Amy Hildebrand is the photographer behind the blog With Little Sound, featuring a new photo every day for 1,000 days (she's currently on number 924, slated to finish the project on June 10th of this year). Her blog features many amazing, soulful photos with few textual posts mixed in.
What may give you pause after looking at her blog, is that Amy was born blind due to Albinism, and through medical intervention (first with contacts and then later through surgery) she slowly began to gain eyesight, and eventually picked up a camera....
Check out this ring! It takes the diamond ring to a whole new level, where this is not a diamond set in gold or platinum, the whole thing is diamond. This ring is made by the Swiss jeweler Shawish, is 150 carats and valued at $68 million.
It doesn't look super comfortable, but it sure is pretty and sparkly!
Garlic bread is a favorite food of mine, and I had set out on making a perfect version at home. After a few different types, I settled on one with roasted garlic which has a more subtle flavor, but still delicious. I tried this with and without cheese, and while both are very good, the variety with cheese was the clear winner.
Roasted Garlic Cheese Bread
2 heads garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 teaspoon parsley, finely chopped
2/3 cup shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup shredded mild cheddar
2 short baguettes or one long baguette, cut in half lengthwise
Cut off the top of the heads of garlic, exposing most of the cloves. Please each head onto a piece of foil and drizzle with olive oil. Wrap up into two little bundles and roast at 400 until very soft and lightly browned. Allow to cool.
Once the garlic is cool enough to handle, squeeze out the garlic into a bowl and mash with a fork until smooth. Add softened butter and mix until well incorporated. Then stir in cheese and parsley. Spread mixture evenly over the baguette halves. Put on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 until bubbly and lightly browned.
Happy Friday everyone! What do you all have planned for the weekend ahead?
We are going to see The Hunger Games tonight and I am so excited for it! Have any of you seen it already?
In honor of the film's release, I am wearing another shade from the China Glaze Capitol Colours Collection (of course!). Today's color is Smoke & Ashes (originally called 'Fight to the Finish'), named for District 12, the mining district. It's a really hard color to describe (and photograph well), but I am loving it. It has a rich black base with these great tiny flecks of green and blue.
Have a lovely weekend, and may the odds be ever in your favor!
On Monday the newest location of Crumbs Cupcakes opened within walking distance of my office. I have been enamored of these cupcakes for such a long time now, ever since Maxine started bringing them with her from NYC whenever she would visit. Now I have them available whenever I need (want) them! Dangerously delicious.
So I went on Monday after work to pick up some cupcakes, and the shop was completely empty of sweets, it was so sad. I chatted a bit with the girl who was at the counter delivering the bad news to everyone (she seemed so genuinely sad to have to tell everyone there were no cupcakes left) and then headed out, determined that Tuesday would be my day. Yesterday I went before work and was greeted by full cases and free coffee (delicious hazelnut roast) and picked up two delicious cupcakes for our dessert last night:
The Squiggle, my all time favorite from Crumbs, same concept as a Hostess cupcake, but times a million
Boston Cream, this one was new to me, delicious but could have used more custard in the middle (though more custard tends to be my stance on many desserts)
Corporal Megan Leavey, a purple heart recipient has recently been reunited with Sargent Rex, her bomb sniffing dog. Rex had lost his sense of smell and was taken off duty and was in danger of being put down when Leavey intervened. She petitioned to adopt the pup and was successful with a little help from Senator Chuck Schumer.
Buttermilk is an ingredient that I don't always have in my kitchen. It's an ingredient bought for specific recipes. (I only just found out that a powder version exists, so this all changes soon) When I buy buttermilk, I end up looking for ways to use up that which wasn't used in the recipe, which is how I came across this quick bread recipe, which is so easy and very customize-able for any taste and meal. And it's incredibly tasty.
This version is packed with cheese and so savory and perfect with any dinner.
Cheesy Buttermilk Quick Bread (adapted from here)
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cup grated cheese (cheddar is my favorite, I like to do a combo of mild and sharp)
1 cup buttermilk
1 large egg
2 tablespoons butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350. Grease your loaf pan and set aside.
Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and 1 1/2 cups of the cheese.
In a seperate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg, and butter until well combined. Pour the wet mixture over the dry ingredients. Mix together gently until just combined into a 'shaggy' batter.
Pour batter into the prepared pan, top with remaining 1/4 cup of cheese and bake for 45 minutes.
On Tuesday this week, Ree Drummond's (The Pioneer Woman) new cookbook Food From My Frontier was released. And with the release was a book tour that finally included a stop in my city of Boston. I was so incredibly excited when I found out she'd finally be coming to Boston! I have been reading her site for quite a few years now and love reading about a life so different from my own, seeing her amazing photos, and trying out her recipes. I called Brookline Booksmith within minutes of opening on the day tickets were available and then tried to sit still for the next two weeks.
Yesterday the wait was finally over and I headed to Brookline to see Ree speak (complete with a powerpoint presentation) about her blogging, cooking, family and the frontier at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. It was such a fun evening which happily concluded with a book signing at Brookline Booksmith and I got to meet and chat with Ree for a few minutes and she happily signed the three books I brought. She is such a sweet, personable and gracious lady.
I love focaccia, it has a wonderful texture that's chewy and delicious and always has great toppings. It makes excellent sandwiches, it's perfect for dunking in soup or with pasta. This is a simple recipe for a rosemary focaccia, but the toppings can be changed to basically anything you like, it's so versatile.
Rosemary Focaccia Dough: 3/4 cup water 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups bread flour 1 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
Place all the dough ingredients into the bread machine and select dough cycle. After the cycle completes, move dough to a lightly greased bowl, cover and allow to rise another 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400.
Press dough into a large circle (about 1- 1 1/2 inches thick) and then use your fingers to dimple the dough. Drizzle the olive oil over the top (it will look like a lot but it really makes the texture of the bread) and then sprinkle the top with the rosemary and sea salt.
Today is a two for one with nail polish colors! I love this China Glaze collection so much! I keep wanting to change my mani just so I can try them all out quicker.
Today I have on Dress Me Up (originally 'Primrose'). It's rosey color with a very subtle brown tint to it. It's a really pretty and neutral pink.
Layered over that is Luxe & Lush (originally 'Flaming Gems'), which is a topcoat filled with iridescent flakes. The flakes are really gorgeous and the colors in them range from gold and green and pink to blue and purple (click on the photo below to enlarge it so you can see the flakes better...they're so pretty!); it's original name really suits the color. I'm going to love layering this over lots of different polishes, it's such a fun addition.
This is a sophisticated twist on mozzarella sticks. One of my mom's favorite restaurant makes these so I set about recreating them for part of her birthday dinner. They're a snap to make and were a huge hit. Brie would also work really well with this.
1 8 oz wheel of Camembert cheese, cold
2 eggs, beaten
Bread crumbs (plain or seasoned, depending on your preference)
Cut the Camembert into small wedges ( I cut the 8 oz wheel into 16 wedges), no need to remove the rind dredge each piece into the beaten egg and then the bread crumbs. Return the cheese to the fridge while the oil heats.
In a small saucepan, heat about 2-3 inches of oil until it reaches 375 degrees. Carefully rop about 4-6 pieces of cheese in at a time. Once they turn brown and golden (it only takes a couple minutes), remove with a slotted spoon and put onto paper towel lined plates to drain the oil. Serve warm with honey mustard or other favorite condiments.
OPI has announced a polish collection celebrating the new Spiderman movie coming out this summer. I was already psyched for the movie, and now I'm really excited for the polishes too. These are set to be released in May. The pink, orange, and white (and possibly the blue, I need to see it in person) seem like great summer colors while the others feel very autumnal to me (and Just Spotted the Lizard reminds me a lot of Peridot from Chanel's 2011 f/w line).
Happy Friday everyone! I am so happy this week is finally over! Do you all have anything up this weekend?
My package full of China Glaze's polishes inspired by The Hunger Games arrived earlier this week, and they all look great in person! The first shade I was drawn to is Fast Track (originally named Catnip in honor of Katniss before all the polishes were renamed), which is a beige color with lots of teeny gold sparkles. It's a neutral with a little bit of a kick and I am really loving it on.
Last week, Maxine told me that Sprinkles Cupcakes was opening a Cupcake ATM machine so you could get your sugar fix 24/7. Yesterday she sent me a video of this amazing contraption in action. It's so cool. I hope these become as common as Bank of America ATMs, it would be heavenly.
I adore tea towels, they are sweet and add a touch of whimsy to my kitchen. I collect them and rotate the one that hangs on my oven door on a regular basis. Etsy has so many great ones that are different from those I come across usually. Here are a few I am currently coveting:
My grandfather made english muffin bread for me once when I was a kid and I absolutely loved it. I was craving it recently so did some research to find a similar recipe. This one is quite close to his, but I need to remember to get the 'official' one from him soon.
It's wonderful toasted with butter or jam or butter and jam. It's especially good with peanut butter. And it makes an amazing breakfast sandwich! I tried this method from Deb of Smitten Kitchen that I found on Cup of Jo a little while ago, I was really happy with the results.
English Muffin Bread(adapted from here)
1 cup warm milk
1/4 cup water
1/2 tablespoon white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 tablespoon butter, softened (for greasing pan)
cornmeal (for coating pan)
Put all ingredients except butter and cornmeal into the pan of your bread machine and set to the dough cycle. After cycle ends remove dough and let it rest while you prepare a pan.
Butter a loaf pan and coat liberally with cornmeal. Shape dough into a loaf and put into pan, cover and let rise until doubled.
Bake at 400 for about 20 minutes until the top is golden brown.
In just over three weeks The Hunger Games opens in theatres. I just recently starting reading the series and am about halfway through Mockingjay (the last book) right now. I cannot wait to see how they translate it to film!
China Glaze released a series of twelve colors (one for each district) in honor of the movie's premiere, now available online and in stores. I am loving the colors and have already ordered half the collection, I'm really excited to see them in person.