Month: February 2014

Currently

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(Colorful lizards that have me craving warm weather)

After a rather stress-filled last couple of weeks, I’m planning this weekend on re-prioritizing and re-focusing on myself. I’m taking the weekend to re-watch favorite t.v. episodes, bake cookies, take bubble baths, and (finally) finish the book I’m reading, before I start my self-training for running a 10K on Monday. This weekend is the first of March – which means we are just a couple weeks away from the beginning of spring. With my one of my favorite times of year just around the corner, I’m ready to get re-energized and enjoy the things I like.

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(Much needed comfort food with my mom)

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(This print now living above my kitchen sink)

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(Cookies from my favorite NY bakery hand-delivered with love)

Perfect Popover

photo 1-111I can never remember what holiday it is that my family always serves these at (whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, or Easter), but it’s one of my most anticipated meals of the year. I’m Italian, so naturally I never deny myself a good dinner roll. These, however, are so much more than that. There is something about the texture, the hallow inside, and the perfect amount of doughiness that beats out all of the competition. I never realized how simple these are to make, and now that I have, they will surely become a staple side for dinners in my house more than once a year.

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8 Things Every Happy Woman Should Have

8thingsWhen I first saw this article and read the ‘eight things’, I immediately thought it was silly. The first several things that women need to have are materialistic, and really irrelevant in the grand scheme of life. But then, when I got to the final question, I realized its purpose. This list isn’t about things you need to have to make you happy, it’s about knowing yourself. It’s about knowing and honestly answering these questions and being confident in who you are. It’s about not being afraid of what you like or prefer, even if it’s not ‘cool’. This list is really saying that a happy woman knows herself, loves herself, and shines with confidence. I’ve seen this list on several other sites and blogs, and finally decided that I wanted to do one for myself.

Lemon Cream + Graham Crackers

LEMONCREAMWhile I enjoy just about every dessert, there is something extra special about one that is served in an individual jar, just for me. Growing up, my mom always made layered pudding glasses, topped with a dollop of whipped cream. Though it seems simple, I always looked forward to having a glass all to myself. When I saw this recipe in bon appétit, I was reminded of those pudding jars and I immediately knew I had to make this. It’s simple, and the prep can be done way in advance, making this an easy option for a dinner party. It’s quick to assemble, but so adorable that guests will think you were in the kitchen all day.

Ingredients

– 3 large eggs

– 2/3 c sugar

– 2 tsp finely grated lemon zest

– 1/2 c fresh lemon juice

– 2 tbsp unsalted butter

– 1 1/2 c chilled heavy cream

– 6 graham crackers, crumbled

– flaky sea salt

Recipe

Cook eggs, sugar, and lemon juice over medium heat, whisking constantly, for 8-10 minutes (until think enough to coat a spoon).

Transfer to blender and graduatly mix in butter on low speed. Transfer to bowl, cover, and chill for at least 2 hours (can be stored for 1 week).

Before serving, whisk cream into lemon curd. Layer lemon curd and graham crackers in small glasses or bowls, and top with crumbled graham crackers, sea salt, and lemon zest.

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Military Style Jackets

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With springtime and warmer temperatures quickly approaching, I’ve been on the hunt for a jacket lightweight enough to throw on during warmer days, but substantial enough to keep me warm on chilly evenings. While I’m not yet on the camo bandwagon (nor am I sure I ever will be), I am drawn towards military-style jackets. The mix between structure and casual makes it easy to throw on over almost any outfit – weather it be jeans and a white tee, or a skirt and button-up. They come in all varying shades of army green and lengths, but I find I keep gravitating towards slightly longer styles that cinch at the waist for a touch of femininity. Here’s a few of my top picks for military style jackets.

1. Belstaff Roadmaster Jacket ($915)

2. Joie Barker Jacket ($368)

3. Rag & Bone Carrier Jacket ($302 – on sale)

4. J.Crew Boyfriend Fatigue Jacket ($168)

5. Levi’s Military Anorak Jacket ($60 – on sale)

6. Soft Joie Cantara Jacket ($288)

7.  Nili Lotan Anorak ($250 – on sale)

8. Current/Elliott Military Parka ($164 – on sale)

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(His + Hers)

Though I will be working the next few days through the weekend, I am still so excited that it is Friday. I have dinner plans with my mom and sister for dinner tonight, and hopefully some wedding planning for my sister this weekend. It’s been unseasonably warm the last couple days (temperatures in the 70’s!), and the promise of springtime has definitely increased my mood. As some weeks are tougher than others, I am constantly reminded of why I started this blog and my ‘Currently’ series – to remind me of all the little moments that kept me smiling throughout the week. Here’s a few of those from this week – have a great weekend!

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(A very patient Luna dealing with me taking a million pictures of her as practice with my new camera)

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(Making my poppop proud with a  true country breakfast)

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(New sparkles for spring)

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(A change of pace for breakfast with kale, spinach, and apple smoothies)

Robert Redford Cake

photo 3-91I have to admit, lately I’ve been all about desserts or treats I can whip up quickly. It’s not necessarily about laziness, but more so about lack of time, energy, and keeping my kitchen clean. I even made a box cake a few days ago (and it surprisingly was pretty good). This recipe is nice because it can be quick and easy using store bought ingredients, or can become a relaxing day in the kitchen if all ingredients are homemade. I decided for a compromise – store bought pudding mix and homemade whipped cream. It turned out delicious and has limited prep time, proving that sometimes “cheating” in the kitchen is okay.

Ingredients

– 1 stick butter

– 1 c flour

– 1 c chopped pecans

– 8 oz cream cheese

– 1 c powdered sugar

– 1 c + tub of cool whip (or homemade: 2 c heavy whipping cream, 4 tbsp powdered sugar)

– 1 small box instant chocolate pudding

– 1 small box instant vanilla pudding

– 2 c milk

Recipe

Combine butter, chopped pecans, and flour. Spread mixture in 9″x13″ pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool.

Mix cream cheese, powdered sugar, and cool whip until well combined, and spread on top.

Combine both puddings with milk and spread as next layer. Finish with remaining whipped cream and top with shaved chocolate.

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