Tuesday, January 29, 2013

granola goodness

I had the best granola with greek yogurt and fresh berries 
at The Nomad Hotel's restaurant in NYC earlier this month.  
The waiter was kind enough to share the source...
It's the Eleven Madison Park's granola recipe...
The nomad's sister restaurant. 
I tweaked it a bit.  The original recipe called for one tablespoon of salt.
 Jill made me a batch for Christmas using that recipe 
& it was a smidge salty..though great with lots of yogurt 
{we do love sweet and salty}.  
I switched out pumpkin seeds for pecans and cherries for cranberries.
Make a batch...your house will smell so cozy!

Granola recipe adapted from 
Eleven Madison Park Granola

2 3⁄4 cups rolled oats
1 cup shelled pistachios
1 cup halved pecans
1 cup unsweetened coconut chips
1/2  tablespoon salt
1⁄2 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup dried cranberries.

1. Preheat oven to 300. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, pistachios, coconut, pecans and salt.

2. In a small saucepan set over low heat, warm the sugar, syrup and olive oil until the sugar has just dissolved, then remove from heat. Fold liquids into the mixture of oats, making sure to coat the dry ingredients well.

3. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, and spread granola over it. Bake until dry and lightly golden, 35 to 40 minutes, stirring granola a few times along the way.

4. Remove granola from oven, and mix into it the dried cranberries. Allow to cool to room temperature before transferring to a storage container. Makes about 6 cups.
 big bowl is essential
golden brown + smelling like granola goodness
cool before adding dried fruit
Store in an air tight jar.
Thanks for the jar and scooper, Jill!

Monday, January 28, 2013

perfect weekend duffle

I was on the hunt for the perfect weekend duffle bag.
Found this and it's a great find.
Big enough with zipper pocket on one end.
Price is so right...$33.
More colors at

Thursday, January 24, 2013

flo pink kitchen

Loving a POP of 
fluorescent pink 
in the kitchen.
Lucky fish makes this fantastic
dish towel:
made by Lucky Fish available at
{A portion of the proceeds goes to support Alice Waters' Edible schoolyard program}
Kimmy found these linen napkins with flo pink edge

Thursday, January 17, 2013

food truck fridays

This looks like fun
if you live in this neck o' the woods.
You may need your readers to read this one
or try magnifying on your phone.
(Sorry!  Couldn't adjust size though I tried!)
go to:
sugar & olives website
Perhaps we'll see you there!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

cozy books for winter

Nothing like a pile of books to cozy up
with in the dead of winter.
Here are three goodies from my pile:
Waiting for this one to come in the mail.
Katie's blog, What Katie Ate 
is eye candy deluxe so 
I know this is a good one.

 Another cookbook to drool over.
Deb Perelman.

American Heiress is a novel
tying me over until 
arrives in the mail.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

event of the thread

This was a fun show
at The Park Avenue Armory in NYC.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

atelier stella london

Love love loving
these little vases made 
by Stella Baggott in the UK.
Above are little lady #1 & #2.
She is creating more!
Available in February
at her Etsy shop.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Friday, January 4, 2013

my boy is seven!

I love you my spud!

 you were just a little thing when you were born
(always been feisty)
now you are bigger than big

 drinking hot cocoa in