Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Peanut Butter Cookies

So I had a craving for peanut butter cookies the other day, and after searching through Pinterest, I found this recipe. (I guess these are also known as Welfare Peanut Butter cookies, as the recipe was originally found on the back of the generic canisters of peanut butter at food banks.)

2 1/2 c flour
1/2 t salt
1/2 t baking soda
1 c fat*, at room temperature
1 c peanut butter
1 c white sugar
1 c brown sugar, packed
2 eggs

(*note: I used 1/2 c butter, 1/2 c Crisco)

Preheat oven to 375°.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt and baking soda. Set aside.
Cream the room temperature fat (butter, Crisco). Add the peanut butter and mix well. Add both sugars, and mix until creamed further. Add eggs and beat well.
Add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture.
Drop by teaspoonful onto ungreased baking sheet. Use a fork to flatten with a criss-cross design.
Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until browned. (Time will vary based on the size of your cookies.)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Beauty in Simplicity...

Acorn and Whale Resolution Series
Acorn and Whale - Modern Letterpress
Back to the basics... I'm loving these beautiful, modern letterpress prints from Acorn and Whale. Designed by Lindsay Tingstrom, and printed by hand on an antique press, these are a part of her 'Resolution Series': Be Kind, Do the Work, Keep it Simple, Be Curious, Live Every Day.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Peanut Butter Dog Treat Recipe

If you have any furry friends of the dog variety, here is a recipe for Peanut Butter Treats that they might enjoy:

Peanut Butter Dog Treats

• 2 c whole wheat flour*
• 1 T baking powder
• 1/3 c oatmeal
• 1 c peanut butter
• 1 c almond milk

Preheat oven to 375°.

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.  Set aside.

In another bowl, mix almond milk and peanut butter.  Then gradually add the dry mixture to the wet, and mix well.

Lightly flour your work surface, roll dough out to about 1/4" thickness and cut out shapes.  Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake for about 20 minutes or until browned.

Cool on a rack and store in an airtight container.  They should be nice and crisp!

* If your dog cannot tolerate whole wheat, other types of flour may be substituted: oat, rice, soy, etc.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

On the farm...

Although I love browsing through Treasuries on Etsy, I rarely make one. (I don't think I'm that good at it, and it seems to take me forever.) Here is my latest attempt at curating a collection - inspired by memories of the visits to my Grandparents farm.

Everything was always a bit more "special" when we were at Grandma & Grandpa's house - from buttered toast on the pastel colored melmac dishes, to grape juice in the pretty little juice glasses. Fresh sliced tomatoes and cucumbers in a creamy dill sauce. Chasing kittens around the yard, playing house in the little old outbuilding with mismatched china and whatnot. Stringing notes down through the floor vent from upstairs - down to the living room below. Climbing on the haystacks. Screaming when we found a spider, cricket or box elder bug - and Grandma coming to the rescue. She was such a pretty woman with dark hair, sparkling blue eyes - and she always smelled so good. (Even when she smoked her Salem Menthol cigarettes.) At lunchtime, we had to be especially quiet for the market reports on KeloLand - so grandpa could get "the dirt" on all things related to his cattle business.

What are some of your favorite summer/childhood memories?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Karen Walker ... love ...

One of the wonders from down under... I love everything in her collections. Playful, classic, quirky, colorful, pretty - Karen Walker manages to accomplish these things brilliantly - from the designs, fabrics and construction to the final presentation. ( mwah! ) And can you imagine designing two seasons for each season? The northern hemisphere and southern hemisphere?

all images via: KarenWalker

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Dave Matthews Band ... You and Me ...

Not sure where I've been, but I just heard this the other day on the radio - seems like the perfect song for Valentine's Day. (...and it makes me wish I could play the guitar.)

(video via Dave Matthews Band on YouTube)

Friday, February 5, 2010

Delicate Underpinnings ...

(from top left, counter clockwise: undrest via Anthropologie - Phillip Lim 3.1 - amelie via undrest - Nina Ricci )
(above images via Elle.com)

With all of the cold weather, snow, rain, and wind - Spring cannot come soon enough. These pretty, pretty underpinnings aren't necessarily meant for Spring, but they conjure up the light, playful spirit that I associate with the season.

Until then, I will wish for these lovely, cozy pieces from Toast.

(bottom six images via Toast)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Buy more, save more ...

Is there something in the shop that you've been eyeing, but maybe the price wasn't quite right? Starting today, Good Grace is having a progessive sales event. The more you buy, the more you save. :)

Purchase one item, receive 10% off that item.*
Purchase two items, receive 20% off each of those items.*
Purchase three or more items, receive 30% off all of the chosen items.*

*Sale does not apply to shipping charges. A revised PayPal invoice can be requested, or a refund can be issued via PayPal.

What is your favorite item? I'm telling you, if those turquoise suede boots were my size, they would not be in the shop. And I'm loving the mocha squiggle blouse and the 1940's funnel neck coat... oh yes, and that faux shearling Men's lumberjack coat ...

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Lisa Leonard Designs...

Where to begin? Several months ago, I was introduced to the beautiful pieces created by Lisa Leonard over on a couple of my favorite blogs (Joanna's and Melisa's). Her family crest pieces really had me all aflutter ... although I could seriously take home nearly everything in her online shop. Anywhooo, a few months ago, she purchased an item from my shop. (wow!) Unfortunately, as I was preparing the item for shipment, I noticed a problem with a button - and for the life of me, could not find a replacement for it. I was stumbling all over myself trying to make it right - eventually deciding to issue a full credit -- then mailed her item to her, along with a note explaining my unfortunate oversight. (oy vey!) A few weeks passed when an unexpected little package arrived in my mailbox - showing a return address belonging to Lisa Leonard. Oh my... the box was far too small to contain her item (if she was upset with me and returning it). What could it possible be?

Oh. My. Gosh.

So incredibly lovely! I was completely stunned. Who would have imagined? So completely kind, gracious and generous.... and totally unexpected. The epitome of "paying it forward", in a sense. (And by the way, I get compliments on it every single time I wear it. I love it!)

In addition, one of the things that really drew me to Lisa's work even more, was her blog! It is a visual treat for the eyes and fantastically inspiring on SO many levels. She is one amazing woman - and a wonderful mom.

Top six images via Lisa Leonard Online.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Katharine Hepburn ...

"If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun" ... The gorgeous, enigmatic, Katharine Hepburn.

This estate sale find reminded me of her the minute I started snapping pictures. Exceptional craftsmanship and such a sexy, menswear inspired fit.

Now in the shop.

... by the way, here's to wishing you a very Happy New Year!! :)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

... being added now ...

Here's a preview of what is being added to the shop ...