February Favorites 2019

Five things I’am loving this February…

Heart Art

In the spirit of all things Valentine’s Day I thought I would take a look at some fun ways the heart is used in art! Kerri Rosenthal is the Queen of heart art! The piece above, titled “In My Heart” is available in various sizes and mounting options. If you love hearts, her website is a definite must. She offers a wide variety of heart art, accessories and clothing.

Can’t Count My Love by Kerri Rosenthal

Can’t Count My Love by Kerri Rosenthal

Natural Curiosities Cartier Heart Strings

Potterybarn Kids raffia heart baskets

Tole Lantern Hi/Low

Coleen and Company lanterns and lighting are second to none. They are unique, beautiful and customizable. Her fixtures are at the top of the food chain when it comes to tole lighting. So it’s no surprise that they carry a hefty price tag. The quality and workmanship are definitely worth the money, but if your budget won’t allow, I’ve got the next best thing for you.

The large Tole Tent Lantern from Coleen and Company retails for $2800.00

The large Tole Tent Lantern from Coleen and Company retails for $2800.00

Overstock’s Vintage Style Four Light Chandelier retails for $268.49. Its very generous in size and is lovely as is, or easily painted if you want to achieve a little less rustic more refined look. Sorry for the poor picture quality.

Overstock’s Vintage Style Four Light Chandelier retails for $268.49. Its very generous in size and is lovely as is, or easily painted if you want to achieve a little less rustic more refined look. Sorry for the poor picture quality.

Nantucket Print Shop


This Etsy shop offers a wide variety of beautiful photographic prints of charming Nantucket. Each print ships in a white frame with white mat and hanging hardware. Prices are very reasonable and the prints come in a wide range of sizes.

Sconset Bridge -  Nantucket Print Shop  (Etsy)

Sconset Bridge - Nantucket Print Shop (Etsy)

Hydrangea Arbor -  Nantucket Print Shop (Etsy)

Hydrangea Arbor - Nantucket Print Shop (Etsy)

Scalloped or Notched Market Umbrellas

No doubt it’s because it’s freezing outside and because I keep seeing posts about the Kip’s Bay Show House in Palm Beach, that I am dreaming of warmer temperatures. There is no time like the present to start preparing for backyard fun.

Heart Shaped Pizza

Because who wouldn’t love to be served pizza in the shape of a heart!

Clearly I am not a food stylist/photographer. However - it is yummy.

Clearly I am not a food stylist/photographer. However - it is yummy.

I love making pizza. It’s so easy, and will generally please even the pickiest of eaters. Pizza night can turn making dinner into a fun activity. It all starts with having some dough on hand. This dough easy to make a will keep in a plastic bag in the fridge for several days.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 t active dry yeast

  • 1 cup water

  • 3 cups unbleached bread flour (I use King Arthur in the blue and white bag)

  • 1 T olive oil

  • 1 T sugar

  • 1 t salt

  • non-stick cooking spray

Mix your 2 1/4 tsp of yeast into a cup of warm water and let prime(let it sit) for 5min.

In the meantime put your dry ingredients -flour, sugar and salt into a mixer with dough attachment.

When the 5 min timer dings - add your 1T of olive oil to the yeast-water and pour into mixer.

Mix until dough ball forms. If needed, add a few drops of water as you mix to form the dough. When finished sprinkle the dough ball with flour so it’s not sticky.

Spray a medium size mixing bowl with non-stick spray. Place dough ball in bowl and cover for 2 hours. After a couple of hours punch down the dough and smooth it over with a little flour so it’s no longer sticky. Cover and leave for at least an additional 30 minutes.

Now for the fun part. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. This dough works best for thin crust pizza. How much you pinch off for each pizza will be up to you. I use about a tennis ball amount for a large pizza. If your making personal size adjust accordingly. Roll out with a rolling pin on a floured surface. It is helpful to roll and flip and roll again dusting each side with flour as you go. When desired size and thickness is achieved place on pizza pan. I like the non-stick perforated ones.

Now go to town with your ingredients. There is no right or wrong here. I always have the usual suspects: store bought sauce, pepperoni, green pepper, assorted olives, mushrooms and mozzarella cheese…You get the picture.

Place pizza in preheated oven and cook until cheese is bubbly and crust is golden brown. Depending on your oven probably 10-12 min. Just watch until you figure out your ideal amount of time. We like ours extra crispy so for the last 3 min I put it directly on the bottom rack.

Yum Yum Enjoy!!!!

Treat yourself this month. I love your feedback and would hear about some of your favorites things too. Happy February!

XO,

Anne