Sweet Saturday: cheesecake stuffed strawberries, plus other yum recipes!

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Well, I’m back from my trip to Disney World, and you guys didn’t even notice I was gone because the posts kept coming! Booyah! This week I made dinner for friends and because they are close friends, I decided it would be safe to try some new recipes from my Pinterest recipe board. 

I tried this penne with roasted asparagus and balsamic butter recipe (I did not use all of the butter it called for, I reduced the vinegar down a bit more than it suggested, and I added a tiny bit more brown sugar to the sauce). I also tried this roasted peppers with capers and mozzarella recipe from Smitten Kitchen. I paired these with fresh green beans and french bread. Finally, for dessert, I tried these cheesecake stuffed strawberries. 

Here’s how mine turned out (Unfortunately, it looks like my phone will be my only picture-taking device for a while):

All three recipes turned out great! I was really pleasantly surprised and will definitely be making them all again in the future. I especially recommend the roasted peppers dish for a great summertime dinner addition. 

Anything making your Saturday sweet?

- Aurelia

July 30, 2011 11:53 AM | Comments | Categories: Food, Sweet Saturday | Tags: , ,

Frilling Friday: Details

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Hello friends!
Hope your summer is full of lovely things.  I ran across a few intriguing things this week:

Apparently these shoes are all the rage.  They’re calling them “grannie-chic”.  I don’t know, what do you think? I’m all about comfy shoes, but…(Mom, do NOT buy these.)

I am drooling over this handmade bag (seen on).  Waxed canvas, excellent attention to detail, sturdy construction, not-too-neutral color – it pushes all my buttons:

The most adorable handmade mobile.  Wish I’d seen this when I was decorating B’s room. (via)

Why you should take my advice and use non-toxic nail polish.

Have a happy weekend!

-f

July 29, 2011 2:42 PM | Comments | Categories: Frilling Friday | No Tags

More than lovely kitchen gadgets

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Recently I purchased this juicer and this salt and pepper shaker set from Anthropologie for my sister’s birthday presents. 

They made me think “Ooh Pretty. This looks EXACTLY like something she would have in her kitchen.” And I decided she really OUGHT to have them. 

And the juicer and the salt and pepper shakers are why Fran and I started youfrillme – not because we want to have too much stuff – but because we want to LOVE and feel inspired by the stuff we do have. And sometimes pretty juicers make you want to make more juice, and pretty salt and pepper shakers make seasoning your dinner a little more happy and meaningful. And it’s that simple joy that makes all the difference.

There can definitely be a fine line in finding the balance between what FRILLS you and what’s just taking up space. Here’s to hoping our lil’ blog can inspire in all the right ways. 

- Aurelia

July 28, 2011 10:15 AM | Comments | Categories: For the Home | Tags: ,

Frilling Austin To Do’s: Part Two

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Last week I posted about some of my favorite daytime activities in Austin, TX. Today I want to focus on frilling things to do at night.

1. Watch the sun set at the Oasis Restaurant:

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The outside seating can hold over 1,000 people, and the view is absolutely breathtaking! My favorite dish to order is the southwestern lettuce wraps. 

2. Have dinner, drinks, AND a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse.

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This might be my favorite. I can’t decide. There’s just something amazing about getting to order all the appetizers, entrees, desserts, and drinks you want whilst having the movie theater experience as well. I seriously love it. 

3. Have a laugh at Esther’s Follies.

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Enjoy a comedy show and a legit magician at Austin’s premiere comedy club, located on the famous sixth street. 

4. Experience the night life on 4th, 5th, and 6th streets.

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My new favorite restaurant on 6th street is the Iron Cactus Grill. They have some of the best guacamole I have ever had, AND they have white queso, which is really hard to find around here! 

Late at night on the weekends, they close off traffic on the famous 6th street. If the crazy crowd gets to be too much for you (as I have found it is for me!), head down to 4th and 5th streets for a more refined nightlife experience. My most recent faves are Qua for dancing and Halcyon Coffee, Bar, and Lounge for a late night dessert. 

Got any Austin nightlife faves?

- Aurelia

Frilling Inspiration: Knitted Toys

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We try to keep toys to a quality, happy minimum at our house, and we try to opt for well-made, long-lasting, imagination-inspiring toys; as opposed to cheap, plastic toys that are more for entertainment than for actual play. (I could go on and on about my toy philosophy, but suffice it to say:) Huzz and I agree that, for the most part, we want B to have toys that are beautiful to see and touch. Plus we’d both go nuts if our home were overrun with garish plastic.

I love that Baby B has (a few, so far) toys that are lovingly hand-made of natural materials. Which is part of the reason why I’m currently hooked on toy-making, ever since my first little crochet birdie (which I keep forgetting to post a photo of). Now, I’m inspired to try my hand at knitting a toy or two, so I picked up this book, Knitted Toys: 25 fresh and fabulous designs_, by Zoe Mellor, at my local yarn shop:

Her designs are adorable, and I can’t wait to knit up a few of them.

Huzz really wants me to make the robot next…

But for now I’m busy working on…

July 25, 2011 9:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Crafts + DIY | Tags: ,

Sweet Saturday: Crepes!

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Fran here, filling in for Aurelia to bring you some Saturday sweetness.  And for that, how better to start a Saturday morning than with a breakfast of crepes?  I woke up early (well, ahem, someone woke up early and woke me up too) and decided to make some.  Crepes are simple, and no more trouble than pancakes.  I use Mark Bittman’s recipe in his cookbook How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, to which I refer for most everything.  It goes like this:

1 cup all-purpose flour (I always use whole wheat pastry flour)
pinch salt
1 tbsp sugar (optional)
1 1/4 cups milk, plus more if needed
2 eggs
2 tbsp butter, melted and cooled (this is for the batter.  You’ll need a bit more for cooking.)

Whisk together all the ingredients.  The batter can be made up to 24 hrs in advance and refrigerated.

Heat a medium-sized pan, and add a small pat of butter to coat

I use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to dole out the batter for each crepe. Swirl the batter around until it coats the bottom of the pan in a thin layer.

Let that cook over medium heat, whilst you attend to whatever visitors may arrive during the process.

Once the top of the crepe is mostly dry, flip.

Repeat, until you have used up all the batter. I stack all my crepes flat and keep them warm under a lid, until I’m ready to fill them.  Today, I filled half with Nutella, and half with creme fraiche.  You could use nut butter, or fruit, or chocolate chips, or cream cheese, or any number of fillings. There are plenty of ways to present crepes, but this is how I do it.

Perfect served with French press coffee, for your Saturday morning sweetness.  Enjoy!

-f

July 23, 2011 10:57 AM | Comments | Categories: Food, Sweet Saturday | Tags:

Frilling Friday: July 22, 2011

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Happy Friday!

I love baskets.  These are lovely:

This girl knits!  for money!  adorable bow things…

Style blogs are so inspiring.  This girl’s style is fun.

These pouches for kids are adorable (via)

I want to knit this guy.   I’m prolly not good enough yet. (via)

Jewelry pick of the week:

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Nutella-banana “ice cream”.

Have a happy weekend!

July 22, 2011 11:37 AM | Comments | Categories: Frilling Friday | Tags:

Stuff We Love: Frill up your closet with bold, bright shoes

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I think it’s frilling to use your shoes as the accent piece of your outfit. I do it a lot lately. What shoes MAKE your outfit?

Shoes from Zara. Try to ignore the constipated look on my face here. I’m NOT a model, and I may or may not have actually been constipated…

Antonio Melani wedges from Dillard’s. They’re on sale right now, just saying. 

Blowfish yellow flats. I purchased these last summer. I’m amazed I was still able to find them online. They are one of the most comfortable pairs of shoes I own.  I love, love, love them. 

Target sandals. I realize you can’t see these very well in the picture, but trust me – they were worth the 15 bucks. 

- Aurelia

July 21, 2011 9:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | Tags: , ,

A Frilling Summer Recipe

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I have a new original recipe for you. It’s barbecuey and spicy and summery and GIGANTIC.

Head on over to Vegeater to check it out.

-F

July 20, 2011 10:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Food, Recipes | No Tags

Frilling Austin To Do’s: Part One

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I’ve been wanting to blog about my favorite Austin activities for a while now. It’s such a fun and unique city, and since my BFF was just recently in town visiting, some of my favorite things to do are fresh on my mind. 

I thought I’d break them up into two posts and am still finding it hard to condense! This post covers five, fun daytime activities I love in Austin (though you could do these things at night as well). Next week, I’ll post about things I love to do at night. I should also note that I have my Austinite friends, Melaina and Katie, to thank for introducing me to most of my picks. So, without further ado: 

1. Brunch at Bess Bistro.

I love this eatery because it’s swanky and chic, and the experience makes me feel kind of fabulous. Plus Sandra Bullock owns it, and seriously, who doesn’t love Sandra Bullock? Fun fact about Bess Bistro: it’s in what was the old bank vault of a building that originally housed apartments in the early nineteen hundreds. 

2. Lunch at Whole Foods on Lamar: 

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This Whole Foods started it all 30 years ago as a neighborhood market. It’s a must-see because it’s the flagship store, and it’s 80,000 square feet facility has it ALL. Go grab lunch and be in awe. 

3. Explore the shops on South Congress (SoCo). 

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Check out famous shops, such as the costume shop, Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds and the antique store, Uncommon Objects. And don’t miss out on the local favorite, Amy’s Ice Cream. It will cool you off and NOT disappoint! 

4. Take the plunge, if you dare, at Barton Springs.

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If you’re finding the Texas heat too hot to handle, enjoy a dip in Austin’s natural pool, Barton Springs, which averages at 68 degrees all year long. It might warm you up in the winter, but from personal experience, it’s like jumping into a bucket of ice in the summer! It’s so worth it though; it’s a fun, local experience, and it’s beautiful! 

5. Shop at the Domain.

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Enjoy a luxury outdoor shopping experience at the domain. Some of my favorite daytime restaurants here include North and The Steeping Room.

- Aurelia

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fran & aurelia

Fran likes knitting, cooking, reading design blogs, curating her home, and wearing chunky jewelry.

Aurelia likes baking, fashion, hosting lovely dinner parties, and laughing at clever and witty things.

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