Archive for December, 2010

Pantone Color of the Year 2011: Honeysuckle

2011 Color of the year: Honeysuckle
Courageous. Confident. Vital. A brave new color, for a brave new world. It’s a color for every day – with nothing “everyday” about it. Honeysuckle is a striking, eye-catching hue that works well for day and night in women’s apparel, accessories and cosmetics and sportswear. Add a lively flair to interior spaces with Honeysuckle patterned pillows, bedspreads, small appliances and tabletop accessories. Looking for an inexpensive way to perk up your home? Paint a wall in Honeysuckle for a dynamic burst of energy in the family room, kitchen or hallway. Let the bold spirit of Honeysuckle infuse you, lift you and carry you through the year!

 

Moggit Girls: 5 Trends Gone Wrong

moggit - 5 trends gone wrong
Sure, we could do a ho-hum recap of the “Best Design Trends of 2010″, but we’re in the mood for something different, and Joy and Janet, the creative minds behind moggit are the perfect gals for the job. Their sassy, irreverent blog (tagline: the guilty pleasure of the decorating world) is one of our favorites, so in true moggit fashion, let’s hear from Joy and Janet and then let you vote on the worst of the worst!

Looking back on 2010, it seems to us that nearly everything was a ‘trend’. It seemed very trendy to be trendy. But if there’s one thing we love, it’s a good trend gone bad. And this year, there were a bumper crop of seemingly harmless trends that went off the rails…

HERE’S OUR TOP FIVE:

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1. WALL TO WALL CARPET: So while we don’t necessarily mind a good layer of soft, plushy wall-to-wall carpet under our feet (especially on the bedroom!) we do draw the line at installing carpets– and layering them– in a bathroom. Are people still really doing this?

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2. NATURAL WOOD: Three words for this one, folks– Enough. Is. Enough. Maybe it’s a chick thing, but there’s only so much natural wood (or in this case– plywood) that we can take in one room.

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3. GOING GREEN: We want to be clear, here. We’re definitely all for being eco-friendly. We’re all saving the planet. Heck, we’re even all for this whole ‘bringing-the-outdoors-in’ thing– all of which can be encompassed in this ‘Going Green’ trend, but just not like this.

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4. ECLECTICISM: So here’s the thing– when you embrace eclectic as a design style, you really have to know when to say ‘when’. For us, eclecticism is all about showing off your personal collections, your unique and favourite objects and putting them all together in a way that just works. Can we just say it’s really, really not about doing this.

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5. INDUSTRIAL CHIC: Industrial chic– it’s a trend that been around for a while, and shows no sign of slowing down. The very words conjure visions of ultra-cool lofts, fab floors, and beauty in the very functionality of it all. But we have just one question– if we embrace industrial chic, can we please just be comfortable while we do it?

 

Brunch and Beyond: Simple, Savory and Superb Antipasto Tart

Antipasto Tart

We’re almost through the holiday festivity crunch… Just a few more days until New Year’s Day, and we find ourselves craving something healthier than the sweets we’ve indulged in since Thanksgiving. This Antipasto Tart by Tami Hardeman from Running with Tweezers answers the call for a tasty, healthy brunch or appetizer with a simplicity that won’t hold you hostage in the kitchen. Her ingredients were purchased on a whim at Trader Joe’s and offer plenty of room for swapping a favorite of your own. For other great recipes, visit Tami’s blog, voted best in Atlanta and recently featured in CNN’s Eatocracy.

Antipasto Tarts
serves 4 as a meal-sized portion

  • ~ 2 sheets pre-made puff pastry, thawed per instructions on the packaging
  • ~ 4 tablespoons basil pesto or olive tapenade
  • ~ 1 small jar capers, drained
  • ~ 1 jar marinated artichokes, drained and halved
  • ~ 1 small jar roasted red and yellow peppers, drained and rough chopped
  • ~ 1 small jar hearts of palm, drained and sliced
  • ~ 4 ounces goat cheese, softened to room temperature
  • ~ 1 generous handful pea shoots, washed and dried
  • ~ 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • ~ 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ~ a pinch of truffle salt

Preheat the oven to 375º F. Place thawed puff pastry onto parchment paper on a baking sheet. Cut each sheet of thawed puff pastry into two rectangles. Score a border around each rectangle about 1/4- 1/2 inch wide to create the ridge when it bakes. Pierce the botton of the tart with a fork several times so the base won’t puff up.

Spread a tablespoon of pesto or tapenade onto the base of each pastry piece. Arrange an even amount of hearts of palm, artichoke, red peppers and capers onto each pastry piece. Bake for 12-15 minutes until starting to puff and turn brown. Add about an ounce of crumbled goat cheese to each tart and bake for 3-4 more minutes until the cheese is soft and the crust is golden brown. The time it takes to bake your tart will depend on your oven and what brand of puff pastry you use. Just check on the periodically toward the end of the baking time. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a minute or two – this will help get them off the parchment paper.

To serve: In a mixing bowl, toss pea shoot (or other greens of your choice), red wine vinegar and olive oil until it’s all thoroughly dressed. Garnish the top of the tart with the tangled greens. Sprinkle with truffle salt and serve.

 

Treat Yourself: 30% off Robes, PJs and Throws


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Baby It’s Cold Outside! Warm Up With Apple Beignets

Apple Beignets
Whether greeting cold carolers or for a frosty Christmas morning treat, apple beignets and hot cider can warm up any crowd. You may not even have to leave the comfort of your pantry to whip up this scrumptious alternative to a traditional donut! Chef/food stylist Molly Shuster and photographer Jamie Beck make this magic from a discovery in a vintage Gourmet magazine which is the perfect accompaniment to hot cider spiced with cinnamon, a sprinkle of nutmeg an twist of lemon. For more recipes from Molly, visit her website Molly From The Cape, and be sure to check out Jamie’s fantastic From Me To You photography blog that features more of their collaborations.

Apple Beignets
In a bowl, mix together flour, 1 tsp. sugar and a pinch of salt. Stir in 2 eggs, lightly beaten, milk, melted butter and vanilla.

Apple Beignets
Beat the batter until it is smooth and let it stand at room temperature for about 20 minutes.

Apple Beignets
Peel and core 5 or 6 cooking apples and cut them into fairly thick slices.

Apple Beignets

Apple Beignets
Dip the apple rings into the batter and drop them, a few at a time, into deep fat heated to 345º F to 355 º F. Fry the rings for about 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

Apple Beignets
Remove with a slotted spoon and drain them on paper towels.

Apple Beignets
Coat them with a mixture of 1 cup sugar and 1 ½ tsp. cinnamon and serve them hot!

Apple Beignets

Apple Beignets

  • ~ 1 ½ cup flour
  • ~ 1 cup plus 1 tsp. sugar
  • ~ 1 pinch of salt
  • ~ 1 ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ~ 2 eggs
  • ~ 1 ½ cup milk
  • ~ 2 tsp. melted butter
  • ~ ¼ tsp. vanilla
  • ~ 5-6 cooking apples

In a bowl, mix together flour, 1 tsp. sugar and a pinch of salt. Stir in 2 eggs, lightly beaten, milk, melted butter and vanilla. Beat the batter until it is smooth and let it stand at room temperature for about 20 minutes.

Peel and core 5 or 6 cooking apples and cut them into fairly thick slices. Dip the apple rings into the batter and drop them, a few at a time, into deep fat heated to 345º F to 355 º F. Fry the rings for about 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain them on paper towels.

Coat them with a mixture of 1 cup sugar and cinnamon and serve them hot (also good with a sprinkling of finely chopped walnuts and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

 

Activity Ideas for Kids: Make, Bake, Take and Fake Fun!

Gumdrop Pops from Martha Stewart

For children, the magic of the Christmas season seems to never end. On the flip side, the expanse of time known as “winter break” seems never ending for parents, with days filled with sibling squabbles and constant complaints of boredom. Beat those winter break blues with a few activity ideas that will keep things merry and bright (and preserve mom and dad’s sanity!)

To Make: Gumdrop Pops from Martha Stewart
Children love creating and watching these colorful confections come to life. Wrap the candy pops in cellophane bags and then attach to gifts or bring along for last minute play date gifts. Fun for children of all ages (and a great way to use up leftover gum drops from gingerbread house projects!)

Sweet Tortilla Snowflakes from Family Fun Magazine
To Bake: Sweet Tortilla Snowflakes from Family Fun Magazine
Simple, sweet, fun. If they can use a scissor, they can make these tasty treats. Bonus for mom – this is one craft project that you won’t have to worry about saving through the years. Take a picture to preserve the memory – like a real snowflake, they’ll be gone before you know!

“Sewing Lesson” Tiny Gingerbread House from craftypod.com
To Take: “Sewing Lesson” Tiny Gingerbread House from craftypod.com
Older children will enjoy learning sewing skills while creating this cute little gingerbread houses out of plastic canvas, yarn and needle. Use different colors and fun details to make a village, decorate a tree or use to embellish gifts to friends or teachers.

Faux Snow from Scrumdillydo
To Fake: Faux Snow from Scrumdillydo
If the temps are too cold play outdoors or if snow doesn’t fall where you live, turn to this cool mix of science, craft, math and art. Fun to make and play with, we love the idea of getting Dad involved in this one so you can treat yourself to some much needed “me” time.

 

12 Days of Holiday Giveaways: Day 12

12 Days of Holiday Giveaways: Day 12
Vote on which one would make your holiday list and you could win it! Leave a comment below to be entered to win. At the end of the day a winner will be selected from all comments posted on our blog or on facebook (and no worries, you can be a winner even if your choice doesn’t finish as the top pick of the day). This is the last day of giveaways – thanks for playing along!

Comment below to be entered for this giveaway!
Giveaway items will ship out within 1-2 weeks.

Congrats to Kimberly Hinkle, our lucky winner who will be seeing things in a new light.

12 Days of Holiday Giveaways: Day 11

12 Days of Holiday Giveaways: Day 11
Vote on which one would make your holiday list and you could win it! Leave a comment below to be entered to win. At the end of the day a winner will be selected from all comments posted on our blog or on facebook (and no worries, you can be a winner even if your choice doesn’t finish as the top pick of the day). Every weekday through December 21st is a new giveaway. Coming tomorrow: The most perfect lamp that I’ve ever seen!

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Giveaway items will ship out within 1-2 weeks.

Congrats to our lucky winner Chelsea Raukar!

12 Days of Holiday Giveaways: Day 10

12 Days of Holiday Giveaways: Day 10
Vote on which one would make your holiday list and you could win it! Leave a comment below to be entered to win. At the end of the day a winner will be selected from all comments posted on our blog or on facebook (and no worries, you can be a winner even if your choice doesn’t finish as the top pick of the day). Every weekday through December 21st is a new giveaway. Coming Monday: A nightlight and a matching growth tree!

Comment below to be entered for this giveaway!
Giveaway items will ship out within 1-2 weeks.

Congrats to our winner, Kelly Luskin!

 

12 Days of Holiday Giveaways: Day 9

12 Days of Holiday Giveaways: Day 9
Vote on which one would make your holiday list and you could win it! Leave a comment below to be entered to win. At the end of the day a winner will be selected from all comments posted on our blog or on facebook (and no worries, you can be a winner even if your choice doesn’t finish as the top pick of the day). Every weekday through December 21st is a new giveaway. Coming tomorrow: Beauty products as a treat just for me!

Comment below to be entered for this giveaway!
Giveaway items will ship out within 1-2 weeks.

Congrats to our lucky winner, Lori Ann!