Monday, November 28, 2011

Dwell Studio Scandinavian Inspired

Dwell Studio usually known for their bedding, has some wonderful Scandinavian inspired furniture. The upholstered pieces come in all the wonderful dwell textiles. I purchased the gray polka dot to recover my Scandinavian style chair that I got from my Grandma.

Happy Yellow Owl-idays

Digging the new Yellow Owl Workshop's holiday goods. I used their stamps last year to make all our holiday cards and gift tags. I thought they turned out super fun. Check it out here.
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Best White Elephant Gift Ever!

Who wouldn't want to steal these Jersey Shore ornaments?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Orbans

Digging The Orbans from my hometown of Fort Worth. Yay! Check out this KXT live seesion. I am a sucker for a clap along :)

Bueno Dinner

Urban Taco has a seriously good tortilla soup. It has like a red chile broth or something and includes lots of ingredients including hominy! YUM! Oh with a Corona Light on the side.

Map It Out

Maps are so nice. I call them educational decor :)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Good Cheap Wine

My sis and I tried this over the summer when we were down in the Hill Country. The Iconoclast is Yum! This is a pic she took just yesterday when she found it at her local Central Market. Becker Vineyards and lavender fields!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

SA-WEEET Holiday Cards

Found these gems at Kate's Paperie

Zoë Love

Zoë Kitchen + Zoë my dog :)

Taalbi Brothers

Dang! I dig this! I guess this song was on the season final of Breaking Bad.

Love Watch Listen Tell (WLT)

Watch, Listen, Tell is a video channel which focuses on creating the best looking and sounding accoustic videos, favouring the new but always welcoming the seasoned, artists and musicians.

Work Dog

There is the sweetest junk yard looking stray dog at work. I guess the SPCA has been trying to catch her for weeks now. I fed her left over Taco Cabana breakfast tacos and she loved them except for the tortillas. Whatever! Before I fed her we did a little photo shoot and then I guess I was just feeling a bit of procrastination, so I made her a flier. :) I hope she will let someone give her a home real soon.

Monday, November 14, 2011

"Use a Spoon" Chopped Salad

I haven't tried this one out yet, but plan to do a trial run for Thanksgiving.

"Use a Spoon" Chopped Salad

When Paul Newman and Michel Nischan opened their Westport, Connecticut, restaurant Dressing Room, Paul’s request was that the menu always include a chopped salad that you could eat with a spoon. This chopped salad recipe is full of great flavors, colors and textures, featuring celery, carrots, red pepper, apple, cucumber, greens, cabbage, goat cheese and almonds. This is great for any holiday meal: you can let it stand and it stays crisp.
"Use a Spoon" Chopped Salad Recipe
8 servings, generous 1 cup each
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  • 1/4 cup white-wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 3 medium stalks celery, diced (1/4-inch)
  • 2 medium carrots, diced (1/4-inch)
  • 1 large red bell pepper, diced (1/4-inch)
  • 1 medium apple, peeled and diced (1/4-inch)
  • 1/2 large cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced (1/4-inch)
  • 1 cup sliced Treviso (see Tips) or radicchio
  • 1 cup sliced arugula, any tough stems removed
  • 1 cup thinly sliced napa, Savoy or other soft cabbage
  • 1 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds (see Tips)


  1. Whisk vinegar, oil, honey, salt and pepper in a large salad bowl until well combined.
  2. Add celery, carrots and bell pepper to the vinaigrette. Let marinate for at least 10 minutes and up to 1 hour.
  3. Add apple, cucumber, Treviso (or radicchio), arugula and cabbage to the bowl; toss to coat. Add goat cheese and almonds and toss to combine.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 2 up to 1 hour ahead.
  • Tips: Treviso is a slender variety of radicchio. Look for it with specialty salad greens in well-stocked markets.
  • To toast chopped, small or sliced nuts, cook in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.


Per serving: 200 calories; 16 g fat ( 5 g sat , 9 g mono ); 15 mg cholesterol; 9 g carbohydrates; 1 g added sugars; 7 g protein; 3 g fiber; 148 mg sodium; 273 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (73% daily value), Vitamin C (55% dv), Calcium (17% dv).
Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2
Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 high-fat meat, 2 fat

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Quinoa Pear Salad

So freaking good! Try it!

Pear-Quinoa Salad

Quinoa is a quick-cooking whole grain with a slightly nutty flavor—a perfect partner for pears and walnuts in this fresh-tasting salad recipe. The flavor is best when the salad is at room temperature or cold. Refrigerate the salad for at least 15 minutes before serving.
Pear-Quinoa Salad Recipe
6 servings, about 3/4 cup each
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  • 1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup quinoa (see Tips), rinsed if necessary
  • 2 tablespoons walnut oil or canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon fruity vinegar, such as pear, raspberry or pomegranate
  • 1/4 cup snipped fresh chives
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 ripe but firm pears, diced
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans, toasted (see Tips)
  1. Bring broth to a boil in a large saucepan. Stir in quinoa, reduce heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook until the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa has popped, about 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk oil, vinegar, chives, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add pears and toss to coat.
  3. Drain any excess liquid from the cooked quinoa, if necessary. Add the quinoa to the pear mixture; toss to combine. Transfer to the refrigerator to cool for about 15 minutes or serve warm. Serve topped with nuts.

Tips & Notes

  • Tips: Although quinoa—a grain that was a staple in the ancient Incas’ diet—was once only available in natural-foods stores, it’s now readily available at most large supermarkets and even warehouse stores. Rinsing removes any residue of saponin, quinoa’s natural, bitter protective covering. Most quinoa is sold already rinsed. Check the label to see if you need to rinse before using.
  • To toast chopped, small or sliced nuts, cook in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.


Per serving: 246 calories; 13 g fat ( 1 g sat , 2 g mono ); 0 mg cholesterol; 28 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 7 g protein; 4 g fiber; 253 mg sodium; 332 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Magnesium (20% daily value), Folate (18% dv).
Carbohydrate Servings: 2
Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1 fruit, 2 fat

Bumble Pins

Every year Bumble and Bumble always has the best holiday gifts in the cutest packing. One year it was colorful bobby pins, last year a fun ball of neon rubber bands, this year cool white hair pins! I got them at Goldwaves in Fort Worth.


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