Posts Tagged 'Cooking'

to make: valentine’s round-up

Call me a sucker, but I heart valentine’s day.   A day to remember to tell those that you love, hello lovely lovies.  A few hand-made ideas to help you spread the love without spending too much dough…

{images and instructions found via A Golden Afternoon  and The Style Files}

I’m a little late coming around to the chalk party – but love the endless possibilities!  Personalize a mug, pot or anything else you can get your hands on…

{images and recipes clockwise from left via Alexandra’s Kitchen, Two Peas & Their Pod and Our Best Bites}

Whip up something special in the kitchen.  I’m partial to  desserts of the chocolate salted caramel or nutella type and anything italian

{images clockwise from left via iVillage, Paper Culture and Paper Source}

Print or frame a favorite image, sew a felt heart, make a card.



Waiting, Waiting, Waiting…

Hello friends!  Here I sit at home – patiently awaiting the arrival of our first baby.  Who is either apparently going to have an extreme personality – either very Zen-like and calm (fingers crossed!) OR very stubborn and strong-willed.  The due date has come and gone and the little one sits snug and quiet, showing no signs of coming out to meet his/ her anxious parents!!  Oh well!  In the meantime, I’ve been catching up on all things web and wasting enjoying lots of time reading, window shopping and bookmarking future craft projects and recipes (for when I have some free time around about – say, oh, 2013.)  A few favorites from the week so far:

 {via Metal Pressions)

Eyeing these beautiful pendant charms to commemorate the little ones arrival.  Someday.  Soon.

{via spoon fork bacon}

Looking forward to making these spinach stuffed shells as a hearty winter dinner.  And also looking forward to reading this new-to-me blog more often…welcome to the reading list spoon fork bacon!!

{via Ruby Press}

Seriously crushing on this monogrammed letterpress stationery from Portland shop, Ruby Press.  Added to wish list, check!!

{from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts via Oh Happy Day}

My new gift wrap for holiday?  Maybe…just maybe.

{via Urban Comfort}

Lace decoupaged vases…a seemingly simple craft even I may be able to pull off in mass!

{via Purl Soho}

After many, many delays – my iPhone 4S is scheduled to arrive tomorrow.  And I think I’ve found the perfect case!  A hard case just waiting for you to apply your own cross-stitching wizardry.  Love.

in my files…Thanksgiving Recipes

Parmesan Crusted Butternut Squash via Gourmet

I’ve been salivating over the amazing Thanksgiving recipes making their way across the web and newstands these days. I love fall foods the best – hearty root vegetables and rich fruits.

Roasted Pumpkin Salad via 101 Cookbooks

My inspiration file and bookmarked folder is busting at the seams…these are a few of my favorites that I’ll be choosing between come next week.  I love to experiment with a new recipe each year, but this year’s list is sooo long – I may have to try two.

my beet obsession continues with Roasted Beets & Mint Yogurt via Martha Stewart

Creamed Spinach and Parsnips via Food & Wine

Paula Deen’s Pumpkin Bars via Food Network

Pumpkin & Gingerbread Ice Cream Sandwiches via Martha Stewart

I know I’ve blogged about these before, but they’re DEFINITELY making the final cut.  The ice cream maker is in the freezer now to chill.

What’s on your menu this year?

Weekend Snapshots

Hello lovelies!  I hope that you enjoyed the long weekend as much as I did.  I love having that one extra day…finally got to some of the more in depth projects on the to-do list.  A few snapshots from my weekend.

I scavenged around a local salvage yard looking for inspiration.  And while nothing made the cut to come home with me, I did get some lovely pics!

Inspired by Ez over at Creature Comforts, I took a try at caramel making.  Three batches in, I finally got the hang of it and have to say I was quite pleased with myself.  I added Fleur de Sel sea salt to this recipe for a twist on the classic.  Adding 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt in with the cream, just a touch.  And now I’m drizzling this goodness on apples for a yummy treat.

What were you up to this weekend?

Yum Yum Friday!

Happy Friday friends!  I’m so glad the weekend is here.  What do you have planned for the weekend?  I’ll be heading to Connecticut and New Jersey for a photoshoot, can’t wait!

I’ve become obsessed with a new pizza creation we experimented with this week and wanted to share.  It’s kind of my new obsession…

Roasted Vegetable Pizza (makes one thin crust pizza – can double dough recipe if you like thicker crust, or for more pizzas)

Ingredients –
3/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
1/2 cup lukewarm water
1 tablespoon olive oil

You can use any in-season veggies you like – for this version I used:

1/2 Eggplant – 1/4″ sliced
1 zucchini – 1/4″ sliced
1/2 Yellow Onion – chopped
4 Garlic Cloves
Handful Cherry Tomatoes – cut in half
1 large handful of chopped rosemary
1 Cup Mozzarella

Directions –
Mix dry ingredients, including yeast, in a large bowl. Add water and olive oil, stirring mixture until mixed well.  Once mixed, use your hands to form dough into a small ball.

Knead dough for a couple of mintues. Lightly oil the mixing bowl (I used a spritz of cooking spray)  put the dough back in the bowl – rub in the oil so ball is well coated, cover with plastic wrap and leave for two hours.

Around 20 minutes left until your dough is ready, preheat oven to 400 degrees and prep vegetables.  Place vegetables on a baking sheet, single layer and coat with olive oil or cooking spray and lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Roast for 45 minutes, until vegetables are browned.

Take the dough out, and press the air out.  Fold back into a ball and put back under plastic wrap for 20 more minutes.

Remove veggies from oven.  Roll out dough, place on pizza stone or parchment paper.  Smear olive oil, roaster garlic and chopped rosemary around dough to coat pizza.  Add toppings.  Place pizza stone directly on the grill and heat until browned.  Ours took about 20 minutes and had the best tasting, crispiest crust we’ve achieved at home.  The grill is my new favorite pizza making accessory…

Hope that you have a wonderful weekend!  See you back here next week.

Blueberry Jam

I’d always thought jam-making was for grannies…but for some reason I had to give it a try over the weekend.  I must say, I am definitely hooked and already thinking of all the fruits I will be jamming the rest of the summer.  If you have a hankering to try this yourself, follow these simple steps for a delicious treat.

What You Need

4 pints blueberries
4 cups sugar
Juice from 1/2 lemon
1 package Sure Jell
Jars – I used 8 oz Ball Canning Jars

What You Do

Rinse and clean berries, being sure to remove any soft berries, twigs or leaves.  Mash berries in large bowl.  I found it easiest to do in small batches, around 1 cup at a time.  This part is not the prettiest step, so be patient!  Mix 1/4 cup sugar, Sure-Jell and lemon juice into berries.  Heat over medium high heat until boiling.  Once boiling, add remaining sugar and continue to stir.  Bring back to a full boil and let boil for about 1 minute.  Test the consistency.  To do this, take a small spoon and set aside to see if the jam sets…if so – you’re ready to jar!

While you’re working on boiling the berries, you will also need to have the jars and lids (separately) in boiling water to sanitize them.  Remove the jars and work quickly to fill each jar just below the thread line.  Screw the lids on tightly and place back in boiling water to seal the jars.  Bring water back to a full boil for ten minutes.  Remove and set aside to cool – and enjoy the satisfying popping sound as each jar sets. 
Enjoy your jam on ice cream, warm toast, a dessert pizza…mmmm.

Summer, Summer, SummerTime…

Yeah!  Summer is finally here!  I am looking forward to putting my patio together this weekend so I can show you guys the finished product – in the meantime, here’s a preview of our furniture that finally came in…

I can’t wait to plant the containers and hang the birdhouse I got for my birthday and I’m trying to refrain from adding any more pieces or projects to the list, but this Woolly Pocket keeps calling my name!  And when I finally get it put together, I can’t wait to have an outdoor dinner party!  I’m already planning my menu and serving pieces in my head…want a glimpse?

images via Food Network, 101cookbooks and Epicurious

A big, yummy grilled vegetable salad with some fresh mozzarella, and drizzled with balsamic vinegar.  Delicious Six Seed Soda Bread from (a daily read of mine!) and a grilled shrimp cocktail.  To finish, a grapefruit sorbet with fresh rosemary from our garden and a nice glass of champagne.  I can’t wait!

images via  Amazon, Lost and Found, Terrain, Sur La Table, Babylon Sisters and Ikea.

For the table – I love to mix the texture of wood cutting board, plates and salad bowl with more refined metal dessert cups.  And I adore this vintage bakelite flatwareis it wrong to love flatware? A cute citronella candle to keep the pests at bay, and simple dish towels as napkins to keep us all tidy.

I’m looking forward to this someday dinner party al fresco…

xoxo, jill.



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