Archive for August, 2010

August 26, 2010

Obsessed…

…is what I am with stripes.

Seriously, I have never owned more striped clothing ever before. I think it all started when we were in Venice. Those gondoliers just looked timeless in their striped shirts.

But it doesn’t end there. I’m smitten with stripes everywhere…on a bag, on a chair, on the walls. THE WALLS. How awesome is this:

I absolutely love this photo. We’ve already established how much I love neutrals (and if you didn’t know, it’s a lot), and Jon and I are working on a similar collage of our wedding photos (bought all the frames…we just need to pick out which photos we want to print). But the stripes! Light gray (so chic) stripes paired with the curves of that attention-grabbing mirror. It looks a little vintage–I’m thinking Jane Austen’s era here–but at the same time clean, modern, and graphic. And so cozy. I want this in my house.

Check out more of this killer apartment over at brides.com.

August 24, 2010

Zabaione: 1 part egg, 1 part sugar, 1 part vino, a bajillion parts love

When Jon and I were in Rome, we stopped for dinner at an amazing restaurant near the opera. I remember the food being great, but the showstopper was dessert: zabaione mousse.

We had never heard of it before, so we figured, why not try it? And the dessert that showed up at our table was a warm, sweet egg custard that melted in your mouth. YUM. Of all the desserts in the world, zabaione must rank in the top five (which makes me wonder–what do you think are the other four?)

So we decided to make it tonight, as a practice round (it’s the perfect dessert for the holidays). So first, we whipped up some heavy cream to fold into the zabaione after it’s whisked. Easy enough, right? So on to the fun stuff.

Four egg yolks + 1/4 cup sugar + 1/4 cup Marsala wine = amore italiano. Mix ingredients in a bowl in a double boiler. We also mixed in a dash of cinnamon and a drop of vanilla extract to add a little depth to the flavor.

Start whisking (you’re going to do this for another 15 minutes, FYI). We cheated–and used a hand mixer.

After 10 minutes, the yolk mixture will triple in size and pale in color. Remove the bowl from the double boiler and place it on a towel–and keep whisking! If you stop for even a second the egg can cook to sides of the warm bowl.

Once the zabaione has cooled down just a bit, start folding in the whipped cream. (It’s almost ready!)

If you’re planning on serving it warm (and could there be a cozier treat?), spoon straight into glasses or cups and enjoy! You can also chill it further, or serve it over fruit or cake. But honestly, there’s nothing better than spooning this gooey, eggy custard up right out of the bowl.

Enjoy! Now what am I going to do with four egg whites?

August 16, 2010

Art! It makes me happy :)

I’m not a huge Drew Barrymore fan, but I’m LOVING the design in the trailer of her latest film, Going the Distance.

Flirty, fun, and sweet. It’s really refreshing to see in a movie trailer! Honestly, I’m thinking of recreating something like this, framing it, and putting it up in our living room. And there’s a whole slew of cute shots like this in the rest of the trailer.

But as cute as the trailer is, it doesn’t translate into the movie poster:

Given the design in the trailer, they could have for sure come up with something better than this. And is it just me, or does that not look like Drew Barrymore AT ALL?!

August 15, 2010

America in color, 1939-1943

Going to town on a Sunday afternoon in Greene County, Georgia, 1941.

I saw this link to the Denver Post’s photo blog on Facebook this morning and have been enraptured for the past 20 minutes. These 70 images, by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, are some of the only color photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small town populations. The photographs are the property of the Library of Congress and were included in a 2006 exhibit Bound for Glory: America in Color.

And I am in awe. These photos look like they could have been taken yesterday, with a cast in costumes and with props. The only things I know about how this period looked come from the movies–and these images are so much realer than that. The clothes never quite fit, the hair is not quite so coiffed. And makeup? Nonexistent. You really do see some hard faces here. I can’t even imagine what this life was like.

This is my favorite.

Distributing surplus commodities in St. Johns, Arizona, October 1940.

I’m not sure how the woman (the only one dressed in white and bathed in sunlight) happened to be the only one looking at the camera. I feel like she knows something no one else knows.

And replace the English with French in this next image and it would look like a street in France today.

Grand Grocery Company in Lincoln, Nebraska, 1942.

Switchman throwing a switch at Chicago and Northwest Railway Company's Proviso yard. Chicago, Illinois, April 1943.

Marine glider at Page Field. Parris Island, South Carolina, May 1942.

You really MUST check out the rest of these images on the Denver Post’s blog. Enjoy!

Tags:
August 14, 2010

Good news!

Today, while no one was looking, Kylie jumped up on her old spot on the back of the couch.

She hasn’t done this in over a month, since the lyme disease symptoms showed up. And while she still needed help to get up on the couch in the first place, this is an awesome milestone. :)