Tuesday, September 30, 2008
A wonderful way to showcase a single flower is in a beaker vase from CB2 (a modern store by Crate and Barrel) in Chicago. It is basically a fat chemistry tube with a hole in the glass to thread a ribbon through. I have mine suspended from a key in the lock of my Swedish-style cabinet. Friends who drop by can't believe that the rose is real. This beauty is named Paul McCartney, after the one and only.
If you could have a rose named after you, what would you choose?
Monday, September 29, 2008
Bonus...I think every item in this recipe can be found in two grocery aisles at Target.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor, blend 1 cup graham cracker crumbs, 1/2 cup sliced almonds, 1/3 cup Grape Nuts cereal (trust me), 2 Tablespoons dark brown sugar, 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter. This is your crumbly crust. Press the mixture into 4 ramekins to make a crust on the bottom and up the sides a bit. Reserve a few tablespoons of crumble mixture to sprinkle on top later. Bake crusts for 8 minutes at 350 degrees.
While crusts are baking, combine a 15 oz can of 100% pure pumpkin (not canned pumpkin pie mix), 1 cup milk, 3.4 oz box instant vanilla pudding, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, 1/3 cup brown sugar in a mixing bowl and blend at medium speed until well blended.
Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. Divide pumpkin mixture between the 4 ramekins, sprinkle remaining crust crumble on top and bake at 325 degrees for approximately one hour.
This reassuring Fall dessert is delicious hot, warm or cold. And it is not-too-sweet, which is nice since so much candy corn looms in the future. Enjoy!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Are you weaving wonderful things into your life?
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Salt & pepper pork chops and then brown them in a saute pan. Lay them across the bottom of a lidded roaster. Spoon a pile of instant rice on top of each chop. Layer a slice of fresh tomato over the uncooked rice. Layer a complete slice of yellow onion on top of each tomato slice. Cut a green pepper into rings and lay a ring on the onion. Pour a can of vegetable broth into the bottom of the pan. Cover with lid and bake at 350* for at least an hour until pork chops are cooked and tender (160 degrees on meat thermometer). This dish makes the whole house smell good. Enjoy!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Decide today that you are going to get up early on Saturday and head to the Farmers Market. You could come home with veggies for a pot of homemade soup, local honey, maybe even a big bunch of sunflowers. Take advantage of the bounty that the farmers have to offer. Want to find one near you? Click here to find farmers markets by zip code! And let me know what you found...
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
So when a friend invited me to drop by her niece's "animal party," I put on some jeans and headed over with my camera. The kids had pony rides, reenacted "pat the bunny" and tried to feed carrots (snuck off the veggie tray) to every animal there. I held a darling baby goat (that nibbled on my necklace) and had a wonderful time just being outside.
What do you think? Do I have a future in poultry portraits?
Monday, September 22, 2008
I wanted to tell you about region in northern Indiana's Amish country that offer tours of "Quilt Gardens." I saw it mentioned in Midwest Living magazine and I have it on my list of places I want to visit. Plots of dirt planted with flowers to mimic famous quilt patterns! So interesting, I thought you would enjoy taking a peek.
Friday, September 19, 2008
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Friday, September 12, 2008
What do I take to a Fall card party? A self-serve caramel apple bar.
I load my Nigella Lawson measuring cups with crunchy toppings like broken graham crackers, toffee bits, mixed nuts and almond crunch, then I put Marzetti's Caramel Apple Dip in a bowl next to pre-cut apple slices and voila!
Guests can dip an apple slice in caramel and then into the topping of their choice. A serving a fruit never tasted so good.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
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Tuesday, September 9, 2008
The dreamy blue silk, the empire waist, the hoop overlay...
This gown is a Prince magnet.
Monday, September 8, 2008
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Friday, September 5, 2008
The secret? Choose an unusual color (Citron) and then make your own coordinating pin. Michaels is featuring a new brand of jewelry components called Fresh.
Take one of their resin pendants ("Rectangle Purple Damask") and hot glue a pin back to it. Suddenly, your super-easy-but-in-a-fabulous- color-scarf has a coordinating damask print pin.
You'll be so left bank!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Truth be told, I had never tried the drink...I wanted the can for a bouquet of nasturtiums. So I bought several of each flavor and viola! I absolutely love how this looks - orange, yellow, pink nasturtiums (with round leaves), a rose and a sprig of coreopsis.
Added bonus...the drink is delish! This is San Pellegrino's new sparkling orange (or lemon) beverage called Aranciata. Cold, tart and not too sweet. Drinks on the patio, anyone?