Thursday, February 25, 2010

Oh my... I love mail

Created by Lauren 

Passion Tea from Chelsea
A Towel from Em
A Lovely Flower from Meg designed by The Littlest Boutique

A Rant about Mail
I absolutely love sending and receiving mail
I am pretty sure that I know everyone by name at my local post office
 they smiled when I sent off numerous Valentine's several times
 because 
I would always seem to leave one or two at home.
Do you send mail, and if so what do you send??
I've received the sweetest things this week and I just want to tell you about them:
On Saturday, I got a sweet card from my lovely friend Chelsea, inside were two packets of passion tea, she included one for the hubs so we can enjoy a cup of passion together... :)
all together Thoughtful.
A couple weeks back I won the Yellow Goddess Clip over at Curls and Coffee, and it came in the mail last week... 
I can't wait to wear it
right now it's on my vanity where I can admire it!!
Then my friend Emmy, 
whom 
I have known since the age of 5
 sent me a sweet towel and card.
And last but not least..... Lauren
 sent me a card JUST BECAUSE
 and inside were two pairs of earrings that she made!!! 
Ahhh swoooooonnnn!!
I just want to say Thank You... all of you have given life to my mail box, 
and have made me giddy!!
So here is my idea, 
being that I love mail and I am sure all of you do too
 I was thinking we would have a mail scramble!!!! 
Send me your address if you would like to participate
 and 
I will pair you up with another follower of Coeur de La
 and you will send each other simple somethings.
 You have until Saturday to send me an email at writingldy@gmail.com
with your address 
and 
I will set up the mail scramble and give you more details!!!
XO

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Green Stuff is GOOD

Look at these Brussel Sprouts... they are huge...ok just kidding... look at this Cabbage
A Perfect Bunch of Brussel Sprouts
Steamed in Garlic Butter
Better than Pasta

I love the color Green 
because it reminds me of
 Spring, Freshness, and VEGGIES!!! 
I bought a bunch of brussel sprouts over the weekend at the Farmer's Market 
and 
I wanted to find a recipe that would allow me to appreciate them
 luckily,
 my friend Heather suggested cooking them in Garlic Butter
and what a suggestion!! 
The Brussel Sprouts that Marc made were so GOOD that I asked for seconds
 and 
if there had been enough for thirds 
I would have had thirds... 
I was so focused on Brussel Sprouts that I ended up neglecting my pasta :)
Dear Brussel Sprouts, 
I would like to thank you for being gosh darn tasty!!
This is for all of you who wanted the Brussel Sprouts in Garlic Butter Recipe... I am going to warn you... after eating these yummy green bundles you may never look at brussel sprouts in the same way again... BECAUSE... they are GOOD!!!!

Brussel Sprouts in Garlic Butter... made by Marc (the hubby) recipe idea courtesy of Heather

Ingredients:
2-4 tbsp of butter
2 cloves of garlic diced
8 brussel sprouts, cut in half (cut of the stems too)
A little water
Salt and pepper to Taste 

Directions:
1) Melt the butter in a pan and sauté with the garlic over medium heat for 2-3 minutes
2) Add a few ounces of water to the pan
3) Place the brussel sprout halves face down in the pan and cover, simmering for 4-8 minutes, or until the brussel sprouts turn a bright, deep green
4) Then, Enjoy

 

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Saturdays and Farmer's Market GOODNESS

Beautiful Blooms
(Just started following their blog... and look what I found at the Farmer's Market)
Fresh Sauerkraut
my friend Heather... sweet as a pea
No this isn't a bouncy ball but a Pomelo

Saturdays are one of my favorite days of the week!!! Today, I met up with a friend to do some research for an article we are writing about local farmer's markets. Yes, we get to write about Farmer's Market Goodness!!! I snapped photos, tried samples and bought veggies and fruits galore. Some of my buys were:

Brussel Sprouts that will be cooked in Garlic Butter
A Pomelo, basically a big ball of grapefruit love
Locally fermented Sauerkraut... oh my so good
Oranges
Apples
A mixed greens bag with edible wild flowers
Chard
Here is the best part... we purchased all of this for 16 dollars... YES, can you believe it!!

Afterwards, the hubs and I met our friends and went to a yummy local bakery for French Pastries and sandwiches. I ordered a brie and ham sandwich, and for dessert a Chocolat Chaud. I am busy writing a paper but I am perfectly relaxed after a lovely morning. What are your favorite things to do on Saturdays?

Now... for the giveaway winner.... oh I am so excited... the lovely wishbone necklace goes to a new follower of Coeur de La..... Ashley from Rejoice!!! Congrats!!!!! Please email me at writingldy@gmail.com with your address, so I can send you your necklace.

I loved reading everyone's wishes. They inspired me and made me oh so happy. Stay tuned for another giveaway in two weeks... for my little blog's first birthday :)
Wishing you the best of weekends!!! 
XO

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Giveaway: Close your eyes and make a wish


I am really excited for this giveaway!!! 
I will be giving away this lovely wishbone necklace 
(featured in the picture above)
courtesy of my friend Alana. 
She is the friend that created my seahorse necklace 
that I love oh so much 
and 
now you have a chance to receive one from her too!!
This giveaway is only open to followers of Coeur de La 
as a way to say thank you to all of you.... 
You are the BEST
details on how to enter:
1. leave a comment telling me your favorite item on Alana's etsy
2. leave a comment telling me a wish you made that came true
3. leave a comment telling me your favorite place to travel to

You can leave up to three comments and Good Luck... I wish I could enter :) 
Oh, and one of you will be picked at random 
on the afternoon of 
Saturday, February 20 by!! 
XO

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Union Street to Crissy Field

On the roof top in the city... we went to a piano bar
Brunch at my favorite place...
Best Chai Latte... it is served in a bowl, just how I like it
Balloons
A Beautiful Day in the City

On Valentine's Day Marc and I walked to our favorite spot
and 
enjoyed a yummy brunch. 
I love La Boulange because their Chai Latte is quite possibly the best Chai ever... 
I mean it... 
if you are in San Francisco head to Union Street 
and
 grab brunch at La Boulange. 
After, 
we decided to walk down to Crissy Field and grab a snack at the 
which is located right under the Golden Gate. 
I loved that all of the streets were decorated with pink, red and white balloons 
and 
even the sidewalks had paper hearts scattered about. 
The weather was perfect for a day of walking
 and 
I feel the best way to see a city is on two feet. 
I loved reading all of your blogs on Monday 
and stay tuned for my giveaway tomorrow... 
here's a hint... 
start thinking about a wish that you have, 
or 
a wish that you've made that has come true... 
:) XO
Happy Tuesday!!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

A Valentine's Treat for You

Fresh Raspberries... ahh I love their color
The Raspberry Cupcake Batter
A Treat for Valentine's Day
Pink Buttercream Frosting.... amazing
A Cupcake Just for You!! xo

Here is a Valentine's Treat for You... 
now say that five times fast.
I woke up this morning 
and 
started baking away
... these cupcakes were rather tedious to make 
but 
all in all they were a fun recipe to try. 
Last night, 
I made the Lacy Chocolate Hearts 
and had an adventure trying
 to pipe out intricate hearts out of melted chocolate
... I made a huge mess 
but who considers chocolate a mess? :)
I must say 
 buttercream frosting is heavenly and makes the cupcake 
because the cupcake itself 
tastes more like a muffin. 
I think next time I am going to make velvety rich chocolate cupcakes
 with Pink Buttercream frosting... 
now that sounds like a cupcake. 
What kinds of treats are you making or enjoying this weekend? 
And, if you tried the Raspberry Cupcake recipe
... what did you think, did it taste more like a muffin to you?
 Sending you much love... 
xo!!

Friday, February 12, 2010

All You Need is Love

Marc and I
couples who play together stay together.. Emily and Scott
Maui Love... Kyle and Ashley
Spending Valentine's Day with this Lovely Couple... Ashley and Scott

"for beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."
Audrey Hepburn

I hope all of you have a weekend filled with ..... LOVE!!! 
Happy (soon to be) Valentine's Day
xo
P.S I have a lovely giveaway for all of you next week... so so excited... here is a hint
it's something from my creative friend Alana :)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Sending you Flowers




My sister has been staying with us and I must say that I have been benefiting.... 
why you might ask? 
Well, she has been getting flowers (the ones in the pictures above) 
from her secret admirer :)... 
and guess who gets to scour the house for vases, 
and decided where they go?? 
Yes... I do!! 
My home is filled with love, flowers and merriment. 
Have you noticed how much life flowers bring to a room? 
I can sit and just stare at their beauty for hours... 
ok maybe not for hours, but while I eat my breakfast. 
What is your favorite flower? 
Mine are daisies 
but roses have been growing on me, 
oh and let me not forget ... 
Sunflowers... 
I had a bouquet of teddy bear sunflowers for my wedding.
 Any who, 
Wishing you a lovely Valentine's Day weekend... 
enjoy time with someone you love, whether it's toasting with friends, a dinner with mom or dad, or time with your hubby/BF/GF, or taking your pup for a walk... 
Valentine's Day for me, and I hope for all of you is really just about Celebrating LOVE!!! And, who doesn't want to celebrate Love...!! XO
p.s if you would like a valentine send me an email and I will send you one

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Life is Sweet

(Sweet)
(Winter)

I love it when Seahorses kiss 
and 
that winter in California means you can eat ice cream!! 
It's the little things that remind me 
.... Life is Sweet. 
What are some sweet things that make you smile? 

*The ice cream photo was taken by my brother and the necklace was created by my friend Alana... check out her etsy ... her stuff is oh so sweet!! 

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Blueberries and a touch of Spring

(My Inspiration)
(MUFFINS)
(MERCI CHLOE)
(Sweet Nectar from The SOHO.... Thank you)
(Spring... almost)

The other day I mentioned I had a bunch of fresh blueberries in my fridge... and I ended up making Blueberry Muffins. Yes, I am in a muffin phase so please bear with me :) 
I found this great recipe from an oh so inspiring blog and decided to try it. The muffins turned out perfectly and Marc said.... "These are the best Muffins I have ever had!!!" I was pretty excited. 
This week has been crazy.... I had two papers due and a midterm, so I couldn't help but be a little flustered, but to cope I decided to make a yummy recipe to celebrate the end of my crazy week... details to come on the recipe. A couple of things that made me oh so happy this week were: wearing a headband that a very creative friend made, deciding how to use Tupelo honey, and that Spring is right around the corner... things are perking up!!! I hope all of  you are enjoying your week... what are your weekend plans??? xo

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Muffins and Coffee

(Home Brewed Coffee: a key to studying)
(Making Muffins: a key to procrastinating)
(A good oven: a key to baking)
(Muffins: a key to Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

I have a crazy week ahead of me 
and 
when it comes to midterms/papers etc 
there is no better way to procrastinate than to 
BAKE MUFFINS. 
I made these yummy Pumpkin Pecan Muffins last week 
while taking a break from studying. 
Muffins are one of my favorite treats 
and 
I love that they can be enjoyed in the 
morning, afternoon and evening. 
So, 
being that I am giving myself an hour study break 
and 
I have a bunch of fresh blueberries in my fridge hmmm... what to do?? 
I think you can guess what I will be baking. 
I can already smell the aromas, 
of 
sweet blueberries mixed with butter and sugar mmmm!! 
How do you procrastinate, do share?? 
Wishing you a lovely Tuesday!! 
xo
p.s a fresh cup of home brewed coffee goes perfectly with a straight from the oven muffin