Saturday, December 13, 2008

Almost Everything

These two books are large and wonderful. The illustrations are captivating, my husband, friend and I spent a while at our last dinner party looking through them together.

Almost Everything, by Joelle Jolivet

Zoo-ology, by Joelle Jolivet

A Girl and Her Gator

In New Orleans I was able to find this charming book with great illustrations about A Girl and Her Gator. I was so excited, b/c G's favorite animal is an alligator, and you hardly ever find girl things to do with alligators!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Dream Kitchen Items

I just toured some historic homes in New Orleans, most notably the home associated with the Historic New Orleans Collection. I noticed two great kitchen items that I have added to my dream kitchen!

A plate warmer.

An over the sink drying rack.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


These are awesome!


I decided that for the next baby, I am going to decorate in alphabets. There are so many cute ones!

Here's one from PetitCollage, called "Animal Alphabet".

Here are two from Present and Correct (One vintage, one an alphabet of endangered species on the British Isle)

Here's a French 1940s repro:

Lotta Bruhn designed this one:

How about these from Tony Sarge:

Another modern animal alphabet from DecoyLab:

And of course, from Blue Art Studio:

Send me others that you like!

Julia Rothman

Fun printmaker and designer. I love this one, called "Luxury Apts".

Steep and Cheap

SJC alerted me to this site. You can find some great deals on active gear/wear/stuff. You have to check back often to see what's currently being offered.

Ashes & Milk

Just some cool things to look at here.

Grain Edit

This is a wonderful website I just came across. It's just fantastic to scroll down and look at this guy's great collection of graphics.


Grain edit is focused on classic design work from the 1950s-1970s and contemporary designers that draw inspiration from that time period.

Site content includes interviews, articles, designers’ libraries as well as examples of rare design annuals, type specimens, Ephemera, posters and vintage kids books from our bookshelves.

You can also download this Obama poster for free.


So begins a series of blog postings on places and things that I found in New Orleans. The first is a store called Perch. I love it! They carry antique, vintage and new things. I found these adorable plates at Perch.

Their website is not comprehensive, but it's still fun to look at. Including some fun "design tips": "Pillows are to decorating as handbags are to fashion; you can never have too many."

Friday, November 14, 2008

Mike Mulligan

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, by Virginia Lee Burton. G and I love these stylized illustrations. It is reminiscent of the Western Tall Tales... showing how the steam shovel made canals, rail lines, and highways... and was then replaced by gas and electronic shovels. First published in 1939.

The Fence

Here's a humorous Mexican story, with wonderful pictures! I love the patterns on all the clothing. The story is The Fence: A Mexican Tale with story and pictures by Jan Balet.

Laughing Elephant and Green Tiger

In keeping with my previous posts on favorite children's books... I wanted to post about this small press. They are reproducing facsimiles of old classics with darling illustrations (called Shape Books). We have Red Riding Hood & Hansel and Gretel... I can't wait to find the others!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Smart Friends

I love having friends who know about computers! I just learned that (on Macs) if you press Command + Shift + 4 you can take a "photo" of anything on your computer screen and it is saved onto your desktop automatically.

Etsy Shop

I have created a rudimentary Etsy shop. There's only one item listed right now, but after the Fall Sale I will be listing many more things. I also have some tweaking to do as far as over-all look of the store, but I thought I would post it b/c I am excited about it!

Grandma Guide

My mother-in-law is coming to stay with G for a few days, and J just set up a Google maps Mom Guide for her. It is about the coolest thing that I have seen. We have created a map with all of G's favorite places, doctor's offices, parks, etc. on it for her. She can just access it as need be. (I had been planning on printing out or drawing a map for each of these places! wow. This is great). You can even leave little notes about each place on the info dot.

Monday, November 03, 2008

New Orleans!

I'm going! Any advice?
"As a child, learn good manners; as a young man learn to control your passions; in middle age, be just; in old age, give good advice; then die, without regret."

-fragment of a stele found at Ai Khanum 3rd C. BC

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Labour and Wait

What a wonderful name for a store! I want to stencil that above the door of our home. Anyhow, they make "timeless, functional objects for everyday use."

Cutest Bathing Suit Ever

From a cute Australian site, Baby Goes Retro... and I just found out that Australian $s are about half of ours... woot! I can't wait until next summer for G to wear this!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Blue Art Studio

These posters are fantastic! Is there such a condition as chairaphile?

Taro Gomi

I love these coloring books, and want to do them myself!

"Lion from the Lamb"

Excellent piece by Krauthammer at the Washington Post (as usual).

"Today's economic crisis, like every other in our history, will in time pass. But the barbarians will still be at the gates. Whom do you want on the parapet? I'm for the guy who can tell the lion from the lamb."

Speaking of museum theory...

I have been reading Museums and American Intellectual Life, 1876-1926, by Steven Conn. (I picked it up at the Cliveden House gift shop). It's fascinating and thoughtful. It makes more sense of the difference b/w the Mutter Museum (1858) and the Wagner Free Institute of Science (1886) for me.

NMAI Mitsitam Cafe

Though the museum itself is somewhat disappointing (they have adopted the use of the word "survivance" to describe the goal of the museum, if that tells you anything), the Mitsitam cafe is really wonderful. They have many things labeled for GF folks, and the staff is very obliging when asked to check on other ingredients. I had the smoked trout salad on watercress with the roasted root vegetables with yucca. Mmmm... Here's a recipe (courtesy of the Times) for the Mitsitam wild rice salad.

NEW Ocean's Hall MNH

Today G and BC and I went to the new Ocean's Hall at the Natural History Museum. I loved it! I can't wait to go back and read more. We kind of just wandered through it today, looking at all the amazing models, real dead things (a 15 ft long Giant Squid!), and live fish and coral.

100 Push-Ups

My husband is doing this, and is on week six. I am thinking about starting...


This is funny! and cute.

Roasted Pumpkin Salad Recipe

This recipe was brought to my attention by MP and I plan on making it on Sunday for church supper. I can't wait! (It's from 101 Cookbooks)

**Okay, I just tried this tonight and I have to say, with apologies to 101 Cookbooks, that the dressing that they have you put on this salad is terrible. It's bland and adds nothing to the dish in terms of coherence. It's not tart or fresh tasting, and the sunflower seeds add nuttiness to an already very nutty (wild rice!) dish. I am working on a new one. I'll post it when I have it!**

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Dairy Free Substitutions has a very helpful list of DF substitution options for cooking and baking.

Fusion Interiors

Well, beyond the bland title, the book, Fusion Interiors, is really cool. It's a look at photographs of things that inspire the textile designs for Andrew Martin, by Martin Waller. He says in the preface, "For me design has been about reflecting different cultures and communicating a passion for the peoples that made them. While many designers want to say something new, I want to say something old - to capture a flavour of an antique land and somehow bottle it. It's a homage to the many generations from different lands who have bequeathed a legacy of design." Not only are the photographs inspiring, but the way that he interprets the many and varied "ethnic" designs is just wonderful. Nothing looks too much like you are decorating with a trip that you took once. It is interpreted.

Fat Ladies & Fish Pie

Well, as J and I have been delighted with the Two Fat Ladies and are even more thoroughly enamored with the British than ever, we thought we would try our hand at a fish pie. I didn't get the Fat Ladies' cookbooks from the library in time, so I made up my own recipe--and it turned out quite well! As one of the Fat Ladies says, "I don't know anybody who doesn't like a good fish pie." Now we don't either. (The recipe is made for Dairy Free folks, but it can easily be switched to non-DF).

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) Earth Balance "butter"
1 large fennel bulb, trimmed, halved, thinly sliced crosswise
2 small leeks, CLEANED and sliced
2 medium onions chopped
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup sherry
1/2 containter of Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream
1 1/2 pounds haddock fillets, cut into 1-inch cubes (haddock is increadibly mild and wonderfully flaky)
1 6-ounce package baby spinach (at least)

3 1/2 cups warm mashed potatoes

How To:
Preheat broiler to low.

Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add fennel, onions and leeks. Cover; cook until tender, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes.

Sprinkle with flour, salt, and pepper. sauté 2 minutes.

Add broth, sherry, and Tofutti Sour Cream; bring to boil, stirring often (allow mixture to reduce some). Add fish. Cover; simmer over medium heat until fish is almost cooked through, about 3 minutes.

In a seperate pan sautee spinach lightly in olive oil.

Grease a 11x7x2-inch baking dish, and spread out the sauteed spinach on the bottom. Transfer fish mixture to baking dish. Patting down the mixture to make sure that it created a firm base for the mashed potatoes. Spoon mashed potatoes over, covering completely. Broil until filling bubbles at edges and potatoes are brown in spots. Serve.

"Pleasantly Sogged"

I found this recipe of a "sogged" kale, toast, and egg breakfast on the blog Orangette. J and I tried it on Sunday morning. It is delicious!

I changed it a bit, and thought it was (maybe) better this way!
Instead of onion, I only used three medium sized garlic cloves.
I added about a tablespoon and a half of the Kirkland Organic No-Salt Seasoning while sauteing the garlic.
Instead of the 3-4 C of stock I used 2 C of (not homemade!) chicken stock.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Apple picking!

My husband, daughter and some friends and I went apple picking last weekend. J and I spent the whole evening cooking! Enjoying the fruits of the fall, we cooked butternut squash apple curry soup, apple pie with a crumb topping (J even managed an awesome dairy-free and flaky! pie crust), and four loaves of banana bread.

Dairy-Free, pantry friendly Lasagne (TASTES GREAT!)

My daugther has an allergy to dairy products, so I have been trying to make the classics so that she doesn't grow up weird! But I want them to taste like the real thing. So far I am really happy with my lasagna. I will post more successful recipes as they come.

1 Box of whole wheat lasagna noodles (I like Hodgson Mills)
1 lb pork sausage
1 lb ground beef
3 cloves garlic (crushed)
1 C. vermouth
1 24 oz can chopped tomatoes (hands down the best I have ever tasted are Muir Glen Organic--the Fire Roasted ones), liquid poured out
1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce
1 container of Tofutti sour cream (on the warm side of room temperature, so that it is soft)
2 t dried basil
2 t. oregano
1 t. nutmeg
1 generous C. chopped mushrooms (I use rehydrated Manitou Trading Co Mushrooms)

How to:
Preheat the oven to 375

Cook noodles al dente, remove from water and set aside.

Cook sausage and beef together with spices and crushed garlic, when almost done pour in 1 C. vermouth and add the chopped mushrooms and simmer until the juices have reduced.

In a 9x12 pan spread a thin layer of tomato sauce, place a layer of noodles, then a layer of tomatoes, a layer of Tofutti sour cream, then a layer of the meat mixture, then a thin layer of sauce. Repeat this until everything is used up.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 45 Minutes, uncover and bake for 15 more. Let sit at least 5 minutes before cutting.


Kat Macleod

I love this illustrator! Kat Macleod does illustrations for the likes of RealSimple magazine.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Baby name visualizer

Wednesday, October 08, 2008


(for her age group)!!!!!

For the next baby? (what baby?)

Tocqueville Forum at Georgetown University

Some great upcoming events:
"Bioethics, Technology and the Human Person: Prospects for the Future of American Democracy"
October 11, 2008, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Peter Lawler, Dana Professor of Government, Berry College
Gilbert C. Meilaender, Phyllis & Richard Duesenberg Chair in Christian Ethics, Valparaiso University
William Saletan,
Location: Philodemic Room, Healy Hall
Continental Breakfast will be served at 9:00 a.m., Presentations to begin at 9:30 a.m.

"Philosophy and the Common Good: What Tocqueville Might Have Taught Heidegger and Strauss"
November 6, 2008, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Ralph C. Hancock, Professor of Political Science, Brigham Young University
Location: Philodemic Room, Healy Hall
(Made possible through the generous support of the Earhart Foundation)
"2008 Presidential Election and the Future of the American Republic"
November 20, 2008, 7:00-9:00pm
James W. Ceaser, Professor of Politics, University of Virginia and co-author of Red over Blue: The 2004 Elections and American Politics
William Kristol, Editor, The Weekly Standard and columnist, The New York Times
Michael Kazin, Professor of History, Georgetown University and author of A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan
Wilfred M. McClay, SunTrust Bank Chair of Excellence in Humanities, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Camille Paglia, University Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia
Location: Georgetown University Hotel Conference Center Ballroom
"Education for Ordered Liberty: The Founders' Conception of Civic Life"
December 3, 2008, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Daniel N. Robinson, Philosophy Faculty, Oxford University; Distinguished Research Professor, Emeritus, Georgetown University
Location: ICC Auditorium

"Natural Rights and the American Constitutional Experience"
January 30-31, 2009
Invited speakers include:
Michael Novak, George Frederick Jewett Scholar in Religion, Philosophy, and Public Policy, AEI
Randy E. Barnett, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory, Georgetown University Law Center
Michael W. McConnell, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and Presidential Professor, University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law
Brian Tierney, Bowmar Professor in Humanistic Studies, Emeritus, Cornell University
Robert Kraynak, Professor of Political Science, Colgate University
Christopher Wolfe, Co-Director, McInerny Center for Thomistic Studies
Location: TBD
(Made possible through the generous support of the Bradley Foundation)