This time of year I absolutely go crazy for anything pumpkin; pumpkin soup, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, pumpkin lattes but most of all I love, love, love pumpkin pie! But, at 320 calories per slice (which means 2,560 calories a pie) I hate to admit I could easily go through a whole pie in a weekend. I have found a satisfying alternative, creamy, delicious and oh so yummy Pumpkin Butter… spread on a rice cake. A tablespoon of pumpkin butter only has 30 calories so it’s a 60-calorie slice of salvation.
The artist, Sean Kennedy, is one clever artist. He builds the most unusual objects out of LEGOS. And now he has created his own LEGO lamp line. Five classic shapes rendered in twelve different colors. They are kind of like a Chris Spitzmiller lamp gone mod!
Larimer Street in Denver Co has got to be one of the most romantic streets I have ever been on. I found this out by accident. On a recent hiking trip to Boulder and a freak car radiator accident, which means I never made it hiking, the car was towed back to Denver. With no dinner reservations I went wondering around with a friend to find some place to eat and stumbled upon the beautiful lights of Larimer Street. The street was packed with people obviously having a great time. There were too many restaurants to choose from and the entire street was covered with a canopy of lights. After a delicious dinner of fig pizza and anti-pasta, I already know where I am heading for Valentines Day. I am heading to the most romantic street in America.
I really love white pumpkins and have been using them in my house over the last couple of years for an alternative to the seasonal orange pumpkin. But, this year I have totally discovered something new, the grey pumpkin! The color range from silver to smoke to a beautiful grey green they seem to come in fifty shades of grey. And they seem to fit into my house just perfectly, don’t you agree!?
So I just started working on the interiors of a clients new house in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The architecture is complete, The house in under construction and the plan is to install the house next August. If you know my work by now, you know I am always looking for how to take something traditional and give it some edge. So, the starting point for the interiors is going to be rugs by, Robin Gray. Her studio is in Santa Fe New Mexico and her rugs are just what I am looking for. She takes that Native American tradition and gives it a spin.
Last week I thought it was time to update my eyewear. And after reading about, Warby Parker in Vanity Fair Magizine I decided to give this unique online company a try. This is how it works: you go to their website and pick out as many as five frames that you would like to try on. Their website has tons of information to help you pick out the right size and shape. Once you have decide on your five pair they will send you, for free, the selected frames. You have three days to keep them, try them on, show your friends and make a decision. Then you just pack them up, drop them in a UPS box and go online download your prescription and let them know your frame choice. Then in a week or so your new glasses arrive, just in time for your new Fall look. Pretty cool!
Elizabeth and I are working on a project over in Rosslyn, VA. Every time we turn down Lynn St we notice this amazing art installation on the side of the building. They are stainless steel dices suspending with some kind of pin system and as the air moves through them it forms ripples and folds. So we had to find out who the artist was. The artist is, Ned Kahn. A quick check around the Internet we found some amazing work that Mr. Kahn has installed all around the world. We are lucky enough to have one of his pieces right in our back yard.
If you haven’t heard peanut butter has been recently declared a super food, with more protein in a tablespoon then in a chicken breast and more antioxidents then blueberries. So I say if you are going to eat peanut butter, eat the best! For my money Mark Overbay at Big Spoon Roasters in Durham, NC is making the best peanut butter in the world. It is a simple formula of peanuts, wildflower honey, coconut oil and sea salt. It even makes rice cakes delicious! And you know that takes a lot!