Friday, December 23, 2011

And to all a Good Night!

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Just popping in to wish everyone a Happy Holidays! I wanted to share this pretty Instagram pic that Peyton took of our festive porch. Well, there's at least Christmas lights...that's festive enough, right? You can also see Jak's frustration with the screen door in this pic, he wants thumbs so bad! Now seems like as good a time as any to say how thankful I am for what a wonderful year it has been. AND HOW EXCITED I AM ABOUT 2012!!!! Catch you all on the flip side!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Caliente Cheddar Cookies [more holiday treats]




Hola! I'm back with another holiday recipes. This is one of my favorites and beware... these little suckers are very addicting. These Cheddar Jalapeno Cookies are super easy to bust out for parties or gifts (few ingredients and very easy prep). And you can definitely make the dough ahead of time and let it sit in the fridge for a day or two until you are ready to bake. I love putting these in holiday gift baskets because they are a nice break from all of the sweet treats. Don't get me wrong, sweet treats are my bread and butter... but this recipe is mostly butter so....maybe cheddar cookies are my bread and butter... I don't know - it's gets confusing. I like these cookies alot.




I found this recipe last year on Design Sponge. The recipe is basically the same, I have just modified to process to be a little more time efficient. Mine might not come out as pretty, but they taste just as delicious and take alot less time. Here's a link to the original, Cheddar Jalapeno Cookies and here is mine below. Happy Almost Christmas lovelies!


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(edited on 1/9/12 - experimented a little more and found better ratios of butter)
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
8-ounce block of extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded extra fine (it really helps to have it finely shredded)
3/4 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup pickled jalapenos*, patted dry and chopped

Instructions

In a mixer combine butter, salt and pepper until thoroughly blended. In a separate bowl, mix together flour and cheddar. Slowly add flour and cheese until dough clears the sides of mixer. Don’t over-mix. Then fold in jalapenos. Dough will be pretty crumbly and dry. Start to work it with your hands to incorporate the peppers and it will start to come together. Next, work it into a long cylindrical shape (like the shape of a rolling pin) and wrap with plastic wrap (this will allow for you to slice the dough into disks instead of rolling the dough out flat and using cookie cutters). Chill for about 20 to 30 minutes up to 48 hours. Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap dough and slice into 1/4 inch thick disks. Place on parchment-lined baking sheets or silicon baking sheets. Bake in the center of the oven for about 13-15 minutes or until cookies are golden on top. Enjoy!

Friday, December 16, 2011

A Wishlist

In the honor of loving lists (and having a major case of the wants) I decided to put together a wishlist of the top things I'm currently coveting. Some of the things on this list fall into the "if money was no object" category, but hey...a girl can dream. Santa, if your still taking requests hook me up.

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1. Laura Lombardi Mida Necklace
2. Children's book author Dallas Clayton's newest work, The Greatest Writer Ever, a collection of his poetry and musings
3.Free People Vegan Leather Jacket
4. Lucky Brand Bambi Ankle Boots
5. Casey Ohngren's Holding Hands Poster
6. Derek Lam Handbag
7. Etro Chunky Knit Snood
8. Vintage Gold Bar Cart
(I have to confess, since compiling this list I may or may not have purchased one of these items for myself)



Tuesday, December 13, 2011

New in 2142stuart [etsy love]

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I just added a new typography print to my shop 2142stuart.  The background is an original watercolor painting by yours truly. I did alot of experimenting with watercolors this weekend and can't wait to add more designs with these bright painted backgrounds. Check out my shops for some great gift ideas! Orders placed by Sunday Dec.18 will be shipped and delivered by Dec. 23.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Weekend Adventures

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This weekend we decided to temporarily hop out of our little bubble and make a day trip to Washington, LA to check out some antique stores and whatever else the town had to offer. It was a very cold and dreary weekend and this mini road trip ended up being the perfect way to keep us from lounging on the couch all day. Not to mention I was hoping to score some fun pieces for the living room. We spent the majority of the day at the Old Schoolhouse Antique Mall which is quite literally a HUGE old school turned antique mecca. (To any of you that ever make it out there, the gym has the best stuff) Thanks so Peyton's keen eye I found the most amazing vintage champagne glasses ever! I wasn't really aware that I needed a set of champagne glasses, but I don't know how I ever lived without these. Even though it was an almost fruitless trip, it was nice to slow down and wander though the quiet old buildings. Sometimes I forget how nice it is to not be in a hurry, not have anywhere to be or any reason to be checking the time. I don't think I checked the time once on the whole trip. . . In fact, it was so relaxing that I barely snapped any photos, oops! All in all it was a great little escape and has inspired me to explore more of the antique stores around here for little treasures. It might just become a new holiday tradition. Hope your weekend was full of little adventures too :)

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Needless to say I almost lost it when i saw this chair, unfortunately the cushions were filled with sawdust


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A pretty collection Part 1


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A pretty collection Part 1


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There's no one else in the world I'd rather go on adventures with


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Bad picture, lovely glass

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Holiday Gifting: Edibles

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I like to take a more edible approach at holiday gift giving. I like to use this time as an opportunity to show off some new recipes, display my craftiness, maybe wow the boyfriend's parents (let them know that he's in good hands). The task of coming up with new gift ideas every year can be a little daunting. Yes, I much prefer to bake some yummy seasonal treats, make super cute labels, and assemble them all in a cute basket. Hopefully I will be able to share all of my favorite recipes with you (that is, if I'm not staying up till midnight 2 nights before Christmas to finish my baking endeavors). I really wanted to take a stab at canning this year, and since I've been obsessed with apples lately I decided to try my hand at apple butter. Get this.... you can make apple butter in a slow cooker! Aside from peeling and slicing apples all you have to do it let is sit...for about 10 hours. And I do have to give props to my new food processor. It has a slicing attachment that did all the slicing for me! Six pounds of apples sliced in five minutes, thank you food processor, thank you. Here is my adapted recipe for spiced apple butter.


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6 1/2 pounds apples - peeled, cored and sliced
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 cup spiced rum
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract


1. Place the apples in a slow cooker. In a medium bowl, combine sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg cloves, ginger and salt. Pour the mixture over the apples, add rum and mix well.
2. Cook in slow cooker on low for about 10 hours, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thickened and dark brown.
3. Uncover, stir in vanilla and continue cooking uncovered on low for about 2 hours.
4. Use an immersion blender or food processor to puree the apple butter until smooth.
5. Spoon the mixture into sterile containers, cover and refrigerate for up to two weeks or freeze. For canning instructions click here.
6. Serve on breads, muffins, pork chops or just eat it with a spoon.

Up next, jalapeno cheddar cookies. These are seriously addictive, so stay tuned!

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Mid Century Inspiration

I'm currently in the midst of a living room overhaul. Most of the furniture I own is from cheap bargain stores bought out of necessity in college or old hand me downs. While I do treasure some of the pieces... a few of them are reaching the end of their lifespan. As I make my way through this room redo I'd like to share some of my inspiration. I love mid century style but prefer a slightly more comfy and casual take. The things I have been obsessing over are danish style low profile pieces and warm woods. My living room is fairly small and I feel like these gems keep the space feeling open and functional. I've been pinning like a madwoman lately, here are some of my favs:

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And here are some great rooms I found via Apartment Therapy. I would be more than happy to inhabit any of these spaces.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Dinner for One and a Holiday Side

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While I really enjoy a fancy dinner with friends (or a not so fancy dinner with my partner in crime in front of the tv), I also love the nights I get prepare a simple quirky supper meal just for me. It usually consists of a fancy (slightly off beat) grilled cheese maybe with some tart apple slices thrown in there, or a funky omelet filled with all the leftover veggies in my fridge. But this particular night I attempted to recreate a delicious side dish I had at Uchiko in Austin. I have been dreaming of these little things for a while now so i decided to give it a shot. It seemed simple enough, crispy Brussels sprouts with a spicy chili lemon sauce. And while they were delicious (I seriously stuffed my face with these bad boys), I am sad to say I haven't cracked the Uchiko secret quite yet. Here's what I did if you would like to try it out. ps. It would make a great side For Turkey Day.




I washed, trimmed the stems, and cut the sprouts in half. Tossed them in olive oil, honey, salt, pepper, and chili flakes. On medium heat, I placed the sprouts (flat side down) in pan with a little more olive oil. Let them sit for about 2-3 minutes to get a crisp going, them I flipped then and continued to cook until tender. Just before eating I squirted some lemon juice and done!
I enjoyed these lovelies with a homemade chicken salad sandwich. A healthy tip: Use plain Greek yogurt (or regular yogurt) instead of mayo in your chicken or tuna salad. I swear, i couldn't tell the difference and now it's a totally guilt free indulgence.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A Pretty Fall Afternoon at the Fair




Just some fun photos from a day at the fair. The cute little school across the street from my house hosts this fair every year on Halloween weekend. It's a pretty legit fair, complete with funnel cakes, lemonade and carnies! The only down side is that there is a carny shanty town across the street from my house for about a week every year, but i guess every joy has its price. I also found out that a 6 year old is perfect age to accompany me to such a fair, we like all the same rides. Should I be ashamed that my daredevil level is equivalent to a 1st grader? Hmm... doesnt't bother me. We had a pretty lovely fall afternoon there :) featuring my neice, Izzy, sister, Hannah, and her husband Nico
ps. I'm back!





Fair post at katiemaye.blogspot.com





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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Everyday I'm Packaging [an update]




Hi lovely friends! I'm very happy to report that the fab.com sale was an amazing success! I really want to thank anyone that joined the site, checked out the sale, and passed the word along to others. Needless to say I have been busy busy trying to organize the aftermath and preparing all of the items to be shipped. And as life will have it from time to time, a few curveballs have been thrown my way and to be honest the last thing on my mind lately is keeping up with blogs posts. So I am just going to surrender to current circumstance and take a break until I'm refreshed and full of fun new stories and tidbits to share. With that being said, see you all on the flip side :)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Curious Prints @ Fab.com



 The Curious Prints sale opens today at 10 am (central time) and I'm so excited! I will have some of my favorite vintage images available in 18"x 24" size at a discounted price. The posters will be up for three days at fab.com and there alot of other really great designers and artist up there too! Do yourselves a favor and check it out :)

Here is a link to join the site I you haven't done so already
http://fab.com/q41ike

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Vintage Me Oh My

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Today I'm sharing one of my favorite sources of inspiration. Vintage Me Oh My is the brain child of graphic designer Megan Cummins, and is a culmination of all things vintage and lovely. When I'm feeling stuck in a design rut I love to visit Megan's site for a fresh perspective. She posts an array of posters, signs, packing, photography - just about anything with a vintage touch. She also posts some really great turn of the century typography posters (for you other typography nerds out there). To quote Megan herself, "If you like vintage goodness, this blog is going to be your online crack. Yep. It’s going to be an ongoing stream of drool-worthy, thought-provoking, creative-inducing eye candy- from print to packaging, typography to illustration."
She also makes available some great high resolution downloads of some of the images. These are great if your looking to add a few fun vintage prints to your home. Here are some of my favorite posts...


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Monday, October 17, 2011

Stripes and Boots




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I call this look Urban Parisian Cowgirl, I'm pretty clever right? I finally found exactly the pair of boots I was looking for. Albeit I broke down and searched ebay for them but I think it was worth paying a few extra dollars for the shipping.
This weekend was full of awesome music, dancing on chairs, and of course...lots of yummy baked goods. You may recall I was really excited about seeing MuteMath and they definitely lived up to all of my expectations. One of the best nights ever, there were handstands on keyboards for crying out loud! That's really all I can say about that. I got to hang out with a bunch of lovely girls Saturday and ate the most delicious blueberry cinnamon rolls I have ever had in my entire life (Ashley, you are a genius). So yes, it was all around and epically glorious weekend.
Big question looming over my head lately...10 year high school reunion? Too attend or not to attend...what is you guys' view on this subject, did you attend yours? Mine is coming up and I'm just not sure how i feel about it.....









Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday Frames

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My pretty Birthday tulips


I managed to collect a few lovely little moments from the week to share. All of my prep for Fab.com is done and I'm ready to relax and enjoy the weekend. We are going to see one of my favorite bands tonight, Mutemath!!!!! I'm really so excited I can barely contain myself...seriously. I can hardly get motivated to drive out of town for shows anymore and we don't get that many great shows here in Baton Rouge. So MuteMath + Baton Rouge + Friday night+ one of my favorite venues equals a very happy girl. I also foresee in my future some girl time with blueberry cinnamon rolls, ohhhhhh it's going to be heavenly. And probably lots of cocktails, it's the freakin weekend after all people!!! I hope yours is equally lovely :)


He's so bored by these tulips
and the boy who gave them to me


Yummy hummus dinner


Some added color to my very boring outfit
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New ballet flats, yay for fall!
ballet flats i have been wearing like crazy