Eric and I recently noticed that Jackson is enthralled with us when we are eating. His mouth opens and he wants to participate in all of the fun! We decided that it was time to open up and begin to use his Stokke Steps high chair.
Jackson adores it. We all eat together in our dining room. We want to start out from the beginning to eat our meals (when possible of course because it certainly doesn’t happen every night!) together. He still doesn’t have the coordination to feed himself but he sure does try. We often make his food from scratch and Jackson loves just about anything – especially if we’re eating it. This little man loves basil, broccoli, corn – you name it, he loves it!
What I love about this high chair is that it can be pulled straight up to the table. When it’s in the kitchen, we use the tray. Often Jackson will play while I’m preparing dinner. He loves being able to sit up high enough to see what is happening. I’m excited for this new chapter in Jackson’s ever-changing development and couldn’t be happier with my choice!
I am a great friend with rooms that are clean and edited and everything in it’s place. However, I’ve noticed lately that too many cabinets in a kitchen can create an atmosphere that is almost too sterile. In my kitchen, I’ve chosen open shelving in place of upper cabinets. There are several advantages to this – you can see everything and don’t need to open every cabinet door to find the right platter! You can also create a form of art and expression by having your beautiful dishes exposed.
I recommend you try to find some sort of continuity in what you display. Maybe you could chose to display only your white dishes with fresh herbs in pots. Or you could find a way to hang your stunning copper pots that you have tucked into the back of a cabinet. Whatever you chose, you will have a kitchen that feels warm and inviting to enter and every bit as efficient to use.
The shelving itself can be simple and inexpensive. By the time you get all of your treasures on them, they will look great regardless of what you paid for them.
The recipes I am cooking these days are simple and easy. Mostly because summer produce is in full swing and less is more when you have ripe, juicy, and seasonal fruits and vegetables. One of the most seasonal fruits are figs. Figs don’t travel well and are best eaten within a couple days of being picked. I had some extra figs floating around my kitchen so I decided to roast them with honey and top some vanilla ice cream with these delicious warm treats.
Whenever I have a fruit or vegetable I can’t eat before it is past its prime, I either pickle them or roast them. Since pickled figs didn’t sound too appealing, I decided to roast my left over figs with honey – the result is a deliciously warm caramelized treat that goes perfectly with ice cream. Come to think of it, these honey roasted figs would also go well in a breakfast bowl with greek yogurt, granola and some toasted walnuts.
If you can’t get your hands on figs, feel free to swap any seasonal ripe fruit. I love roasted strawberries and roasted peaches.
Honey Roasted Figs
1 pint ripe figs, cut in half and stems removed
2 Tbs. canola oil (or any flavorless oil)
¼ cup honey
vanilla ice cream
1.) Pre-heat oven to 400F.
2.) In a large bowl, toss figs halves with canola oil. Place figs on a baking sheet. Drizzle honey over figs and place in oven. Roast figs for 10 -15 minutes or until figs are caramelized and slightly wilted.
3.) Serve with ice cream, chopped pistachios and mint.
This week was a hectic one, but when isn’t it? Between working on clients project and pulling everything together for a day of shooting – I’m definitely ready for a fun filled weekend. I’m currently loving each project we are working on now and can’t wait to show them to you when we are done. It’s amazing how long each project takes to pull together, between finding the inspiration, sourcing, ordering, and installing. But I have to say, it’s worth the wait.
Since I can’t share any projects, I thought I’d show you a few scenes from the week.
We installed a clients custom banquet – I’m loving the mix of patterns.
Pulling together fabrics and wallpaper options for a client presentation.
Growing up for much of my childhood in Mexico, I can vividly remember we would plan our annual summer visit to the United States to coincide with the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. For me, it represents the anticipation of fall being just around the corner – school starts, apples are harvested, and of course, a change of wardrobe. This year, I look forward to the start of fall shopping. There are so many incredible deals and great looks. I’m hoping to snag a pair of boots, jeans and a cape – all ideal for my San Francisco weather.
Last year, I was five months pregnant when the sale began so I didn’t buy any clothes. This year, my wardrobe definitely needs an update and I can’t wait to see what treasures I’ll find. What are you hoping to find at the Nordstrom Sale?