Monthly Archives: April 2012

Ham and Cheese for Breakfast

Ham-and-Cheese Waffles from the Bon Appetit Test Kitchen.  Mmmm…who doesn’t love a combo of salty and sweet?  I’m gonna try this when I have a real kitchen!

Photograph by Romulo Yanes


  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) melted butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup soda water
  • Non-stick vegetable oil spray
  • 1 cup thinly-cut strips of ham
  • 3/4 cup shredded sharp white cheddar
  • Maple syrup


  • Preheat oven to 300°. Heat waffle iron until very hot. Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and kosher salt in a large bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites in a medium bowl until medium-soft peaks form. Whisk egg yolks, melted butter, buttermilk, and soda water in a medium bowl; gradually whisk into dry ingredients. Fold in egg whites.
  • Coat waffle iron with non-stick vegetable oil spray. Pour batter onto iron, spreading it into corners (amount of batter needed will vary according to machine). Scatter 1 rounded Tbsp. ham and 1 Tbsp. white cheddar over each waffle. Cook until golden brown and cooked through. Transfer to a baking sheet; keep waffles warm in oven between batches. Serve with butter and warm maple syrup.

Self Portraits

I love visiting Lens, The New York Times photo blog.  They post amazing ‘Pictures of the Day’ from all over the world and feature stories of some great photographers.  Today’s post, Seeing Yourselves As Others Do, captures the story of Jen Davis who took self portraits over a 10-year period as a way to chronicle her relationship with her body.  10 years ago at 5′ 4″, she weighed 260 pounds.  You can see in her self-portraits how uncomfortable and unsure of herself she is.  Now, 70 pounds lighter her demeanor is different and you can sense the shift in her self-portraits.  A few of her photos are below but check out the rest of her story and pics for yourself.

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She’s teaching a class on The Investigation of Self and the Human Condition at the International Center of Photography, which I would love to take but it’s already started…boo.  I realize that I don’t have many pictures of myself.  I snap people, landscape, cities, etc. all the time but I actually dislike getting my photo taken.  I feel like I have to smile in every picture and in turn I have the same expression in every picture.  Maybe by doing some self portraits, it’ll help me with my photo-phobia.  So do me a favor, next time you’re with me and I’m snapping pics, turn the camera around on me.  Don’t let me say no, just do it.

What do  you think about her project?  Would you ever do self portraits?

World Map Office Decor

I’ve been searching for a large piece of art for my office and I finally found something!! My ceilings are really high so I wanted to find a large, colorful piece that made an impact.  Even though my back’s to it, I’ll see this piece every morning when I come in.  Since I love to travel…why not put a map up?

I purchased a 2 yard-wide piece of fabric with a world map printed on it from  You can purchase custom fabrics from Spoonflower or if you’re feeling ultra-creative, design and print your own.  They make custom fabrics a very easy reality.

Darci M from North Carolina designed my creation, which you can see on their website here.

Photo credit: Darci M’s Flicker stream

I’m pretty sure I’m going to pin or tack this into the wall to create an unfinished feel.  I’d love to embroider it like they did…

Photo credit: Darci M’s Flicker stream

I’ll post a pic when it goes up.  Very excited!!

NYT: The 45 Places to Go in 2012

What’s on your travel list for this year?  The places that I’ve checked off so far (including weekend getaways): Mexico City, Woodstock, Philadelphia, Santa Fe, Taos, Albuquerque, San Antonio and Austin.  St. Augustine, FL and California to come.

Even though it’s almost May, there’s plenty of time to plan your trip (or trips) for 2012!  Let the New York Times help.  Check out their article, The 45 Places to Go in 2012.

1. Panama
Go for the canal. Stay for everything else.

2. Helsinki, Finland
Design. Design. Design. Aesthetics fuel a new cool.

3. Myanmar
Back on the tourist map after being off-limits for years.

4. London
The Olympics! The Queen! Charles Dickens turns 200!

5. Oakland, Calif.
New restaurants and bars beckon amid the grit.

6. Tokyo
With some tourists slow to return, greater opportunities for those who do.

7. Tanzania
Coming into its own as an upscale safari destination.

8. Chilean Patagonia
Proof that adventure doesn’t have to mean roughing it.

9. Lhasa, Tibet
New luxury hotels bring respite — and controversy.

10. Havana, Cuba
The Cuban capital is once again within Americans’ reach.

11. Moscow
New cultural venues add a dash of the sacred and profane.

12. Glasgow
Zaha Hadid takes on a Scottish waterfront.

13. Puebla, Mexico
International mole festival. Need we say more?
Read this weekend’s 36 Hours in Puebla, Mexico as an inspiration for your trip.

Photo credit: Adriana Zehbrauskas

14. San Diego
With breweries and brewpubs, a sunny heaven for suds lovers.

15. Halong Bay, Vietnam
New ways to visit a natural wonder in Southeast Asia.

16. Florence, Italy
A Renaissance city gets a contemporary kick.

17. St. Vincent
A new resort may put this Caribbean island on the map.

18. Moganshan, China
Luxury in the former mountain hideaway of Shanghai gangsters.

19. Birmingham, England
Could England’s second city be first in food?

20. Space
The final frontier now has a ticket agent.

Click here for #21-45

DIY: Chocolate Covered Apple Slices

Oooh, I came across this on Pinterest and it’s making my mouth water + they’re so freaking cute!  There’s a DIY post from the German blog, RosaRot but since I can’t read German I’m going to guess at the steps.  All images below are from RosaRot.

Ingredients:  Apples, chocolate (to melt), sprinkles, chopped nuts, toppings of your choice, and wooden skewers. 

Prep:  Setup toppings in shallow bowls. 

Step 1:  Melt chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave. 

Step 2: Slice apples, approximately 1/2″ thick.

Step 3:  Dip apples in the melted chocolate.

Step 4:  Skewer the apple slices and dip in toppings.  

Step 5:  Let apples dry by standing them upright in a mug or glass. 

Step 6:  Eat.  Eat them all!!!

Ideas:  Why not do the same thing except with caramel?!?  Hmm, what about peanut butter?