Sunday, July 15, 2012

Savoring Sunday Mornings...

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I love weekend mornings (who doesn't?). I am usually up WAY before A. and I take that time to hang with the pets, sip coffee, look at blogs and consider the day ahead. Since I am out the door pretty early to head into NYC for work during the week, I love to take the time and eat an actual breakfast. Anywhere from waffles, eggs, cereal, to greek yogurt. This morning I have opted for waffles with real maple syrup from Maine (my sister always brings me back a bottle from her annual vacations there) and locally grown blueberries. A super food I might add. 

Today on the (exciting, hold your breath) "to do" list:
- work on the house...tasks that seem to never end
- laundry
- dinner later on with some family who will be in the area

Studio work has been neglected lately and I have all of these ideas in my head. I may try to steal some time later on for this, but we shall see!

Enjoy your Sunday!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Search Is Over...

For the last year I have been on the hunt for very small gold wire hoop earrings after having seen someone at the NYIGF wearing a pair. I have not stopped thinking about her earrings since. I love the idea of having a go-to pair of earrings that could be worn day in/day out. I have not had a pair that does   that until now...or until very soon. : ) FINALLY I found a pair that fills this need. Who knew that it would take so long? A similar pair of gold wire earrings? Really, I had no idea that it would take this long. Today everything changed when I somehow found a link to Nixin's page on Etsy. Not only did I find small gold hoop earrings in the desired size, but they include very small sweetly-sized diamonds! All day I wavered on whether or not to purchase, but thinking over the past year and knowing how much use I will get out of them, I finally took the plunge. I cannot wait until they appear in the mail. I will wear them constantly.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Another..."Simple and So Good!"

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I really did not expect this, but yet again I find myself wanting to share another simple, yet OH SO GOOD! snack, meal, whatever. I did not make it to the store this weekend due to a busy schedule around the house and beyond, but a girl and her guy still need to eat. I am firm believer, and this snack/meal has only confirmed my belief, that some of the best meals are made with the simplest of ingredients. Allow for me to share...

What it takes:
- Sourdough or any country style bread loaf - slice it about 1" thick 
- Parmesan or Pecorino Romano - a nice wedge from your local store's cheese section
- Tomatoes - garden fresh or whatever is available to you...and ripe!
- Basil - fresh is best!
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Fresh cracked pepper - if you have a pepper mill

The steps:
- Preheat oven to 250-300 degrees
- Cut 1-inch slices of bread of choice and place on baking sheet
- Grate cheese of choice over the bread slices - I love both options and promise that either is a brilliant choice
- Place bread slices in oven - keep an eye on them as you prep the other stuff - keep them in there for a few minutes and YOU judge when you think they are long as they are not charred. 
- Grab about 1 large basil leaves per slice of bread - I like to pull from our potted basil out back, but if you buy from the store, that is OK too. Whatever works. Wash and chop the basil leaves. Evenly distribute the chopped basil among the slices of bread.
Cut tomato into wedges and allocate three to a slice on top of the basil - if you are leftover with any tomato, store it in the fridge or eat and enjoy. I do the latter. Love tomatoes!
- Crack some pepper over each slice
- Shave a little bit more cheese over each slice
- Drizzle (go gently) the extra virgin olive oil over each slice
- Eat and enjoy!

I just gobbled my last bite and was a little bummed that it was already over. However, I am now on to thinking about some other ways to use Olive Oil. 

I am currently thinking about Vanilla Bean ice cream drizzled with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and topped with chopped Rosemary. I was listening to NPR the other day and someone mentioned some iteration of this. It sounded heavenly. Has anyone made anything like this? If so, please share!!!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012