Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Gray Malin Photography

I was so excited to see my high school friend-turned-pro photographer, Gray Malin, on One Kings Lane today! Admittedly, I dropped the ball last time his work was for sale (I know, he is seriously SO good), but now I want to make sure you all check out his great photos for sale. They would make any room just a little more complete :)

So remember... Gray Malin.

One Kings Lane.

Photos for sale from Gray's A Timeless Pursuit series.


PS - You will die when you see the Oscar de la Renta dress Gray uses for this series.

PPS - If you aren't familiar with One Kings Lane ... you'd do yourself a favor to sign up immediately. Just click here.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Boston, here we come

Did I mention we're moving to Boston?

I think many of you know by now, but in the midst of excitement and planning, I may have left this little announcement untold to the wider world :)

Come August 1, the Lewises will reside in Cambridge, MA, very near the Harvard Business School, which Hubby will attend daily.

Apologies for our quiet state lately, but we've got some serious stuff going on.

So where to begin?

The new apartment.

The selling of the cars. Anyone want to buy our Yukon? It's a great car, and still available. Not to brag ...ahem... but my 4Runner (my first and only car... tear) sold within 36 hours of posting it on Autotrader. I may be biased, but an attachment grows after 9 years.

The acquisition of the new car. My sweet grandparents donated their more mileage-friendly vehicle for our adventure.

The packing.

So far, packing is overwhelming - does anyone have a few great tips for us!?

Clearly, we've got lots to share, and we'll be dishing it out for you as we prepare to head up North... in our rented Budget truck, trailed by Grandmother's Subaru Outback. Get excited.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Patriotic Peach Cobbler

What better way to celebrate the 4th than with some delicious peach cobbler?

I found this deliciously awesome and easy recipe on one of my favorite baking blogs, Joy the Baker. I modified Joy's Nectarine and Cream cobbler to include East Texas peaches, handpicked in Pittsburg, Hubby's mother's hometown. Remember our trip last year? We headed East to Efurd's Orchard (a true local favorite) and hand-selected as many peaches as we could carry.

Today's were peaches from that crop. With careful preservation, the peaches saved perfectly after almost exactly one year, and here they are this afternoon to help us ring in Independence Day in 2010.

The cobbler is simple, yet divine.

The recipe's method is easy, and is based on a kind of layering technique that does lots of work for you (score!) in the oven.

Life as a Wife's adaptation of Joy's Easy Nectarine and Cream Cobbler, adapted from The Pastry Queen's cobbler... it's a mouthful, but a really good mouthful

1/2 C (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 C granulated sugar
1 C all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of cloves
pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
3/4 C milk (low fat milk will work fine)
3 C sliced peaches (frozen are okay, but fresh is always best if you have it on hand)
1/3 C firmly packed brown sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Melt the butter in a medium saute pan set over medium high heat until it bubbles and turns a nut brown color.  Watch the butter closely, as it can go from browned to burnt in just a few seconds.  The butter will have all sorts of browned bits in it.  Joy says that’s good!

Pour the butter into an 8" or 9" square or rectangle baking dish - I used my 9x13 baker and multiplied all ingredients by 1.25 to make up for the slightly larger dish.

In a medium bowl, stir together the granulated sugar, flour, baking powder and spices.  Add milk and stir.

Pour the mixture on top of the melted butter and don't stir. I used a ladle so I wouldn't be tempted to redistribute the batter. NOTE: Please ignore the obscene amount of butter I used.... that was perhaps the only ingredient that didn't need to be increased for my pan :) However, I'm not saying it didn't taste delicious... just maybe don't tell your guests.

Without mixing, arrange the fruit evenly over the top of the batter.

Sprinkle with brown sugar.

Bake the cobbler for 40 to 45 minutes, until the top turns golden brown.  The batter will migrate from the bottom of the pan to cover the fruit.  Serve warm with slightly sweetened whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Quarter of a Century

That's how old hubby turned this week, but I shouldn't joke around too much because I'll follow suit in just a couple months.

We celebrated with Martha's Perfect Brownies*



and Dixie Bear

More celebrations to come this weekend with a special Birthday date night and our family birthday party/Fourth shindig on Sunday.

Happy Independence Day!

*I will share details of the Perfect Brownie recipe later - I make it often, and it is absolutely fail-proof. Years ago, it turned me, a former brownie hater, into a regular brownie craver. It's Hubby's most common baked good request, too.


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