Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

free screensaver

How about the old school flip-style clock screensaver?  Want one?  Jump here to get yours free!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

thanksgiving parsley thief style

Hop on over to The Parsley Thief for some Thanksgiving side dish inspiration.  Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

simply scandinavian

Another something to cozy up to.  This is a house book with so much I love.  Lots of white walls and floors, distressed furnishings.  Lots of that natural and organic feel and look.  SIMPLY SCANDINAVIAN is available here.

Monday, November 22, 2010

new rue

Get yourself a nice hot cup of tea or a glass of wine.  Then cozy up to your computer and relish the new online issue of RUE.  It is stuffed with eye candy and inspiration.  Enjoy!

oh and I just love those blue oxford shoes!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

fireplace in the kitchen


Fireplace in the kitchen?   Yes please.

all photos via remodelista.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

the philharmonic gets dressed

A fab book for children I picked up at Everett's school book fair.  The book takes you to musicians homes in the city as they get ready for work.  The illustrations are whimsical.  Everett's new fave.  You can find The Philharmonic Gets Dressed here.

Monday, November 15, 2010

trader joe's israeali couscous

Yum.  Kids go crazy for it.  It's bigger than the regular whole wheat couscous.  You saute the pearls in olive oil until they brown just a smidge then add water, boil and simmer.  Great alternative to rice, pasta or regular couscous.  Gotta love that Trader Joe's.

Friday, November 12, 2010

400th entry giveaway!!!

Today I am celebrating my 400th blog entry with a giveaway!

You can win three signed 5" x 7" prints in plexiglass frames of nudes
my favorite artist and friend, Gretchen Kelly.
Leave a comment below and on Sunday I will pick a winner at random.



Thursday, November 11, 2010

black bath

How about this shiny black bathroom?  


photo from lonny

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

kenton sorenson leather goods

Love these leather bags made by Kenton Sorenson.  Top is a perfect sundries and or travel, cosmetics bag and the other an ipad sleeve...if I only had an ipad....
Both available here.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

inspiration board

I do like a bulletin board with things to remember and inspire.

ahhhh....where did I find this???  so sorry to not give credit where due.

Monday, November 8, 2010

shadow puppets

Shadow puppets on a stick..how clever.  Everett would go bananas.  Available from KOLKID in Canada.  A very good store.  Check it out here!

Friday, November 5, 2010

new kissssing blog

A Cup of Jo's friend started this fantastic new blog called kissssing.
Gorgeous photographs + quotes on love etc. . 

"Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That's relativity." -- Albert Einstein

Thursday, November 4, 2010

the glass house

Today I will visit Philip Johnson's Glass house.  This tour was a birthday gift from my dear friend Tracy.  I remember seeing Philip Johnson strolling around downtown New Canaan years ago.  I loved his big, round, black glasses....I love his glass house.  You too can visit.  Click here for more info.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

asherjasper at etsy

Spotted these sweet, natural, felted toys here on etsy.  Great stocking stuffers......just thinking ahead here folks.

Monday, November 1, 2010


I have a fantastically easy homemade brownie recipe (I'll share another day).  I found this recipe on Black Eiffel.  They look super yum.  I know it's the day after Halloween and we are all sugared up but I may have to bake a batch of these just cause.  Here is the recipe from Gourmet Magazine 2003 via Epicurious.

Black Eiffel says these brownies can be fudgy or cakey depending on how long you bake them.

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 5 ounces walnut pieces, coarsely chopped (1 1/2 cups)

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan (2 inches deep) and line bottom and sides with wax paper, then butter paper.
Melt butter and chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring occasionally, until smooth.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.
Whisk together sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl, then pour in chocolate mixture, whisking until combined well. Whisk in flour mixture, then stir in walnuts and transfer batter to baking pan.
Bake until top is shiny and set and sides have begun to pull away slightly (a wooden pick or skewer will not come out clean), about 35 minutes, for fudgy brownies; or until wooden pick or skewer comes out clean, 50 minutes to 1 hour total, for cakey brownies.
Cool brownies completely in pan on a rack. Invert onto a cutting board, remove paper, and cut into squares.
Cooks' note: Cooled brownies keep, layered between sheets of wax paper, in an airtight container at room temperature 2 days. We find the flavor to be even better after 1 day.

photo from black eiffel