Recipe Page: Heirloom Tart

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When temperatures hit 100 degrees, it only makes sense to turn your oven on to 400 degrees to bake, right? Ha, OK, so maybe not, but that’s what I did over the weekend. I’ve been hitting up our local farmer’s market every Saturday and buying more heirloom tomatoes than I know what to do with…that is, until I found this delicious-looking recipe on Cup of Jo.


It’s astoundingly simple: All you need is five ingredients (puff pastry, fresh thyme, ricotta cheese, heirloom tomatoes and sea salt). Basically, just spread the ricotta on the puff pastry in a thin layer, sprinkle with thyme and sea salt and pop it on a baking sheet in the oven for 15 minutes. Then, let it cool, add the tomatoes (plus, extra salt and thyme) and serve.

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Such a low maintenance dish with a very tasty result. How are you using your heirlooms this summer? More recipes, please!

Wallpaper for renters

Has anyone spent any time messing around with temporary apartment wallpaper? I’m seriously toying with the idea of wallpapering one of the walls in our bedroom with this pretty peony pattern from Anthropologie, but can’t decide if it’s a colossal waste of money should we decide to move apartments in the next year or so. It’s just that temporary wallpapers seem so easy and cool—like the most fun way to brighten up a space without going to all the effort of adding a gallery wall. (Although that’s something I’d also like to do in our bedroom.) Here, a few more temporary wallpaper options just to give you an idea of the options that are out there.


There’s more pretty (copper) peonies, this time from Rifle Paper Co.


And temporary Paris rooftops, also from Anthro.


Another option: Something subtle, like this Hygge & West raindrop pattern.

Now that you’ve seen more of a range, yay or nay? Would love your input!

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The weekend is here!

Happy weekend, my darling readers! What do you have planned? I’m hoping to hit up my favorite rooftop for some pizza and maybe see this movie, too. The trailer looks so good, right? Wishing you a wonderful and relaxing weekend ahead. Here, to get it started right, a few happy posts from around the web:

Love these honeymoon ideas.

Can’t stop thinking about this lilac purse.

Tuning into this radio show next.

If Stranger Things was an 80s sitcom.

Need to read this book.

The cutest best friends forever.

Weekend project.

You guys: Rifle Paper Co. now has fabric!

This sunset, though.

Olympics carpool karaoke (sort of).

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Take 2: My New Elephant Ear

Screen-Shot-2015-10-18-at-10.38.34-PM-817x1024I’m going to be honest: When it comes to plant care, I’m really not very skilled. Which is why I was thrilled to locate a gorgeous elephant ear at a garden center in Red Hook last year and—gasp—actually keep it alive for a solid 11 months.

But then the wedding reared it’s busy head and I became a super neglectful plant parent, right when my Elephant Ear needed me the most. Yep, I accidentally forgot to pay someone to water it (or at least set up a plant nanny) before taking off on our two-week honeymoon. My plant was in terrible shape when I got back.


I went back to Red Hook to replace my now dying Elephant Ear, but was out of luck. So, imagine my surprise when, this weekend, I happened upon a brand-new baby-sized plant, which we picked up for $10. In New York! The best part? Matt and I were able to salvage the bulb from the OG 11-month old, full-sized Elephant Ear. (Fingers crossed it gets a second wind.)

So, apartment plant care, take two. Wish me luck!

TV Page: Stranger Things


Are you watching Stranger Things on Netflix? I’m not really one for horror TV shows—or movies for that matter—but I love Wynona Ryder and, after her comeback in Show Me a Hero, was intrigued to hear that she’d be making her Netflix debut in this 80s-set sci-fi original show.

It’s only eight episodes in length (we’ve got two to go!) and it’s about a kid (Wynona’s son) that goes missing in a small town in Indiana and the terrifying investigation into his whereabouts that follows. Again, I hate scary stuff, but especially scary stuff that involves little kids. Still, I think the time period is the reason I can make the exception (flashing back to life before cell phones is fun), plus the subject matter (it’s super-natural activity that’s the bad guy–not an ax murderer).


Even cooler, the whole show has a Stand By Me kind of vibe. Four kids are trying to solve an insane mystery and save their friend. I can’t help but think back to all the times me and my friends growing up would ride our bikes and get lost in the woods and invent mysteries, just for fun.

Don’t get me wrong: I watch a lot of it from behind our living room couch so I can listen with my eyes shielded from things that go boo. (Seriously. A pillow isn’t enough sometimes.) But the show is so so good and if you haven’t started it yet, you should…now.

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