Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread

Last week my boyfriend made a large batch of delicious, spicy chili and we're still eating it! We've been combining it with different sides, like salad or pasta, to keep it interesting and yesterday I decided to make jalapeno cheddar cornbread to compliment it. Per usual, I used an eggless recipe, this one, which was simple to follow and called for ingredients I always keep on hand. To make it a little different, I added extra sharp cheddar cheese and chopped fresh jalapenos to taste. It was yummy, easy, and went perfectly with our delicious winter chili.

xx Molly

Monday, January 30, 2012

Brown Betty

One of my favorite discoveries in Philadelphia, thus far, is hands down Brown Betty Dessert Boutique. They have a center city location which serves nothing but delicious pound cake cupcakes, and a Northern Liberties full bakery which makes in addition to cupcakes, pies, cakes, cookies, and other treats. My favorite cupcake flavor is Only for Eliza, sweet potato pound cake with spiced vanilla frosting, completely delicious. This place is worth a visit on any Philadelphia vacation. Yum!

xx Molly

Friday, January 27, 2012

Candy Colored

I am absolutely adoring all the bright, candy colors for spring; especially J Crew's. A pop of color is such a great way to add instant style to any outfit, and is completely work and weekend appropriate. I've always been a big supporter of color, and I'm so excited to see all these brights hitting the shelves.
  1. Memo Dress $118.00
xx Molly

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Just Because You Can't See It...

I felt this add was a good follow-up to my previous post. It's simple and perfectly effective, just because you don't see all the plastic from water bottles, it's there. While I am occasionally guilty of this myself, try to stop buying water bottles. When you're out somewhere and thirsty, ask for tap water instead, bring a reusable, glass water bottle with you. Obviously we aren't perfect, things come up; but let's try our best to limit our usage, at least for the sake of all those pretty fishes down there.

xx Molly

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Under the Sea

That whitewashed background that you can't really see is Philly, my city!

Recently the BF and I took a little trip to the Camden Aquarium. When we first met, my boyfriend had never been to a zoo or aquarium before. I've quickly changed that as I fell in love with zoo visits and aquarium exploration at an early age. What is so amazing about aquariums is the glimpse they give you into an entirely different world. The fish and other creatures are so bizarrely different from what exists on dry land, and so eerily beautiful at the same time. The bright colors, camouflage techniques, and graceful movements are so inspiring. My favorites, hands down, are the rays for the way they look like they're flying through the water. Oh, and one of the best parts of this aquarium: the opportunity to touch rays and sharks, how cool is that? Do you enjoy aquariums, what are your favorites?

xx Molly

I find the color combinations so inspiring, I could probably design a whole room of the colors of one fish.

As a little girl, spending summers at the beach, I was super afraid of getting stung by a jellyfish. I've since gotten over my fear and learned to appreciate their elegant beauty.

Wouldn't you like to be a seahorse, just relaxing in the reeds all day?

Regrettably not the best picture, it was dark in the room, but such an amazing view of an octopus. Once, at another aquarium visit, I saw an octopus swimming around its cage, this was the most active I've seen on since.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Shoe Woo

J Crew. My Dorothy Slippers; I saw these and was instantly smitten. These made a few appearances during this holiday season, which, being my favorite time of year, is the perfect time to wear a favorite pair of shoes.

Growing up I was never shoe-crazy like some of my friends. I think it mostly had to do with my belief that my feet were huge (size 8 1/2), and that I was too tall for heels (5'8"). Well since then, boys have grown taller and I've realized that while not petite, my feet aren't monstrous either. Since then, I've become shoe-obsessed, to the point where if I even mention that a pair is cute my boyfriend immediately responds with, "do you really need those?" To honor my love of shoes, here are my favorite pairs.

xx Molly

Jeffrey Campbell. I wore these shoes all throughout Paris as I felt they perfectly embodied the french girl flare.

Badgley Mischka. These had me at the heel, my go-to strappy black occasion shoes. 

Tretorn. Any girl who's lived through a harsh winter knows that a good pair of waterproof, winter boots are a must. These are fuzzy on the inside and oh so perfect for treks through the snow.

Born Crown. A slightly more sophisticated take on the flip-flop, although let's be honest how sophisticated can one really be? Metallic flowers, I'm sold.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Listen Up

As a Christmas gift, my parents gave me and my boyfriend tickets to different shows around Philadelphia. Which means this weekend we headed to the Kimmel Center to see the Philadelphia Orchestra perform two Beethoven pieces. The performance was lovely, but one of my favorite parts was finding the sequin artwork (pictured below) during intermission. It is a recreation of Monet's study on hay stacks and is strikingly reminiscent of these.

xx Molly

Monday, January 23, 2012


A recent business trip brought me close to where my Grandma lives, so I of course stopped by for a visit. During our time together we looked through some old photos and when I saw this one, I asked her immediately if I could have it. Everything about this picture is lovely to me. It's taken on an antique, merry-go-round, a place where my parents brought me every year to take a photo as I grew. The photo is carefree and happy, which is helping to remind me, during this stressful time at work, to focus on the little joys, the times of easy happiness.  

xx Molly

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Stress Food

Working at one of the Big Four means that busy season is heavily upon us, which is stressing me out! I'll take some cheese with my wine, but 12 hour days are not exactly what I would call fun. This time last year I got incredibly stressed and miserable, so this year I'm trying to be proactive and keep myself healthy and happy. I've carved out Wednesday nights to leave early and make it to a yoga class and after reading this article, I have plans to change some of the foods I'm eating. As if I needed another excuse to eat chocolate and berries! What do you do when you're stressed to try and keep your cool?

xx Molly

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Chop Chop

No matter what you're making, it seems a recipe calls for chopped or diced onions. Okay, while I realize that may be a slight exaggeration, it is amazing how many recipes call for chopping onions, especially when I had, until recently, quite the aversion to it. My eyes are what I'll call ultra sensitive to onion and it would look like I was gunning for an Oscar every time I chopped one. Luckily the combination of two tricks has put the theatrics on hold. The key to cutting consistently sized, tear free onions is actually pretty simple, once you get the hand of it.
  1. Cut the onion in half the long way, through the roots (This is the key to not crying!! Don't ask me why, but it really, truly works.)
  2. Cut off the side opposite of the roots and peel.
  3. Placing your palm on top of the onion, make cuts parallel to the cutting board, but do not cut all the way through the roots. (Distance between cuts should depend upon the size chop you want.)
  4. Make cuts perpendicular to the cutting board, again being sure not to cut through the roots. (Distance between cuts should depend upon the size chop you want.)
  5. Slice perpendicular to the cuts you just made, and voila evenly diced onions and no tears!
xx Molly

Thursday, January 12, 2012

"Chicken" and Dumpling Soup

I love making soups during the winter, as there is nothing like being warmed from the inside out on a cold day. An easy recipe, perfect for a work night, is vegetarian chicken and dumpling soup. And, because I grew up eating it, it always has a wonderful, comforting effect. 

xx Molly

Biscuit mix

1/2 bag baby carrots, cut in half
2 stalks celery, cut into chunks
1 onion, diced
4-5 cups “Chicken” broth
1 box frozen peas
1 box cut green beans
1 box seitan, ripped up
  1. Sautee celery, carrots, and onions until soft.
  2. Add broth and green beans.
  3. Once water boils again and green beans are almost cooked, add       peas.
  4. Add seitan.
  5. Drop biscuits (made following box directions) into water, cook until   fully cooked, approximately 7 to 8 minutes.

I like to cut in butter using two knives so the butter doesn't get too soft, as it sometimes does when using your fingers.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Gateway Arch

Another stop on my business trip travels brought me to St Louis. It was my first time in the city, and although I spent the majority of my time working in the suburbs, I managed to sneak in an hour to visit the famous Gateway Arch. The arch is shockingly tall (in fact it's the tallest man-made monument in the United States), and stunningly beautiful. My personal aesthetic has always leaned more towards the natural than steel but this can certainly be considered an exception. On a sunny day, the metal glistens, and it is just lovely. The arch was built from 1963 to 1965 as a monument to westward expansion and cost approximately $90.5 million in today's dollars. Something I didn't realize until I arrived, you can take a teeny, tiny elevator up to the top to enjoy the view. Although, certainly not for the claustro or Acro phobic, it is otherwise certainly worth the climb!

xx Molly