November Noms: Dark Chocolate Mousse

November 10, 2015 § Leave a comment

The other night, Mr. E made dark chocolate mousse:

Dark Choc Mousse

Dark, very rich, almost bitter. It was fine in its own, but I discovered that my vanilla lactose-free yogurt which I think is a little too sweet pairs with the mousse perfectly. Yum! 🙂

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Special Dinner: October 2014

November 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

For the 2014 special dinners, Mr. E suggested we should look at some of the less often used cookbooks in our household for inspiration. October’s choice was Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi, a vegetarian cookbook that was a gift to Mr. E.

Oct 2014 Special Dinner

We combined a salad with zucchini stuffed with a rice and pine nut mix. The salad consisted of cucumber and red onion with smashed garlic and ginger. The red onion came through a hint too strong, but otherwise the combination was very, very good.

As dessert, Mr. E made crostini, which is basically toast topped with a paste of garlic and pine nuts, plus grilled slices of pear and a sprinkling of mozzarella. The crust of the toast was a little challenging to get through, but otherwise they tasted marvelous. The zucchini and the salad are definitely keepers with nary a change!

Oct 2014 Table

I wanted the table to reflect the fall colors we see outside without being too bluntly in-your-face about it. The reds and purples in these Anthropologie plates coordinate better with my simple saintpaulia centerpiece than the brilliant maples outside; that’s why I added some gold, red and brown ribbons around the plant pot. There’s also green and peach ribbon to tie in with the plates, and turquoise in the dessert plates is also pulled from the dinner plate colors.

October Trees and Sky

October 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

It’s been a beautiful, colorful fall for far. We’ve had some yo-yo weather – down to 40s, back to 60s, up to 70s, back to 50s – which has been odd, but it hasn’t been too wet. I hope the plants manage well nevertheless.

October Trees and Sky

Happy Halloween, U.S.!

Mini Project: Letter Opener Mat

September 26, 2014 § 2 Comments

I open my mail near the door where our paper recycling bin is. To keep the letter opener nearby, I placed it on the mantelpiece. To protect the surface, I made a small mat for my letter opener to sit on:

Letter Opener Mat

It’s a very good project to use up those fabric scraps. I’ve been on the lookout for small, fast projects like this mat. I could swear my scraps multiply when I’m not looking…!

Any other useful, quick scraps projects you can think of?

Georgian Granny Square Slippers

July 8, 2014 § Leave a comment

This is so not the weather (or the season) for warm yarn, but aren’t these slippers great?

Georgian Granny Square Slippers The Purl Bee

Unknown; found via The Purl Bee.

Granny square slippers modeled after slippers made in the Republic of Georgia. Found via The Purl Bee.

On Sale NOW: Designer Sheets for a Steep Discount

June 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

I was browsing the Crate&Barrell summer sale yesterday and spotted such mind-blowing discounts on Marimekko Unikko bedlinen that I just have to pass it on. (No perking or sponsoring involved; this is just such an amazing sale that I wanted to spread the word.)

For example:

Unikko Duvet Cover

Full/Queen Duvet Cover on sale $40 (reg. $130); Marimekko / Crate&Barrell.

Unikko Queen Sheets

Full/Queen Duvet Cover on sale $50 (reg. $140); Marimekko / Crate&Barrell.

The deal is, the discount applies only to this color (Dusk) and pattern combo; other Marimekko products don’t come with equally steep discounts. The Dusk sheets do come in two pattern sizes, however, regular and small flowers (Pieni).

I really love that greyish blue, but those shades of brown I’m not a fan of. Phew. Otherwise I might have had to replace a getting-ratty set I’ve been eyeing for a while. 🙂

P.S. I can’t find any info on how long they’re running the sale. If you’ve ever wanted Marimekko designer sheets and like this pattern/color, I’d shop sooner than later!

(Note: I do not not publish sponsored content, or accept gifts or discounts to write about products. Blog posts are based on my personal opinion.)

Tumblr Treasures: Scientific Illustration

April 11, 2013 § 5 Comments

This spring, I’ve been playing around Tumblr. It’s one of those things I have been curious about, but haven’t gotten to before. An interesting Tumblr blog I stumbled upon is Scientific Illustration.

As the name implies, it pulls together scientific drawings (some very old, some newer) from other sources. I was struck by how many of the illustrations would make great wall art.

Seaweed by Winston Braun

Winston Braun, via Scientific Illustration.

Seaweed by Winston Braun, via Scientific Illustration.

Protea nerufolia by Zoë Carter

Zoë Carter, via Scientific Illustration.

Protea nerufolia by Zoë Carter, via Scientific Illustration.

Australian Tangerine Mushrooms

Katrina Syme, via Scientific Illustration.

Australian Tangerine Mushrooms by Katrina Syme, via Scientific Illustration.

Larks from Novitates Zoologicae 1911

Novitates Zoologicae 1911, via Scientific Illustration.

Larks(?) from Novitates Zoologicae 1911, via Scientific Illustration.

Cetaceans by Daniel Grenier

Daniel Grenier, via Scientific Illustration.

Cetaceans of Quebec by Daniel Grenier, via Scientific Illustration.

The major drawback is that the blog is way too frequently updated for my schedule. (As a scientific illustration blog, there’s also some icky internal organ images that I don’t care for. Not built for medical science, I’m not!) It is a fantastic source, though, so I keep going back.

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