Christmas Swag

Did everyone have a good Christmas? Mine was awesome! I really count my lucky stars that I’m closer to 30 than 20 (omgomgomgomg…), and I still get a ton of presents from my family. Here are just a few of my favorite things:

IMG_1821Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler Set of Four Shot Glasses (JCPenney’s)
How adorable are these gold-rimmed, animal-decaled shot glasses? I looove the little carrier too.

IMG_1831J.A. Henckels Fine Edge Cutlery 10 Piece (Macy’s)
I needed new knives so bad, and I’m especially excited to have a bread knife so I stop crushing my poor baguettes!

IMG_1813Vintage owl book ends (Similar ones here and here)
My brother and his girlfriend picked these up for me in North Carolina—such a unique gift! They go great with my  mirror and pendant.

IMG_1827You Anchor Me decanter set (Uncommon Goods)
Do you think my family has pegged me as the drinker of the bunch? Oh well. I’ve been crushing on this decanter and matching tumblers for months! Remember them from I Want That Wednesday?IMG_1817Keds Rally Sparkle (Similar here)
I actually bought these for my grandma for Christmas. They were too small for her, but it turned out they fit me perfectly. (Not to worry, I ordered her a bigger size.) This photo does not do them justice—they’re so cute on!

What was your favorite gift? My mom starts doing her Christmas shopping earlier and earlier every year, so I could use some ideas!

Foodie Friday: Pesto-Stuffed Chicken

I apologize now: This is going to be quick. I’m working off my phone from Midway Airport. We’re Nola bound! My family decided last-minute to take a short vacay, and I’m VERY excited because I’ve never been to New Orleans. My plan is pretty much just to eat as much as I can…

Speaking of eating, I have another super easy recipe for y’all: pesto-stuffed chicken.

Ingredients (for one):
1 chicken breast
1.5 tablespoons pesto
1 tablespoons shredded mozzarella and/or Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Toothpicks

IMG_0173First, put your chicken breast in a Ziplock and pound until thin and even. Then spread pesto (homemade or store-bought, I used Bertolli brand) on the breast and top with mozzarella and/or Parmesan cheese.

IMG_0178Roll the breast up, and use toothpicks to keep it in place. Sprinkle Italian seasoning on the outside of the rolled-up breast.

IMG_0182Bake it for about 30 minutes (depends on the size of your breast) until golden. It stays nice and moist, and it pairs well almost anything – pasta, salad, rosemary potatoes, asparagus, etc. etc.

IMG_0184Enjoy! And thanks to Kalyn’s Kitchen for the inspiration!

All I Want For Christmas…

I picked a TERRIBLE day to get my watch battery replaced at Macy’s. Not sure what I was thinking wandering in there just days before Christmas—it was bursting at the seams, of course. I’m obviously not the only who procrastinated this year. If you haven’t crossed off everyone on your list—and, in fact, are still looking for ideas—let me lend you a few from my wishlist… xmaslist

  1. I cut an apple last night, and it tasted like onion… Varies, abchome.com
  2. Because Pandora doesn’t play baseball games. $249, crosleyradio.com
  3. New Year’s Resolution? Start journaling again. $16 each, sugarpaper.com
  4. A local joint with 11 different kinds of olive oil. Varies, oldtownoil.com
  5. A pretty tote on its own, but the monogramming is really the cherry on top. $199, markandgraham.com

I Want That Wednesday

But I probably shouldn’t.

Because I’m an adult.

Kinda.

I don’t mean to sound like a Scrooge, but I cherish the fact that Christmas in the Peters family doesn’t involve kids. My brother and I are both in our 20s and childless (thank god), and our family is pretty small to begin with. The closest relative under the age of 15 is about 1,100 miles away. And that is a-OK by me. Kids are loud. And sticky. (No offense, Jake and McKenna! <3)

But then I see things like this, and I think, would I not be the coolest mom/ aunt/fairy godmother EVER if I gifted this to a little one?

jetaire-camper-play-tentOr is it reasonable for me to have this for myself? I don’t have a den… Ok, frankly I don’t have room for this anywhere, but I would absolutely hang out in it if I did. It could be my drinking quarters. Look, this kid is already getting started:

jetaire-camper-play-tent-1It’d be perfect for my friend Rebecca’s plan for a camp-in (as opposed to a camp-out). Thank you, Land of Nod, winter was a little bit longer before this. Well, except for those crazies that actually go camping in the snow… I’ll be sticking to my faux campfire, fools!

Design Inspiration: Scandi Inspired

A new issue of Adore is out! I don’t even remember how I first came across this online-only mag—it’s out of Australia, after all—but the most recent issue is stunning. (Did I mention that it’s free?) I’m a huge fan of the home feature, “Scandi Inspired,” which shows off the home of designer Michelle Halford. (She has a beautiful blog of her own, The Design Chaser, that’s worth checking out.)

Screen Shot 2013-12-16 at 2.45.29 PMI love that she so obviously has a vision and sticks with it. Anybody could tell that just by looking at the pictures, but she mentions it in the story too:

Screen Shot 2013-12-16 at 2.36.44 PM“I definitely have an overall vision, which is of a home that is white and bright, with clean lines and an elegant, pared-back aesthetic. Functionality is also really important, as is a home that grows with our family as we plan on being here a while. My sense of style can be seen in the finder details, such as the subtle addition of colour and texture, artworks, sentimental items and the mood board in my office.”

Screen Shot 2013-12-16 at 2.39.04 PMI guess I’m attracted to commitment as I still struggle to determine what my design style is. (I can’t be too hard on myself though; I have come a long way in a year or so!) But her repeating color scheme and lack of “stuff” certainly invokes a sense of calm.

Halford’s minimalist vision is especially refreshing at this time of year when everyone’s home seems to be chockablock with (often tacky) decorations, presents, kids, dirty dishes—you name it. I’m not saying I’m not guilty. Maybe I’ll steal that washi tape tree idea for next year…

Screen Shot 2013-12-16 at 2.37.54 PMClick here (and turn to page 91) to see more of Halford’s home in Adore!

Need to Read: Chicago’s Design Scene Is So Hot Right Now

So I know this 16 degree (no, I’m no exaggerating for those of you outside of Chicago) weather doesn’t really encourage exploration, but I would like to get over to Pilsen to check out all the great vintage shops. I’ve been meaning to make it out to one of their “2nd Fridays” art walks for almost a year now, but Chicago magazine’s endorsement of Pilsen as “the new mecca for vintage shopping” might just push me to actually make it happen… next week… or whenever we thaw out.tumblr_mxedpwfrdo1rqt06bo1_1280The article mentions Revival a Go-Go, Market Supply Co. and Modern Cooperative (pictured here). Have you explored Pilsen or do you live there? Leave me some recommendations for what not-to-miss! I mean, with reports of tasty Mexican joints, solid cocktails at Dusek’s, and vintage furniture finds, it seems like a win-win-win for this girl. Pilsen, I’m coming for you. Soon.tumblr_mx3heuwMpC1rqt06bo1_1280Other design shops on my list to check out:

Judy Maxwell (Old Town, 1363 N. Wells St., judymaxwellhome.com)
Humboldt House (HP, 1045 N. California Ave., humboldthouseco.com)
Urban Remains (West Town, 1818 W. Grand Ave., urbanremainschicago.com)

(Images: moderncooperative.tumblr.com)