Veggie Week

27 October 2009

{Image from Everyday Food}

This past week was Veggie Week in the Peach & Pearl household! As promised, the recipes we tried, as well as our ratings.

Monday: Grilled Pita with Greek Salad from Gourmet (found on Epicurious)
3 stars

Tuesday: Grilled Bread and Tomato Salad (we mashed two recipes together, one from Epicurious and one from Everyday Food) with Herbed Bean Salad (found on Epicurious)
4 stars

Wednesday: Grilled Tomato Linguine (from Everyday Food) and Crusty Bread
3 stars

Thursday: Chickpea Pasta with Almonds (from Real Simple), Green Beans with Sweet Onion Vinaigrette (from Epicurious), and Crusty Bread
2 stars

Friday: out

Saturday: Black Bean and Rice Soup (from Rachel Ray) and Crusty Bread
4 stars

Sunday: Black Bean Quesadillas with Salsa
3 stars

Monday: California Grilled Veggie Sandwiches (from All Recipes)
5 stars

As you can see, the Grilled Veggie Sandwiches were the hit of the week! They will definitely be added in to our regular repertoire.

Side note: Can you tell we like bread? Seriously. We buy it loaves at a time, then slice and freeze it in plastic bags so that we always have some on hand. Bread is very important to us.

Overall, I think this goal did exactly what I was hoping it would: we looked up some new recipes, tried them out, and found a few to add to our regular roster. Success!

P.S. Curious about how I’m doing with my 101 in 1001? Check out my progress here — I update the list regularly, and I’ve got less than a year left!

*We rate on the Netflix scale, which is as follows:
One star: Hated it
Two stars: Didn’t like it
Three stars: Liked it
Four stars: Really liked it
Five stars: Loved it

Also, we don’t believe in rating inflation.


23 October 2009

Kate + Cormac + I + the rest of my family have made some wedding planning progress. We’ve decided on a preliminary budget, discussed the guest list, and done some preliminary caterer and photographer investigation. We’ve also almost decided on a reception venue (the ceremony spot was pretty much set from the beginning).

We’re not quite on to the fun part yet (colors! decor! custom lemonade bar!), but that hasn’t stopped us from being on the lookout for great ideas. And recently? We’ve both been a leeeetle obsessed with pinwheels. They’ve popped up on a few different blogs lately, in many different permutations, and we’re loving them all. See for yourself:

As seen on Style Me Pretty. LOVE the rosettes on the chair backs as well as the mini rosettes as napkin rings. Photography by Sean Walker.

As seen on Southern Weddings here and here. I love how these rosettes are just casually placed as part of the centerpieces. Photography by Jessica Claire.

As seen on Once Wed here and here. I think I squealed when I saw this wedding: the pinwheel-covered C! The pinwheel clusters lining the ceremony aisles! So fun and so do-able. Photography by Kate Murphy.

Best of all, there are plenty more ideas out there. Martha has a rosette boutonniere that fits the theme, and she has cupcake toppers that mesh well. She also has rosette instructions, as does Style Me Pretty.

I can’t wait until I can start showing you inspiration board options! Can you tell I’m excited?

[Update! More pinwheels on Once Wed here.]

Balsa wood bouquet

22 October 2009

{Photo c/o Gia Canali}

Oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy. This might be the coolest bouquet I have EVER seen in my life. Srsly. It’s made out of — wait for it — balsa wood and coral. Balsa wood and coral! Isn’t it beautiful?

See more of this wedding here and check out the florist’s site here.

Falling for fall

21 October 2009

{via Black*Eiffel}

I want to live here. Seriously. Amazing. It might just be that it’s fall, and it might just be that I miss New England… but then again this just might be my dream house. Don’t you just want to curl up in that quilted nook?

See more at the New York Times here.