Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
I'm not sure if anyone else has this habit, but I check Anthropologie.com religiously for life inspiration. Not only do they have beautiful "stuff" (that I envy - hence the post name), they also have beautiful ideas and artsy inspiration of things to do with your own stuff (that probably costs 1/2 of what their stuff costs). I guess you could say that I use them. I doubt they'll mind - they don't put those gorgeous photos on their website, produce stunning catalogs (that are more like photography books), or decorate their stores with such meticulous care just so people will buy "stuff." It's all part of the "Anthro Experience."
For example, I want to live within the photograph above. That Italian bed is gorgeous and the bedding is so different and soft-looking. Mmmm.... me like.
And how about the chair below? Possibly the coolest chair to exist, right?
Even their welcome mats are cool! (And this one is semi-affordable: $42) I love the scalloped edge! So clever... again, I'm having major bouts of "stuff envy" at the moment...
Anyway, I just needed some inspiration and thought I would share! If you don't check Anthropologie.com as often as I do, it's probably a good thing for your wallet (because you might be tempted to buy things! Ahhh!).
Monday, March 29, 2010
Doesn't look like your neighborhood produce department? Yeah... me neither. This is in a produce market in Fayence, France. Yes... I went there. I had to! I need color and warmth in my life in the form of lush and pornographic vegetables!
That's another market in France, but this one is right out on the street. I believe that photo was taken in Grasse, France (where they make perfume). I love that you don't even have to ask if the veggies and fruits are organic... it's just pretty-much understood that they are. I wish our country took as much pride in food as they do.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Lynn's Great Granola
4 cups organic rolled oats
1/4 cup canola or sunflower oil
3 Tbsp. honey
1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped (optional)
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. allspice
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup apple juice
1/4 cup apple sauce
1-2 tsp. salt (to taste)
1/2 cup dried fruits (optional)
Mix oil and honey together and heat in the microwave for about 15 seconds (this makes it so the honey gets distributed more evenly). In a bowl, stir together oats, oil & honey mixture, walnuts, cinnamon, allspice, vanilla, apple juice, apple sauce, and salt until evenly distributed.
Bake for 20-25 minutes on 350 degrees F (this varies from oven to oven, so the time or temperature might need to be adjusted), stirring occasionally. The final product should be golden (it will crisp-up as it cools).
Saturday, March 27, 2010
There's something incredible about living in a place where you look out your back window and see... well... that. We have a group of about 20 turkeys that float through our yard once or twice a week. But, the other afternoon, along with the 20 regulars, we had this guy. He was strutting about - showing off his stuff about 12 feet from our back deck. Thank goodness dad had just cleaned the windows or this picture probably wouldn't be.
I will miss this area and the mountains so much when I move... but, there will be new wildlife and new adventures in Middle Georgia! :)
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Spring is here and it's time for veggies! Last night, my dad and I made a strictly veggie meal (which, if you know my dad, is almost unheard of) that was amazingly delicious - if I do say so myself! The photo above is what we started with: raw beets, sweet onions, fennel, and garlic cloves. We decided to roast them (believe it or not, at the suggestion of Auguste Escoffier) so they would be cruncy and delicious. After we arranged them in the pan (and preheated the oven to 350 degrees F), we drizzled EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) on them and sprinkled them with salt, pepper, a little chicken base (I promise... it works), and balsamic vinegar.
Next, we baked them for about 20 minutes, flipped them over & added a few splashes of red wine, and baked them for another 10 minutes.
Next, we plated them and sprinkled toasted walnuts shaved parmesan cheese on them and drizzled a homemade mustard walnut vinaigrette over the entire yumminess. I love how the onions soaked up the balsamic and wine and look like little sweet roses! And every once in a while, when you bite into a roasted and caramelized garlic clove, you just want to weep with happiness.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Mmmm... my favorite dessert in any Thai restaurant: Mango Sticky Rice. Why do I love it so? Because it's rice. In a dessert. With mango. Oh yeah... and coconut. Delish! So, I decided to make it one night when the mangoes were fresh and I had a little time. I found the recipe online and changed it up a bit... Here it is:
Thai Mango Sticky Rice
1 cup Thai sweet rice/sticky rice
1-2 ripe mangoes, cubed
4-5 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 cups coconut milk
1 tsp. black sesame seeds
1 tsp. white sesame seeds
Soak the rice in 1 cup of water for 1-2 hours - don't drain it (this will help make it extra sticky!). Pour into a medium sauce pot and add 3/4 cup more water, 1/2 cup coconut milk, 1/2 tsp. salt, and two Tbsp. brown sugar. Stir.
Bring it up to a boil then bring it down to a simmer. Partially cover the top with a lid (let some of the steam escape). Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for about 20 minutes (or until all liquid is absorbed and the rice is soft). Turn off the heat, but allow to sit on the burner for 10 minutes with the lid on.
To make the coconut sauce, warm (do not boil) the rest of the coconut milk. Add 2-3 Tbsp. sugar (depends on how sweet you like your sauce) and 1/2 tsp. salt. Stir to dissolve. Remove from heat.
To plate, scoop a glob (yes, a glob...hehe) of the rice onto the plate. Put mango cubes around the rice glob and drizzle the coconut sauce over it (I like lots of it, but you be the judge). Sprinkle it with the sesame seeds, and you're done!
Mmmm.... nice and sticky... :)
And here is the after! No more drab! :) We painted the bathroom "Butter Rum" - a deep orange color. I think it feels more sophisticated and really makes the marble tiles pop.