Monday, April 11, 2011


"Be pretty if you can, be witty if you must, but be gracious if it kills you."

-Elsie de Wolfe

Friday, April 8, 2011

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

These look like the perfect weekend treat! Easy and yummy, what more could you ask for?

Chocolate-Covered Peanut-Butter Cups
Yields 12 cups
The Goods
  • 3 cups chocolate*
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 cup graham crackers, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

1. Line a muffin pan with 12 paper liners. Set aside.
2. Melt 1 1/2 cups of the chocolate in a double boiler. Alternately, you could do this using a microwave, melting the chocolate in short bursts. Remove the bowl of melted chocolate from the stove and turn off the heat.
3. Using the back of a spoon or a pastry brush, paint a layer of melted chocolate onto the bottoms and sides of the paper liners. Don’t skimp on chocolate here; coat the liners generously. Set the bowl aside with any remaining melted chocolate left in it.
4. Put the muffin pan in the refrigerator for 20 minutes while you make the peanut-butter filling.
5. In a mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter, crushed graham crackers, powdered sugar and salt. Stir with a spoon until well combined.
6. Return the bowl used to melt the chocolate to the top of the double boiler. Turn the heat to medium-high. Add the remaining 1 1/2 cups of chocolate and melt.
7. Meanwhile, divide peanut-butter mixture into 12 even amounts. (I used a cutting board while doing this to have a surface to rest the mounds on.)
8. Remove the muffin pan from the refrigerator. Put one mound into each paper liner. Tap down each mound with your fingertips to “nest” it into the chocolate bottom.
9. By now, the chocolate added to the double boiler should all be melted. Using a spoon, dollop the top of each peanut butter mixture mound with a generous portion of chocolate.
10. Use the back of a teaspoon to smooth out the tops (alternately, use the spoon to make a swirl atop each cup).
11. Place the muffin pan in the refrigerator. Within one hour, your cups should be set, depending how cold your fridge runs.
12. Remove the pan from the refrigerator. Consume with gusto, or exercise extreme restraint and gift to others!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Anna Wintour

As I mentioned before, lately I have been fascinated with Anna Wintour. The fact that she's such an enigma just makes her that much more intriguing! Anyway, so far here are the highlights of my research...

If Anna Wintour says it's okay to repeat outfits it must be true right?

Monday, April 4, 2011

Things I Love Right Now

Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People

A color test to see how well you see color. Just don't look at the computer too long, your eyes will start to go a little crazy!

Kaufmannaina Grey Floral Dress from Lulu's

Anna Wintour. Lately I've been completely fascinated with her. This mini-documentary is quite interesting.

Paper flowers. I know, I know, but these peonies from Martha Stewart are really very pretty!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Awesome Book Covers!

Jillian Tamaki has designed these embroidered book covers for Penguin books - they're incredible!