Saturday, October 31, 2009

a slew of spooky soirees, oct.09

not up for baking ghoulish goodies and serving spooky cocktails? there are soooo many halloween parties happening, it's hard to choose:

Flavorpill's Gods and Heroes party: Secret location, live music, open bar with purchase of ticket, $35 (proceeds benefit charity: water)

The Danger's 3-stop Soiree: 3 Bushwick lots converted into The Chapel, The Sanctuary and The Ever After host live music, art and costume contest, $20

Brooklyn Monster's Ball: 1 Front Street, live tunes, Brooklyn fashion photo shoot, prizes, free with RSVP!

Vice Magazine $250,000 party: Jesus Lizard, Bad Brains, rave DJs , skate ramps, glow sticks and 1994 dress code...yikes, free!


Thursday, October 29, 2009

treats, no tricks, oct.09

trade in your snack size kit kats for some homemade sweets! here are a few recipes i've found that sound soo deelish....

candy corn

aunt bill's brown candy

homemade gummy bears

million dollar fudge

or turn your trick'or'treats into leftover halloween candy cookies

host a spoooky soiree, oct.09

throw a party, invite all of your friends

turn out the lights and have your guests feel their way through bowls full of peeled grapes, cold spaghetti, flour tortillas...ewwwww

set up a rousing game of squash bowling

concoct some creepy cocktails like the vampiro and witch's brew (image)

bob for apples

play donuts on a string

these party games and goodies are sure to keep goblins and candy corn toothaches at bay!

...but if you're not up for hosting, stay tuned for some nyc spook-tivities not to be missed...

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

a great pumpkin feast, oct.09

take advantage of the punkins aplenty and make yourself a feast! it's getting cold out there, start working on your winter layer with some of these recipes:

toasted pumpkin seeds, 3 ways

roasted squash salad with warm cider vinaigrette

pumpkin and crispy pancetta risotto

pumpkin chocolate tart!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Celebrate: National Beard Month

it's no secret that i have a bit of an affinity for the furry faced menfolk. thanks to my papa i am now aware that november is officially national beard month!!!!! an entire month to celebrate the follicle-endowed faces of the world? please and thank you. take a moment to reflect on the facial hair in your life- or to plan how you will observe this national holiday.

on a halloween note, let these be your inspiration

Monday, October 26, 2009

happy hallo-week!

are any of you as excited and spooked as i am??? halloween miiight be my fave holiday and i honestly don't give a thought to how i'll be spending the eve until the finishing touches on my costume are complete- it's the most important part! for the next few days i will be obsessing over punkins, goblins, faux spider webs on brownstone railings and the making of baberaham lincoln.


Sunday, October 25, 2009

wondrous weekend, oct.09

a great weekend is...
saturday strolling, dining and dodging rain storms in the hood

finally completing this project

sunday battery park city art installation in the making

walk to beat lung cancer

exploring wall street and tribeca

and a park slope baby shower-cant wait to meet the stylish lil bun, marlene!!!!

and loooots of champagne and cheese, mmmmm

how was yours?

cake d'amour, oct.09

it's pretty much impossible not to fall in love with the person who makes you these bright bon bons d'amour. the beautiful pink love cake batter makes me want to jump into a party dress (and cutesy apron of course) and serve them to mah boo....if only i could find the recipe...

(souvenirs via land camera)

Friday, October 23, 2009

happy weekend!!! oct.09

the weekend is upon us at last! what will you be up to?? i'm excited to have a full weekend of parties, food and friends...and maybe a lil home decoration(...but probs not)

some things colleen wants to do but hasn't the time (but maybe you'd like to do them?):
*nyc dumpling fest- thanks to esther and vanessa for the heads-up!

*make homemade hot cocoa and marshmallows

*work on a craft project you've been putting off, like a chalkboard mirror

*go visit cooper hewitt while admission is still free (through tomorrow!)

*listen to miike snow (i can't stop)

nesting: striped blankets, oct.09

don't get me wrong, i totally love the cozy housewarming gifts from my dad. they will definitely come in handy when no one is looking, but in the event that we have guests over and need to offer warmth, i'd like some of these, please:


blacker designs

west elm

on a striped note, this is my dream bed:

Thursday, October 22, 2009

happy thursday, oct.09

NASA astronomy picture of the day

mieke willems, oct.09

mieke willems is sort of like a cuter, cleaner, more edited, antwerp-centric kiosk

a few lil knickknacks to fall in love with...
kitchen towels

mesh pots

hejsan notebook

...and we all know how much i looove kiosk

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Make: Cheese Board scones

I'm always sentimental for Berkeley, CA - my very first home in the land of bays and bridges. I miss its beautiful hills, the palms and droopy-tropical angel's trumpet trees in every yard, the old black man who insisted I was his daughter, the Berkeley Bowl (bowling alley-converted health food store!!), my foreign (and domestic) roomies and most of all I miss the CHEESE BOARD, an employee-owned bakery, cheese and pizza shop that fed me so well that year. Thanks to Design Sponge I can now bring a little bit of Berkeley to my kitchen whenever my heart desires!

Gruyere and Herb Scones, adapted from The Cheese Board: Collective Works

3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons finely ground yellow cornmeal
½ cup plus 1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
½ pound Gruyere cheese, grated
½ cup chopped herbs (I like thyme and chives)
½ cup heavy cream
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg, beaten

Preheat the oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with a baking mat or parchment paper. Sprinkle lightly with cornmeal.

Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cayenne pepper, and salt together into the bowl of a stand mixer. Add cornmeal and whisk together.

Add the butter to the dry ingredients, and, using the paddle attachment, beat on low speed until butter is the size of small peas. Add the Gruyere and herbs and mix just until the ingredients are evenly distributed. Put the buttermilk and cream together in one bowl or liquid measuring cup, and then slowly add to the mixture on low speed until it is just combined and there is a little flour left on the bottom of the bowl. You may not need all of the liquid!

Empty the contents of the bowl onto a floured surface. Pat the dough together and work in any pieces of dry dough. Sprinkle some flour on the top of the dough, and, either using a rolling pin or just your hands, press the dough until it is about 1 ½ inches thick. Using a circular cookie cutter, dipped in a little flour each time, cut out the scones. Feel free to roll any scraps together and cut those, too. (Alternatively, you can shape the mound of dough into a rectangle about 9 by 6 inches, divide the dough in half lengthwise, and then cut each piece into 6 even triangles.)

Place scones onto prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Brush the beaten egg onto the tops of the scones and bake for about 30 minutes, rotating the pan about halfway through, or until light brown on top.

Yields about 12 smaller scones or 6 big scones.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Mr. Schuman goes to California, Oct.09

SF! LA! If you love the sartorialist like I love the sartorialist, you won't wanna miss his book signings tomorrow (SF) and thursday night (LA)!!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

branch out, oct.09

coat closet-less like moi? camille soulayrol has some beautiful ideas...

be sure to check out the rest of her work as well...kind of inspiring

(via you are my fave)

In love with: Chris Silas Neal, Oct.09

i'd love to cover my walls with his illustrations

Sunday, October 18, 2009

food porn, oct.09

don't these food beauties just make you wanna quit your day job and spend the rest of your life in the kitchen???

(cannelle et vanille)

(still life with)


(abby try again)

(chocolate & zucchini)

(good mood food)

(smitten kitchen)

(pioneer woman)

(cannelle et vanille)
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