diy

making this: diy colorblocked coasters

06.21.12

Now that we’ve had to retire our poor nightstands due to my love of crushed ice in my water at night (a feature I’d always dreamt of having with my fridge) and the warped bubbles they made all over, I decided I need to fill the house with coasters. So I don’t forget. Long sentence.

You can pick up these cork mats in the plant section of any craft store.

I fully believe that guests will want to use coasters if those said coasters are pretty. That theory must be true.

The step by step is really straightforward. Paint. Tape. Paint. Done. Yay!

Unless of course, you’re too anxious and you peel off the tape before it’s fully dry. Like me! If you peel your tape off and it’s perfect, then good job. You’re wonderful. If not, you’re also wonderful. Just go in with a tiny brush and a steady hand and fix the edges.

Now go drink a cocktail and don’t worry about leaving rings!

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eating this: garlic kale chips

06.18.12

Kale chips are a favorite salty snack alternative to chips and salsa. So simple, and I feel healthy eating insane portions.

I’ve tried a bunch of variations of kale chips, but this simple garlicy recipe is my favorite.

Garlic Kale Chips

1 bunch kale
1 tb olive oil
2 tsp sea salt
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
2 tsp garlic powder

Preheat the oven to 275. Tear kale into bite sized pieces. Throw away the ribs. Wash thoroughly. Get them super dry. Mix in a bowl with the oil and balsamic.

Spread kale on a foil lined cookie sheet.

Sprinkle on garlic powder and salt. Bake for 30 minutes, tossing with a spatula every 10.

Store in a paper bag.

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cute iphone case roundup

06.14.12

I’m so ashamed to say it, but I have an android. And it sucks. I wanted to stay devoted to t-mobile and thought at some point, they’d get iphones but NOOOOoooo. OK THEN FINE. I give up! Anyway, I have decided to switch providers and yada yada, time to pick out a pretty iphone case! WOO!

clockwise: one / two / three / four

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eating this: scallops with meyer lemon beurre blanc

06.14.12

Do you love scallops? I LOVE scallops!!! And I’ve made this recipe a handful of times. It’s easy, impressive, and delish.

All you do is make the beurre blanc, cook the scallops for a few minutes and you’ve done it.

I don’t know if meyer lemons are everywhere, but this could totally just be swapped for regular lemons and just have less of that tartness. The original recipe says it’ll take 6 lemons for the sauce. I’ve found multiple times that it only takes 4, maybe they’re just super juicy here.

Scallops with Meyer Lemon Beurre Blanc (adapted from myrecipes)

2/3 cup fresh meyer lemon juice (4-6 meyer lemons)
1/3 cup dry white wine
3 tablespoons minced shallots
2 thyme sprigs
3 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into pieces
3/4 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
cooking spray
1 1/2 pounds dry sea scallops
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme

Combine the first 4 ingredients in a small heavy saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Cook until reduced to about 1/4 cup (about 8 minutes). Remove from heat; discard thyme sprigs. Add butter, 1 piece at a time, stirring constantly with a whisk until butter is thoroughly incorporated. Strain mixture through a fine sieve over a bowl, pressing to release all of the sauce; discard solids. Stir in sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.

Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle both sides of scallops evenly with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Add scallops to pan; cook 2 minutes. Turn scallops over; cook 1 minute or until desired degree of doneness. Serve scallops with sauce; sprinkle with chopped thyme.

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our new and improved dining room

06.13.12

You know that exciting time when you move in with your dream man and everything is so fun and exciting and picking out (and agreeing on) things is such a thrill? And then later on you realize that maybe you chose things because you chose them together and maybe you know better than your boyfriend.

Anyway, we took foreeeeever to pick out dining chairs. And when he actually liked some chairs, I was like yeah ok you like them I like them too. And then we took them home and I was like ugh.

But after months of me complaining, we sold them and got new ones! We went with black wishbone chairs. What a difference.

We also switched the position of the table. Doesn’t this look better?! And omg – our built in really looked pink before.

OOOOOOOOOOO. These chairs are such an improvement!