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Tuesday
Nov262013

yuji obata's snowflakes

in case there was any doubt that this world of ours is full of magic...

yuji obata's snowflakes.  i can't wait to show b and lu!  

i can't help but stare...go ahead, you should too.

xo mrs. french

Monday
Nov252013

pillows and a home built in the 70's

the mister often complains about the abundance of beautiful pillows around the french residence.  he now realizes after 15 years of marital bliss there is no point in objecting.  

this danish home is not helping his case.  

this lovely home belongs to barbara hvit, cofounder of soft gallery, and family.  

the frenches are in the early stages of looking for a home of their own...in other cities i have always been drawn to homes built in the 20's.  there is a shortage in our current tiny city, but there is an abundance of 70's homes.  which, i will admit, i poo-pooed in the beginning. i am beginning to have visions of what we could do with homes born the same decade as myself.  barbara's home makes this idea more of a happy dream.  lemonade from lemons right?  the best part is that i think i have the pillows covered!

xo mrs. french

Friday
Nov222013

mociun

ok, why don't i have fingers dripping in mociun?  i keep bumping into these stunning images through pinterest and tumblr, but have yet to possess even one teeny, tiny ring.  

perhaps the next best thing is to collect pieces on this blog of mine...

until i have mociun rings of my very own, i have this post right?  forget it, not the same at all!

xo mrs. french

p.s. have a shiny weekend!

Thursday
Nov212013

blissful eats with tina jeffers: Greek yogurt cheesecake with pomegranate syrup

I love Thanksgiving and all the food that comes along with it.  Unfortunately my family has no desire to eat turkey and pumpkin pie so I have to adjust my expectations and come up with a menu that everyone wants to eat.  It doesn’t matter what we eat as long as we take the time to spend the day with family and loved ones creating memories that last. 

This year in the Jeffers household we will be consuming fried chicken and this delicious cheesecake made with Greek yogurt.  I know it’s weird but it also perfectly represents the oddness that is my family.  The best part of this dessert is that you don’t have to worry about taking up precious oven time and you can make it a few days in advance and have it ready to go.  The recipe comes from Bon Appetit and the only change I made to it was to reduce the sugar a little bit and I pre-baked the graham cracker crust.  The first time I tried it I didn’t like the texture of the crust without baking it and I found it overly sweet.  The yogurt gives it a lovely tang and creamy texture. 

Greek yogurt cheesecake with pomegranate syrup

 

From Bon Appetit

 

INGREDIENTS:

For the crust:

            Nonstick vegetable oil spray

            1 1/2 cups fine graham cracker crumbs t

            1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted, cooled slightly

            2 tablespoons sugar

For the filling:

            2 teaspoons powdered gelatin

            1 1/2 pounds cream cheese, room temperature

            1 1/2 cups plain whole-milk Greek yogurt

            3/4 cup sugar

            2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

            1 teaspoon vanilla extract

            1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

For the pomegranate syrup:

            2 cups flash-pasteurized pomegranate juice

            1/4 cup sugar

            2 tablespoons light corn syrup

            Pomegranate seeds

METHOD:

 

For the crust:

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.                

Coat bottom and sides of pan with nonstick spray. Line bottom with a parchment-paper round. Using your fingertips, mix remaining ingredients in a medium bowl until mixture holds together when pinched tightly. Pack onto bottom of pan in an even layer (using the bottom of a flat measuring cup works well). Bake crust until just golden, about 7-8 minutes.  Set aside and let cool completely before you add the filling.

 

For the filling:

Place gelatin and 1 1/2 tablespoon cold water in a heatproof bowl. Let stand until softened, 5-10 minutes.

Pulse cream cheese, yogurt, sugar, lemon juice, vanilla, and salt in a food processor, scraping down sides as needed, until completely smooth.

Pour water to a depth of 1/2-inch into a small skillet over medium heat. Place bowl with gelatin in skillet; stir until gelatin dissolves, about 2 minutes. Remove bowl from skillet.

With processor running, drizzle gelatin into cream cheese mixture; mix until well blended. Pour into prepared crust. Tap pan firmly on the counter to break up any big air bubbles. Smooth top. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill for at least 6 hours before serving. Cheesecake can be made 2 days ahead. Keep chilled.

 

For the pomegranate syrup:

Bring first 3 ingredients to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat; simmer, whisking occasionally, until syrup is thickened, shiny, and measures a generous 1/2 cup, 35-40 minutes. Let cool.  Cover; chill. Rewarm slightly before serving.

Cut cheesecake into slices, dipping knife into a large glass of warm water and wiping dry between slices, and place on plates. Drizzle pomegranate syrup over and scatter pomegranate seeds around.

Thursday
Nov212013

our common mug

sometimes it's the simplest things that catch my attention.  our common mug is perfectly simple.  who doesn't have vivid memories of the beloved string/tin can phone?  as tiny folks this seemed the perfect way to connect with our friends; i remember my sister and i using them to chat from bedroom to bedroom.

now that we are grown and live 1/2 way across the country, our common mug seems the perfect way to connect in a completely unplugged way. a set of beautifully crafted mugs stamped with pretty little strings;  a beautiful grown-up alternative to cans and string.

ocm's creators, jarron and blaine have a story:

In graduate school, we were together every day doing all the stuff best friends do. Coffee, class, gym, dinner, study, laugh, Wii tennis, repeat. Until one day, life pulled us apart.

One of us drove across the country. The other flew west. Families started, jobs began, and the distance grew.

Two-thousand miles and two time zones made everything from finding a time to talk to finding an affordable flight nearly impossible. As we struggled to stay in touch, we longed for the everyday rituals we once had – like morning coffee.

Even though our daily routines were different – both now with babies and briefcases – we started each day with a cup of coffee.

That’s when it hit us…

What if instead of just coffee, it was the mug we had in common?

AND, what if that mug represented everything about the distance we disdained and the friendship we desired to deepen?

Like the length of a string that used to connect best friends between tin cans and tree houses, Our Common Mug has become the new piece of string that connects us between time zones.

makes me smile

xo mrs. french

p.s.

back later today with tina's pretty post.