Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Nostalgia


It's pretty obvious by now that earrings other Indie creations are my weakness....Let's travel in the time machine back to the 1980s...This is what I spent my allowance on. I found them in the basement the other day, packed in a box of childhood things. I have many more to bring out later, but here are my favorites:



$1.77 at Ames....wow! Ames in Macedon is long gone.


I loved "We Are the World"


Ah, Starship....




Love the hair on Bon Jovi...


Madonna and Tiffany...my Debbie Gibson Electric Youth is a 33 album :)


This was the first 45 I bought with my allowance...


Fame and Flashdance...


Best Bangles song.....without a doubt!


...and my personal favorite, which was hand me down from my big brother

Diary of a Sleepless Night

So what does this girl do when she can't sleep? She sits, writes in her journal, looks at Facebook, checks baseball scores, and has the thoughts posted below.


...but they were so good!


Does he even know what is in White Rain?



Yes, the dog sleeps diagonally every night...


Really! Let's leave your child outside while you flirt with the barista. Note: We watched that baby like a hawk. We're protective moms, afterall!


It took 4 hours....and Ben was called a moron. See above note from where Nick may have learned the word "moron"--unfortunately when I am driving and get cut off by a moron, I have the tendency to say, "What are you, a moron?" or something to that effect under my breath.


Lesson learned...but we had fun...and stayed 'til we got kicked out for the third time in a row.

A Day at the Market: Red, White & Blue

Pedestal plate stand by Judy Evans Collection, $32


Pendant from Glass Art by Margot, $27


Stars and Stripes Annie doll by Sugar & Spice, $28


Bowl from Tullio Design, $65


Bag by Carry Me Away, $28


Original painting by the talented Wendy Russell, $350


Photo card by Creations Anew, $4


By Abbie Road, $18.99

Monday, June 29, 2009

Celebrating the 4th: Day 1

Monday's Red, White & Blue comes to you from the New York Fest Market at 1000 Markets. Come visit our wonderful market today!



Song from Theme Fragrance, $10


Earrings from Five to Nine, $22


Fused glass pendant from Glass Fancy, $45

Monday's Food: Strawberry Shortcake with Lemon Cream






Nicholas and I are the only 2 people in the house who love strawberries. We could eat them all day. In fact, Nick and I already had them at breakfast in our yogurt and for a late morning snack. For dessert this evening at dinner, we'll have this strawberry shortcake.

On Thursday we went to Gro Moore Farms for berry picking. Please note that this is not the same location as their main store on East Henrietta Road. The berry picking is on Route 251 in Rush. Since the sky opened up with heavy rain, thunder and lightning, we managed one lonely quart! Did I mention it was about 70 miles round trip?

For this recipe, I am using 1 quart of super sweet home grown berries.

Let's make the bicsuits first. These are delicious, flaky biscuits.

Biscuits:

2 cups of sifted all purpose flour
2 t. baking powder
4 T. unsalted butter
1/2 t. salt
2/3 c. milk

Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together. Cut in the butter. Add milk. Knead with your hands and place on floured surcae. Roll 1/2" thick. Cut with a cookie or biscuit cutter. I use a 2" manual nut chopper which I actually use as a cookie cutter.

Bake at 450 degrees (oven should be pre-heated) for 10 minutes. Your oven may vary, so take out when they are a golden brown on top. Let cool and then slice in half.


Strawberries

I used just under a quart of berries. You may cut in pieces (my Mom prefers larger berry pieces in hers) or do what I do and puree. I needed no sugar in my berries because they are sweet on their own. If you like an extra sweet dessert, add in 1/2 t. to 1 t. sugar.

I also add in about 1/4 t. grated lemon zest.

Stir together.

Whipped Lemon Cream

1/2 pint heavy whipping cream
1/2 t. lemon extract
1/2 t. sugar

In a cold bowl with cold beaters, beat the whipping cream. Slowly add in the extract and sugar. Keep beating until the cream is the desired consistency. I don't like it too creamy, but I stop before stiff peaks have formed.

Assemble your shortcake!

Put the berries onto bottom portion of biscuit. Top with a bit of cream. Add the top biscuit. Add more whipped cream and garnish with a berry top or mint sprig.

Enjoy!


A Variation Using Raspberries

Soon will be raspberry season, and each summer I make a raspberry shortcake with almond cream. Make just like the strawberry shortcake (minus the lemon zest). For the whipped cream, add almond extract instead of lemon extract. When assembling, I garnish with slivered almonds.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Have a Chic & Green Weekend!




I won't be posting this weekend, as tomorrow is Benjamin's birthday party.

I did want to stop back in tonight, though, to share a link. The lovely Lady P. of Madly Creative has a great green post today and I wanted to share it with you. Enjoy!

Wickedly Chic


Paris ribbon from 5 Dollar French Market


Crater Lake Company All Tressed Up Shampoo & True Lustre Conditioner in Coconut Bavarois



Earrings from Kristin Perkins



Peppermint Chocolate Swirl soap from Aunt Nancy's Handmade Soaps



Chunky necklace from Beppies




I love Sarah's vintage-inspired earrings! These are from My So Called Junky Life.






I have been a loyal reader of Wickedly Chic for a few years now. I am also proud to call Liz, the editor, a friend.

My Goat's Milk Facial Cream was mentioned on her site back in 2007 when it first debuted, and way back when, my first online shop was Indie of the Week. I wrote a Guest Quarters piece for WC last spring, and am this week's Reader of the Week.

I have dozens of favorite shops and narrowing my list down when I wrote up my favorites a few weeks back was a tough task!

Check out the article when you have a chance.

I'd like to share pictures of my favorite purchases from each shop mentioned....Enjoy!


Frugal Friday: Strawberry Picking for $5 and under!

Let's fill our basket with great strawberry finds from Indie sellers today!



Finding this waist basket on Etsy in their Vintage section brought back memories! I used my Strawberry Shortcake trash can as a piggy bank when I was a child. You can have your own from Willow Street Vintage for $5.


Homemade Strawberry Sauce by Buffalo's La Bella Vita198, $4.99


6 gourmet strawberry marshmallows from Mia Mallows, $5


Vintage strawberry tag set from Antoinette Paperie, $3


Strawberry letterpress card by The Paper Peony, $4



Individual berries from All Things Small, $5



Strawberry Musk soap from LOL Soap Co. is free of palm oil, $4



Chocolate Strawberry tea from Tea for All Reasons, $5




Sugared Strawberry Lip Balm from Southern Vermont Soap, $2.50





Strawberry Kiwi Bubble Bar from Flowering Tree Botanicals, $4.50