We fell in love with all things plantain on our recent trip to Puerto Rico.  We had them mashed (mufungo), as chips, as french fries, and our favorite – Tostones where unripe plantains are fried, then pounded down and fried again.  Delish! We decided to make them as a side for dinner the other night and they came out great.  We followed this recipe as a guide (we omitted the part when you dip in water before the second fry because it causes the oil to spit and go everywhere).

Peel and cut plantains, about 1 1/2″ wide.
Fry plantains, flipping once, until golden brown on both sides but not fully cooked.
Take plantains out and place on a paper towel.  One by one, smash the plantain with a plate.
Fry again for about 1 minute and then take out and salt immediately.
Enjoy while still hot!
We all loved these homemade tostones!

Couple Things…

I wanted to share some Valentine’s Day highlights from our house…

We started the day with some heart shaped toast

 and red roses!


For dinner I used this recipe for beet and goat cheese ravioli

they were really delicious even though it was quite the “labor of love” to make these because  I made them heart shaped, of course. 


 At least I had some help!

The day ended with white chocolate mousse topped with raspberries made by my husband.

I hope your Valentine’s Day was full of hearts and sweets as ours was!  Have a great weekend – here are some fun links from the web:

Here’s a good source of NYFW news and reviews. 

And see specific designers’ shows here.

I of  course loved the J.Crew presentation!

Sesame Street Upside Downton Abbey – the Carson Muppet is great.

I love these embroidered initial necklaces I found on etsy…

I am just seeing the new Nanette Lepore juniors line at JC Penney – l’amour, it’s cute and SO affordable.

Homemade Valentine’s Day Cards

I made a couple Valentine’s Day Cards this year I wanted to share…

For family, from our sweet baby girl:

I did a photo shoot that went wild as Z only wanted to bite the styrofoam hearts I pinned to a pink blanket to make an on-theme photo backdrop.  I got a few silly photos I decided to put together as you see above and then glued onto heart vellum paper and then onto a red card I stamped with white hearts.
Then I discovered the glue pen recently and used it to write a fancy Happy Valentine’s Day inside the card with sparkly silver glitter.

For my husband, from me:

I made a fun card by printing and coloring a Corona bottle and gluing it to a heart stamped card.  Then I punched a hole in the top where a hand-drawn lime is peeking through…
…with a cute message on the inside.
Happy Valentine’s Day

What to Wear – Any Season

I found this great skirt on clearance at Banana Republic recently – cotton, navy with cream stripes – and I had to have it.  I thought it would be great for our trip to Puerto Rico, and it was!  But then when we got home from vacation and I hadn’t totally unpacked I put it on with a sweater, tights, and boots and realized I found the perfect across-all-seasons skirt.  I thought I’d share my outfit ideas with you.

The skirt

Wear in warm weather….

1. White Tee from the GAP; 2. Colorful necklace from Anthropologie; 3. Globe Specs Sunglasses; 4. Skirt; 5. Tory Burch summer-y bag, and 6. Neutral Jack Rogers sandals with a splash of pink.

Or cold!

1. Camel coat from J. Crew; 2. Paul Smith sweater; 3. Scarf from Anthropologie; 4.kate spade bag; 5. Winter White tights from Asos; 6. Skirt; and 7. Madewell boots.

$10 Valentine’s Day Centerpiece

I thought it would be fun to make a Valentine’s Day centerpiece much like the one I made last Easter using conversation heart candy. I found the candy on sale 2/$6 and flowers for $4, not bad and so easy to put together:

All you need: Bouquet of flowers, 2 bags of conversation heart candy (I used the large ones), 1 large case, and 1 smaller vase that will fit in the large case with 1/2 an inch space around it.
Put water in the smaller vase and place inside the larger vase.  Start filling around the smaller vase with the candy.
Make sure the “conversation” of the hearts are facing out.  Some of these sayings are just ridiculous…
Arrange your flowers in the smaller vase and voila…$10 centerpiece!