Tuesday, June 26, 2012

not-so-vintage finds

you may not know this about me but i love color. my favorite of course is blue but i love any excuse to go color happy with my clothes. so i was of course super pumped when brightly colored jeans became such a hit! i have been on the hunt for these seafoam threads for months and jumped at the chance to snag them from lucca. to keep the mood light and airy i threw on a black flowy top, some funky shades, and sandals (via forever 21).

but i felt like my outfit needed something else to punch it up...and then i remembered this feathery gem i picked up years back (via forever 21...what!).

clearly i am in love with this outfit...i'm thinking more brightly-colored jeans are in my near future :)

happy tuesday everyone!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

snapshot of the week

look mom, i learned a new trick!


Friday, June 22, 2012

life according to my iphone

[my sweet puppy playing with his 'stick' and some pretty flowers T picked for me]

[first photo of little solo and my favorite sunday ritual]

[first snapshot of a balmy summer night and our first summery bonfire]

[solo following his big brother around and the first time taking solo home]

[enjoying some homemade treats and a photo with my favorite]

[cucumber margies to keep cool and our first grill out to start the season]

[quality time with my pretty boba and checking out some local music]

[little solo's now green eyes and wet pup tracks on campus]

[an impromtu rendevous at a friend's home with T for aperitifs and pup love]

[a snapshot of our growing pup from a couple weeks ago and the late blooms from our vines]

a little catch-up to kick off the weekend through iphone photos via myself (and T!)
happy friday!

Monday, June 18, 2012

i love...

[this summer's style guide mag from j.crew...simply gorgeous]

this past sunday for father's day, T, my brother and i went to float the river with my parents. which i realized it was the first time we had ever done it as a family and i have to say it was a blast! my dad loved it so much he's decided he wants it to be our yearly papa day tradition :) i can't wait until next time!

[freeze dried pineapples - my puppy mom's day treat from my grandma :)]

[surprise brunch for my family]

[homemade cinnamon rolls 'n icing - worth all the work + my mom said they were probably the best she's ever had....the ultimate compliment]

[taking advantage of our shady porch with T and summertime drinks]

[my little mama's boy of a puppy]

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

brotherly bonding

from the first moment boba met his new little brother, they were a match made in heaven. from boba checking in on solo's first moves...

including his first bath...

first naps...

and first playtime toys...

they've quickly become the little duo who must do all things together like chewing on 'sticks' (aka logs they find together)...

rough-housing with dad..solo of course tags in when he can help boba win :)

getting closer to mom...

checking out stuff from their couch..

and taking naps together. the best of brothers.

i am kind of obsessed with how taken they are with each other :)


Sunday, June 10, 2012

the wooden spoon: pasta carbonara

this recipe i originally found from The Pioneer Woman and it is oh so good. i of course couldn't help but share it with y'all too!

here's what you'll need:
1 lb bacon, sliced into 1 inch pieces
1 large onion, chopped
9-12 garlic cloves, sliced
1 cup of white wine (i personally love to use pinot grigio or vino verde)
1 cup of chicken broth
1 lb of linguine pasta
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups of parmesan cheese
1/2 stick of butter 

first, heat up a large pan on medium-high heat and add in your bacon. cook until nicely browned and delicious....see below, mmm!

meanwhile, heat a large pot of water on medium-high heat (sprinkle a little salt in for good measure). when at boiling, add in your linguine and cook to al dente.

once the bacon is cooked, use a slotted spoon to scoop out the goodies for use later. do NOT pour out the bacon grease, this will add in all the yummy flavoring for the dish! now, add in the chopped onions and toss in the mixture for a couple of minutes.

then add in your garlic cloves and mix through until cooked for a couple minutes. mm, have you stuck your nose in to smell the deliciousness? i am probably one of the few people who loves the smell of garlic and onions cooking. maybe since it usually leads to an amazing dish to be had! any who, back to the recipe..

once the onions and garlic are cooked, use your slotted spoon to scoop out the goodies and keep with your bacon for use later. now, to deglaze the pot! while the pan is still on high heat, add in your white wine and using a whisk, scrape all the gunk off the bottom of the pan. this part may take a little extra elbow grease but it is worth it! just think of it as the special ingredient to the dish ;)

once the pan is completely deglazed, add in the chicken broth and mix together for a couple minutes.

remember all your goodies you had sitting in the wings? now it's time to add them all back in and get them mixed together.

by now your pasta should be completely cooked; drain it and return it back to the pot. in a bowl, mix together your eggs and parmesan cheese. once it looks like the picture above, quickly add it to the hot pasta and mix together.

like so...

until it looks like this. once it's fully mixed, add in your butter and the mixture from the pan (bacon, onions, sauce, etc)

dish out, garnish with a little extra parmesan and enjoy! oh, a note of caution, be aware your breath will repell vampires, hot dates, and pups from a mile away. so maybe you can make this for a group of friends so no one notices your a-mazing breath :)

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