3.27.2011

New(ish) digital, Interior Design Magazines

When I received a notice that Domino Magazine was not going to be published anymore I was so bummed. I loved Domino! It was right up my ally with interior design ideas I could dream about and some ideas I could actually do. It was like having tea (or wine) with a really good friend. I missed it and did not take our sudden break up well.

A significant amount of time has passed, and while I am still a little heartbroken, I saw some cute online design magazines over the weekend and I thought I would share them with you.

First is Lonny which jumped in very soon after Domino left me. I have seen it around, but was just not ready for a commitment. This weekend we had a quick cup of tea and I can see us hanging out in the future. The cool thing is that all of the issues are available under the Archives so you can see what Lonny is really about..

The cute newcomer is Matchbook Magazine. They claim to be a field guide to a charmed life. With only two issues under their belt, I am liking what I see so far. Maybe we should have some tea too.

Let me know your thoughts. I know some of you are going to love these.

PS
Some highlights from Domino turned up on Brides.com. If you wanted to check them out.

3.20.2011

Orange & Vanilla Marmalade


Recently I tried my hand at making Orange and Vanilla Marmalade. I found the recipe on Design*Sponge from guest blogger Ashley English.

I have a little experience with canning but have never tried marmalade before. The Farmers' Markets are exploding with citrus and my Mom gave me some amazing lemons off her tree... so I thought... why not?

First I would like to say that Ashley's' recipe is fairly simple. She doesn't have pectin listed in the recipe and instead tells you to keep all the seeds and add them to marmalade. My only problem was that the incredible oranges I got at the Farmers' Market did not have seeds, not one. This got me worrying a bit. How was my marmalade going to have the correct texture?

Well I was worried for a good reason. The recipe takes about two days to make (with all the waiting time) and when I finally canned my concoction, it was not jam like at all. It was more like syrup....

So day three found me adding some liquid pectin to the marmalade mixture and re-canning everything. And this time it almost worked out. The marmalade is not quite what the constancy it should be but it is very close. It tastes amazing and I am happy with my results. I think I can only get better from here on out. AND because the texture is a little off, it made a perfect glaze on salmon tonight for dinner!

PS
I added some pictures and video to the blog post Tahoe and back in 4 days if you are interested!

3.15.2011

Photo Field Trip: Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA

I loved field trips as a kid. I especially remember in my 4th grade class we went on seven field trips. My instructor Mrs Knauer (one of the best teachers I ever had) made all her students buy their own supplies (like pencils and rulers) so she could use that money for field trips. I remember she had a list and we all had to put our supplies in a Pringles can to keep them organized.... I think it was the first time I realized school was not a joke. Mrs. Knauer took learning very seriously. I think she was the toughest teacher I ever had.

On the topic of Mrs. Knauer, I wanted to tell you about my favorite field trip in her class. In 4th grade we learned about the California Missions and the tide-pools. These two topics were crammed into one field trip and we went to see the Dana Point tide pool and the Mission at San Juan Capistrano. I remember running around the mission BUT I really remember the tide pools. We had this tide-pool booklet we needed to complete before we could go on the field trip. It was huge, and a lot of hard work. We had to answer questions about different life forms in the tide-pools, color each picture accurately, pass quizzes and a whole bunch of other things I don't remember 20 something years later. The booklet had to be complete to be able to go on the field trip. The day before the field trip my booklet was not complete. I was not going to be able to go. I had kind of given up and decided I wasn't going to make it. Mrs. Knauer looked at me, told me to take my tide-pool booklet and go to Mr. Turners' class to finish it. The next day I was on the bus!

Their is something magical about field trips. They take us to places we never would have chosen to go before. As I got older I traded in field trips for dates, and international travel. But recently T and I took a field trip to the Queen Mary. He was testing out a new film and I was just along for the ride. The Queen Mary has a self-guided walking tour and I learned a lot about the boat from following this tour and taking advantage of the early morning silence to just enjoy a new place. Below are some of my favorite pictures from the day.