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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Oh Please!

I'm sorry, but are these not total "Mom jeans?" And they're from Urban Outfitters!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Well not so much

Easy like Sunday morning, originally uploaded by neloqua.

okay, never mind the fire, it's turned out more like this weather!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Cool Weather!

It's feeling a little like Fall in East Tennessee. Might even be cool enough this weekend for one of these, and a glass of red wine - yay!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


In my humble opinion, the award for best cake in all of Knoxville goes to Magpies. I've tried the new cupcake places in West Knox and they're good, but not as good as the all-butter ones in the Old City! And as you can see, they make spectacular celebration cakes.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Friday, September 19, 2008

Current favorite shade of blue!

Love this ottoman at Anthropologie!
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Best Banana Bread

This is from the fabulous Orangette blog by Molly. I've made this 4 times now in the last month or so. Yum! Hope you give it a try!

Banana Bread with Cinnamon Crumble Topping
Adapted from Orangette, Bakesale Betty and Bon Appétit, September 2008

For bread:1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 3 medium bananas)
2 large eggs
½ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup honey
¼ cup water
For topping:2 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 ½ Tbsp. packed dark brown sugar (light brown works fine)
Preheat the oven to 350° F. Butter and flour a 9- x 5-inch metal loaf pan. (Alternatively, you can spray the pan lightly with cooking spray and then line it with parchment paper, letting the excess hang over the sides. That’s what I did, and it made it very easy to remove the finished bread from the pan; I just grabbed the parchment and lifted). In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. In a large bowl, whisk together the banana, eggs, oil, honey, and water. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and stir well. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan.In a small bowl, mix together the topping ingredients. Sprinkle them evenly over the batter.Bake the bread until a tester inserted into its center comes out clean, about 1 hour, give or take a little. Cool the bread in the pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Then carefully remove the bread from the pan, taking care not to dislodge the topping. Cool completely before slicing.Yield: 1 loaf

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Archived restaurant reviews-Amerigo's

Sharing some reviews from my former blog. This one is from November 26, 2007:
I took a friend to the new "Amerigo's" last week for her birthday lunch. It is a high-end Italian spot, with other locations including Nashville and Memphis.The service was attentive, though our waiter was very impressed with himself and very young to have such a high opinion of his abilities. He did a good job but got a bit too involved in the conversation for my taste, not to mention marketing his own up and coming business when he had a chance.Amerigo's has a nice wine list, with a couple reasonably-priced bottles that quickly escalated to pricey picks like Cakebread.I have to absolutely RAVE about our appetizer: cheese fritters that are out of this world! I had questioned our waiter about them, thinking they might be a fancy version of good-ole frozen mozzarella sticks, but not to worry. These are hush puppy-like in texture, with a mixture of melty cheese inside, served on a plate with both a marinara and creamy dijon-style sauce. The one order contained six fritters, so we each got two and that was more than enough. You MUST try them! Apparently they have garnered mention in Bon Appetit, and I can see why.My entree was not as impressive. I tried the chicken and spinach canneloni. I loved the fresh pasta and the creamy sauce, but the filling was a bit overcooked. My two friends both really liked their pasta though, so perhaps mine was an anomaly.We shared the obligatory birthday dessert; a warm apple/pecan confection with ice cream, which was really sweet and really rich. I liked it but it was maybe a tad too sugary.I will definitely go back for dinner. The atmosphere is very warm and soothing, and the food seems to be compelling enough for a second visit

Archived restaurant reviews-Lakeside Tavern

Review #2 is from November 30, 2007:
Went for a post-party snack last night. Enjoyed the atmosphere in the bar, which has a huge, beautifully lit Christmas tree. Enjoyed a really nice Coppola claret -- I've never been disappointed by a Coppola! My friend and I shared the "wedge," which I've never been a huge fan of, but it was nice and crisp with a good blue cheese dressing and some bacon sprinkles. We also shared the ahi tuna appetizer, which they serve on a bed of fried wontons with wasabi. It was perfectly seared and the wasabi had just the right amount of spice (for me that means quite spicy!). Our 12-year-old friend had a cup of clam chowder that she only half-finished, and I'm not sure if that was due to the quality of the chowder or the capacity of the 12-year-old, so the jury remains out on that one. I can recommend Lakeside, but it always drives me insane that the first "signature dish" they list on the menu is chicken fingers! That is just SO Knoxville!

Favorite Places

Favorite Places, originally uploaded by lizzytishblog.

I never tire of Pawleys Island. This is one of the private piers on the marsh side.

dining room

I wanted to share with you my very red dining room. It needs very few enhancements to make it Christmasy!