Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Parfait Montage

Who doesn't love summery parfaits? I made these for Father's Day dinner on Sunday with layers of strawberries, cream (heavy whipping cream with a few tablespoons of powdered sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla), chocolate pudding (boxed--I know, total cop out--and mixed with soy milk because I didn't have enough other milk on hand--still delicious), and cherries.

To pipe the cream on the top layer, I used a sandwich bag with a corner lopped off:

Double over the edge of the bag so you don't gunk up the top and you can still seal it.
Leave a corner food-free (or move the cream/icing/cheesecake mix out of the way).
Ready to beautify the tops of the parfaits.

When I was done I binder clipped (that's right, they're not just for the office anymore, folks) the open corner to save the leftover cream (which was mixed in with marscapone cheese and orange zest for a dip for the rest of the cherries the next day...)

I'm impressed with my foresight in making sure that a dessert spoon could easily fit in the glasses before I layered eveything up. I should have made extra, I could really use another one right now...

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tabled the Issue

Among my many regular keyword searches on craigslist is "lucite". I started searching after I randomly saw a listing for a lucite coat rack and I really wanted--but was completely out of my price range (even if I factored in a little friendly craigslist haggling).  So, the lucite search is more therapeutic than anything else, but sometimes cool things turn up, including this simple metal table with a lucite top.

Yay for super versatile second-hand finds! This was a coffee table in the loft pre-desk acquisition (more on that later) and then became a bedside table (more on the ever-morphing bedroom later, too) and now it hangs out beside a couch in the great room. I just saw that CB2 has a similar table, but with a glass top and a higher price tag. But it's probably able to bear more weight.

CB2 Smart Side Table $149

Any standby craigslist searches that have brought you success? Nevermind, I don't expect anyone to share their secrets.
Isn't moveable, versatile furniture the greatest!?

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day!

Special shout out to my Dad: ever-stylish, consistently hilarious, and always honest.

P.S. Referencing "Resort Wear" is a family joke that my Father started. It involves posing and requires participation.