What's In My Closet : The September Edition

For those of you who know me personally, you will know that this is hands down my favorite time of the year . Not only are we about to break into all my favorite holidays and lots of delicious baked goodness, but it is the return of tights season !! I live in tights, so when it is a sticky ninety something degrees outside and my poor little pale legs are forced out of hiding, I am a sad, sad girl.

It seems to be the kinds of things I enjoy most in life  ( coffee and hot chocolate, baking , chunky scarves, tights... you see where this is going ) do not really lend themselves to a summery atmosphere. And so , I hate to be the one to say it , but goodbye summer and hello fall !!

Stay tuned as the cool air also begins crafting season for myself, as I will be getting into DIY housewares in a big way ! That's all for now lovelies .. xx.

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September Obsessions

Dorothy Perkins red floral dress / Wolford tight / Topshop laced shoes / Topshop tan purse / Rick Owens cotton scarve

The Great Outdoors


The Great Outdoors

Summer  , for me is synonymous with eating , and entertaining outdoors. Only thing is, to make the outdoors more appealing, there is usually a fair amount of sweat, labor and flea marketing involved .  Since our house is built into a hill , our backyard patio lies about 25 feet below street level providing lots of privacy, but also meaning a giant 15 foot concrete wall. We decided the only way to punch up all the grey would be to add lots of popping colors so that the patio could go from drab to fab.   While I was researching some ideas for bringing some festive color to the patio,  I stumbled across this cute diy idea for embellishing paper lanterns
Punch up plain lanterns with
festive colored tissue paper 
Also, another great way to save cash and reduce waste is to scour your local thrift stores, flea markets and garage sales. Even if you find a piece that doesn't exactly scream perfection, a trip to the Home Depot and a little creativity can really lend itself to creating a one of a kind piece. Have fun prettying up your patio, and send us pics of your before and afters ! 

Cookout Kickoff


Ultimate Veggie BBQ

Hard to believe its already nearly July ! Although I'm very far from the beach this year, I can still make the most of the season with some dining al fresco . This weekend will be consumed with fixing up the patio and putting in all the final touches for 4th of July (some pics to follow) , since that's usually our cookout kickoff, but in the meantime I had to start the season right with a post about my favorite barbecue recipes and outdoor accessories I have my eye on this season .
Turn on some summer sounds, sip back some sangria and get the grill fired up ! It's finally summer !!!

My Favorite Summer Recipes : 

Black Bean Burgers with Wasabi Mayo 

1 Can of Black Beans
1/4 C Chopped Shallots  
3/4 C Whole Wheat Bread Crumbs
1 Egg
pinch of Salt, Pepper and Cumin
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 teaspoon of Oregano

Wasabi Mayo:
1/2 tablespoon Wasabi Powder
1 teaspoon Water
3 tablespoons of Mayo

In a food processor ,  place the beans, shallots, egg , breadcrumbs and spices. Blend until all the ingredients have mixed. 

Form the mixture into 6 patties and place in a lightly oiled frying pan so that the burgers develop a nice crispy outside. This takes about 5 mins . Be sure to flip the burgers while on the stove top so that they are cooked equally throughout. ( I find that slightly precooking them helps them to stay together firmly when placed on the grill )

Take the   burgers and place on the grill for about 5 minutes on each side to finish cooking .
Top with Wasabi Mayo, tomato slices and whatever else your heart desires and place on bun. Eat.Smile.Repeat.

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Garlic Parmesan Butter

6 Ears of Ripe Corn

1/4 lb farm fresh butter
3 tablespoons of grated fresh Parmesan
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
A pinch of chili pepper flakes

Combine all of the butter ingredients in a food processor. Place in a container and keep at room temperature so it remains spreadable.

Peel the first few layers of husk off the corn , but be sure to leave a few for grilling. Soak the cobs in cold water for about ten minutes to absorb  moisture for our grilling.

Remove from the pot and shake off excess moisture. Peel back a side of the remaining husks ( make sure that the corn silk is removed ) and brush with garlic/Parmesan butter mixture. Place husk back over to trap the flavor while it grills.

Rotate the corn as you see the husks beginning to grill. After a few turns place to the side in indirect heat . Let it continue to slowly grill for about 15 minutes.

Remove ears from the grill ( use mitts, they will be hottttt ! ) , peel and discard husks when they have cooled down . Feel free to brush again with the garlic butter , and enjoy !!

Grilled Watermelon with Feta and Balsamic Drizzle

8 slices of Watermelon
1/2 cup of your favorite Balsamic Vinegar mixed with 1 tablespoon Sugar
*or this amazing lil   Fig Balsamic   variation from O&CO
1 package of Crumbled Feta
A few fresh sprigs of Mint

Balsalmic Drizzle:
Prep the drizzle by placing the vinegar in sugar in a small saucepan and cooking on medium heat for about 4 minutes or until it begins to thicken . Remove from heat and set aside until watermelon grills.

Pat the watermelon dry and place on grill . Rotate each side after about 4 minutes ( or until grill marks appear) 

Once the watermelon is finished grilling , fan the pieces out on a platter . Drizzle your balsamic syrup and feta.  Garnish with fresh mint. 

Quick Summer Quinoa 

1 cup Organic Quinoa
2 tablespoons of Pesto
1 cup of Cherry Tomatoes
2 cups Chopped Fresh Spinach

Prepare Quinoa as directed on package. Cut cherry tomatoes in fourths and set aside. Chop fresh spinach , so that it can be incorporated into the salad. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix in the pesto. Enjoy!

.....and last but not least DESSERT !!!

Strawberry Shortcakes on the Grill 

1 loaf of  plain pound cake 
2 cups of fresh whipped cream*
1 quart of fresh strawberries

Homemade Whipped Cream:
1 cup of Heavy Cream
2 tablespoons of Sugar
Place a metal bowl and whisk in the freezer for ten minutes. 
Remove and place cream and sugar in the bowl. Whisk until stiff peaks form . 

Prep strawberries by washing and removing stems. Cut strawberries in half ( lengthwise ). Set aside in a bowl.

Cut the pound cake into ten slices then cube the slices ( about  1" x 1" works well for the grill).

Load up a barbeque skewer with strawberries and pound cake, alternating each selection.

Grill until the cake begins to turn a golden brown .

Remove skewers from the grill and dip the pieces in whip cream and chocolate drizzle for a little extra deliciousness! 

Happy griling and stay tuned  this weekend for backyard DIY design ideas ! 

Goodbye 2012

2012 in review

Hard to believe another year has come and gone already , but so it has. We took a snapshot of the trends that we loved this year, and will be more than happy if we never see another " BE CALM AND..." parody again. From faux specs , to day-glo , peter pan collars and lots of lace.... 2012 was a year marked by Olympic pagentry, interstellar discovery , mayan prophecies and of course...bath salt zombies ! We hope you guys had a great year and look forward to 2013 with you ! Heres to another year of raging on this big crazy spinning planet .... xo xo