Jam, Jellies, Preserves, oh my!

Goes. On. Anything. It's a fabulous sweet that's acceptable morning or night and is just the perfect fix to end a meal.  

Jelly: made from fruit juice
Jam: made from pureed fruit
Preserves: made from whole fruit.

Favorite Jellies
Bexley Jam Sweet Thing Gourmet has combinations that spice up a morning or a simple peanut butter & jelly.  
Raspberry JalapeƱo Jam Sweet and spicy! Enjoy this as a dip over cream cheese. 
Chai Apricot Jam An exotic blend of apricots, chai, and spices. 
Lavender Peach Jam A most unusual yet compelling taste. 
Try over vanilla ice cream, or glaze a fresh peach tart with 
1/2 cup simmered with a touch of white wine.

Far away jams Christine Ferber, you can import jellies from the famous chef Christine all the way from Alsace, France. 
Gooseberry Jelly will make you pucker.  Fruits, sugar, apple pectin, lemon juice.

Label Jam Spoon, pick up at your local gourmet store or order online. They have the WORLD'S best blueberry jam (or at least to me).
Blueberry Spoon’s Blueberry jam is never cloyingly sweet or pasty like some over-cooked commercial jams. The individual blueberries maintain their texture and delicate flavors--sun-drenched and totally...well... blueberry. 

Make your own jam & labels with fruits, sugars, fabrics, yarn, and mason jars!  Eat Drink Chic offers adorable labels that you can download for your own use.  Follow the steps to make your own jam from Pick Your Own.

Enter your own jelly or jams at next years Columbus North Market Farmers Festival here.  



I loved my room growing up- my classic go to's of blue and white. No complaints. It was luxe. But now I'm annoyed seeing this bedroom by Serena & Lily- what a perfect High School room... snooze you lose.


Wedding Season

Just returned from a wedding in Dallas of a couple that is so in love. Thought I would post some of my favorite wedding images. 


Office Space

Like everything needs a place, everyone needs a space.  To call their own.  My personal office is my favorite space to be in when I'm not in the kitchen. Here are some desks I wouldn't mind calling my own. 

 And they continue... 

 Not your average cork board.

 A hot pink seat cover makes an office really pop.

Images top down: damask & design, elle decor, molly dreams, unknown, pottery barn, elle decor, made by girl, unknown, honey we're home, habitually chic, unknowns, inslee haynes

Cinco de Mayo

In honor of Cindo de Mayo-- I'd like to express my love for Mi Mexico.  Located far, far East on Main Street is a little Mexican heaven with the best queso around.  My friends and I often visit on Thursdays for their mighty ritas at half price & addicting chips and salsa.  With  an extensive menu, it's best to just order what you want and they'll tell you the combo number. They have great lunch combos & their website offers coupons that can be used until 30 days passed the print out date.  

Mi Mexico
Mi Mexico
If you're looking for a place downtown La Fogata is perfect. Located on North High & Hull, next to Haiku, is a great place for dinner and drinks before a night out.  Also a great place on Mondays for their $2 margaritas all night and half price dinner before six.  I love the chicken nachos with green peppers and melted cheese served with lettuce and sour cream.  If you are looking for a big meal order the fajitas or a chimichanga, it will surely satisfy you! The only thing lacking is the service. The patio atmosphere is superb. I'm sure it will be packed tonight for the holiday.  

La Fogata Patio via Marissa Mowry
Another rival is El Vaquero with many locations throughout Columbus.  There are certain places you visit to order the same meal every time, and that is me with the Pollo Adobe.  Grilled chicken served with onions, chile poblano, & cheese with rice and beans and tortillas. yum. Their website also offers coupons- don't forget to check them out!

El Vaquero


Hump Day

keep your eyes on the prize


Don't underestimate the power of grapefruit. Studies show that eating half of a grapefruit a day encourages weight loss, reduces risk of heart disease, and aids in repair of cell damage. 

via paperfashion
I like to replace my orange juice- that is usually processed, with half of a grapefruit in the morning.  Or eat it as a dessert with a drizzle of local honey then broiled or grilled.  Garnish with mint for the perfect flavor. They're available throughout the year for a reason!


Pink Mink

Images from top to bottom: my paradissi, elle decor, shopbop, & repeat

Smiling chores

 Dishes, laundry, and messy kitchens are all chores. But when you do them with a smile they become pleasant. Smile today =)

Etsy Aoi's Art



I can't decide my opinion on this. except for Wisconsin. that's pretty spot on.
Image via Pinterest

Tweed Ride

If you're looking for something to do this weekend, come ride.  Tweed Ride originally began in London and has picked up popularity in Columbus-sponsored by PG (Paradise Garage). The ride is April 30th, 2011. Begins at 4:00 pm at Goodale Park.  Be prepared for a leisurely 5 mile ride around Columbus ending at Planks Pizza in German Village.

                                             London's Tweed Ride
London's Tweed Run

quoc pham shoes

Bobbin Bicycles has stylish gear along with quoc pham.  The adorable flasks, caps, and socks all make for a festive ride. 

TOSRV co-founder Greg Siple addresses the 200 cyclists who assembled on the Ohio Statehouse steps in 1967 for the start of the 6th annual tour. Credit: Warren Walker.
See official Tweed Ride of London here and the beautiful flyers and tweed blog ridingpretty.
The Facebook Link has more information on the upcoming ride.  I guess I'll start searching for my tweed outfit now....