Archive for March, 2011

To Le Creuset or not to Le Creuset, that is the question…

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Everybody in my family owns the one and only Le Creuset dutch oven.  We cook absolutely everything in it.  We swear by it.  It is one of those lifetime purchases you have to get, so bite the bullet and make the investment when the beauty comes on sale.  When I got married I didn’t know what to do with myself without one.  Luckily, Brad’s mom gave me a smaller dutch oven that has worked perfectly when cooking for just the two of us (thanks Maureen!).  However, when I am cooking for a crowd, I have decided I definitely need a bigger one.  I have been looking now for two years for a major sale, and while I have seen good deals on selected colors or Le Creuset 7 piece sets, I am looking for the one 13 qt pot…in white please :)  So the options are presented before me:  convince the hubby and myself of the lifetime investment, or… try a cheaper, hopefully just as good version (I know family, please don’t disown me!).

I have my eye on this one from Martha Stewart’s line at Macy’s.  With one-day sales and extra coupons I think I could get it for a fraction of the cost of a Le Creuset.

Has anybody tried a Martha one or another non le-creuset brand that you love?  Or do I really just need to bite the bullet someday?

A Gardening Dream

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

A couple of years ago we moved into our brand new home, six months later we finished the yard with the basics: grass, trees, and gardening space. The grass is green (at least it will be in a month), the trees are growing, but my garden patch is still empty.

I have grand ideas of having a garden like Meryl Streep’s character from It’s Complicated (pictured above). I’d like to start from seeds, then harvest, and turn into fresh healthy meals; but I can’t seem to grow anything more than a seedling, if that. Is this just beginners wows or am I really missing the skill?

These images from Country Living this month are enough to inspire me to try again, I may not have produce to show for my efforts, but a least I’ll have fun trying.

World Market

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

On a recent trip to World Market, Sarah and I were pleasantly surprised at the quality, style and price of products.  One thing is for sure, we’ll be going back for more.  A few finds that we spied:

Aiden coffee table

Beautiful in person, sturdy and great construction…$279.99!!!!

Maldives occasional chair

This Eco-friendly, eucalyptus wood outdoor chair is so cute I want it inside.  $169.99.

Jute rug

Dimensions: 6′ x 9′.  Color: butter.  Right now in stores this huge rug is half price, around $100!!!!

Porcelain measuring cups

These look like they should belong at anthropologie!  For $10.99 they would make the cutest wedding present.

Ramekins

Super cute ramekins to get your souffle on..less than $1 each when you buy four or more.

Spring Quote

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Spring Break

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Me + Em and the hubby’s are heading out on a road trip in the morning, to visit our in-laws in sunny cali (it’s weirdo that we both married California men). There’s sure to be lots of: music listening, food eating, game playing and giggle laughing fun ahead. I’m excited to feel spring, and relax a little or a lot.

Talking of trips, I stumbled across Love Lane Caravans the other day, they restore and rent out caravans in Cornwall England. Such a bliss idea, and look how cute they are:


I secretly really want to own a B+B, the idea of creating a clean + cozy getaway is very exciting to me.

But for now…

I’ll just be wishing you all a cozy weekend…

do sleep in!