February 28, 2008

Mmmmbeautiful!

Oh! How I love this wall decal trend.
This is my favorite so far, via SHOPtalk:


There are some cute ones at Elaine and Nell's Etsy shop, ellynelly.
I've also seen them pop up on blik (the best threadless tees are made into wall decals here!).

And here we have a chandelier decal ($48), and a tree stencil ($125) from urban outfitters. The stencil is cool because you can use it as many times as you want.


Just a trend or here to stay? What do you think?

[top image from harmonie interieure, bottom two from urban]

February 25, 2008

Kind of Amazing Frames

These frames are so cool.
Made to go around corners and in corners.


And so pricey! 198 and 224 euros, respectively.
Sadly, I don't know how to get the euro symbol.
Do you?

Spotted on NOTCOT, from Details.

February 20, 2008

It's true.


$2 from ButtonEmpire's Etsy Shop.

February 19, 2008

Southpaw Wannabes

I can't explain why this particular toon is so funny. But it is.


From LeftHandedToons.com.

February 17, 2008

Sitatunga!

An African Antelope:


New white board markers in new colors means more inspiration for my zookeepin' roommate to illustrate her buddies from work.

Meet Jahari, the Sitatunga.

By the way, I love saying SITATUNGA!! Sitatunga sitatunga.

Soufflé Me, Baby

A chocolaty dessert doesn't leave you feeling entirely gluttonous at the end of dinner?




Chocolate Soufflé

From Epicurious

1/3 cup sugar plus additional for sprinkling
5 oz bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), chopped
3 large egg yolks at room temperature
6 large egg whites

• Preheat oven to 375°F
• Generously butter soufflé dish and sprinkle with sugar
• Melt chocolate in a metal bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water
• Stir occasionally until smooth
• Remove bowl from heat and stir in yolks (mixture will stiffen)

• Beat whites with a pinch of salt in a large bowl until soft peaks form
• Add sugar, a little at a time, continuing to beat at medium speed
• Beat at high speed until whites just hold stiff peaks
• Stir about 1 cup whites into chocolate mixture to lighten
• Add mixture to remaining whites, folding gently but thoroughly

• Spoon into soufflé dishes (fill to the top, unlike the 2nd picture!)
• Run the end of your thumb around inside edge of soufflé dish
• Bake until puffed and crusted on top but still jiggly in center
• 24 to 26 minutes
• Serve immediately

Makes 3-4 servings.


Oh, and we topped it with some homemade whipped cream with fresh strawberries whipped in. Clutch.

Broccoli Soup


Been craving veggies, so here we are again with broccoli soup.
The most delicious broccoli soup.

February 16, 2008

Valdostana Valentine


Valentine's Day dinner:
Chicken Breast Valdostana with Braised Lentils.


Hehe. We had fun : )

Mapping the Cosmos

Scott was awesome and found this neat little exhibition going on at the Walters Art Museum (free too!), called Mapping the Cosmos. The images were all taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.

It's really hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that these images are real. Truly phenomenal.

This one is of the Majestic Sombrero Galaxy:


...Or as Grant so eloquently put it, "The best burritos in the universe."

February 13, 2008

Cupcake Love.

Apparently, love = food.

Valentine's week was all about cooking food and eating food with the people I love.

First, Maggie and I had a cupcake bake-off, which really just means Wednesday we baked cupcakes together. She found this very cute recipe (and yes, I mean cute – just look at the pictures on the blog) for Lavender Fairy Cupcakes.

Here's Maggs' version:

So yummy! I've never eaten anything lavender before – in fact I really associate lavendar with Becca's lavender foot scrub. Nevertheless, the unique honey/lavendar combo was perfect.

Annnd I made brownies (in the shape of cupcakes) to take to work. I couldn't resist playing more with this whole stencil and powdered sugar decorating technique:

I used this recipe (and took Athena's advice to only use one egg), and I used this as decorating inspiration. Both recipes found via tastespotting. I don't think I'll return to the boxed-brownie mix again after realizing how easy and tasty homemade brownies are.

I ate a lot less than I expected I would eat. But I'm still not going to tell you how many that is.

Did I mention I started going to the gym last week?

February 11, 2008

Magtable

Calling my name (although I have no place to put it except for my blog):


$158, Magtable Coffee Table @ Umbra. Brilliant. Via notcot.

[image from umbra.com]

February 10, 2008

Tick Tock

It's all about the details with this whole decorating-my-room thing. I'm taking great care to find just what I want, and I usually find it for a great price.

I love the hunt. I think I got that from The Mom : )

Next thing on the list was a cool alarm clock.
Here's a round-up of my favorites.

Circular Saw Blade, $29 @ IMOTIME's Etsy Shop.
This one was featured on the Etsy home page last week.
It got me started on this whole why-have-an-ugly-digital-alarm-clock thing. Especially when many of these are less expensive than buying your average new clock.


Big Ben Westclox, $35 @ whiteelephantvintage's Etsy Shop.
Mmm the type makes me happy. Similar to the next one...



Big Ben Vintage Alarm Clock, $14 @ EmilyLynch's Etsy Shop.
Classic and beautiful. Nice photograph in itself, really.
This little shop has some gems!


Travel Alarm Flip Clock, $20 @ whiteelephantvintage's Etsy Shop.
I do love the daintiness...


Vintage Electric Alarm Clock, $10 @ VintageLumineaux's Etsy Shop.
How delightfully retro.


Slow Down Amber Street Clock, $30 @ IMOTIME's Etsy Shop.
This one is made from a street light cover.
This guy makes clocks out of everything.


Can you guess which one I had to have the most?

[all images taken directly from sellers' Etsy Shops]

February 7, 2008

Superbowl Chili

Well, you can make it for the Superbowl next year I suppose. It was a hit at our potluck last Sunday! This is my brother's chili recipe (I believe he tweaked it from a Steak 'N Shake chili ripoff recipe). Classic!


Trent's Chili

[Note: amounts of ingredients listed below can be slightly altered – just buy whatever size can is the closest to the amount listed and dump it in. That's what we did and it was very yummy.]

1 T. chili powder
2 t. cumin
1/2 t. salt
2 t. cocoa
1/2 t. black pepper
12 oz. Coke
10 oz. french onion soup
21 oz. chili beans
12 oz. crushed tomatoes
20 oz. can whole tomatoes
1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. cheap steak (and no, there is no cut called "cheap steak")
2 cans kidney beans*
1 fresh jalepeno pepper*

• Put the onion soup in a blender and liquify
• Put the blended soup in large pot on medium heat
• Add everything else except the meat
• Simmer after it starts to boil
• Cook ground beef in a separate pan
• While that's cooking, cut the steak into very small cubes
• Put the ground beef in the chili pot
• Cook the steak, then add to big pot
• Stir every 5-10 minutes (it will burn to the bottom)
• Leave the top off and let it simmer at least 2-3 hours

*Optional. We added these to Trent's recipe to thicken the soup and make it a bit spicier.

Trent says: "This recipe makes about 8 bowls, most people eat 2. If you have more than 4-5 people I would double the recipe (as long as you have a bfp...big f****** pot... I'm a dork)"

Don't forget the oyster crackers, cheese, sour cream and onions if you're feeling like a fatty. I mean, if you're having chili already, why not?

February 4, 2008

Pandora

Pandora is amazing. You create an account for free, without downloading anything. Tell it some songs you like. It plays those songs and more like it. You give each song a thumbs-up or thumbs-down, and it learns exactly what kind of music you love. It gets smarter the more feedback you give it, and then you fall in love with Pandora for introducing you to new great stuff.

[Screen grab from my Pandora account]

The website explains, "It's powered by the most comprehensive analysis of music ever undertaken, the Music Genome Project: a crazy project started back in early 2000 to capture the complex musical DNA of songs using a large team of highly-trained musicians."

Hot.

So I know it's been around for a while, but I only grew to appreciate it after using it at work. I kept forgetting to bring my music in, and so I forced my Pandora to learn my music taste.

I added a little Pandora section at the bottom right column of my blog (Marielle showed me how, thanks!). It'll show you a few of my favorite songs – you can click on the titles and the link will take you to a page where you can listen to a sample clip.

Yay tunes!

February 3, 2008

Subtle Red

Not quite Raggedy Ann red (she's pretty creepy, by the way), but I dyed my hair for the first time ever! I kind of always wanted to dye it, but I'd never thought of red until Maggie and Marielle mentioned it. It's a very subtle, natural red – called Sedona Sunset. How appropriate : )

I was very un-photogenic yesterday, so I only made silly faces. Not sure if you can even tell it's red in these pics, but maybe some of you can! It makes my eyes look greeeeeener.

It's a fun change mid-winter. Just temporary.

February 2, 2008

Home Favorites


The dogs. Bruce and Robyn (aka Batman & Robin). Maggie's pups are the cutest little dogs I have ever seen. I've always grown up with big dogs (a lab and a golden), and I always hated little tiny dogs. But how can you resist these guys?? They don't even yap! And look, Bruce crossed his legs for the photoshoot (I promise I had nothing to do with it). He's such a little old wise man.


Flowers. I love treating myself to flowers. I'm very attracted to monochromatic bouquets – especially white.

Maggie's orange sticks. Random, but fun. All about the little touches.


Doe Rae Me! One of my favorite presents this Christmas. Tuesday night wings and buckhunter will always be with me, or at least perched on top of my art books. Thanks Maggie : )



Our refrigerator decorations. Our white board came with two circle magnets, and every few nights I come home and Maggie has drawn a new creature, using the magnets as eyes. This week, she encountered the evil stork at work, which inspired this lovely illustration.

I just realized I sound a little obsessed with Maggie.
Hey man, she's a cool-dude roomie!

Bedroom


My dresser and ridiculously ornate mirror that I found on craigslist. My room is looking a litttttle too stuffy/mature/Versailles for me right now, so I'm working on bringing in some more bright colors and patterns in the rest of it (with things like the little vase and green chrysanthemum plate). Gotta keep it young and fun!

Let me know if you have suggestions on where to find brightly patterned drapes, pillowcases, duvet covers and bed skirts.

Living Room

I owe my family and friends pictures of my home since I've been here since late-November. So I'll start you off today with this pieced-together photo of our living room:

(you can click the image to see it larger)

I was sooo lucky to find a roommate who already had a ton of furniture, awesome art, and fabulous taste! Our living room is pretty much all her stuff (including an elephant trunk print in the upper left-hand corner!).

That's the front door with the bright light shining through. We're still on the lookout for some awesome bold drapes for that window. To the left you can see our stairs down to our basement, and stairs up to the second floor.

We love our little row-home and all its exposed brick : )

More pictures of more rooms to come!

February 1, 2008

BitterSweets

These make me giggle. BitterSweets via NOTCOT.


They come in three different tins: Dejected, Dysfunctional, and Dumped. The dumped one is full of reasons for getting dumped, such as:

U HAVE A BLOG.

Flash Mob

You've gotta watch this video that Scott just posted. I love this stuff.

It's taking all of my will power not to post it directly on here, but he found it first. He likes getting lots of hits because it makes him feel cool.

I guess he is pretty cool. ; )