22 August 2008

Women in Art

This is a really amazing! Enjoy!

18 August 2008

new stuff



........in my shops talk of the town and kookyhandbags!!!!


(I'm feeling very lazy today because of the heat and humidity so I am not going to write anything else for this post. Thanks for understanding.)


berry tote


detail of berry tote



lolita tote





marie tote


detail of marie tote


flora tote


detail of flora tote



Which one do you like best?

11 August 2008

Day and Knight and baking delight!



The weekend was spent at the movies where Steve and I finally got to see The Dark Knight, which I've been patiently waiting for the crowds to die down...It was so good!

Heath was deliciously evil and amazing to watch as the Joker. I was completely mesmerized by his performance, albeit saddened to see him act for the very last time in his short but brilliant career. I thought the movie on the whole was very well done...while Steve thought it was a tad too long, but still this highly anticipated flick was well worth the wait.

Also yesterday, on the boob tube, was a Doris Day marathon of her movies. While I was home I watched parts of these movies:

The Glass-bottomed boat
The Man who knew too much
With Six you get Egg roll
Romance on the high seas
Young at Heart

But I missed Please Don't Eat the Daisies while we were out. That is such a cute movie too! You may have remembered when I posted awhile back about my love for Doris Day movies.

On Saturday we had some friends over for dinner and I attempted to make a tarte tatin. This was a Martha Stewart recipe but she called it 'Caramelized Apple Tart'. I would definitely make this again, and it was pretty easy, since I had made my pie crust ahead of time. It was a hit at our dinner party!



It was made in my cast-iron pan and although the apples stuck to the bottom when I turned it over onto a plate, it still tasted marvelous, as Doris Day would say! The apples got really caramelized and gooey and I served it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It didn't look as nice as the photo but then they rarely do, for me anyhoo.




Here's the link for the recipe. I hope you make it! If you don't have a cast-iron pan, you could use a heavy oven proof fry pan.



The recipe says to put softened butter and sugar in the bottom of the pan, then to arrange the apple slices in a circular pattern. You then turn the heat on the stove to medium and let it cook for 8-10 minutes, then put it in the oven for 25 minutes. After that, you just throw the pie dough on top and bake it another 15 minutes. Let it cool a bit out of the oven, and turn over on a plate and serve warm or room temp. Apple pie is probably one of my least fave pies but the carmelization of the the apples makes it so yummy! You could always try making it with peaches for a more summery recipe. I think I'm going to try that next weekend!



(I used Ida Red apples, but the recipe says you can use McIntosh or Rome Beauty, but I have never even heard of Rome Beauty apples, have you?)

05 August 2008

rooms with a view...


So I found this stained glass panel on craigslist and Steve and I went to check it out and loved it, and we found that is fit perfectly in the window at the bottom of the stairs. I really love the simplicity of it and the green and blue flower/leaf motif.



Is it a flower or is it a leaf??? hmmmm...



You decide! The couple we bought it from didn't know how old it is but it looks like it could be old.



My view from the kitchen sink is getting a wee bit crowded. (Click on photo to see details) This is Miss Penelope and her house. She has a cat from Mexico (nameless, like in Breakfast at Tiffany's) and a giant wind-up pig, also nameless, chickens, a rooster, ducks and a bunny....all nameless thus far. I think I'll have to move the pot over and look for a miniature barn for all the animals, and maybe a boyfriend for Miss P.

I have a cute view while I'm washing the dishes. Penelope tells me if I missed a spot. She can be quite bossy sometimes but I don't really mind!

Okay....I have a question to ask of you. You might have noticed in the margins of my blog, that I am a sunflower. Well, I would love to know what kind of flower YOU are. All you have to do is click on that link and fill out the quiz to find out. It was quite fun doing it I think! I love being a sunflower...they happen to be one of my fave flowers too. Oh, and please tell me in the comment section of this blog post!

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