Behind Glass

On our honeymoon, Andy bought me a framed blue butterfly to match the one I’d gotten tattooed on my wrist. I kept it in the window of my office for year, which unfortunately was a horrible idea since the sun bleached all of the lovely color from my beloved butterfly. When we went back to Savannah this past November, Andy bought me another blue butterfly from the very same shop the original came from. My original butterfly is now on the bookshelf in my bedroom and its replacement is on a bookshelf, far away from the window, in my work office.

Since that first butterfly, I’ve found myself gravitating to them more and more when it comes to home decor. Now this isn’t to say that I’ve gone butterfly crazy, just because it falls within that motif doesn’t mean that I’ll like it, but realistic renderings and framed arrangements? Now, those are right up my alley.

My collection is still quite small; I am trying to be very choosy about what I invest in. Also, Andy finds them just a tad creepy so I definitely don’t want to go overboard, but bit by bit, I am integrating them. Someday I will have a display as lovely as one of these.

Images from Design Sponge 1 & 2 and Pinterest Butterfly.


Maniac Fire Bread

With three kick-ass recipes under my belt, I am finding myself more and more adventurous when it come to the recipes in Sweet & Vicious. In the interest of dipping my toe a teeny bit further into the pool, I decided to try my hand at Maniac Fire Bread, which, with its combination of rich chocolate and spicy serrano chile, sounded like it would be awful or amazing. Oh, and of course, you can’t forget the accompanying Raspberry Smoked Sea Salt Butter.

Notes:

  • This recipe is surprisingly easy; the only difficulty I had was the handling of the chile. You see, something about the oils in any chile pepper irritates my hands and causes them to swell. Unusual, but something to take in to consideration every time a recipe requires that particular addition. Fortunately, Andy was gallant enough to taking on the task of mincing so my temperamental skin was spared.
  • Flavor-wise, I was worried that the chile would be too much for what is a fairly simple bread, but it wasn’t an issue. The richness and the sweetness of all that chocolate and cocoa powder kept the spice from being anything more than the occasional sensation of heat on the back of your pallet. That was a pleasant departure from the cloying sweetness of some of the classic quick bread recipes.
  • I’ve already had two people ask me for a copy of this recipe. I find that truly impressive. Not only did they like it, they liked enough to want to make it for themselves even before knowing whether the recipe is complex or not. High praise indeed.

Friday Link Love

Happy Friday and Happy National Donut Day! We went a little nontraditional with a pancake instead of donut breakfast at the office this morning, but that being said, it was an excellent was to close out the end of May madness and embrace the more leisurely pace (hopefully) of the summer. I am looking forward to what promises to be a fairly laid back weekend. A few errands here, french pastries and a farmer’s market visit there. Hopefully plenty of time for the husband to lounge about in his pj’s playing video games. All of this should make for happier kitties, our hours have been a little off this week so they are feeling woefully neglected. We’re talking dramatic flops, forlorn faces, and deep pointed sighs. I swear I’m not making this up. Hopefully, a little extra face time will set things right, and they’ll be back to the loud adorable tyrants that we know and love.

This adorable arrangement is absolutely perfect for National Donut Day.

And speaking of DIYs, the papers blossom are sure to last all summer long.

Someday, when Andy and I have more time and money to devote to our home renovations, I’d love to find a way to integrate one or two of these sliding barn doors.

Growing up in the south, I have eaten more than my share of cornbread over the year. This “northern” recipe seems intriguing, and I am thinking about giving it a try the next time the need for cornbread strikes.

Summer is not really the time of year I am likely to receive or invest in fine jewelry, but an ad for this ring showed up in my inbox and I just can’t stop looking at it.

I took an indigo dying class a few months back, and after reading this post, I am thinking it’s time to sign up for a refresher course.

So I guess Starbucks has another IG ready drink?

Also, I need a little help from you guys. I am going to a wedding later this summer, and if I could find a plus size version of this dress (16-18), I think it would be perfect. Any suggestions on where to look?

 

 

Image from here.


Currently – June 2017

As the first few hours of June tick by, I am struck with the desire to connect with you guys and let you know about some of the things that are going on in my life currently.

craving – Lavender Bubble Tea. I have always been a fan of bubble tea, but the place I used to get my regular fix from closed up shop (sigh) so I figured I was just out of luck. This past Friday my husband delightedly informed me that he’d not only found me bubble tea, but that he’d found me lavender bubble tea. I’ve had two tea fixes in the last 4 days… I might have a problem.

planning – a girls night/maybe brunch thing. From time to time, I like to invite some friends over, eat some great food, do some crafts, and just hangout. It’s been a few months since my last one, and midsummer is right around the corner, so I’ve been toying with the idea of a Midsummer get together. A night time event would be appropriate, but brunch seems to be easier for us to all get to. Fortunately, I still have a few weeks to hammer out the details.

making – sense of the chaos that is my house. My mom always helps me whip the house into shape whenever she visits, and I’ve done a decent job at keeping up with the common areas. The master bedroom however… well, I would never inflict that on her. Not dirty per se, just messy. I’ve been trying to sort through things as I clean so it is taking me a bit longer than I’d anticipated, but I am feeling quite pleased with the progress, meager though it may be.

wearing – a lot of sparkle. It’s a new coping mechanism I am working on. Sparkle/Glitter almost always makes me happy. So when I am having a rough day/morning, I throw on a pair of sparkle shoes or some shimmery eye shadow to provide a little pick me up. More fiscally responsible than stress shopping and easier on my waistline than stress eating. So far, so good 😉

readingCome as You Are by Emily Nagoski. One of the bloggers I follow posted about this book a little over a year ago, and I stuck it on my Amazon wishlist. Now I am working through my 31 before 32 goal of “finding my sexy,” and a little research seemed like the best place to start. I am only a few chapters in, but WOW, so many personal revelations about myself and the way that I view the physical, mental, and emotional complexities of sex/sexuality. There will probably be a post or two about some of the content after I’ve finished the book.  Trust me; you’re welcome.

So what are you currently up to?


Blackberry Cobbler Quickbread with Spiced Topping & Blackberry Lemon Thyme Butter

Feeling buoyed by my recent success, I decided to continue on my Sweet & Vicious baking streak. This time I selected a recipe that actually allowed for a lot of variance, but still maintained the sass that I am coming to expect from this book. First, I decided on the cobbler quickbread and, after checking my fridge, refined it to the blackberry iteration of the recipe. Then of course, I went all the way by adding the recommended flavor elevator of blackberry lemon thyme butter to pair with the finished product. Here’s how it went:

Notes:

  • This recipe made me so happy! Reading it and mentally running through the steps, it seemed… well… a bit extra, but every little thing blends perfectly into something so delightful that you don’t mind the effort. Just go for it; you won’t regret it.
  • While the base recipe is solid, it is the bells and whistles that really take this over the top. First the spiced topping, that pinch of cayenne brings the most subtle hint of heat which in turn brings out the sweetness in the berries. The compound butter adds an extra level of richness, and the lemon zest paired with the mashed fruit keeps that slight tart that makes this more than just another sweet quickbread.
  • I am having so much fun with this book; the more recipes I try, the more I want to make.