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The Monte Cristo

Jan
2 Comments »   Posted by gretchen |  Category:Food

Have you ever wanted to sprinkle powdered sugar on your sandwich? If so, the Monte Cristo may be just what you’re looking for. It utilizes the trifecta of sweet/savory/pan-fried and the result is pretty tasty (and pretty filling). I have to say that I thought making one would be tricky or involve special-ordering ingredients, but that was before I actually looked up the recipe. Basically, if you can make a grilled cheese and french toast, you can make this sandwich.

Most of the ingredients that go into the sandwich are probably in your kitchen right now. The two “unusual” ingredients are red currant jelly and Emmentaler cheese, but I was able to find these at my regular grocery store.

Putting the whole sandwich together was as easy as making a grilled cheese. I watched this segment from a local TV show for tips on making the perfect Monte Cristo. The suggestion to brush the egg/milk on top of the bread rather than dunk it was really helpful. I don’t own any basting brushes, so I just spooned small amounts on the bread. I will say that getting the jelly to stay on the sandwich was kind of annoying- jelly does not have the same consistency as jam, so it just kept falling off. Since I now have enough ingredients to eat Monte Cristos all week long, I’ll work on my technique.

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Dressy Layers

Jan
1 Comment »   Posted by gretchen |  Category:Fashion

Glasses: Ray-Ban. Necklace: Claire’s (old). Coat: Madison (sold out). Purse: Coach (old). Dress: Kirna Zibete for Target (old). Sweater: Danskin (old, similar here). Tights: Spanx. Booties: Merona (old).

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Invite Your Animal Friends

Jan
No Comments   Posted by gretchen |  Category:Home Decor, Inspiration

Can you guess what all of these photos have in common?

Jenny Komenda

Kim Jeffery for Design Sponge at Home via SFGate

Furbish Studio

Mark Iantosca for Teen Vogue

Lee Jofa

Why yes, they all have little animal friends incorporated into the decor. Even something as small as the little snail figurines seen in Jenny’s photo above can add just the right amount of, dare I say, whimsy to your room. I’m not really one for serious design- life is short and all that- and a little animal element really lets a visitor know that your home is a place to relax and have fun. Don’t believe me? Which Friend was the most fun (Joey). And who owned the sculpture of a greyhound? I rest my case.

 

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Neon & Neutral

Jan
2 Comments »   Posted by gretchen |  Category:Fashion, Inspiration, Neon

Mixing your neutrals with a splash of neon just seems like the perfect way to make the standard winter wardrobe that much more enjoyable. As someone who lived through the neon craze of the late 80s/ early 90s, I’m in no rush to throw on head to toe neon, but I can appreciate the element of fun neon brings to clothing and decor. Where would you add a little neon in your life?

1. Mossimo Windbreaker

2. Clare Vivier Clutch

3. Studio Bin Scarf

4. Kate Spade Notepad

5. Shop Ampersand Print

6. Sperry Top-Sider Shoes

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Homemade is Best

Jan
1 Comment »   Posted by gretchen |  Category:Food, Photos

Photos: IKEA

IKEA’s cookbook- Homemade is Best- has been available for a few years now, but I just came across it a few months ago while on a shopping trip at IKEA. I’m sure I’m not alone in my fascination with the unique approach to food photography featured in the book. My first impulse was to add the book to my shopping cart, but I’ve been trying to be mindful of what I bring into my home (and stay away from impulse buys), and I knew that this book would still be there the next time I  visit IKEA. Since it’s been on my mind for a while, I think I will go ahead and bring a copy home the next time I’m at the store.

I also came across this behind the scenes video that shows a bit of the process of putting together these photos.

 

IKEA – Homemade is Best. from Forsman & Bodenfors on Vimeo.

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Cape Time

Jan
No Comments   Posted by gretchen |  Category:Fashion

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban. Cape: Kut from the Kloth (old, similar here). Turtleneck: Old Navy (old). Clutch: Missoni for Target (old).  Ring: unknown. Jeans: Paige (old). Socks: Juicy Couture (old). Shoes: Sperry Top-Sider (old).

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Breakfast with Friends

Jan
1 Comment »   Posted by gretchen |  Category:My Mini Movies

Breakfast dates have become the “thing” for me and my two dear friends Kari and Elizabeth. We’ve all got stuff going on, and early morning seems to work the best with all of our schedules. I’d hang out in a dusty gravel parking lot with these girls, but sipping coffee and sharing stories is the best way to start the day!

(Video: Me. Music: “The Soft Track” by Reifestromung)

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Open Tabs

Jan
No Comments   Posted by gretchen |  Category:Open Tabs

Do you keep loads of tabs open in your browser? Me too. Here’s what’s been open on my desktop this week:

Amy Sedaris textiles- say no more.

The Lilly Pulitzer Holiday Party looks like the best company party ever.

Salt to cure what ails you.

Wondering how Downton Abbey’s Anna looks so lovely?

Anna Sui + Luggage= Perfection

 

 

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While My Guitar Gently…

Jan
No Comments   Posted by gretchen |  Category:Home Decor, Inspiration

I’ve been learning guitar for the past month or so. Well, learning guitar AND learning that the expression “Out of sight, out of mind” is so, so true. See, when the guitar is out of sight, practicing is not on my mind. So, I did some digging for interiors that incorporate guitars.

Rita Konig

Little Green Notebook

House and Home, Apartment Therapy, Apartment Therapy

Design Sponge

I think the key is combining form and function. The guitars in these rooms are all really easy to access, but they don’t take away from the rest of the elements.

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Almond Joy

Jan
1 Comment »   Posted by gretchen |  Category:Beauty

When it comes to scented beauty products, I tend to prefer subtle scents. Actually, up until I got hooked on Boots Almond Body Butter, I think most of the products I used just had no scent at all. Anyway, a few months ago I felt like treating myself while at Target, and picked up that previously mentioned body butter. Remember when you were young and were tempted to eat your Lip Smackers? That’s me now with anything almond scented- it smells just sweet enough to get your attention, but there is a mellowness that balances it all out.

1. L’Occitaine Almond Delicious Soap

2. Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Creme Body Wash

3. Jo Malone Sweet Almond & Macaroon Candle

4. Long Winter Soap Company Almond Lip Balm

5. Boots Extracts Almond Body Butter

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