Archive for November, 2010

alberta house

I love EVERYTHING about this beautiful home, particularly the gorgeous dining table (with tolix chairs!) and the wooden crate headboard– both DIY projects! When can I move in?!

{photos by Matt of Wood&Faulk, found via Door Sixteen}

scenes from the weekend

Good Monday morning! How was your weekend? We had a nice little Thanksgiving meal on Thursday and have been eating the leftovers all weekend (so glad I made two pies!). I had a few apples and some pumpkin puree leftover and made pumpkin pancakes with apple compote for breakfast Saturday – boy were those yummy! Highly recommended. On Sunday a friend and I went for mani-pedis; I got a khaki green on my fingers and a glittery gold on my toes (for a little holiday spirit!). But the rest of the weekend was spent lounging around, reading and watching movies and snuggling with the kitty. It’s nice to do that every once in awhile, don’t you think?

turkey day tablescapes

I’m a little jealous of everyone that’s heading home today to spend Thanksgiving with their families. (But I’m not jealous of those of you stuck in traffic or waiting in long security lines to be groped at the airport.) We’re staying in San Francisco and planning a low-key meal for four at our apartment. But just because it’s going to be small and simple doesn’t mean the table shouldn’t look pretty! These were two tablescapes that caught my eye…

{photos: Leah Verwey via Design*Sponge, Jill Thomas}

scenes from the weekend

Two insanely decadent dinners this weekend– braised short ribs with cauliflower puree and collard greens AND cheesecake with huckleberry coulis at Slow Club on Friday night, then roasted duck leg and caramelized apples with smoke and bourbon ice cream and bacon (!!!) brittle at NOPA with my parents on Saturday night. Holy moly, those were two of the best meals I’ve had in a long time, and I’m still thinking about those desserts today.

Other highlights: a Harrington wine tasting, my new boots arriving, and helping my friend Lauren wrap and pack cake pop orders for Sweet Lauren Cakes. The order above was for a wedding– custom pops of the couple’s dogs (a pug and a German shepherd). So cute! Hope your weekend was splendid!

friday finds: rennes

I’ve posted about Rennes before, but wanted to share the lovely new bags from Julia’s fall/winter collection. The fitzgerald messenger bag is going on my wish list for sure.

jordan sullivan

A few favorites from the photostream of Jordan Sullivan

pendleton at UO

Loving these Pendleton Jacquard towels from Urban Outfitters… Not sure I’m ready to replace the white towels in my bathroom, but these would be fun for the beach or the pool, no?


Gorgeous illustrations from Japanese artist Nomoco. I love the dancing women one!

{via truly smitten}

scenes from the weekend

Sorry it’s been quiet here the past week or so. I was feeling a little overwhelmed and uninspired and just needed a little break. But anyways I’m back, with a few photos from the weekend… On Sunday Nolan and I went for an epic 18-mile bike ride around the city– down Market Street, along the Embarcadero, past Fort Mason and Crissy Field (where it was warm enough that people were actually IN the water at Crissy Field Beach!) and across the Golden Gate Bridge and back, which was exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. Back at home we made Casey’s ginger molasses cookies, which were particularly delicious fresh from the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and enjoyed a beautiful sunset. A pretty lovely weekend. Hope yours was too!

recipe: butternut squash bisque

We’re on a bit of a soup kick at my house. Last week it was Deb’s black bean soup with cumin seed crema and this week was a simple, delicious butternut squash bisque from Better Homes and Gardens. (I’m not sure why an issue of BHG was floating around my apartment, seeing as I have neither a house nor a garden…) Deb’s black bean soup was good, but the butternut squash bisque became an instant favorite. If you can’t find smoked Gouda you could probably substitute smoked cheddar, but the Gouda added so much flavor for me. That and the kick of heat from the chipotle peppers, mmmmm! This recipe makes a nice big batch, perfect for leftovers… Guess what I’m having for lunch tomorrow?

Butternut Squash Bisque
from Better Homes and Gardens, October 2009

2½ – 3lb butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed
1/4 cup butter
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 large Braeburn or Gala apples, peeled, cored and chopped
6 cups chicken broth
1 cup apple cider or apple juice
2 canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped
1/2 cup sour cream
3 oz. smoked Gouda, shredded

In a large pot melt butter over medium-high heat. Add squash, onion, carrot, celery and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add apples, broth, cider and chipotle peppers. Bring to boiling, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 25 minutes or until vegetables and apples are tender. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

Puree in pot using an immersion blender (or puree in batches in a blender, returning soup to pot). With heat at medium, blend in sour cream and heat through. Remove from heat; stir in shredded cheese until melted. Top with bacon, celery leaves and/or shredded cheese and serve with a chunk of crusty homemade bread. Enjoy!

makes 8 servings