Thursday, June 14, 2012

Sleeping Pretty

We need a new bed. When we move, we will finally be able to graduate from a queen to a king. We are both looking forward to a little more wiggle room...now we just have to find something we agree on! I've got my heart set on an upholstered bed, but that might be a touch too feminine for Josh's taste. And I get that. We concur that it needs to have the below:
  1. No foot board. We would like to eventually put a bench at the end and think that the room will feel more open without a foot board.
  2. Clean lines. Not gaudy or frilly, but timeless.
  3. We don't want a matchy matchy set. 
So my job is to come up with 4-5 beds that are in the realm of possibility for us both. Then, we choose together from those. And I have to say, I'm not too impressed with the selection out there! Here's what I've got.

The below is from Restoration Hardware and is the option Josh will like the least :) I love tufting - we both love it on leather, but I realize it's a little more feminine in a fabric.


However, I'm wondering about it in "charcoal" (on the far left)...that would man it up some, right?


I love the lines of the below one (also from Restoration Hardware) and the nail heads are great. This one could also be in charcoal.


Or, what about the Chester Bed below? This is from Macy's and has the most favorable price tag. I'd like to see the wood grain in person but it looks pretty. A little more traditional than I think I'd like to go, but we'll see.


The below is currently my personal favorite (Restoration Hardware again). I love the combination of wood, fabric and nail heads. It doesn't look overly feminine to me but it's not bulky in any way. This is the only fabric this one comes in. My concern with this is pairing it with other furniture. We will need new bedside tables anyway, but I was hoping to use an antique dresser we already have...it is dark wood and absolutely gorgeous. That may be too many wood colors going on.


I need help! Does anyone have any recommendations for good bedroom furniture resources?

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Key Lime Pie

It's been a long time since I've done any baking. Since it's been sort of overly hot for the season, I thought a key lime pie would be delicious. This turned out to be a great recipe!


For the crust, you'll need:
  • 18 whole graham crackers (all 4 pieces)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
For the filling, you'll need:
  • 1 Tablespoon lime zest (more if you want a stronger lime flavor)
  • 1/2 cup lime juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk

First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. You'll make your crust first. Yum, graham crackers remind me of s'mores...


Crush crackers in a food processor. If you don't have a food processor, put the graham crackers in a Ziploc bag and start hammering away.


They should be nice and fine, like this...


Next, pour the crumbs into a bowl. Add the sugar and melted butter.


Press the mixture into a pie pan. You'll bake this for about 5 minutes. Once finished, just put it to the side while you prep the filling.


Now for the filling. I am really funny about zest. I HATE the texture. It is just icky to me. But, it is necessary to give that lime flavor and in all honesty, I really didn't get hung up on the flakes while eating the finished product. You'll need a zester, like below...


Mix the lime zest, lime juice (I used 2 or 3 limes to get the 1/2 cup) and egg yolks (no whites!). 


Add in the condensed milk...


And mix on high until smooth. It will be pretty thick.


Pour the mixture on top of the baked pie crust. You'll bake this for 15 minutes.


Let it cool once finished and then refrigerate it for a couple of hours. I served this with a dollop of whipped cream. To make your own whipped cream, just throw some heavy whipping cream in the mixer and add some sugar...I added 2 tablespoons of sugar for 1 cup of heavy whipping cream. Add some vanilla too if you'd like. Let it mix on high until it's firm.


Anyone got any other summer favorite desserts?