Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Fort Worth, Texas Magazine - July 2010

My first issue as Fashion Editor of Fort Worth, Texas Magazine is out on newsstands! I am so happy with how it looks and very proud of the spread. Make sure to check it out! We shot the August issue this morning and I cannot wait to see the photos. They probably won't use any of me doing the robot... but there's still a lot to look forward to ;)


xoxo Sheridan

Images courtesy of Fort Worth, Texas Magazine.

Monday, June 28, 2010

How I Wore It :: Aspen + Girl's Night!



What a fun trip to Aspen! Amazing weather, amazing food, amazing friends...zero complaints. We stayed at the Hotel Jerome for the first time and it was nice - comfortable, good room service breakfasts :) and a great location. Our visit was for a wedding of two dear friends and it was beyond breathtaking. The rehearsal dinner was at the Caribou Club, which is what I wore this outfit to. I think I am still full! Everything was so lovely, and the ceremony was completely magical. I would have taken pictures of my wedding ensemble, but Biz and I were having too much fun on the dance floor and I completely forgot. Too bad, because I wore some of my favorite shoes of all time {gold snakeskin Gucci's with a purple crystal snake head - v.v.v.v. cool, and the same shoes I wore when I was presented as a deb...love recycling}.


Dress - J.Crew, Bracelet - Lalique {from Biz for my 24th bday in Africa}, Shoes - Miu Miu {my wedding shoes! - better pics below}





The beeeeeautiful bride in a stupendous Valentino stunner



On the top of the mountain...everyone hula hoops on the top of the mountain...right?


The gorgeous ceremony



My wedding shoes on my actual wedding day - so incredible if I do say so myself!


I meant to post this before we left but never got around to it so I'll just include one photo. Had to take it myself - sorry! Dinner with the girls:

Tank top: random store in NYC on Bleecker, Shirt: Sevens, Skirt: Cynthia Rowley, Shoes: Bebe for FIVE BUCKS!!!, Necklace {long}: Urban Outfitters

And lastly, to those sweet friends and family that attended Big Squish's party...I wrote your thank you notes on the way up to Aspen and finished them while there, printed out the cute photos of the kids behind the cowboy/cowgirl cutouts, stuffed the envelopes...and left them all in the hotel. So, apologies for the delay, but there is a good reason!

Happy Week! xoxo

Friday, June 25, 2010

Gnocchi Love.


We are up in Aspen right now for a wedding and I tell you what - I am not missing the Texas heat one bit! Last night at dinner we sat outside at the most wonderful Italian restaurant I have ever been to and the weather could not have been more enjoyable...it even got a bit chilly towards the end. Loooove it!

Anywho, at the restaurant, I had to indulge in my favorite pasta dish of all time: Gnocchi. It was as wonderful as I expected - light, fluffy, full of flavor, and covered in buckets of parmesan {my addition}. Gnocchi and I are a match made in heaven. I had my first experience with gnocchi in Rome and it was love at first sight. I mean obviously I didn't lick the plate clean {of course I did} but boy was it deeeelicious, and since then I have never met a gnocchi dish I did not love!

That said, I'd love to share one of my favorite gnocchi recipes with you. From Williams-Sonoma, of course, and it is so much easier than it looks! Don't be scared. It will soon become your favorite dish, I promise! Sometimes I substitute the potatoes with sweet potatoes and it is amazingly amazing. When I make that sub though, I use a sauce like pesto rather than tomato - the flavor works better with the sweet potato. Without further ado, here is the recipe:

Soft Italian dumplings known as gnocchi are often made with potatoes. They're delicious paired with the same sauces used for pasta, such as the fresh tomato sauce called for here. The gnocchi can be cooked in advance; after removing them from the boiling water, transfer to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain the gnocchi, then cover and refrigerate. Just before serving, warm the tomato sauce, add the gnocchi and cook until heated through.

Ingredients:

  • 4 large russet potatoes, about 2 1⁄4 lb. total
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1⁄4 tsp. freshly ground white pepper
  • 2 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour, or as needed
  • Fresh tomato sauce for serving (see related
    recipe at right)

Directions:

Put the potatoes and 1 cup water in a pressure cooker. Cover and cook on high for 5 minutes. Peel the potatoes while still hot. Pass the potato flesh through a ricer set over a large bowl.

Meanwhile, in a large pot over high heat, bring 6 quarts salted water to a boil. Line a baking sheet with a lightly floured kitchen towel or paper towels.

Mound the potatoes on a lightly floured work surface and make a well in the center. Pour the eggs into the well. Season the potatoes with salt, nutmeg and white pepper. Sprinkle 1 cup of the flour over the potatoes. Using a fork, gradually blend the eggs with the potato mixture. Using your hands, mix the dough, adding more flour as needed to form a firm but moist dough; do not overwork. The mixing process should take no more than 5 minutes.

Divide the dough into 6 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a rope about 3⁄4 inch thick, flouring the work surface as needed so the dough is not too sticky. Cut each rope into 1-inch pieces and gently roll each piece on a gnocchi ridger. Place the gnocchi on the prepared baking sheet.

Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan over medium heat, warm the tomato sauce.

Working in batches, cook the gnocchi in the boiling water for 5 to 6 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the gnocchi to the pan with the sauce and toss to combine. Serve immediately. Serves 6.
Here is a link to a Pesto version, as well as a Gnocchi gratin.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Children's Books for Every Topic + Big Squish's 1st Birthday Party!

I have been meaning to post this for quite some time and in all honesty completely forgot I had the information saved. This is straight from a Stroller Traffic email subscription so many of you may have already seen it, but for those parents, aunts, uncles, etc. who have not, here are some wonderful book suggestions:

Sometimes a children's story does a much better job of impressing a point on a toddler than anything we as parents can say or do. So we hit up the inspired child development experts at Seedlings Group for a list of great children's books to address everything from tantrums and sharing to sickness and feelings—for those days when our own parenting skills seem to be falling short.


TANTRUMS

  • When Sophie Gets Angry—Really, Really Angry, by Molly Bang
  • Mouse was Mad, by Linda Urban and Henry Cole
  • Finn Throws a Fit, by David Elliott and Timothy Basil Ering
  • The Chocolate Covered Cookie Tantrum, by Deborah Blumenthal and Harvey Stevenson
  • Beatrice Doesn’t Want To, by Laura Numeroff and Lynn Munsinger

CHORES

  • How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms?, by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
  • The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Chores, by Stan Berenstain

PARENTAL LOVE

  • You Are My I Love You, by Maryann K. Cusimano
  • I Love You Through And Through, by Bernadette Rossetti Shustak
  • Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram

SHARING/FRIENDS

  • The Rainbow Fish, by Marcus Pfister Herbert
  • How Do Dinosaurs Play with their Friends?, by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
  • A Visitor for Bear, by Bonny Becker and Kady MacDonald Denton
  • The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog, by Mo Williams
  • But Excuse Me, That is My Book, by Lauren Child
  • A Splendid Friend, Indeed, by Suzanne Bloom

PERSEVERENCE

  • The Little Engine That Could, by Loren Long

EATING

  • How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?, by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
  • Bread and Jam for Frances, by Russell Hoban and Lillian Hoban
  • Little Pea, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

NEW SIBLING

  • How to Be a Baby by Me, the Big Sister, by Sally Lloyd-Jones and Sue Heap
  • The New Baby, by Ruth Shane
  • Baby Come Out!, by Fran Manushkin

FEELINGS

  • My Many Colored Days, by Theodor Geisel - Dr. Seuss
  • Grumpy Gloria, by Anna Dewdney
  • Bear Feels Scared, by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman
  • Llama Llama Mad, at Mama by Anna Dewdney
  • Today I Feel Silly, by Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Mrs. Biddlebox, by Linda smith
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, by Judith Viorst

MOVING

  • The Berenstain Bears' Moving Day, by Stan Berenstain
  • Big Ernie’s New Home, by Teresa Martin and Whitney Martin

VALUES

  • A Chair for My Mother, by Vera B. Williams

POTTY

  • Big Girls Use the Potty!, by Andrea Pinnington
  • Once Upon a Potty, by Alona Frankel
  • Everyone Poops, by Taro Gomi
  • No More Diapers for Ducky, by Bernette Ford and Sam Williams
  • A Potty for Me!, by Karen Katz

SICKNESS

  • Bear Feels Sick, by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman
  • How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?, by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
  • The Berenstain Bears Get A Checkup, by Stan Berenstain

SEPARATION

  • Don’t Go, by Jane Breskin Zalben
  • Llama Llama Misses Mama, by Anna Dewdney
  • The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn

GOING TO SLEEP

  • The Going to Bed Book, by Sandra Boynton
  • How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?, by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
  • Bedtime for Frances, by Russell Hoban

ADOPTION

  • Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born, by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell
  • The Little Green Goose, by Adele Sansone
  • Over the Moon: An Adoption Tale, by Karen Katz

PACIFIERS

  • Pacifiers are not Forever, by Elizabeth Verdick and Marieka Heinlen
  • No More Pacifiers!, by Melanie O’Brien

MOVING TO A TODDLER BED

  • Sophie's Big Bed, by Tina Burke

DIVORCE

  • Two Homes, by Claire Masurel
  • It’s Not Your Fault, Koko Bear, by Vicki Lansky
  • Dinosaurs Divorce, by Marc Brown

PHYSICAL AGGRESSION

  • Teeth Are Not for Biting, by Elizabeth Verdick and Marieka Heinlen
  • Hands Are Not for Hitting, by Martine Agassi Ph.D. and Marieka Heinlen
  • No Biting!, by Karen Katz
  • No Hitting!, by Karen Katz

BULLIES

  • Let’s Be Enemies, by Janice May Udry

BEING UNIQUE

  • Freckleface Strawberry, by Julianne Moore
  • Big Dog…Little Dog, by P.D. Eastman
  • A Color of His Own, by Leo Lionni

NIGHTMARES

  • There’s A Nightmare In My Closet, by Mercer Mayer

DEATH

  • Remembering Grandpa, by Uma Krishnaswami

SCHOOL

  • WOW School, by Robert Neubecker
  • I Am Absolutely Too Small for School, by Lauren Child

CONCEPT OF TIME

  • A Second is a Hiccup: A Child’s Book of Time, by Hazel Hutchins

CURIOSITY

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle.
  • What Do You Do With a Tale Like This?, by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
  • Where do Balloons Go? An Uplifting Mystery, by Jamie Lee Curtis

ALSO some pictures from Big Squish's birthday party! All the kids had fun which was the main thing, and I think the adults were well fed so they were happy too :)

I had balloons {one in the shape of a boot - v. cute} tied to the little gate entrance, then the guests walked up our stone path to the party. I painted signs for all of the activities as well...

Photo Saloon, Dig for Gold, Shoot Out, and Draw With Chalk {yeah couldn't really figure out a Western theme for that last one!}


This was the Photo Saloon I created for the kids {and adults!} to take their picture. They turned out pretty cute! I'm going to include each child's photo with their thank you note so the parents make sure and have a copy.

Talk about aaaaaaaamazing cupcakes! I had them done at Sugar Biscuit Cakery. Drop what you're doing and go check out her website stat. I don't think I have EVER met someone more talented or creative! I also made some Rice Krispie treats, but tied them with bright green raffia to turn them into Rice Krispie Hay Bales. YUM!



Sugar Biscuit also did a smash cake just for Big Squish, even though he was quite polite when eating it. Good manners!


LOVED his horse from his great-grandparents!

Our little buckaroo <3

Kids digging for gold in the sandbox

Cute cowboy...but remember, don't squat with your spurs on!



Definitely the most beautiful child on the planet! But maybe I am slightly biased ;)

Alright, off to plan for my next FW Magazine shoot and pack for Aspen. Wish me luck...and sanity.

xoxo

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Happy Father's Day!


To my amazing, wonderful father. For guiding me through all of the rough times in my life and bringing me to the sunshine on the other end. Where would I be without your wisdom, guidance and advice? You have molded me into the woman I have become through your love and never ending support, showing me that it's what's on the inside that counts, and that good character and strong, unwavering morals trump all. You showed me that money doesn't matter, that love and laughter beat dollar signs any day, and starting each day with a smile makes everything better.

Here's to you dad - thank you for everything. Everything. For taking us fishing to catch Ol' Sam. For teaching me about the different types of screwdrivers. For showing me how to fix things and rely on myself. For insisting that mom let us go to Camp Longhorn. For letting us put toilet paper all over the War Wagon (on second thought, I'm not actually sure you were aware this was happening...) For the hundreds of foot rubs you have given me from 5 to 25 years old. For coming to my dance recitals and cheering me on at soccer and field hockey games. For helping me perfect my softball throw. For watching me do my ten thousandth back flip on the trampoline, even when it was overtime in the Cowboys game and you were missing it all. For climbing rock faces with me in New Mexico and deciding the best approach to take when faced with a herd of wild Bighorn Sheep. For my beautiful pink roses every birthday. For listening to all of my problems - whether I was concerned about how to sell enough boxes of Camp Fire Girl candy, or calling from college needing advice about a boy - and making me feel like I was the most important person in the world at that moment, and that you would do anything you could to help. For teaching me true patience, understanding, and acceptance. For always always having time for us no matter how busy you were. And, maybe most importantly, for telling me you loved me every single day.

You have been a more wonderful father than you could ever imagine, Dad. Even during all those days and months and years when you had to travel, you never left my heart. You have really, truly always been there for us, and I love you so much for that. I am the luckiest girl in the world to get you call you my dad.

And now, thank you for being such an amazing Pop to Big Squish. He doesn't know how lucky he is yet....actually, I think he does.

Have I told you today that you're my #1 Dad? And have I told you today that you're the Hershey's Chocolate Syrup with Bluebell Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream of my life with sliced strawberries and Kahlua? And have I told you today that if I could have any dad in the whole wide world to be my dad that I'd choose you? Well I would....and don't you forget it.

I love you.
xoxo

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I need a breather.


The rest of this week and weekend through Monday is INSANELY busy for me. I have a zillion and one things to do for Big Squish's birthday party, about 56 pieces of furniture to paint before then, family photographs on Saturday morning, several evening activities out on the town, and a trip to mentally pack for next week. That said, I am going to have to step away from The Southern Eclectic until next Tuesday. I know I know, womp womp womp...

BUT you know I would never leave you hanging for an entire week! So I planned a week's worth of daily activities for you to keep you busy in my absence:

Today, Wednesday June 16:
Check out Martha Stewart's 60 Days of Summer. Tons of amazing things to do from crafts to cooking are featured, most of them with the goal of helping you beat the heat. My favorite...the ice cream treats. SIXTY suggestions! The Watermelon Bombe and PB and J Pops look particularly delicious, don't you think?!



Thursday, June 17:
Be inspired by J.Crew's photo shoot on location in Guatemala. The looks are all charming with hints of both tradition and eclecticism intertwined. Right up my alley!



Friday, June 18:
Take a peek at the work of my favorite artists of all time, Emma Bridgewater. You'll look and think, artist? Trust me. The pieces are amazing in person. Hugely popular in the UK, her work and designs are nothing short of extraordinary in the most simple of ways. From tea pots to mugs to glass decanters, there is literally something for everyone. I want EVERYTHING! My personal favorites are the Polka Dot and Black Toast patterns, as well as the lines for children.


I will most definitely be buying this tea set for a daughter if I ever have one!

Saturday, June 19:
Wake up and lounge around in your pajamas, then look at my guilty pleasure websites and very favorite blogs:
- Nursery Notations {for the mommy's out there}

Sunday, June 20:
Enjoy an amazing breakfast involving waffles of some sort! Suggestions:




Monday, June 21:
Buy me these Prada boots as a reward for making it through such a manic week. Bueno? Oh and while you're at it, I would still like the Miu Miu East-West Pailette Satchel. Thanks.


Y'all have an awesomely wonderful week. I'll touch base soon!
xoxo Sheridan

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