Thursday, March 29, 2012

Etsy Hearts: Rustic Tones

Clockwise from top: Ceramic Deer Head by White Faux Taxidermy; Large Gold Leaf Paper Bowl by  upintheairsomewhere; Rabbit Painting by Amber Alexander; Set of Two Vintage Clocks by wwvintage; Over the Moon Card by Deadweight; Organic Cotton Neutral Pillow Cover by EarthLab

It's been much chillier here lately than it has in the last few weeks—reminding us all that it's still only March, and not time for summer yet! The weather has put me in the mood for more cozy tones, since I've had to pull some of my sweaters back out of storage. 

All of these finds would make for a really cozy room, and that gold leaf bowl would make anything inside of it look like luxury. Enjoy!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Shore Society on Oh My! Handmade Goodness

Happy Monday, everyone! In case you missed it, over the weekend I had a little feature and interview over at Oh My! Handmade Goodness. The lovely Jessika Hepburn, editor of Oh My, is so sweet and did such a great job putting the whole thing together. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you Jessika for sharing my work and bringing me into your community! 

If you'd like to check it out, head over here and give it a read. Here's to another productive week...!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Etsy Hearts: Romantic Garden

Clockwise, Top to Bottom: Antler Drawing and Flower Photograph by Kari Herer; Wildflowers Bow Clip by Hunter Gatherer; Rustic Floral Notecards by Pearenthetical Press;  Letterpress La Vie en Rose Print by Sycamore Street Press; Round Smocked Satin Pillows by Mills Design Co. Floral Clutch Coin Purse by SpringFlavor

Although spring hasn't officially sprung (it will next week!) it sure feels like it has. With temps in the 60s, sunshine, and daylight savings time, I've been spending more time outdoors and less time behind my computer. Admittedly, it hasn't been a productive week! But after this weekend, I'll be back on track.

Here's this week's roundup of some vintage garden items from Etsy. I am currently helping my mom plan her summer wedding—which is a romantic garden party—so this theme has been on my brain a lot lately. Maybe she can even buy me that cute bow clip to wear..? ;)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Recipe: Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Frittata

My good friend Jess sent me the recipe for this frittata and it sounded so good, I couldn't wait to make it. I threw it together on Sunday morning and had it with a hot cross bun—my absolute weakness during springtime. Easter is approaching and that means they're everywhere. I can't resist! I love them.

So here's how to make it (recipe from Two Recipes):

Serves 6-ish.

I N G R E D I E N T S :

6 eggs
2 small yellow onions, sliced into half-rings
5 oz goat cheese
2 tablespoon light cream (or 2% milk, whatever you'd like)
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
fresh ground pepper and salt
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter

D I R E C T I O N S :

1) Preheat oven to 450°F.

2) In a large, oven-proof skillet, heat butter and oil over medium heat. Add onions and saute on low heat for 30 minutes. You want them to get nice and caramelized—they should be transparent and soft and slightly golden.

3) In a bowl, beat eggs and milk, mix in salt, pepper and rosemary.

4) Pour mixture over onions in skillet; let sit for about 4 minutes, until bottom of eggs is set.

5) Dot the top of the frittata with plops of goat cheese.

6) Move skillet to oven and bake for about 12 minutes. The edges should start to get a little golden. Remove from oven and let cool, then slice with a spatula and serve.

Head over to Two Recipes for step-by-step photos as well. Enjoy!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Day Trip: Cleveland Museum of Art

Last weekend Jim and I took a little trip to the east side to visit the art museum, and of course had to stop for lunch in Little Italy. The Cleveland Museum of Art underwent a major renovation a couple years ago and, although I believe there are still phases in progress, it's pretty much finished. There are still portions from the original museum, which are still familiar from the days where I took school trips there as a kid. It's a perfect mix of old and new...

I snapped a secret picture of one of my favorite paintings there...Le déjeuner sur l'herbre—a parody of Manet's Luncheon on the Grass by Max Ernst. I love surrealism and this painting just makes me smile. 

Looking out at the street from Presti's in Little Italy

Waiting in line for lunch

Spinach and meatball stromboli and an Italian panini

Presti's is an amazing bakery, it was hard to choose what to get for dessert, but my go-to is their chocolate mousse, it's to die for!

We also took some cavatelli to go, as well as a couple cannoli and some shortbread cookies. The guy at the counter spared me his judgmental glances but I could tell my laundry list of items was totally grossing him out. We don't get out to Little Italy much, so we have to make it worth it every time! And having some Presti's to savor for the next couple days was totally worth it.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Crab Pattern

It's March 1st and it seems like spring weather is starting to break through! Although it's been so mild this winter, it feels like now that February is behind us, so is the worst of it.

I made a little crab pattern the other day and it really made me smile and think of all the fun I have eating these little guys in the summer (sorry crabs).

The first time I ever even tried crab, they were straight out of the ocean—I had to crack them open and gut them myself! It was a little intense for me but it opened the door for my love affair with crab legs. It's one of my favorite summer staples—along with watermelon, corn, beer, and a good burger. What are your favorite summer eats?