internet faves

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(my dog excels at yoga)

happy friday everyone! here are some recent and not so recent things i’ve seen around the internet that are currently my favorite links.

1. in honor of St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday – here is the all-time BEST recipe “irish car bomb” cupcakes from one of my favorite food blogs, Smitten Kitchen.

2. Food pairings as Pantone chips! Such a clever (and delicious) take on color theory. Bonus, the designer is a Minneapolite.

3. I gave up on watching Saturday Night Live sometime in the early 2000’s. Which means that I completely missed out on this amazing skit from an episode in 2008. A parody that includes Paul Rudd, Beyonce and Justin Timberlake. No lie – somehow becoming friends with Paul Rudd is on my bucket list.

4. Love uni? Read this interview with some california sea urchin divers. The divers share some incredible experiences.

5. This Saturday is mine and the mister’s 6 month-aversary! To celebrate our first 6 months as a (mostly) blissfully wedded couple – here is some marriage advice. and it’s not your mama’s advice.

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treat yourself thursday: spiced oatmeal cookie ice cream sandwiches

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welcome to the first installment of “treat yourself thursday” – where each week i will be featuring a special (or regular) treat that you can make for yourself or to share. because sharing is fun and helps us not become a 300 lb person. without further adieu, i present to you: spiced oatmeal cookies…wait for it…made into ice cream sandwiches. TA DA!

these cookies have it all – oatmeal, brown sugar, chewy centers and a decadent amount of spices. they are good for eating and fun to smell. truly. and they are small so you don’t have to feel guilty when you eat three in one sitting.

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SPICED OATMEAL COOKIES
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temp
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1 1/4 cups uncooked oats
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground clove

preheat oven to 350

in a medium bowl: add flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices – whisk to combine. set aside.

in another bowl: (using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment or electric hand mixer) cream together butter and sugar until the mixture is smooth and a little fluffy. add the egg and vanilla – continuing to mix until totally blended. with the mixer on low, add the dry ingredients to butter/sugar mixture, one half and a time – incorporate completely.

form dough into 1 inch balls and place about 1 inch a part on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or a silpat. bake for 8-10 minutes. i suggest start the timer at 8 minutes and then add accordingly. chewy cookies will make for better ice cream sandwiches! cool cookies on pan for 5 minutes and then carefully transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

to assemble ice cream sandwiches: pair up cookies (they should all mostly be the same size) and spoon a big dollop of vanilla ice cream onto one cookie, add a second cookie to the other side of the ice cream and press together gently. use your spoon and push any ice cream that oozed out the sides back in between the cookies. *let ice cream sandwich sit in the fridge for several hours or overnight (if you can stand it) before eating – the cookies will get nice and softened up and be perfect ice cream sandwich texture.*

currently coveting: catbird alphabet rings

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if you ever happen to be hanging out in williamsburg (nyc), you must visit Catbird. i stopped into their sweet little shop one sunday afternoon and instantly fell in love with the contents of the entire store. i am particularly smitten with these stackable alphabet rings. when i got married this past fall, i took my husband’s last name, making my maiden name into my middle name – which means my new name is still a bit of a novelty to me. i would love to further celebrate it with a set of all three initials. i just happen to have my golden birthday coming up at the end of the month, so it looks like i know what items 1, 2 and 3 are on my wish list!

if you are not in the new york area, make sure to check out their online store. i’m not necessarily the girliest of girls, but you can’t help appreciating how delicate and darling their jewelry selection is.

(photo credit: honestly…wtf)

art inspiration: thomas nozkowski

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a couple weeks ago, while in new york for a long weekend, a friend suggested we check out Pace Gallery and take a peek at the Thomas Nozkowski show.  I was completely delighted by these lyrical, abstract paintings. the color, the shapes, the movement – sometimes bold, sometimes soft. a little bit whimsical. it made me anxious for the brightness of summer to arrive.  even my husband, who is normally bored to tears by this style of painting, enjoyed these paintings.  if you are in the new york area, his show is up until March 23.

*Thomas Nozkowski at Pace Gallery