280 posts categorized "Food"

If you'd rather not make pie this week

Chocolate wafer stacks

I am a HUGE fan of pumpkin pie. Apple, cherry & other fruit ones are good, too, but I'll be honest & say I don't love pecan. I mean, if it's in front of me I'm probably going to eat some, but I don't go out of my way.

My point is, this is not an anti-pie post BUT it does give you a beautiful, chocolaty, creamy alternative to pies for the winter holidays. 

The recipe I found online calls it a zebra cake, but we called it a cookie log growing up. It's a traditional ice box cake, meaning you don't bake it, but you do let it sit in the refrigerator overnight. The beauty of this cake is that to the unsuspecting eye, it would appear you spent hours crafting layer upon layer of tiny sheet cakes only to put this together in all of it's magnificent glory. Or maybe that just makes you look like someone with too much time on her hands. Either way, it's a show stopper, and not difficult.

The wafers can be hard to find, but I've had luck at Publix during the holidays, in the ice cream section. Super specific, but worth the find. They're called Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers, and here's a link if you need a visual.

You can visit the online recipe here, if you like detailed descriptions, but I can distill it in this way: place homemade whipped cream on either side of each wafer, smoosh them together into a shape on a plate, cover THAT whole thing with more whipped cream (think: icing a cake) & cover the whole shebang overnight in the fridge.

You. will. be. amazed. 

(image via thekitchn, with another version of this simple recipe)

Monday links

Manger blog photo dining room

I haven't posted links in a while, and they have been steadily piling up in one of my folders. So, I thought on this chilly fall day, what would be better than some interesting and/or beautiful things to read about?

I love the idea of scavenger hunts, with family, or friends. 

Halloween makeup ideas, no costume required (if you're still on the hunt).

5 questions to ask when you're buying (Thanksgiving) wine.

Food might be a key component to the ADHD diagnoses.

I LOVE this article on how to throw a simple dinner party. My suggestion? Just throw one for crying out loud. Also, I always have a few bars of chocolate on hand nowadays that I can break up onto a tray for a quick tea or after-dinner treat. 

I loved these satisfying moments on Cup of Jo.

Sweet nutcracker napkins for the holidays. 

I make this herb flatbread regularly now and it is so good, especially with a Mediterranean type meal. 

“I’ve turned my hand to lots of things but never stuck at them. Not that I’m lazy, just sort of restless.” From interesting quotations.

Best of Ikea, 2018. The leather pulls!!

Have you heard of unicorn food? So pretty. This might do the trick to get June to eat more veggies :)

Beautiful, simple teapot.

That's it! Hope you're having a good start to your week. 

(top image via Manger, the lovely blog by Mimi Thorisson in a post listing their spring workshops)

A blogging break

GDI - blog break

I'm sure you've noticed my inability to post very often these days. I feel kind of uninspired, and I don't want to just plop any old thing onto the screen in order to post. So, I'm going to take a break. Recharge, hopefully come back in a week or two refreshed and inspired :)

In the meantime, I'd love to link to my favorite posts from GDI for your perusing pleasure. xoxo

A super yummy chocolate cake.

A tiny but impactful home improvement tip.

Baby June dances.

A fun place to eat here in Columbia.

One of my absolute favorite kid books.

Our kitchen renovation reveal & the break-down.

A bright red lipstick for fall.

Camping in teepees.

How to make pumpkin spice latte at home.

Ways to unknot your busy life.

Why cooking at home is so great.

Where to find some lovely art.

Movie nights.

The sweetest baby in the world turns four.

While my wild-man turns seven.

Just for fun, pregnancy pictures with Truett.

Planning a Christmas party.

Winter soups.

Love you guys. xoxo

(image via)

Friday tidbits

GDI - coffee pumpkins

Good Friday morning! What are you up to this weekend? If you're on the east coast, I hope you have a safe place to chill. We'll be playing lots of Jenga, cooking & watching movies :) Hope you have a great weekend, and see you back here next week.

Let's do some links.

Good to keep in mind during a renovation.

Oh dear, now I want to make a tiny toaster. Found via swissmiss.

I LOVE this raspberry Halloween costume. I think I'd rather use plastic balls to balloons, though, because I'd anticipate some popping along the way (ahem, looking at wild men like Truett).

Hoping to make these pickled okra later today.

A really simple way to enjoy all those gorgeous heirloom pumpkins. Also, you could save the seeds & try your hand at planting them next season.

Oh! these drawings.

All I want in this life (besides everything) is to do an eating tour of Italy. Holy.bananas.

I just got one of these at Costco and it is the softest, cutest sweatshirt ever.

Off-season but man, these bright pink blossoms just make me feel good.

That's it - have a great weekend!

Friday tidbits

GDI - champagne cooler counter

Good Friday morning. What will you be doing this weekend? Since tomorrow is October 1st (Halloween, my favorite season!), I'm looking forward to making some of these spooky DIY decorations with the kiddos

Let's do some fun links & hope you have a wonderful, cozy weekend :)

A new Venezuelan restaurant here in town I'd love to try.

I love these bralettes. So much lighter and more comfortable than traditional bras.

A rooftop wedding seems both magical & simple. 

Always keep a bottle of champagne in the fridge...

These homemade mango fruit roll ups sound impossibly easy to make. Hm...

Wouldn't it be fun to explore some woods with a scavenger hunt list? Scheming for this weekend or next. Putting the list together with your kids or friends would be part of the fun, too.

I love roasting the pumpkin seeds after we've carved our Halloween jack-o-lantern, here are some pumpkin seed recipes to make it more interesting.

Speaking of Halloween, I think I've decided on Miss Haversham as my costume :)

I especially love the kids' rooms in this house tour.

The New York public library installs tiny trains to transport your books!! My kids (and I!) would flip to see this!!

That's it - have a great weekend!

GDI - June at pool

(top image via this is glamorous, second image via my instagram)

Friday tidbits

GDI - stag horn fern

What are you up to this weekend? June's decided to host a costume party tomorrow with, "macaroni and cheese for the kids, salad for the grown ups," :) and tonight we'll hygge it up with some friends who live down the street. 

Let's do some weekend links & see you back here next week.

This master bedroom is to-die for. The whole tour is beautiful - mixes of old, new & lots of jungle prints.

What reply-all emails feel like. HAAAA.

A Halloween costume: Eleven, from Stranger Things (have you watched it yet?)

I love this simple picture of fall leaves.

Finding characters of color.

France bans all plastic plates & cups. I kind of love this.

Could ancient remedies hold the answer to the looming antibiotics crisis? (no click bait there)

15 movies to get you in the mood for fall (as if we needed an excuse).

Sorry, I can't seem to help myself when it comes to fall. Autumn Sangria, two ways :)

Lastly, Between Two Ferns with Hillary Clinton.

xoxo

(a gorgeous stag head fern via desiretoinspire)

Friday tidbits

GDI - Friday coffee press shopmazama

What are you up to this weekend? We got to Georgia's house last night, where the kids will stay for the weekend (cousin trip!), and then Bud & I are headed to our dear friend's wedding about an hour away :) 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend & see you back here next week. In the meantime, here are some links to read.

Good cookery writing. Ah, I just love to say the word cookery. In a British accent.

Don't buy stuff you cannot afford. Amy Poehler FTW.

We should all be so lucky to have a mom, or a daughter, like this.

Do you know what a red AND white cane means? I didn't either. Now we do.

Why parents need to stop complaining about being tired

The shoes I ended up buying for the wedding (mine were on waaay sale).

Lovely short video from Morocco.

This dream house in Charleston, SC. GAH.

Tomato gazpacho along with gorgeous pictures of the French country side. You could bathe in these pictures they're so lush.

Maestra, the latest book I'm reading, is a bit to take, but also lots of fun.

xoxo

(image via shopmazama)

What are you making for dinner tonight?

GDI - epicurious Tikka Masala

Last week I got really into cooking - just like exercise I tend to hit peaks and valleys - Monday was tacos, Tuesday black bean burgers, Wednesday broccoli cheese soup (great recipe, but don't you dare use fat-free-half-and-half. I used heavy cream + whole milk), Thursday was our mediterranean feast & Friday Bud ordered Jimmy John's for movie night (I went out with some girlfriends :)

Since the kids are both in full-day school, it's been so much fun to plan slightly more elaborate - but still simple, is that possible? - meals. Tonight I'm hoping to do a pared down chicken Tikka Masala. I'm hopeful, but realistically the kids will probably eat bread + scraped off chicken for dinner.

Bud and I still laugh over our first Indian dinner together (I'd had it before, but he had not). On a whim, he decided to go out on a limb and ordered the goat. Goat. Yes. And hated it. Not quite the soft foray into exotic foods I had hoped for him. HAAAAA.

What are you making tonight? Any great ideas? I'd love to swap recipes on here, if you'd like. xo

(Image credit epicurious)

Friday tidbits

GDI - gin & tonic

What are you up to this beautiful weekend? I told the kids if they had a good week at school, I'd take them to Costco (yes, their new favorite place). Then we might sneak in a last pool-Sunday at my parents :) 

Hope you have a great weekend, & here are some links for your reading and browsing pleasure. xo

I made an easy version of this meal last night (i.e. anything in the kitchen that resembled this food). We had hummus, tzatziki, kebobs, feta & veggies. The kids actually loved the kebabs! I daydream of leisurely meals around our table, and this fits the bill. 

Speaking of, this is an inspiring short video about eating in France v. eating in America (though a street hotdog is never a bad idea).

Did you LOVE this photo from this post? Me too. This is the venue. When I'm wealthy...

Gagging on my coffee over this gorgeous home tour. And here's the company the owners run - the products are overpriced, but thoughtful and inspiring.

From swissmiss, Things I Didn't Buy. My version is, if I love something, I save it to my Covet list. Then, once every few weeks, I revisit my covet list and remove things I no longer want in order to whittle it down and down and down to the things I absolutely adore. It's pleasurable in the same way shopping is, saves me from a ton of impulse buys, & allows me to purchase only the things I'd really love and really want. But anyway, I love this list, too.

I like the idea of a soft-start for school.

Six tips for making it small. My heart swelled when I read this article. (thanks to hitherandthither for posting it).

Right, well, now I'm moving to Zambia.

OMG Strandbeest(s). GO WATCH NOW.

Totally, actually, lol-ed at this.

That's it! Have a great one!

The best bean & corn salad

GDI - bean dip

My girlfriend Noreen and her husband always bring this killer black bean & corn salad to neighborhood get togethers. It's best when eaten with these salt & lime tortilla chips, but if you're trying to be a bit healthier it's amazing all by itself. I'm sure you could find a more exact recipe somewhere online, but this is the gist that I use:

1 can black beans, drained

1 can sweet corn

1 chopped green, red or yellow pepper

2 - 3 Tablespoons chopped onion (again, you can use more or less of all of these depending on your tastebuds & available ingredients)

1 teaspoon cumin

salt & pepper to taste

1 tablespoon olive oil 

salsa to taste 

fresh lemon/lime juice to taste

I've honestly omitted the olive oil & salsa before, and it's still super yummy. It also fits in with almost everyone's diet, so it's great for big gatherings. 

(PS - I've found if I keep things like hummus, chopped vegetables, olive tapenade & cold salads in the fridge it's so much easier to eat vegetables all day)

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