ALEX’S UGLY SAUCE: Guyz. This hot sauce changed my life (I’m really not being dramatic when I say that, BTW). I never used to put hot sauce on my food, but immediately after we discovered Alex’s Ugly Sauce at a local farmer’s market I was hooked. The thing I love most about these sauces is the set of ingredients that are used–every sauce has the same base ingredients (a yummy special blend of beets, honey, onions and garlic) but each sauce uses a different type of pepper to determine the flavor and level of heat. Of the four sauces available–Cayano, Habanero, Original, and Dragon–we love, love, love the Habanero around here. Made locally but shipped everywhere–order some online, I swear you will sort of want to drink it and/or at least put it on every single thing you eat.
Umbrella Prints: Based out of Australia, this textile house sells some ridiculously lovely organic printed fabrics. I ordered a few sets of trimmings and I can’t wait to see in what future project they end up.
Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies: My sisters have been raving about coconut oil and have been using it as moisturizer during this dry winter, but I can’t stop eating it long enough to try that out. We use coconut oil to saute lentils for lentil tacos, to cook tofu, caramelize onions, etc…but when coconut oil is melted and stuck in cookie form, it is quiiiiite delicious, too. Check out this amazing coconut oil chocolate chip oatmeal cookie recipe.
Purl Soho: A great resource for fabrics, supplies, yarn, needles…really most anything you might need to create something lovely. The best part of Purl Soho is their partner website, Purl Bee, which is chock full of really wonderful craft ideas and free patterns–like this Wool & Liberty Teddy Bear I made last week!
Bowl + Spoon, by Sara Forte: You already know this, but Sprouted Kitchen is definitely in the tip top of my list of most favorite food bloggers. I love her recipes, I love her food, and this cookbook has already proved to be so delicious and innovative. Shown here are leftovers (!!!) from a yummy lentil and brown rice bowl with veggie kabobs and a ridiculous red pepper sauce–every recipe in the book is so creative.
Last but not least, I’ve loved keeping up with Whitney Deal and her sewing adventures. She blogs helpful tips and ideas about sewing, and sells simple and fun patterns on her Etsy site. This little number–Whitney’s Maeve Jumper–was easy peasy to whip up and made a great gift for our friend’s sweet toddler (who happened to love those red star buttons).
This past winter really was endlessly snowy–did you guys hear that we broke the ALL TIME SNOWFALL RECORD with 108 inches of snow…?! Crazy! Stout had a great time once we got used to putting rubber Pawz booties on her each time she went outside, which helped keep her wee paws healthy and safe from the salt and cold temperatures. Titus came over a few times and those two romping in the snow is almost too much to handle cuteness-wise. Also, how weird is that shot of Titus plowing through the snow? So weirdly awesome! When we weren’t playing on Comm Ave. or hiking at The Fells, we spent a lot of time hunkered down in our little apartment to stay toasty warm…!
A few weekends ago (…really!? …already!? The fall has really zipped by!) Bryan, Stout and I drove up to Andover, New Hampshire to spend the weekend with Tess, Michael, and Titus. We had the best time hiking, sleeping in, eating and drinking tasty things, playing games, exploring, celebrating the puppies turning one year old, and shooting Tess + Michael’s engagement session (which you can peek at over on the blog!). Stout got a little scared of the dark at night being in a new place, and ended up curled in the bed between us both evenings (despite having a nice big cozy crate all to herself). I confess that I was very pleased, as I love Stout snuggles in a warm bed. They’re really the best, and the conversation comes up weekly whether we should have Stout continue sleeping in her crate each night or let her roam and drink water and snuggle with us. Buuuuuut until we aren’t in an apartment (re: won’t feel bad when she occasionally barks in the night) and until we have a giant (CALIFORNIA YAY!) kind sized bed, I think we’ll have to settle for early morning snuggles only. Anyway, Bryan and I are so happy we have these friends, and so, so happy they’re engaged and celebrating their wedding next year! Such a great, restful, fun weekend with these three!
A few weeks flew down to NC to visit my sweet new nephew Liam, born three months too early and tinier even than his older brother! I forgot my light meter (which I stewed about the entire plan ride down) but lucky for me, my G2 performed swimmingly on auto! These are all shot on a Contax G2, with either tri-x pushed +2 or Ilford 3200 35mm film.
(and of couuuuurse I included that furry face to which I returned home…! Sweet pup!)