Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Things I want to make

I will be sharing with you projects I have seen in the blogworld that I find cute and/or would like to try for myself. If I end up trying it I will be blogging about it here, so stay tuned for that.

So here is the first one:

Putting pockets on your old dresses...Great idea, huh? I am giving this one a definitely...I can't wait to try it. Tutorial found here.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Paris 26 gigapixels

All pictures by me. I gave them the Poladroid treatment :)

The husband forwarded this website to me...Check it out if you what to see some of these beautiful landmarks. I especially like the music. If you want to see a preview of the movie from which this music comes, go here.

I love it!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Pictures from the weekend

Another beautiful spring weekend here in Atlanta. We started our Saturday with a great breakfast at home (I made buckwheat pancakes - Recipe from here) and a little photo shoot at the Mill in Roswell (warning, lots of pictures ahead...Can't help myself!)

Picture by Miss V. She is getting so good!

After having fun at the covered bridge we took a little walk

A little photo experiment...I like it!

Another picture by Miss V. I think it turned out really good, don't you think?

Then we got in the car and drove to Chateau of Saigon for an awesome Vietnamese lunch (My new favorite spot recommended by my new friends at Case Mate).

Seriously, so delicious...Salt and pepper calamari. The kiddos devoured it!

The meal was a hit! Can you tell? This is further proof that kids can eat more than chicken nuggets and fries, you just have to offer it to them...I am so proud of them!

The rest of the weekend was relaxing at home, playing outside, hanging out with our neighbors, grilling out and working in our garden. How was your weekend? Did you have a fun one? I don't know about you but there is something about Spring that makes me feel so invigorated!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Menu for the week

Ricotta, sundried tomato and spinach calzone/Salad
Empanada gallega/salad
Beef kebabs on pita bread and taztziki sauce
Red bean soup with queso fresco/salad


Aldi/Kroger $ 49
Costco $ 15

The forecast calls for a nice spring day tomorrow. We are going out and take it all in. Enjoy your weekend...Wherever you are!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A gift that says Atlanta

On several occasions I had friends moving out of the country back to their home countries (Celia back to China, Marina and Ilona back to Germany, Ada back to Hong Kong). I always struggled with getting them something that will remind them of their time in Atlanta. A couple of years ago I met artist Thomas Burns at the Inman Park Festival, the creator of these beautiful pieces of art. Don't you think is kind of cool? A very thoughtful present that says Atlanta, right? Check out Atlanta Vintage travel if you are interested.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Double the fun

My friend Tara and I have been entertaining the idea of baking together and sharing the fruit of our labor with each other. We thought that we could make a big batch of dough and share it with each other...Half the work, more home made bread to be enjoyed. We got together a couple of weeks ago for some baking at her house. We baked some pizza dough and made 2 different versions of chocolate babka. I did this one and she did this one. Both awesome. Can't wait to keep trying new ideas for making bread...

There is nothing like out of the oven bread made with love...Here is Tara's version

The veredict: they are both so good it is so hard to pick a favorite. We are thinking of combining the recipe from my version with the strussel topping from her version...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

For the little ones

How cute are these "food faces". I think my kids will have a great time playing...I mean, eating on these plates. On second thought they have plain plates and they always find a way to entertain themselves. Maybe I should not encourage them. You can find them here.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Go to desserts

I found this recipe and I gave it a try here. It was so easy to make and delicious...

Sweet Paul's chocolate cake

1 stick of melted butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons baking cocoa
3/4 cup plain flour

Pre-heat your oven to 320F, 160C. Stir butter and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Add the eggs and mix well. Stir in vanilla, cocoa and flour. Pour the batter in a buttered cake tin and bake for about 30 minutes. The cake is best if its a little underbaked in the middle, like a soft brownie. Take out and let cool a little. Serve while still a little hot a la mode or with some whipped cream.
Recipe from here

...And yes, it is so good that you eat it 2 pieces at the time

Friday, March 19, 2010

Menu for the week

Indian lentil soup, Roti
Spaguetti alla Carbonara - from here/salad
Stuffed meatloaf, herbed quinoa - from here /salad

Aldi/Kroger $31
Costco $ 21

Enjoy the Spring weather everybody!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

My trip to the farmers market

I made a special trip to the Dekalb Farmers Market (outside my regular trip to the grocery store) to stock up on some goodies that I cannot find in my neighborhood's supermarket.

In the picture:

Porcinis mushrooms (for porcini mushroom risotto)
Israeli couscous (for Italian wedding soup)
Dried canellini beans
Green lentils
Red lentils
Herbs de Provence (for grilled pork)
Coriander seeds
Yellow split peas
Chocolate bars (best price I've seen for the Ghiardelli brand, $2 per bar... To bake more Babka)
Ground flax seed
Ground buckwheat (for this pancake recipe)
Champagne vinegar

Good things to know:
Store grains in the freezer as they tend to become rancid faster. Cook canellini beans and store them in baggies of approximately one cup before freezing. Add to soups or salads.

The total tab for all you see listed here was $48

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Dukkah, so cool!

I can always count on li'l sis to teach me a good recipe. I have recently learned about Dukkah, an Egyptian nut and spice mixture you mix with olive oil and dip bread on to...It is so good! The best part is that the possibilities are endless. You really can make any mixture you desire. I tried this, because I had all of the ingredients, but I can't wait to make my own mixture...So yummy. So next time you have a dinner party at your house whip up this mixture...I am sure you guests will be impressed.

And while we are on the subject of North African cooking have I told you how much I want one of these Moroccan Tangines? So beautiful!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

My sewing machine has new pajamas

Daugther: Mami, what are you doing?
Mom: something for the sewing machine.
Daughter: new pajamas?
Mom: Huh? Well yes! (what else would I be making, right?)

Check out the new pajamas...

My friend Victoria gave me a huge piece of leftover fabric from one of her projects. I accepted gladly because I thought I could use it on something... I wasn't sure what yet. I have been looking for a plastic cover for my sewing machine and none of the stores close by had it...So what am I to do? figure how to make one...How difficult can it be? So using the fabric gifted to me I came up with pajamas/cover for my sewing machine. I basically figured out a pattern and after some trial and error I came up with this. I am happy with the finished product.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Skinny pants part deux

I know I am not the only person out there that divides their clothing into categories: weekend, work, staying at home, work out, beach and travel. I try to go regularly through my clothes and donate the ones that no longer fit or I don't like anymore. Needless to say, the travel clothing does not get worn as often. In that category are all items of clothing that are color neutral and wrinkle free. While checking that stash I noticed a pair of black pants that were looking a little outdated. Here comes the sewing machine to the rescue. I converted them into skinnies (since that is so fashionable right now, remember my first pair?). The fabric is great for skinnies, it is very stretchy which make the pants very comfortable. I am almost tempted to get it out of the travel pile into my weekend pile... Who knows how long this fashion will last? I will definitely be using them on our next trip.

Think you can't wear skinnies? Think again, check this out.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Menu for the week

Fideua/salad/Pan con tomate/panna cotta
3 bean chilli/salad
Beef medallions/Couscous/Roasted asparagus
Tortellini, tomato and spinach soup/salad

Aldi/Kroger $45
Super H $18

We are hosting a little dinner party this weekend. We'll be partaking in some wine drinking, lots of eating, game playing, and good music all with good friends

How good that this paella look? I will be making the noodle version of it called Fideua... The picture above is from my dad's 80th birthday and it fed all 35 of us... Gotta love Spanish Food!

I hope you have a great weekend too!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Art, art and more art

Little Miss V likes to draw, paint, craft and even likes jewelry making. She calls it her art. She has gotten so good at it that she challenges us to tell her about something and she draws it...She is quite good. Here are some samples of her genius.

Some jewelry for my birthday
Love bugs for Valentine's day

Some art alla Pollock
and Miro

Could she be the next Frida Khalo or more like Georgia O'Keeffe?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Scrappy necklace

Photo via J. Crew

I wanted to buy one of those multi strand necklaces but I got the idea (from the Rachel Ray show check it out) to make my own. I already had 5 or 6 strands that I was not using because they were broken. So, I put them all together into one. It looks like it came right out of the J Crew catalog, right? Maybe not, but I like the way it turned out. Best of all, I did not spend a single dollar for it...Cool huh? Yeah!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Blueberry coffee cake

Do you remember this post? I made this delicious coffee cake and we liked it so much I thought I should share it with you... Because I am just that kind of girl. Anyway, the recipe comes from Cooking light and it only has 237 calories per slice (8 slices per cake, very generous portions). So give it a try if you like. I guarantee you will like it.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

City of lights

"Paris is the greatest temple ever built to material joys and the lust of the eyes"

Henry James

We are so excited! We have been planning our trip to France for awhile (we started talking about out it last year on our way back from our last trip...It is a sickness people!). I am happy to report that we just booked our apartment in Paris. What a steal, only 650 Euros per week (which is unheard of for a city like Paris where an apartment usually runs for 250 Euros per night, and even more for a hotel room with 4 beds). This apartment accomodates 4 people with full amenities, score! It is located in the heart of Paris - Champs Elisees... Double score! Thanks to Ilona and Uli for recommending it. It just doesn't get better than that. Now, if only we could find a deal like that in the Burgundy region and the French Alps...I hope we are as lucky... Recommendations are welcomed!
We will be sleeping here!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Menu for the week

Sausage and kale soup/salad
Pizza Margarita/salad
Tortellini with pancetta, mushrooms and peas on cream sauce/salad
Potato and leak soup/salad

Aldi/Kroger $28
Costco $15
Super H $10

It is 60 degrees here in Georgia...We are going to enjoy it as much as we can. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 4, 2010