a little house cleaning...

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


The questions via comments have been piling up and I thought that I would do a little 'house cleaning' of sorts to make sure I give all of your thoughtful words the proper attention.

1. I have had lots of requests for the Nutella Recipes {see below}
2. The alchohol bottles here, were purchased at The Antique Warehouse and I think they are mid-century... sorry, I wish I knew more.
3. My camera: I have a Nikon D60 we got it a few years ago and I think that by now it is probably pretty dated. I love it but have heard amazing things about Canons too. I edit my photos through a software program called Lightroom3. In many ways it is totally over my head but after some Youtube tutorials and lots of playing around, I really like it... I am still at a loss of how to organize my photos though {any ideas?}.

I think that is all... I adore all of your comments & your emails... thank you so much!!

*OH and the photos above & below are from Melissa's house on Saturday night... her home is so lovely I can not say enough about it. If you are local and you want to get a piece of her divine style visit her shop, Bixby & Ball on Cedros in Solana Beach.


Homemade Nutella {brought by Brandi}
2 cups Hazelnuts
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup canola oil

1. Roast hazelnuts in oven for 10 minutes
2. Once cooled, remove as many skins as possible
3. Put hazelnuts in food processor and puree for 5 minutes
4. Add cocoa powder, sugar, salt and vanilla. Puree for 15 seconds
5. Stream in canola oil while pureeing
6. Ta da! Spoon into jars

Toasted Coconut Brown Butter Bread Sandwiches with Banana and Nutella!
This was my favorite. Go here for the bread recipe and once the bread is made slice it up for Banana Nutella sandwiches. Amber actually even put them in the panini maker so that they were warm and extra messy. mmm.



  1. I always comment on your beautiful photography...I have to admit, it never occurred to me that you edit them...HELLO. I must check out Lightroom3. Thanks!


  2. HOMEMADE Nutella, no less. Oh. My. Yum. I don't see where to link to the bread recipe. I just told my son we'd make banana bread this morning, but I think I'm changing my plans.

  3. Michelle... thank you for letting me know... I spaced on the link... it is up now! ox

  4. Ummmm-Yummmmm is all I can say to those recipes! fabulous!

  5. Ugh, I have to post that recipe still. And photos. And make more because I didn't take photos the first time...

  6. I have a Nikon D40 and my pictures aren't that great. A friend of mine, who is a photojournalist, says the body doesn't matter as much as the lens. Do you use the standard lens? Do you take pictures in manual and adjust your settings? I'm sorry, you were trying to answer some questions which is creating more questions for me. Ha! Your pictures are always amazing, like art themselves.

    Glad you liked the Nutella sandwiches so much!

  7. I’m really impressed to read your thought about dealing with cleaning services organization! Thanks for nice sharing :)

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