Archive for November, 2012

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Pop on Over

Nov
No Comments   Posted by gretchen |  Category:Food

Maybe this is just a regional thing, but I hadn’t heard of popovers until a few months ago. I couldn’t have even told you what one looked like, so little did I know that it was a picture of a popover that compelled me to check out Nicole Hunn’s cookbook Gluten Free on a Shoestring. For those of you who are new to popovers, they’re the size of a roll, very fluffy, and go just as well with jam as they do with dinner. They are at their very best just out of the oven, which is how I justify eating three in a row. The recipe is pretty easy to pull off, even when you just have a muffin tin, and not a popover pan.

Photos: Gretchen Lilly

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Off Season Shopping

Nov
No Comments   Posted by gretchen |  Category:Bargains, Fashion, shopping

Thanksgiving is behind us, Christmas is before us, and winter is (unofficially) all around us. Here in the PacNW the temperature is dropping and we always seem to have rain somewhere in the five day forecast. To offset the urge to hitchhike down to Palm Springs and start my career as a cocktail waitress, I indulge in retail therapy like buying boots and sweaters (Shopbop sales, anyone?).

In addition to deals on winter goods, there are currently lots of great summer shoes on deep discounts all over the place. These two beauties were all over the bloggy-sphere last spring, and I nearly pulled the trigger on both of these a number of times, but my fear of paying full price always stopped me. The temptation may just be too great now that some of these shoes are more than 50% off.

Do you make a habit of off-season shopping? I guess the one thing that holds me back is wondering if the style will still be “in” next year. Well, that, and I seem to have the memory of a fruit fly and can’t conceptualize strolling out of the house in shorts once it drops below 70.

Shoes: Loeffler Randall Inge Ankle Wrap Clog, and Swedish Hasbeen Braided Sky High (Both on sale right now!)

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The Secret to a Fancy Dinner at Home

Nov
No Comments   Posted by gretchen |  Category:Food

First off, let me say that at least 95% of the meals Brian and I eat at home are on the couch. Sometimes we sit on the floor with our plates on the coffee table (which I consider a way of embracing the dining customs of other cultures ♥).

At least once every few months we decide to have a fancy dinner, which is typically either a nice cut of steak with grilled red onions, or “seafood extravaganza” (lobster tails, shrimp, and salmon). I try to replicate the restaurant experience by using cloth napkins and our best dishes, and serving dessert. It wasn’t until we decided one evening to have coffee with our dessert that the meal really reminded each of us of our dinners out at nice restaurants- the waiter always offers coffee with dessert, and we always say yes!

It seems like the time spend sipping coffee after a meal is the perfect way to wrap up your conversation while letting your subconscious know that it’s almost time to get back to the real world (and give you a little caffeine boost to clean up the kitchen).

Do you like to serve coffee (or any hot beverage) after dinner?

Photo: Gretchen Lilly

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Sunny Sunday Morning

Nov
1 Comment »   Posted by gretchen |  Category:Home Decor

I’ve made a significant amount of progress on my mini bedroom makeover. I bought the nightstands and pillowcases from West Elm, as well as the art from Ikea. I spontaneously picked up these lamps while I was at Ikea, but then I saved money by “borrowing” the curtains from my mom, and using the solid blue side of my Liberty of London for Target quilt I picked up a few years ago.

I love how symmetrical and bright and new everything is, which motivates me to make the bed and tidy up every morning (I’m not always the best with housekeeping). The bed faces the door, so as I enter the bedroom throughout the day, I get a little rush, like I’m walking into a hotel room, which further motivates me to keep the room looking nice.

The new look for the bedroom also just makes it so much more fun to hang out in there! Our long holiday weekend came to a close yesterday, but we were able to milk a little more leisure time out of it by lounging around all morning in our jammies.

Have you found that a room makeover (large or small) has changed the way you feel about a space? I think we all can have emotional reactions to beautifully photographed rooms, or even seeing a piece of furniture in person; does living in a “new” space change how you feel day to day?

Photos: Gretchen Lilly

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