Lancaster PA, pt. 2

Hi there,

I just thought I’d pop in for a minute to share some pictures of Lancaster with you.

That’s all for now.

 

xoxo,

K

 

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Friday! Hurray! Hurray!

Hi there,

it’s been awhile, huh? Sorry about the lack of posts lately.  What can I say? I actually have a life now…Sort of. 😉  Speaking of which, this weekend one of aunts will be in town and we are running around South Jersey today, having a sleep over (Brendan’s coming too!) tonight, and doing the shore tomorrow.  I am so excited to do the beach, and in a retro suit no less.It looks something like this, but in chocolate-brown, with a sweetheart neckline:

I am so excited to spend time with my family this weekend.  I will be taking a ton of pictures and making up some posts about our time.

Alright everyone, who’s with me? Onward to the beach!

xoxo,

Katie

Mother’s Day Recap

Hi guys,

Sorry for my absence lately.  Things have gotten really busy around here, and it has been difficult to find the time to get on the interwebs.

As most of you know, Brendan and I spent Mother’s Day with my sweet Aunt Cindy, and her family at Longwood Garden, an amazing Eden surrounded by homes and farm land in Pennsylvania.

The whole time we were there I kept on thinking of this Emily Dickinson poem

TWO butterflies went out at noon

And waltzed above a stream,

Then stepped straight through the firmament,

My cute cousins...They constantly ran ahead of us.And rested on a beam; And then together bore away, Upon a shining sea,—

Though never yet, in any port, Their coming mentioned be.   

If spoken by the distant bird, If met in ether sea, By frigate or by merchantman, Report was not to me.

Cacti!We really did have the best time.  What did you do with your families yesterday?

Here's my east coast fam. They're great.

That’s all for now.

xoxo,

Katie

TWO butterflies went out at noon
And waltzed above a stream,
Then stepped straight through the firmament
And rested on a beam;
And then together bore away         5
Upon a shining sea,—
Though never yet, in any port,
Their coming mentioned be.
If spoken by the distant bird,
If met in ether sea         10
By frigate or by merchantman,
Report was not to me.

The Master and Commander of Pastry

Hi there,

Mother’s Day is approaching!  What will you be doing for your mothers? This is the first year that I will be spending Mother’s Day apart from my mom; and I’ll admit that I’m sad.  It’s hard to spend holidays apart from your family.  My wonderful Aunt Cindy knows what it is to be far away from family, having re-located to the east coast about  sixteen years ago,so when she invited us to spend Mother’s Day with her, I was relieved. Spending time with her, my Uncle Bob, and their boys, makes me feel a lot less homesick.

In honor of the day and my sweet aunt, we will be going to Longwood Gardens.

Doesn’t it look beautiful? We are really looking forward to spending the day with my aunt and uncle and their boys.  We will be having a picnic lunch in the gardens while we are there, and I want to make something special for everyone.

Here’s what I’m thinking:

Flower cupcakes! Appropriate, non?  This icing tutorial from Loralee Lewis will be a tremendous help. So I would make a nice vanilla cupcake, with a butter cream frosting…

Or, I could riff on this wonderful Mascarpone-Filled Cake with Sherried Berries recipe, only have mascarpone frosting, with a few dainty berries on the top of the cake…

This is actually my favorite cake to make. It impresses everyone, and it isn’t hard to make at all. You should try this! Seriously, what are you waiting for? You will be crowned Cake Queen or King..No, the Mayor of Cake Town… The Ambassador of Delicious Flavor.. I’m finished now, sorry… I tend to get over-excited about pastry.

I hope you are having a glorious Monday.

xoxo,

Katie

Friday! Hurray! Hurray! Errr.. I mean Saturday.

via historiful.tumblr.com

Yes, apparently while I was in a flu-induces haze, I forgot to post this, even though I had it READY to go for Friday. Blergh.

Happy Friday!

I’m finally feeling a little better! How are you doing? Do you have any big weekend plans?

Yesterday Brendan and I went to Princeton New Jersey (which is such an amazing place).  We got this really amazing olive oil and strawberry balsamic at Carter & Cavero: Old World Oil Company, and visited a kitchen gadget  store called Kitchen Kapers.  It was so much fun being there, in this beyond charming college town, just the two of us focusing on each other.  It is wonderful being out together, and to feeling like we did those first few months of being together.

Here we are at Carter & Cavero:

Here I am tasting all of the delicious balsamic vinaigrettes.

There was such a huge selection of oils and vinaigrettes, we had a hard time picking our favorites.  In the end we got Truffle Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (so wonderful), Strawberry balsamic, Garlic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, Tuscan herb Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, and Frantoio Extra-Virgin Olive Oil… Needless to say, we won’t be needing EVOO any time soon!

Also, here are somethings that I’ve been eyeing all week:

A la Patricia Blanchet

These shoes are awesome.  I’ve been wanting to find a pair similar to this for a few years, but nothing really spoke to me like these do.

via House of Turquoise

I love the look of driftwood. Whenever I see a cool drift wood piece it makes me want to learn carpentry so that I could have the ability to make furniture with pieces of awesome wood like the piece above.

via flickr

Brendan would never let me do this, and I’m not sure I would, but it’s pretty cool, right?

Smitten Kitchen’s Porch Swing sounds truly sumptuous.  Now that the weather is getting warming, I see myself having many a gin based cocktail on balmy New Jersey nights. Yum.

Once again, I pay homage to that glorious hue Kelly Green.  This room, designed by Christina Murphy is to die for.  Brendan and I both thought this was such a great look.  Maybe we will replicate it someday.. : )

And I’ll leave you with the sage advice of Ronald Swanson:

Have a stellar weekend! May all your dreams come true.

xoxo,

Katie

A Trip With a Friend

Heyooooo!

I’m back, and fully energized (finally)! This last weekend was one of the best I have had in such a long time. Stephanie and I had a great time roaming the streets of New York, and catching up.  There is nothing better than sharing a bunch of new experiences with someone you care about.

Here are some pictures from our trip:

Murray's Bagels...Yum.

The West 25th Street Market and Antiques Garage

 

yummy food at Chelsea Market

 

Steph's amazing hat from The Family Jewels Vintage

The Chelsea Hotel, home to Tennessee Williams and Mark Twain, also the site where Sid stabbed Nancy

 

La Maison du Macaron... SO GOOD!

No, four macarons were not enough.

Penn Station was so amazing

The New York Library... I don't think I'll ever get over how gorgeous it was.

Magnolia Bakery

Let's face it, I geek out when I encounter famous eateries...What do you want from me?

Were we looking for Jimmy Fallon? You betcha.

Too cute

Dinner at Monster Sushi

 

Can you tell me what's wrong with this picture?

Drinks at The Met

And that my readers, is our trip in a nutshell.  I loved every minute of it, and wish that we were still there right now. Come back soon Steph!

Come Away With Me: Places to Visit in New York

Hi!

I have been thinking about things to do when my aforementioned best friend Stephanie comes in to town and here’s what I have so far:

1.Christie’s: I think it would be so much fun to watch them auction off art and other things. I hear that it is free, and that auctions don’t last more than half an hour.

2. Museum of the Moving Image in Queens: Steph is a huge movie buff, I think it would be great to go to a museum that is all about understanding the history of film, the techniques and the technology behind picture shows. 🙂

3. Chelsea Market: I love food, and this looks like the place to go if you like food. I have yet to find many good suggestions of places to eat.. Help!

I would also like to find some good vintage clothing stores to go look at.. Any suggestions?

And that my friends is all I have for now. I have to go finish making that duvet now.

xoxo,

Katie

Haven in Paris

Have any of your heard of Have in Paris? HIP provides short-term vacation rentals in France, England and Tuscany. I discovered this website a couple of months ago and like to visit it occasionally to plan my dream vacation when the weather is particularly dreary out here in NJ.  The villas (le sigh) and apartments are so beautiful, and the locations are stellar. I love the idea of being able to wake up in the morning in a little Parisian apartment to a view of Montmartre and Sacre Coeur.

Summer, could you please hurry up and get here?

xoxo,
Katie

 

Come Away With Me: New York

As I mentioned last week my best friend Stephanie is coming to town at the end of next month, and we are planning on going to New York… So here are some of the things that I’m looking forward to.

The Fashion! I love going too elle.com to look at the Street Chic: New York

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There is a kind of quirky chicness about all of these women, that I find absolutely disarming. I’m sure that I will try on everything in my closet and hate it all when we go, but perhaps I’ll get some style inspiration after going.

I know it’s completely cliched, but I am looking forward to seeing The Empire State Building, is that completely lame? I’m not sure.. But I’ll blame An Affair to Remember.



Tres romantique, non? I don’t think I actually want to go up, but I do want to see it.

I really want to find The Dessert Truck, any sort of sweet with bacon creme anglaise is good in my book.

And that is all I have for now. Tune in next Thursday for my New York trip plans.

xoxo,

Katie

Come Away With Me

At the end of next month my good friend Stephanie is coming out to Jersey to SEE ME (pause for happy dance)!!! We are planning on going to Philly, since I live so close, and also to New York. I haven’t been before (this kills me because we live SO CLOSE), so I don’t know what is good to see aside from the obvious things.  For those of you who have been there, or live there, what should we do? Where is the good shopping? What about good restaurants?

Help!

I hope to hear from you soon..

xoxo,

Katie