Monday, February 28, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
i love everything about La Cerise Sur La Gateau! the products in this French brand's collections are to die for. while they specialize in home linen, the brand also makes a few charming clothing items for kids as well. the brand's design aesthetic is described as - "some basic elements from our grandma's kitchen sprinkled with flashy touches and quirky images." i love the charm, the fluorescent pink details, the color contrasts and the romantic pictures intertwined throughout. the girly references are also a lovely touch. i want it all but i think the Bambi duvet and pillow sets for boys and girls are my favorite. what piece from La Cerise Sur La Gateau do you want most and simply cannot live without?
Thursday, February 24, 2011
another cold, snowy day in Chicago. the warmth of summer is light years away. it seems like this winter season has gone on forever with no end in sight. you look outside and all you see is gray. my only refuge from the gray and the mundane has been this gorgeous editorial from the latest issue of Babiekins Magazine. every time i feel dreary i flip to this pictorial. the colors, the clothes, the kids, and the Daliesque compositions take my breath away and remind me of the warmth and magic of summer.
see the rest of the pics from this editorial HERE
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
i went to the store a couple of days ago with my grocery list in hand and a collection of dishes i planned to make, stored in my memory. long story short, i misplaced the list along the way somewhere between the veggie stands and the dairy department and i was left to rely solely on my memory. when i returned home and unpacked, i actually thought i did pretty well without the list. that is until last night. i went to make dinner and discovered that i forgot to get the buns. so i had to come up with plan b. i had hamburger meat, some mushrooms and a pretty well stocked pantry. the dinner plan quickly turned from hamburgers and oven fries to rigatoni with tomato mushroom meat sauce and a side of roasted asparagus. plan be turned out to be quite delicious. here is the recipe if you want to make plan b pasta for dinner tonight!
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 pound ground beef
3 cups chopped wild mushrooms
1 large onion
4 cloves garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup fresh flat parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon paprika
*1 teaspoon sugar
1 28oz can Italian chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup dry white wine
salt and pepper to taste
1 pound box of rigatoni, freshly cooked
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 pounds asparagus spears
salt and pepper to taste
1. heat oil in a heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. add ground beef and cook until brown, breaking up with fork, about 4 minutes.
2. transfer cooked beef to a plate with slotted spoon. add mushrooms, onions and garlic to skillet and saute until onions are tender and mushrooms are browned.
3. stir in parsley, basil, oregano and paprika and continue cooking for another minute.
4. return beef to skillet. add tomatoes and wine. reduce heat to medium-low and simmer sauce until it is thick, about 30 minutes.
5. while sauce cooks, boil pasta and preheat oven to 400 F.
6. cut ends of asparagus to remove hard wooden stalk from bottom of each spear.
7. place asparagus on a cookie sheet and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. spread spears in one layer and roast for 10-15 minutes depending on the thickness.
8. season sauce with salt and pepper to taste and allow to simmer another minute or two. taste the sauce. if the sauce is a bit sour and needs a touch of sweetness to balance it out, add the sugar and simmer for another minute.
9. toss cooked pasta with mushroom meat sauce and top with grated Parmesan to serve.
last time Nicholas brought a Scholastic order form from school, he begged for permission to order some books for Sasha. it was really a sweet gesture so we allowed him to pick three books. of course with one condition - he would have to read the books to her :). he agreed. when the books arrived, he kept up his end of the bargain and read to his little sister. Sasha enjoyed all the stories but the tale about a pouty fish by Deborah Diesen was her favorite. The Pouty-Pouty Fish tells a story of a gloomy pouty fish who learns that being glum is not his destiny after all. the book is as fun to read as it is to look at. the rhyming text makes it easy for a toddler to follow along with the story line and the colorful playful illustrations by Dan Hanna make the book a treat to flip through. your child will love the exaggerated expressions on all the characters faces. they will also love delivering the pouty fish's signature line "Blub, Bluuub, Bluuuub" over and over and over again. The Pouty-Pouty Fish will teach your child that all it takes is kind word and a gracious gesture to turn a pouty frown upside down.
well if you ever wondered about the effects of fairy tales on little girls - this diary entry is written just for you. a couple of days ago i watched my first Disney fairy tale - Little Mermaid. i only watched a little bit, but that Ariel really did a number on my psyche. she was so cute and helpless waiting for that Eric to come and rescue her. after i watched, i came to the conclusion that i too, need to be rescued and whisked away to a far away land. the only problem - i don't have a prince in mind just yet. so i decided to spend my days practicing my damsel in distress act so i can execute it perfectly when my prince finally does come to my rescue.
this is my DiD routine. i fall to the ground when least expected. i yell ,"ouch, ouch! i'm ok." then i stretch out my hand, shake my head from side to side and say in a very, very distressed tone, "no, not ok. help, help." i repeat until someone grabs my hand and helps me back up. i do this at least 15 times a day. i may need to add a couple more elements to my performance to really get the DiD thing down. fortunately, i have some time before the prince arrives to perfect the act and watch a few more Disney tales :).
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
guess what brand i am highlighting today in our dream closet? let me give you a few clues. this brand was among the first ones featured on Diaper Style Memoirs. it is one of my all time favorites and was the only reasons that i ran, not walked, to the Gap. you guessed it. the brand in our dream closet is none other than Stella McCartney Kids. i have been a fan since the inception of Stella's first kid's collection and her new Spring/Summer 2011 line does not disappoint. i love her cuts, her understated basics and the extraordinary statement pieces that add a bit of magic and whimsy to the spring collection. of course the highlights for me have to be the smocked culottes for girls and the printed sweatshirts for boys. check out the rest of the collection here and enjoy my little circus themed interpretation below.
kid images © stella mccartney kids
see Stella's previous collections in these posts: a reason to run to the Gap & in my dream closet - fall/winter preview edition
Monday, February 21, 2011
i am in love once again. with a cute little boy whose name is Pocoyo. i can't pronounce his name quite right so i call him Babyjoe instead. he is so adorable and smart too. he can speak so many different languages. and best of all, i can see him any time i want. all i have to do is go to Youtube. i have an entire collection of Pocoyo videos saved in my faves folder. i just love watching him. this is Pocoyo. isn't he dreamy?
ok. usually Pocoyo videos are happy and fun but today i stumbled upon one full of unexpected drama. drama that made me break down into uncontrollable tears and left me all shook up for a good half and hour. the story line was so sad i couldn't regain my composure no matter how hard i tried. i don't think that i will ever be able to watch this episode again. i just can't relive the balloon tragedy at about 2:33 minutes.
Friday, February 18, 2011
well it's friday and i am in the mood for something sweet and decadent. a little end of the week treat i suppose. but i am not sure what i want to make. i went to my good friend Dawn's blog Batter & Beat, dedicated to all things pastry to get a couple of ideas. so many delicious choices i drooled a little. so these are the runners up for tonight. which one would you make?
or maybe i'll make all 3 and hide in my room all weekend eating every last drop of these luscious desserts. maybe? happy weekend everyone!