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Archive for December, 2010

December 31, 2010

Our xmas cards

I definitely thought I’d post more than once while we’ve been up here in the snow, but well, I don’t know, I suppose I’ve been enjoying time away from the computer. But before the holidays official end, I thought I’d sneak in our xmas cards.

I bought a wooden stamp at a little shop in Culver City on a whim on day and it turned out to be the perfect design element for our cards. I think it’s actually a dove, olive branch and all. How serendipitous! It must be an old fabric stamp or something? It seems like it might have come from India or southeast Asia, but what do I know.

To print using the stamp, I bought a white ink pad from Paper Source. It worked like a charm. And the rest of the card is gocco’d.

The vintage Christmas stamps have been stashed away for a few years, since absolutely binging on vintage stamps when collecting them for our wedding invites. Aren’t they the cutest?

You’ve seen the inside already, but here it is again for good measure.

And then the requisite photo of our most darlingest baby. He just keeps getting more and more delicious.

Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone! I’m hitting the slopes today for the first time in two years. Pregnancy and babies seriously get in the way of time on the mountain. Not especially looking forward to squeezing myself into my pre-baby snowboarding pants. Ack.

Women should be allowed to purchase an entirely new wardrobe after the birth of their first child. In case anyone was taking suggestions for how the world should work.

December 29, 2010

Spiced persimmon tea cake

Hello from deep drifts of snow! We’re pretty much snowed in today, which is so cozy and nice. The fire is crackling, tea is brewing, books are being read, keyboards are clicking away, Madeline Peyroux is singing softly on the stereo. Winter so novel!

I have a little guest post up on The Kitchn right now that I thought some of you might be interested in: Spiced Persimmon Tea Cake. Yum.

Thanks for having me, Faith!

December 23, 2010

Merry Holidays!

I’ve been completely MIA this week! The prep for Christmas + finishing up some work + closing out 100LC for the year + making xmas cards + making last minute bridal shower invites was just about all that I could handle.

Here’s a little peek at our Christmas card that is miraculously going in the mail BEFORE Christmas. (Oh yes, I DID. Vintage Christmas stamps!). We’ll be up in Mammoth next week, frolicking in the snowiest December EVER, but I’ll be popping in with some holiday things. So excited to show Dashiell the snow. He’s going to freak out!

Hope you all have a gorgeous, joyus week! Love to you all.

December 17, 2010

The tree

It’s not really all that spectacular, but a few of you asked to see it so here we go. Actually I think my favorite part might be the vintage Mexican wool table runner I used for the tree skirt. Another excellent find at my grandparents’ house.

Do you like the ribbons of sequins? I bought 10 yards at Lincoln fabrics and used it as garland around the tree. I think it’s kind of awesome. Dashiell’s first Christmas ornament is from Paloma’s Nest. It doesn’t SAY baby’s first Christmas, but that’s okay with me.

And for those of you interested in vintage ornaments? There are TONS on ebay. And lots on Etsy too. Love the idea of using vintage cookie cutters for ornaments. And look at this cute shop!

Happy Friday! Only one week to go. I’m just about to start panicking.

December 16, 2010

Winter baby booties

I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect little shearling lined baby booties. Or at least something warm and soft and comfortable for little feet in a cold house. I haven’t purchased any yet, but I’ve found some really cute ones that I thought some of you might like to see/purchase-for-yourself-even-though-you-claim-they-are-for-the-baby.

These from Echo Country Outpost, at least the ones with the shearling, are high on the list. The ones without the shearling are awesome too, but then I’m veering away from slippers and straight into moccasin territory. Must stay focused.

There’s always the classic Minnetonka.

Or do I just go with Uggs? the ones that lace up the back are pretty darn cute. But they are outdoor booties. Maybe I need TWO different kinds of booties?

Or I skip the leather/shearling idea and get nice soft house booties with leather soles. Need something non-slip for feet that are just about to start walking. (If you don’t know Shak-Shuka, you are about to freak out. They have SUCH good stuff! But it’s in pounds. Hmmrpf. **Update, EUROS. I’m an idiot and read any sign other than $ as £.)

Or maybe just good old knitties? Which really make me want to start knitting. (Via Amy.)

These are super pretty too, sent over by Jillian, who had her little guy on Sunday. I was wrong about the gender, obviously. Welcome William Grayson!

That’s what I have so far. Any others I should know about?

December 14, 2010

It’s beginning to look a lot like

Well, you know.

(What does one do with this many jalapeños?)

I tried to resist the christmas pajamas. I did. But I found these at the consignment store over the weekend and the little reindeer feet wouldn’t let me leave the store without them.

December 10, 2010

Spaghetti squash and chanterelle gratin

If this isn’t a late fall/early winter dish, I’m not sure what it is. It’s so sweet and earthy and creamy and delicious, you won’t believe it. Even just the smell of the mushrooms cooking in the pan is worth the effort.

I’m embarking on a new project to actually make recipes. You know, like things that people who know what they’re doing have tested and transcribed and printed. As opposed to what I normally make, which is whatever random things I throw together in a semi-organized fashion. I’m kind of in a cooking rut, you see. And the hubs is rather tired of quinoa and roasted beets. Admittedly, so am I.

(Found a guy at the wednesday SM market with chanterelles for $10/lb. Which means I must visit him every week.)

I adapted this recipe a bit (so much for following instructions!) to make it more of a main course, but I’m sure it would be delicious the original way too. Especially if you plan to serve it as a side.

(Day old, out of the fridge… but you get the idea).

Spaghetti squash and chanterelle gratin
(from Local Flavors, by Deborah Madison)

1 large spaghetti squash
1 pound chanterelles (or more if you’re a mushroom lover!)
5 T unsalted butter
fresh thyme and parsley, chopped
1-2 bunches greens, washed, deribbed, and roughly chopped (beet, kale, or collards)
sea salt & freshly ground pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup half-half or cream (or a mix of milk and cream, which is what I did)
freshly grated parmesan cheese

So I added the greens and the herbs. If you want to stick the original recipe, just leave those out. And a note on spaghetti squash. Turns out I’ve been making it wrong for approximately 15 years. I always bake it cut side down in a pan with water. Which makes the squash taste kind of watery and meh. BUT, this time I followed Deborah’s instructions and it was like a revelation. So sweet and rich and delicious! I had no idea!

Lightly butter a shallow baking dish and preheat oven to 375ºF. Cut the squash in half, lengthwise and put if face down in the buttered dish. Poke a few holes in the tops. Pop the dish into the over and bake until it’s browned all over and soft inside, about 1 1/2 hours. Mine looked like I’d ruined it, the skin was so brown and hard. But when I scooped out the threads of squash, it was perfect and utterly delicious on it’s own.

While the squash is baking, clean the chanterelles (avoid full on washing if possible). Slice them into small-ish pieces. Melt half the butter in a skillet. (If you happen to have a copper core skillet, this would be the time to use it!) When foamy, add the chanterelles and cook over medium heat until tender. About 10 minutes. Add the herbs, 2 cloves of garlic, and salt and pepper and cook for a few more minutes. Then add the cream/milk and gently simmer until the liquid has been reduced by 1/3. (5-10 minutes).

In a separate pan, saute the greens in olive oil and one clove of garlic until just wilted.

When the squash is done, scoop out the flesh with a fork, heaping it into spaghetti like strands. Toss with remaining butter and a bit of salt and pepper. Spread the squash in a second buttered baking or gratin dish, layer the greens on, followed by the chanterelles and juices. Cover with parmesan and return the gratin to the oven until heated through and the top is crisp and lightly browned, about 15-20 minutes.

As I said, we had this as a main with a spicy salad of mixed winter lettuces and radish. But I’m sure you could serve it alongside a meat or something? That’s out of my area of expertise, obvs.

(Side note- it turns out the Debs recommends baking the squash whole and then cutting it when it’s cooked, scooping out the seeds and then pulling away the flesh with a fork. My method worked great, but hers might be even better.)

December 8, 2010

Julie Rofman bracelets

Don’t you want one of Julie Rofman’s bracelets? I’ve been lusting after them for years and am just now remembering to share. Firefly carries them and I always pet them when I drop by to browse.

Stocking stuffer? To myself?

December 7, 2010

Farm Shop brunch

LA peeps, some of you probably saw Farm Shop on Daily Candy last week? We went for brunch on Sunday with our friends Deja and George, and let me say that I highly recommend it. But I really can’t wait until it’s finished. You know, with the bakery and butcher and grocer and kitchen wares. Then it will truly be amazing.

Autumn salad for breakfast, natch!

The beets were divine, as beets should always be.

Mandatory weekend picture of my baby. U know u love it.

He also made an appearance on Jora’s blog, riding a vintage rocking chair with Emilia in front of Bountiful! She’s insanely cute, that Emilia.

December 3, 2010

The vintage ornament motherload

Over Thanksgiving weekend my mom and I started to go through a small part of my grandma’s Christmas ornament collection. She had an impressive stockpile. And since my mom already has box upon box of ornaments in her own collection, I ended up with first dibs on the lot.

Of course, if they were store bought, they’re still in their original box. Though many are actually handmade. Some from kits that my mom remembers making with my grandpa when she was little, and some whipped up from nothing. There’s even a set of sheep that my great grandma made from clothespins and real wool. Those are pretty neat. And in perfect condition. (Forgot to take a photo of them!)

My grandma loved pink, so no surprise that we found an entire box of pink balls. I don’t love pink necessarily, but they were too perfectly shiny to pass up.

And a little mix of the bunch I brought home. Aren’t they great? I’m a firm believer that one’s ornament collection should be varied, should represent places you’ve been and experiences you’ve had, and if possible passed down through generations.

It’s tree/decor weekend at our house. So excited. I hear babies love Christmas trees.

And don’t forget! The Chronicle Friends & Family 35% off sale ends on Sunday. Stock up, I say.