Archive for August, 2009

lazy hazy rose dress


Guess who’s the proud new owner of this pretty vintage dress? Boo to the ya.

P.S. Daughters of Dawn is having a super mega end of summer sale…

winning hearts and minds


Oh my my… Another weekend, another winner from Molly Wizenberg’s A Homemade Life. This time it was her Winning-Hearts-and-Minds Cake, and it certainly lived up to its name. This cake is oh-so-rich and utterly gorgeous, and begs for homemade whipped cream. I can hardly believe the leftovers made it through the weekend. :)


Winning-Hearts-and-Minds Chocolate Cake
from Molly Wizenberg’s “A Homemade Life”

7 ounces (200 grams) best-quality dark chocolate
7 ounces (200 grams) unsalted European-style butter, cut into ½-inch cubes
1 1/3 cup sugar
5 eggs
1 T flour

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, and butter an 8-inch round cake pan.

Finely chop the chocolate and melt it gently with the butter in a double boiler or in the microwave, stirring regularly to combine. Add the sugar to the chocolate-butter mixture, stirring well, and set aside to cool for a few moments. Add the eggs one by one, stirring well after each addition, and then add the flour. The batter should be smooth, dark, and utterly gorgeous.

Pour batter into the buttered cake pan and bake for approximately 25 minutes, or until the center of the cake looks set and the top is shiny and a bit crackly-looking. (You’ll know it’s done when it jiggles only slightly, if at all.) Let the cake cool in its pan on a rack for 10 minutes, then carefully turn the cake out of the pan and revert it, so that the crackly side is facing upward. Allow to cool completely.

Serve at room temperature with a dollop of whipped cream. Enjoy!

friday finds: heart of light


In case you missed the news – Rachel of Heart of Light opened an Etsy shop this week! Right now you can find headbands, embroidered napkins and meal planning notepads in the shop. I’m partial to the ruffle hairbands.

supermarket sarah


cool. checkity-check it out.

shades of green


I can not wait to see more from this wedding after seeing this lovely shot of the bridesmaids’ dresses. By Raya Carlisle of Raya Photography.




I just discovered Rollip, a website that turns your digital pictures into polaroids (or at least makes them look like polaroids). Of course I had to try it for myself with some vacation pictures… The first picture is my brother-in-law reading on the balcony and the second is a sweet old man I saw fishing this morning. Huzzah!



Still trying to avoid thinking/talking about fall, so I’m enjoying these looks from the Leyendecker summer 2009 collection. Love that fringe skirt.

in my {beach} bag


I’m at the beach on vacation this week, but I’ve prepared a few posts for you while I’m away. Here are my essentials for a day at the beach: a soft and pretty towel; protection from the sun: a wide-brim hat, sunglasses, sunscreen; my holga camera, and plenty of reading material (I’ve packed The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak, People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks, and What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt). Hope you’re having a happy Monday!

soap rocks


coolest soap ever.

friday finds: smoobage


fun, feathered things from etsy shop smoobage.