I got this fabulous print by artist Jennifer Madden from Arte Limited. The artwork is called, “A Secret Shared,” which reminds me of the scene in The Secret Garden when Mary tells Dickon she’s stolen a garden. The lavender colors go perfectly with my room. It’s safe to say I love it.
Later this week I’ll be doing a giveaway with Arte Limited to win any print of your choice, so make sure you stay tuned for that!
Last week The Impossible Project held a competition called The Eye of the Beholder. It was only for participants 21 years and older, so unfortunately I couldn’t enter, but I’ve been quite enjoying looking through the photos that were submitted. The winners have not yet been announced, but here are a few of my favorites.
Are you as obsessed as me when it comes to being organized? Fortunately there are shops like Charm & Gumption that sell pretty stuff for your workspace, so you can stay organized in style! (I personally like this iphone case and these mugs).
For both the organized and those who want to get organized, Charm & Gumption is giving away a $50 gift card to her shop. $50 can buy you quuuuiite a lot of stationary and other goods, so get at this giveaway, will ya?
– Leave a comment on this post (1st entry!)
– Follow Charm & Gumption on Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram & leave a separate comment for each social media site, saying which you followed (up to 3 bonus entries)
– Follow Drifter & the Gypsy on Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram & leave a separate comment for each social media site, saying which you followed (up to 3 bonus entries)
– Tweet about the giveaway @drifterandgypsy and/or @charmgumption and leave a separate comment w/ link to the Twitter status (up to 2 bonus entries)
Please note: For bonus entries, simply leave an extra comment stating which platform you are following. For instance, if you followed Drifter & the Gypsy on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, AND followed Charm & Gumption on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you would get 6 bonus entries in addition to your first general entry, making it a grand total of 7 entries.
**Open to all readers, international included, so anyone can enter!**
A winner will be randomly drawn via random.org and contacted via email next Friday, March 7th.
UPDATE: Winner is comment #12: Blue Eyed Night Owl. Congrats friend! I will be in touch with you shortly.
When cooking for a group of people, the search for a universally-friendly dish can be overwhelming. The host wants to keep things healthy, yet interesting. Some guests might be gluten-free. Some guests have allergies. Some guests are vegan, and even others dread the thought of “vegan food.” Believe me, I’ve heard it all. As a host, it can be a struggle. Big salads are often the easiest meals to prep, but can be boring for some people. On the same token, you don’t want to be slaving away in the kitchen all evening. What to do?!
I have a solution. These Millet-Polenta Cakes with Arugula Pesto are hearty enough for the vegan-skeptics, easy enough to prepare beforehand for the host, and flavorful enough to keep everyone happy–not to mention they’re vegan and gluten-free! Feel free to double the batch and cut the polenta into larger-sized cakes to serve as a main dish, or keep them smaller as an appetizer. No matter what, these are sure to impress your guests with their beautiful presentation and Italian-inspired flavors.
Makes 9 cakes
– 1 tbs. extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for greasing
– 1 garlic clove, minced
– 1/2 c. millet
– 4 1/2 c. water
– 1 1/2 tbs. salt
– 1/2 fine polenta cornmeal
– 3 c. arugula
– Small handful of toasted almonds, roughly chopped
Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for about a minute, until fragrant. Add the millet and saute for another minute. Being very careful, pour the water into the saucepan. Add the salt and turn the heat up to high to bring the water to a boil. Using a wire whisk, keep the water moving as you slowly pour the cornmeal in. Reduce the heat to medium-low, keeping the polenta mixture bubbling very slightly. Use the whisk to keep the mixture moving slowly until it thickens to the texture of a porridge (between 20-30 minutes). Remove from the heat.
Oil a 9×9 inch glass casserole dish and pour the hot polenta mixture in, using a rubber spatula to level the top. Put the dish in the fridge for about an hour, or until the polenta has set. Turn the cooled polenta out of the casserole dish and onto a cutting board (you should have one large square of polenta). Use a sharp knife to cut the polenta into nine 3×3 inch cakes.
To plate: Lay a polenta cake over 1/2 cup of arugula and top with the Arugula Pesto (recipe below) and leftover chopped almonds. Enjoy!
Makes about 3/4 c. of pesto
– 1/4 c. almonds
– Juice and zest of one lemon
– 2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
– 2 garlic cloves
– 3 oz. arugula (about 3 c. packed)
– 1 tsp. nutritional yeast
-1 1/2 tsp. salt
– Black pepper to taste
Toast the almonds in a 425ºF oven for 7-10 minutes, or until fragrant.
In a food processor, puree all ingredients (including almonds) until smooth. Serve over Millet-Polenta Cakes.
Some things are just a perfect match. Case in point: I found this vintage skirt at Crossroads and then this vintage vest at my local thrift shop later that same day. It was like they were made to go with each other. See what I mean? A perfect match.
I feel like I should be running around and twirling while singing The Hills Are Alive when I wear this. My mom said it reminded her of something she would have worn in ’70s and gotten rid of 20 years ago, but there you have it: a classic example of how beauty is all in the eyes of the beholder.
Even when I was younger, I never once dreamt about having a big wedding. While my friends fantasized about extravagant affairs thrown at The Plaza (where Elouise lives of course), I envisioned for myself an intimate dinner party shared with a few friends and relatives. My tastes haven’t changed. Even now if I was going to get married (which I’m not), I would still have something small. Something simple and quaint and probably outside during the golden hour. Sophie and James‘ wedding definitely goes in line with my ideal wedding. It’s so small and cozy, but still oh-so-lovely.
What do you get when you dress up a babe in her own line of clothing? This! I love these pictures Catherine Booty took of designer Keely Brightmore of Kee Boutique featuring her Paris Collection. It reminds me of the Audrey Hepburn quote, “Paris is always a good idea.” Paris, my friends, is always a good idea.