Lovely Gift

May 23, 2010


Birthday in the City

May 18, 2010

Could I have asked for a better birthday? absolutely not. It was full of a lovely craft fair, visiting galleries, walking (and missing) the city, the franklin institute, and (of course) lots of amazing food.

(Tasha McKelvey‘s adorable table at the Art Star Craft Bazaar)

(Peg and Awl)

(KG + AB)

(I was so in love with this bowl  by PinkKiss Potery )

(Continental Mid-town)

(Small Favors V show at the Clay Studio)

(so in love with these lovely little dogs by Katie Parker)

(View from our dinner alone on the terrace at XIX)


Bike Bliss :)

May 15, 2010

Last year I had been riding a little bike a friend had lent me, and was heartbroken when I had to say goodbye last summer. Everyone who knows me know that I’d much rather have a rickety old bike than some fancy car (unfortunately I no longer live in a place where having a car is an option).

Then, one day a few weeks ago, my amazing boyfriend came riding up on this beauty. It’s a 1966 Shwinn Starlet III. Is it not the most adorable thing you’ve ever seen? It was an early birthday gift (which was much appreciated seeing as how nice it’s been these last few weeks and it’s still a few days until my birthday). My mom decided to continue the early gifting and get me this cute little basket to go along with it.

It makes me feel like the luckiest girl ever!

Yesterday I did something I’ve been really really wanting to do for quite a while now – make a pie completely and totally from scratch. So I set to work peeling apples and rolling dough with help only by my ten fingers and two palms. I was beyond happy when it came out perfect. Seriously, perfect! I don’t mean to brag, but I’m pretty sure it could kick the butt of any premade dough and canned filling pie any day of the week (bring it on pillsbury dough boy!). The crust was flakey and soft and the apples were sweet and tender, what more could a girl possibly ask for?

The crust recipe was from Tartine via Bread Baby.

And the Filling was Martha Stewarts via Handle the Heat.


February 25, 2010

Let me take you to a magical place. A place where plants grow and the smell of orchids fill the crisp winter air. A place that takes you back to childhood summers and make you want to plant a garden. You can find plants in handmade pots, plates for your kitchen, soaps that smell of lavender and a warm cup of coffee.

I came across Terrain on a trip to Glen Mills, PA and have fallen in love. I will most definitely by revisiting this summer.

Vegan Snickerdoodles

February 17, 2010

I have to be honest.

I’m not totally sure where the word snickerdoodle came from or what it means. I just know that to me it means “delectable little cookie all covered in cinnamon and sugar.”

Demi-Brooke is a lovely girl who takes beautiful photographs.
When she posted photos of her vegan cookies the other day, and one of them happened to be vegan snickerdoodles, my mouth began to water.

Me and snickerdoodles have always had a thing for each other. After all, what isn’t good all rolled in cinnamon?

I remembered that I saw a great recipe for vegan snickerdoodles from The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur posted just a week ago and knew it was time to give it ago… after I kept getting asked when I would bring some more treats in from people at work, and I can’t very well let them down, now can I?

They turned out perfect!

A crispy, cinnamon-y outside with a tasty, crumbly interior.

Here is the fantastic recipe which I highly reccomend…

Vegan Snickerdoodles

(From Vegan Cookie Connoissuer)
Makes about 3-4 dozen

3/4 cup margarine
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup soy milk
2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons sugar

Preheat oven to 325°F.
Cream together the margarine and sugar until fluffy. Add the vanilla, soy milk, and cornstarch and mix until incorporated.

Sift in the flour, baking powder, salt, cornstarch, and cinnamon. Stir. If the dough is too dry and crumbly, add a splash of soy milk. It shouldn’t be sticky though.

Mix the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Form the dough into 1 1/2″ balls and roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet and flatten slightly. Bake for about 12 minutes until golden around the edges, but still soft on top, then transfer to a wire cooling rack.

That’s Tight(s)

February 10, 2010

I seemed to find myself snowed in once again today.
I decided to get down to business and start crossing things off my “to-do” list instead of sitting around eating cupcakes and watching Audrey Hepburn movies (okay… well I still might be planning on doing that tonight….)

I don’t wear white tights anymore…
Last year I was made fun of for looking like “a little girl going to communion” in my clean white tights and little ballet flats. So I decided it was high time to do something with the pair that lingered lonely in my closet.
Honestly, I’m not a big fan of tie dye. I guess my brain instantly goes to an image of a rainbow dyed shirt being worn by someone with dirty dreadlocks who hasn’t bathed in a week or two. But I wanted to give single – color dying a try a figured these tights were the perfect victim.

Personally…I adore how they came out.

But I’m dying to know what everyone else thinks.. good/bad whatever! Oppinions please :)