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The Perfect Changing Table

Changing Table

One of the decisions I made was to not buy a changing table for the nursery. Instead, I found a chest-of-drawers I adored and retrofit it into a changing table. Believe me, if I can do it (the queen of DIY disasters!) anyone can.


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I’m drawn to champagne-style chest-of-drawers. They remind me of the inside of a steamer trunk and anything related to travel is attractive to me. I found just what I was looking for at Land of Nod. Three ample drawers give me the room for everything I need when changing Jackson. And it was so easy to attach the changing table top. We attached it to the back of the chest so when Jackson is no longer in need of a changing table, we can remove the top and have it simply as a chest-of-drawers.


Changing Table

You don’t have to give up good style when you put together a nursery.

Sources:

Campaign Dresser | White Changing Tray

Changing PadGrey Dot Changing Pad Cover

Small Rattan BasketsSwaddling Blankets

White Monogram Towel | White Rattan Hamper 


Photos by Delbarr Moradi for Sacramento Street

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On the Menu: One-Pot Orecchiette Pasta

One-Pot Orecchiette Pasta

 

One of my favorite days in cooking school was the day we learned how to make fresh pasta. I love the process of getting your hands dirty with flour, water and egg. I also love that you can create such amazing dishes that all start with these simple everyday ingredients.

 

When we first learned how to make orecchiette I was obsessed. Orecchiette is Italian for “little ear” because of the shape of the pasta. I favor orecchiette over other types of pasta because of the chewiness.  Made with semolina and water, orecchiette has this delicious bite to it that makes it feel heartier.

 

Since homemade orecchiette is pretty easy, I was making it all the time. Now that I am not in cooking school and working full time, I have less time to make fresh pasta at home, but my love for orecchiette has not faded.

 

In this delicious one-pot pasta dish, I have paired orecchiette with tomatoes, eggplant, Italian sausage, mozzarella and mint. Totally delicious and satisfying. If you can’t find Japanese eggplant, swap for a regular eggplant. The same goes for the golden balsamic. I prefer golden balsamic over regular balsamic because it not as overpowering, but this is totally your preference, as well as what you have in your house.

 

Enjoy! ~ Amanda

 

One-Pot Orecchiette Pasta

 

One-Pot Orecchiette Pasta

 

Ingredients| Sacramento Street

 

1/2 lb mild Italian sausage

¼ cup olive oil

1 Japanese eggplant, cut into ½” thick half rounds

1 ½ cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half

2 cloves garlic

½ c balsamic vinegar (preferably golden balsamic)

½ cup olive oil

½ lb dried orecchiette pasta

4 oz mozzarella

Garnish with red pepper flakes, handful of torn mint and Parmesan cheese

 

Directions | Sacramento Street

 

1.) In a medium size pot, cook the orecchiette according to the directions on the box. When pasta is cooked through strain, and set aside.

 

2.) In a the same pan over medium high heat add 2 tablespoons olive oil and cook sausage until brown, breaking it up into small pieces. Remove sausage, place on towel lined plate and set aside. In the same pan, add 2 more tablespoons olive oil and add eggplant and tomatoes and sauté until eggplant is browned and tomatoes have wilted slightly. Remove from pan and set aside.

 

3.) In the same pan, sauté garlic for 30 seconds then return sausage, eggplant, and the tomatoes to the pot and cook for 30 seconds. Carefully pour vinegar into the bottom of pan and cook over medium high until vinegar has reduced by half. Add orecchiette, mozzarella pepper flakes and top with mint. Toss well.

 

4.) Taste for salt, drizzle with olive oil and serve immediately.

 

Serves 2 to 4

 

Recipe & Photos by Amanda Frederickson for Sacramento Street

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Layer It: Not That Simple

Layer It : Not Too Simple | Sacramento Street


LatelyI’ve mastered the casual wear. While it may seem simple, I’ve been trying to jazz it up a bit by pairing a leather jacket with what otherwise might be considered a lazy day ensemble. I’m all about comfort!


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WhileI usually throw on a pair of leggings before leaving the house, I realized that if I paired together the right pieces I could continue to wear my comfy drawstring pants for walks around our neighborhood, play dates and trips to the grocery store. This is the look that has been on regular rotation the past few weeks. I’m loving it. Don’t you love finding a new look within your own wardrobe?


The Basics

1.) Outdoor Voices Sweats


2.) Ultimate Leather Jacket (I also have my eyes on this one!)


The Layers

3.) Metro Round Leather Strap Watch


4.) Mini Knot Ring


5.) Relaxed Merino Wool Sweater


6.) Jinsy Slip-On Sneaker


7.) The Transport Tote


Image by Free People.


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a brand new week . . .

weekend reading

 

After a wonderful weekend with family in town I’m ready for this week to begin. Although I don’t have a lot of “me” time, I realized this weekend that I haven’t opened up a book in quite some time. And since I don’t have any on my radar I wanted to turn to you for suggestions. Have you read any good books lately? Can’t wait to hear what you’ve all been reading lately.


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Bring the Picnic Indoors

Bring the Picnic Indoors | Sacramento Street


Everyone is dreaming of spring, blossoming trees, warm sunshine and temperatures above freezing. With Arctic temperatures hitting most of the country, no one wants to go outside. It’s time to get creative with what you can do indoors. I’ve been day dreaming about gathering friends for an outdoor picnic for months but that’s not really possible for awhile so I decided to bring my picnic indoors. Why should I wait until the weather gets warmer?


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My first order of business was to create a cozy spot where everyone would want to sit, eat, drink and enjoy themselves for hours on end. The key ingredient – comfy pillows and blankets to cover the floor. When creating an indoor picnic you want to be sure everyone will want to kick off their shoes, curl up and enjoy each other’s company. Be sure to have yummy treats and wine of course. I referenced our guide to creating the perfect cheese board that our team put together this past fall.


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Picnic Essentials | Sacramento Street

1.) Natural Sheep Skin Rug | 2.) Grey Two-Tone Geometric Throw


3.) Faux Cowhide Throw Pillow | 4.) Ivory Unscented Pillar Candle


5.) Mini Spreaders Set of 4


Thanks to World Market I was able to create the perfect environment for this day dream to actually come to life. I paired their beautiful throws, pillows and much more together to create the ultimate indoor setting that no one wanted to leave. See more from our selection on the World Market Blog.


Photos by Heather Day for Sacramento Street


This post is a partnership with World Market. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.

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