Archive for September 2011

Vintage Day-Glo

Vintage Day-Glo
Another amazing find from this past weekend’s Randolph Market, this day-glo necklace. I plan on pairing it with a plain white v-neck and jeans or wearing it to work to add some interest to my simple black sheath dress.

Peach Blueberry Galette

The close of summer means the closing of the outdoor farmers markets. Luckily for us Chicagoans, the cooler, wetter summer has meant that certain items are available later than usual. I took advantage of that, and bought the last peaches and blueberries of the season. I was having some friends over for dinner so I... Read more »

What every woman should know about plumbing

This past weekend, I visited one of my favorite outdoor markets, the Randolph Market. Full of antiques, vintage clothing and estate jewelry, it is an absolute treasure trove. I am always on the hunt for vintage etiquette books to add to my collection and while searching through stacks I spotted this gem…a 1973 booklet titled... Read more »
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Adventures in Vegetables: Kohlrabi

The kohlrabi had a taste similar to that of a broccoli stem and was delicious roasted.
While strolling around the Green City farmers market this past weekend in Chicago, I spotted these beautiful and interesting looking vegetables. I was feeling adventurous so I thought I would buy them and give them a try. It turns out, they were kolhrabi, which is German for cabbage turnip and a relative of the cabbage and... Read more »

Currently Coveting: Tufted Bar Stool

Barrois tufted bar stool, ABC Home, $815
I have been in the market for a bar stool ever since I moved into my condo nearly 4 years ago. The open kitchen has a high bar that just begs for it. It is the perfect place for dinner for one, late night work sessions, or for a guest to perch on when I... Read more »

Tuscan Kale White Bean Soup

This past Sunday was rainy and cool…perfect for making a big batch of soup. I had gone to the farmers market on Saturday and picked up some beautiful black kale (also referred to as Tuscan kale), so I decided to give this recipe a try. I made one small tweak and used canned, precooked white beans... Read more »
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Top Shop hits Chicago

Dalmatian loafers which will be perfect with my black cropped pants.
Chicago has a new resident and I finally paid it a visit last week….Top Shop has arrived. The store itself is gorgeous, the staff is ever so stylish, and the clothes and accessories were everything I had hoped they would be. I ended up walking out with three great pieces that are going to be... Read more »

Tasty Snack for a Cozy Night

Seriously cute, right?
My favorite season of the year is here! It’s true; I am kind-of obsessed with autumn. It’s time for oversize sweaters, scarves, caramel apples, college & NFL football and pumpkin everything. I’m feeling cozy today; so when I began flipping thru my recipe file this afternoon, this appetizer from Better Homes & Gardens – March... Read more »

Simple Tomato Salad

Simple Tomato Salad
The farmers markets and produce aisles are currently filled with gorgeous heirloom tomatoes, but it won’t last for long. Take advantage of it by putting together a simple and colorful tomato salad. Drizzle with balsamic, sprinkle with fresh basil and enjoy it while you can.
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"Lobstah" Fest 2011

About 5 years ago, we started one of my favorite summer traditions…Lobstah Fest (no I did not misspell it, that’s how we say Lobster in Rhode Island). It is a magical evening with family and dear friends, which starts with my father heading to the docks to fill an icy cooler with fresh lobsters. Every... Read more »