Month: August 2014

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(A lazy sunday spent at home with records, books, and homemade espresso)

Labor Day weekend is always a little bit bitter sweet. As much as I love fall and absolutely can’t wait for the summer heat to be over, this weekend also symbolizes the passing of another season, and another half of a year. This year has already flown by – it’s September already! Between turning 25, watching my sister get married, and starting a new job, it has been a jam packed first half of the year. I’m ready to use this weekend as a starting point to relax, slow down, and let my two favorite seasons drag out for as long as possible. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

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(Morning latte at my favorite french bakery, complete with stray cat)

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(Because I couldn’t share a picture of a cat without sharing one of Miss Luna too)

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(Gorgeous antique hydrangeas from this week)

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(Day off doodles to give out as little notes)

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Pretzel Dogs

8.9.14-78After a long couple of weeks of eating healthier than usual, it was time to reward ourselves and take a night off from our “diet” (for lack of a better word). Ryan and I were flipping through recipes on Pinterest when we found this recipe by Joy the Baker. Pretzel dogs seemed like the perfect way to celebrate the unofficial end of summer coming this weekend, and was definitely one of the most delicious things I have eaten in a while. If you have any plans for get togethers this holiday weekend, I highly suggest whipping up these mini pretzel dogs to serve.

Ingredients (makes 16 mini dogs)

1 package of 8 hot dogs

1 ½ cups warm water (between 110 and 115 degrees F)

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

2 ¼ teaspoons (1 package) active dry yeast

4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons salt

2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled

about 14 cups of water

1 cup baking soda

1 large egg, beaten, with a splash of water

salt and pepper for topping

Recipe

Combine warm water and sugar in stand mixer mixing bowl. Attach dough hook. Pour dry yeast on top of warm water (do not stir). Allow to rest for about 10 minutes, until mixture has turned foamy.

Add in flour, salt, and melted butter. Mix on low speed until well combined. Turn mixer to medium, and continue to beat until mixture pulls away from sides and forms a ball (about 4 minutes).

Remove dough from bowl. Scrape bowl clean, coat with vegetable oil, and place ball of dough back in bowl. Sprinkle with flour and cover with plastic wrap. Place in warm location and allow to rise for an hour, until dough has doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and place oven racks on top and bottom thirds of oven. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and coat paper with oil (dogs will stick otherwise).

Cut hot dogs in half. Remove dough from bowl and place on a lightly oiled surface. Cut into 16 individual pieces. Roll each piece of dough out to a 12-inch skinny log. Wrap dough around hot dog, making sure to tuck in the ends.

Meanwhile, boil water and baking soda. Once water is at a boil, place wrapped pretzel dogs in the water for about 30 seconds, and remove with a slotted spatula. Place back on baking trays.

After dunking in water, coat dogs with whisked egg and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until tops are golden brown.

Allow to cool for just a few minutes. Pretzel dogs are best served day of making, slightly warm with mustard dipping sauce.

If you’d like to store your pretzel dogs for another day, double wrap with plastic and place in freezer. When ready to reheat, switch out the plastic wrap for foil, and bake at 350 degrees F for 12 minutes (or until warmed through).

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Poached Egg & Avocado Toast

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I’ve never been a huge fan of eggs – but combine it with bread, bacon, and avocado, and it’s something I can totally get behind. This recipe is so delicious and full of flavor that I could barely taste the egg. I simply combined a few of the things I loved and topped it off with a poached egg (a healthy alternative), and it’s now become my new go-to afternoon lunch. It’s filling enough to hold me over for the rest of the day without feeling too heavy.

Ingredients (serves 1)

1 slice whole wheat toast

1/2 avocado, sliced

2 strips turkey bacon

2 eggs, poached

Toast bread as desired. Layer bacon on bottom of toast, and then placed sliced avocado.

For poached eggs: Heat water, salt, and splash of white vinegar in a small saucepan. Just before it is about to boil, quickly stir in a circular motion to create a “vortex” in the middle of the pan. Place egg and yolk right in the middle of the vortex (placing the egg in the middle of the swirling motion keeps the egg from breaking apart). Remove from heat, cover, and let cook for 5 minutes.

Carefully remove egg from saucepan and place on top of toast. Enjoy!

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Emmys Best Dressed: My Picks

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(Top Picks: Sarah Hyland in Christian Siriano & Cat Deely in Burberry)

I’ve never been one to go crazy watching any of the award shows. What I do enjoy however, is the fashion and fancy dresses that come along with it. Each year the actresses seem to out do themselves more than they did the year before, adding more sparkle, more volume, or more elegance. It’s always entertaining to me to see that someone made a certain publications “Best Dressed” list, while the same look will make the “Worst Dressed” list somewhere else. If I had to compile my own list of favorites, here’s who made the cut. What were your favorites from last nights looks?

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(Best in White:  Sophia Vergara in Roberto Cavalli & Anna Chlumsky in Zac Posen)

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(Best in Black: Julia Roberts in Ellie Saab & Julie Bowen in Peter Som)

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** All images via Getty Images

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The unofficial end of summer is just around the corner with Labor Day approaching this weekend – so for me, that means I almost have the green light to start incorporating my fall pieces into my daily wardrobe. Most of my day yesterday was spent outside, between enjoying one of the most delicious crêpes here, and walking around downtown with Ryan.

Although it was still much too hot outside to wear anything other than a loose fitting sleeveless dress, it felt appropriate to accessorize with darker shades, making me at least feel like fall. Maybe it was my imagination, or just wishful thinking, but by the end of lunch, the combination of shade and a slight breeze made the temperature ever so slightly chillier, getting me all geared up for the coming season.

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Photos by Ryan Sides

 


SHOP THE LOOK

Topshop Dress :: Madewell Necklace :: David & Young Hat :: J.Crew Bag (old, similar here) :: Madewell Shoes (old, similar here)


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(Exploring the warehouse district downtown after a shoot)

This week was long and busy, but definitely a good one. I had a couple of days off in the middle of the week that allowed me to catch up on work, visit with friends I haven’t seen in far too long, sleep in, and enjoy breakfast in bed. I’ve got a couple more days of work before I can enjoy a lazy Sunday off, which I’m sure will be filled with a trip to the farmer’s market, and exploring somewhere new downtown. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

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(Date night with my other half – and the most incredible grilled cheese I’ve ever had)

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(Finding random inspiration for decor in my new place: love this green and grey color palate)

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(Sunny flowers and a homemade cappuccino to start my morning off right)

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(Loving the details outside this little shop downtown)

Emerald City

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August and September are undoubtably a couple of the longest months of the year for me. By this point, I am so over summer fashion, and can’t wait for the temperatures to start cooling down and the leaves to start turning. As a more pleasant alternative to wearing my cooler-weather clothes already, this is the time of year I pull out my darker hued peices, and lightweight long-sleeves. Richer colors like this deep, emerald green, are the perfect transactional items so carry me through August and September. They are still cool enough to help me bear the heat for a few more weeks, but still get me excited for fall and what’s just around the corner.

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Photos by Ryan Sides


SHOP THE LOOK

Topshop Blouse :: Madewell Necklace :: J.Crew Skirt :: J. Crew Bag :: Madewell & Catbird Rings :: BCBG Pumps