Tuesday, January 31, 2012

macaroon cravings

I am seriously craving some delicious macaroons!  Even more so after looking at all of these tasty photos.  I love the light and fluffy texture, sweet and dreamy flavors, and bright and cheerful colors.  I think this will be my next recipe project.  The perfect treat for Valentines day!

{images via :: one, two, three, four, five, sixseven, eight, nine}

Monday, January 30, 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012

bits & pieces

TGIF!  Super excited for the weekend and a short break!  Although I have a huge list of things to accomplish over the weekend, I plan to get a little rest and relaxation in too!  One of my resolutions for the new year was to make an effort to cook more at home.  Over the past week we had some yummy meals and snacks - from both old and new recipes!

Don't forget to enter my kitchen giveaway!


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

wrist candy & arm bling

Hi dolls!  As a bracelet lover and owner of many in different shapes, sizes and styles, I am especially fond of stacking several on my wrist.  I may have gotten this from my mother, who most defiantly got it from her mother (my nana), as they are both known to have an arm full of bling any time they leave home!  I am loving the current trend and especially enjoy seeing the variety in wrist candy choices...  

my personal favorite:






Tuesday, January 24, 2012

no knead bread

I love bread, I mean really love it!  Although it is not super diet friendly, I cannot help but love it.  While I have tried to cut back on this indulgence I will never pass up a good slice of bread.  This weekend I decided it was time to try my hand at making my own bread.  I found this "no knead bread" recipe from Sullivan Street Bakery.  This recipe was published in the New York Times over 5 years ago and has been a favorite ever since.  4 basic ingredients?  I'll take it!  There is a lot of waiting time in between steps but over all this recipe could not get any more simple!

3 cups flour
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon yeast
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
olive oil (for coating)
extra flour (for dusting)

Mix all of the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Add water and incorporate by hand or with a wooden spoon or spatula for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Lightly coat the inside of a second medium bowl with olive oil and place the dough in the bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rest 12 hours at room temperature (approx. 65-72°F).
Remove the dough from the bowl and fold once or twice. Let the dough rest 15 minutes in the bowl or on the work surface. Next, shape the dough into ball. Generously coat a cotton towel with flour, wheat bran, or cornmeal; place the dough seam side down on the towel and dust with flour. Cover the dough with a cotton towel and let rise 1-2 hours at room temperature, until more than doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 450-500°F. Place the pot in the oven at least 30 minutes prior to baking to preheat. Once the dough has more than doubled in volume, remove the pot from the oven and place the dough in the pot seam side up. {I coated with a little olive oil and rosemary at this point} Cover with the lid and bake 30 minutes Then remove the lid and bake 15-30 minutes uncovered, until the loaf is nicely browned.

Mmmmm....perfect with butter and a sprinkle of this salt!

Monday, January 23, 2012

zodiac jewelry

{my sign - Capricorn}

I am seriously drooling over these lovely Brooke Gregson zodiac necklaces.  Such a gorgeous way to show off your sign (mine above).  Brooke's signature zodiac collection conceives of the constellations of all of the signs in the night sky, only, instead of twinkling stars, each is set ablaze with sparkling full-cut diamonds set on 14k brushed gold.  Each sign is handcrafted, unique and beautiful, find them all here.












On my wish list!
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