Taste of the season

26 Oct

I love when seasons change and bring new produce. Summer is full of light, refreshing meals made with local greens, berries, and herbs. The CSA share was commonly 50% greens- mesclun, arugula, head lettuce, brussel sprout leaves- it was hard to avoid eating salads! Now that it’s fall, I’m hankering heartier fare. Pumpkin soup, butternut squash ravioli, roasted beets.

When my summer CSA share ended, I knew that I had to sign up for the autumn share. Miss out on New England’s fall veggies? I don’t think so. Unfortunately, the girls I split the summer share with weren’t looking to continue, but after some asking around, I found a new buddy to split the box with.

The first couple of weeks had fall crops of some vegetables we had gotten in the spring, such as bok choy and radishes, as well as late summer/early fall veggies (tomatoes!!). Now, we’re starting to get acorn squash, leeks, and carrots.

I like to browse TasteSpotting for recipes, and pin the ones that catch my eye.

Find me on Pinterest and we can be recipe friends! I’m always looking for something new and yummy to make!

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Po-tay-to, po-tah-to

25 Oct

You know what’s delicious? A POTATO.

At the farmer’s market this weekend, I picked up a bag of multi-colored fingerling potatoes. As fate would have it, while wasting time on Pinterest on the train ride home, I came across this recipe from America’s Test Kitchen.

It is amazing. And crazy easy.

This recipe for Roasted Smashed Potatoes is the answer to your starchy dreams. They get crispy on the outside but are smooth and creamy on the inside. It’s french fry meets mashed potato.

I made a few slight modifications. The recipe called for Red Bliss potatoes but I used the fingerling potatoes. Instead of thyme, I used rosemary and sea salt. I followed their steps pretty closely, and the result was a pan full of deliciousness.

I may have moaned while eating them.

In Case of Emergency

25 Oct

Everyone’s had one of those days where they could use a kind word, no matter what it is or who it comes from. Sometimes you just need a silly little compliment to make you smile.

Let me introduce you to Megs Senk, a designer at W+K 12 and your new best friend.

She’s created this amazingly straightforward and cheer-inducing website, Emergency Compliment. A clean modern design featuring cheeky little phrases, this is sure to brighten your day. If the first compliment doesn’t do the trick, keep clicking through. There are a TON of phrases, and when you hit upon one that you like, you can purchase a print of it from Society6.

(via designworklife)

Big News

24 Oct

Our family is growing! No, we’re not having a baby – we are adopting a puppy! Bentley is about to get a 5-month old mixed breed sister.

This is a picture of Riley (the dog formerly known as Reba) that her shelter mom took.

When we started thinking about getting a second dog, I knew instantly that I wanted to get a rescue. We got Bentley from a reputable breeder, and we can’t imagine life without her. However, there are a lot of great dogs out there that need a home. We perused PetFinder for a few months, with no real idea of what we were looking for.

One night when Doug was shooting, I looked at the list of breeds, clicking on ones that I had never heard of before. It was fun but nothing was sticking until I came upon a particular breed that, quite frankly, sounded like a disease: Black Mouth Cur. I found them to be really attractive dogs, and the more homework I did, the more they sounded like the type of dog we were looking for.

When Doug walked in that night, I bombarded him with facts about the breed and links to dogs I wanted to apply for.

This aimless clicking around that night led us to our new “baby.”

There were three dogs that we applied for. The first two looked like typical Black Mouth Curs, whereas Riley doesn’t look like one at all. We got good news/bad news from the first two shelters- the dogs we had inquired about had been adopted. However, Riley was still looking for her forever home!

Riley’s mom and her entire litter of 8 pups were rescued from a high-kill shelter in Louisiana and taken to a rescue in Texas. This organization (Houston Shaggy Dog Rescue) has foster homes in New England, so when we initially were looking on PetFinder, Riley/Reba was listed as being in Connecticut. We initially wanted to adopt a local dog (mostly, so Bentley and the dog in question could meet) but soon we had fallen in love with this pup from the south.

We had some concerns: is this dog a crazy shedder? What is her temperament? What happens if this isn’t a good match? How the heck is she going to get here? The rescue’s founder (and current foster mom to Riley), Kathy, spent a long time talking with me on the phone, answering all of our questions and giving me the scoop on Riley’s mom/littermates/history.

Riley is getting picked up from Kathy’s this afternoon by Rescue Road Trips and we pick her up in Connecticut on Saturday afternoon.

New pictures of her to come- she’ll probably be an easier puppy to photography than jet black baby Bentley.

Have you adopted a rescue or brought a second dog home? Any helpful tips or advice is welcome!!

It’s Fall!

27 Sep

A few short weeks ago, I was quite depressed about the idea of summer coming to an end. Fall is my favorite time of year, but everything around me still said summer.

The Universe read my mind or something, because suddenly-  without a warning- it became fall. And just like that, I was ready.

Because it’s still peak wedding season, we’re spending a lot of our weekends shooting. (Correction: Doug is shooting, and I’m assisting.) Last Sunday, we miraculously had a day off and crammed in as many fall activities that we could. We apple picked. We got a sizeable pumpkin to carve. We went to Nashoba Valley Winery to take a stroll and taste some wine. We stopped at few farm stands. We took Bentley to the dog park for some swimming and a hike through the woods. We fertilized the grass and cleaned out the garden. We watched football, drank cider, and took naps.

Although that seems like an exaggerated list, we somehow fit that all in without being rushed or having any particular agenda.

It was a magical fall day.

What is on your fall to-do list? Any special traditions you have?

Glittery tags and hand-painted ombre spoons

26 Sep

This past weekend, we celebrated the wedding of our good friends, Didi and Henry. I met Didi during the first month of freshman year, after our audition for the dance team (we both made it). Henry became a part of our circle after he and Didi met during a first year class at Case Western. They are insanely smart, loyal, good-looking, fun, and easy-going, and I couldn’t have been more honored to be a part of their day.

Being in the wedding party, I got to be involved in the behind-the-scenes planning. For her shower, we wanted it to reflect the colors of her wedding (purple) with a little dash of sparkle. Enter: ombre wooden spoons with glitter tags! I cut a corner and ordered the spoons already painted. I highly recommend Heather at oMEandoMY.  Sure, you could paint them yourself but if you’re short on time or want a guaranteed awesome end-product, go to Heather for well done, reasonably priced spoons. She is easy to work with and will paint the handles in whatever colors you’re looking for.

What you’ll need:

Printable business cards (and a computer/printer/ink)

Hole punch

Glitter tape (washi tape would be great too)

Wooden spoons, spatulas, or other kitchen tools

Ribbon

–         Design your tag! Paper Source has a downloadable template that works perfectly with their product. Keep in mind that you’ll need room to add the tape and to punch a hole.

–         Print the cards. Fold along the perforations and gently tear them apart.

–         The glitter tape had a protective back. Peel of a short section of the backing and affix the sticky half to the tag, with the straight edge as close to the edge of the tag as possible. Trim the tape as close to the edge on the other side of the tag. This will cut down on wasted glitter tape.

–         Punch a hole in the top of each card.

–         Cut your ribbon. Do a test run with one ribbon to figure out the length you will need. For this project, I used 7” of ribbon per spoon.

–         Tie the tag to the spoon! I looped the ribbon through the tag, crossed the ribbon behind the spoon, and tied a bow in the front of the spoon. You can tie however you think is easy or attractive to you.

For the party, I put them in a couple of large, clear glass jars so people could see the pretty handles.

Voila!

Scenes from the Summer, Part 1

11 Sep

Here’s a quick look at some of the things I’ve been up to this summer.

 

Doug and I bought our first house in May! It moved way faster than we ever thought it would. We started looking to get a feel for the market and what our money could buy us, but after looking at four houses, we put in an offer.

The food truck scene is really gaining traction in Boston, and I am a HUGE fan. Here’s a picture of lunch from one of my favorite food trucks, Bon Me. The first thing I ever had there was their banh mi (tofu and mushroom, hold the pate), and it’s so good, I can’t venture away from their other offerings (although I’m sure they’re delicious too). Add a cold ginger lemonade, and I’m happy.

My brother came to visit Doug and I in July, and we played tourists for a day. One of the stops was to the Sam Adams Brewery for their tour (free!).

Double rainbow!!