"I've discovered that my own little postage stamp of native soil was worth writing about and that I would never live long enough to exhaust it."
- William Faulkner

Friday, April 20, 2012

kate the great

image of the lovely couple from here
It seems like Americans have always been more enamored of the British Monarchy than the Brits themselves. Most of my friends overseas were irritated by last year's royal wedding, while I (happily!) woke up at 4:00 a.m. that day to watch every second on my phone, even recording the rest of the day (on BBC, naturally) so I wouldn't miss a single moment.

But in a world of Snookis and Lindsays, it's nice to have Kate, don't you think? And it seems from this article from Stylist, even those skeptical Brits are embracing her.

What are your plans this weekend? I jet off to Los Angeles tomorrow for work! Wonder who I'll run into...

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

wish list wednesday

What am I wishing for this Wednesday?

you can buy it for me, if you want.
* To meet up with Joy the Baker when I'm in L.A. next week!

* A total yard makeover. Any volunteers?

* Pretty much any dress from Madewell these days.

* A super-cute one-piece swimsuit. Is there such a thing?

* Who wouldn't love a couple of these adorable chairs?

What's your wish?

Friday, April 13, 2012

i love cheese

Skinny Queso
image from here
So, maybe I'll make this soon.

What are you doing this weekend? I'm going to see the Avett Brothers with Mary-Kathryn! I'm stoked!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

wish list wednesday

What am I wishing for this Wednesday?

image from Wagon Wheel Candles

* Jen Lancaster's new book. Hurry, May!

* I'd feel like Katniss in this bad-to-the-bone bangle.

* An Abita Strawberry for lunch. How come work always gets in the way of my fun?

* I'd love to have these candles all over my kitchen. They smell as good as they look!

* The perfect marriage of my love of a nesting doll and a manicured nail.

What's your wish?

Friday, April 6, 2012

sneak peek

Much has been made on this blog about my bedroom makeover. I've got a sneak peek for you, if you'd like to see...

What do you think? The orange and green fabrics are velvet, and I could die I love them so much. And you'll likely recognize the pillow in the back as well.

What are your Easter plans? This will be our first one just the two of us, and I'm going to make my first attempt at dressing. I'm nervous!

Have a blessed weekend.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

wish list wednesday

What am I wishing for this Wednesday?

* That I could keep this blowout. My hair is so straight!

* Some Jon Hart luggage. Which color would you choose?

* I love Tokyo.

* The colors in this hummingbird throw pillow are so lovely.

* A "hoppy" Easter for you all!

What's your wish?

Monday, April 2, 2012

recipe round-up...

…and how I adapted (one of) them.

I typically don’t love a baked bean, but this version was pretty delicious. I liked the back of the stirring spoon (and put it promptly in the sink, of course).

These green beans were a pretty, dressed up way to serve the side staple. Be sure to use fresh, not canned, beans, and salt them VERY well when you blanch them.

I gave up dessert for Lent, but this No Bake Strawberry “Cake” was simple and delicious, according to the Mr. The homemade whipped cream is the only way to do this. I left off the ganache.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is a great way to use up spotty bananas that no one will eat but me.

I’m a mac and cheese connoisseur, and this Five-Minute Microwave Mac was GOOD. If you shred your own cheese like I did, be sure you toss it with a teaspoon of flour to keep the cheese from getting lumpy. I added a teaspoon each of onion powder, ground mustard and white pepper. After the time in the microwave, I transferred to a fancier dish and topped it with some extra cheese and some panko bread crumbs and baked it at 400 degrees or so until the top browned.

You can find more recipes like these on my Delicious Dish Pinterest board!

Happy Monday. If there is such a thing.
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