weekend cooking.



apple orchard.

muffins and lists.

I love weekends so much. I'm starting to really utilize my weekend a lot more now. Before I'd work a lot over the weekend because I didn't get as much done as I wanted to during the week. Well now I have myself on a bit of a schedule so I'm more productive during the week. This means I don't feel guilty for not going into work on Saturday or Sunday. Instead I can lounge around, sleep in, go to the lake, spend a long time making food (I love this part), stay up late watching movies and drinking wine. Maybe it's just summertime and that's why it feels so good, but I am feeling really relaxed. I also discovered my love for a new (to me) cookbook called How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman. I read about it on a few blogs so I knew it was out there, just hadn't been able to check it out until I saw it at my friend Heather's house the other day. (I am watching her kitties so I don't think she'll mind that I borrowed it...) I love that he explains his reasoning behind why you do certain steps or add certain ingredients. I hate it when I follow directions blindly, not really knowing what the heck will happen when I do what they say. Because you know, I like to change things and I don't always like to follow directions to a T. So far the few dishes I've tried have turned out great and I already noticed a few other dishes I cannot wait to try! For example, Eggplant Parmesan looks delish and super easy. Only I think I'll use up the zucchini I already have and then later will try Eggplant.

Welp, that's all for now! I'm planning to hang out with my boyfriend and watch the new Madmen episode tonight! Whooo yeah! Think we might even make some g+t for this special occasion.

Hello last week of July! (How did that happen all of a sudden?)

p.s. next friday i'm having a photo shoot for the new items i'll be selling in my shop. stay tuned!


  1. I love Mark Bittman's videos, which you can download as podcasts or watch streaming on the nytimes site (under "The Minimalist"). Same general idea as the cookbook, and he's also amusing.

  2. Such lovely tablecloths you have!

    I've always almost bought his book, everything just looks so delicious and beautiful. He has one called How to Cook Everything Vegetarian that I've been keeping an eye out for at used bookstores; no luck yet.

  3. YUM! I'll have to go check and see if my library has the book you mentioned; I've lately been into reading a lot of those "whys and wherefores of cooking" type books. I do it so much I might as well feed my need to know why the heck I'm doing something! ;) lol.

    ♥ Casey
    blog | elegantmusings.com

  4. america's test kitchen also tells you the why's of cooking in their recipes. ah, sooo many good cookbooks out there that i just *need*! well, so many BOOKS in general. ahh... i think i need to start a book budget where i actually have money to spend on books. ;)

    btw, those table cloths are my roommates. aren't they fabulous?! i just love all of her linens. so cute and vintage. :)

  5. It looks like a perfect week-end!

  6. Beautiful pictures... incredible eats! I need to reschedule myself similarly. I always work on my weekends, which makes Mondays pure torture.

  7. Love your tablecloths and plates! Your table looks so cozy and inviting, also makes me feel inspired to buy a new tablecloth :)


  8. Those photos are lovely ... just beautiful! :)