so james has been away this week--off to wales to have 'man time', away from us women folk. funny cause we've talked every day on the phone-poor chap i think misses me. well, anyhoo i haven't done much since he's been gone just 'life' things like cleaning, exercise, applying for jobs, homework, more cleaning, catching up on sleep. in between all this and doing boring 'business/efforts in life improvement' on the computer i've found myself drifting into blogland & daydreaming. computer's are great for this--window shopping, reading about others lives to forget about your own--all without having to get dressed or put on makeup. so here's what's caught my eye this week in good old computerland:

an engagement photo by josh goleman

love the idea, just love the photo. wonder how the heck he thought of this?
these books are designed by coralie bickford-smith

These caught my eye cause they are available here in little old U.K., even better at my fav. shop in the whole world. thanks to black*eiffel for the heads up on the cute engagement pic and the books practically on my doorstep. funny how a u.s. based blog can give you the 411 on something in your own backyard. i may just have to pop over and get wuthering heights in greenwich this weekend. never read it yet. i know--i know, why the heck not?

picture from here

i love alex from gypsy girl guide. she's having a sale right now in her delicious shop that makes me want to pack my bags right now. i've been daydreaming recently about visiting india or nepal---oh the colors and the feast for the senses!

darling little vintage book from sweetshorn

thanks to jo for reminding me of sweet memories with my gran this week with this vintage book.

been thinking a lot about the phrase 'just be' this week and how to put it more in my life--especially when i've been getting countless rejection letters recently. maybe i should wear it around my neck so i wont forget? i love liz eatons pendants and necklaces that have done just this {see pic above}. thanks tara for the heads up.

picture from here

found a new blog, courtesy of frolic. its full of great art & doodles. did i mention i've been in a doodling mood this week??

finally a bit of thanksgiving goodness, courtesy of a fellow london expat--gwyneth and her new blog 'goop'. sign up here to get her newsletter. in the mean time here's one of her yummy recipes for the holidays:

pumpkin ice cream pie w/maple whipped cream

recipe/words below by gwyneth paltrow

if you can find pumpkin ice cream, by all means use that. if not, here’s a quick and easy way to make some using vanilla ice cream, good canned pumpkin and lots of wonderful spices. when you first make the mixture the spices might seem strong, but remember that their flavors get a bit muted when they’re ice cold. if you're doing thanksgiving for a large crowd, make two of these. one is good for a small crowd and the ice cream alone is a simple, fun desert for a party of two.

SERVES: 6, very generously
TIME: 20 minutes + at least 3 hours in the freezer
  • 1 cup of graham cracker crumbs (about 1 sleeve, ground in the food processor)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 5 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 1 can pureed pumpkin (or 1-3/4 cups fresh)
  • 1/4 teaspoon each ground allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves
  • Maple Whipped Cream (see recipe below)
preheat the oven to 350ยบ F. combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter in a pie pan (why bother washing a mixing bowl?). mix together with your fingers and then press evenly to cover the bottom and sides of the pan. it helps to press the mixture with the bottom of a small measuring cup. bake for ten minutes or until light brown. let cool while you prepare the filling.

in a large bowl, beat together the ice cream, pumpkin and spices. spread evenly into the cooled pie shell and stick in the freezer for at least three hours before serving. when ready to serve, spread the top with maple whipped cream.

maple whipped cream

maple syrup is one of the great north american ingredients and is one of the healthiest ways to sweeten things. i put it in nearly everything, including this heavenly whipped cream.

SERVES: enough for one pie
TIME: 5 minutes

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2-3 tablespoons real vermont maple syrup
whip the cream using a standing mixer, handheld mixer or whisk {a bit of a workout!} until stiff peaks form. whisk in maple syrup to taste.

1 comment:

Gypsy Alex said...

Thank you for the mention, Christine! :)