Tuesday, January 8, 2013

January


Wishing everyone a peaceful January. I promise to post when it's worth it, and I've got something to tell you about, or show you. I know I don't post often, but I think that's ok. I'd rather it be rare and good, than frequent and boring. Those who are capable of doing both, I commend you.
I just found these scans while cleaning my computer desktop. The first photo I love, because it's more than just a snowy scene. It seems to convey that muffled stillness that only comes from snow- not that I would know much about it, as our encounters have been rare, but wonderful. The second is my grandmother being an absolute doll, with the most adorable snowman in the back ground.
Til next time- xo

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Guest Post

What's better than chocolate and coffee? Oh that's right.. not much. I did a little guest post for Taylor over at The Little Deer while she's in Hawaii. Click here for the recipe! ALSO, I will use my own blog to gush about my new (to me) old blue china plates. Something about that subtle blue fade just kills me. Everyone has their things, their inexplicable little obsessions- what are yours?

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Cornmeal Crust

 A little bird suggested to me that I occasionally blog about the other side of my life, the one covered in flour. I originally felt conflicted about this. The only place vintage clothing and baking seem to cross paths is in vintage aprons (which, admittedly, I own in droves. DROVES people.) I'd like to say I wear them to work with my cutest dresses to bake up a storm. But the reality of it is that I wake up at 4 AM and stumble to work with no make up, jeans and practical non-slip shoes, only to return home looking like a paler version of pig pen. However though, whenever I do a clothing update, I seem to only be able to describe the pieces in food terms. So, I thought I'd give this a whirl. Recipes inspired by vintage clothing. (Dear readers, please give me feedback if this is something you are interested in)

I was first exposed to the idea of a cornmeal crust when I did my internship at Range. If memory serves me correct, my chef made little strawberry creme fraiche ice cream bars with a cocoa nib cornmeal crust and chocolate shell for an event. I made the hundreds of parchment squares on which they were served- everyone's gotta pay their dues. Here, I've used it for a peach pie with a healthy slug of bourbon. But you can use the crust for whatever you desire. (I bet it would be bitchin' baked on top of individual dished filled with chili, sans sugar) All items, plus more beauties, available in the shop.

Cornmeal Pie Dough
found here

Ingredients:
2 1/4 c flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
6 tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
6 tbsp cold shortening, cut into small cubes
1/2 c - 3/4 c cold milk

1. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, cornmeal, sugar and salt until well combined.
2. Add butter and shortening. Make sure it's cold, cold, cold! Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut butter and shortening into flour mixture until everything resembles small pellets.
3. Add 1/2 c of the milk slowly, tossing with a fork, until mixture can be packed. Add more milk if necessary.
4. Separate into 2 disks. Make one slight
ly larger for the bottom crust. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.


Finally, MAJOR shout outs to miss Taylor and her man, Phil. They both helped me make my new header, and I'm so pleased with how it came out. It was actually a scan from one of my favorite vintage cookbooks, full of adorable illustrations. Anyways they helped me with their photoshop skillz and I couldn't feel more blessed to have them as friends.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Young Love

  1. camel cardigan - thrifted
  2. red blouse - thrifted
  3. navy shorts - vintage, thrifted
  4. maryjanes - thrifted
I really think I found a keeper this time, guys. After years of failed film camera relationships, I think I've found happiness in a little old Canonet. There had been others, but like most relationships, they just never worked out for one reason or another. Be it communication issues (failing to mention it gets too hot in the trunk of my Toyota Corolla), fatal tragedies, passive aggressive lenses, or inconsistency (disposables - they're more of a fling) - film has just sort of left me bitter. Until now! 

Cue cheesy song <---please click that and continue reading. Ah yes, I imagine Canonet and I will be so happy together. I knew I would love her the moment she fit into my little vintage leather camera case- complete with old travel stickers and old lens tissue packets hidden in the worn zippered compartments- but these photos have sealed the deal. Taylor and I snapped away at this gorgeous pier in Cayucos, a place I don't spend nearly enough time. The fog seems to muffle everything, leaving nothing to be heard but the quiet crashing of waves. The town is nice too, with the Brown Butter Cookie Company and an old school smokehouse to wander into. There was even a young beatnik type guy with longish curly hair casually lounging on the shore, writing in a journal! So, it would seem that I like my beaches like I like my film cameras- pretty and simple.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Random Update


I did a little shop update this afternoon- a random assortment of cute pieces. These are a few of my favorites, but there is oh so much more to see! I had this grand plan to start organizing the store by color, convinced it would make it better, but as you can see that idea sort of went out the window.. but only for now. Someday I'll be the organized woman of my dreams, but for now I'll just have to do with my messy self. And now that that is done.. I'm going to go pour myself a cup of tea, put on my Ella Fitzgerald record, deeply inhale, repeat. I gotta say that record was one of the best one dollars I've ever spent. Ella and I had a few things in common I think. . . it's like someone romanticizing the dialogue in my brain.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Here are just a few pictures from me and Taylor's trip on what must have been the nicest day in Los Alamos history. Aside from running around the fields, missing freeway exits and getting slightly overwhelmed from a bazillion antiques.. my favorite part of the day was dinner itself. Full of Life Flatbread makes gorgeous woodfired pizzas. During the week they make a bunch and send them to grocery stores to be bought frozen. But on the weekends they turn into a restaurant offering special suppers and perfect summer vibes. And the desserts (made by dear friend Kielly Lewis) are not to be missed. Strawberry Shortcake? Umm, yes please!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Smattering

All sources available on my tumblr.

Today, I'm excited. Today begins my week of good things. My dad returned from a successful cancer surgery yesterday and I have this whole week to help him convalesce. Today's plans include chicken roasting, grocery shopping, cookie baking, Ella Fitzgerald record listening, and some much-welcomed cleaning and organizing.

And after today, things are going to get real frivolous. Things like sun tea and re-planting my rose geranium shrub (I found it drowning in it's own little pot yesterday morning after a very rainy, but pretty, weekend). I don't wanna jump the gun, but I may just have a little spring fever.