A Green Affair

This past weekend I got to experience monkey bread for the first time… Boy was it a treat! I’ll definitely be adding this recipe to my cook book. If it’s easy and delicious I’m all for it!

I’m stepping up my gift wrapping game. I thought I’d switch it up and turn this ordinary bag with tissue paper into a mini fiesta!

I recently had a discussion about the differences between cooking and baking. While some say there is no difference others argue that cooking is an art and baking is a science. As much as I love art and loathe science, I without a doubt prefer baking. The specific directions, order of ingredients and exact measurements make me feel at ease. Reading a “pinch” of this or a “tad” of that will send me in a tizzy. I am so uncomfortable improvising in the kitchen! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to Google specific cooking terminology. I’m telling you, cooking just isn’t my thing. I foresee many years of trial and error ahead of me. 

So I’m sure your wondering, what’s with the croutons? Well, I wanted to share them with you because one, I think that you really can’t beat homemade croutons and two, they are the one thing I make without following exact directions that always turn out amazing. They’re fool proof. I follow these heating instructions and then just cut, drizzle, and pinch until my hearts content. This week I used rosemary focaccia bread and seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder and parsley. 

There seems to be some interest in the pendant lights Anthony made, so I thought I’d share the materials with you just in case you’d like to make some yourself.

The cord came from Sundial Wire in MA. We chose the 3 conductor 18 gauge black cotton pulley cord in a 100’ spool. Only two conductors are needed for these pendants, but if you want a perfectly round cord you need to use the three conductor and just clip the unused cord as the two conductor cord is flat.

We were so impressed with the build quality and functionality of the socket on our Ample floor lamp that we decided to source the same sockets for this project. We found them at Grand Brass in CT. They also had matching strain reliefs and we choose a plug that we thought matched well. The plug looks good, but is a bit of a disappointment due to its low build quality. We will make sure to see plugs in person next time before making a decision.

Cord // Socket // Strain Relief // Plug

We’ve been working on the lighting in our loft. This week Anthony made pendant lights to hang above the dining table. It took us longer than expected to find bulbs that we not only liked but also worked with the hardware. Come to find out, the designer energy lights we initially bought aren’t compatible with dimmers. I suppose we’ll save those for another project… Lucky for us, we can never have enough light in this little space.

We’ve been working on the lighting in our loft. This week Anthony made pendant lights to hang above the dining table. It took us longer than expected to find bulbs that we not only liked but also worked with the hardware. Come to find out, the designer energy lights we initially bought aren’t compatible with dimmers. I suppose we’ll save those for another project… Lucky for us, we can never have enough light in this little space.

I can’t think of a more refreshing combination than lemon and fresh rosemary. Last week I baked a lemon and rosemary quick bread that, upon first bite, became an instant family favorite. Even Anthony, who despises lemons, loved the bread. Tonight, after a particularly disastrous homemade dinner, I needed to redeem myself with a lemon loaf. If you enjoy the smell of baked goods and the satisfaction of eating a tasty treat you made yourself, you must give this recipe a try! You’ll notice the recipe calls for thyme, but I only had rosemary on hand, so I went with it… and I’m not looking back!

The weather was perfect today so I slipped on my shoes and headed to the Big Four Bridge. It’s one of my favorite places to run to. This time around I took Diego with me. I’d been wanting to take him for a while now. There are always a ton of adorable dogs on the bridge and I know how much Diego loves seeing his peers. Little guy had a blast and was beyond wiped out by the time we got home from our morning walk. I highly recommend the Big Four Bridge, whether you’re running, walking, people watching or just want a magnificent view of the city.

On Friday, Ashley and I met up at Sway to try out their infamous fried chicken. Now, I may be a tad biased as my brother is the one frying up said chicken, but Ashley and I both agreed, that is some juicy chicken! The portions are very generous (that’s half a chicken up there, folks!) so you’ll be sure to leave feeling like you got your money’s worth. You’ll also be leaving with a to-go box, no doubt about it!

It’s restaurant week here in Louisville. What does that mean, exactly? Well, for ten days many of Louisville’s best restaurants are offering three course, prix-fixe menus at a discounted rate. For around $50 a couple you can enjoy the wonderful fare our city has to offer.

We dined at Rye earlier this week. See their menu here. Tonight we’re checking out Sway. I’ll be sure to share more photos next week!

On Saturday I woke early to bake some biscuits, but not just any biscuits. These biscuits are as thick as a brick and as buttery and delicious as they come. The recipe is from the infamous Lynn’s Paradise Cafe. Lynn’s is now closed, but her biscuits live on and thank goodness, because these bad boys are what Saturday mornings are made of!

On Saturday I woke early to bake some biscuits, but not just any biscuits. These biscuits are as thick as a brick and as buttery and delicious as they come. The recipe is from the infamous Lynn’s Paradise Cafe. Lynn’s is now closed, but her biscuits live on and thank goodness, because these bad boys are what Saturday mornings are made of!

A sampling of some of the passed hors d’oeuvres that will be at my sister’s wedding this September. Local favorite Wiltshire Pantry will be catering the event. You know what they say, it’s not a Kentucky wedding unless there are mini hot browns!

A sampling of some of the passed hors d’oeuvres that will be at my sister’s wedding this September. Local favorite Wiltshire Pantry will be catering the event. You know what they say, it’s not a Kentucky wedding unless there are mini hot browns!

Here’s to 27 wonderful years!

Here’s to 27 wonderful years!

Chocolate chip heart-shaped pancakes for my honey on this Valentine’s Day morning.  xoxo

Chocolate chip heart-shaped pancakes for my honey on this Valentine’s Day morning.  xoxo