by Meli C

Posts from — March 2012

Musical Mondays

We are big Iron and Wine fans around here. The band’s 2004 album Our Endless Numbered Days played repeatedly on our turntable this weekend. These are 3 of my favorite songs. Wishing everyone a great week.

1. Iron and Wine | Naked as we came

2. Iron and Wine | Sodom, South Georgia

3. Iron and Wine | Love and Some Verses

March 19, 2012   No Comments

Irish Soda Bread

{Soda bread, corned beef & Dubliner cheese}

Last night we had an early St. Patrick’s day dinner at home.  We’ve never been big on St. Patty’s, but ever since I had Emily’s focaccia earlier this week I was intent on attempting to make some fresh bread myself.

In anticipation of tomorrow’s celebrations, I decided to make Irish Soda Bread.  This was my first official attempt at bread, that’s of course unless you consider banana bread a bread.

I went through several recipes before I settled on this one.  I think what sold me on it was what I read over at A Feast for the Eyes about Mrs. O’Callaghan. Plus, the recipe is really simple and uses only six ingredients, five of which I had at home. I only had to buy fresh buttermilk.

{I used 1.5% milkfat all-natural buttermilk}

I added all dry ingredients to the bowl of my KitchenAid mixer and set it to speed 3, using the dough hook. I added the buttermilk and let the mixture stir until combined. I flipped the dough onto a floured surface and followed the rest of the instructions as per the recipe.

The bread turned out so good that we had to force ourselves to stop eating it last night, but had some again for breakfast this morning. I’m saving what’s left to make corned beef sandwiches for St. Patty’s tomorrow.

Wishing everyone a good weekend!

March 16, 2012   1 Comment

Dinner Chez Emily

I began reading Emily’s blog when it was sent to me by a friend in common – thank you, Chiara!

Emily’s writing is fantastic and her reviews of local Miami restaurants are always on point.

After being virtual pen pals for a little while, I was invited over for dinner at her house and I immediately knew I was in for a special treat.

A delicious Homemade Focaccia was laid out, waiting for us upon arrival.

Emily prepared a 3-course dinner while we engaged in interesting conversations and sipped on my favorite red wine.

After having devoured the entire tray of focaccia between six of us, we proceeded to sit at the dinner table to enjoy a carrot soup that was the perfect combination of sweet, savory and spice.

A perfectly al dente fettuccine was the main course, served with a mushroom and asparagus no-cream sauce and freshly grated parmesan cheese. As if this wasn’t enough, Emily prepared an arugula side-salad that paired really well with the dish.

Though not documented, a dark chocolate fondue with bananas and strawberries followed for dessert. Although at that point I was only physically able to try a small piece, it was the perfect sweet ending to an incredible, restaurant-worthy meal.

P.S. Click here for Emily’s cooking tips and personal account of the night.

Photo disclaimer: I was hoping to share better quality photos but I was limited to my iPhone + dim lighting for picture-taking. My camera decided to die over this past weekend, and I’m welcoming any camera suggestions at this time! Thanks.


March 15, 2012   3 Comments


This past President’s Day weekend, we traded the warm Florida weather for some Colorado snow. After much research to decide on our ski destination, a group of 7 of us packed our bags and headed to Breckenridge for the long weekend.

We rented a condo within walking distance to both the base (lift) station and the town center. The apartment was perfect for our group; spacious,  fully equipped, comfortable, and cozy.  I highly recommend you check it out if you are ever planning a group trip to Breck.

We skied 3 out of the 4 days. The weather cooperated only on the first two, but in any case the skiing was nice and smooth.

On our day off the slopes we decided to go snowmobiling.  A complimentary shuttle picked us up at 9:00 am.

After a quick orientation and a few practice laps, we were off on our 2-hour tour of the Colorado Rockies. It was so much fun, though a bit scary at first, but nevertheless a total hit!

I will say, those snowmobiles do tip over easy! I almost managed to tip us over one time. However, it was Fran who was driving when we went straight into a pile of powder and got stuck!

One of the highlights of the excursion was standing right on the Continental Divide of the Americas!

Breckenridge is a charming little winter wonderland, with its horse carriages, bakeries and snowy streets.

On our last night, we unexpectedly stumbled into The Gold Pan Saloon to discover their famous happy hour special, 25 cent beers! It also happens to be the oldest bar in town, dating back to 1879.


March 14, 2012   3 Comments

Musical Mondays

Last Friday night we hopped on a 2-hr flight to the Dominican Republic to spend a very nice and relaxing weekend with friends (post to follow).  In the meantime, here are a few old school songs that are helping me ease back into reality.

1. George Harrison | Here Comes the Sun

2. George Harrison | Something

3. George Harrison | This is Love

4. George Harrison | Beware of darkness

March 12, 2012   1 Comment

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