Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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10 Fun Back to School {Work} Supplies from IKEA!

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10 Fun Back to School {Work} Supplies from IKEA!

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 12:02 AM PDT

(Image from Livet Hemma)

Just as the kiddo's head back to school, so must many parents head back to work.  So why can't we all enjoy some "Back To" supplies – especially when they're looking as pretty as these. It's a great time of year to create a desktop like this, and the folks at IKEA have a pretty decent new series of papergoods.   My post today at Babble has the scoop.  Check it here.

A Seasonal Shift: Fluffy Gluten-Free Buckwheat Ricotta Pancakes

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 12:01 AM PDT

By Jeannette Ordas of Everybody likes Sandwiches

It's definitely still summer out there – the days are hot and your shoulders still burn if you aren't using sunscreen – but there's a shift happening. Can you feel it? It's not just the days that are getting shorter but the mornings and evening are becoming very cardigan-worthy. And if that isn't getting through to you, this weekend is Labour Day which traditionally hails the end of summer fun. So you might as well experience the changing of the seasonal guard with a stack of fluffy pancakes, right? Right.

These pancakes are made with buckwheat flour which isn't a flour made from wheat - instead it's more of a cereal which makes these babies totally gluten-free. So if you or someone you know is gluten-intolerant, make up a batch of these right away! But don't go thinking that these will be leaden lumps of dough. Hardly. It's the ricotta cheese that is the secret weapon here and gives these hot cakes a very airy and light texture.

So whip up a batch and make peace with the end of summer. Pancakes make almost everything better.

Fluffy Gluten-Free Buckwheat Ricotta Pancakes
1 cup buckwheat flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of sea salt
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup ricotta
1 large egg
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil (or butter)

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

In another bowl, combine the milk, ricotta, egg and maple syrup together with the melted coconut oil. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined. Let sit for 5 minutes.

Heat up your skillet, grease it lightly with butter or coconut oil and drop batter (about 1/4 cup for each pancake) onto the pan. When bubbles form on top and the slides look almost set, flip for 30 seconds. Remove and repeat. Serve with plenty of maple syrup and fresh fruit. Makes 4-6 pancakes.

Today at Poppytalk Handmade {Old School}

Posted: 30 Aug 2011 08:49 PM PDT

Clockwise: Journals from  rough draft books, Vintage Ledger Bundles from vintage scraps, iPad Leather Case from julie boyles, Journal Bandolier ( a strap fitted with small loops for carrying pens wrapped around a journal) from cleverhands, Vintage Caribbean Map from 7bc.

 Clockwise:  Journals from linda ketelhut, Magnets from redstar ink, Light bulb card from headcase press, Turntable notebook from papercuts

Fall 2011: 100+ Under $100

Posted: 30 Aug 2011 08:22 AM PDT

As August draws to an end, Vogue shares it's fall fashion 100+ Under $100 with images pulled straight from the pages of the September issue. Click here to see.

Miniature Candy Dessert Table!

Posted: 30 Aug 2011 08:02 AM PDT

Miniature Candy Dessert Table

Miniature Candy Dessert Table

Miniature food artist, Stephanie Kilgast creates these miniature one-of-a-kind sets out of polymer clay (mostly) along with a little bit of wood, paper, metal and glass. Can you imagine the doll party with these? Oh, and if candies aren't your thing, perhaps some french macarons instead? Available on etsy HERE!

10 IKEA Must-Have Accessories!

Posted: 30 Aug 2011 07:34 AM PDT

Image from Livet Hemma featuring their new KVILL picture frames.

Now that all the dust has settled and I've had a bit of time to take in the new 2012 IKEA catalog, I've collected a little nice must-have list from the accessories department.  There truly is some good stuff this year folks and I can hardly wait to pick some of these up myself.  Wish I had a slideshow option to show you here at Poppytalk (but blogger doesn't have that), so in the meantime, check out my must-have list today at Babble HERE.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

August 2011 Desktop Calendar

via Chocolate & Zucchini by clotilde on 7/31/11

August 2011 Desktop Calendar
At the beginning of every month, I am offering C&Z readers a new wallpaper to apply on the desktop of your computer, with a food-related picture and a calendar of the current month.
Our calendar for August is a picture of a fig and thyme tartlet from my favorite Paris pastry shop, Pain de Sucre (14 rue Rambuteau in the 3rd, +33 1 45 74 68 92, see map).
Instructions to get your calendar are below.

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    Treehouse Point- Seattle

    Recently Chelsea and I went out to Seattle for a wedding and stayed at Treehouse Point. I don't think it get's better than this!

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    Pioneer Woman's Fig-Prosciutto Pizza with Arugula

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    When chatting with Ree Drummond aka The Pioneer Woman last week before her new Food Network show premiered, we didn't just sit around sans refreshments. Ha, like that would ever happen. Ree provided this pizza (and chocolate chip cookies, can't forget those) from her not-yet-published cookbook, Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier, which comes out the spring of 2012.

    Many of you have probably tasted the fig plus prosciutto combo before. It's sweet, salty, and peppery all at once, and a fun way to change up the pepperoni or sausage routine.


    serves 8 servings , active time 20 minutes , total time 1 hour 35 minutes (includes rising time)

    • For the Pizza Crust:
    • 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for bowl
    • For the Topping:
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • Kosher salt
    • 6 to 8 tablespoons fig spread or jam
    • 12 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced thin
    • Freshly ground black pepper
    • 6 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
    • 1 bunch washed and rinsed arugula
    • 1 cup shaved Parmesan


    1. For the crust: Sprinkle the yeast over 3/4 cup warm (not lukewarm) water in a bowl.

    2. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, add the flour and salt and, with the mixer running on low speed, drizzle in the olive oil. Keep going until it's mixed through. Next, pour in the yeast/water mixture and mix until just combined.

    3. Coat a separate mixing bowl with a light drizzle of olive oil, tip the dough in and form it into a ball. Toss to coat the dough ball in the olive oil, then cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise for at least an hour, or up to 3 or 4 days.

    4. Preheat the oven to 500 °F. Arrange the oven rack in the lowest position.

    5. For the topping: Roll out the pizza dough on a lightly floured surface as thinly as possible Dough should be roughly 17 by 10 inches. Place on a large baking sheet. Drizzle lightly with the olive oil and sprinkle lightly with salt. Spread the fig spread all over the surface of the dough. Lay the slices of mozzarella all over the surface of the pizza crust. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Bake the pizza until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly, 12 to 15 minutes.

    6. Remove from the oven and immediately drape the prosciutto slices over the hot pizza. Sprinkle generously with the arugula and Parmesan shavings. Cut into wedges or squares and serve immediately!

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    Casa Romantica

    Posted: 30 Aug 2011 05:32 AM PDT

    hellooo, I've been meaning to show you this for ages. A lovely lady from Italian magazine Casa Romantica Shabby Chic asked for some pics of my little tiny house and she published them! Here is the spread, I wish I knew what it said.

    I am just loving: This is Love Forever


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    25 Free Amazing Party Printables!

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    25 Free Amazing Party Printables!

    Posted: 29 Aug 2011 10:17 PM PDT

    I did a post on some pretty amazing (and free) party printables today on Babble.  From pretty little invites to adorable bunting, this post is going to be one of those ones to bookmark!  Check it out HERE!
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    D*S Book Tour: Vancouver Event Details!

    Posted: 29 Aug 2011 10:37 PM PDT

    So we're really excited over here with the anticipation of Design Sponge's new book Design Sponge at Home  and book tour coming to Vancouver this fall.  Mark October 1st on your calendar as Grace and Amy check in at our new Anthropologie for a night of crafts and book signing.   We're thrilled to be creating the backdrop for the event along with Denise Liu and Linus Lam of a local design office Edison & Sprinkles (and Artsy! Dartsy!). Also Janis Nicolay of Pinecone Camp will be there taking official photo's that night.  More info can be found here.  Can't wait to meet Grace!
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    New Video: Missoni for Target

    Posted: 29 Aug 2011 11:41 AM PDT

    Have you heard enough of the new Missoni for Target collection yet? It's been all over the blogosphere, but I hadn't mentioned it here yet, and then ran into this video.  Do you like what you see? (Via Happy Mundane).
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    Fruit Stands and Wine - A B.C. Road Trip

    Posted: 29 Aug 2011 05:48 AM PDT

    Hello everyone! Janis here, from Pinecone Camp. I just did a little road trip up to the Okanagan, and through B.C. wine country (about 5 hours from Vancouver and Seattle), and I have to say, it was difficult to get back to work! Such a beautiful part of Canada. The only desert area in Canada too, fyi. I shot this story with my Canon, iPhone and old kodak duaflex. Fun to experiment and compare. Here we go...

    We started out our first day at this diner, Elite, in Penticton. No frills, but cheap and pretty tasty. 

    A view from Munson Mountain in Penticton.

    Forest Green Lavender Man, in Naramata, is a beautiful place to check out before you hit the wineries. 

    Poplar Grove was one of my favourite wineries. Fantastic wine and the staff were so helpful and informative. Beautiful building and the view was amazing. 

    This area is great for vintage shopping as well. We checked out Zack's in Olalla, and Jardin Antiques in Okagnagan Falls. I actually picked up the coffee cups pictured, as I have a small collection of this print and they were only .50 each. Love a deal. 

    The Oliver theatre in Oliver BC. I'm so happy it's still there. For more info about this fabulous small town, click here.

    Another must-see winery is Tinhorn Creek in Oliver. Miradoro is their new restaurant - definitely the best meal we had on the trip. Loved their wine too ;)

    Back in Naramata, we found our new favourite fruit stand, The Trail, where you can pick your own organic corn, plums, peaches and apples. Jean Hollett and her uncle, Rod, know their produce! Very cute duo.

    If you do visit B.C., I hope you can take a little tour through this part of the province. Countless fabulous, and award winning, wineries, endless orchards, great vintage shops, and beautiful lakes. Breathtaking.

    Have a lovely day!


    An interiors and lifestyle photographer (and closet baker by night), Janis Nicolay hails from Vancouver and adores travel, airports, road trips, camping and mid-century style.  Check out her new recipe cards and beautiful photo's on etsy.

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