Sunday
Nov102013

Knit (ware) it Up 

Above: H&M knit sweater, Warby Parker glasses, Jerome Dreyfuss Carlos tote, & Zara leopard pennyloafers (check out this fabulous pair of leopard penny loafers from Rockport!)

 

Little secret. I wore this outfit pretty much all weekend.

That being said, there is really only about 1-2 hours a day that require me to dress up! Hah! But I am proud I manage to do it for at least some tiny part of the day.

I had a chance to tour and sneak a preview of the new Intermix at The Street in Chestnut Hill on Friday. Be very excited. It is jammed with all the designers you know and love....better yet, in the burbs- pics below!. I would have gladly left my wallet there buying a new post baby wardrobe but lucky for me, they didn't have the registers up and running on Friday (though they will be open for business officially tomorrow!). They were also sold out (already!!) of the new J Brand photo ready jeans. I have been dying to try them out, apparently the greatest thing to happen to denim since.....ever, so I gave in and ordered some online. I don't usually cave to the hype but these sounded like just what the doctor ordered for the new mama- aka, denim with spanx-like infusions that make you look like a million. What's not to love?!

Husband and I also also hosted a dinner party for my mother in law this weekend- who retired! It was a great chance to get creative with some decorations and flex some underused muscle in the kitchen. My newest obsession is this All Clad slow cooker. I have used it every weekend for the last three weeks. Likewise, perfect for the new mom- pop everything into the pot when baby is napping in the AM, and voila, dinner is ready by the time husband gets home. Up next, some home made chicken stock.

 

Thursday
Nov072013

CSA Cooking: Spiced Zucchini Bread Recipe

 

My CSA cooking series is back in business. While the farmshare never stopped, my ability to actually do anything other than roast veggies did!

This delicious spiced zucchini bread is worth the effort it takes to bake. I have tried a lot of zucchini bread recipes over the years but never found one that was worth sharing. Until now.

This recipe was adapted from Smitten Kitchen. It doubles your baking pleasure by yielding two loaves. They freeze very well when wrapped in tin foil and then sealed in a large freezer bag.

Spiced Zucchini Bread

Ingredients:

3 eggs

1 1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 cup sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 1/2 cups grated zucchini (about 3 medium sized)

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 cups all-purpose flour

3 teaspoons cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon grated orange zest

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1 cup combination dried cranberries  


Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour two loaf pans.

In mixer, beat eggs. Add oil, slowly, to not deflate eggs. Next, add sugar, zucchini, orange zest and vanilla in mixer.

In a seperate bowl, combine remaining dry ingredients: flour, spices, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir in walnuts and dried fruit to coat (and keep them suspended in loaf while they bake).

Add dry ingredients to wet and manually combine with spatula. Divide mixture between both pans and bake for about 1 hour + 5 minutes, or until a knife inserted comes out clean.

 

Check out other recipes from CSA Cooking here:

Strawberry Creamcheese Bread

Cherry Streusal Pie

Monday
Nov042013

Back to Basics

Above: Anthropologie Level 99 boyfriends, J Crew button down (similar), H&M sweater, J Crew necklace (similar), Super Ciccio glasses, Isabel Marant heels (love this pair by Ann Taylor!), Louis Vuitton Speedy

 

Completed a closet clean out this weekend. Kind of depressing really, but good to get all the maternity gear out and have a blank slate of sorts. 

I also had to pack away some of the baby items already. It's a good thing she is out of preemie gear but breaks your heart in two at the same time that she is growing so fast! How is this already possible? 

Between your usual clothes and the maternity gear is this strange post pregnancy purgatory, which I currently roam. It is fashionless. Plain. And you don't want to really spend any money to make it anything other than that, because the goal is to fit back into your pre-pregnancy skinnies, right?

So I caved and bought some jeans- these slouchy boyfriend type jeans from Anthropologie. I am not terribly familiar with the line, Level 99, but I have been happy with the fit. This pair forms the foundation for my daily outfit. Funny how swapping out slippers for heels will instantly change a look. 

Now, from the closet clean out and sorted into the 'maybe' pile are these Marant heels. I love the idea of these heels but if I am being honest they have always been a little big for me. I bought them in a flurry of they are SO on sale, how could I not? It was between these and the first edition of the Marant sneaker wedge a few years ago.....in retrospect, I chose poorly! Clearly sneakers will feature predominantly in my new life with babe and man, it would have been nice to have predicted that hit. Anyone found any full proof methods for making a pair just a smidge too big fit? Heel liners, cotton ball in the toes, have not worked here. Anything a cobbler can do? Otherwise I fear these are on the chopping block too!