I want to spend this post talking about a company I love: BUILT. A few years ago I got a black lunch bag from the New York based company BUILT while on Block Island. It looks like this but with a white image of block island printed on the lower right hand corner:
I use it to bring my lunch to work most days, and I am always surprised at how much food it can fit. The bag is also very light, which is great for when I'm coming back from work.
BUILT has a bunch of designs for lunch bags, including this cute roll top, expandable one:
For the past few weeks I have been eyeing this reusable sandwich bag:
I always feel bad throwing away zip locks from sandwiches, so I decided it was worth gifting myself this bag. I am so happy with it so far!
Work is very busy for me at the moment, which means I have organizing on my mind. I don't know about you, but I've always been more into organizing supplies rather than the act of organizing itself... One such organizing supply I've been eyeing lately are these Color Block Magnets.
They are by Cuppa Color, and come in all different hues. I really like this purple-y pastel bunch.
I started on my pug ornament today. I have no idea how it is going to turn out but I am optimistic!
My plan is to blend the patterns I used for my knit pug and my pig ornament. I am not sure exactly what I want to do, but I decided to just start knitting and see how it goes. Hopefully I will get some knitting done while travelling this weekend. Wish me luck!
Sunday night I got inspired to make a summery dessert. I flipped through some of my cook books and settled on Ina Garten's Summer Fruit Crostata. The recipe originally comes from the restaurant Al Forno in Providence, RI, which has THE BEST desserts. (Al Forno was recently named one of the Best Italian Restaurants in the U.S. by Travel and Leisure Magazine.) Ina tweaked their recipe a bit to make the crostata using summer fruit rather than apples.
Here is a picture by Sohini R. via Yelp of an Al Forno made to order pear and walnut tart:
I made the crust a few hours before dinner. I don't know why I get intimidated by pie crusts, because they really are very easy. I didn't even use a food processor, but instead cut the butter into the flour mixture using two knives. I just hate getting the mixer dirty when I don't have to!
The crust turned out nice and flaky, and the mixture of summer fruits Ina recommends (black plums, peaches, and blueberries) was delicious. I will definitely make this again.
My friend Jessica arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal this week, where she will be living for the next four months. She's started a blog called KathmanDoings to document her experiences. She is a great writer, photographer, and on an adventure - what more could you want in a blog! Check it out.
Yesterday was my parents' 29th wedding anniversary. My mom made a pie to celebrate. She is a master pie maker. Photo credit goes to Dad Devine.
As I mentioned in my last post, it is almost September but there is still lots of summer food I need to make! I have been meaning to bake a pie since I got this light blue bird pie funnel from Sur La Table for christmas.
I was in Newport, RI for the weekend, enjoying some beach time with friends. Being at the beach in August got me thinking about all the summer things I want to do before it starts to get chilly. One such thing is at-home pickling.
I saw this article on small batch summer pickling a few weeks ago on the blog food52. (I am a huge fan of food52, which operates on an interesting concept you can read about here.) They always have great posts from food bloggers and chefs.
The recipe comes from Ashley Rodriguez of the blog Not Without Salt, which has some amazing food photography. I am particular interested to try pickled fennel. Maybe I'll get it together to pickle some things this weekend. First though I need to find the right jar!
Yesterday was my birthday! I turned 25. I had a little after dinner party of cake and prosecco on our roofdeck. Despite generous offers from others, I decided I wanted to make my own birthday cake. For me, birthdays are all about the cake. I chose Ina Garten's Beatty's Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.
I had never made it before, but it turned out wonderful. It was an easy cake to make, and the buttermilk in it made it very moist and delicious. The frosting was good, but definitely on the sweet side. I might make something less sweet next time.
Here's to my first quarter century!
PS: For more info on the dress I'm wearing, click here.
Today my boyfriend comes back from Brussels, where he has been doing an internship for the past two months. To celebrate his arrival, I made a quick Welcome Back banner and cookies. I like the homemade look of the banner, and the rainbow sprinkles on the cookies match nicely.
I cut the letters out free form from construction paper, and then punched holes in the letters. I strung ribbon through the letters to hang them. I didn't have enough ribbon to make a second row, so I tapped the next row of letters to the first row.
I'm a little late with this story, but as I watch the women's gymnastics all around competition, I feel I should share a recent news story concerning the Olympics and knitting. It is an interesting situation, as well as an interesting intellectual property question.
Read about the "Ravelympics" - I mean "Ravellenic Games" - here.