Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Milwaukee Faves: Glorioso's Italian Foods

Glorioso's has been in the same storefront on Brady St. for over 60 years, but soon it will move across the street into the large stucco fortress that used to the be the Brady St. Pharmacy. I'm not thrilled about the move, but I do realize that Brady St. needs a larger grocery store. The little deli was small, yet cozy; a little outdated, yet charming. It sort of kept the trendy and ever-changing Brady St. grounded.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Free Downloadable Labels and Tags

I love these tags (especially the forks and knives labels). Download them here. The Poppytalk blog has lots of other great free downloads, too!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Top Ten Albums of 2009

This is it!.... my ten favorite albums of 2009. If you want to listen to these albums I suggest going to because you can stream the album for free. Come check out the Top Ten Albums of the Year party at Trocadero tomorrow night (12/27), more info here.

Number 10: Great Lake Swimmers- Lost Channels

Number 9: Regina Spektor- Far

Number 8: Coeur de Pirate- Coeur de Pirate

Number 7: The Decemberists- The Hazards of Love

Number 6: Bon Iver- Blood Bank

Number 5: Discovery- LP

Number 4: Neko Case- Middle Cyclone

Number 3: Phoenix: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Number 2: The XX- XX

Number 1: Beach House- Teen Dream

Thursday, December 24, 2009

New stuff: Christmas shoes!

These red plaid point-toe flats are now $11.88 at Target!

More cute red plaid stuff......

Red plaid iPhone skin from istyles, Buffalo check jumper from forever21, plaid clutch from Red Clover on Etsy, Wool dress stewart plaid wool throw from Pendleton

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Wedding update: Vespa road trip through Italy

Photo: Adriano, bananastrudel

For our honeymoon, we talked about a lot of options: New Zealand, France, the Caribbean. Those just didn't seem like "us". But this, I'm really excited about. I think we'll spend a couple weeks in Europe traveling, but the main event will be a road trip from Rome to Naples along the Amalfi coast riding on a Vespa. It's about 120 miles one way and the terrain looks to be easily done on a scooter. We've done similar trips on Matt's scooter so we'll totally be ready for this!

Let me know if anyone has Europe travel suggestions (I love the heck out of comments!)

UPDATE: We went on our road trip! It was amazing. Read all about our trip, our route, our Vespa, and my tips for Vespa travel in Italy HERE.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Backyard Discovery: Rudolph the Red-nosed Mattress

I was driving down KK this morn', when what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a old crusty mattress with Rudolph, a spray-painted reindeer.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Picture frame display at Abby's house

My friend Abby lives in Brookfield in a beautiful tudor style cottage house that she and her husband bought this past spring. After her holiday party last week, as I was leaving, I snapped this picture of the arrangement of picture frames hung above her dining room buffet. Her dining room already has a lot of architectural interest: built-in china cabinets, crown molding, textured walls, hardwood floors, old eight square windows, a radiator heater. So, this was a neat way to fill the wall space but keeping it simple to not over decorate the room. You could also hang vintage Christmas ornaments inside the frames or add fabric to the inside, like this one.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Milwaukee's Cracked Designs in the New York Times

Local Milwaukeean and Etsy seller, Tara Scheureman, was noted in the New York Times' Style section article about earning a living by selling on Etsy. I have been eyeing up their wedding invitations for a while now. See more of Cracked Designs' stationery and greeting cards at their Etsy shop.

That Hobby Looks Like a Lot of Work
New York Times: December 16, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Daily Fix: Hot workout clothes

I joined Bayview Fitness last week and now I'm in the market for some hot workout clothes. New clothes for the gym are always a good way to get motivated and feel good about working out. There aren't too many hotties at the gym besides my fiance who goes with me, but I still want to look good. Check out my wishlist:

Top row: Sherpa Tunic from Anthropologie, Om Tee from Bela Tees
Middle rows: Groove Crop II from Lululemon, Hills Pullover from Lululemon, Sigg water bottle, Voltaic Running shoes from Puma
Bottom row: Recycled Sail Tote from Reiter8, Cami performance sport bra from Champion

Monday, December 14, 2009

Can't stop listening to: Coeur de Pirate

As I was hemming away at the top ten list this past weekend, I discovered the Quebec artist, Coeur de Pirate, and cannot stop listening to the album. The piano is just beautiful and the songs evoke a warm happiness and wonderment. I believe this one will rank high on the best of 2009 list- despite me not understanding a word of french. She sounds like a mix of Yael Naim, Emiliana Torrini, and a reserved Regina Spektor.

Here's a sample (in the form of one cute video).........

Coeur de Pirate || Comme des enfants from Dare To Care Records on Vimeo.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Weekend: Lonny, Top 10 list, a garage sale and a bloody mary on top

I'm excited to get the weekend rolling because there is sure a lot of good stuff going on in the neighborhood.

The second issue of Lonny Magazine is now online! I browsed through it today as fast as I could because I couldn't stand the suspense. Over the weekend, I'm going to sit down and read the articles and dog-ear some decorating ideas. Go take a look! Go, Go, Go!

I'm going to finish up with some odds 'n ends on my Gift List at the Urban Garage Sale. It's tomorrow from 10:30-5:30 pm at Turner Hall Ballroom. Design Within Reach will be there? With discounted stuff? Hot damn. On a side note, our wedding reception will be at Turner Hall Ballroom next summer, so I'll take advantage of the daylit room and make some notes in between shopping.

My Top Ten Albums of 2009 List is almost finished. I should be posting that next week on this blog and on the Letters Home from Camp blog. Matt at Letters Home from Camp will be hosting the 7th Annual Top Ten Party on Dec. 27th at Trocadero. Check out the Shepherd Express write-up here.

If time allows, I'm going to try to hit up the Bloody Brunch at Stack'd bar on Sunday from 11am-2pm. It looks like a super good time AND proceeds will benefit the Blood Center and Great Lakes Hemophilia Foundation. I'm all about that kind of charity stuff.

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Decorating for the holidays: Square One

We haven't started decorating for Christmas at all. We're sadly lacking in the holiday spirit department. I did set one of my radio presets to 99.1 so I can listen to Christmas music. That's about it. This weekend, I think I'm going to get the tree out of the basement (and by "me" I mean Matt). And I'm going to try to make this wreath from Country Living

Now, if I could only find some of these vintage bottlebrush trees to put in front of one of my many, many maps. Yes, I own a lot of MAPS. I'm basically a cartographer by now.

I have to find a nice little place for my brass reindeer, too

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Out to Lunch: Jake's Deli

On 17th and North Ave. Open M-Sa 10:00am - 3:00pm

I love that this place hasn't changed in decades. I also loved the sign on the wall that read "Sorry, the only Bud we serve here is Bud Selig". And I looove their corned beef sandwiches.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Oh the weather outside if frightful

Wearing an Ovejanegra sweater would make this blizzardy day so much better!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Holiday Cooking: bring an appetizer

We have a lot of holiday parties to go to this year AND we'll be hosting the family Christmas this year. I have started the menu planning process which means going through my shelves of cookbooks and my bookmarked cooking websites looking for recipes and some cooking inspiration. So, as we countdown until Christmas, I will be posting those selected recipes in hopes that A.) you may get some ideas B.) my friends/family will get a sneak peek at the goods.

Gougeres: French cheese puff pastries

I found the recipe and picture on David Lebovitz's website. He's my "go-to" for french desserts and his Paris Chocolate & Gastronomy Tour is on my bucket list. I just have to say, there is some pretty stellar food photography on this website, so don't look at it if you're hungry. David uses this camera. Jealous.

Spiced Southern Pecans

This recipe comes from "The Gift of Southern Cooking" by Edna Lewis and Scott Peacock. Edna Lewis is the matron of true southern cooking. We're talking about the real stuff here, like chowchow, tomato gravy, and chicken hash, along with all of the more well-known southern recipes (ie cornbread, etc). These pecans are like the candied nuts you get at the Brewer's games or the County Fairs only with a fuller spiced flavor, not heat.

Boil 1 lb. pecan halves for 2 min. then drain in colander. Toss pecans in bowl of: 4 C sugar, 2 1/2 tsp. Ceylon cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. nutmeg, 1/2 tsp. salt. Fry in 340 degree oil for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. To get an extra thick coating of goodness, lift pecans out of oil and drain well, then coat them in the sugar/spice bowl again and fry again.

Traditional Italian Anise Biscotti

I like shopping at Groppi's Food Market because I can discover a lot more flavors and inspiration there versus a supermarket. Anise one of those flavors like fennel that is strongly reminiscent of licorice. Small and extremely easy to make things like biscotti are my answer for what to bring to a party; what to give as gifts/stocking stuffers; or what to freeze and have on hand just in case we run out of real food at Christmas.
The recipes that I liked the most were the traditional ones from: Emeril Lagasse at FoodNetwork and Williams-Sonoma (pictured above).


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