Wednesday, October 27, 2010

spiced goodness


i've had a can of pumpkin staring me in the face for too long.
i couldn't take it anymore... finally broke down and made
pumpkin whoopie pie with maple cream cheese filling.
ooooooh golly.


i followed bon appetit's recipe for the cookie, but adapted the ingredients to:

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) organic unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups (packed) organic brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 15-ounce can pure organic pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup organic milk
  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray

  • for the filling:

  • 3 cups organic powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 8 oz. organic cream cheese
  • 3 tablespoons dark maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • bake up a batch for your halloween parties!
  • Friday, October 22, 2010

    morning walk

    after my tea and book
    i love jumping into the day
    with fresh air
    a walk
    in the woods
    with nellie...


    the color is off.the.charts right now in providence
    everyday the trees different than the day before.

    happy friday!
    anything fun planned for this fall weekend?

    Wednesday, October 20, 2010

    power boost

    i have always considered myself a morning person-
    rising early and popping out of bed.
    there is something about fall...
    and the dreaded alarm (going off for my teacher-husband)
    that makes me want to hiebernate under the comforter.

    so today
    after i got up to share breakfast
    and make lunch
    i headed back
    to bed
    with my tea and laptop
    for time with my google reader.

    it was out of juice.
    i picked up my book.

    the book that had been on my wish list
    and was an out-of-nowhere surprise gift
    from said husband a few weeks back.
    is now my fall-morning project.

    what a wonderful way to start the day...
    a book. and tea. in bed. (with nellie- shhhh, don't tell)

    and when 7:30am came around
    i was charged up, inspired and happy to start my day.

    Tuesday, October 19, 2010

    hair love

    willow smith's first video dropped yesterday to HUGE media buzz...
    yes, she is fierce. agreed.
    but she is also only NINE years old.
    too much?
    i'm thinkin'...

    coincidentally (or not) sesame street aired this yesterday...
    adorable. thank. you.

    Thursday, October 14, 2010


    olga's rosemary boule
    olive oil
    sea salt + fresh cracked pepper


    Tuesday, October 12, 2010

    music. live.

    pretty out-of-charater (normally more of the jazz type...)
    and completely unplanned...
    reid and i are headed to see KiD CuDi tonight
    (oh, the joys of living near big universities!)

    loving the gaga in this!
    so excited...

    Tuesday, October 5, 2010

    ooh la louis!


    sofia coppola is back with more for her line for louis vuitton...
    this signature bag is per.fec.tion!


    don't you think?

    blustery day

    wet. cool. grey. windy
    here in providence...
    seems like we were suddenly catapulted deep into fall.

    but, i'm kind of loving it.
    and finding pops of color right out my front door...




    favorite things in october:
    fall decorating
    warm tea
    cashmere blankets
    mini pumpkins
    wearing wellies
    (first of the season!) beef bourguignon left-overs for lunch

    thanks daddio!

    Sunday, October 3, 2010

    cozy for fall

    now that it is officially fall
    and the temperatures have started to drop
    i am itching
    to break out my knitting needle and crochet hook again!
    do you read the purl bee?
    the soho store's project blog
    is such a source of inspiration for me...

    a few of the latest knitting ideas
    seem quick, easy and oh-so-cozy.
    my cats are quite territorial... not sure i'd ever get a turn
    but, oh brother,
    would i LOVE a cozy evening
    in front of the fire
    wrapped it that!
    and this little mobius cowl
    would make such a great girlfriend christmas gift!

    anything cozy on your fall crafting list?

    Saturday, October 2, 2010

    girl crush

    TOTAL. girl. crush.
    carey mulligan.
    she was per.fec.tion.
    (as were the clothes, sets and PARIS)
    she totally brought me back to
    that naive school girl...
    and left me
    the glamour of paris.

    but, of course
    i adore the new cropped 'do
    she is rockin'!