Thursday, November 29, 2012

Newest addition to my Christmas list

I'm really digging these throw pillows by David Schwen that can be purchased for $20 on society6.

Hipster Beer Throw Pillow
Hipster beer
S'more Throw Pillow
BLT Throw Pillow
And my personal favorite - the BLT

You really need to take a look at the rest of his collection, they're too good. I really, really love the sandwich ones and I'm definitely putting the BLT one on my Christmas list.

I also love that society6 will let you put a print on just about any item you want - throw pillows, T-shirts, totes, iPhone skins, laptop skins. Not to mention you can buy the prints, too, if you'd like so go crazy.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Ohio — the heart of it all

You know how much we love us some maps here at OH is 4 Lovers. Here is my most recent find on Etsy. This is by far one of my favorites. 

It's just wood, nails and string. Pretty cute, right?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Post-Thanksgiving Potatoes

Hopefully you're like me and can never reach your fill of sweet potatoes. If not, you may have to skip this post since Thanksgiving probably wore you out on them. I found this recipe on spoon fork bacon for mashed purple sweet potatoes and was immediately intrigued. At first because I never knew purple sweet potatoes existed, but then because it sounded delicious.

I adapted the recipe - obvious statement since my potatoes are clearly not purple - but other than using normal sweet potatoes, I mostly just tried to simplify it a little bit to avoid buying too many items at the grocery store. Here's a tip to possibly help your grocery store budget with these too - yams are the same thing, so if there's a price difference (there was a $1 per pound price difference at my store) yams work too.

I didn't add the maple butter listed in the original recipe, so if you do let me know how you like it. It sounds amazing and I would like to try that the next time I make these.

The hardest part of this recipe is the time it takes to peel and chop the potatoes (they're much harder than normal potatoes), the rest of it is extremely simple and most definitely worth it because they're one of, if not the, most delicious things I've ever made and eaten. My favorite compliment on the potatoes came from my boyfriend's dad who said it was like eating ice cream. I'll take it.

(Adapted from spoon fork bacon)

What You Need
2-3 large yams (serves two people, increase accordingly for more people)
1/3 cup of heavy cream, warmed
1/4 cup (half a stick) of butter, melted (I just softened mine which worked too)
2 tablespoons of maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt

How You Make It
-Peel and chop the sweet potatoes 
-Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with water
-Place pot over high heat and bring to a boil, boil until they're fork tender (this took me about 20 minutes)
-Drain potatoes and place back in pot
-Add heavy cream, butter and salt
-Mash, with a potato masher or electric hand mixer, until creamy
-Stir in maple syrup and cinnamon
-Scoop into a large bowl, serve and enjoy!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Sister shopping

There is nothing that I enjoy more around the holiday season than my sister's Christmas list. This year the theme is "things that go with my room." My sister can be really tricky to shop for so it's important to follow directions.

This her room, which is newly painted. She really likes the red and her signature animal print.

She really likes inspirational art projects. She's 20, I let it go.

So I've chosen some pretty nice additions ... 

Some slippers I think go very nicely with her room  from American Eagle.

Or this nice zebra comforter from Target.

I don't know, she is so hard to but for maybe I'll just get her something for her new puppy. Maybe a leopard print bow tie collars. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Holiday shopping: kate spade

I received the kate spade holiday gift guide email in my inbox recently and while a lot of items are a little out of my price range, they did have some really cute gifts in their "Under $75" section. I collected my favorites below.

I can't get over those matchbox bobby pins - too adorable, and not too pricey. You can view the rest of the "Under $75" gifts right here, and see the entire kate spade holiday gift guide right here

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Weekly Tuneup: Mumford and Sons

I recently bought the new Mumford & Sons album for my boyfriend because he loves them , which kills me with laughter. I like their last album but I tend to feel like each song sounds the same. 
I have recently taken to listening to the new album Bable on the way to work.
I really enjoy it, it's great for thinking. 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Comfort food weather

Cold weather makes me reach for the nearest scarf and blanket. And I love it. I also love the food that comes along with colder temperatures. Last week I thought I would go ahead and embrace the change in the air with open arms, and chicken pot pies. Very easy, very delicious and very warming.

I loved cooking the pot pies in the ramekins I bought at Target about a month ago - it was so nice having a personal dish of chicken goodness. If you don't have ramekins, I don't see why you couldn't just make one large pot pie. The Pillsbury website also recommended using foil tart pans that you can buy at the grocery store.

The crescent roll on top was perfect, I liked how light it is compared with a usual biscuit topping. Plus you can just throw the extra rolls on the cookie sheet to bake along with the pies. So here's the recipe for you try, I adapted it slightly from Pillsbury

What You Need
1 1/2 cups of frozen peas, carrots, corn and green beans (don't worry, it comes as a bagged mix)
1 large chicken breast, cooked and cubed
1/4 cup of milk
1 can (10 3/4 oz.) of cream of chicken soup
1 can of Pillsbury crescent rolls

How You Make It
-Heat the oven to 400 degrees
-In a saucepan mix the frozen veggies, chicken, milk and soup
-Heat to boiling over medium-high heat, stir occassionally
-Divide mixture evenly among ramekins
-Unroll crescent roll dough and separate into triangles
-Place one triangle over each of the ramekins
-Place ramekins on a cookie sheet, along with the extra crescent rolls
-Bake in the oven for 11-13 minutes, until the crescent roll tops are golden brown

Friday, November 9, 2012

TGIF — Football-free Friday

This is my first Friday in 11 weeks, where I am not in some way covering football. Praise the Lord! Now I can enjoy the fall for what it is — AWESOME.
So as I was thinking about all the fall things that I feel have suffered due to football season I remember the Leaves candle I got and never burned.
Yes, I will enjoy this football-free Friday with sweet smell of what fall should smell like, not popcorn and mud. Please find one for yourself at your local Bath and Body Works

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Weekly Tune-Up: Erin McCarley

My sister mentioned to me the other week that she had been listening to Erin McCarley lately, and I couldn't put my finger on why that name sounded familiar. But then I listened to one of the songs my sister recommended ("Re-Arrange Again") and I recognized the voice instantly. Remember her song, "Love, Save the Empty" from a few years back?

I forgot how much I enjoy her voice, and her most recent album My Stadium Electric brings it all back. Definitely give it a listen, it's perfect for unwinding after a long week. Here's the track "Amber Waves" to get you started . . .

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Ohio is BLUE

Ohio went blue last night and helped choose our president for the next four years.
While I was watching the states turn colors, I decided that I really love that color CNN uses for the democratic states. 
Here are some of my finds for your wardrobe. 

wrap dress from Old Navy

sweater dress from Old Navy

turtleneck from Gap

T-shirt from American Apparel 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Happy Election Day!

I love Election Day. I love living in a swing state and I already can't wait for the nonstop election coverage when the polls close. Here are two of my favorite election-day designs I saw today that are making the election that much more exciting to follow. I hope you all voted today!

#1 - Get this on your phone if you can't be glued to your TV like I will be . . .

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Presidential Election Race 2012 app

The first one is the Presidential Election Race 2012 app available for your iPhone or iPad. This app lets you follow the electoral vote scoreboard and state-by-state poll results, check out a map of how each state is trending, see the history of how each state has voted since 1940 and keep an eye on swing states like Ohio, among other things. Check out everything this app has to offer and download it from the Apple store here for 99 cents.

#2 - Take a look at how many ways this election could go . . .

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Photo via Jim Roberts' Twitter (@nytjim)

I spent a while playing with this interactive from The New York Times this morning, it's so fun! There are 512 different paths to the White House and this lets you see each and every one of those outcomes. Also, The New York Times will be offering free access to Web and mobile (they have an app as well!) election night coverage, so be sure to check that out.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Conquering the poached egg

I have been learning how to poach an egg for awhile. Let me tell you, I have failed like a 100 times. We have gone through a lot of eggs. Now, while I try to perfect the perfect poach, my mom got this egg poacher that I've been using.

It's pretty awesome and she got it really cheap so I guess it will hold me over. 
from the prepared pantry

Friday, November 2, 2012

TGIF: If I Didn't Know Better

This song has been on repeat in my car, at work and at home all week. I love the Civil Wars and this song, so I was really excited to see it covered on Nashville a few episodes back. Enjoy!