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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Heaven on my toast!

Sometimes, I need something indulgent.
Sometimes, I need something creamy.
Sometimes, I need to make something that seems fancy.

If you sometimes need these things too, then have I got the answer for you.


Now, don't get me wrong - I've never really been a huge fan of ricotta cheese. I'll eat the heck out of some good lasagna, but I've never been one to use ricotta as a spread, and have certainly never been tempted to eat it with a spoon.

But that has changed, my friends.

With this recipe. Thank you, smitten kitchen.

Apparently, making simple cheeses in an apartment is not only doable, but easy-peasy.

I just heated up some milk and cream til it boiled, added a little lemon juice, then poured it into my straining contraption.

(Technically, you're supposed to use a strainer and a few layers of cheesecloth, but I don't have either, so I used a mixing bowl, a dish towel, and a lot of clothespins. It worked beautifully.)

After about two hours of straining, I found myself with a heavenly cloud of something that resembled a richer, creamier version of the ricotta I was used to - more delicate in flavor, and somewhat reminiscent of creme fraiche or a stiff whipped cream, but with more body.

I immediately made a few french bread toasts and smeared them with the cheese, then drizzled on some honey and some freshly ground black pepper for a little kick. Colton should feel very honored that I ignored my greedy thoughts and shared with him.

Finally, for dinner, I decided to make stuffed pasta shells. I made a stewed tomato-meat sauce, and mixed the ricotta with some grated parmesan and basil which I stuffed inside the shells, then baked with the sauce until everything was hot and gooey.
My goodness!!!!! Easily the best pasta dish I've ever made.

(Good for the heart, not so good for the thighs. Not that I care right now.)

Do yourself and your family a favor... head on over to smitten kitchen and see what she's got cooking.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Southern Night

Well, we've been back in LA for about a week now, and it's nice to hang out in our own place.

We had a really great time visiting our families in Alabama and Tennessee - including our driving time, we were gone for almost a whole month! I discovered that our place in California feels like home... I really started to miss it, our friends here, and our church.

Tonight, though, I decided to bring a little of the south into our apartment. The easiest way to do that, of course, is dinner!

I made country fried steak, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, and sweet corn bread muffins.

Talk about being stuffed. I am sitting on the couch, and I don't think I'm going to move for at least an hour.

Are there any comfort foods that always remind you of home, no matter where you are?

Friday, January 20, 2012

Leather Shorts

Leather Shorts

Rag bone short sleeve sweater
£84 -

Alexander Wang short shorts
£424 -

Striped socks
$20 -

Minimarket leather lace up boots
£118 -

Ralph Lauren Collection buckle belt
$250 -

I got a Polyvore! I think I love it. 

That being said, what is your view of leather shorts?

I am a fan of almost any type of short, particularly high-waisted versions. 

I would most certainly wear this little ensemble I put together. 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Shearling Trimmed Beauties

I'm back in good old TN, visiting my family for the holidays. I haven't been shopping for ages, so I was delighted to go out with my mom for a few hours. I ended up getting a few votives on sale for 50 cents at Yankee, but that's it.

But I almost bought these babies.
I've been wanting a pair of brown lace-up ankle boots with shearling trim. These are a bit higher than I was thinking, but they're quite comfy. Lucky Brand, on sale for a little under $90. I don't think I need to buy them. But I'm tempted. Imagine them with something easy and casual, like this...
Vince Chunky Cable Open Cardigan
L.K. Bennet Lydia Blouse
Levi High Rise Skinny Jeans

I live in plaid. All the time. I don't think I'll get these boots, but I'll enjoy the idea of them :)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Growing up...

I realized I wasn't a kid anymore a few days ago, when I drank my whole capri sun in one big slurp.