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From Scratch: Versatile Cranberry Compote

October 24, 2012 at 8:06 amBY Joanna

This cranberry compote recipe is one of those that is so super simple, but looks impressive on a table.  It’s versatile too, you can really play around with your ingredients to change the flavors.  Want a sweeter compote? Savory? Spicy? These are all really easy.

How to eat it?  We all know the traditional use, with turkey, but try this spread on a sandwich with avocado, make a parfait with granola and yogurt, top a cheesecake, serve with good bread and sharp Cheddar or Gruyere, top ice cream…and these are just a few ideas.

INGREDIENTS: 12 oz bag of fresh cranberries, 3/4 cup of sugar, 3/4 cup of water

ADDITIONS (pick one or two, not all): 1 tbsp red-wine vinegar (for zing), 1 tbsp grated orange or lemon zest (for freshness), 1 shallot finely chopped and cooked with 1 tsp olive oil until translucent (for savory), 1 tbsp finely grated fresh ginger (for spice), 1/4 cup of bourbon (for smoke), 3 cups red seedless grapes (for sweet), 1/4 cup apple juice (for sweet), 1/4 cup orange juice (for citrus), 1 finely chopped fresh jalapeno (for spice).

DIRECTIONS: Rinse the cranberries and pick out any duds.  Combine all ingredients (all basic ingredients and two additions) in a large sauce pan. Bring to a boil.  Reduce to a simmer and cook until most cranberries have burst and are soft.  About 10-15 minutes.  Transfer to a bowl, allow to cool, refrigerate.  Keeps up to two weeks in the refrigerator.

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Obsessed: Felt Menagerie Animal Heads

October 23, 2012 at 10:46 amBY Lorien

Just got back from two days in Vermont, while C and I were able to do a lot in just two days, I wish we had more time there. We had such a good time visiting the towns of Fairlee, White River Junction, Quechee and Woodstock. I found these Felt Menagerie Animal Heads at the store Procopio in Woodstock and I absolutely adore them. I can’t wait to post more about the trip.

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Hunted: Dunham Sofa

October 21, 2012 at 9:43 amBY Joanna

I’m still looking for that perfect sofa and my indecisiveness is getting the better of me. Right when I think I’m ready to pull the trigger, I find another option that I like more.  Today, the West Elm sofa’s are grabbing my attention.  This Dunham sofa has such clean lines without being stuffy or uncomfortable.  I want it in a darker putty like color.   I’m so ready for this to be mine!

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Obsessed: Rifle Paper Co.

October 20, 2012 at 9:00 amBY Lorien

Some friends and I had been talking about doing a monthly pot luck dinner and we had our first one last week…sort of… Pot luck dinner became pizza night, but still it was a great night nonetheless. The dinner got us all really excited to start doing regular pot luck dinners.

Next time not only will we all be prepared but I would love to add the addition of everyone writing their recipes on recipe cards and I would use these from Rifle Paper Co..

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Home Grown: Planting Garlic

October 19, 2012 at 9:04 amBY Joanna

Growing garlic is simple, and mid-October is the best time for planting.  You can buy organic garlic bulbs and have them shipped to you (better than the supermarket). Add a little sand to your soil for good drainage.  Take one clove (skin on) and plant one inch deep facing up (pointy side up).  Garlic will be ready to harvest when leaves turn brown.  Harvest the blubs and leave them to dry  It’s really this simple.  All you have to do now is wait till next summer.

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All Dressed Up: Vintage Ponte Dress

October 18, 2012 at 8:40 amBY Joanna

It’s always a conundrum this time of year figuring out what to wear…it’s cold in the morning and night, but sunny and warm during the day.  Boots? Flats? Socks? Jacket? Sweater? Tights? Aside from changing clothes three times a day, I think the best answer is layers.  This beautiful dress from Boden is perfect for the in-between weather, it’s made of a heavier fabric, but has short sleeves….plus it’s very easy to wear with a cardigan.  I love the color (it also comes in navy) and the styling of the collar.  Definitely adding it to my growing list of things I want but don’t need.

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Obsessed: Peg and Awl

October 17, 2012 at 8:08 amBY Joanna

A handmade swing, a book necklace, a line of waxed canvas bags and pouches….these are just a few of the amazing goods made by Peg and Awl.  I accidentally discovered their site looking for things to do this weekend in Philly, and I’m lucky for it.  They have a whole line of miniature book necklaces, different colors, some with tie closures and some clustered together (they call them Library Necklaces), all very adorable.  And for handmade goods, their prices are pretty reasonable.

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Saying Hello, Just Because…

October 16, 2012 at 11:43 amBY Lorien

I like the idea of telling someone hi… just because you’re thinking of them. No other reason than that. And what better way to express that, than with these adorable cards from Quill and Fox. I love the ‘Peeking Giant Hello Card’, top right corner.

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The Work of: Hein Koh

October 15, 2012 at 12:09 pmBY Lorien

Created on canvas, NY artist Hein Koh uses acrylic, ink and string for these calming and mezmerizing pieces of work. For me looking at these pieces is like looking up at the stars, to focus on one thing and get lost in all of its possibilites.

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Hunted: Letterpress Maps

October 14, 2012 at 2:34 pmBY Joanna

I’m a map junkie.  If I had the space, I would have a library full of them.  Maps are o often well designed, and these lovely letterpress maps are no exception.  Quail Lane Press does a great job of recreating a more traditional style with contemporary colors and feel.  The letterpress is so lovely, and they even have a map of Block Island, RI!  It even looks like they take custom orders…These are definitely going on the list of perfect holiday gifts (yes, I’ve already started that list).

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