Friday, August 29, 2014

Recipe :: Cobb Pasta Toss


I first made this Cobb Pasta Toss recipe a couple of years ago for Ryan, because to be honest it seemed like something that he would go nuts over.  I mean bacon?  Blue cheese?  Pasta?  What more could a guy want?  However, to make it a bit more healthful {and because I don't eat pork} I swapped the bacon for organic turkey bacon, amped up the vegetables, and use whole wheat pasta.  I was right...he absolutely loved it and so did I!  Since our farmer's market stands are bursting with fresh produce and my herb garden is flourishing, I figured this would be a perfect time to recreate it.  The recipe turned out just as great as the first time and has made for some delicious leftovers!

Cobb Pasta Toss {recipe adapted from Rachael Ray's Look + Cook}
Serves 4

INGREDIENTS
1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and cracked black pepper
6 slices organic turkey bacon
1 pound whole wheat pasta
1 avocado, pitted and diced
1 lemon
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
1/8 cup fresh thyme, chopped
4 oz blue cheese crumbles (or goat cheese)
2 ears of corn, boiled with kernels sliced off
1 cup fresh green beans

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Place a large pot of water over high heat to boil.  Scatter the tomatoes onto a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with 1/2 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil and some salt and pepper.  Toss lightly to coat and roast them in an oven until they are tender, about 10-15 minutes.

Meanwhile, place the turkey bacon onto a cookie sheet and transfer to the oven as well.  Cook until crispy, flipping once, about 15 minutes.

While the tomatoes and turkey bacon are in the oven, salt the boiling water, drop in the pasta, and cook to al dente according to the package directions.  In a small pan, add about 1/2" water and steam the green beans until vibrant - about 2 minutes.  Make sure not to overcook!

Remove tomatoes and turkey bacon from the oven, slice turkey bacon into bite-sized pieces.  In a bowl combine the pasta, tomatoes, turkey bacon, avocado, blue cheese, corn, basil, thyme, and green beans.  Toss with olive oil and lemon juice to taste, plus more kosher salt and black pepper.  Serve and enjoy!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Art :: Current Favorites


Cycles Gladiator by Georges Massias // Topanga Hat Wearing Surfer by Annie Seaton // Flora in Peach II by Yao Cheng // Twilight I by Caroline Gold // Black Sketch by Henri Matisse // Beach Colors 2 by John Bucklin // NY by Anna Bond // St. Paul's Cathedral, London by 45wall design // Seated Female Portrait by J.E. Michaelski // Flight of the Ocean by Sharon Rowan // Happy Story by Melaine Severin // Rural Midwest by robin ott design // desert diptych by Annie Clark // Vintage Books by That Girl Studio

When I moved into my first apartment I went on an art buying spree.  Not that I could afford the real thing of course, but I purchased prints from local art fairs, Etsy, and painted a few pieces of my own.  At this point most of our walls are covered, but I still find myself itching to buy a couple new pieces.  I rounded up some of my current favorites including great print options from Minted and Art.com {both of which offer custom framing options} as well as a few gorgeous originals from Serena & Lily's awesome art collection.  I tend to gravitate towards vintage portraits and colorful abstracts when looking at original pieces, and photography and bright prints when shopping on a budget.  Where do you like to find art?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Interiors :: Pottery Barn Teen


I spent a solid 10 years of my life living and breathing Pottery Barn Teen.  Throughout middle school, high school, and college my bedroom was decorated in various shade of pastel, filled with mix and match lighting, patchwork quilts, and white wooden furniture - all from my beloved Pottery Barn Teen.  Now that I'm in my mid-20's I think my style is a little more grown-up, but recently I have found myself back on the PB Teen band wagon. 

I've been swooning over this canopy bed for months, and at under $1,000 it's a steal compared to many of it's counterparts.  This desk with it's golden legs would look absolutely perfect in my bedroom.  Emily + Meritt's bedding collection is seriously adorable...I especially love this scalloped sham and this striped bed skirt {"The Night Circus" anyone?}  And don't even get me started on the designers' gold bookcase which could easily pass for something 5x it's price.  So what do you think?  Are you loving Pottery Barn Teen's feminine pieces?  Or are they a bit too twee for you?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Travel :: Ocean House Hotel


This Labor Day we will be back home for a wedding, but I'm wishing that instead we were visiting the famed Ocean House in Rhode Island.  A Relais & Chateaux property, this iconic New England resort is located on the bluffs of beautiful Watch Hill, RI.  The hotel first opened in 1868, however it was closed in 2004 thanks to years of neglect that left it "beyond repair."  In 2004 a new structure replicating the original exterior design was conceived.  Today, the hotel has been recreated to convey the romance of its storied past and the rich character of Watch Hill, Rhode Island.  More than 5,000 salvageable artifacts and furnishing elements were harvested from the original structure’s historic interiors.

The gorgeous hotel is decorated in a coastal chic style {those guest rooms!} which have me feeling some serious design envy.  There are a variety of dining options across the resort which feature classic New England seafood and cocktails.  For those wanting an active holiday the resort offers croquet, squash, yachting, golf, tennis, biking, fishing, and surfing.  For those who want a more low-key getaway, there is a five-star spa, gorgeous cabana rentals, and about a million different places to curl up with a glass of wine, a good book, and relax to the sounds of the ocean.  What a dream!


Monday, August 25, 2014

Fashion :: Labor Day Style


What are your plans for Labor Day?  Do you have any fun getaways in-store?  Sadly we do not, but I'm still not quite ready to mentally transition to my fall wardrobe yet.  Since thankfully we still have about another month of warm temps in store, I have rounded up some of my favorite picks for your Labor Day getaway {or simply prolonging summer as long as possible}...enjoy!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Interiors :: An Eclectic California Home


Last week while perusing Rue Magazine I came across the eclectic California home of Angel and Tom, owners of Nadeau Furniture, the fastest growing furniture company in the United States.  The couple turned to Homepolish to help them decorate their Brentwood home on a budget.  I love the light and airy color palette {those lilac accents are gorgeous}, feminine furniture, and how bright and open the space is.  My one caveat is the taxidermy.  I'm just not a fan and feel there are so many other cruelty-free ways to add a rustic masculinity to a space.  However, those french doors in the living room?  SWOON!


Images via Rue Magazine

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Travel :: Sailing St. Maarten


Today marks the last batch of my St. Maarten photos.  On the second to last day of our trip we rented a catamaran and sailed around the island.  From our early morning start to our golden hour finish, the day was absolutely perfect.  The trip started off with pastries, fresh fruit, coffee, and juice on board our boat.  From there we sailed to Île Tintamarre and went snorkeling with sea turtles!  There was one little guy in particular who I just loved and must have swam next to for five to ten minutes.  He would swim peacefully under the water and every so often stick his little head out for air...it was so cute!

Next we visited Creole Rock for some great snorkeling.  At one point we saw what we thought was a miniature {read: under 3 feet long} shark who must have followed us for twenty minutes.  I'd like to say we were brave, but the truth is there was a lot of shrieking and nervous laughing as the little shark would seemingly come out of nowhere and circle us.  Not our proudest moment :)

After our snorkeling adventure we got back on board and set sail to Anguilla.  We listened to music, drank beer, wine, cockails, and the most delicious spiced rum punch, and laid in the sunshine.  Upon arriving to the island of Anguilla we were greeted with some of the most gorgeous white sand and turquoise water I had ever laid eyes on.  We took time exploring different coves and beaches, swimming to shore every time we anchored.  I loved visiting the gorgeous five-star Cap Juluca Hotel and walking along their pristine beaches.

By this point we had worked up quite the appetite, so we got back on board and had a very long and leisurely lunch on the boat.  We started with a delicious crab and tuna salad, and afterwards had curried chicken and vegetables, a scrumptious cheese plate, baguette with the most delicious European butter, and finally we finished up with a fresh raspberry tart.  Our lunch was accompanied by as much French wine and rosé as we could drink.

Our last stop of the day was beautiful Happy Bay on St. Maarten.  The most rustic of the beaches we visited, Happy Bay felt like we were on our own private island.  It was the most incredible day on the most incredible trip, thank you Dad!!!!