Monday, January 31, 2011

oh, dear.

Some days are meant to be spent in pajamas...(especially when it's -2 outside)

(via getrealpaid)

Friday, January 28, 2011

Have a side-cramping weekend.

I'm feeling good today. This week kind of took it out of me emotionally but I had a really fantastic night last night with friends, which has left me feeling revived. I love how sometimes it's just those subtle little reminders that makes you realize life doesn't have to be so serious all the time.

Well, I got lucky and my weekend started today. What a good day to have off! It's incredible outside. I'm going to walk to the antique store and hang out at the park and snap a few pictures. This weekend I am planning on doing some cooking, thrifting, dancing, brunching and cleaning. Sounds good to me.

Oh and...

love this cat illustration...(and all her work)

the prettiest little noodle bowls.

incredible photos of the human eye.

i heart mussels.

this strange lamp is right up my alley.

Valentine's: here, here and here.

a fox.

talk of the town: matchbook magazine.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Meatloaf is good.

I always hated my mom's meatloaf. Whenever it was meatloaf night, I'd always opt for the Honey Bunches of Oats instead. It's nothing against my mom's cooking. To be perfectly honest, I'm pretty sure I only tried it once or twice, but that was plenty enough for me. Until, last week. I tried a bite at Steuben's and it was good, really good. So I decided to give it a go.

Sun-dried Tomato, Romano, Turkey Meatloaf
adapted from Food Network

  • 1/2 cup plain dried bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (Italian parsley)
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
  • 1/3 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 10 ounces sliced pancetta, about 10 slices (optional)
In a large bowl mix the bread crumbs, chopped parsley, Romano cheese sun-dried tomatoes, salt and pepper roughly. In a separate bowl wisk together the 2 eggs and whole milk. Pour the milk and eggs into the the dry mixture. Stir together. Slowly add the ground turkey and work mixture with your hands til it is properly combined. Do not over work. Form the meatloaf into a rectagular loaf and cover with parchment paper. Place in oven and bake for 45 min at 375 degrees F.

If you want to add the panchetta (I made 2 loafs and did one with and one without) it's a nice flavor but adds a little extra step. On the parchment paper, overlap the panchetta in the shape of the meatloaf before placing the meatloaf on the paper. Place the meatloaf on top of the panchetta. Wrap the panchetta around the meatloaf with patchment paper and place it in the oven (same temp and time).

When it is all done cooking, slice it, top it with some red sauce-- recipe below (which I just made up in my head) and enjoy!
Recommended sides- mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy and asparagus.

Red Sauce ('cause meatloaf has to have Ketchup, right?)
  • 1 can fire-roasted chopped tomatoes (or any kind of chopped tomatoes)
  • 2 tsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp Ketchup
Stir 3 ingredients together in a saucepan. Bring to simmer and use to top meatloaf.

(photo via me-- I actually managed to snap a picture before I ate it, sorry it's so dark!)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Happy birthday sister!

My older sister turned 30 today! Since she is in Mexico (lucky) and I have no real way to wish her happy birthday, I thought I'd do it on my blog. Happy Birthday Kate! I love you very much.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Have a playful weekend!

Well folks, it's Friday again. I do feel like this week passed by rather quickly. In fact, it's already the middle of January which is kind of crazy. Tonight I am celebrating a bit and going to this fancy Italian restaurant which I have heard really good things about. So excited! That's one thing that is so refreshing about living in Denver, there is always somewhere new to try when it comes to food. I don't really eat out too much so perhaps that's why but there seem to be so many options out there. I love it. Tomorrow night I am going to see my friends Bad Weather California play at the Larimer Lounge with a possible night cap of dancing here. Enjoy your weekend loves!

Hey, check this out too...

Dancers among us.

What's all this hoopla about zodiac signs changing?

Pretty mountains. (also, love this print)

Awesome beds: here and here.

Handmade pasta tutorial. (more here)

I'm liking these art deco looking Black Swan posters.

The Sartorialist: a film.

Sooo awesome.

Beautiful + inspiring winter photos.

(photo via Esben Bog)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tuesday Tunes + Somewhere.

I saw this film over the weekend and thought it was great. It's a simple film with good acting and good music. These are my favorite kind of movies. They feel like a breath of fresh air compared to the cgi, action-packed, 3d craze that's sweeping the nation. Here are my two favorite tunes from Somewhere...

Monday, January 10, 2011

Recipe: Snow ice cream.

Did you ever make snow ice cream as a kid? Even though we only had a few big snowfalls a year in Nashville, I remember always looking forward to this tasty treat. It's the perfect time of year for it too. Just remember to look for clean freshly fallen snow. I'm not sure what my mom's exact recipe was but something similar to this...

  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 8 cups fresh clean snow
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla, or 1 teaspoon of any other extract you have on hand like orange, lemon, or almond

Directions: Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix until smooth.

** When you make your snow ice cream, it’s best to leave out a bowl to catch freshly fallen snow. But if there’s a ton of snow outside your home, and it’s currently not snowing, just go scoop up some fresh, clean snow.

More recipe varieties found here.

(via the family kitchen)

Friday, January 7, 2011

Have a beautiful weekend!

It's supposed to be bitterly cold this weekend. Yes, snow is in the forecast for the next three days. Burrr, pile on those layers guys! Any fun weekend plans? My friends Aly and Stuart are in town from Washington D.C. tonight, which I am sooo excited about. I'm not really sure what's on the agenda yet but they are always in for a good time. The rest of the weekend is pretty open but at some point I really want to sample the new breakfast joint that is right on the corner of my block. I cannot express to you how exciting it is to have a cute little breakfast eatery just steps away from my apartment....I've been waiting for this place to open for months. I sure hope it lives up to my anticipation.

Oh and look...

These oil paintings brighten my spirit.

Someday I will live in a farmhouse. (look at that bed nook!)

Things are not as they seem.

One of my favorite things about photography: A wonderful accident.

Roadside attractions.

2011: the year of the rabbit.

Style inspiration: babes in the woods.

love seat+rocking chair= so good.

Library card love note.

(via Soda O)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Take a look: Julia Rothman

Julia Rothman has quite the knack for patterns. Her messy yet dignified style is oh, so appealing. The NYC native grew up in City Island and graduated from RISD in 2002. Her two blogs Also (company blog) and Book by it's Cover (a personal blog about her favorite books) are the kind of internet destinations that can lose you for hours. She is also a contributing author to The Exquisite Book which features amazing work from 100 other artists and a forward by Dave Eggers...yes, please. Oh and her new book Drawn In,which features the sketchbooks of 44 fine artists, comes out this summer.

(via Reform School, Wolf and Willow, Julia Rothman)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Welcome 2011!

Okay. So, I took a little personal time off but I am now rested and ready, and would like to personally welcome you to 2011. I am calling 2010 the transitional year. It was a year of some pretty major changes for me--new city, new apartment, saying goodbye to old friends and hello to new ones, lost love but found self. I look back on it now and feel like I actually did make some positive steps forward. That being said, I am also a big fan of new beginnings...especially after this hectic year. So 2011, bring it on.