Saturday, November 15, 2014

recipe: eggnog (faux) latte

it's getting chilly here in chicago, and while it's not quite time for christmas decor, i thought i'd sneak a little cheer in with an eggnog latte. minus the steamed milk and espresso, because who has that equipment laying around? this makes enough for one if you're greedy, two if you're just looking for a little taste of warm deliciousness.

1 cup eggnog
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup double-concentrated coffee
nutmeg & cinnamon

combine eggnog and milk in a mason jar. close it up, and start shaking! shake for 60 seconds, then remove the lid. microwave 60 seconds. remove, close it up and repeat - but only heat 45 seconds this time, and watch that it doesn't bubble over! pour the coffee into a deep mug, then pour the eggnog mix in. sprinkle with nutmeg and cinnamon, and enjoy!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

saturday snapshots.

 home: coffee & wsj

skyline club

monroe building

the library at 190 s lasalle

federal reserve of chicago

city hall

broadway in chicago's oriental theatre

poetry foundation

Monday, September 1, 2014

he & she: august


reading: wall street journal // patternmaster series (octavia butler)

wearing: bathing suits & "resort evening wear"

drinking: sanpellegrino aranciata // water

loving: chair swings in the middle of the ocean // climbing dunn's river falls

doing: enjoying his last month off // starting a new job

Monday, August 4, 2014

he & she: july


reading: blogs on bloglovin' // a.v. club articles

wearing: toms // rainbows

loving: partyparty app // flappy bird app

doing: most things together... walks, frozen treats, packing & studying

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

saturday snapshots.

studying. reminiscing. cooking. packing.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Thursday, July 10, 2014


don't mind the sunburned face...just soaking up southern california before i go. so excited the quilt is officially a finished product!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

quilting, part 3.

so last i left off, the batting had been sewn to the front panel:

next step was to pin the backing to the front/batting combination, with right sides together. once pinned, i sewed along the edges to create about a half-inch border. (because this was my first go-round at quilting, i decided to skip traditional binding...maybe next time!)  i left a section unsewn to be able to flip the quilt so that the right sides were out - next time i would make sure not to leave that section right at a corner! - and then pinned that section and sewed it up.

unfortunately while i was pinning that, an uncapped pen decided to make its mark. an immediate dose of stain remover and a cold-wash cycle helped hide the worst of it, though!

my first thought was to do a zig-zag machine stitch along the seams to "quilt", but that quickly showed itself to be a no-go. the quilt was large enough to be unwieldy on the machine, and since i don't have a quilting foot, the traditional foot pushed the fabric so that it gathered unevenly at the end of each zig-zag segment. so i thought i would try hand-quilting along the seams. i spent a bit of time and managed to make my way through four and a half rows of basic stitching:

while i liked the look, eventually, i realized that this option wasn't going to work either - it was really slow going. while that normally wouldn't be an issue, i have a lot going on, and most of all i wanted this quilt completely done before i move. so i ripped it all out, grabbed some embroidery thread, picked two of the four fabrics and put a tie in the center of each square of those two fabrics.

in short order, i had my quilt! it's not perfect but it's cozy, home-made, and best of all, DONE.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

he & she: june


reading: wall street journal // dune series

eating: talenti gelato // meringues

wearing: rainbows // toms

drinking: coffee, black // coffee with creamer

doing: cold brewing coffee // quilting