Field Trip!

So like Ariel mentioned in her last post, I went out to Long Island to visit her this past weekend. I love me a good field trip!

Unfortunately, I ended up leaving a lot later than anticipated, and got caught up in rush hour traffic on a Friday, so by the time I got to Ariel’s I was mighty hungry. Fortunately for me, Ariel suggested we get some of my favorite food: INDIAN!!

Now, Ariel and I have a history with Indian food, which to sum up in few words involved us previously having ordered Shrimp Vindaloo (the spiciest thing on the menu) and it taking us about 2 hours to share 6 shrimp… So when she suggested that we get some for dinner, I knew there would be a tasty challenge ahead of us.

Naturally, we ordered a spicy twist on a favorite. We love dosas, so when we saw the Mysore Masala Dosa (Rice and lentil crepe wrapped around potatoes cooked in a very highly spiced masala), we knew that was something we had to try.

Check this baby out! Large and in charge, in size and flavor!

The insides were flaming red and filled with a fiercely spicy filling.

Despite the fact that it was the size of the table, we were able to take that dosa down!

The next day we went outlet shopping, and we saw a lot of pretty (expensive!) things at Kate Spade.

How cute are these guys?

Ariel modeled this awesome ring. I think I might smell a DIY in the works…

These hats were fantastic. But I can’t help wondering if we could figure out how to knit these…

I love the GIANT pom poms!

Before I left on Sunday, we took an autumnal stroll around her campus and she pointed out this amazing tree. How fabulous are the leaves that change from the tips first? It almost looks like it’s on fire!

Without a doubt, this was a much needed weekend adventure!

-Marissa

Midweek Ramblings

Pro and con time:

PRO: I finally¬†get to write up everything that I’ve been wanting to over the past few days!

CON: I had to take a half day from work because I’m a coughing sneezing mucus-y mess. Did I mention that my voice is so nasal I sound like The Nanny?

Onto the ramblings! Marissa came to visit me this weekend and there was much galavanting around! We had every intention of going thrifting on Saturday, but the majority of the reviews we read online said that the stores smelled like mildew and cats. Since mildew and cats aren’t some of our favorite scents, we opted to go to the outlets instead.

After walking around the outlets for hoouuursss, Marissa suggested that we travel along in search of good farm stands. It was a beautiful day so it was fitting to find some delicious fresh produce.

I believe we stopped at 3 farm stands, and all of them were great. Just check out the butternut squash Marissa is holding! There was a plethora of squash and zucchini of all varieties, enormous heads of cauliflower and broccoli, and apples for miles. I ended up bringing home a few of my favorite apples, winesapps, and they were a pound each!

And check out those turnips! I kind of wanted to get some but I’ve never cooked turnips before. I don’t think I can even remember the last time I ate one. I think some recipe research is necessary before I splurge.

One of the farm stands also had peacocks. I don’t think I’ve written about my immense love for peacocks, but believe me when I say that I LOVE them.

Lots of walking and not a lot of eating left us famished. We made a quick stop at Whole Foods to pick up a schmorgasboard of food and to look for ingredients to make dessert. You see, when Marissa first got to my apartment on Friday night, she put the bowl to her ice cream maker in the freezer.

I found a recipe for chocolate sorbet here, but we of course made it our own. We used 3.5 ounces of dark chocolate with chili, omitted the vanilla extract, and added about 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon.

The process of chocolate sorbet isn’t wildly photogenic. Oh, and we’re easily amused

Oh, you want to see the sorbet anyway? Well okay, if you insist.

Photogenic? No. Delicious? You better believe it. Words cannot describe how good the sorbet turned out. It tasted like a dark, rich brownie batter. The spice from the cinnamon and chili wasn’t apparent at first, but after you let the sorbet melt on your tongue, you were left with a tingling of heat. We didn’t eat the sorbet by itself either.

We paired it with my newest obsession. The people at Edy’s are bringing their A game with this flavor. Not only does it have fewer calories and fat than regular ice cream, the flavor is beyond good (I know I sound like a spokesperson, but I am in no way affiliated with Edy’s- I just eat copious amounts of their ice cream).

The dense chocolate and the mellow pumpkin paired perfectly together. I imagine that any variety of infused chocolate would work well in the sorbet recipe, or you could substitute in any flavor extract that tickles your fancy. If you wanted to make it completely fat free, you could also experiment with just using cocoa powder, although I would recommend a high quality powder.

Ok lovelies, I am off to use the best invention ever, the neti pot. As always, we would love to hear your imput and feedback!

apositiveregard (at) gmail (dot) com

–Ariel

All That Glitters Is Gourd

Autumn is hands down my favorite season.

The leaves changing colors, sweater weather, the pumpkins, the glitter… Ok, so the glitter isn’t necessarily autumn specific, but I thought why not incorporate some sparkle into some fall favorites?

Gourds are a great way to incorporate some autumn decor indoors. I picked up a few (3 for a $1!) a couple of weekends ago visiting my sister further upstate New York, where she goes to college. When I got home with them, I thought they could use a little ‘bling’.

BAM! That’s a sparkly gourd!

Materials:

Glue (I used a Martha Stewart brand ‘glittering glue’ but I’m pretty sure a white Elmer’s glue would work just fine.)

Brush

Glitter (I used a Martha Stewart brand superfine glitter.)

Gourds

Newspaper

Process:

1. Prep your area by covering it in at least as many layers of newspaper as colors of glitter you will be using. This is so the excess glitter of one color does not end up on a gourd of another color if you have to put it down.

2.. Hold gourd by stem and base with two fingers. Coat the entire gourd lightly in glue. Make sure there are no drips. I left the base of the gourd free of glue so it wouldn’t stick to the newspaper once I put it down.

3. Lightly sprinkle glitter over the entire gourd as you rotate it. When you are 3/4 of the way through, you can use the excess glitter that has fallen onto the newspaper to fill in the rest. No wasting!

4. Your gourd is complete! Allow it to dry according to the directions on your glue. I brought mine outside to the sunshine to help the process. Once the glue has dried, there may be some excess glitter, just shake it off.

5. Continue with the rest of your gourds and glitter colors.

6. Arrange your gourds and display!

I also just wanted to show you guys how adorable they looked drying outside next to their bigger pumpkin friends!

If it wasn’t that I knew it was going to rain that night, I might have kept them out there.

Obviously the possibilities are limitless… Stripes, polka dots, more intricate designs on bigger gourds or even pumpkins!

Are there any autumnal crafts that you have done with gourds or glitter?

-Marissa