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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