Baking with beats

February 28, 2009

Chocolate peanut butter bites

February 28, 2009

chocolate peanut butter brownie bites

The other night I had the kind of chocolate craving that could not be cured with a simple nibble on a chocolate bar. No, it was the kind that resulted in a whole sheet of brownies laden with peanut butter swirls. And since I have gorged myself on girl scout cookies recently, once the craving subsided, we had to give the rest of the tray up for adoption, otherwise it would be brownies for breakfast and cookies for lunch every day. This kind of thing happens to me a lot, I think its possible that I find the baking of the sweets more therapeutic than the actual eating of them. Then today I stumbled upon this recipe from the darling site, love and olive oil and the whole urge just came flooding back. Quick, someone hide the mixer!

Girl scout cookies

February 27, 2009

cookie monsterYes, its that time of year. I don’t know what it is about girl scout cookies but they make me so freaking happy. Just the smell of samoas takes me right back to 5th grade, sitting on the top of my best friend’s bunk bed where we would spend all afternoon counting out our sales and devouring the “extras”.

Boy dog

February 27, 2009

dog person

Boy dog likes to sit on the couch like a person. In this pic he is not amused with whatever is happening on TV. So funny to me.

Antartica

February 27, 2009

amazing antarticaAt this point I’m sort of over Winter and cold weather. You can smell Spring in the air today and its just enough to make me crazy for bike rides and eating lunch outside. Then, I came across this picture and it was a nice reminder that although cold weather can be annoying, it has its beauty as well.

2009 Oscars

February 25, 2009

natalie portman 2009 oscars

Usually I spend Oscar night reviewing all the dresses, makeup and hair with some girlfriends at my place or over the phone with my mom. I have actually thought on a few occasions how much money AT&T is making on those phone calls, where in-between huge gaps of silence we exchange the occasional “Ew. What’s with that hair?” or  an “Aw, I love her! She looks amazing!”

This year was a bit different as my viewing companions were 4 guys, and so I barely heard a thing that happened over all the comments about breast size. But I can’t complain because I think my friends and I drowned out the Superbowl this year with similar comments about the football player’s bums. Ah, such is the life of cohabitation.

Anyway, I tied with 12 correct answers in our Oscar pool and all the chatter didn’t impede my enjoyment of the best part of the Oscars: the dresses. I think Natalie Portman was the best by a large margin in Rodarte. Followed closely by Penelope Cruz, Tina Fey, Meryl Streep,  Freida Pinto, and whoever that is with John Legend. In fact they would have won for best dressed couple had Mr. Legend not over-accessorized with that tie clip. Brown mohair Prada is enough look, my friend. So instead I will award it to Diane Lane and Josh Brolin.

Diane Lane & Josh Brolin

Being “Best Dressed” is a hard thing to win on this blog. You have to:

1. Wear something interesting, that fits well and doesn’t have unflattering draping issues. (Apparently harder than it sounds. Yes, I mean you, Jessica Biel.)

2. Not have something wierd going on with your hair, makeup or jewelry. (I know it doesn’t have anything to do with your dress but it affects the overall look.)

3. Not annoy me. (Let’s not even discuss Miley Cyrus.)

Egg Stuffed Tomatoes

February 23, 2009

egg and pesto stuffed tomatoes

Ah, I love brunch. I love the casual nature of eating egg dishes with messy hair and re-hashing your saturday night with friends. Today I was lucky enough to have a partner in crime in preparing my favorite meal. My pal, Michelle was dead set on making this egg dish she found on Smitten Kitchen. One potential pitfall, I don’t particularly like the notion of food as containers. I.e.- stuffed peppers, onions, bread bowls etc. But I love egg dishes of all kinds, so I was willing to overlook the fact that this egg was baked inside of a tomato. Also its pretty much the only way tomatoes are useful this time of year. So we combined forces and whipped up this dish, with a pesto that is made with romaine and parsley. Its sounds weird but is very delicious and satisfying. It would be the perfect breakfast for a big group of people because you can make a lot of portions that are done at the same time and you don’t need a multitude of baking dishes. Check out the recipe here and I promise you will not be disappointed.

Spaghetti

February 21, 2009

Martelli pasta

One of my favorite things to make on the weekends is spaghetti and meatballs. Its an old comfort food that I never really appreciated until recently. Its so easy to make and I love the simplicity of a fresh tomato sauce and perfect al dente pasta. I came across this spaghetti on a recent pilgramage to my local butcher, Marlow and Daughters and fell in love with the font and bright yellow packaging. It’s from  company in Pisa thats been making pasta since 1926 and they seem to know what they are doing. I’m trying not to gobble it all up because I simply love having this cheery bag around.

Found heart- potato

February 21, 2009

Heart of potatoToday while preparing a celery root and potato soup, I came across this little guy. Too delightful to cut up.

Morning in the city

February 20, 2009

steps

One of my favorite things about living in New York is those quiet mornings when the city is just getting going. On my trip to the local deli to pick up some eggs and grapefruit yesterday, it was one of those delightfully clear days. The streets are scrubbed clean, the shadows of the naked branches are reaching across the brick of the buildings. My canon battery is dead so I had to take these with the ol’ point and shoot but gives you and idea of that lovely morning light.

window openlamp post

Marc by Marc Jacobs

February 18, 2009

mmj

Say what you will about Marc Jacobs but I think he truly is a fashion visionary. Definitely my favorite slice of New York fashion week thus far. A little more wearable than the collection line, and definitely a lot less hardcore 80s,  it maintains that distinct nod to downtown New York style. No one puts together a look like Marc- the prints, the bags, the tights… It’s a little bit grunge, a little bit lumberjack with a dash of Molly Ringwald thrown in.

Found heart- Beet

February 17, 2009

heartbeet

I don’t know if I am just lucky to be given heart shaped things so often, or if I like finding them so I am always searching. Either way, they seem to be popping up everywhere. Today, in my desk lunch.

Screen printed tees

February 16, 2009

Pause for shameless self- promotion. I just wanted to share these tees I made last week. Each one is hand printed by moi with an old knot illustration that I thought was pretty neato. Now available at my  brand-spanking-new Etsy shop for a limited time. Men and Women sizes available in a few different colors. Check it out and if you are an Etsy member, maybe you want to heart my shop, perhaps?

Found Heart- Oyster

February 16, 2009

oyster heart

Oyster heart on Valentine’s Day. What Luck!

Days with my father

February 13, 2009

days

It always intrigues me when people use their blogging powers for good- not evil. I’ll admit I frequent those gossip sites that are the reading equivalent of  movie theater popcorn- not that fulfilling yet you just cannot stop eating it and if you don’t eat anything else, when you are done you feel weirdly hungry and sick. Same is true for gossip sites. So here is some bloggage that is more like health food. Simple, beautiful and heart healthy. Its a little “Tuesday’s with Morrie”-esque, in that chronicles a man’s relationship with his aging father, but its real and has some amazing photos. Reminds me of my fascination and love for my grandparents as they aged. Don’t mean to get all sappy and touching, but I think its something everyone can take pause and appreciate at some point in their lives. Lighter news about shoes or something in the next post, I promise.