Archive for November, 2009

pictures from the weekend

Ahh, Thanksgiving. I always relish time spent with my family, especially when it involves eating lots of food and lounging around all day. And if you were interested in how the pies turned out – the Chocolate S’more and Oatmeal Pecan were a hit, but my favorite was the Rum Raisin Apple Pie. Hope your weekend was wonderful!

thanks + giving

We’re in Tennessee for the next few days, but I wanted to stop by and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. And a happy week/weekend to those of you outside of the U.S. I hope you get to spend some time with the ones you love, and reflect on all the things you’re thankful for.

My brother and I are in charge of dessert tomorrow. We couldn’t make up our minds, so we’re making four pies: Chocolate S’more Pie, Rum Raisin Apple Pie, Oatmeal Pecan Pie, and Pumpkin Pie. Don’t be jealous. ;)

{photo by Romulo Yanes for Gourmet}

a girl and a hat

gorgeous photo series from Sophie Richards (aka sensing-owls on Flickr)

harry barker tennis balls

Fun colors + packaging for these Harry Barker tennis balls. A great gift idea for a dog-lover. Or your dog… so he doesn’t feel left out Christmas morning. :)

{designed by stitch design co.; via design work life}

wegner shell chair

this chair is amazing. but the price, ouch! a girl can dream, right?

hidden spectrum

Beautiful photos, beautiful clothes.

photos by Colleen Heslin for Hidden Spectrum

chappaqua pool house

From the Desk of Lola. Me likey.

necklace stands

I like these necklace stands made by Ruthi Auda, display coordinator at the Anthropologie store in Newport Beach, CA. Such an easy way to store and display your jewelry, and a nice alternative to drilling holes in your wall.


heart by

Loving the offerings from’s new and super affordable line – heart by How sweet is that yellow satin bow?

{via coco+kelly}

the BEST chocolate chip cookies



I’ll admit that I have a tendency to overuse superlatives. But I swear in this case I’m justified, because these are absolutely, positively, without a doubt the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had. So good, in fact, that I made them twice last week.

Chocolate Chip Cookies
from Ashley Rodriguez, Not Without Salt

8 oz butter
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup turbinado sugar
1 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
3 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 lb good-quality chocolate, chopped into 1/2-inch chunks
sea salt

Preheat the oven to 360°.

Cream the butter and the sugars. Add eggs, one at time, then vanilla. Mix well, then scrape down the bowl with a spatula.

Combine flour, baking soda and salt in another bowl. With a whisk, stir to combine. With mixer on low, slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix until just combined. Fold in the chocolate.

Before baking, sprinkle with a very fine dusting of good quality sea salt. Bake for 12 minutes, until cookies are lightly golden on the outside and a bit gooey on the inside (they will continue to cook as they cool).

yield: 3 dozen cookies