Entries from June 2010


June 30, 2010

I’m participating in Victoria’s Pin it Forward project where I used Pinterest to gather inspiration for what home means to me. My Pinterest boards were filled with images of cozy nooks, eclectic sofas covered in pillows and throws and funky frame-filled walls. But when I really ask myself what home means to me…

It comes down to this.



Since I cheated a little check out my Pinterest boards here to see all the home and design inspiration I’ve been gathering. Tomorrow Alexis Swanson Traina will be posting what home means to her.

Liz in Durham

June 29, 2010

Rocking: a very temporary mohawk.

Makeshift Counterspace
Cooking: southern comfort food.

Toms Prep

Toms After
Eating: local tomatoes. Drizzled with olive oil, salt, pepper, and thyme, and left to die a glorious, slow death in the oven. From the Durham Farmer’s Market.

Welcome To Lollege
Exploring: lollege.

Duke Chapel
Backyard: Duke Chapel

Wrightsville Horizontal
Living: 2 hours from the beach.

Living Room Sneak Peek Vignette
Home: sweet home.

Liz has been in Durham, North Carolina for an entire month now. I miss her terribly but am confident that she’s grabbing life by the balls out there on the East Coast – so for that, I’m terribly proud.

Watching: TV

June 28, 2010


I know I share a lot of cooking, gardening, reading, designing and adventuring on here but I also really like to kick back, zone out and watch some good (and sometimes bad) TV. Here are some of my newer addictions as well as long-time favorites.

Starting in the top left and going clockwise:
+ True Blood – I always end each episode squealing out of excitement. I love this show. Love it.
+ Mad Men – I adore this show because of the amazing writing, styling and drama but I also loved finding parallels between advertising in the 1960s and working in advertising now. And of course I have the biggest girl crush on Joan.
+ Freaks and Geeks – It is truly a shame that this show only lasted for 1 season. If you haven’t watched it Netflix it now.
+ Buffy the Vampire Slayer – I’ve had countless and passionate conversations about Buffy. And when I finished the series of Buffy I watched Angel out of desperation.
+ The Fabulous Beekman Boys – I actually found this show just yesterday as I was channel surfing. Two gay city boys buy an organic farm in upstate New York. It fosters my desire for chickens and goats.
+ United States of Tara – I was quick to dismiss this show when I first saw the promos. I thought it was going to be too absurd and quirky but once I gave it a chance I became completely obsessed. Toni Collette is at the top of her game.
+ 9 by Design – This show made me want to have 7 kids. Enough said.
+ Everest: Beyond the Limit – this show actually sparked my Everest obsession.
+ Dexter – I cannot wait for the next season to start up. Along with Dexter I’m also a fan of Weeds. Showtime is giving HBO a run for it’s money.
+ Sex and the City – Carrie Bradshaw changed my life a little. Or at least the way I approached fashion. And also… Team Aiden. Yeah, I said it.
+ All My Children – I grew up watching this soap opera. When I came home from school my entire family (including my dad) would wind down from our day by watching this soap together. And if the VCR didn’t tape it all hell would break loose. I don’t catch this show anymore but my parents still watch it every single day. I love that.

So now it’s your turn. What shows are you currently watching? What are some of your all time favorites?

(Not) Meat and Potatoes

June 27, 2010


I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a huge fan of fake meat products – so when I’m craving something a little hearty I don’t reach for a box of frozen veggie patties. Instead, I like to use substantial ingredients like mushrooms and potatoes. This dish would’ve been amazing with a fried egg on top but I had used all of my eggs recreating my green bean tart for friends this week. So I paired it with goat cheese toast using homemade bread.

Skillet Mushrooms and Potatoes
2-3 large or 4-5 small Yukon gold potatoes
1 large or 2 small yellow onions
8 oz. mushrooms
Seasoning (I used Herbs de Provence and salt)
Olive oil
Ingredients in green are local

Skin and slice your potatoes into 1/8″ thick medals. Slice your onion in half and then cut into thin slices as well. Wash and cut your mushrooms as you like. I used a smaller shitake version so I just destemmed and sliced them in half. Toss the potato, onion, seasoning and a tbs of olive oil in a large bowl (DO NOT add mushrooms – leave those to the side). Heat a tbs. of butter in a 12″ cast iron skillet. When heated throw your onion and potato mix into the pan. Cover (I don’t have a cover so I used my pizza stone to trap the heat). Cook for a good 10-15 minutes on medium heat and stir occasionally. When the potatoes become tender add your mushrooms and cook until they release their liquid. You may turn up the heat a little and leave uncovered to cook off any excess liquid in the skillet.

I highly recommend frying an egg and topping the skillet potatoes and mushrooms with it. Serve with a side of toast topped with goat cheese.

P.S. I know this isn’t the prettiest meal ever, but I promise it is more delicious than it looks.

Veggie Garden Update

June 25, 2010

Zucchini bloom

Our vegetable garden is under attack – we’ve been doing everything pesticide free so far but we’ve got these vine borers slowly eating away at our best plants. We’ve yet to produce any veggies – so I think I’m going to go to a local organic gardening store and see if they have any ideas on non-toxic pesticides.

But instead of showing you a close up of these grubby little jerks and the really sad plants I wanted to show you a beautiful bloom Jeremy picked the other day. I want to fill it with goat cheese, dip it in some batter and fry it up. Yum.

Have a beautiful weekend you guys.

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