Tuesday, September 6, 2011

{lisa hubbard photography}

This photo evokes a sort of last hurrah to the long days of summer where you could eat dinner well into the early evening and it would still be light out.

Alas, summer we'll see you again next year.

Monday, September 5, 2011

{bon appetit}

This classic dish gets a seasonal update with sweet heirloom tomatoes.

Heirloom Tomato Caprese

The Ingredients
3/4 cup of small heirloom cherry tomatoes (such as Sun Gold or Sweet 100), halved
1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon high-quality extra virgin olive oil
1 to 2 ounce ball of mozzarella
Fleur de sel
4 to 5 micro basil

The Preparation
Mix tomatoes, salt, and oil in a small bowl. Let stand, tossing occasionally, until juices release from tomatoes and oil and juices have become saucelike, about 15 minutes. Place mozzarella off-center on a large plate. Spoon tomatoes and juices from bowl around one side of the cheese. Sprinkle tomatoes with sea salt; scatter basil all over. Place Crostoni Bagnati next to the cheese.

Original article: bon appetit
{lisa romerein photography}

Succulents are growing in popularity because of their simplicity and the fact that they're nearly indestructible.

Watering tip: Succulents should be watered generously during their growing months in the summer. But only water them every other month during the winter when they go dormant.

Temperature tip: Succulents are much more cold-tolerant than many people assume. As in the desert, where there is often a marked contrast between night and day, succulents thrive in colder nights, down to even 40ºF. Ideally, succulents prefer daytime temperatures between 70ºF and about 85ºF and nighttime temperatures between 50ºF and 55ºF.

Mantra of the Day

"If you don't love yourself, you cannot love others. You will not be able to love others. If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not able to develop compassion for others."

- Dalai Lama
{lisa romerein photography}

Opaque glassware the colour of a robin's egg, zebra print and vibrant splashes of orange bring this space alive.
It's chic yet modern for everyday living.
{joy the baker}

Joy the Baker has done it again. This time making a delicious Summer to Fall drink recipe.

Lemon Meringue Pie Milkshakes

The Ingredients
1 pint of lemon sorbet
2/3 cups of milk
Handful of graham crackers
Whipped cream

The Preparation
Grab a blender and a pint of tart lemon sorbet.  Blend sorbet with about 2/3 cup of milk.  I used a few splashes over 2/3 cup.  Once milkshake is blended smooth and thick, add a hearty handful of crumbled graham crackers.  Stir with a spoon.  Spoon the milkshake into 4 small glasses.  Top with whipped cream and more graham cracker crumbled.  Eat with a spoon and big ol' straw.  Enjoy immediately. 

{paris. ami sioux}

A great coffee table book and gift idea for any homeowner.

Paris 48°49N 2°29E is the follow-up book by photographer Ami Sioux. In the book, Sioux asks "50 inhabitants to hand-draw a map to a place of their choosing, a place that is significant or important to them personally, for any reason. She then uses the map to navigate to each location and take a photograph to represent each location." The result portrays "a side of each city as interpreted by those who live and work in it every day. It's not a guide to the new cafe or club, but rather, a unique way of discovering different parts of the city."

Buy it here