Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A Little This, A Little That...

(Jonathan Saunders 'Lucy' Silk and Cotton-blend Jacquard Dress)

This dress is so the silhouette, color combination of red with pale-pink, and the fact that it also has pockets! Seems that I'm not the only one smitten with the dress, either. It made its debut on the NET-A-PORTER website this week and is already sold out, and with a price tag of $2,265, too! 

                                                                                            Speaking of lovely....

Adele in March 2012 Vogue

I was thrilled to see her win so many Grammy awards...such an amazing voice and so deserving of the wins.


Jacqueline Kennedy looking beautiful and chic (as always) in her Leopard Coat. Did you know that it became one of the most coveted and copied styles of the 1960's after she wore it?

Last week I shared that the Jack Rogers 'Navajo' sandal was a favorite of Jackie's. I imagine that if she were still with us today, that she would probably add a pair of these to her wardrobe, as well. (Extra fabulous price on them fact, I have a pair of them on the way to me now.)

The weather here continues to be incredibly warm and feels more like spring than winter, which has me thinking about some of the items in my wardrobe waiting to make their debut again this year...
 (Original post here.)

(Original post here.)

                                                                                        From the Kitchen...

Apple Pie

Pie Crust Ingredients: 
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling
  • 1 cup (2 sticks or 8 ounces) unsalted butter, very-cold, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 6 to 8 Tbsp ice water

Filling Ingredients: 
  •  6 cups thinly sliced Golden Delicious Apples
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon water

 Pie Crust Directions:  

In a bowl, combine flour, salt and sugar; With a pastry blender or a large fork, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

 Add ice water 1 Tbsp at a time, until the mixture just begins to clump together. If you pinch some of the crumbly dough and it holds together, it's ready. If the dough doesn't hold together, add a little more water and mix again. 

Divide the dough in half, and gently shape each one into a disk. Work the dough just enough to form the disks, do not over-knead. 

Roll out with a rolling pin on a lightly floured surface to a 12-inch circle; about 1/8 of an inch thick. Keep checking to see if the dough is sticking to the surface below. If necessary, add a few sprinkles of flour under the dough to keep the dough from sticking. Carefully place onto a lightly greased 9-inch pie plate. Gently press the pie dough down so that it lines the bottom and sides. Use a pair of kitchen scissors or knife to trim the dough to within 1/2 inch of the edge of the pie dish.

Add filling to the pie. (Directions below)

 Roll out second disk of dough, as before. Gently place onto the top of the filling in the pie. Pinch top and bottom of dough rounds firmly together. Trim excess dough with kitchen shears or knife, leaving a 1/2 inch overhang. Fold the edge of the top piece of dough over and under the edge of the bottom piece of dough, pressing together. Flute edges using thumb and forefinger. Score the top of the pie with four 2-inch long cuts, so that steam from the cooking pie can escape.

Filling Directions:

In a bowl, toss apples with lemon juice. 

Combine sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg; add to apples and toss. 

Pour into crust; dot with butter. (Cover with second pie crust)

 Beat egg yolk and water; brush over pastry.

 Bake at 425 degrees F for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F; bake 40-45 minutes more or until crust is golden and filling is bubbly.

Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream...absolutely delicious. 

 So what have you been up to this week? Please do share...I always love to hear from you! :)



  1. Love the 'Lucy' dress!!! so chic!... Adele? Beyond gorg!

    XO Lucy

  2. I wish I'd spent the week buying that Saunders dress- dreamy!

  3. These posts are so great, FFM! Fashion inspiration and fabulous recipes. Keep doing them :)

    I love Jackie's leopard coat. I recently saw a vintage leopard coat on a blog, it was perfect.

  4. as i am pretty new to your blog i haven't seen any real life outfits of yours. these are SO beautiful. i adore the maxi and all the perfect accessories you chose with it. i would be dying to wear that again too! it's like spring in so. california also, really almost like summer. i'm not complaining either.

  5. WOW! the first Lucy dress is amazing and your pictures wonderful (I specially love the caftan dress, its so cute!)
    And Im not even talking about the pie... YUMMYNESS!!!!!
    Next time, dont forget the tupperwares! LOL!

  6. Lucy: I thought you would like the 'Lucy' dress, and I is very chic! :)

    thatdamngreendress: I can't believe it sold out so quickly with it being priced at over $2000...wish I had that kind of $$$ to spend on one dress. :)

    Desert Flower: Thanks...I'm so glad to hear that you are enjoying these posts! They are a lot of fun to create. :)

    Janet: Thank you! Your weather sounds a lot like ours has been. It seems as if we don't get much of a spring and move right to summer-like temps...and it isn't even March yet! This year I am really ready for spring to get here. Probably since we didn't get a winter, and I have grown tired of wearing my 'winter' clothing. :)

    C: Thanks! I hope you and baby are doing well! :)

  7. You know I am a big fan when you post pictures, I love the long dress on you, so Florida!
    By the way, my husband asked about you, it was funny, one day I was posting some pictures and he came and asked, how is FFM? I can't believe he still remembers you, I thought it was so sweet ( I will post this one your page, just in case you don't read it)

  8. I love this post, those dresses are so gorgeous, I love the retro style. The maxi dress you wore is also amazing!

    Thanks for the inspiring post!

  9. Love the jackie pic and your scarf is beautiful!

  10. Moda: Thanks! I also think it is sweet that your husband still remembers me after all this time! Is he also enjoying Germany? Please tell him that I am doing well and thank him for asking about me. :)

  11. "A Little This, A Little That" has become my favorite weekly post of yours! :)

    I finally listened to some Adele and love her voice. It's so amazing!

    Your dresses are so cute and are getting me excited for spring (though I fear we still have one big snow coming our direction).

    Life has been flying by for me... spending 99.9% of my time with my little munchkin and enjoying every second of it :) Also - I recently joined Pinterest and have become ADDICTED.

    1. Thanks Julie! :) Yes, Adele has an absolutely amazing voice. You should get her album 21 if you can. I really think you'll like it.