February 28, 2013

i’m wearing two belts

look1 look2Leather jacket: Truth & Pride. Shirt: Madewell. Jeans: J Brand. Belt: American Eagle. Scarf: Roffe. Booties: Sam Edelman.

My husband got home from a five day business trip last night, and I swear I’ve never been more excited to see him. Well, that’s a lie. Back when we were doing the long distance Oregon –> England thing, I could barely control my childlike giddiness as I made my way through customs and bounded down the terminal to international arrivals. He’d wrap me up so tight, both of us beaming like two kids in love (because we were). But that was years ago, and nowadays, I’ve gotten used to having him around. So the excitement I was feeling last night was new excitement, I guess. Married excitement. (Are you gagging? I’m practically gagging writing this.)

Now that he’s home safe and sound, we can start looking forward to the weekend! It’s going to be a good one. Follow along on insta or twitter if you want (you can find us on insta @twelfthavenue, twitter @twelfth_avenue, or here).

PS Five points to whoever knows where this post title comes from.

February 27, 2013

love notes

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{Currently wearing Chanel Vamp and Essie Ballet Slippers}

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{Saturday morning latte at Lovejoy Bakers}

jewelry-final{Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey Cologne}

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February 26, 2013

slouchy knits

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forfun-finalSweater: Vince. T-shirt: James Perse. Pants: J. Brand. Beanie: Unknown. Booties: Elizabeth and James. Sunnies: Ray Ban. Jewelry: Gorjana, Dogeared, Tiffany & Co.

Disregard the shattered glass in the pictures, I was cursing later when a piece of it jammed into the heel of my boot.

I was feeling a little under the weather this past weekend, so I stayed pretty cozy for most of it. I did manage to get out Saturday for some one-on-one with my youngest sister, Caitlin. I love her. We stopped in at Lovejoy Bakers for a latte and one of their delicious breakfast sandwiches, and then headed up to Pioneer Place for a little shopping.

I was in the market for new make-up, but have never invested in trying specific lines. So after a little research and asking around, I settled on Bobbi Brown. I had a couple inspiration looks to show the artist, and I think she nailed it. Make-up is always so much more expensive than you anticipate, am I right?

To make myself feel better, I convinced myself that you only buy make-up once and awhile. Problem is, Bobbi may have evoked the make-up enthusiast in me. @#!%.

February 25, 2013

how to make proper s’mores indoors

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Call me crazy, but I’ve been craving s’mores lately. After months of being cooped up, a night of roasting ‘mallows in my friends’ treehouse while scheming ways to get my Babe Ruth signed baseball back from The Beast sounds pretty darn good. (You’re killing me, Smalls!) Seeing as it’s really freaking cold outside, maybe not such a good idea, but I just can’t bring myself to make s’mores in the microwave or under the broiler. So I did what anyone in my situation would do: I went on a Google rampage and found a way to properly roast marshmallows indoors without a) burning the house down or b) inhaling toxic chemicals. Check it out here. Cute, right? Basically, you fill a small terra cotta pot half full with little rocks, nestle in a little fuel canister (I bought mine at the local Ace Hardware store) and surround the canister with more rocks.

I was so tickled with the outcome that I decided to throw a little s’more soirée with my family. I filled a chip and dip with graham cracker squares, three kinds of chocolate (Hershey’s milk, Hershey’s cookies and cream, and Reese’s peanut butter cups) and big, fluffy marshmallows so people could help themselves. I also popped a big bowl of buttered popcorn and put out fresh strawberries to counteract the sugar overload. And wine, ’cause we’re all adults here. It was so much fun (and so easy!) that I plan on making a few more roasters and using them all year…probably by myself…reciting these lines and cracking up.

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My brother was in town to enjoy the festivities with his cute gf Ellie.

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You got a little ‘mallow on your face there Bud. Thanks, Mom, for playing host!

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February 22, 2013

pimiento mac & cheese

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If you read this post, you already understand my love for peppadew peppers, so you can’t blame me that I jumped on this Pimiento Mac & Cheese recipe. Honestly, the peppers weren’t what sold me right away, it was the picture of the melted cheese and macaroni pasta. Such a sucker.

But it supports my point that peppadew peppers are more versatile than you think, and undervalued. Moving on.

You will notice my photos don’t look quite the same as pictured in the link above (but I can assure you it tasted equally as good). That’s because I don’t have a food processor, shame on me, so I made do with what I had.

It was fabulous in the end, and I ended up eating it more times than I care to share. The panko breadcrumbs were an awesome touch, perfect amount of crunch.

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Pimiento Mac & Cheese
Serves 6

INGREDIENTS
1 7- to 8-ounce red bell pepper, seeded, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 garlic cloves, halved, divided
1/2 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, divided
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided
3/4 cup drained mild Peppadew peppers in brine, 1 tablespoon brine reserved
1/4 teaspoon ground ancho chiles
1 1/4 cups (packed) coarsely grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup (packed) coarsely grated whole-milk mozzarella
8 ounces medium shell pasta or gemelli

PREPARATION
Bring 1/2 cup water, bell pepper, and 11/2 garlic cloves to boil in small saucepan. Cover; reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until pepper is soft, about 15 minutes.

Toast panko in skillet over medium-high heat until golden, stirring often, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer to bowl; cool to lukewarm. Rub 1 tablespoon butter into crumbs to coat. Mix in 1/4 cup Parmesan.

Transfer bell pepper mixture to processor. Add Peppadews and 1 tablespoon brine, 2 tablespoons butter, ground chiles, and 1/2 garlic clove; then add cheddar and 1/4 cup Parmesan. Blend until sauce is smooth; season to taste with salt and pepper.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Butter 8-cup baking dish (or 6 individual dishes). Cook pasta in pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite. Drain; return to pot. Stir sauce and mozzarella into pasta. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon pasta into dish. Sprinkle with crumb topping.

Bake pasta until topping is crisp and sauce is bubbling, about 25 minutes (15 for individual). Let stand 10 minutes.
Enjoy!