Saturday, May 22, 2010


These gorgeous cards are made by a company called Papaya that is located here in town!. I just think they are amazing, and I pretty much want every single one. They also have beautiful journals and gifts.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wraps three ways

When it comes to wraps there are endless possibilities. Today I was inspired to try three different kinds using three of the foods I have been itching to make: sun-dried tomato pesto, chipotle avocado cole slaw and pine nut rosemary spread. using these three things i created three very unique and delicious wraps.

First I made the pesto.....

Spinach and sun-dried tomato pesto

Ingredients :
1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
1 cup spinach leaves
1 cup fresh basil leaves
4 T olive oil
1/4 cup walnuts
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup grated parmesan (I used a rice cheese substitute and it still tasted great!)
salt to taste

Make 1 and 1/2 cups

put everything except the sun-dried tomatoes in a food processor and pulse till smooth. Then mix in the tomatoes.

For the wrap: For this wrap I used a bit of mayonnaise, sliced turkey. salami, pancetta, sliced bell peppers, pesto and some spinach leaves.

Then I made the cole slaw....

Chipotle avocado cole slaw

1/4 large hass avocado
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 chipotle pepper (from a can)
1 and 1/2 T vinegar
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
2 T agave
1 carrot shredded
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 cup shredded onion
8 oz bag of shredded cabbage

Directions: In a bowl combine the cabbage, carrots, onion and cilantro. In a food processor add the avocado. mayonnaise, chipotle, vinegar, agave and cumin. Pulse until the avocado is completely mixed in with everything else. Add the dressing to the cabbage mixture till it is all covered (you may or may not want to use all of the dressing).

For the wrap: For this wrap I used sliced turkey, sliced avocado, onions and lots of the cole slaw. I also added extra cilantro to my wrap.

Finally I made the pine nut rosemary spread....

Rosemary and thyme pine nut spread

1 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup raw almonds
1/4 cup walnuts
1 T tahini
1 T vinegar
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp dried thyme
1 clove garlic
3-4 T water
1 T olive oil
salt to taste

Directions: combine everything in a food processor. Keep the processor going till you get a smooth paste (a minute or two).

For the wrap: For this wrap I used turkey and salami, a thick layer of the spread, spinach, onions and bell peppers. This one is my personal favorite!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Pretty Little Things...

These pictures make me excited for summer. Tea parties outside, riding bikes, camping, picking berries, sleeping in, and wearing dresses. I think I might love everything about summer...

Photos via Alice B. Gardens

Monday, May 17, 2010


Today I wandered around town with no set destination. I ended up spending time in an antique store and a wonderful used book store. I was amazed by how inexpensive the used books were. Why would I ever buy new? Not only were they inexpensive, they were also beautiful old hardbacks. They even had the old book spell. My adventures from this afternoon reminded me how much I love old things.

Here are some other beautiful antiques that I've been eyeing.

1940's bracelet via

Japanese tea set via

1950's necklace via

I really want this 1960's nightie!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Cheeseless Pizza

The other day I had a passive craving for pizza. Obviously that is kinda a sucky thing to crave when you can't eat gluten, yeast or cheese. However, I came up with this cheeseless pizza with a glutan free, yeast free crust and it satisfied my craving. ;)

I am still not completely happy with how the gluten free crust turned out, so I will not post the recipe. However, I did enjoy this pizza very much and i didn't even miss the cheese! The secret is to load it with sauce, veggies, olives, herbs and sausage! Before I cooked the pizza I thought I had put way too much on it, but the veggies cook down a lot. Moral of the story: don't be afraid to load the pizza with toppings. There is no such thing as too much!

On mine I put: onions, garlic, broccoli, bell peppers, mushrooms, spinach, olives, pepperoncinis and sausage!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


I got an Anthropologie catalogue in the mail today. These are some of the beautiful things that caught my eye.

I am in love with this comforter. It is so beautiful and cozy looking.

I have been wanting to plant some tomatoes out on my deck. This would be a perfect pot.

I have no words to describe how much I love this hammock.

This is a shower curtain! Isn't that amazing?!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Lettuce sandwich

This simple yet delicious lunch is perfect for warn spring day like today.

2 large romaine lettuce leaves
4 slices of turkey or chicken meat
1/2 avocado
sliced onion
sliced bell pepper
4 basil leaves
dried oregano
dried thyme

For the dressing
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 garlic clove smashed
salt and pepper to taste

Fold the slices or meat and place two on each lettuce leaf one above the other, but overlapping a bit. Spread the mayonnaise over the meat. Put on the slices of avocados, onion and bell pepper. Mix up the dressing and sprinkle it on ( it is not necessary to use all of the dressing). Top the sandwich off with some sprinkles of oregano and thyme and some whole basil leaves.