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Friday
May092014

Let's Go On A Picnic 

picnic is a pleasure excursion at which a meal is eaten outdoors (al fresco), ideally taking place in a beautiful landscape such as a park, beside a lake or with an interesting view and possibly at a public event such as before an open air theatre performance, and usually in summer.  

One of my very favorite movies is Emma starring Gwyneth Paltrow.  There are so many wonderful scenes in the film, but one of my very favorites is the picnic at Box Hill.  The entire casts is involved and it's so enchanting.  It hits me in all my sweet spots. 

I love picnic's.  I love the idea of putting together a bunch of yummy food (whether simple & rustic or a little more elegant), some blankets / pillows and a beautiful location. It's such a great way to relax & just enjoy.  

With the weather finally in the beautiful category - far away from the horror of this past winter, full of cold and snow, it's time to put the coats away and bust out the picnic baskets.  I'm an effort to cheer up everyone (I know I could use a little myself) -- let's all go on a picnic, shall we? 

"Nothing is better than a picnic" - Zooey Deschanel 

Where to have your lovely meal?  There are SO many choices.  Maybe the beach or the lake?  Of course! Perhaps you don't live near the water ... the woods or a park are always an excellent choice.   Do you live in the city?? What about a rooftop picnic?  Those are always a great escape.  One of my very favorite things to do it load up the car - drive until I find a lovely spot and just make my own park.  Take a look around your house - are there country roads you have never traveled before? Maybe you will find a hidden gem. 

Another great idea for the upcoming summer months is planning a large outdoor dinner for your friends & family.  Maybe you can get a couple friends to help host - and have a lovely potluck dinner.  The concept of dragging everyone's wood tables into a field and share a common meal.  What a better way to celebrate all the wonderful things about food & fellowship.  

So, you've decided to HAVE a picnic.  What will you need? That's the beauty of the picnic.....there are no set rules.  You can do whatever you want.  BUT - if you need some help with how to put it together there is a long history of beautiful & elaborate picnic servers.  For me -- I have always had a huge fondness for beautiful picnic boxes.  I love the retro feel and beautiful organization.  The more kitsch & retro the better.  I love all the little dishes & bindings.  Gets me every time.  

But - at the end of the day, all you really need if the food in some sort of carrier and you are ready to go.  It just never hurts to make it fancy & special. 

PS - don't forget something to drink.  So whether that be something from a bottle or yummy homemade ice tea served in mason jars - don't forget to quench that thirst after the hike to your destination. 

What to serve....what to serve?  ANYTHING you want.  Make it's sandwiches or salad?  Or something even simpler -- like bread & cheese. OR you can go all out and do cold fried chicken & devil eggs.   The menu is up to you.  Get creative! 

So - it's finally time to get down to business.  Take a few minutes to set up your picnic.  Take a minute to make it cozy and special.  I hope you take a few minutes out of your busy lives and plan a beautiful meal outside.  It will really perk up your spirits and help dust off those winter blahs! 

Bon Appetit'! 

Wednesday
Apr022014

Sites I Love: Food Blogs

Hi Everyone ... so, as you know I am a bit of a foodie.  I am a huge lover all things culinary.  Whether that be eating, cooking, reading about food, collecting cookbooks - you name it / I love it. So - let's get started. 

Up first.... Food52

Creators Amanda & Merrill have cultivated one of my very favorite sites out there.  When they first developed the idea of Food52 (as in we cook 52 weeks a year) they wanted to create a place where people could come together, share their inspirations and TALK ABOUT FOOD.  Since then - the site has grown & evolved into a full scale lifestyle site that doesn't just revolve around food but, food as a lifestyle.  Personally, I think it's a real gem! 

Food52

FoodieCrush ..... I initally discovered FoodieCrush just prior to the release of Heidi's first issue of her amazingly beautiful food magazine of the same name.  Just like Heidi -- I am a HUGE lover (obsessively so) of digital food magazines.  So, the intrigue of a new publication peaked my interest.  And - since that first issue I have been an ENORMOUS fan.  I love the everyday - friendly - and happy attitude towards food.  Not only does Heidi create a beautiful magazine - she runs a lovely food blog & I am constantly amazed at her flow of original content.  I think I pin one of her recipes on a daily basis.  Gorgeous work! 

FoodieCrush

Are you a fan of the decor website Apartment Therapy?  I bet you are.  Cause, really... who isn't?  Well --- TheKitchn is their gorgeous offshoot food blog that is truly hitting it out of the park.  TheKitchn sees themselves as The Kitchn is a daily web magazine devoted to home cooking and kitchen design.  Developed by the same women as Apartment Therapy - you can count on their level of content & quality.  Without a doubt - this site is a HUGE resource and I use it all the time. 

TheKitchn

Not Without Salt is a new one to my regular repertoire. A beautifully photographed food blog - I find the receipes just so appealing.  As her blog states....  "Where would we be without Salt?" ---- James Beard.  How can you not love a site that builds its brand around such a perfect statement.  Check it out --- purely loveliness. 

Not Without Salt

Spoon Fork Bacon.  I owe a great deal to Terri Lyn Fisher & Jenny Park.   I don't think I have used another food blog as much as I have SpoonForkBacon. It's a constant source of the most yummy & attractive lookinggoodies. I have ever seen.  There is RARELY a post that I wouldn't scarf down in a heartbreak.  The archive of recipes is vast & scrumptious.  Please --- I beg of you, check out this wonderful site. 

 

**Honorable Metions**

Kitchen Daily: www.kitchendaily.com

SAVEUR: www.saveur.com

Cannelle et Vaille: www.cannellevanille.com

Love and Lemons: www.loveandlemons.com

Smitten Kitchen: smittenkitchen.com

Tasting Table: www.tastingtable.com

 

Sunday
Mar092014

Love List: Things I Am Currently Loving 

Today I thought I would shine a light on a few things that are top of my list these days... better known as a "Love List".  It's been a long time since I put a collection together - so, I thought I would give it a go today. 

{flowers ~ peonies}

{beauty spot ~ lovely displays of beauty supplies.} 

{gatherings ~ huge casual dinner parties with family & friends.}

{blogger books ~ i love when one of my favorite bloggers publishes a book.}

Decorate with Flowers by Holly Becker & Leslie Shewring, Bright Bazaar by Will Taylor and Sweet Paul Eat Make by Paul Lowe

{beaded boys ~ do I really need a reason?}

So, what are YOU in love with these days? 

Friday
Feb142014

Picture of the Day: Happy Heart Day! 

Source: Avi_Abrams

Monday
Jan202014

So, This Happened..... 

So, last week a pretty big milestone happened for me & this blog.  I hit 40,000 followers on my Pinterest.  I don't know about you - but, that's a pretty big thing for me. I am thrilled that between this blog & that account, I have been able to grow my little place on the internet.  

So, in honor of all 40K of you that follow me & the precious audience that visits this blog I wanted to put together a collection of my all-time favorite pins.  These pins pretty much reflect my style & esthetic.  I hope you enjoy and maybe find something that you don't already have in your own collection.  

** Side Note: the very first image of the camera was the initial "design" idea I had for this blog.  When I was putting together a mood board of things I love & imagery I would want to feature - this image was the first one I ever picked.  I still love it that much!.  

**Side Note: The quote is one of my very favorites and by Albert Camus (The Stranger)  

**Side Note - I have promised myself that I would get a blackbird wrist tattoo before I die.  

**Side Note --- if someone wants to buy me this amazing lake cabin, I would be EVER so grateful.  XO 

**Side Note --- My very large feet will never fit into a pair of Pink Sparkly Christian Louboutins.  So, I have to pin them instead. 

**Side Note - Julia Child is my cooking hero.  I love her more than boeuf bourguignon

Sources: All image can be found via my Pinterest Account.