Wednesday, October 1, 2014

With Flowers in Her Hair

I will never tire of flowers. Goodbye, summer.

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Arboretum

A few weekends ago, my husband and I had the great privilege of visiting the Arboretum botanical garden. These kinds of things are why I love my home.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday DO: Be Determined

You guys. This tree is literally growing sideways. As in areyoueffingseriousomg it's sideways. Who knows how long it has been growing like this? How many people and animals have perched on the branches. This tree could have died off, since it is obviously not in the right spot. But no, this is a damn determined tree with a desire to live. It might sound silly, but let's all learn from the tree.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

That Which Could Have Been

Remember me mentioning my pretty failure on Sunday? I was trying to make an apple dutch baby, but not only do I not have a cast iron pan, I thought surely I could use Trader Joe's white whole wheat flour to make the recipe a little less unhealthy. Wrong. I am not sure what caused the mess, but although my end result tasted fine, it did not have nearly the right texture. Whatever, I am human y'all.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

She Talks to Angels

Dress, jacket, socks, and boots all by Free People. Hair clip: Anthropologie// Scarf: San Francisco shop

Last weekend, it was delightfully chilly. As in, yes, I want to wake up at 6 am, make pancakes, and
walk the dog because the cool breeze feel perfect moving through your hair and kissing your legs. Everything feels beautiful when it is delightfully chilly. One of my favorite go to outfits is a good mini dress, thigh highs/over the knee socks (most thigh highs become over the knee on my legs), and leather boots. Something about the combinations just screams autumnal whispers and I know I must take advantage before winter's chill requires a few more layers. Simplicity feels beautiful.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Apple Spice Pancakes

Ok guys, here is the deal. I was going to create a new apple recipe, and that kinda turned into a fail. I managed to take some beautiful photos, but the end product was just.... so so. But I promised an apple recipe, and I always keep my word. I may have made and photographed these pancakes last fall, but let me tell you, we have been craving them ever since the first crisp scent wandered into our domicile.

Fried apples have always been a part of fall dinners in my family. In fact, I remember as a little girl my mom would fry up apples in butter with cinnamon and brown sugar till they were just the perfect color, and we would anxiously hang around the kitchen waiting for our favorite supper.  It was this memory that gave birth to a heavenly breakfast for dinner luxury. The butter adds the perfect amount of tenderness, and using brown sugar and cinnamon marries the nutmeg to deliver a wonderful fall flavor.  I ate these with some chai tea and smother in Trader Joe’s Butter Pecan syrup.  They were so good, my husband asked if we could have them again the next day, too.

The type of apple used is not of particular importance. I used golden delicious in the original recipe, but I cannot wait to try it with some Granny Smiths or Ruby Johns. If you are an apple fan, I guarantee this will be a family pleaser within the first delectable bite.

Apple Spice Pancakes

  • 2 apples grated
  • 2 apples, cored and chopped
  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 stick butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup unfiltered apple juice

Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a frying pan, and gently saute the grated apples over low heat until very tender.

Repeat with chopped apple bits until they are also soft. Adding a handful of brown sugar is nice, but not necessary.  Place in an oven safe dish and place in an oven on the lowest setting to keep warm.
Mix all dry and wet ingredients. Add grated apples. Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat. Lightly oil the griddle and drop heaping spoonfuls of batter onto the hot griddle. When the pancakes set and start to bubble, flip and cook until golden.  Top with the chopped apples and syrup of your choice.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Photo Diary: Art Around Town

Remember me saying that these horses are all over town?  I wasn't kidding.  This one is in The Morris Bookshop.

 If you go the bookshop, do be sure to visit the bathroom.

Shared by Coffee Times and Lexington Coffee and Tea. They are the same place, really.  My favorite of favorite local places.

 Storm drain in Chevy Chase.

 Al's bar.  Delicious burgers and hipster music scene galore.

Outside of the Arcadium Bar.

Random Place I Saw

We took my brother to West Sixth Brewery.  Fuck you, Magic Hat.

Update: This post originally ran July 15th, 2013. I am especially busy this week and didn't have time for a new post. Enjoy our art!