“I’m between 50 and death.”

February 16, 2012 § 4 Comments

“Young women, you’re going to get old someday.
Don’t worry about it.”

“There’s no substitute for life experience.”

Heroes. Ladies, please come be my friends and share your closets with me.


Spiced Beer Bread + Link Love

October 15, 2011 § 1 Comment

Shiner Bock Spiced Beer Bread
3 c. all purpose flour
4 & 3/4 t. baking powder
1 & 3/4 t. salt
spices {1 t. cinnamon + 1/4 t. nutmeg + 1/4 t. cloves}
1/2 c. brown sugar
12 fl. oz. beer
1/4 c. butter, melted
Heat oven to 375. Lightly grease a 9×5 in baking dish. Whisk dry ingredients together. Add beer slowly and mix just until moistened. Pour into baking dish and top with melted butter. Bake 45 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

Originally made this ages ago and posted it here. Revived it and added some spices. Perfect for a Saturday morning of football. Best warm, right out of the oven when the top and sides are all criiiiiispy. Serve with honey + butter.

Love me some baked goods. From a farmer’s market foray over at a great new food blog discovery that’s had me pouring through the archives the last couple of days.

More art display ideas, though I think this picture was making the pinterest rounds because of the pillows.
Speaking of art. Geoffrey Johnson. OMG. Somewhere between Caillebotte’s Rainy Day and Turner, this one here. Christmas list?


Murray’s Cheese shop in NYC. Be still my heart.

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News to me. Did y’all know they found an 18th Century shipwreck as they excavated the World Trade Center site?

Speaking of baking with beer. Taylor likes Hefeweizens; wonder if he’d like these cupcakes or if I’d first have to hide the fact that there was beer in them. {More tales of spousal food deception and skepticism, in addition to the above beer bread, here 1, 2, 3 and 4 } So curious to try them.

SUCH a fascinating insight into fashioning the space suit and all the historical, global, political and societal implications. Sounds weird but I promise you’ll be fascinated.

Fun new book. Awesome illustrations. Perfect for accidental learning. Just like my hero David Macaulay.

Never watched the new show Pan Am but this was a great interview of an original flight attendant about the early days of the stewardess vocation.

Mustached American of the Year Awards. Who knew? So funny. Hermain Cain is up. Go look at the site and the other nominees. Cast your vote if so inclined.

Great Gatsby is coming to the big screen! With Leo D! I’m there. It’s going to be awesome. Class field trip??

That’s all. Happy Saturday. Go make some beer bread. Bet you have all the ingredients and you won’t regret it.

peonies + pasta: linklove

June 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

Random? I love fresh flowers. Usually when I go to the grocery store, I pic up a $4 stem of five stargazer lilies that slowly bloom and make my kitchen table smell delish for at least a week. But ever since her sister accessorized my friend’s bachelorette party, I’ve been smitten with peonies. Just picked up my mint julep cups inspired by the cute girl over  @ lagniappe and can’t wait to fill them with peonies, pencils, makeup brushes, trinkets…. maybe even an actual mint julep considering my affection for summer sips.
I bought one that’s literally become over six inches wide. It’s fantastic.

Budget Bytes is cooking good, fresh healthy food and accounting for her spending on a budget. Including making chips in the microwave? love this girl.

{more link love}

Speaking of summer sips, can’t wait to try this one.

Crafts with maps? sold.

Eat breakfast! It’s my fave. Here are some great suggestions to make this meal more manageable if you can never seem to fit it in but struggle to make it to lunch, especially adjusting to a “real” job as many of us are.

Along those lines. I plan to try this. I’ll keep you posted.

Summer snacks. Love that fruit pizza. Reminds me of the Theta house and that, along the lines of the cheddar apple melt, is a perfect example of something my mom would have come up with to get us to eat fruits and vegetables. As I grow up I’m realizing what a great job my mom did getting us to eat broccoli and carrots by letting us douse them in things like cheese and ranch dressing. Salted cucumber slices…. Ants on a log… Popsicles made with purreed fruit… and I lovedlovedloved strawberries dipped in powdered sugar. Man, I must have eaten tons of strawberries {in addition to tons of powdered sugar, velveeta and ranch dressing} and accidentally had fruit for dessert all summer long. Good job, mom.

Reenacting art. Sort of like those people who reenact their childhood photos. Maybe this is weird, disclaimer, but I think it’s cool and funny.

Stylish guys? Stylish girls who need to make presentable a less than stylish guy? Behold a pleasant and very well named resource.



Fashionably Bombed

December 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

what a fun blog discovery! perfect for all those holiday get togethers or just a spirited little resource for mixing up your cocktail repertoire.

mixing up! ..im so punny.

{Fashionably Bombed.}


{mrs. lilien}

christmas cookies

December 19, 2010 § 1 Comment


{accent chairs+tuesday links}

November 23, 2010 § 1 Comment

I love the windows, the carpet and that table back there too…

modern wingback

There’s my coffee table again. Modern yet still cozy.

ruffles! delicate little chair.

…and some Tuesday links….

Accent chairs + accent pillows Right up my accessorizing over basics alley.

After leaving mine in an NYC cab, I need some gloves. just glovely.

Anthro does warm ears. I’m feeling a cold weather accessory feature…

I never would have thought of this combo. edamame…goat cheese…butternut squash….

You celebrate that winter birthday, sister. No lack of a weekday pool party is getting you down!

You’re cordially invited to the disco dance party we will be having all spring in our empty new house!

How a video game review led to a precious father and special needs son story


November 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

The high is in the 60s later this week and the low is in the 30s and 40s.

This is cold enough.

For now, I’m excited about the crisp chill in the air, the impending holidays and  the fun scarves, sweaters and cozy boots. The warm soups and roasts, savory spiced preserves and baked goods. Arriving home out of the cold to warm cozy rooms, beds and blankets. But the cold will get old fast, become bitter, biting and endless, and I will soon be crying out about my frozen toes, cold dog outings and chapped hands.

So some link love:

For all lovers of graphic design, paper and timeless things.

Good to know I’m not the only one who does this.

Why had I not considered all the reasons to select this cute brand for T’s pancakes? (yes, preserves on pancakes)

Such fun color! The kind of thing I love because I’m not brave enough to go all in for myself.

Darling, darling. Add it to the wedding should haves.

This guy is so cool and so is this concept.

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