50 Women Game Changers in Food: Irma Rombauer (Week 9)

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In 2011, Gourmet released their list of the 50 Women Game Changers in Food. I stumbled on this entirely by accident. One week a couple of months ago, I was meal planning, and didn’t have access to my Ina Garten cookbooks. So, I googled the recipe I was looking for and found it on a blog that was making its way through the list (she’s number 39… I’m a little disgruntled that Rachael Ray is higher up than she is). I was inspired to do the same. I need to challenge myself more in the kitchen, and I thought this would be an excellent way to do so.  As I’ve been planning for this, I’ve been flipping through cookbooks, checking out websites and buying new equipment, and I’m excited. I’m also really looking forward to learning more about these game changing women, and introducing myself to recipes I’ve never cooked before.

(And since this entire year-long project will be all recipes I’ve never made before, I can’t promise that everything will turn out the way I want it to. But whether a dish is a winner or an epic fail, I’m going to be completely honest about it.)

Number nine brings us to Irma Rombauer.

Irma Rombauer (October 30, 1877 – October 14, 1962) was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to two German immigrants, Max von Starkloff & Emma Kuhlmann von Starkloff. In 1899, she met & married Edgar Rombauer. They had three children: Roland (who died as an infant), Marion & Edgar Jr. Edgar’s father was a judge, and he also became involved in politics. He eventually became Speaker of the House for the St. Louis House of Delegates. Irma delighted in playing the hostess. She organized everything from luncheons for the women’s organizations she was involved in, to formal dinner parties for her husband and his associates. I love this quote from her biographer, about her personality: “No one could be long in her diminutive presence without sensing an air of concentrated intelligence, strength, self-possession, charm, and dignity that seemed to sweep all before it—except that she knew how to soften it with disarming feminine self-deprecation and sheer fun.”

Edgar Rombauer frequently struggled with depression, and on February 3, 1930, he committed suicide. He left Irma not only emotionally shattered, but also under a financial hardship. She had no job, and only $6,000 in savings. Her children were grown and living their own lives, and she needed something to keep her busy. Which is when she shocked her friends and family, and decided to author a cookbook.

As a cook, she was competent, but her real talent was entertaining. She considered the social aspect of dining together much more important than the food itself. She spent a year collecting recipes, and in 1931, she published them in The Joy of Cooking. She had 3,000 copies printed & sold locally. She revised it, with the help of her late husband’s former secretary, and released another edition in 1936. And again in 1943. And again in 1946. In 1955, Irma suffered a series of strokes, so her daughter, Marion, took over. Marion had helped her mother with some of the previous editions, but the edition that was released in 1963 was her work, and is the edition that “would stand as one of the signal documents of the 1950s-1960s gourmet revolution, along with The James Beard Cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, The New York Times Cookbook, and Michael Field’s Cooking School.” (source) At this point, the Joy of Cooking was more than just a collection of recipes, it became the nation’s cooking bible. It was revised again in 1972. In 1974, Marion’s husband (and partner) passed away, and her son Ethan & his wife began to take part in what had become a wonderful family legacy. Another copy was released in 1975, the last one managed by Marion, and she passed away in 1976. The next copy was released in 1997, under the direction of her son, Ethan. This one is different from the previous editions. Ethan took away some of the first person comments, added more ethnic recipes, added recipes that used modern conveniences, like food processors & microwaves. That year, Ethan remarried a woman named Susan Cope, and they began working on the 75th anniversary edition, which was released in 2006.

My mom wasn’t much of a cook. My dad always teased that she couldn’t boil water for spaghetti, so I don’t remember ever seeing this book in my home as a child, but apparently everyone else in the world had a copy. My husband’s family did. When I started reading through it to find a recipe to make, Graham said that the book brought back a lot of memories for him. However, he couldn’t remember any specific recipe his mom had made from it, so I was on my own.

(I bought a used copy of the 1997 edition on Amazon for $4. And it was absolutely worth every penny.)

My copy of this book is now covered in post-it notes. I found a ridiculous number of things I wanted to make, but somehow I ended up making Vietnamese Pho. I wasn’t sure if making my first ever batch of pho from the Joy of Cooking was the best idea, but I figured ‘what the hell?’
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After deciding to make the pho, and having Graham raise his eyebrows at that decision, I did look at other pho recipes to compare. The ingredients in this were very similar to the ingredients I found in more… ethnic… sources, so I went with it. I made this on Superbowl Sunday, as part of my epic evening in. Graham was going to a Superbowl party, so I had a BIG evening planned: a pitcher of my favorite sangria, a 3 hour bath with one of my Lush bath bombs, and a delicious bowl of soup.2015-02-01 06.16.51

Making pho was a lot easier than I thought it would be. There is a great international grocery store fairly close to my apartment, and I was able to find everything I needed (note: they do sale oxtail at Fresh Market, but it costs a heck of a lot more). The only part that worried me was the beef. The recipe calls for you to thinly slice it, arrange it in the bowl, and add the hot broth to it. That worried me (although I’m not sure why…), but I asked a friend of mine who, 1) is a chef, and 2)who makes an amazing bowl of pho, and he said that’s how he does it. I cut the meat as thinly as I possibly could and watched the broth do it’s thing. It was very cool to watch. The meat was cooked through within seconds. I feel slightly bad that Graham didn’t get to have any of this the night I made it, because it was so good. It was still good the next day, but nothing like the first night.2015-02-01 06.17.01
So, pho. Even though this recipe wasn’t in the original copy of this book, I’m glad this is the one I went with. I had never made pho before, and honestly was quite intimidated by it. But the whole point of this little project is to get me out of my cooking comfort zone, and to get me trying things I have never made before. And this may have been the first time, but it won’t be the last. I absolutely can not wait to make this again!
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Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup (Pho Bo)
(Recipe slightly adapted from the Joy of Cooking; 1997 Edition, p.117-118)

Ingredients:
For the broth:

  • 4″ piece of ginger, slice in half lengthwise
  • 1 large onion, cut in half
  • 3 lbs. of ox tail
  • 1-3″ cinnamon stick
  • 6 star anise
  • 1 T. salt
  • 1 t. soy sauce
  • 2 T. fish sauce
  • Cheesecloth

To serve the soup:

  • 12 oz. dried flat rice stick noodles (banh pho)
  • 12 oz. of round steak, sliced as thinly as possible (this is easier if the steak is partially frozen)
  • 2 Serrano peppers, thinly sliced
  • 24 fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 2 cups of bean sprouts
  • 3 T. of chopped cilantro
  • Lime wedges

Directions:

  1. Raise an oven rack to the highest position in your oven, turn the broiler to high, brush a little bit of vegetable oil over the cut side of the vegetables and place under the broiler until they have started to char. Halfway through, turn over, and char the other side.
  2. Add the onions, ginger & ox tail to a large pot with 3.5 quarts of water. Bring the water to a boil and skim off the impurities as they rise to the top. Cut off a small piece of the cheesecloth and make a pouch for the star anise and the cinnamon. Add that to the pot, along with the salt, soy sauce & fish sauce. Reduce the heat and simmer for 3 hours. Skim the scum off of the top as it collects.
  3. Once the broth is finished, cook the noodles according to package directions.
  4. Divide the cooked noodles, Serrano peppers, basil & scallions among the individual bowls. Arrange the thinly sliced beef on top.
  5. Bring the broth back up to a boil over high heat. When the broth is boiling, ladle the broth into the bowls and watch it cook the meat.
  6. Garnish with sprouts, cilantro, & lime wedges.

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What I’m Loving Wednesday: The Food Finds Edition

It’s been a pretty “meh” week so far. I kind of wanted to do a “What I’m NOT Loving Wednesday”. But… I try to keep this space positive, so I’ll let my husband deal with my whining, and I’ll just use my blog to gush about new food finds.
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This tea was an impulse purchase at TJ’s a few weeks ago. They had an end of aisle fully loaded with the stuff, and since it was three of my favorite things (green tea, lemongrass & ginger) rolled into one, I couldn’t resist. I absolutely love this tea. None of the flavors overpower any of the others. It’s just a really nice blend.
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These pretzel crisps are amazing. I’ve tried a few of their other flavors, but since I was buying these to dip in hummus, I didn’t want anything crazy. These are just salt and pepper, but they are so, so good. I’ve always loved just regular pretzels, but after having these, I don’t know if I can ever go back. I bought a bag of regular pretzels the same day I bought these, just in case we didn’t like them. These are long gone (sniff…) and the regular ones are still there. 2015-02-20 14.12.56-1

I go to TJ’s nearly everyday. And I saw these blondies for the first time last week. I was intrigued, so I bought them. When I got to the cash register, the cashier started raving over them. She told me that they get these in about twice a week, but they never can keep them more than a couple of hours. She even told me to hide them from anyone I lived with until after I had tried one ;) After one bite, I could see why. These are so good & the texture is perfect (just the right mix of moist, chewy & nutty). I was nice though, and shared with Graham… I shouldn’t have, because they haven’t had these on either of my TJ’s trips this week. 51011-miso-ginger-brothI saw this broth on the same trip as the blondies. And honestly, I have no idea what I even went to TJ’s for. But I know I left with blondies and this broth. They were sampling the broth with mini chicken wontons. I had some, and instantly picked up a carton of the broth and a package of the wontons for easy soup lunches. This broth is so flavorful & delicious. Not only will it make a really delicious, simple soup, but I’m guessing it will also make some pretty delicious rice. I’m getting closer & closer to wanting to give up meat & become a vegetarian. I would have no problem at all trading in chicken stock for this stuff.

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On my last Whole Foods trip, they had these on sale & right at the register… So naturally, I bought two of them. Holy crap, these were good! Lately it seems like all of the good candy bars are made with dark chocolate instead of milk. I don’t care for dark chocolate. It’s way too bitter. It’s okay when filled with caramel, but in general, just no. This candy bar was delicious. I bought the larger ones, and just broke off a square or two for an after dinner treat. Unfortunately, I’m now out Although… I recently won a contest from OCHO, so I have a one pound caramel & peanut chocolate bar coming my way… So once it gets here, I’ll probably be good for a while… =)

 

50 Women Game Changers in Food: Judith Jones (Week 8)

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In 2011, Gourmet released their list of the 50 Women Game Changers in Food. I stumbled on this entirely by accident. One week a couple of months ago, I was meal planning, and didn’t have access to my Ina Garten cookbooks. So, I googled the recipe I was looking for and found it on a blog that was making its way through the list (she’s number 39… I’m a little disgruntled that Rachael Ray is higher up than she is). I was inspired to do the same. I need to challenge myself more in the kitchen, and I thought this would be an excellent way to do so.  As I’ve been planning for this, I’ve been flipping through cookbooks, checking out websites and buying new equipment, and I’m excited. I’m also really looking forward to learning more about these game changing women, and introducing myself to recipes I’ve never cooked before.

(And since this entire year-long project will be all recipes I’ve never made before, I can’t promise that everything will turn out the way I want it to. But whether a dish is a winner or an epic fail, I’m going to be completely honest about it.)

Number eight on the list is Judith Jones.

Judith JonesJudith Jones (1924-Present) is the first woman on this list who isn’t a chef, however, in my opinion, she is one of the most important people on this list. I love food, so I’m incredibly grateful for the contribution she’s made to the food industry, but I’m more grateful for the contribution she made to history: she is credited with rescuing the Diary of Anne Frank from the reject pile (back when she worked in Paris for Doubleday) and having the English version published for Americans.

Judith Jones is a senior editor & vice president at Alfred A. Knopf. She joined the company in the 1950’s, and primarily worked on translating French literature. In addition to working with literature, she was interested in developing a list of first-rate cookbook authors. In 1960, she began working with Julia Child on one of the most influential cookbooks in history: Mastering the Art of French Cooking. This was just the beginning of her relationship with Julia Child, and she served as her editor for the rest of Julia’s life (check out some of her memories of her time with Julia).

She may have started with Julia, but a large number of the names on this list have worked with Judith Jones, including Marcella Hazan, Madhur Jaffrey, Marion Cunningham and several more that we’ll be getting to in the coming weeks.

Judith and her late husband Evan collaborated on several cookbooks together (Knead It, Punch It, Bake It!: Make Your Own Bread (a children’s book)The Book of BreadThe Book of New New England Cookery) and after his death she wrote another on her own: The Pleasures of Cooking for OneShe also published a memoir in 2007 (The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food), and based on how interesting I found her writing in The Pleasures of Cooking for One, I’m definitely going to check that one out. She includes stories with her recipes, a lot of which include the famous chefs she’s worked with. Her recipe for Julia’s Potatoes tells an adorable story of how she and Julia, and Julia’s husband Paul, were working late one night and finally stopped for dinner. Julia fixed the meat, and told Judith to whip up a potato dish to go with it. Nervous, of course, to cook for Julia Child, Judith made a a dish of thinly sliced potatoes and garlic, cooked in a small cast iron skillet, and Julia & Paul raved about the dish and rose a glass of wine to it.

2015-01-16 01.02.12Going through her cooking for one book, I was drawn to her recipe for tabbouleh. I’ve actually never had tabbouleh before, but it seemed like a simple and relatively healthy lunch. Once the bulgur wheat was going, I had plenty of time to get everything else chopped and ready.

Tabbouleh
(Recipe originally from The Pleasures of Cooking for One, p. 155-156.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup of bulgur wheat
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1 medium ripe tomato, chopped
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • ½ cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • Salt & pepper to taste

For the Dressing:

  • ¼ cup of lemon juice
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • Large pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. Bring 2/3 cup of water to boil in a large saucepan. Add a large pinch of salt and the bulgur wheat. Remove from the heat, cover and let sit for 30 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, chop the tomato & the herbs, and make the dressing (you can whisk it together, or just put it in a mason jar or blender bottle & shake really well).
  3. When the bulgur is ready,drain it in a fine mesh strainer, pressing it into the strainer to extract all of the water.
  4. Season with salt & pepper, and then add the tomatoes, scallions & herbs.
  5. Toss with the dressing & serve.

2015-01-16 01.06.12 2015-01-16 01.08.52While this turned out to be delicious, I didn’t care for how much of the dressing there was. It was swimming in lemon juice & olive oil, and was incredibly tart. Once I mixed it together and saw how much liquid there was, I poured the whole dish back into my fine mesh strainer and removed the excess liquid. Once I did that it was much, much better. It was still slightly tart and had so much flavor. Other than cocktails, I had never used mint in a recipe before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was delicious in this.
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A Snow Day in Virginia

Unlike our friends up north, we don’t see a lot of snow here in Virginia. We got two good snows last year, and so far we’ve gotten one good snow this year. This one. It started snowing Monday afternoon…
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Two hours later, it was still snowing and there was a decent covering on everything.
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And it continued to snow all night. Graham had to go into work, so I went downstairs to have drinks with some friends. I had been there about ten minutes when the fire alarms started going off. They went off for ages, so we finally gathered up the dogs and headed to the dog park to wait it out. While there wasn’t a fire, a pipe burst on the first floor, flooding their apartment and the lobby area. It was a mess, but I’ve got to hand it to the apartment complex: they had people out here cleaning and replacing carpet at 1:00am. 2015-02-16 21.08.44

The dogs didn’t mind the chaos, since it meant a late night dog party in the dog park.
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The next day I woke up and called into work. We were on a delay, but since I’m not the best driver, and all of the news reports said to stay in unless you absolutely had to, I decided not to go in. Instead, I enjoyed the snow with my little family. I wanted pictures of Buddy in the snow, so I leashed him & Hermione up and took them to the dog park for a little photo session. 2015-02-16 23.19.36 2015-02-17 11.07.282015-02-17 12.55.39

Once Graham woke up, and the roads had dried out a little bit, we headed to Yorktown for the day. We had a wonderful snow day there last year, and were hoping for a similar day this year. Yorktown didn’t disappoint. Tons of people were sledding and enjoying the main battlefield, so we parked at Moore House and enjoyed the other side of the battlefield. We had the whole thing to ourselves. We were out there for three hours and saw a whopping two other people. 2015-02-17 02.33.06

Seeing the beach covered in ice was really cool. 2015-02-17 02.38.25

We let her off of her leash and let her run and play. She didn’t see many deer, but there were tracks all over the place, so the scent was driving her crazy. 2015-02-17 02.58.03 2015-02-17 02.57.27

She kept burying her head in the snow. Is she not the cutest thing ever?2015-02-17 03.05.32

In she summer, she likes to cool off by jumping in this pond. It’s usually pretty gross, but she loves the water, so we let her do it. It was frozen over today, and absolutely beautiful. 2015-02-17 03.09.15

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What I’m Loving Wednesday: Popsugar Must Have Box

2015-02-13 05.03.02This was the first month of my Pop Sugar Must Have Box subscription. A few bloggers that I follow have been blogging about it for a while, and all have always had very positive things to say about it. Christina’s post about her January Must Have box sealed the deal for me, and I instantly signed up for one.

I got this box the day before Valentine’s Day, and I loved almost everything that was in it.
2015-02-13 05.05.59The heart cutting board & cheese knife from the ACME Party Box Company was definitely my favorite thing that I received. I put the cutting board to use instantly. The retail value of this was $42. 2015-02-13 05.04.42I LOVED the Figs & Rouge Pomegranate lip balm. Loved it. It went on super smooth, wasn’t sticky or messy, and it smelled wonderful.
2015-02-13 05.03.59The Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush was my second favorite item in the box. I’ve been using blush from Ulta for a while. And while it’s cheap and does the job okay, it takes a ton of it to give my cheeks any color. It took one swipe of this stuff with my blush brush to give me all the color I needed.
2015-02-13 05.06.55This necklace from Baublebar is totally not my style, but I’m still completely in love with it. The arrow pendant is tiny, and the necklace is very dainty & feminine. I couldn’t find this exact one on their website, but the included product card has a suggested retail value of $32.
2015-02-13 05.13.09My least favorite item in the box was this U.S. Apothecary rosewater bubble bath. The fragrance was incredibly overpowering, and it wasn’t that great to begin with. Real roses smell wonderful. The artificial rose smell is not. Also, it didn’t bubble up well at all. When I used it I poured at least a third of a cup into my running water. I got a few bubbles, and then they immediately deflated. Very disappointing. I definitely wouldn’t pay $30 for a bottle of it.
2015-02-13 05.13.31The Ravishing Rocky Road bar from Chuao Chocolatier was so good. The marshmallows were soft, there were tons of almonds, and seriously, it’s chocolate. What’s not to like? I’ve never tried this brand of chocolate before. The retail value is $6.00, and that’s more than I typically spend on a candy bar. But now I’m incredibly intrigued about their other flavors, and can’t wait to try more.

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I’m not much of a nail polish person, and I’ll probably never wear this because the color isn’t me, but I did like the polish. It went on super smooth and dried quickly.

So, there you have it. My first Pop Sugar Mush Have box. I’m already looking forward to next month’s box! If you’re interested in signing up, I’d love it if you signed up using my link, which would give me a credit towards my next box. This box is one of the pricier subscription boxes I’ve seen, but I think it’s well worth it. It is $39.95, but the value of the stuff in the box was over $140, and other than the bubble bath and the nail polish, I loved everything I received.

 

Valentine’s Day Weekend

I love Valentine’s Day. Even when I was single, I loved it. I love the optimism, the happiness, the chocolates… I just love everything about it. But most importantly, I love who I share the day (and my life) with.

Here’s a peek into our weekend. It was awesome. And really delicious. And a bit lazy…

Graham and I decided not to do gifts this year, so I picked myself up some flowers from Trader Joe’s. They’re on the second shelf. Buddy has been very, very interested in that shelf.
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Saturday, we headed out to Smithfield, and had lunch at the Smithfield Inn. The service was mediocre, but the inn was charming, and the food was delicious. 2015-02-14 11.36.18

Earlier this year, I saw a special on the Travel Channel about the Smithfield Inn. In the segment, they mentioned Mozell Brown and her famous ham rolls. Mozell has worked there for 48 years, and comes in every morning at 4:00am to make the rolls. The recipe is her mothers, and is a secret she’s not sharing. You can order a single roll, 6, or 12. We ordered six to share, and they were so, so good. 2015-02-14 11.48.06

We were actually full from the rolls by the time our sandwiches arrived. I don’t remember what Graham ordered, and I don’t see it on the menu, but it was turkey and pimento cheese, and was delicious. He ordered sweet potato fries that came with a caramel aioli, which he went crazy over. 2015-02-14 11.59.43

I had what is quite possibly the most southern sandwich in the history of the world. It was a fried green tomato BLT, with pimento cheese on it. It was good, but huge. I only managed half of it. 2015-02-14 12.00.10

After lunch, we spent some time walking around the city. It’s full of cute shops, and cute pigs. The pigs may not have been Razorbacks, but it still reminded me a little of Arkansas. 2015-02-14 12.41.072015-02-14 13.03.00

And the last shop we went in as a pet supply store, and we met this guy. HOW CUTE IS HE???
2015-02-14 13.17.24We headed back home after that, and Graham disappeared to the garage to work on a cookbook stand he’s making me, and I tidied up and started on dinner. We had SO much food! I had planned on pasta & a salad, but at the last minute I picked up half a pound of shrimp and did shrimp cocktails, since he always requests that. Everything was so good.
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We had a salad made of spinach tossed in Tessemae’s soy-ginger dressing, with blackberries, a blood orange, a thinly sliced pear, goat cheese & toasted pecans. It was amazing. 2015-02-14 18.30.37-1

For our entrée, I wanted to recreate our favorite dish from Little Rock: So’s scallops with squid ink linguine. It was good, but not as good as what we’ve ordered from there. It needed more sauce, and less onions. So, I’m going to try it again sometime soon. 2015-02-14 18.30.41-1

And for dessert, we had strawberry shortcakes. I bought the shells from Harris Teeter, and filled them with homemade strawberry sauce, fresh strawberries and homemade whipped cream.2015-02-14 18.58.52-1

We curled up on the couch and watched Frozen after dinner, and it was a wonderful evening.

Sunday started out a tiny bit productive… I finally settled on a color palate for the dresser we’re refinishing, and we got the first coat of paint on. It’s going to be so pretty when it’s finished.
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After that, we had the laziest day imaginable. So lazy, in fact, that we finished all but four episodes of season 10 of Friends. We didn’t even leave the couch for dinner. I didn’t feel like eating leftover soup, so we ordered a pizza & wings from Donato’s, 2015-02-15 17.55.37-1

Hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day Weekend!

 

 

 

I’m now obsessed with Minted

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received a promotional item for writing this, but all opinions are completely my own. 

Since redo-ing the guest bathroom (aka Graham’s bathroom) a few months ago, I’ve been on the hunt for cheerful art to go in the bathroom. And up until now, I’ve had no luck finding anything I like. The bathroom is yellow and gray, with quatrefoils out the wazoo. After searching for yellow and gray art on Pinterest (which resulted in nothing but birds and chevrons), I decided I needed more color in the room. I wanted art that of course had some yellow in it, but I also wanted bold pinks, blues and greens.

Part of the problem I always have when buying art is that I prefer clusters of similar things, instead of one big statement piece. Everything I’ve seen at Target & Homegoods/TJ Maxx has been a little cheesy, and honestly, searching for art on Etsy can be more than a little overwhelming.

Enter Minted. Honestly, I’ve always thought of Minted as just stationary. I was really excited to learn about their art marketplace. Once I started browsing, I couldn’t stop. I filled up my Pinterest boards with prints that I wanted (probably annoying my twitter followers in the process – I had forgotten my pins were set to share on twitter… oops). They have over 2,000 prints you can order, and searching for exactly what you’re looking for is so, so easy. You can search by size, color, type (drawing, mixed media, etc.), subject matter, etc.

I started by searching by color: pink. And within minutes I found several prints that I absolutely loved. I’m not sure if I would hang them all together, especially since #2 is a different size. But all three are so bright and fun, and would definitely cheer up the bathroom.

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After finding the colorful ones I was looking for, I continued to browse. These three really wouldn’t fit in our apartment anywhere, but they’re so pretty and soothing. In a bigger house, I’d love to have large prints of these three and hang them side by side in crisp white frames on a boldly painted wall.

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So, I kept browsing and I came across this colorful print of tangerines, and I thought that it would look awesome in a bright and airy kitchen. I used the search filter and browsed for food. Tons of options came up, and I quickly pinned these other two. I think the pineapple is my favorite.
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And while I was browsing for pink prints, I stumbled upon these ABC prints. How adorable would these look in a little girls room? We don’t have kids, but I definitely pinned these as future gifts for pregnant friends.
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I could have looked at art all day, but eventually other things caught my interest, like this photo backdrop. These backdrops are pricey, but how cool would this be at a wedding or engagement party?f3e38b784fabc3e860740ccb81fa5eb7

And while I’m not usually one for bunting, I loved this one. And the best part: it may look like glitter, but there is no glitter actually on it. Thank God. I’m a glitter magnet. I just have to look at it, and I’m covered in the stuff.

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So, there you have it. After spending a few hours browsing, I now want to spend all of my money on prints, and I have an overwhelming urge to throw a party. Graham is deploying this spring… Maybe I should start planning a going away party…