Food Fridays: Earthly Delights

One of my favorites spots here on the Cape to eat is Osterville’s Earthly Delights – I have been every day and become quite friendly with the owners Tommy and Mary.  Their organic iced coffee (with your choice of a variety of creamers – from coconut milk to organic half and half) along with one of Mary’s organic muffins (selection changes daily) is a great way to start off the day.  For lunch I highly recommend the turkey Reuben or if you are feeling healthy the kale salad wrap is fantastic.

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I also got the inside scoop that anytime there is a celebrity around town (like Blythe Danner or Tory Burch) they tend to frequent Earthly Delights as its one of the few organic places around known for fresh squeezed juices and smoothies.

Mary’s delicious muffins range from gluten free multi berry/peach to flax seed banana chocolate chip (just to name two of my favs)…  I don’t have the exact recipes but found this gluten free choc/banana recipe on Beard & Bonnett which I plan on trying asap:

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Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

3/4 cup dark brown sugar 6 Tbsp. butter softened 6 Tbsp. ground golden flax seed 1 tsp. g-free vanilla extract 2 eggs 2 cups Better Batter g-free all purpose flour or other g-free baking mix 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. baking soda 3 ripe bananas, mashed 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat the oven to 350° F and line a muffin pan with paper liners.

Beat the sugar, butter, ground flax, vanilla, and eggs together in the bowl of an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.

Combine the flour, salt, and baking soda together in a separate bowl and stir with a whisk to combine. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed sugar mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing after each addition until completely combined. *The batter will be stiff at this point. Beat the bananas into the batter with the mixer on low speed. Fold the chocolate chips and pecans into the batter. Fill the prepared muffin cups 3/4 of the way full with the batter.

Bake in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool in the tins for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

Happy Friday!!

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Kitchen Cabinet Paint and Cape Cod!

So sorry for my absenteeism!  After arriving back to Dallas from Jackson Hole I was a little overwhelmed with cramming in 10 days of kitchen renovation makeup work before leaving to visit my sisters on Cape Cod.

Kitchen update:

With the cabinets and trim now in place painting has officially started.  Biggest issue was the TYPE of paint to use, I always try to implement green and/or eco-friendly décor options when available but paint is tricky.  Low/No-VOC paints are awful options for wood work like trim and cabinets as it can chip and peel after a few years and tends to have a watery runny appearance.  When I suggested it, my contractor was all…

So I reluctantly settled with the traditional version of Ben Moore’s Dove White, but wait!!  I met a painter while looking at paint samples who suggested I try Ben Moore’s Advance paint, which is low VOC but different from your traditional mix because its waterborne NOT water based.  I bought a pint and had the painter whip up a sample and it looked great – even our contractor approved!  Fingers crossed it looks ok – will be home in about 2 weeks to check it out myself, will keep you posted.

Cape Cod:

I was quite happy to leave behind 100+ weather in Dallas to head to the beach.  We are staying in my sisters guest house right on the water in the Town of Centerville.  Her home has gorgeous views of the ocean and the river – I love sleeping with the windows open and falling asleep to sound of the waves.  Her house is a traditional Cape shingle style home with enormous hydrangea bushes in a beautiful Merlot color right out front, neither of which you would see in Dallas.  Here are some gorgeous images of Cape homes that I find to be tranquil and traditional, capturing the essence of the architecture down here:

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One of the areas most sought after architects, Patrick Ahearn, is responsible for the two gorgeous homes below on the Cape and Islands – his work is exquisite!

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A lovely barn by Patrick Ahearn as well….

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Do any of you tune in to PlumTV??  We have close family friends who are part of the production team and I happened to find this clip about Patrick Ahearn on a Plum Homes segment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuOLKIeWtHE – if you are interested in his style its worth a look!

Hope everyone is having a great week!

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Food Friday: Huckleberries and Pot Pies

Jackson Hole is very close to Idaho and around this time of year the States famous huckleberries are in season.  We have been visiting Wyoming in the summers for a few years now but for some reason had never had the chance to try a huckleberry product, so yesterday was the day – after a long hike through the park we stopped by Dornans, fabulous outdoor dining in the park with unreal view of the Tetons, to try and find some huckleberry ice cream.  There is a small stand outside the restaurant where I had the chance to dig in – it was of course everything I thought it would be, delicious – similar to a blueberry but sweeter with a more dynamic flavor.  If you ever have the chance I highly recommend trying fresh huckleberries or just head right to the ice cream!

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Another first for this year was the beginning of new family tradition – a food throwdown.  We decided it would be a fun way to mix things up a bit especially while we have the whole family together on vacation along with other close family friends – so we hosted our first annual family cook-off where each couple enters with their version of a designated entrée judged by area chefs.  This years entrée selection was Pot pie.  We have some serious foodies in this group so I had a feeling things were going to get a little over the top.

Here are some pictures from our cook-off:

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This gem was the overall winner – baby heirloom roasted vegetable pot pie in a beautifully decorated sour cream crust.  The entrants presentation was perfection served on a simple dish with burlap and a rustic bunch of organic carrots greens and all.

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Here is the recipe for the winning entrée:

Sour Cream Crust:

2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup (6 ounces) butter
1 egg
2 tablespoons sour cream
Sift flour and salt onto a board or into a bowl and make a well in the center. Break the butter (which should be firm but not too cold) into small pieces and put in the well with the egg and sour cream.  Work quickly with the fingers to blend the flour and ingredients until they form a soft ball of dough.  If necessary, add a little more sour cream (use no more than 1/4 cup in all) to bind dough.  Form into a ball, wrap in wax paper or foil, and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Vegetable Filling:
 The entrants recipe was actually a “secret recipe” but based on the ingredients used this is filling I think most closely resembled it, you can find the recipe here (I think this couple added in morels and fava beans):  http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/vegetable-pot-pie-recipe/index.html
Happy Friday!!

Chic Mountain Decor

We’ve been in Jackson Hole now almost a week having a great time relaxing and enjoying the outdoors – I even saw a bear with her two cubs while out on a hike (from afar), it was beautiful yet quite scary to see all at once.

We’ve visited with friends and attended a few parties as well while here and I have been able to see some fantastic examples of chic mountain décor.  I know there are some die-hard mountain traditionalist who revel in heavy wood, rustic animal motifs and dark fabrics while designing a mountain home but there is something about adding in lighter more contemporary touches that really can boost a mountain home to the next level.

Here are some of my favorite examples of chic mountain décor.

I love these bedrooms, even though it gets pretty warm during the day its great to find a cozy place to read or sleep:

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These spaces would be ideal for hosting a dinner party or to have a relaxing family dinner:

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How great would it be to relax in this tub after a long day of hiking, ideally this tub would come with a fantastic view of the mountains:

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Hope everyone is having a great week!!


Food Friday: Jackson Whole Grocer

Hope everyone had a great 4th!!

One of my favorite places here in Jackson to grab a quick bite to eat for a quiet breakfast or after a long hike is actually at the Jackson Whole Grocer.  They have a fantastic Smoothie and Tonic/Juice bar as well as healthy freshly made prepared foods.

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My favorite green juice is the Clean Machine, made from active greens to revitalize and cleanse: Kale, carrot, cucumber, lemon, with your choice of parsley or wheatgrass, I also add some ginger to mine.  This can easily be made at home with an extra strength blender or a vitamix, once ingredients are blended just strain and drink!

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If I’m looking for something a little more substatial I go for the Blue Lips with spinach: Blueberries, spinach, banana, almond milk, blueberry-pomegranate juice.  This along with a bowl of oatmeal is my go to breakfast treat.

When looking for something decadant, especially after a long hike I love the Banff Express: Banana, espresso, almond butter, Kakow chocolate syrup, almond milk.  YUM!

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After a day of all these healthy drinks by cocktail hour I’m ready to dig in to my husbands delicious pimento cheese dip!

Would love to hear about some of your favorite smoothie and go to juice recipes!


Heading out to Jackson Hole!

We leave tomorrow for Jackson Hole for a couple of weeks.  Although known as a winter ski haven visiting in the summer months are my favorite and its a great escape from the Dallas heat!  I’m looking forward to long bike rides, hiking, yoga, the farmers market in town and just being outdoors and enjoying all the fresh air – along with fun family parties and dinners out:)

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The mountains have a calming effect and the architecture often reflects this through the prevalent organic designs and landscapes in the homes here.  We are staying in a beautiful Jonathan Foote designed home minutes away from the Snake River and on its own little tributary with stunning views of the Tetons.  Jonathan Foote is well-known for designing homes that “walk softly on the land”, his designs are not only innovative but typically require old world craftmanship and are always environmentally sensitive.  Below are some of the gorgeous homes he has created throughout the years.  You can read more about Jonathan Foote here:

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Stay tuned for more JH posts!


Camp Snacks

This a little off topic but as a Mom of two young boys who are currently attending summer camp I found First Bites founder Caren Gremonts Huffpost article “Obesity’s Officially a Disease, so why was my child diagnosed as a ‘healthy eater’?” a fascinating post.  It’s a quick read about how camps (and of course our schools are guilty as well) provide snacks like oreos, graham crackers, cheetos, etc and offer these as “nutritious” options for our children to snack on.  I am all for balance in a child’s life but packaged processed desserts disguised as healthy snack options seems misguided to say the least.

If anyone is interested in healthy snack options for kids and lunch box ideas, below is a list of blogs I frequent for suggestions:

100 days of real food:  http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/

Weelicious:  http://weelicious.com/

Kath Eats Real Food:  http://www.katheats.com/

First Bites:  http://www.firstbites.org/

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Happy snacking!