Who knew there was so much to learn about cutting board maintenance?
It's time to re-evaluate our media diet.
Giving these jean alternatives some serious consideration.
This cheat sheet on keeping houseplants alive is mandatory reading.
How to sip your way to a flawless complexion. (Spoiler alert: Lots of water ahead.)
Our new-found favorite day date spot is here.
The first day of spring, it snowed. And although it was really just a dusting, it was as if Mother Nature was saying, "Now wait just a minute..." Thankfully it seems spring has spring (for real) and not a moment too soon! Here a few things I'm excited about this season:
- Farmer's Markets - We try to eat as seasonally as possible, and I'm so ready for zucchini, artichokes, fresh herbs, and sweet peas. Here is a cheat sheet for what produce to pick up this season.
-Tulips! Any color, any style, and combination is perfect. They add instant springiness (real word?) to any room and the more, the merrier!
- Banishing tights (and socks) for good. Each year, I do this rather stupid thing where once I stop wearing tights, I can't go back. Instead, I'll opt for fun patterned pants (these wide leg and these paisley print are amazing!) or jeans, flats and slightly chilled ankles. Does this make total sense? Not really, but it's a self-inflicted rule that I refuse to break. My bare ankles take a stance and will the warm weather upon us.
- Weekend escapes. We try to get out and explore all year round (two weeks ago we stayed in a 19th century lighthouse!), but doing so in the spring (and the fall) is the best! Warm enough to venture out of the car to check out hidden spots, but without the summer traffic!
- My Birthday!!
- Bike Rides. Lazy afternoon rides near the beach are my favorite. How fun are these cruisers in aqua?!
What's on your spring to-do list?
Reason 1001 why old Hollywood was classier than today - their vacation style.
For those who love to bake, this is a game-changer.
Why featuring some greenery in the bathroom might be the best idea ever.
This blush shoe moment has me craving spring!
-Ask yourself this - are you in need of a chic-over?
-I used to think canning was a little Pioneer Woman, and honestly, it is AND it's the best thing ever. Applesauce was my gateway drug, and now I'm totally on board. Check out this for canning inspiration.
- Growing up, my family has always been full of morning people. I'm talking no alarm clock, up with the sun, annoyed that paper hasn't been delivered yet and it's 5:15, morning people. And in true nature form, I'm gradually waking up earlier and earlier, although I still often depend on my alarm clock. Check out the routines of these morning motivators to get see how much you could be doing while everyone else is still snoozing.
- And while productive mornings are incredible, it's also important to go to bed early to get some much needed rest. Case in point.
-The East Coast has really been spoiled with our Indian Summer, but alas it is starting to cool down. If the idea of shortened days gives you the shutters, read this. You may just be inspired.
I love to cook, but let's face it, cooking for one is tough and tricky (and for me, not too inspiring). When Mr. C. travels, you'll more often than not, find me with a simple bowl of cereal. And while easy, it's hardly nutritious or filling for too long. However, in effort clean up our menu after a long weekend spent at the lake enjoying every morsel of junk food, I threw together this delicious, super easy salad. True to it's name it features a little bit of everything which keeps the taste-buds guessing, but also allows for easy substitution for whatever is fresh and ready.
(Makes one large, dinner-portion salad)
- 1 carrot, chopped
- 1/4 of an English cucumber
- A healthy heaping of baby spinach
- 1 leaf of romaine spinach
- 1 handful (approximately 5) cherry tomatoes
- 1 handful sugar snap peas
- 1/2 ripe avocado, diced
- 1 scallion, white and pale green parts only, diced
- 1/4 cup of endive, chopped
- 1/8 tsp sesame seeds
-Half a tin of tuna or salmon (if canned, drained)
- A dash of red pepper flakes
- A drizzle of virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
Simply combine all the elements and top with the drizzle of oil and a dash of salt and pepper. Done and done.
This salad is a bit thrown together and that's the beauty of it. Have radishes, throw them in. Celery? Sure. A bit of onion rather than scallion, that works too. Completely guilt-free and gorgeous, this salad is the perfect weeknight meal that easily feels like a treat.
Some weeks, the word crazy just doesn't seem to do it justice. And after a relaxing trip to the Caribbean (more details on that soon), heading back to reality felt especially well, real. In the midst of playing catch-up on life, these 5 things have caught my eye:
Social Media Formulas - Want more IG likes? Apparently there is a method to the madness. Check it out.
Summer is all about fresh produce. Consider this your farmer's market cheat sheet. Current obsession - fresh plums.
This bag has everything for the warmer months - clean, streamlined design, perfect handles and a touch of monogram. Perfection.
Newly discovered and totally enamored - cutest gift idea for every occasion.
Mornings are my favorite part of the day. It's calm and quiet, and I get to perch at the counter and leisurely read the paper, check out my favorite blogs and drink my coffee, totally unhurried. It's probably the most relaxing part of the day and, for me, helps start the morning off on the right foot.
Having coffee prepped and ready to go is key, and, not surprisingly, we've been all about iced lattes. Espresso (my favorite is Cafe Bustelo) instantly cooled and then later poured over iced and topped with cold milk. Perfection. (The key to any iced coffee treat is to avoid pouring the hot liquid over the ice. No matter what you do, the ice will melt, and it will dilute the flavor.)
While I love iced lattes day to day, they don't really lend themselves to a crowd. In that case, bring on the Iced Coffee! This recipe from The Pioneer Woman is easy and makes enough for 24 servings. Consider your next brunch handled.
As is evidence in the lack of recent posts, the last few weeks have been utterly hectic - a cold that finally reared it's ugly head after weeks of vitamin-C-binges, late calls and a rotating (somewhat unpredictable) social calendar - exhaustion had set in. But at last, I'm blissfully back to writing, and here are the 5 things that I'm obsessed with this week.
- Ever since reading about it in the NY Post, I've been utterly captivated, and I am itching to get my hands on a copy of this book.
- Watermelon has already become our desert of choice. Apparently we're not the only ones.
- While I love to cook, on especially warm evenings, it's nice to have a no-oven-necessary meal. These wraps look incredible!
- Maybe it was the Vogue cover or maybe the idea of a period film, but this movie looks so sweet.
Happy Friday! This week has been a busy one (when is it not, really?) but these are worth taking pause for:
- Can't stop thinking about this dress. It may have to happen.
- Harper's broke down style icons by city. I think NYC needs a recount. Dallas is spot on.
- This book is currently on my nightstand. It's fun any breezy and makes me long for 1950's NYC.
- Martha knows best. Check out her breakdown of pantry must-haves to always have stocked. Do you have anything you need?
- This week's mask was pushed back until Wednesday, but this one made it worth the wait!
This past weekend was the first time in forever that we got to indulge in a few blissful lazy days at home. We slept late, went for a run along the waterfront and watched movies. It was incredible. In honor of our Godfather binge-fest, I made Miglicaccio, ricotta-lemon cake.
What you need:
-3 tbsp unsalted butter
-1 qt whole milk
-1 3/4 c semolina flour
- 1 large lemon or 2 small lemons
-1/2 tsp salt
-1 3/4 c sugar (I used a hair less since I'm trying to cut down on how much sugar we eat)
-4 large eggs
-1 lb fresh ricotta cheese, strained
Start by pre-heating the oven to 325. Butter a 11-inch round cake pan. (I only have a 9 inch pain so mine was slightly thicker.)
Heat milk in saucepan until simmering, and then whisk in flour and salt. Boil stirring constantly for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in button and sugar. (By this time the kitchen smells heavenly.) Transfer the batter to a bowl to cool. Make sure to stir every so often to prevent a skin from forming.
Zest lemons and stir into the batter. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until combined. Beat in ricotta.
Pour batter into baking pan, and bake until golden brown, approximately 1 hour. (Since mine was a bit fuller, I baked mine for 1:25. I also took some of the excess to avoid an overflow situation and bake them in mini corning-ware.)
After removing the cake from the over, sprinkle a tiny bit of confectioner's sugar. Enjoy immediately!
*Recipe tweaked from this one.