Hot Off The Sticks

January 30, 2019

And, just in time for the arrival of the Polar Vortex. Purl Soho’s Swath Wrap knit up in their Flax Down and Linen Quill yarns. That color? True Turquoise. This modern combination of Merino Wool, Baby Alpaca and Linen should take the bite out of this Winter deep freeze. Bundle up people.

 

photos:gp

Free pattern and bundled yarns can be found here: https://www.purlsoho.com/create/2018/09/05/swath-wrap/

 

 

 

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Lucky 7

January 4, 2019

Seven years shot by like a bullet. Yep, simplequietmodern is celebrating its seventh anniversary. And, as usual, I like to reflect on the last year by looking at what you, the readers, were drawn to most. Black fences, concrete walls, black steel windows and doors and the Winter gardens of Piet Oudolf topped the list. Now, let’s see what will inspire us in year eight.

 

 

Could it really be a celebration without cake?

Top to bottom: links to the original posts

Black Fences…https://simplequietmodern.com/2014/03/31/black-fences/

Steel windows and doors…https://simplequietmodern.com/2016/03/10/let-the-sun-shine-let-the-sun-shine-in/

Concrete Wallcovering…https://simplequietmodern.com/2013/06/14/while-everyones-outside/

Piet Oudolf Winter landscapes…https://simplequietmodern.com/2016/01/17/winter-garden/

Milkbar Birthday cake photo: BonAppetite…https://shop.milkbarstore.com/collections/cakes/products/birthday-cake-six-inch

A simplequietmodern favorite when white tulips aren’t around. photo: gp

 

Congratulations

January 1, 2019

We’ve made it through another year. It was exhausting, wasn’t it?  So much literal crazy coming from every which way at an unbelievable pace. So, as we start the New Year with a crisp clean page I’ve jotted down a few thoughts and observations to keep in mind as we go forward. Ideas that aren’t particularly new, but if put into practice might be able to affect a more positive productive change. And, if we start with ourselves and our surroundings it might just work its way up to the top. Here’s hoping.

No one likes a sore loser.

Cheaters never win.

Think before you speak.

It’s OK to say no.

Do the right thing.

Send someone some love.

Be good to yourself.

Keep it simple.

A glass of something sparkling and a plate of Chilaquiles would also be a comforting and festive start. Happy New Year!

photos: gp  https://simplequietmodern.com/2016/12/30/chilaquiles/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peace on Earth…

December 25, 2018

good will toward men. Now, there’s an idea.

Merry Christmas

 

Photo: gp

 

Simple Finish

December 23, 2018

A quick twist to Nigella Lawson’s Meringue Gelato Cake will have you serving up the perfect sweet ending to your holiday dinner with barely any effort at all. Much like my Pistachio Semifreddo, it’s as easy as whip, fold and freeze. Start by lining a loaf pan with plastic wrap leaving enough to fold over the contents of the filled pan. Next, roughly crush 2 cups of store-bought meringues…Trader Joe’s Vanilla or peppermint are perfect. Measure 1 oz. of candy canes and crush in a zip-lock with a rolling pin and shave 1 oz. of dark chocolate into fine shards. Lastly, whip 1 1/4 cup chilled heavy whipping cream to soft peaks. Now, gently fold the chocolate, crushed candy canes, meringues and 2 tablespoons of white Creme de Menthe into the whipped cream. Spoon mixture into the prepared pan, level and fold plastic wrap over to cover. Freeze at least 8 hours, preferably overnight. To serve, unmold onto a serving platter and cut into thick slices. A simple sauce of equal parts dark chocolate melted into heavy cream with a splash of white Creme de Menthe and a light touch of candy cane dust finishes each serving beautifully. Serves 6-8.

 

 

 

photos: gp

If you’d like Nigella’s recipe, it can be found here: https://food52.com/recipes/77525-nigella-lawson-s-meringue-gelato-cake-with-chocolate-sauce

Feeling more pistachio than peppermint? My recipe for Pistachio Semifreddo can be found here: https://simplequietmodern.com/2015/05/24/whip-it-fold-it-freeze-it/

 

 

 

Down to the Wire

December 17, 2018

There’s still time for some small last minute gifts. Here are a few sqm ideas to help you tick those last few boxes on that list.

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From Heath Ceramics Classic Red Collection: the Tall Modern Cup in Ruby Red and Suede Red. It would be particularly special if it was filled with fresh flowers once a month for a year. photo: https://www.heathceramics.com/products/tall-modern-cup-ruby-red-suede-red

Memo blocks by Ito Bindery. Photo: https://www.odetothings.com/products/ito-bindery-memo-block?variant=5444084498463

Some homemade sweet treats are always appreciated… especially by those who are cooking and baking challenged. Use the search bar right at the top to access simplequietmodern recipes for Shortbreads, Maple Glazed Walnuts or Bourbon Balls for starters. Photo: gp

These Italian woven paper bags by UASHMAMA feel like leather. They can be the gift or become a special gifts modern reusable wrapping. Photo: https://www.purlsoho.com/uashmama-paper-bag.html

Potted white Helebores bring an unexpected freshness that will charm now, on the Solstice, Christmas and through to the New Year. Being able to plant it in the garden once winter breaks is an added bonus. Photo: gp

The holiday fragrance of cinnamon and fir poured into a reusable Heath Red Suede Cup. Once the candle is gone this gift keeps on giving…as a teacup or small vase. Photo: https://www. a .com/products/candle-large-modern-cup-ruby-red-suede-red

 

 

 

She Must Have Known

December 12, 2018

Decades before the arrival of the flat panel TV, Florence Knoll had designed the 116 credenza…simple case, sliding panel doors, leather pulls, interior drawer and shelves set on iron legs. As you would expect over the last 70 years it’s minimal style genius was put to great use in living rooms, dining rooms and offices alike. Today, I can’t help thinking that Florence must have had a premonition that the 116 would be a great perch for today’s flat screen. And, it would if you were able to get your hands on one. Hey Santa, a little help please? I’ve got just the spot.

Photo: Plastolux

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