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  • Presto! Pesto!

    This is Elise. 

    Although I'm an extremely picky eater, I weirdly enough love pesto. I guess it's not that crazy of a food, but it's exotic enough for my palette to make me feel oh so fancy when I consume that fine culinary delight. And when I make it.. Top Chef watch out (baby steps, ok, baby steps).

    I will toss veggies with pesto then roast them, or with pasta, or spread some on a sandwich! I used this recipe then kept a mason jar of it in my fridge that lasted me many meals over many moons. So I say it's time well spent. 

    Here it is:

    You will need only a small food processor and:

    • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
    • 1/2 cup freshly grated Tescano or Parmesan-Reggiano cheese (about 2 ounces)
    • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
    • 3 garlic cloves, minced (about 3 teaspoons)
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

    Add each ingredient to the food processor individually blending them up each time. Basil first, then cheese, garlic, salt and pepper, and finally the olive oil. 

    It's just that easy, folks. Now if you aren't hungry after going through all that, I sure am so peace out Imma go eat...

    Aaaannnndddd presto! Pesto.

  • Eli & Barry Jewelry

    This is Katie. 

    "I always find beauty in things that are odd and imperfect - they are much more interesting." - Marc Jacobs

    Thank you to our sweet friend Lily for understanding, embracing, and sharing imperfection in her jewelry, Eli & Barry. We are so grateful for this sweet gift and encouraged to have met a kindred spirit. We are obsessed. 

  • Cozy

    This is Katie. 

    Days are getting warmer (my condolences east coast), but the morning chill seems to linger in my old home. I love it. I have recently been allowing and encouraging myself to take a morning off from routine and stay bundled up. No laundry, no errands, no phone. 

    And so, for your consideration, the power of sweaters and magazines.

  • DIY Chai

    This is Katie.

    Tonight we are throwing back to one of my favorite DIY's by our lovely friend, Shirlee. Chai from scratch! Enjoy!

    This is Shirlee.

    I love this recipe because it is relatively easy to make and it is as authentic as I can get to real Indian chai. This drink is the perfect thing to curl up with on a rainy day. However, I am much more prone to make it to sip while having a great conversation with a friend or my husband. If you like a pretty strong chai this is just for you! This recipe is great because you can alter the measurements of the spices to your liking. Also, let's be honest using a mortar and pestle makes you feel like a boss in the kitchen.

    Ingredients:

    All these measurements are for 1 serving/mug of chai 

    3/4 cup water plus 1/4 cup milk 

    Sugar to taste

    Roughly 2 teaspoons loose black tea leaves (Assam or Ceylon tea – or even English Breakfast will do) I purchased my Assam tea at an Indian market in my town (it could perhaps be found at World Market or some grocery stores) 

    2 green cardamon pods 

    1-2 pieces of stick cinnamon

    2-4 whole clovesFresh ginger (2-3 thin slices for extra zing)

    I would encourage you to look online to find an Indian market in your area to buy some of the ingredients, because you can get these spices in bulk for about $5-$7 for each of them...which will last you a least a season of chai making! 

    First use a mortar and pestle (or any creative way to crush the following...example: plastic bag with a rolling pin or coffee grinder) caradamon, cinnamon, and cloves to as fine of a powder you can get. 

    Then mix the water and milk together in a saucepan and add the spices, and the amount of ginger slices you desire. 

    When the mixture boils, add loose black tea. Turn off the heat and let steep for 2 minutes.

    Pour into a cup through a sieve or coffee filter to strain out tea leaves and spices. Add sugar to taste.

    MMMMMMM!!!

  • Jumpers Revisited Yet Again

    This is Elise.

    After many moons we are returning to the jumper. Return of the Jumper. The Jumper Strikes Back. A New Jumper. Anyone?

    Katie and I are really liking this low-maintenance piece (along with the rest of the world, I mean come on, we're not that original) because it' so easy to style. You don't have to pair it with much to make it look dang good. We enjoyed an easy afternoon in some wild lands we found wearing none other than....jumpers. Enjoy.

    Jumpers | (on Katie) Crossroads Trading Co. & (on Elise) T.J.Maxx

    Hat and Jacket | Anthropologie

    Boots | Madewell

    Necklace | Friendly Ceramics