Wednesday, May 25, 2011


robert & I will be leaving for a much-needed vacation this week. we're going to london, belgium & amsterdam & are beside ourselves. I'll be away from the blog for awhile, but will do my best to post photos here, in case you're interested. cheerio, mate!

{photo from my first visit to london in 2001}

Monday, May 23, 2011

may cake: vanilla cake with mango curd filling & swiss buttercream frosting

I made this feminine pink ruffle cake when my sister came in town for her 26th birthday. the cake was a simple vanilla cake, with this fresh mango curd filling, covered in this swiss buttercream frosting (which I will definitely be using again). it was pretty tasty & definitely the purtiest cake yet.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

five year anniversary

on friday, robert & I celebrated our five year anniversary. each year we give each other the traditional wedding gift (see year four here). year five is wood, so I surprised robert with a little indoor tent (thanks to my daddy for building it & to this great post for the instructions). my parents set it up while we were out having dinner at 13 gypsies (and it was an amazing meal!). robert was totally surprised; we camped out in the tent & reminisced over our wedding album, ate cake & drank prosecco. it was a wonderful evening with a wonderful husband. thanks for five incredible years, rh.

 {robert's anniversary gift- a wooden radio}

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


the big five year anniversary is this week and I've got a little something up my sleeve. I made jordan's fringy streamers for the occasion, and they turned out great (I just used a regular roll of crepe paper instead of the sheets).

Monday, May 16, 2011

pizza night!

robert has been on a mission to find the best pizza dough recipe. in fact, I think it's safe to say it's been a bit of an obsession. he makes sample menus of ingredients that he thinks will work well together, makes the dough by hand, perfecting it with each new batch, and then we eat amazing-tasting pizza for weeks. it's heaven.

I always love a good margarita pizza (below). but his latest creation was a mortadella pizza with buffalo mozzarella & garlic (mortadella is a salty italian sausage with pistachios!). it's my new fave... until the next menu comes around! 

Monday, May 9, 2011


robert & I will be celebrating our 5th anniversary this month! I can hardly believe how quickly five years have passed - five of the most amazing years of my life thus far. we've been planning a little trip away & have been counting down for eight weeks. we are going to london, belgium & amsterdam. I've never been to belgium or amsterdam, so if you have any recommendations, please let me know! 

ps - how do you like my new black globe? my mom & I went to a great estate sale this weekend where I picked up this beauty. I think my collection is now complete (but, I mean, there's always room for one more...)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

pictures from easter sunday

{three generations. missed you, kara!}
{the easter bunny did good. he must know I collect mid century modern china}

Monday, May 2, 2011

april cake: goat cheese cake with strawberry grand marnier reduction

I made april's cake for easter - a goat cheese cake with a strawberry grand marnier reduction (sounds fancy, but you really just boil the sauce until it thickens). I'm not a huge cheesecake person (give me fluffy cake or chocolate any day!), but I wanted to make something different that would go well after a big easter lunch.

this recipe is by tyler florence and can be found here. it was really good - the crust was my favorite part. I thought the goat cheese + cream cheese in the cake gave it a nice texture. and the strawberry sauce was a bit tart which helped tone down the sweetness of the cheesecake. 

Sunday, May 1, 2011


my mom put together the cutest hat box full of vintage goodies for my sister & me to wear for the royal wedding last friday. because if you can't be royalty, you can at last pretend like you are. did anyone else wake up at 5:30am to watch the wedding like I did? I loved every minute.


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