Warm Up Your Winter Blues

 

February 27, 2011

With March fast approaching many of us in the Northern states are dreaming of Spring, but we still have at least another six weeks of winter to slug through.  It is tough to walk by all the shop windows that are advertising models frolicking around in the newest Spring dresses and shorts when we are standing calf deep in dirty snow.  It’s just not fair!

In an effort to trick my mind into believing it is still happy to be living in a winter wonderland I have been experimenting with a few new recipes.  One of my favorite wintertime meals is oatmeal.  It not only warms up your insides, but it also sticks with you throughout the morning, helping you to not grab one of those doughnuts or muffins that always seem to be lurking in the office break room.  Here is one of my favorite variations on the traditional morning dish.  Hopefully it will bring some warmth and yumminess to your wintertime kitchen.

Find the Pretty’s Wintertime Oatmeal Recipe:

1 Cup Steel Cut Oats (preferably organic)

3 Cups Filtered Water (use 2 cups for chewier oats or if you’re using a rice cooker)

1/2 Cup Hazelnuts

1/2 Cup Fresh or Dehydrated Blueberries

1/4 Cup Shredded Coconut

1/8-1/4 Cup Vanilla Flavored Almond Milk

1 T. ground flax seed

Cooking Instructions:

If you’re lucky enough to own a rice-cooker just toss everything in at once and select the porridge setting from the menu.

If you’re using the stove top, bring the water to a boil, add the steel cut oats and cook at a simmer until they plump up and begin to thicken (about 20-30 minutes), stirring occasionally.  Once they begin to thicken toss in the rest of the ingredients, except the almond milk and flax seed, and stir.  Cook another 10 minutes until all the water is absorbed. Helpful hint: continue to taste the oats starting at the 25 minute mark, every five minutes, and remove them from heat once they are at your preferred consistency.

Serve oatmeal into a bowl and add 1/8 to 1/4 cup almond milk (as desired) and sprinkle with ground flax seed.  Voila!  You have a deliciously warm and healthy breakfast.  You can store the rest in the fridge for up to 4 days.  It is delicious reheated.

If you want to add a bit more fun to your oatmeal cooking adventure it never hurts to use a pretty pot.  I would suggest one of Le Creuset’s Enameled Cast Iron French Ovens in teal.  Pretty!

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  Inspired Image: Kreoo by Decormarmi

 

February 24, 2011

From the moment I saw this image of the product Pavé in the Kreoo line by Decormarmi I was in love.  I was picturing all the different design opportunities that I could have for this product if I could only get the right client to take a leap of faith with me.   I am already imagining a sleek lobby that overlooks a garden terrace with a number of these stones stacked around the windows, acting as little perches for people to sit upon as they sip a coffee and enjoy the view.  My hope is still strong and my fingers are crossed. 

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  Design Library: The Tailored Interior

 

February 17, 2011

Find the Pretty readers I’m happy to bring you my next recommendation for your Design Library, Thad Haye’s The Tailored InteriorHaye’s has just the right touch of the upper crust traditional Manhattan design mixed with a slightly edgier feel accomplished through unexpected pops of color, contemporary art and the occasional modern light fixture.  A true pleasure to peruse.




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  Happy Valentine’s Day

 

February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine’s Day from Find the Pretty.  Just a few pretty things that would make any girl smile. 

Click on pictures for links to the product websites.

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  My Gym Buddy: The Holiday

 

February 9, 2011

Living in the Northeast brings a lot of challenges in the winter; the freezing cold, the mounds of snow, the lack of sunshine.  What I have been finding most challenging is not being able to run outside.  Luckily my apartment complex has a small workout facility just one flight down from my apartment.  No excuse not to stay fit!  I have been logging a lot of hours on the treadmill and while I would much prefer to be outside with the sun and the grass and the flowers I have been enjoying watching TV while I run.  It’s a fun distraction.  I think TNT must have some deal with the producers of the 2006 film “The Holiday“, because it has been playing almost every single time I turn on the TV.  We have a few jokes about this movie in our household that doesn’t allow me to watch it in peace from the comfort of my own sofa so I will settle for the treadmill.  What I had forgotten in my years of not watching this movie is how gorgeous the interiors are of Cameron Diaz’s character Amanda’s stunning LA home.  As a designer I continually am cultivating my aesthetic while I work along side my clients to create spaces that fit their needs.  If I could move into one place, real or imagined, that would happily express who I am as a designer (at least for the moment) it would be this home.  Enjoy!

 

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  Hello Little Friend

 

February 2, 2011

You brightened up my day and made me smile.  A very hard thing to do on this nasty winter’s day in snowy/rainy Boston.

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  I’ll Be Chatting on my Chat-Board

 

February 1, 2011

I want to send out a big thank you to HighTower and Boston Modern Furniture for bringing an amazing new organizational item into my life, my new sparkly silver Chat-Board.  This is not your typical white board, nor is it your typical magnetic board.  It is a sleek combination of the two.  I could tell the quality of this product by how heavy it was when I went to install it (okay fine, Zach installed it), but it went up with ease since all the required hardware was included.  I’ve been writing a ton of notes (no yucky white board ghosting in site) and tacking up a new baby announcement and a few of my favorite holiday cards that I just can’t seem to toss and the sleek silvery glass is providing a stellar frame.

Thanks again guys.  You have made me one very happy designer, and very eager to see these installed on a commercial project! 



 

Click here to see the variety of color options for your Chat-Board.

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