A yummy Christmas cocktail of vodka soaked cranberries and club soda.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
My mom continues to simplify her decorations each year. I'm okay with this, as long as there's a tree.
This year's tree was...interesting? See below.
A simple silver star for the wooden bird.
Mom did the table, I did the floral arrangements. We work well as a team.
Magnolia leaves from the front yard, red tulips, and silver for the mantle.
Sorry for the washed out pic, they get a lot of light in this room.
More silver. Mom even wrapped all of the gifts in silver. There's a little peek of the tree in this picture too...
The tree. Well, I guess an LED pre-lit fake-o is still a tree. I actually grew to like this quirky little guy. Those are cards stuck into the iron wall hanging.
I have to say, I've become quite good at slapping people's hands away from their food, just so I can get a shot for this blog. Here are some food shots I took over the holidays.
My Iroquois sandwich from Bread & Company, chicken salad spread on cranberry pecan bread. If you don't have a B&Co. in your town, I feel for you, I really do.
Attempting to make Pioneer Woman's Orange Rolls (using her cinnamon roll recipe.) These did not turn out so great unfortunately. I think she may have left out a step or two in the recipe...
I swear it wasn't my fault.
Marmalade on dough, at least it looked pretty.
Icing for the rolls. Trying to catch an action shot of the drip.
Rolling some dough. Before going out at night, my mom told me I needed "a little color." Meaning, blush or lipstick, or a week in Mexico. Therefore, I've tried to spare you my paleness by turning this photo black and white, didn't help much, put your shades on please.
Christmas Eve dinner was short ribs, here is some
bacon pancetta seasoning the pot.
Here, we've removed the pancetta, dusted the short ribs in salt and pepper and flour.
They are about to get brown in the pot and the kitchen is about to smell amazing.
These creatures wandered into the kitchen and did their best to trip me up
while holding the plate of cooked short ribs.
Don't you dare scrape that pot! Throw in your onions, carrots, and wine now. Then put the short ribs back in, cover with a lid, and put into the oven for about 2 hours.
Results = fall off the bone tender super yummy rich salty short ribs.
There were just a few more steps involved in each of these recipes, please do yourself a favor and check here for them before attempting.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
...and definitely getting into the spirit!
Shaping crescent cookies, don't know why these pics turned out so yellowy-green.
The cookies are actually an almond-y color with a powdered sugar coating.
They are simple, and yummy, and my favorite dude's favorite!
Star boxes from The Container Store
My meager attempt at decorating, could've made a little more effort but it is quite cozy.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Recently, KTW has made plans to move to Palo Alto for three months for work. He leaves in January and I cannot wait to get out there and visit him! Since this past weekend marked one of our last together in NYC for a while, I insisted we do something fun together on Saturday. Here's what we did:
Big beautiful origami tree at the American Museum of Natural History,
preceeded by the yummiest pumpkin pancakes.
Ran into a few brown bears there...suprisingly docile...
Came across these big guys...
As I proclaimed aloud "I want one of these for my apartment,"
KTW slowly sneaked away from me confused and bewildered....
For dinner, we tried Fish Tag, a new spot on the UWS.
Apologies for the picture quality, the cooler the place,
the more embarassed I am to take pictures with flash.
Individual glass water bottles to pour yourself, great decor in this place.
Bulgur salads on pedastals? Okay why not?
Things I failed to get a picture of at dinner:
1) Our bottle of wine described to have notes of "new shoes."
2) My tasty salmon.
3) His decadent sheeps milk dumplings.
4) Our dark chocolate ice cream, the richest, creamiest awesomeness.
We finished off the night with Tron 3D.
Word to the wise, save your $$$ for more dark chocolate ice cream at Fish Tag. No bueno.
Friday, December 17, 2010
I'll be doing some of this tonight in order to stay warm in chilly NYC! Hope you have fun weekend plans too!
Also, have you heard of Instagram?
I took this photo last night with my iphone and then treated the pic in Instagram,
love the fun effects in this ap!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
It's no secret that Anthropologie does some incredible windows and displays. These straws, sewn together straight down the middle make up one of my favorites. I'd love to see someone do it with colorful pipe-cleaners, or maybe the blue striped straws below. They would make a great twirly backdrop for pictures at a party, I'm thinking behind the bar area might be appropriate!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
As temperatures continue to drop here in the City, I am faced with extreme wardrobe indecision in the mornings. Apparently I've learned nothing after four years of NYC winters and am forever leaving the house without appropriate winter gear. Why can't I be a YSL model, don't they look chic and warm?!
Friday, December 10, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Went to Columbus Circle and gawked at BIG pretty stars...
Entered a contest to win this...please oh please oh please.....
Chowed on yummy pizza
Saw Black Swan, was amazed, scared, and jealous of Natalie Portman all at once
First time I've been to a movie theater with baked goods...
...and smoked salmon sandwiches, not sure how I feel about this...
and KTW bought me a warm hat for winter, always looking out for me, thanks dude!