Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Old Enough for Fairy Tales!

I couldn't afford a facelift for myself, so I gave my blog one! I love the new look and I'm looking forward to sharing a new outlook on life!
At fifty, I'm entering a new phase of life, with grown children, more time and so many things to accomplish. Life is more interesting when you take the time to learn something new as often as possible!

"Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again."
C. S. Lewis

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Who Can Resist Those Eyes?

This year has brought many transitions to our home, some good, some not so much. Unexpected career changes for some family members have meant stepping back and re-assessing our priorities, but we're blessed and looking forward to new challenges.

Also, we added this little guy to the household. He is a sweet little beagle mix, adopted from a nice family who took in an expectant mommy dog, who subsequently gave birth to ten puppies, none of which looked alike!

If he grows into those big paws, he will be a pretty large dog!

Welcome to the family, Brewtis!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Gifts for Music Lovers!

I've been looking around Etsy for gifts for some of my music loving friends and family members. Musical images make great artwork, as well as unique jewelry and accessories.

Below are some of the fun things I found while searching for musical items!

Visit these Etsy shops for more great gifts this year!

Las Guitarras by ZuppaArtista

Owl Ipod Touch Case by EvelynX

Love Wood Cello Pendant by DanielKim

Set of 3 Songbird Series by AnimalHouseArt

Piano Music Pendant by PinkTopHat

Musical Mountains by KatieDidItGlass

Saxophone Original by Marnold

Beatles Wall Art by WallDecors

The Composer Print by MerrellArt

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Have Some Pithivier and Stay Awhile!

I love learning new foodie terms and my latest is "pithivier", which is defined as a round, enclosed pie, usually made with puff pastry. The filling is often a sweet frangipane, but those with savory fillings may also be called pithiviers. It is traditionally finished with a shine to the crust from either an egg wash or a thin layer of carmelized sugar at the end of cooking.

This Pear Pithivier was Robin Levinthal's offering on Top Chef's Restaurant Wars episode last week.
It looks delicious and the judges said it was the best dish Robin had made so far!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Go Orange For the Season!

In honor of you know which holiday, I decided to browse Etsy for orange things today. And I was delighted to find some beautiful things in this often underrated color!

This is the Gilbert Skirt from Renneslechateau on Etsy . It is such a sweet little skirt, made from soft pumpkin colored corduroy and I think it would be quite versatile.

Here is a Crocheted Scarflette from Beebun . It has a cute scalloped edge and can be worn several ways. I love the little flower detail!

This is a Sweater Cowl Hoodie from CastCouture.
I love the color and the shape! It has inbuilt pockets in the paneled body and a cowl neck hood.

For something unique for the season, don't miss this Strap Wrap Chameleon Shrug by Malam on Etsy . It has extra long, flared sleeves and can be worn in a variety of ways. It is made to order to fit your size.

Visit these Etsy shops for a splash of great color for your fall wardrobe!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

A Gift and A Vicarious Tour!

I could not resist buying this book for my sister's birthday. She is an avid knitter. And since our family is of Italian descent, it seemed like the perfect fit!

Of course, I also couldn't resist flipping carefully through it before mailing it off to my sister and I'm glad I did!

The book is called "Knitting in Tuscany" by Nicky Epstein. Along with some of her original patterns, the author presents tips and travel recommendations with beautiful photography and interesting commentary on the history of knitting in the region.

A glass of wine is always a welcome break!

I adore this beautiful knitted, wool version of Pinocchio! Author Carlo Collodi was born in Florence.

Siena is a beautiful, medieval city in Tuscany.

This is a knit wreath based on a terra cotta coat of arms for the Wool Guild. "On your wall, it declares your affiliation with the International Order of Knitters."

I found this book beautiful and inspirational. I couldn't begin to accomplish most of these projects, but I would love to wander around Tuscany and imagine doing them. I know my sister will love it!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Another Contender Gone and a Top Recipe!

And so we said good-bye last night to Top Chef contestant, Ron Duprat.
Ron is an executive chef from Haiti. He cooks with exotic flavors with a Haitian Creole influence.

I liked Ron's big, gruff personality and I was a little sad to see him go. But, the challenge of deconstructing a paella was too much for him, since according to head judge Tom Colicchio he didn't appear to know how to make one to begin with.

Below is one of his recipes. It sounds delicious and not too complicated for a home cook. I think I may try it this weekend in honor of Chef Ron!

Pan Seared Salmon with Spinach and Cannelloni Bean Saute and Citrus Butter

* 8 ounces wild salmon, filleted into 4-ounce portions
* 4 ounces Chablis
* 2 ounces heavy cream
* 1 bay leaf
* 1 lemon, zested and juiced
* 4 ounces spinach, washed and cleaned
* 1 small can cannelloni beans
* 1 clove garlic
* 2 ounces unsalted butter
* Olive oil
* Salt and pepper

1. For citrus butter, reduce Chablis and heavy cream by half with bay leaf and lemon juice. Mount slowly with butter (whisk in cold butter). Strain and season with salt and pepper to taste.
2. In a saute pan, heat 2 ounces olive oil and add salmon seasoned with salt. Cook until golden brown. Remove from pan and let rest.
3, In another saute pan with oil, cook spinach, garlic, and cannelloni beans. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

To Serve:
1. Using a ring mold, pack spinach-bean mixture onto center of plate. Remove mold.
2. Gently place salmon on top of spinach.
3. Spoon citrus butter sauce over salmon and plate.
4. Garnish with lemon zest and fresh herbs.


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