Paques Preview (Deux)

  • 21st March 2013

Every Easter as a child, we have fond memories of the most beautiful 3-dimensional lamb-cake gracing the center spot on the holiday table.  This was in the late 70s and early 80s in St. Louis.  For the past 10 years, in efforts to recreate this tradition on the West Coast, we have used an industrial lamb mold and the fruits of our labor while not nearly as lovely are certainly delicious!

 

Lamb Cake
Lamb Cake

 

It’s a particularly fun tradition to start with children as decorating the little lamb requires many merry-making ingredients, frosting, shredded coconut, candies, sprinkles, ribbon and bells! It’s a wonderful way to cap-off an afternoon of egg dying!

 

Lamb Cake Mold

 

12″ Lamb Cake Mold, bakedeco.com, $67.50

 

 

Some other pretty, delicious and fun Easter finds for your celebrations and Easter baskets… 

 

Lamb Tray Robin King Designs
Rabbit Plate Robin King Designs
Lamb Plate Robin King Designs

 

 

Lamb Tapestry Tray, robinkingdesigns.com, $225.00

Rabbit Plate with Pink Flowers, robinkingdesigns.com, $44.00

 

Wooden Rabbit in Oak nova68

 

Wooden Rabbit in Oak, nova68.com, $120.00

 

Bunny Dish Set Olive and Cocoa
Bunny Dish Set Olive and Cocoa

 

 

Bunny Dish Set, oliveandcocoa.com, $58.00

 

Fill these sweet little nests with delicious Medici Almonds from Williams Sonoma.  These Jordan almonds are unlike any others that you buy elsewhere due to a lining of vanilla just underneath the candy shell.   They are a delicious treat all year long.  We buy boxes and save them to portion out throughout the year.  (They last well for up to 10 months if you store them in a cool dark place.)  They also make a lovely hostess gift for Easter, bridal showers, brunches, or baby showers.  

 

Easter Birch Twig and Nest Grandinroad

 

Easter Birch Twig and Nest, grandinroad.com, $19.00-$39.00

 

Williams Sonoma Medici Almonds
Williams Sonoma Medici Almonds

 

 

Medicis Almonds, williams-sonoma.com, $15.99

 

 

De Bon Goût—In Good Taste

  • 21st March 2013

Easter Lemon Cookies (Vintage Recipe You Must Try!)

 

Lemon Drop Cookies

 

 

My mother-in-law uses this vintage cookbook by Mary Meade, former ‘Home Economics Editor of the Chicago Tribune.’  100 Favorite Cooky* Recipes by Mary Meade could be purchased for 18 cents by mail, and 14 cents at the Public Service Office, 33 West Madison!  A true steal any way you look at it!  While the book is no longer in print, you can still enjoy the lemon cookie recipe!

 

*This appears to be how they spelled cookie

 

Lemon Drop (Cookies)

 

2 cups sifted flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 lemon juice ( juice of one lemon)
1 tablespoon grated lemon rind

Lemon glaze (Powdered sugar and lemon juice.  Add lemon juice to powdered sugar until the desired consistency—thick, milky)

Sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Cream together shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat well. Add flour mixture to cream mixture alternately with lemon juice and rind. Mix well. Must chill cookie dough at least 4 hrs, over night is good.  Drop by teaspoon full on parchment lined baking sheets.  We press them down gently before baking them. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes until edges are lightly browned.

Once completely cool, glaze with lemon glaze.

 

Enjoy!

 

Interested in purchasing the book? We found a few copies on biblio.com:

100 Favorite Cooky Recipes by Mary Meade, biblio.com, $19.50

 

Some fun trivia!  

Edit below comes directly from the Chicago Tribune Web site:

 

“Mary Meade was the pen name used by five food editors of the Chicago Tribune from 1930 to 1974. Ruth Ellen Church was the longest tenured food editor, from 1936 to 1974. She published recipes, books and booklets under her own name as well as the Mary Meade pen name. When Church, so did Mary Meade.

Church published many pamphlets, but was best known as the author of the 1964 cookbook, “Mary Meade’s Country Cookbook.” In this cookbook, there is a recipe for a sunshine cake, a spongecake. The recipe is printed in the chapter for old-fashioned cakes, where she also includes suggestions on how to make flavor variations to cakes.

We tested the recipe, with her suggestion for orange and lemon flavoring, and found it just as delicious 37 years later.”

Pour les Enfants (Deux)

  • 20th March 2013

 The post for les petites…from around the world

 

 

Cake Walk Toby Minirok

Cake Walk Toby Minirok

 

Cake Walk Toby Minirok, zalando.nl, € 24,95

 

Sanuk Girls Ibiza Monaco Flip Flop Sandals

 

Sanuk Girls Ibiza Monaco Flip Flop Sandals, dillards.com, $15.00-$18.00

 

Moschino Toddler

 

 

Moschino Toddler, zappos.com, $86.99

 

Spirit City Sandal
Spirit Ethnic Beaded Sandal, catiminica

 

Spirit City Sandal, catiminica.com, $88.00

Spirit Ethnic Beaded Sandal, catiminica.com, $72.00

 

Etna desigual

 

Etna, desigual.com, $59.00

 

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada

 

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, zappos.com, $45.99

 

Sam Edelman Embellished Sandal

 

Sam Edelman Embellished Sandal, shop.nordstrom.com, $129.95

 

Scooby Skirt Yellow Oilily

 

Scooby Skirt Yellow, oililyshopusa.com, $89.00

 

Spirit Ethnic Floral Raincoat
Spirit Ethnic Green Dress

 

Spirit Ethnic Floral Raincoat, catiminica.com, $133.00

Spirit Ethnic Green Floral Dress, catiminica.com, $107.00

 

Cake Walk Slim Fit Jeans Multi Color

 

Cake Walk Slim Fit Jeans Multi Color, zalando.nl,  € 59,95

 

Primigi Jakelin-E Sandal

 

 

Primigi Jakelin-E Sandal, baby.pronto.com, $72.95

 

 

Trust Dress Cities Print, oilily

 

 

 

Trust Dress Cities Print, oililyshopusa.com, $140.00

 

Spirit Ethnic Flower Sundress, catiminica

 

Spirit Ethnic Flower Sundress, catiminica.com, $138.00

 

 

Mogino, desigual

 

Mogino, desigual.com, $59.00

What I Love Today…

  • 19th March 2013

No category necessary, these are just super-fun finds to explore at your leisure…

 

Moschino Cheap & Chic—Bold Graphics & Shell Embroidery

 

Moschino Cheap & Chic Large Fabric Bag

Moschino Cheap & Chic Large Fabric Bag, yoox.com, $275.00

 

Moschino Cheap & Chic Orange Seashell Embroidered Cotton-Blend Dress
Moschino Cheap & Chic Orange Seashell Embroidered Cotton-Blend Dress

 

 

 

Moschino Cheap & Chic Orange Seashell Embroidered Cotton-Blend Dress, stylebop.com, $490.00

 

Cat Print Jumper, Love Moschino
Cat Print Jumper, Love Moschino

Cat Print Jumper, Love Moschino, lyst.com, $169.65

 

Olive Oyl Scarf Moschino Cheap & Chic

 

Olive Oyl Scarf, Moschino Cheap & Chic, forzieri.com, $79.00

 

Heart Print Silk Square Scarf Moschino Cheap & Chic
Heart Print Silk Square Scarf Moschino Cheap & Chic

 

 

Heart Print Silk Square Scarf, Moschino Cheap & Chic, forzieri.com, $230.00

 

Calypso St. Barths—Sheer & Shiny

 

Sage Cotton Sequined Tunic Calypso
Sage Cotton Sequined Tunic Calypso

 

Sage Cotton Sequined Tunic, calypsostbarth.com, $225.00

 

Korenza Sequin Beaded Chevron Top
Korenza Sequin Beaded Chevron Top

Korenza Sequin Beaded Chevron Top, calypsostbarth.com, $425.00

 

Clarissa Sequin Embroidered Maxi Dress
Clarissa Sequin Embroidered Maxi Dress

Clarissa Sequin Embroidered Maxi Dress, calypsostbarth.com, $795.00

 

Eugenia Kim—Achieve that  ‘je ne sais quoi’

 

Eugenia Kim Max Fedora

Max 4, eugeniakim.com, $285.00

 

 

Bunny1 Eugenia Kim
Bianca 1 Eugenia Kim

Bunny 1, eugeniakim.com, $305.00

Bianca 1, eugeniakim.com, $325.00

 

Max Braided Chain Fedora
Max Braided Chain Fedora

 

 

 

Max Braided Chain Fedora, Eugenia Kim, shopbop.com, $297.00

 

Marie Visor
Marie Visor

 

 

 

Marie Visor, Eugenia Kim, shopbop.com, $132.00

 

 

 

Fit and Flare

  • 19th March 2013

Whatever you call it, trumpet, tulip, flare or ‘fit and flare,’ the skirt of the moment is easy to spot.  Every designer of note has a version…Miu Miu, Pucci, Carven, Lanvin, Alexander McQueen…

 

Habotai Silk Skirt Carven

Habotai Silk Skirt Carven Runway

Habotai Silk Skirt Carven

Habotai Silk Skirt Carven

 

 

 

Habotai Silk Skirt, Carven, mytheresa.com, € 350.00

 

The popularity of this skirt is easy to pinpoint.  It achieves the seemingly impossible, flattering all body types!

 

Lanvin, Piqué scuba jersey skirt
Lanvin, Piqué scuba jersey skirt
Lanvin, Piqué scuba jersey skirt

 

 

Lanvin, Piqué scuba jersey skirt, net-a-porter.com, $2057.00

 

The flounce at the bottom gives even the most boyish figure a flirty look while the straight tight cut at the top is body slimming.

 

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Paris

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Paris

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Paris

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Paris

 

 

Peter Pilotto Lauena printed silk-twill skirt
Peter Pilotto Michon Geometric Skirt

 

Peter Pilotto Lauena printed silk-twill skirt, net-a-porter.com, $1508.00

Peter Pilotto Michon Geometric Skirt, matchesfashion.com, $1192.00

 

 

Yigal Azrouel Reptile Jacquard Skirt
Isabel Marant Paisley Print Silk-Gauze Mini Skirt

 

 

Yigal Azrouel Reptile Jacquard Skirt, shopbop.com, $590.00

Isabel Marant Paisley Print Silk-Gauze Mini Skirt, net-a-porter.com, $645.00

 

10 Crosby Derek Lam Leather
bisoux charlotte olympia

 

 

 

 

10 Crosby Derek Lam Leather, otteny.com, $595.00

(Pair with)

Bisoux, charlotteolympia.com, £490

 

 

Red Ribbed Hip Skater Skirt
Leather Sandals with Multi Colored Tassles Dolce & Gabbana

 

 

 

 

Red Ribbed Hip Skater Skirt, us.topshop.com, $56.00

(Pair with)

Leather Sandals with Multi Colored Tassles Dolce & Gabbana, mytheresa.com, € 495.00

 

 

Lanvin Mesh Godet Skirt
Lanvin Mesh Godet Skirt

 

 

 

 

Lanvin Mesh Godet Skirt, net-a-porter.com, $1,965.00

 

 

Hervé Léger Cardi Ruffle Hem Skirt
Hervé Léger Metallic Coated Bandage Flared Skirt

 

 

Hervé Léger Cardi Ruffle Hem Skirt, shopbop.com, $890.00

Hervé Léger Metallic Coated Bandage Flared Skirt, net-a-porter.com, $1150.00

 

 

Alexander McQueen Fit and Flare Skirt
Kate Spade Sawyer

 

 

 

 

Alexander McQueen Fit and Flare Skirt, mytheresa.com, € 645.00

(Pair With)

Sawyer, katespade.com, $328.00

 

 

Jacquard Skirt, Carven
Multi Colored Lace Up Sandal, zara

 

 

 

 

Jacquard Skirt, Carven, mytheresa.com, € 450.00

(Pair With)

Multi Colored Lace Up Sandal, zara.com, $129.00

 

 

Jonathan Simkhai, Leaf Print Jacquard Skirt
Oriel Pony Hair T-Straps

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Simkhai, Leaf Print Jacquard Skirt, matchesfashion.com, $552.00

(Pair With)

 Oriel Pony Hair T-Straps, anthropologie.com, $135.00