Inside all of us is a Wild Thing. October 16th.
August 31, 2009
August 28, 2009
August 27, 2009
Here's a little sneak peak at the invitations I designed for my friend Brody's beach-side wedding. We chatted a bunch about why she and Miguel chose to celebrate at the beach, and I was inspired when she told me she loves the ocean "because of its constantly changing color."
Brody, I absolutely loved collaborating with you. Thanks for choosing me to design for your special day!
And once again, congratulations! Can't wait for the wedding : )
August 25, 2009
GirlSavage's Etsy shop cracks me up. I want one.
And I confess: I used to think jackalopes were real.
Until about two years ago.
It all started with Uncle Joey (Dave Coulier) on America's Funniest People, mixed with a lot of trickery from my brothers during my childhood.
It was a tragic realization, because I thought they were awesome.
[photo from girlsavage flickr]
August 24, 2009
Hello, hello! Just wanted to point out a new little gadget to the right—it's a link to my Graphic Design Facebook Page. If you're a Facebook user and you like my design work, please feel free to fan me. And of course, if you or someone you know is looking for a designer, I'm available for freelance or full-time (based in Philadelphia).
Thanks for listening to my little plug!
August 22, 2009
August 21, 2009
These are the treasures my mom and I scored when she visited. Thank you, Fabric Row! The 1970's yellow spiral will be our new curtains for our front window. The 1940's vintage black print has metallic gold in it. Pretty sure my knees buckled when we discovered it.
Mom took 'em both home and sewed up some lovely gifts for us. The 1940's print is now a set of beautiful cloth napkins. And I'll take pictures of the new drapes in the window as soon as we get a curtain rod.
Thank you, MOM! I feel so lucky!
In the meantime, the rest of our living room is coming right along. So far, it's a nice mix of gifts from family, craigslist gems, and ikea fillers:
A Note from Mom (because I keep interchanging "drapes" with "curtains"):
August 20, 2009
August 19, 2009
August 18, 2009
Lauren Haupt makes some beautiful jewelry. I've been coveting a few of her designs for a while, now. Love the mixture of gold tones with wood. So simple, with lovely details.
Lauren's Etsy shop: locallibrary.
[photos from Lauren's Etsy shop]
August 17, 2009
Hello, Monday! Hope you all had a delightful weekend.
I designed new business cards and had them printed by Moo:
Very pleased with the prompt customer service (I emailed to ask if they print their own logo on biz cards—they do not), cost, speed, print quality and recycled paper.
August 16, 2009
Cupcake recipe from here. Super rich and moist. I cheated and used Betty Crocker Vanilla Whipped Icing. I, uhh, didn't prep the pan properly so they are bottomless cupcakes. Everyone knows the top is the best part anyway.
Ooh and I get to cross another thing off of this list!
August 15, 2009
Ooh boy I'm interested in seeing this one.
Warning: trailer contains foul language.
PS That ampersand... swoon. They got me.
August 14, 2009
Om nom nom! Eating whatever is in season has been so madly delicious lately. One of the perks to having lots of free time is that I'm able to make things from scratch and experiment with trying new recipes. Boy oh boy, have we found some good ones!
This is another recipe from Smitten Kitchen. Don't skimp on the lemon—follow it exactly as she says—it gives it a great little bite.
I'm amazed so far that there is not a single recipe on the Smitten Kitchen blog that I've wanted to tweak. Everything tastes perfectly seasoned.
August 13, 2009
I think I have a favorite neighborhood bar, and if you remember this, then you can probably understand why. They have craft Sundays! This week's craft was robots. Supplies are free and sandwiches are half-price, but you have to drink a beer if you want to make a beer-can robot.
August 12, 2009
August 11, 2009
August 10, 2009
"If you've been laid off, then this movie is for you"
Found on Twitter via @RachelStuart, @slantsixneal and @agencyspy.
Looking forward to seeing this one. I think it'll be inspiring.
I got laid off, and I learned to freelance, traveled cross-country, moved to Philadelphia, reconnected with old friends, started riding my bike, hiked in the Great Smoky Mountains, visited family and friends, had them visit me, learned to cook more, started an herb garden, and today I'm diving into printmaking. Art. Just for fun. Because I want to.
It's definitely not all bad : )
How about you?
August 9, 2009
August 8, 2009
Cooking and baking have served as my creative outlet lately. Nothing fancy (I don't think a bowl of cereal counts as cooking), but I've been trying some new every-day stuff. I want to try just about every recipe at Smitten Kitchen. So far everything I've tried from there has been pretty easy to make, inexpensive and delicious.
Loving our plain white Ikea dishes and living room window for food photos.
Clockwise from top left...
Pita Pizzas: a family tradition. To ensure a crispy crust, stick the pita in the oven while you preheat (500º). Prep the toppings. Top pitas (you can use a whole pita or split them), then bake. Great for random leftover veggies.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from Smitten Kitchen. For Scott's lunch (er, I guess I ate a few, too). Great recipe! Didn't have any pecans, but I'm sure they'd make 'em extra delicious.
Breakfast: fresh strawberries, shredded wheat, milk and a pinch of brown sugar.
Crisp Black Bean Tacos with Feta & Slaw from Smitten Kitchen. This recipe is a keeper! I wouldn't normally think of Feta on tacos, but it is an killer touch. And I'm a huge fan of corn tortillas (YAY CORN TORTILLAS!). Tragically, we ran out of Feta half-way through our batch of tacos, but cheddar worked okay. We used field greens instead of cabbage because it's what we had. So fast, so simple, so yummy.
Breakfast: fresh blueberries, kashi granola, milk.
Corn Toasties: from A Good Appetite. Scott got all nostalgic when he saw these at the grocery store. When those ran out, I decided to try and make our own. Perfection! When it's homemade, all the ingredients are things I can pronounce.
And one more recipe that I didn't take a picture of when I made it (because it was too delicious-looking and we couldn't wait to eat it)...
Pizza from Smitten Kitchen. This includes easy-to-understand directions for making your own pizza dough from scratch. The honey is very subtle. It is so simple and so worth it.
I want to bake more than I can possibly eat.
August 7, 2009
I loved having my Mom & Mark visit more than words can express. I wish I was able to spend more time with them, but hey, I guess the distance makes the visits that much sweeter : )
Thursday we explored Reading Terminal Market (my favorite place to buy produce). Ten limes for a dollar! Two pounds of beautiful Jersey beefsteak tomatoes for a buck! Two pints of blueberries for 99 cents! Can't beat it. We bought food for a picnic later in the day.
On the way back, Brian and his horse, Blueberry, convinced us to do a carriage tour around the historic monuments and 18th century homes (including ours!). I'd been itching to do a tour, since they clip-clop by our house every half-hour, but I was waiting until I saw a tour guide I couldn't resist. Brian won. The volume of his voice reminded us a lot of Brian Fellow. And! He claims to be an extra during a chase seen in the movie National Treasure with Nick Cage (*nod to Becca*). We rented it, and didn't really see him, but I recommend him, no less.
We tried out cheese steaks at John's Roast Pork, a lesser-known steakery to tourists, but we've heard around town that it's the best. I missed the whiz and prefer the chopped-up meat at Jim's, still, but Scott has a new favorite. This house is officially divided.
Thursday night we went to go see a free outdoor screening of Baby Mama (set in Philly!) at Penn's Landing. Hilarious! And, thanks to Brian, we know that Tina Fey is from Philadelphia. Scarfed down our RT Market picnic. Om nom.
Friday we walked to the Italian Market. On the walk, I got my mom to identify every plant on every front stoop. Sweet potato vines are my new favorite (pictured, top left, lime green + purple). We got a bunch of random things at the market for lunch (octopus salad, fancy cheese, bread, pistachio and biscotti gelato), and picked up some fresh-cut linguini, broccoli rabe and sage-sausage for dinner (which Scott made, and it was fantastic).
We like to eat (and I like parentheses).
Friday afternoon my mom and I checked out Fabric Row, in search of curtains for our front window. I was thrilled to have a partner in crime, because I'm completely lost when I go into stores like these by myself. After scouring 15 shops owned by a curious variety of characters, and as the sky was looking rather ominous, we stumbled upon Paul's — window treatment fabric from the 1970's. Bingo. Paul himself is a crotchety old man who didn't seem too pleased that I picked a fabric on the top shelf, but he softened up when he realized it was the same fabric his wife used for their windows.
Or does he say that to everyone?
Just as we were wrapping up, the momentous downpour commenced. We were a solid 12 blocks from home. Without car. Without bicycle. Without umbrella. We booked it. Soaking. Drenched. Sopping wet. People pointed from the store windows. Creepy men laughed. Ankle-deep puddles. Warm summer rain. Glorious. (Pictured, top right).
Saturday we decided to get some exercise since we'd been such gluttonous pigs (though we'd done a lot of walking!). We did a 20-mile bike ride on the Schuylkill River Trail. Absolutely gorgeous, and much to my liking because there were almost no hills. Just prettiness. Everybody was super patient with me since I'm still getting the hang of biking. Working on those crowded-city-intersection starts.
Grabbed lunch at the weekend Farmers Market at 2nd & Pine. The pork tacos. Ohhh, the pork tacos. With a chunk of grilled pineapple. Cilantro. Corn tortillas. Oh-so-yummy. Not to be missed.
Saturday afternoon we collapsed. Taught the 'rents how to play Dr. Mario. Chris, you better watch out. Mom's comin' to getcha. Ok not really, she didn't get past level six. Not bad for one day, though! She couldn't put it down.
Early Sunday morning we bid adieu. They're off to Canada for a week of cycling. Go team!
And phew. That's it! Two weeks worth of food in three days!
Mom & Mark, I love you and I hope you visit again before too long : ) It means so much to me that you made the trek out this far to see us in our new home and city! Hope you had as much fun as I did.
Saved for next time: Battleship New Jersey & the Philadelphia Art Museum
August 6, 2009
I'm eager to try bread-making lately. I've heard focaccia is one of the easiest for beginners, so I started there (after a horribly failed attempt at french bread). I used this recipe, but I changed the toppings up a bit. I used sundried tomatoes, red onion, big slices of fresh garlic, rosemary and coarse kosher salt.
The recipe only tells you to let it rise once and then punch it down, but we were skeptical. I had enough from the one recipe to fill two of my 9" cake pans, so after dividing the dough and spreading it into both pans, I followed the original directions for one, and let the second one rise for another hour. Before sticking the second one in the oven, I pushed a few of the toppings down into the dough again.
The second way (pictured, rise twice) is definitely the way to go.
I also had to bake mine for longer than 20 minutes (both times), and it still never got very golden brown on top. Tastes good, though!
Om nom nom.
August 5, 2009
Going to see this tonight with old friends and new ones at the Ritz.
Six dollar Wednesdays, woo!
I have a girl crush on Zooey Deschanel.
A random fun tune from the soundtrack (why not?):
You Make My Dreams by Hall & Oates
I have a gift certificate to iTunes.
I think I may go download the whole soundtrack.
August 4, 2009
Lightly breaded eggplant on a bed of penne + homemade sauce (with capers), topped with Parmesan cheese. Decadent, yet inexpensive.
I find the sweet deals on the most beautiful produce every time I go to Reading Terminal Market. Annnd the lighting through our front window just begs me to take photos of dinner every night.
August 2, 2009
August 1, 2009
Probably my all-time favorite night spent with my uncles Mark and Curt. Ever.
Scott's mom kept the three-hour-DC-traffic portion of the ride home upbeat by rolling down the windows and shouting things like "Echo echo echo echo" to the guy driving the Toyota Echo.
Awesome trip. Thanks everyone.