Friday, June 29, 2012

Apricot Thyme Sorbet

There sits a very large, very productive apricot tree in my yard.
After countless jars of jam put away, a heavenly apricot chipotle pork roast, 
neighbors given bags full, there was still enough to make about 3 pints of sorbet!

Thanks to some online inspiration I came across this recipe 
and adapted it just a little by adding some fresh lemon juice
 and some thyme to the boiling mixture.  
Straining it through a fine mesh sieve before going in the ice cream maker
 ensures a wonderful, almost granita like texture.

It's a wonderful light finish to a Summer meal.
It's fruit forward with just the right hint of sweetness.
The thyme flavor is very subtle.  
I could have probably almost added a little more, but this way you get an herb essence, 
without it being overpowering. 

It was also a great reason to use my new vintage melamine bowls from this great etsy shop.

Do you have a favorite Summer dessert?

Monday, June 18, 2012

Pantry Salad

I was rummaging through my pantry the other day,
 and came across a bag of pearl barley that was looking a little neglected.
Definitely too hot to make soup.
So, hmmmm....what could I make?

I searched a little online for some inspiration and came across this.
Other than the barley cooking time, it came together in about 15 minutes.

Barley, Feta & Pear Salad

It had wonderful texture from the barley, a hint of sweet from the pears, 
a touch of salty from the feta and an ever so slight bitter taste from the radicchio.
You even got a crunch from the toasted walnuts.
Perfectly balanced flavors!

It was a wonderful side dish and vegetarian too, so that's always a nice option.
You could also make it into a main course by adding a protein, 
grilled chicken would be a great addition! 
A welcome change to summer's old standbys, macaroni and potato salad.

I know it will be making an appearance here again soon.

Do you have a favorite summer dish?

Monday, June 11, 2012

Norwegian Score

I don't often go thrifting at our local stores.
To be honest there is usually a lot of junk and it's just not worth my time.
But, I needed to go today and try to find something that I likely wouldn't find anywhere else.
Well it turns out I didn't find it there either.

But what I did find were these...

Sitting there all alone.
Well, all alone in their Mid Century Norwegian Glory!!

I did a double take - really?!?!
I turned them over and yep - Made In Norway stamped on the bottom - Ummm...the bottom of all 5!!

If you aren't familiar with this iconic design they are Cathrineholm Bowls.

 Cathrineholm was an ironworks located near the town of Halden, Norway, which started production in 1907. Originally the ironworks manufactured wrought iron products and agricultural equipment, but due to changing economic circumstances it evolved into producing enamel kitchenware. 
The company closed in 1970.

The enamel cookware are the designs of Grete Prytz Kittelsen.
She was a goldsmith, an enamel artist and a designer.
Her designs date from the 1950's and feature plain solid colors and simple shapes.
The bowls I found today feature her Lotus design.

While these bowls aren't impossible to find, 
they do make regular appearances on etsy and ebay, they are extremely expensive.
I've seen these tiny bowls go for upwards of $50 for one! 
It's not unheard of for some colors to fetch even more, at times over $100!!

So when I saw them sitting there and the tag said all 5 bowls for $7.99 - I just about fell over.
I clutched them tight and ran to the register - well, not really, but I wanted to,
 except I was wearing flip flops!

I've never been able to justify buying any of the bowls before because of the price, but today,
obviously that little piece of Norway was coming home with me ...
Well actually 5 little pieces!!

Talk about jump starting my collection...and in orange no less!!

What's the best "find" you've ever made?

Thursday, June 7, 2012

A Little Felt DIY

 This was my inspiration piece.
I loved the texture of the felt and the simplicity of the colors.
It fit my style perfectly.

That was until I saw the price tag.
Yes, that's six hundred and ninety nine dollars!!
(insert popping cartoon eyeballs here)

Like, that wasn't going to I had to figure out how to create something similar for waaaaaaaaaaay less money!

A little searching online led me to 
and Monique's wonderful assortment of die-cut felt pieces, both wool and acrylic.

I chose a simple leaf style
 and had Monique do up a custom order in colors that would work for my project.

Now for the frame....Hmmm...
Got it....IKEA to the rescue!

Now for a little glue...

A piece of natural linen fabric to serve as the background.
Spray glue held it in place around the cardboard insert that came with the frame.
Some felt leaf arranging until I got it just right, then some tacky glue to hold them all in place.

 I'm so pleased with the way it turned out,
and it looks right at home in it's mid century surroundings!

Felt $18
Frame $20
Glue and Fabric - in my stash
Total cost for a custom one of a kind art piece $38!!!

Do you have a favorite art piece in your home?

Friday, June 1, 2012

Salad Days

We've had an extremely HOT week here in Southern California!
For me that means easy, breezy - not heating up the house dinners.
I had a potluck for work last night and opted to bring a salad.
I made this one with just a couple of modifications.
Smoky, bbq goodness in a bed of greens!
It was a definite make again!!

(Condiment jar newly acquired from one of my favorite vintage shops )

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!
I'll be putting my newly painted kitchen back together - more to come on the blog about that soon.
What are you up to?

*Don't forget - today is the last day to email me your Summer Jewelry Swap info.
We've got a real nice group going - so don't miss out*


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