Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Summer Wedges

Summer sale is happening right now at Like these wedges from Chinese Laundry for $53:

Cheesy, But True

Bake On

Possibly, however, this one is more appropriate.

Keep Calm And Rock On

Great print.

I'm really digging these Sew Saucy Stitches people on Etsy.


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Red Lipstick Is Mesmerizing

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Dusty the Elephant

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Cabin Fantasy

To do: Live in a cabin that can't decide whether the living room is indoor or outdoor.

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Beach Season

This is a shot of a beach in New Jersey.

Thank goodness on the west coast we have a little more room to spread out.

Cranberry Crock Pot Chicken

We are having people over for dinner tonight at 6. I'm work until 5 and I have a 20 min commute. So today was a day for one of those super fast, simple, delicious, sophisticated, affordable genius meal ideas.

So I called... my brother? (He's 17.)

Backstory: Last time I was rummaging through my parents fridge looking for sustenance during a wedding planning marathon, I can across a tupperware of chicken in a yummy looking sauce. It was heated (Oh blessed microwaves) and devoured. As I was licking my fingers my mother informed me that my teenage brother had made it... Huh? I didn't think he knew how to make anything other than poptarts. Apparently, for a recent church activity, they taught the boys how to cook, so Sam came home and made dinner for the family. I made a note to abscond with the recipe at the nearest opportunity.

Which brings us to our adventure today in Cranberry Chicken. The orignal recipe was simply baked, however, with my short timeline I decided to give it a shot with the Crock Pot. I'll let you know how it turns out.

Crazy Simple Cranberry Crock Pot Chicken

Drop 6 boneless, skinless chicken breast in the Crockpot (frozen, thawed, whatever)

Mix in a bowl:
1 can whole cranberry sauce
1 packet dry onion soup mix
1 1/2 c. russian or catalina or french dressing (pick one)

Pour the cranberry mixture over the chicken. Cook on low for 8 hours.

ps. My favorite part is that this only has 4 ingredients. 4!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Geography Pillows

Why am I such a sucker for all things geographical? Like these?!?

Monday, June 28, 2010

In My Time of Dying, Earl's Court, 1975


Gothic Cherry Blossoms

Secret Garden

First Day of School

Today is IKF's first day back to school. Good luck darling.

Even though you hate favorites


Misty Mountain Hop

I can't get enough of Led Zeppelin lately.

Let's fly away

This shot reminds me of the last James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace. (Weird name, still a good movie.) It kind of makes me wish I were more dramatic and austere and mysterious.

STILL funny

Gun Theory

"You can go a long way with a smile. You can go a lot farther with a smile and a gun."

-Al Capone

Scientific Theory

"The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage."

-Mark Russell

Roasted Cherries?!

Just as soon as I can figure how to do this without the booze, I'm in...

Given the option, this is how I would spend the majority of my time...


It has been about 5 years since I've been camping. That's a long time. But I grew up backpacking in the San Bernardino mountains with my dad and my sister and I love being up in the mountains.

So now that I have an Eagle Scout for a husband, I decided that our first order of business was to reaquaint ourselves with the wilderness.

We reserved a camp site at Heart Bar Campgroud. We set up our little tent (another wedding present) and ate homemade chocolate chip cookies while playing Mexican Train Dominos until the sun went down and we built a fire.

The next day we went for a hike up and back down the Aspen Grove trail. We witnessed a helicopter rescue of a hiker who fell down and bumped his head (they seemed to be overreacting a little bit with the helicopter) and then ate trail lunches by the river and read for an hour before heading home.

All in all our renewed relationship with the wilderness is one that I think we will continue to maintain.

Although next time I think I might lobby for a tent set up like this...

Happy Monday

Friday, June 25, 2010

Roasted Vegetables and Polenta

IKF is a wonderful husband. The way our schedules are arranged right now, he gets home before me everyday and makes dinner. This week however, I requested two nights of the kitchen to myself to try out some of the recipes that I uncovered in our new cook books. (Yay for wedding presents!)

I wish I had taken pictures because it was so pretty! But alas, a description will have to suffice and you'll have to see for yourself.

This entire preparation took less than 30 mins and was delicious. I am so thrilled to find ways to eat that are healthy (vegetable based, low-fat), affordable (no obscure and expensive ingredients), sophisticated (not tuna casserole or top ramen) and quick (30 mins max).

Shopping list:
Various vegetables - The more variety you have the less you need of each.
     This time I picked up:
     One small zucchini
     One small red onion
     One red bell pepper
     One handful of fresh green beans
Fresh rosemary (optional, but adds a neat flavor)
Olive Oil
Balsamic Vinegar
Polenta (They sell this pre-made in tubes, but I couldn't find any. The dry kind only took 10 mins to make in the microwave however)
Goat Cheese or similar (This time I used Boursin. It is easy to find in the cheese section and I wanted to use it in another recipe this week. It is really flavorful, a little goes a long way.)

Step 1: Preheat oven to 400
Step 2: Make polenta in microwave according to the instructions on the package, pour into a dish (I used an 8 in square pyrex) and put it in the fridge to cool and firm.
Step 3: Chop the vegetables into bite size pieces. Throw them together in a bowl and drizzle in the olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Make sure they are well coated, this recipe goes south when the vegetables get dry because they weren't covered.
Step 4: Spread the vegetables on an aluminum covered baking sheet, salt and pepper to taste, add a sprinkle of rosemary leaves. Roast in the oven, uncovered, for 20 mins.
Step 5: Pull out the polenta, turn over on a cutting board and cut into pieces. I cut the 8 inch square pan into four pieces. I like the larger, thicker polenta. Brown the polenta in a skillet on high heat using butter or olive oil.
Step 6: Assemble. Polenta on the plate, vegetables on top of the polenta, sprinkle with the goat cheese. Bon Appetite.

I turned out really well. IKF loved it. I was proud of myself.

Although next time I'm going to use a little more balsamic vinegar on the vegetables..

Sincere and Affectionate

Love this picture.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The American West

I went to high school with Brian Loo. These are a few selections out of his ongoing photography project called The American West.

XKCD: Public Opinion

Subtext: "News networks giving a greater voice to viewers because the social web is so popular are like a chef on the Titanic who, seeing the looming iceburg and fleeing customers, figures ice is the future and starts making snow cones."


I want the shoes... and jacket... and dress...

Tiger Dog

IKF, concerning our ongoing disagreement about the acceptable size for a pet, I submit this acquisence: If our dog looks like a tiger, I don't care what size it is.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Lil Ninja Turtle

It's nice to know that some people are geekier than I am.

Google It

My favorite detail is the old school Nintendo controller belt PLUS wallet chain in the background.

Awesome. Thanks Geekologie.

Paris is always a good idea -or- The Louvre

Linen suits are for summer

I love old Italian men. They age gracefully and with so much personality. I love their flair.

More than ninjas

A wonderful story

The Modern Hive is one of my favorite blogs, and as IKF and I begin our life together and try to plan for our future, this story made me smile and gave me a lot of hope.

I've only been doing this for two weeks, but first thing that I've learned is that marriage takes faith. Big giant leaps of faith. To let go of your former life that was familiar, to let go of the safety of the family you grew up in, to commit to someone you barely know that you'll be with them for the rest of your existence... Even knowing that you will both evolve during that time.

I'm grateful that IKF has been willing to take these leaps with me.

Favorite wedding picture so far

We are eagerly awaiting the final professional pictures from the wedding, but in the meantime, this is my favorite captured from the people's cameras:

For Miss

My husband made breakfast this morning.

The fork is strong with him. (hee hee) Love you IKF!

Now that's a picnic...

Happy 2nd Day of Summer!

The Evolution of the World Cup Ball

Rad. Thank you NYT.