Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Happiest of Birthdays (To Me)

Target top and skirt, Anthropologie blazer, & my Mama's "almost" vegan cake (except for the frosting)

I turned 26 on November 10th, and my parents came to visit for the celebrations. They, along with the boy, surprised me with a day full of events, including tickets to the ballet. Oh, how I love the ballet. It was a lovely way to ring in the end of my first quarter century.

xx Molly

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

What Mama's Cooking: Mushroom Minestra with Braised Swiss Chard

I'll bet you're asking yourself the same question I did----What is a minestra? I thought "stew," the definition, "tends to be lighter than zuppa and with smaller pieces than minestrone," came from Wiktionary. Hub Pages describes the difference between the two names for Italian soups in a more satisfying way with some history, too. So, this is a recipe for soup, though mine came out more like a stew.

I follow Veranda magazine on Pinterest and I guess they pinned some posts from Town & Country magazine. The image of this vegetarian mushroom soup
 caught my eye. Turns out it's from a restaurant Richard Gere owns called the Bedford Post Inn just north of NYC. Their photo of the soup looks a lot prettier than mine, but mine still tastes delicious.

It was quite involved, definitely a weekend recipe. I stored the leftover components separately and used them this weekend in stuffed peppers. I'll give you that recipe next week. Give it a try, perhaps for a special meal and don't be surprised if yours looks different, too! Save the leftovers, if there are any, for next week.

xx Mama and Molly



Tuesday, November 5, 2013


Target jeans and tank, Anthropologie blazer

I guess I lied when I said I’d shared my last New Orleans photos, because here they are again. Lately I’ve found myself obsessed with blazers; I feel they’re a versatile piece that I can wear both to work and casually (a must these days since I have neither the budget nor space for two wardrobes) and really pull together an outfit. While this is one from a couple years ago, I recently purchased one in a burnt orange color that I love. Are blazers a no brainer for you too?

xx Molly

Monday, November 4, 2013

Concord Grape Pie

Concord grape pie is a big deal in upstate New York, and growing up we would always make a fall trip to Naples, NY (fire hydrants are even painted purple there is honor of the grapes) to buy a grape pie from Monica’s Pies. We've been getting a ton of concord grapes in our CSA, so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to try to recreate a childhood favorite. I followed this receipt from Martha Stewart (you can replace the egg wash with almond milk and butter with Earth Balance's “buttery” sticks to make it fully vegan) and over the span of an afternoon whipped up the pie. While the results were delicious and just as I had remembered them, I may leave the grape pie making to Monica in future due to just how lengthy the process was.

xx Molly

Friday, November 1, 2013


These are the last of my pictures from our recent New Orleans trip. We had such a nice time exploring the city and celebrating our friends’ wedding (congrats again you two!). Some highlights included strolling through the French Quarter, particularly Royal street, checking out galleries and shops, exploring the Garden District and its beautiful homes, munching on lots of New Orleans’ specialty treats, and of course the wedding celebration itself. Have a lovely weekend y’all (see how southern I am now ;).

xx Molly

Random trees all over the city were decked out with Mardi Gras beads, fancy no?

 New Orleans served up some of the best Bloody Marys I've had, garnished with pickled green beans!

A big New Orleans' wedding tradition is to march with a band through the streets after the ceremony!! It was so much fun, but I'm doubting NYC would ever agree to do the same thing for me next year ;)

The bride and groom and their marching band!

We stopped by Sucre to try their macarons and gelato, while good, there was no comparison to my favorites.

Riding the St. Charles street car. Best part? No open container law in New Orleans so we could ride and sip champagne!