Monthly Archives: May 2015

Another Balsamine Dress

balsamine citronille dress pattern

This is the second time I have used the Balsamine pattern from Citronille–and I love it almost as much as I love the Suzanne pattern! I sewed this one for Lucy to wear on her birthday last week using some simple polka dot fabric I picked up at JoAnn’s a year or so back. It is such a simple pattern and came together in under two hours. The loose fit of it leaves plenty of room for my active girl to jump, run, and play.

balsamine citronille dress pattern

balsamine citronille dress pattern

A Modern Way to Eat

a modern way to eat cookbook review

Recently I waxed poetic about one my new favorite cookbooks, My New Roots. Well, I have another one for those of you who pour over cookbooks as fervently as I do. The book is A Modern Way to Eat by Anna Jones, and it is a stunner.

I had no expectations for this book–and to be completely honest I probably wouldn’t have given it a second glance upon cover alone, if it weren’t for glowing reviews from another blogger (eek, I don’t remember which one now!). While the cover in my opinion leaves much to be desired, the contents of this book is what really matter.

A Modern Way to Eat is an beautifully produced book, filled with not just recipes but wonderful stories and ideas. It is vegetarian with a good portion of the recipes being vegan or easily adaptable to a vegan diet.

I have already tried six or seven of the recipes from this book, and all have been winners. This morning I quickly put together the Turkish Fried Eggs. This consisted of a charred pita, spread with greek yogurt, topped with two fried eggs and sprinkled with chopped mint and parsley, sumac, and chile flakes. It was such a simple and delicious breakfast, but one that I would never, ever thought to create on my own. I love that about this book.

We also tried and loved the lime and chipotle black bean tacos. Living in Southern California, we make and eat a lot, A LOT, of tacos. At this point the idea of following a recipe for tacos seems kind of silly to me, but I did, and am so happy about the results. It was such an incredibly authentic taste and entirely unique to ones I have in my repertoire. I will be making these again, using different components in different places, mixing and matching, and definitely drawing inspiration for a new spin on many of our old stand by taco recipes.

One of the features that I love about this book are the sections on creative salad or soup building. It gives you a break down of the fundamentals of a good soup or salad, lets you pick and choose the components, and the rest is up to you. I made the most delicious tomato based vegetable soup witch chickpeas and herbs. It was such a simple recipe, but definitely not one I would have come up with on my own accord.

What I love the most about this book is how much it has encouraged different flavors and opened up my eyes to totally unique combinations. This book has already spent a great deal of time on my kitchen counter. I guarantee it will be one of those that open to our favorite recipes and is covered in stains from use.

a modern way to eat cookbook review

a modern way to eat cookbook review

a modern way to eat cookbook review

a modern way to eat cookbook review

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Yet Another Suzanne Dress

citronille suzanne dress sewing pattern

Yes, I sewed another Suzanne dress. I know seeing the same old dress time and time again makes for a rather boring blog, but I just love this pattern so much, and Lucy pretty much lives in these comfy tunic style dresses. This is my sixth time following this pattern (not including the doll versions I have made!), and I will tell you now– I plan to make many more! If you are interested in this sewing pattern I have written about it more here.

This version was made out of the softest cotton lawn, from Robert Kaufman’s collection, London Calling, which is filled with beautiful florals in the style of Liberty of London–but with a much more reasonable price! They have a lovely selection, and I plan on ordering more fabrics from the collection soon.

citronille suzanne dress sewing pattern

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citronille suzanne dress sewing pattern

citronille suzanne dress sewing pattern

citronille suzanne dress sewing pattern

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citronille suzanne dress sewing pattern

 

Rosie

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Pardon my absence from this space, but we have had a very hard couple of weeks.

About a month ago we realized our sweet doggy girl, Rosie, had been losing some weight. We didn’t think much of it at first, because we knew she could be a bit finicky in her eating habits. Two weeks ago we took her into the vet where it was discovered through X-ray that she had a bullet in her ribcage from her life prior to coming to live with us two years ago. That wasn’t the problem, and we didn’t get any answers from the X-ray. A few days later we took her in for an ultrasound where it was discovered that she had cancer.

With heavy hearts we brought her home not knowing how long we would have with her, but hoping to extend it as long as she was in good spirits. She declined so quickly, and on Sunday Russ took her in to be put down.

She was three years old, and so sweet. How one dog can remain so good natured after being shot really blows my mind. Our time together was too short and we miss her incredibly. <3

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