Four Things We Love // Winter 2014 Edit

With the long, cold days of winter remaining in the foreseeable forecast, weekends spent indoors are much to be adored. From comforting eats and cozy knits to adding a touch of brightness and nesting away, we hope you will find the following four things as fabulous as we do.

maternity sweater

Wake up to the sinfully delicious smell – and scrumptious taste – of Baked Cinnamon Raisin French Toast, hot out of the oven.

Wrap your bump in luxury by slipping into this Joie Maternity Sweater, the perfect topper for leggings, jeans or your coziest pajamas.

Put the dew back into your skin by dabbing on some highlighter for a refreshingly glowing look.

Bold, bright and beautiful, this orange and turquoise nursery is a fresh haven for your little one.

Delicious Potato Galette

We all know and love potatoes. From rich and creamy mashed goodness to salty and savory roasted bites, they are an ideal vehicle for a variety of flavors, cooking methods and best of all, condiments! But for those times when you want to up the elegance of the humble potato, take a stab at this galette from Cook’s Illustrated, which was tried, tested and devoured by Emily from Cupcakes & Cashmere. Though requiring a smidge of patience and a bit of time, the resulting crispy gorgeousness is so worth it, especially during the holidays! Photo source: cucpcakesandcashmere.compotato-main

Ingredients:

  • 2½ pounds (5 to 6 large) Yukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed and sliced 1/8 inch thick
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1½ teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves (optional)

Tips:

  • A pound of dried beans, rice, or coins can be substituted for the pie weights.
  • In order for the potato cake to hold together, it is important to slice the potatoes no more than 1/8 inch (3 mm) thick and to make sure the slices are thoroughly dried before assembling the cake.
  • Use a mandoline slicer or the slicing attachment of a food processor to slice the potatoes uniformly thin.

Directions:

  • Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Place potatoes in large bowl and fill with cold water. Using hands, swirl to remove excess starch, then drain in colander. Spread potatoes onto kitchen towels and thoroughly dry.
  • Whisk 4 tablespoons butter, cornstarch, salt, pepper, and rosemary (if using) together in large bowl.
  • Add dried potatoes and toss until thoroughly coated.
  • Place remaining tablespoon butter in heavy bottomed 10-inch ovenproof nonstick skillet and swirl to coat.
  • Place 1 potato slice in center of skillet then overlap slices in circle around center slice, -followed by outer circle of overlapping slices. Gently place remaining sliced potatoes on top of first layer, arranging so they form even thickness.
  • Place skillet over medium-high heat and cook until sizzling and potatoes around edge of skillet start to turn translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Spray 12-inch square of foil with nonstick cooking spray. Place foil, sprayed side down, on top of potatoes.
  • Place 9-inch cake pan on top of foil and fill with 2 cups pie weights. Firmly press down on cake pan to compress potatoes.
  • Transfer skillet to oven and bake 20 minutes.
  • Remove cake pan and foil from skillet.
  • Continue to cook until potatoes are tender when paring knife is inserted in center, 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Return skillet to medium heat on stovetop and cook, gently shaking pan (use potholder—handle will be hot), until galette releases from sides of pan, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Off heat, place cutting board over skillet. With hands protected by oven mitts or potholders, using 1 hand to hold cutting board in place and 1 hand on skillet handle, carefully invert skillet and cutting board together. Lift skillet off galette.
  • Using serrated knife, gently cut into wedges and serve immediately. Recipe from Cook’s Illustrated:

Four Things We Love // Holiday Party Edit

It’s prime holiday party time, and we are so excited! From casual gatherings with friends and family to dressed-up affairs, it really is the most wonderful time of the year. We hope these four things to eat, wear, do and create will help to inspire you this weekend as you enjoy all of the joy around you – enjoy!

maternity dress

Be the perfect guest by bringing your host this deliciously savory Rustic Pesto Tart that celebrates the colors of the season.

 Don’t stress about what to wear to holiday parties, just wrap it! A wrap maternity dress is as flattering to your bump as it is comfortable to wear.

 Style your hair oh, so pretty with luscious waves that will catch everyone’s eye.

 Has there ever been a cuter, more sentimental ornament? Ever? We think not!

Four Things We Love // Winter 2013 Edit

Ah, it’s the weekend before the unofficial start to the holiday season! Beginning with Thanksgiving and ending with a New Year’s kiss, we adore this time of year. Whether you have travel plans galore or parties to attend, prior to the (beloved) chaos that’s about to take over, be sure to dive into some rest and relaxation. From stirring up a soul-warming bowl of soup to purchasing that last perfect piece for the nursery, here are our picks for you to eat, wear, do and nest this weekend.

maternity blouse

The last thing you want to do before Thanksgiving is slave over dinner; make life easy – and delicious – with a comforting bowl of Tomato Tortellini Soup.

Lightweight, silky and flowing with flattery, this ¾ Sleeve Button Detail Maternity Blouse is a timeless addition to your maternity wardrobe.

It’s absolutely amazing how a few simple strokes of your makeup brush can dramatically enhance your already beautiful features.

A whimsically colorful addition to the nursery, tell your little one “You Are My Sunshine” every day of their little life.

Roasted Squash with Parmesan and Herbs

A flavorful method of cooking that requires little effort, roasting brings out vegetables’ inner sweetness and depth of flavor, no more perfect than with winter squash. From its dense and meaty texture to its subtle and smooth flavor, squash performs perfectly under the heat. In this recipe from Martha Stewart, the sweet and delicate flavor of spaghetti squash takes center stage; roasted until tender, scraped into strands, and then tossed with an aromatic mix of salty parmesan cheese and fresh herbs. Easy, healthy and utterly delicious, try it tonight! Photo Source: marthastewart.com

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Spaghetti Squash Basics:

In Season: Like other hard-shelled winter squash, spaghetti squash is harvested in the early fall. The squash keeps for months in cool storage, so it is available in markets throughout the winter and spring.

What to Look For: Mature spaghetti squash is oblong in shape with a creamy-yellow shell. Choose firm squash that’s free of soft spots and feels heavy for its size.

How to Store: Uncut spaghetti squash keeps well in a cool, dry place for up to a month.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 shallots, diced small
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 3/4 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 6 cups Roasted Spaghetti Squash
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

 Directions

  • Step 1: In a large nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium.
  • Step 2: Add shallots and garlic and cook until softened, 7 minutes.
  • Step 3: Stir in thyme and rosemary and cook until fragrant, 1 minute.
  • Step 4: Add roasted squash and toss to combine. Cook until warmed through.
  • Step 5: Stir in parsley and Parmesan and season with salt and pepper. Recipe from  MarthaStewart.com:

Butternut Squash Bruschetta

FitPregnancy is one of our favorite resources for all things related to health and nutrition both during and after pregnancy. As the leaves begin to change and the weather cools down, we find ourselves craving delicious seasonal specialties including apples, cranberries, pumpkin and especially butternut squash!

Try FitPregnancy’s simple, vitamin-packed and oh-so-tasty recipe for Butternut Squash Bruschetta. Whether as a healthy snack for yourself or when you’re entertaining a crowd, it will not disappoint. Photo Source: fitpregnancy.comfitpregnancyIngredients:

  • 1/4 cup pureed butternut squash
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ricotta
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon minced scallion white
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 6 slices whole wheat baguette toast brushed with olive oil and rubbed with garlic
  • Small handful baby arugula leaves, for garnish
  • Minced scallion green, for garnish
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Directions:

In a bowl, combine the squash, ricotta, lemon, parmesan and scallion white. Season with salt and pepper and spread the mixture on the toasts. Scatter with arugula leaves and garnish with the scallion green.

Click here for more on this recipe and additional ideas from FitPregnancy.

Four Things We Love // Weekend Style Edit

We don’t know about you, but fall weekends sure seem to book up fast. Perhaps it’s because the lazy days of summer have come to a close; or perhaps the fresh air is calling our names. Though you may have places to go and people to see, do your best to take a breather this weekend by throwing on something cozy, chowing down on something comforting, doing something beautiful and creating something precious.

maternity sweater

 A cinch to put together, and even more scrumptious to devour, Cider-Glazed Chicken with Browned Butter-Pecan Rice is on the agenda.

Glorious brisk weather calls for a cozy-chic maternity sweater that ranks high on the style curve.

A rosy glow is the perfect remedy for summer’s fading sun-kissed skin; The 10 Commandments of Blush is sure to polish your skills.

A sweeter than sweet DIY that has all the makings of a treasured family heirloom, create a handkerchief nursery pillow for your impending little one.

Four Things We Love // Fall 2013 Edit

Weekends are all about kicking back and taking a much needed breather. Whether you relax by running around town, meeting up with friends or simply curling up on the couch with a good book, hot drink and a comforting meal, we hope you enjoy every minute of it.

maternity sweater

Breakfast in bed never tasted so good thanks to Oatmeal Pancakes with Maple-Glazed Roasted Apples.

There may not be a more fall-perfect maternity sweater – we love the cut, the color, the whole thing.

Put away that flat iron; a messy-chic low bun is just what the weekend calls for.

We’re reading the inspiring book, Words That Matter, because if Oprah tells you it’s a must-read, it is.

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