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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Cocktails and quiche

I wanted to share these quick, easy recipes that Hubby and I enjoyed on Sunday evening:

For cocktails, we had Brut Blanc de Blancs with St. Germain and a bit of orange. This is just one of my favorites! I love champagne cocktails and the addition of St. Germain adds such a smooth taste to the flavor. I think it might be better with lemon instead of an orange slice but we were all out. Either way... a delicious drink... though it goes down a little too easy!


For dinner I made us a quiche filled with veggies from the fridge that we desperately needed to use up! For the crust, I used this recipe for pâte brisée. This will not be nearly as dry and crumbly as a traditional pie crust when you first mix it together but it rolls out like a dream and is very flaky and delicious when it bakes.
For veggies, I put in about 1 1/2 cup of broccoli florets, 4 or 5 sweet peppers and one small onion. Also for seasoning and flavor, I added rosemary, basil, black pepper and smoked cheddar cheese.

I used a very basic custard recipe from my Quiche and Souffle cookbook:
- 1 cup table cream (I substituted 1/2 cup skim milk and 1/2 cup half and half
- 1 whole egg
- 2 egg yolks
- pinch of salt, cayenne, nutmeg

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Etsy Finds: Atomic Style

Lately it seems that I have been doing a lot of fixing up around the apartment.  Although I have bought a few new items, there are always so many amazing finds that have caught my eye along the way.  This group of goodies is focused on the vintage atomic style, hope you enjoy!

For the kitchen:


Can't you just imagine having your breakfast sitting on one of these gorgeous 
vinyl chairs tucked around a formica table?  The print is just fantastic!


Speaking of formica tables... check out this beauty... and in such great condition!





Here is a rare coffee pot with loads of shiny platinum.  The link above will take you to the coffee pot page but all of the pieces are for indivual sale as well.





I just adore the colors and angles in this cup and saucer set, looks like the etsy seller offers a custom service for this iconic pattern.  "You tell us the pieces you want, or how much you want to spend, and we'll create a set based on your desires."




 
For the Bedroom:


Too darling!  Apparently the original cord is still working beautifully.


 How fun is this bed spread with the abstract fan design and the cut-outs at the bottom!

















Too cute... this would be so helpful for those days when you need
 a pin curl or curler set to dry quickly.

For the Lounge:

Mid Century Modern Boomerang Style Home Bar

This is a modern reproduction with a 50's inspiration... to be honest, a few months ago I almost broke down and ordered this phenomenal home bar for our apartment.  Unfortunately (or perhaps... fortunately) I decided it was out of my price range and we went with another option (more on that later!).   It is truly a wonderful piece and I would love to have one of these in my home one day.


These two tumbler glasses would look out of this world sitting on the bar from above:)

This little beauty is in great condition and still works!  What a fun addition to the bar this would be.

Look at this beauty - I would happily put this anywhere in the apartment!  The malachite drawers and pin legs along with the oval separated level really make this piece something special.


For the Person:
With all this talk about new furnishings, of course I would have to mention some of the finds that would look dazzling on the people lounging around in such a fun setting!

This would be the perfect outfit for a day at the beach or.... laying around your atomic apartment with a tropical drink in your hand and a magazine in the other:)

Too cute for a little boy, I especially love the coconut shell buttons.


Alright, I'll be honest... I might just order these.  The little half-moons encased in the beautiful lucite is so fun and a very good price too.

I have been wanting a shirt in this style for so long and this one is just adorable.  The cut would be so flattering with a pair of cigarette pants and some wedges.


These little beauties are actually from the 40s but still have that fun futuristic style.  The color and angles are spectacular.


How fun that this is two pieces to mix and match as well as wear together?!  It also
 features two pockets on the side  and is made of a cotton.


 





Saturday, August 18, 2012

Honeymoon Day 4: Animal Kingdom

On day four of our wonderful vacation, we woke up to a gorgeous and sunny Florida day.  We hopped on a bus to Animal Kingdom and got there just before the park opened.  We made our way straight to Kilimanjaro Safaris and grabbed fastpasses then walked (briskly!) over to Expedition Everest. 
Animal Kingdom Entrance (photo from wdwmemories.com)

Expedition Everest (photo from wdwmemories.com)

I have really grown to enjoy this park, it is so incredibly detailed and well themed.  Though we arrived at the attraction early enough to simply walk through the queue, this is one line that I wouldn't mind waiting in for a while!  There is just so much to look at.
Sign near the Expedition Everest waiting area (photo from wdwmemories.com)

View of the track (photo from wdwmemories.com)
We waited for a seat in the back of the train for Expedition Everest and it did seem more fun this way :)  This coaster has such a smooth feel to it and I love going backwards!  Sadly the yeti is still in "B mode"

Time to use those Kilimanjaro Safari fastpasses back in Africa:
Here is hubby waiting in line for Kilimanjaro Safaris

beautiful giraffes on the safari


Around 10 or so I started to get a bit hungry so I picked up this delicious fresh fruit (in a hollowed out pineapple) from Harambe Fruit Market.  It really hit the spot!
Sorry this is upside down!

We were lucky enough to catch a street performance while we snacked on our fruit and then made our way through the Pangani forest trail.  For some reason I didn't take any photos of this but it was really interesting, we saw lots of birds and different animals.  It was still relatively cool at this point so walking around in the lush greenery felt wonderful.

Fun detail in Africa: look at these darling ladybug lights! (photo from wdwmemories.com)
 Another fun (and vegetarian-friendly) snack in Animal Kingdom can be found on the walkway between Asia and Africa at a small food stand.  Here they serve chilled summer rolls that are filled with cellophane noodles, water chestnut, carrot, cucumber, cabbage, cilantro, mint, and sweet basil in a tandoori marinade. It is then wrapped in rice paper and served alongside a sweet chili sauce.  This is such a delightful and refreshing snack!

We strolled through the walkway between Africa and Asia, despite the fact that it was a very crowded day at the park, this trail was almost deserted! (photo from wdwmemories.com)

We found a nice spot to relax in the shade on the trail and took a breather while we waited for a guest appearance from....

My Aunt, Uncle (taking the photo) and two of their beautiful girls!  It was so incredibly wonderful to see my family at the parks... I really miss them!
After visiting with the family for a while, we watched "It's Tough to Be a Bug" and then they had to take off.  Brent and I decided to do some shopping before heading off to see Finding Nemo, The Musical:
He really needs to just suck it up and buy one of these hats, doesn' t he look handsome?!


This was my first time seeing Finding Nemo, the musical.  I was blown away, what an incredibly creative and different way to do a live show.  The puppeteers are part of the character also... this really is a must see! (photo from wdwmemories.com)

Around 5 or 6 we went to the Animal Kingdom Lodge (photos from wdwmemories.com):
Open main lobby (photo from wdwmemories.com)
Here is a view of Victoria Falls, the AKL bar.  We stopped in here to grab a cocktail and enjoyed the atmosphere.  This charming bar wasn't crowded at all and you can even order food here! (photo from wdwmemories.com)
From Viktoria Falls, we walked outside to enjoy the pool area and then continued to the Savannah where we saw several grazing animals... what an amazing experience!  I have always wanted to stay at this resort (in a Savannah-view room) but have not had the chance yet. (photo from wdwmemories.com)

Finally it was time for dinner reservation at Jiko (I was STARVING) (photo from wdwmemories.com)
Seating area for Jiko.   (photo from wdwmemories.com)

Sadly I didn't take any pictures at dinner (we were much too hungry for that) but let me tell you, it was AMAZING.  I would venture to say it was one of, if not THE best meal I have ever eaten.

Jiko seating area - main room (photo from Disney FoodBlog... they have GREAT restaurant reviews!) (photo from wdwmemories.com)

 First of all, the complimentary bread was ethiopian honey-wheat and flaxseed foccaccia served with Tandoori butter.  The honey wheat was just scrumptious.  Then Hubby and I split the Jiko Salad (summera peaches, crispy plantain, hazelnut praline, honeyed chevre, blood-orange vinaigrette)... yum.  My entree was the Grilled Wild Gulf Shrimp (with Citrus-Coconut Basmati, spring vegetables, and Durban Curry Sauce).  It was just beyond fantastic.  Not too heavy or too much in quantity but just right.  Hubby had the seared duck which he says was phenomenal.


After dinner we were too stuffed to do anything else so we went back to our lovely resort and opened a bottle of African wine we had bought at the park.  We sipped and chatted about our plans for the next day; we would be taking the Sassagoula River Cruise to Old Key West and Downtown Disney in the morning and then back to Magic Kingdom in the afternoon!



Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Petfinder Foundation

I was delighted to be able to offer my wedding guests the option of donating to one of my favorite non-profit organizations, Petfinder.com Foundation. Both of our dogs were rescued, rehabilitated and put up for adoption with their help.
They recently posted a blog entry about donation options for wedding registries that features our story! Check it out if you would like. Please feel free to read about where the money goes and consider Petfinder Foundation for your next donation! PetFinder Foundation Unique Wedding Registries
In other news, I have been tidying up the place in anticipation for my sister's arrival tomorrow! We have lots of fun plans for the weekend including sleeping in, making breakfast and watching Saturday morning cartoons :) Hopefully I'll be putting up more honeymoon photos next week. What will you be up to this weekend?