Saturday, December 14, 2013

Vintage silk kimono clutches

Here they are... Two beautiful vintage kimono silk and leather clutches...
I bought the silk from a store in Toronto. The lining is pure linen. The leather is buttery soft... I just love those clutches.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Monday, November 25, 2013

Colorful Peshtemals

Peshtemals, or hamman towels come in various designs and colors, according to the region where they were hand loomed.
I think my favorite colors right now are apricot, turquoise, and yellow.
The sky has been gray, heavy with clouds for the last couple of days, and the ground is covered with snow so I have been turning to my textiles for a dash of color while I wait for Spring...ha ha only three  months and three weeks away...

For more on the peshtemals click here

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Best Homemade Cranberry Sauce

I have been making this sauce for as long as I can remember. 
It is- in my opinion- the best homemade cranberry sauce you can make. In addition, it is super-easy.
I adapted it from a "Silver Palate Cookbook" recipe. This cranberry compote has it all: it is tart and sweet, chewy and crunchy, utterly delicious.....
You will need:
- 1 lb cranberries, rinsed
- 1/2 cup small raisins
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 organic orange, chopped
- 1 cup chopped walnuts

Place all ingredients except walnuts in medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn heat to low and simmer uncovered for 15 mn. Remove from heat and stir in walnuts. Transfer to your best cut glass compote dish and refrigerate.

This compote is delicious with turkey and roast pork. At my house, we love to include it in a post-Thanksgiving turkey sandwich, along with stuffing and gravy. It is heavenly on a slice of toasted homemade sourdough bread.

The final result, beautiful as well as delicious.

(This post appeared two years ago in my other blog: "Once Upon a Bag".)

Friday, November 22, 2013

Blanc et Bleu Shop

The Shop is finally up and running... Yay!
Check out our fabulous peshtemals in organic cotton, bamboo and cotton, and 100% cotton.
They come in great colors that will add a punch to your bathroom. Oh, and let's not forget how fun they will look on the beach...
Check out the shop and tell me what you think.
Enjoy your weekend-