TEN THINGS

05/27/2016

I am back at home after a difficult trip to Arizona to visit my grandfather in the hospital. He has regressed and it’s been an emotional ride. I am looking forward to spending the weekend cuddling with my kids and getting back on track. Hope you all have a great Memorial Day, and cheers to the long weekend. Here are this week’s ten things…

1. The ‘Beauty and the Beast’ teaser trailer has gone viral.

2. These vintage ads will make you nostalgic for the 90s.

3. France opened a wine theme park. Sign me up!

4. I want to make this beet-flavored cocktail.

5. Whole Foods opened its first “365 store” in Silver Lake this week.

6. A brief history of mid-century modern design.

7. In love with these boob mugs from Amanda Barr.

8. A list of summer desert recipes you’ll want to make all season.

9. This South Korean ice cream bar apparently cures hangovers!

10. Ilana Kohn will be live in the flesh at Two Son on Saturday. If you’re in Nashville, swing by!

Photo above via The Design Files.

TEN THINGS

05/20/2016

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Apologies for the radio-silence this week. It’s been a tough one. I am currently in Arizona visiting my family for a few days. My Grandpa had a stroke on Sunday and is in the hospital. So many thoughts and emotions that go hand-in-hand with the possible loss of someone you love—I feel like I have been weeding through them all. I am happy to say that he is making progress. His strength inspires me so deeply.

Here are this week’s ten things…

1. So in love with those earrings above by Salihah Moore.

2. If ever passing through Phoenix, you must visit this magical place.

3. A beautiful cause helping to empower moms to raise healthy babies in Uganda.

4. The best 71 second animation you’ll watch today.

5. A new band my friend recommended to me and I just can’t quit it.

6. The best street style from Sydney Fashion Week.

7. There’s now a cool book-of-the-month-club for adults. I’m in! I did a little Q&A with them, if you care to take a peek.

8. A dress to live in this summer.

9. A whole week of good food. Ok, now I’m hungry!

10. I decided to pick this up again after such a rough and emotional week.

Photo above via Salihah Moore.

SUNDAY’S CAKE

05/17/2016

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So, this cake may not be the prettiest, but I promise it tastes really good. Ha! The kids were stoked because it’s a Happy Potter cake.

Sticky Toffee Pudding with Maple Sauce

You will need:

12-16 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
½ cup hot water
½ teaspoon baking soda
1¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 tablespoons grade B maple syrup
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 large eggs

Maple Sauce
¼ cup grade B maple syrup
½ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
¼ cup heavy cream at room temperature or warmed

Begin by moving a baking rack to the center of the oven and preheating to 350°F degrees. Butter and flour an 8-inch round cake pan and set aside. In a small bowl, add the dates, hot water, and baking soda—stirring to dissolve. Let this mixture sit for about 15 minutes, then combine in a food processor until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and pour in the flour, baking powder, salt, vanilla, and maple syrup, processing until well-combined. Next, add the butter and eggs, and process until completely blended. Be careful not to overmix the batter or the cake will come out tough! Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 35-45 minutes, or just until the cake is golden brown and springy. In the meantime, start the maple sauce. In a medium bowl, whisk the maple syrup and butter together until well-blended, then slowly whisk in the cream. (The mixture should be kind of soupy.) Let the sauce sit at room temperature as the cake bakes and line a large plate with parchment paper. Once the cake is removed from the oven, pour ⅓ of the sauce over the top evenly while it cools. When the cake is completely cooled, invert it onto the lined plate, then immediately invert it again onto a serving plate, making it right-side up. Serve slices of the cake warm or at room temperature and pour a little extra sauce on top of each slice. Store the cake in plastic wrap at room temperature for 3 days and the sauce in a refrigerated airtight container for up to 1 week. The sauce can thicken, so you might need to whisk it and possibly warm it before serving.

Recipe via Baking With Less Sugar by Joanne Chang.

 

TEN THINGS

05/13/2016

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So, today is Birdie’s graduation!!! Her school recommended she skip kindergarten and go directly into first grade, so that’s what she’s doing—smart cookie, that one! I am looking forward to a relaxing a little bit this weekend at home with my family after a long and crazy work week. Hope you all have a great, sun-filled weekend. Here are this week’s ten things…

1. A list of brilliant things to do in May.

2. I just bought this beautiful new vegetarian cookbook.

3. Everything to know about Chanel’s show in Cuba.

4. This video is sure to make you smile.

5. Learn to make this smoke-filled ice cube for your next cocktail.

6. A beautiful look at sun-drenched beaches viewed from above.

7. These street photos taken in the 70s are so cool.

8. Has anyone seen the Robert Mapplethorpe documentary?

9. Glossier’s new Balm Dotcom Trio!

10. Check out the pictures from Mother’s second anniversary bash.

Photo above via In Your Dreams.

KITCHEN INSPIRATION

05/12/2016

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One of the spaces that is top priority in our upcoming renovation is our kitchen. While ours is bright, white, has great space and is full of quality appliances, it’s outdated, the fridge leaks, the hardwoods are warped, the stove top burners aren’t reliable, and it could just use some upgrades overall. Our kitchen has a connected eat-in dining room, much like this kitchen in the photos above and below, which we also want to upgrade a bit.

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My biggest struggle with our redesign/remodel, besides maintaining a budget, is that I want to make sure that the house is open, clean, and minimal with plenty of storage and without being too trendy—example: subway tile. While I do like it, it’s everywhere and a little overdone, in my opinion. I don’t want my home/kitchen to feel like every coffee shop in town, so I’m looking to find unique, yet simple, classic design elements that I will love for years to come.

The spaces above have the most beautiful flooring, the stainless appliances are a dream, and of course, I am a huge fan of the white-washed walls and cabinets. Here are some more kitchen/dining spaces that have aspects that I love…

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Photo sources: Elizabeth Roberts, Home My DesignCurate and DisplayRemodelista, A Well Traveled Woman, and My Domaine.

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