While perusing my blogroll during nap time, I checked out the latest post from i suwannee - one of my favorite stops for design inspiration from a business gal turned design guru. My blogroll jaunt stopped here when I discovered a newly revamped Furbish shop and I want to share some of my favs.
Well it's true. Number two is on the way. Well on the way actually. More than half way on the way. I hesitate to share, but I have been so busy lately that sometimes even I forget that I'm prego and I need to make some hoopla about this one just like I did with my little Miss. What am I having you ask? A human. A human boy to be exact. I am grateful to be as busy as I am, but I don't feel like I've had any time to nest or even be excited about this wonderful blessing. So in the spirit of hoopla, I wanted to share my initial nursery idea board.
A friend of mine recently told me that she and her family were seriously considering a move and would be looking for a local builder and a great floor plan. I have always been a fan of old homes myself, from the 1940s to be exact, but thinking about local builders and great floor plans sparked some curiosity. I began thinking about how I would build my perfect home and what my perfect blueprint might look like. In short, I've had floor plans on the brain so you can imagine my delight and surprise when I stumbled upon Fantasy Floorplans. Created by Brandi Roberts, a woman who likes TV, a lot, the website sells floorplans for... You guessed it. Your favorite TV homes, offices, and apartments. From Leave It To Beaver to the Golden Girls, you can own the blueprints for most any TV digs you can think of...
First and second floors of Don and Betty Draper's Suburban home
Sometimes when I'm in a rut and feel like my vision is lost, I create an imaginary room. Generally I use a real room in my own house or a friend or family member's house as a template and I redecorate with whatever my heart desires. No budget constraints. No husband constraints. No style constraints. Just me and whatever I (and the furniture world) can dream up. Lately, we have put the Home Beautification Act on overhaul for some upcoming opportunities. One area that I am having a particularly giant dilemma about is our den or living room. It is where we spend most of our time and it is probably the room I look at most. Because of this, the pressure I have put on myself to make it perfect is enormous and detaching from the space has become impossible. Enter Imagine A Room.
I originally saw a similar recipe while waiting in line at the grocery store. I picked up the latest issue of La Cucina Italiana and for some reason eggplant pesto sounded mouthwatering. I didn't buy the magazine, but read the recipe and ingredients and figured I could remember it. Well, by the time I made it (last night) it had been atleast a week and I didn't remember the recipe, so I did what I do best: improvised. After some searching I did find the original recipe, but I won't lie, I rather like my version.
Unfortunately, I'm a decorator, not a recipe writer, so you will have to bear with me. The measurements and cook times are a bit hazy.
Rigatoni with Roasted Eggplant Pesto
1 lb rigatoni or pasta of your choosing
8 garlic cloves
roughly 1/4 cup of pine nuts
roughly 1/2 cup arugula
1/4 cup to 1/2 cup olive oil, plus extra for roasting
salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 400F.
Cut the eggplant in half and using a sharp knife, cut a cross hatch pattern in both sides of the flesh. Sprinkle generously with olive oil, salt and pepper.
Sprinkle garlic gloves and pine nuts with olive oil and spread on sheet pan or place in ramekins.
Roast eggplant flesh side down for 30 to 40 minutes or until soft. Roast garlic and pine nuts for less time - this part is hazy- just keep an eye on them- you want both to be golden.
Remove garlic, pine nuts and eggplant from the oven. Allow to cool slightly.
In a food processor, combine eggplant, garlic cloves, pine nuts, arugula, olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Process until a moist paste is made. Pour over cooked pasta and toss to combine. Serve with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano.
For a bolder garlic flavor, cut the amount of cloves in half and skip roasting them.
Parsley or even basil can be substituted for arugula. Arugula is what I had, so that's what I used!
It hasn't felt much like winter here in the south, but I am still longing for the hopefulness of blooming flowers and new life. Although these hues may seem icy, I think they are as crisp and clean as the first day of Spring. In fact, I like them so much that I am in the process of painting not one, but two rooms shades of cool blue. I just can't get enough fresh mint and predict it will be all the rage this Spring.