The Little Things

looking up~looking up: the view from an upper west side backyard~

New York has been enjoying a pretty amazing summer season overall with mild humidity and comfortably cool evenings so it’s been a nice change of pace from the sticky, humid summers we are accustomed to. We are gearing up for a big family vacation later this month and since this summer seems to be flying by, I’ve been trying to soak up the sunshine as much as possible. I hope you’ve all been enjoying the weather as well. In the mean time, here are a few things keeping me happy.

peppers~stuffing the peppers for our wedding video viewing party a couple weeks ago~aperitivo~poolside spa day aperitivo~chia~i’m a little late to the chia seed party but i’m loving my homemade chia puddings~tomato~cherry tomatoes and basil from my mother-in-laws- garden~ 

Stuffed Artichokes


Artichokes are my favorite vegetable hands down. I love the taste and the texture and how versatile they are. I enjoy them sliced up in an omelette or simply pan fried to a slight crisp. As a kid, my grandma would make the best stuffed artichokes- prepared in the simplest way. I’ve re-created her recipe almost to a tee- using homemade breadcrumbs (made from 2 day old bread loaves), olive oil, garlic, cheese, parsley, salt and pepper. Once the artichokes are cleaned and tops trimmed off, I simply stuff them with the breadcrumb mixture, put them tightly packed together in a pot filled with with 2-3 inches of water (just enough to cover the artichoke heart) and I simmer them until the artichoke leaves are tender and can be pulled out easily. So simple and so tasty!

P.S. Don’t forget to eat the heart- it’s the best part!

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To the New Year… by Gloria

nye2It’s that time again, the New Year is almost here and I always look forward to a fresh start and thinking about the things I’d like to accomplish in the year ahead. I hope you all have a wonderful New Years Eve with many amazing things to come in 2013! I’d love to hear what some of your wishes and resolutions are for the New Year…

Happy Halloween… by Gloria

~our jack-o-lantern~

Now that this hurricane has passed and thankfully all our friends and family are safe, I’d like to wish you all a very Happy Halloween. Because of the storm, I had a couple days off and I have to say, I really enjoyed being indoors. I baked cookies, cooked big dinners, sipped on some spiked hot cocoa, and watched movies while curled up on the couch. I guess it was natures little way of reminding us all to slow down and enjoy some time with our loved ones. I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Halloween.

The 4th… by Gloria

~cooling off by the pool~

We enjoyed a very low key 4th of July. We spent time with family, had a small (but delicious) barbecue that included grilled farm-fresh veggies and hung around by the pool. Since the 4th fell smack in the middle of the week, it was back to work the very next day. I hope you all had a great holiday. Here are just a few pics from ours…

~ lucky boy having a bite to eat~

~farm fresh veggies hot off the grill~

~chloe hanging out~

The Daily… by Gloria

~eucerin daily moisturizer/bobbi brown lip gloss/aquaphor/korres foundation/bare escentuals bronzer/prestige eyeliner/dior mascara~

Recently, I’ve had quite a few people ask what new make-up I’ve been using because they’ve noticed a difference in my overall appearance.To be perfectly honest, the only thing I’ve changed is adding a small amount of aquaphor (yes, aquaphor!) to my daily skin regimen.You’d be amazed at what a small amount of this stuff mixed into your daily moisturizer can do. Here’s what I do: Prior to applying my make-up, I squeeze a pea-sized amount of aquaphor onto the palm of my hand along with my daily moisturizer and swirl it together until the aquaphor and moisturizer are blended evenly…and walla! Your skin will have an all day glow!

Colored Cues… by Gloria

~ marshmallow “cupcakes”~

I’ve been slacking. The truth is, this week has felt like there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to get it all done. No worries though, I promise I will be posting over the weekend to make up for it. I hope you all had a great week. In the mean time, here are a few things that made my week just a little brighter…

~ pistachio and honey/lavendar macarons~

~ yarns in every possible color at Purl Soho~

~ candy of all sorts at Sugar Rush candy shoppe~

Weekend Wrap Up… by Gloria

~ DIY dessert at my friends wedding- s’mores, frosted doughnut holes, and a sundae with rainbow sprinkles~

I’ve had a little too much fun this past week. Between weddings, party brunches (my new favorite thing!) and a pretty awesome Gotye concert, I’m hardly ready for the coming week. I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! Here’s a little glimpse into mine…

~ Party Brunch at Lavo~

~”Ramen Bowl” Wall at Ippudo in the East Village~

Spring Ahead… by Gloria

~ A bustling Lincoln Center from the back of a moving taxi ~

I love spring time, maybe it’s because I was born in spring, but I find it to be an exciting time for renewal and change and I’m definitely looking forward to longer days and sunny weather. Although I did not stop for a moment this past weekend, I already have my list of springtime to-do’s including outdoor brunches, and long evenings with friends enjoying cocktails and catching up. In the mean time, here are a few pics that have me feeling happy that Spring is in the air!

~ Blooming buds in NYC~

~ A dove on it’s nest at my boyfriend’s parents house~

~ My best friend’s grandma’s famous dried peppers- they’ve been drying since winter and are almost ready to eat~

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