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6 Snow-Day Pick-Me-Ups

Dr._Pepper

DP in a cake? Why the hell not.

I’m back! Sort of. At least a version of me is — making a brief appearance.

It’s the first real snow of the winter.

And you know how I feel about that.

So, in the interest of maintaining my sanity, in true form, I’m turning to lighthearted distractions.

Current pick-me-ups include:

* this Dr. Pepper Oatmeal Cake with Coconut-Pecan Topping via Homesick Texan.

* Norma Kamali’s new line of adorable LBD’s (for every body type!) under $100.

* these kid-crafty DIY Chunky Bead & Button necklaces via Curious Jane + momfilter.

* this adorable Reine Mere Peg + Chalk Board from Basic French.

Reine Mere Peg + Chalk Board

I want. In my kitchen. Now.

* these Chelsea Heel Boots from Marais USA (I’m generally anti-ankle boots, but these I think I could get behind.)

Chelsea Heel Boot

* just knowing there’s the new AB-FAB waiting for me on DVR.

Stay warm! Fingers crossed the Year of the Dragon has some good sh*t in store.

I’m ready.

TTFN.

Currently Obsessed with…. Christmas Pretties

I’m ready for 2012. New Year, new outlook, and some pretty new stuff, too.

Loving this beautiful watercolor calendar from Linda & Harriet.

Linda & Harriet Watercolor Calendar 2012

Note the date: Summer...!

Feeling it for this funky print tunic from Tanvi Kedia.

Tanvi Kedia tunic

I want to smell like this Moulinette Soeurs Eau de Parfum in Arabelle — a mix of magnolia (!), night-blooming jasmine, and vanilla orchid.

Moulinette Soeurs Eau de Parfum

How happy are these Claudia Pearson Four Seasons Tea Towels? VERY.

Claudia Pearson four-seasons-tea-towels

Want to guess which one's my favorite? Hint: It's not winter.

I need The Graces Candle, to burn on a side table in my living room, with the lights way down low.

C_P_Candle_The_GracesAnd this purple frock looks ripe for a party, doesn’t it?

autumn days asymmetrical dress

Or maybe holiday drinks at The Standard Hotel? I’ve got a table booked.

Boom Boom Room The Standard Hotel

(photo: Dan Nguyen)

Here’s to keeping things merry and bright, people.

Oh. And pretty!

‘Tis the Season for Holiday Prep

gingerbread cake, photo by Lisa Hubbard

This ginger-y, lemon-y cake = holiday goodness. (photo by Lisa Hubbard)

Things are moving into full swing around here now that it’s December:

* the Christmas cards are here and ready to be addressed.

* the tree is en route in the mail (yep, we order it for delivery to our home).

* the kids have been to see Santa at Macy’s (surprisingly manageable, really).

* the stockings and decorations, including Groovy Dancing Santa, have been unearthed from the depths of the storage space (thanks, babe!).

* I’m getting ready to make a personalized Santa video for the kids via PNP, Portable North Pole. We did this last year and it *blew* their minds. (It is very cool.)

* and the holiday bake-fest is on.

So far we’ve made:

* dark chocolate almond clusters with sea salt

* chocolate chip cookies with sea salt (both salty finds via This Homemade Life). Couldn’t decide which chips would be best to use, so I divided the batter into three batches and tried semi-sweet, milk, and butterscotch. After serious methodical sampling — hey, somebody had to do it — I have to say I liked the milk chocolate the best. The salt is a great foil for the sweeter chocolate.

* this super-awesome gingerbread cake with lemon curd and whipped cream. Made the house smell great! And the kids loved it. Via the December Bon Appetit.

Happy Holiday Prep, mamas!

Related:

Cutest Christmas Tree Skirts for 2011

7 Recipes for a Perfect Holiday Trifle

Cute Paperless Holiday E-Cards

 

December 3 – 4: Weekend Links for Brooklyn Mamas

Santa at Macy's Herald Square

We have a long list, big guy. Hope you're up for it this year.

Hey, I never said I was working on world peace here, people.

So….

On my humble to-do list:

* Santaland at Macy’s with the kids. Believe it. We’re there. (Via Mommy Poppins, here are more places in NYC to see Santa.)

* I got a good look at my Visa bill this week. Yeah, that sh*t was pretty scary. Better skip Anthro for a while and set my sights on more modest acquisitions, like this:

Paradisa bloom party dress from Ruche

Paradisa bloom party dress from Ruche, a mere $40. $40!

* Next color up on the fall nail polish brigade:

chanel-nail-colour-in-paradoxal

Chanel nail colour in Paradoxal. Bring it, baby.

* Ready to stockpile the salted caramel squares at Bklyn Larder. They freaking rule.

salted caramel square from Bklyn Larder

One more, please.

Happy weekend!

 

Register Now! Awesome Winter Weekends with Curious Jane!

Curious Jane Winter Field Trips

Come have fun with the CJ community!

Hey, Brooklyn mamas of daughters!

Looking for fun ways to keep your adventurous girl busy in the city this winter? Of course you are!

Well, Magnolia attended an amazing summer camp this year I was so happy with that I contacted the woman who founded it about doing some freelance work for her — and the Curious Jane Winter Field Trip Series is the collaborative end result. Great trips around the city, all girls, all fun, all winter!

Come sign up! From flying on a trapeze to cooking to building something cool, here’s a brief description of what we’ve got lined up (go to Curious Jane for complete deets):

* Curious Jane Takes on The Sketchbook Project in Carroll Gardens — Have an art book published!
Sunday, December 11

* Learn to Fly at Trapeze School New York in Manhattan
Sunday, January 22

* Build Something Cool at Makeville Woodworking Studios in Gowanus
Sunday, February 12

* Whip Up Something Tasty at The Brooklyn Kitchen in Williamsburg
Sunday, March 11

* Travel to See Your Finished Sketchbook + Sample Sweet Treats from Momofuku Milk Bar Brooklyn in Williamsburg
Sunday, April 22

For full details, and to learn about Curious Jane Weekend Workshops, too, (at the CJ work space, and very fun!), hop on over to the CJ site.

For more on the camp and its founder, Samantha Razook Murphy, read my interview with her….

Hope to see your girls (with a friend or sibling) there this winter!

 

 

Currently Obsessed with…. My Schuler & Sons Boots from Anthropologie

Brass Tacks Boots

Brass Tacks Boots / Schuler & Sons / Currently Out of Stock at Anthro / Wah.

You know it and so do I — we’re Anthro-obsessed.

So I was super-psyched to find these boots at 50% OFF the sale price (!) at the store on Black Friday. Apparently, some online shoppers were loving them, too, ’cause now they’re sold out. Take heart, though — other Schuler & Sons styles can still be found (although not all of them are on sale.) Keep your eyes peeled, though — prices could plummet the closer we get to Christmas. Here’s a cute pair:

Claret Bow Boots

Claret Bow Boots / Schuler & Sons / Anthropologie / $238 / Yay!

These boots + purple tights + my Moth sweater dress (below — I have it in espresso) + OPI’s “You Don’t Know Jacques” = my fall-into-winter uniform.

moth+rendition+dress

Moth Rendition Dress

opi+you+don't+know+jacques nail color

OPI / You Don't Know Jacques nail color

This look is helping me feel it — at least a teeny bit — for fall. Although I’m already dreaming of summer vacation…. < Big sigh. >

Other obsessions:

New French Classics from Food & Wine

State Prints from One Canoe Two

Dining at Buvette

 

March 12 – 13: Weekend Links for Brooklyn Mamas, the Music Edition

Lucinda Williams Blessed

photo via LucindaWilliams.com

So psyched. Going to see Lucinda Williams tonight at Webster Hall! (Thanks, Aunt Katie, for the free babysitting. Totally appreciate that you responded to my pathetic Facebook plea!) It’s been way too long since I’ve seen a live show.

We’ve been listening to her latest release, Blessed, in anticipation — you can hear two tracks from it, “Buttercup” and the title song, on her site.

Other music we’ve been loving — Erin Ivey‘s new album, Broken Gold. We discovered her while we were in Austin. It’s a little mellow, a little funky, a little sweetly sexy. Sort of like a fresher Norah Jones (you know, that you haven’t already heard a million-bazillion times.) Check her out via the “free random download of the moment” feature on her site.

More music on my mind….

winter concert series at P.S. 295

Head on over to P.S. 295 this weekend to shake your groove thang!

This Sunday’s Brazilian Dance Party that’s part of the Winter Concert Series at P.S. 295.

Get a long list of kids’ weekend music listings over at A Child Grows in Brooklyn — there’s a LOT going on.

A production of “Annie” in Bayside sounds like fun for kids 12 and under and — it may not be musical — but the Spring Artisan Fair in Astoria, complete with toys and chocolate, sounds cool. Both via Mommy Poppins.

It looks like it may actually be NICE out Saturday and Sunday, so party on.

Happy weekend!

Recipe of the Week: Pork Shoulder Ragu from Dinner: A Love Story

DALS pork shoulder ragu

We still haven’t rounded the corner with spring yet — is more snow coming? please, God, no — which means we’ll definitely be making this Pork Ragu with Pappardelle from Dinner: A Love Story at least one more time before temps turn warmer. It’s easy (hello, braising), delicious, and was a hit with everyone.

A few notes from our making of the dish:

* We’d never cooked pork shoulder before and were perplexed by the not at all unattractive but rather large layer of fat present on one side of the meat. You might be able to buy the pork roast trimmed, or trim it yourself, but I’m sure the fat added flavor. We left it on and then removed the excess fat once the meat was cooked and it was time to pull it apart with two forks, per the recipe — that was simple, as it’s falling-apart tender.

* Since M. is not a fan of tomato sauce, I set aside some meat for her at that stage, before adding it back to the pot with all of the saucy goodness. She was a satisfied customer and ate happily — her buttered pasta in one bowl and meat in the other — without complaint. J., who loves tomato sauce and asked for extra with his meat, was a happy camper, too.

* DALS recommends serving this with a salad with some sweetness to it to balance the pork. We did — greens with pear and blue cheese — and it did make for a great pairing.

* The fact that you braise the meat for 3 – 4 hours, with little effort required on the part of the cook, makes this recipe highly appealing for busy parents. Great for entertaining, too, as DALS notes. Also, it made the house smell really good — that, plus advance sampling of the meat by the kids before we sat down to eat, meant they were nicely primed to go after the food with gusto (definitely not always the case.)

What recipes are getting your family through the last weeks of winter? We’re all ears!

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Last Week’s Recipe: Spicy Veggie Burritos


March 5 – 6: Weekend Links for Brooklyn Mamas

Lite-Brite

Old-school fun with Lite-Brite!

The Great Lice Nightmare of 2011 seems to be over — we’re nit-free and lovin’ it, although a little worse for the wear. Still paranoid and itchy. I went up to M.’s room one morning this week to find her holding a little Snow White figurine she loves, with a flashlight poised over its head — “What are you doing?” “Checking for bugs.”

Moving on!

Things to check out this weekend and beyond….

Mark your calendar — Get the kids out of the house to jump around, have fun, and hear some good grooves at the Winter Concert Series at P.S. 295, happening March 13th and 27th. $20 per family per show.

Leave it to Real Simple to distill your existence with a searing coverline such the following: 5 Beauty Treatments That Will Change Your Life. (In the March issue and, well, Jesus, apparently I need these! I have to say, I *was* sucked in by the gel manicure. But, seriously, they’re meant to save you time and money — key for busy moms.)

Always looking for new pasta ideas, so…. 10 Fresh Ideas for Spaghetti from Apartment Therapy’s the kitchn. Also digging their list of Tips for Keeping Kitchen Counters Clutter-Free.

Got a kid with bounce and energy to spare? Find out the best places to take a tumbling or gymnastics class in Brooklyn, via A Child Grows.

Vacation inspiration: They may be pricey, but isn’t it sort of appealing to think about sending your kid to camp while on vacation? See Ciao Bambino‘s Kids’ Clubs That Make You Want to Be a Kid Again.

Old-school fun for your kid: Lite-Brite! (That’s M. with hers, above.) The toy’s been around since 1967, like me, but it’s still a mighty good diversion. It’s gotten a lot of love during the long winter days at our house recently. Buy it here or check out the iPhone app and then get it from the app store.

Last — sexy-fabulous song of the week: “Convince Me” from Blessed, Lucinda Williams’ latest. Get the album and listen to the song cranked at full volume 5 times in a row. You’ll be loving it, too.

Happy weekend!

Happy Winter Break!

margaritas at Fonda San Miguel

flckr photo / Kristi Sauer

Adios! Off to Tejas.

(Kristi Sauer)

 


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