail into one of four in-boxes: personal correspondence, bills, catalogs, and filing.
4. Clean as You Cook
Instead of filling the sink with pots and dishes, wash them or put them in the dishwasher as you prepare a meal.
5. Wipe Up Spills While They’re Fresh
Whether it’s tomato sauce on the cooktop or makeup on the bathroom counter, almost anything is faster and easier to remove if you attend to it immediately.
6. Sweep the Kitchen Floor
Every evening once you’ve finished washing up after dinner, sweep the floor. This will keep tough-to-clean dirt and grime from building up, which will make the weekly mopping much quicker.
Monday, March 22, 2010
- Edit your closet! Get rid of anything you haven't worn in the last two years
- The ruthless edit, get rid of anything you haven't worn in the last year. Give those items away.
- No wire hangers! Your clothes hang so much nicer on a wooden hanger. It leaves less chances for those pesky creases in your clothes, not to mention it looks much more put together
- Organize everything from white to black or light to dark. It makes things easier to find and helps when putting your outfit together.
- Have an essentials drawer. Put all the things you need in it to maintain your wardrobe and your closet, see below.
To walk out the door looking like James Bond or Audrey Hepburn, you need the following closet tools:
1. Dedicated drawer for watches and jewelry
2. Cubbyholes for purses
3. Multiple hooks for necklaces, belts, and hats
4. Shoe inserts
5. Shoe kit (for a quick shine)
6. Shoehorn – a long one with a good handle
7. A lint brush
8. A clothes brush
9. A sewing kit and a box to store all spare buttons
10. A travel steamer
11. Extra laces
12. And, of course, a full – length mirror
Hope these tips help with your closet organization.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Corso Como Flats
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Corned Beef Glazed in Honey and Mustard Dinner with Cabbage
Chocolate Stout Cupcakes
Corned Beef Glazed in Honey and Mustard Dinner with Cabbage
1 2 pound corned beef brisket
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 cabbage (cut into wedges)
2 carrots (peeled and sliced)
2 potatoes (peeled and cut in half)
1. Place the corned beef along with the spices into a large pan and cover with water.
2. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until fork tender, about 1 hour per pound.
3. Remove the beef from the water and pat dry, leaving the water in the pan.
4. Mix the honey and mustard and brush onto the top of the beef.
5. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the beef.
6. Bake in a preheated 400F oven for 20-30 minutes bringing it to broil for the last few minutes to caramelize the glaze.
7. Meanwhile, place the vegetables in the pan with water and simmer until tender, about 20-30 minutes.
8. Slice the the beef again the grain and serve with the vegetables.
Monday, March 15, 2010
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup shredded white Cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp pesto
Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat.In a small bowl, combine egg, Cheddar cheese, salt and pepper and pesto. Pour into pan, and cook stirring for 3 to 5 minutes, or until cooked to your liking. Remove from heat, stir in pesto a little extra pesto at the end if desired. Serve with the bacon and there you go.
Here, Audrey Tautou sports a breezy striped boat neck tee while playing the part of a young Coco Chanel as seen in the film Coco Avant Chanel. Coco Chanel famously wore a similar t-shirt in the 1930's, making the style forever chic. Here is some fabulous ideas and items I loved for the ever popular nautical look. Check them out, there are some items for your whole family and a little inspiration for the home.
T-Bags Striped wool-blend cardigan
Thread social striped knitted mini dress
Markus Lupfer double-layer merino cardigan
I love this casual look for everyday
For little girlsPetit Bateau stripe mariner sweatshirt, navy
Found at Milkshop, one of my favorite websites for the kids
Girls' tropica-stripe tank
Found at the ever fabulous J- Crew
E land Toddler & Little Girl's Sailor Dress
Found at Saks
Petit bateau RAIN JACKET, YELLOW
I cant wait until my son can fit into this!
Found at Milkshop
For the Men
Rustic shawl-collar cardigan
Found at J-Crew
Saint James Meridien II nautical tee
Found at J-Crew
For the home
I just LOVE this home. Nothing like a beautiful shingle
I love the kitchen classic calcutta marble and subway tile
Hope you enjoyed!
Home photos courtesy of ( style chronicle)
Thanks for the inspiration