Friday, September 30, 2011

Mary Tyler Moore

I can't get enough of Mary Tyler Moore. I started watching it several years ago when I first moved to Minneapolis. As I neared the age of thirty, I found myself being fascinated by it even more and loved her confident approach to life and love.

While living in Minneapolis, I was obsessed with driving past the original house.

2104 Kenwood Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN

And walking past the Mary Tyler Moore statue

700 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN

Always remember...

Love is all around, no need to waste it. You can have a town, why don't you take it. You gonna make it after all. You gonna make it after all.


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Just Being There

Sometimes you want to be on the other side of the lense.

I hope everyone is enjoying their week!

{photo via insidetheloop}

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Vegetable Beef Soup with Dumplings

While I was home on the farm this weekend, my Mom made a batch of her Vegetable Beef Soup. I don't know if it was the chill in the air, but this memory never tasted so good. I found some more recipes here, here and here or you can make my Mom's version from the recipe below.

Vegetable Beef Soup w/ Dumplings

1lb stewing beef
Soup bones
1 onion shredded
1Tbsp of salt

Slow boil the above for above 2-3 hrs. When completed, put in refrigerator and skim off fat. Cut up 1 pkg of carrots, 3-4 potatoes (cut in quarters) and head of cabbage. Add dumplings. Boil for about 1/2 hour.


1 egg, 1 tsp salt, 1/4 c. plus 2 tbsp milk
1 cup of flour, 2 tbsp oil - Mix
Drop by teaspoonfuls on top of soup
Cook 10 min uncovered, 10 min, covered


Monday, September 26, 2011

Successful Saturday

This successful Saturday was made possible by my Dad and soybeans. I was in North Dakota for a friends wedding, but was able to spend the morning on the farm. This included an early morning tutorial with coffee, sun, and each others company.

As told by Dad:

"A good bean crop is not how tall, you know, but how many pods on the plant."

"A good crop has about 40 pods. On average, there are three soybeans in each pod."

"Soybeans are ready to harvest after the plant has dried. I always hoped for a good freeze then about five days later I would harvest"

'Do you know how to tell when they are ready? [Dad puts soybean in his mouth] You can't dent them with your teeth"

Thanks, Dad!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Last Official Day of Summer

{photo via apartment34}

If You Are Ever Lost

I thought this was a perfect way to end the week. I'm celebrating loviness (a friends wedding!) this weekend and am looking forward to love, drinks, and dance :)

(phota via heyamberrae)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Colorful, Quirky

I get bored easily. I love character, color and simple lines mixed with robust pieces. When I came across these pictures my heart started beating in a happy rhythm.

Check out the ceiling! {LOVES}

Color pairing is gorgeous

Every single piece to this setting is a story

Hello, I'm home

Wishing everyone a great start to the day.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wednesday Wisdom

Just a little reminder...

We Are All Workers

This is fantastic. Learn more about the Levis project here.

Check out New Yorkers reaction to the visually impressive typography placed on spinning cogwheels.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Italian Plums

Since my recent visit to the farmers market this weekend, I've been obsessed with Italian plums.

Here are a few recipes to take them beyond your taste buds. I seriously want to try:

Caramelized Italian Plums

Italian Plum Cake

Italian Plum Jam


Monday, September 19, 2011

Successful Saturday

There is nothing like the Union Square Greenmarket on a Saturday morning. It's a sensory overload with the crisp air and beautiful colors from the flowers and fruit.

This Successful Saturday was made possible by:

Three ways to help a farmer : Donate, Volunteer, Eat Locally

When I was in Chicago, I lived right near the Green City Market which is heaven as well.

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Friday, September 16, 2011

I Love Charts, Too

Come to the nerd side, we have pi!

I love maps and charts. I especially love witty ones like these here.

I wish everyone a great Friday and a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Recycled Suitcases

I love recycled innovation. I think this is a fabulous idea. Katie Thompson of REcreate does just that "discovering the extraordinary from the ordinary"

I want one!

Love to all, all to loved.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wednesday Wisdom

Just a little reminder...

{photo via NJ}

Ready for Fall...Clothing!

With Fashion Week in NYC and the smell of fall clothing in the air, I can't stop!

I hope everyone is enjoying their day! It's been so very lovely here in NYC.

(photos via emmadimes)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Coffee Breakout


Espresso Martini

I love a good martini. I'm partial to a dirty, but will try anything in a martini glass. Newest obsession?

Espresso Martini - how can you not love spiked coffee?

So many great recipes. Here, here and here.

I like this one (cause its simple!)


7 oz vodka
1/2 oz Kahlua
1/2 oz espresso
4 coffee beans, for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, shake vodka with crushed ice for about 30 seconds. Add Kahlua and espresso and give another couple of shakes to combine. Let stand for a minute, to fully chill through. Strain into 2 chilled martini glasses, and add 2 coffee beans to each glass.

Serves 2


Monday, September 12, 2011

9/11 Stories From StoryCorps

Even though a successful Saturday was had, I wanted to take today to share these videos:

Three beautifully animated versions of personal stories from people who lost loved ones in the attacks of 9/11. Read more about these beautiful, beautiful stories here.


Friday, September 9, 2011

Say Something Nice

I love it! Get the backstory here.

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend and a beautiful Saturday.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Getting Some Air

After Labor Day, it always feels like a new beginning. Hello, Fall 2011.