A COLLEGE CARE PACKAGE FOR CHLOE

September 29, 2012

I sent my little sister chloe a care package last week, and it arrived today! don't you just love getting these? they make you feel super special. (news flash - you are.) it contained the following : 
  • emergenC (for flu season)
  • a lint roller (because you never realize you need one until you're in public covered in cat hair)
  • ibuprofen (for early mornings)
  • a san francisco shot glass (for friday nights)
  • ramen (because! college must!)
  • listerine breath strips (for running late)
  • tea (for feeling cozy)
  • ear plugs (for studying / roommates who snore)
  • adhesive hooks (for hanging stuff in her dorm)
  • a sewing kit (again, another thing you don't think you need until you do)
  • nail polish (because she and I are both having a mint obsession)
  • the dry ingredients for our mom's pumpkin chocolate chip muffins (which I made last week). 
next up is one for my friend lauren, who lives in NYC. she's sending me leaves from central park, soooo I'll have to top that somehow...

A FALL TO-DO LIST '12

September 26, 2012


- have a pumpkin carving party
- step on every crunchy leaf you see
- listen to cozy fall mix
- send cozy fall mix to far away friends
- go on a hayride
- watch when harry met sally, you've got mail, felicity, and annie hall. 
- make apple pie
- make pumpkin chocolate chip muffins (need to do at least 3 more times)
- drink apple cider
- wear hats and mittens
- rediscover old favorite books
- try out bordeaux lipstick
- enjoy the foliage in golden gate park
- make things like this and this on indoor days
- have a bonfire with friends
- make yummy stews
- splurge on one of those expensive amazing candles that smell like fall (and it's UHmazing)
- incorporate turkey and cranberry into every meal possible
- get a "going home for thanksgiving" from ike's
- go to a little mermaid sing-along at the castro theatre
- wear really thick socks
- snuggle

as you can see, I'm working my way through... and I don't think I will ever cross off snuggling, because let's face it: there can never be too much snuggling. 

what's on your fall must list? anything I must experience? do share, dahling.

p.s. my girl Trina made one too! go swoon over it.

THE FIRST WEEKEND OF FALL

September 24, 2012


happy autumn
neither words nor pictures can describe what a happy camper I was this weekend. 
finally, wearing sweaters and scarves and boots feels right 
(even if I've been doing that all summer). 
I could talk endlessly about my fall to-do list...
now, that's another blog post. :)

I made pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, 
we celebrated spencer's birthday, 
we saw animal collective and danced / got our weird on,
they're one of brendan's faves and seeing him giddy like a school girl made my night.
lydia posed in a neon pink sunset, 
and we (gasp) worked out. 
we spent sunday perusing bookstores, gawking at huge
seriously, huge! white fluffy dogs
enjoyed a little gelato (biscotti for me, single malt for him)
and saw the master at the grand lake theatre
the return of joaquin phoenix in all of his intense glory.

keep it coming, fall. I like what I see. 
hope you had a glorious weekend...

MATZO BALL SOUP

September 20, 2012


last night I made matzo ball soup. (you're like, "psh - is this a food blog now?") it was cold and windy and total soup weather. you'll need..
  • one box of matzo (found not at trader joe's but in the ethnic food aisle at safeway, and yes I realize it's ridiculous that they have an ethnic food aisle)
  • vegetable oil
  • eggs
  • two cartons of chicken broth
  • 3 medium sized carrots
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tbsp. of butter
  • olive oil ( as ina says, "good olive oil. if you don't have your own orchard, store-bought is fine."
  • however much chicken you want. go chicken crazy, or reign it in. that's your choice.
  • a chambray shirt with the collar popped
  • your husband waiting in the wings to taste your food. a boyfriend, roommate, or cat meowing at your feet will do. 


first thing's first. following the directions on the back of the matzo box. it's pretty straightforward. boiling water, mixing the eggs and vegetable oil into the matzo meal, letting it sit 15 minutes and forming them into tiny balls before dropping them into rolling boiling water to cook covered for 30 minutes. and now for the stuff that gets your kitchen smelling divine. 



as so many yummy soups and sauces start, chop up all the celery, garlic, carrots, and onion. melt the butter with a swig of olive oil into a pan, and add all the chopped goods. be sure to mix everything in so the butter / oil mixture evenly coats the veggies. add a little salt and pepper and cook on medium heat  until the onions are translucent (usually around 20-25 minutes). set aside. 


we usually go the easy route and buy already cooked rotisserie chicken. brendan loves to volunteer to be in charge of picking it apart (and so he can sneak bites because he is sneaky!). once the matzo balls are done, it's just a matter of combining everything (the chicken, the veggies, the matzo balls, all the chicken broth) and let it simmer. did I mention you can add noodles? sometimes I'll add a little egg noodles towards the end. 

now just sit there and smell the yummy goodness wafting from your stove. and be like, "yeah, I made that. just another tuesday night for me." if I'm feeling mature, I'll let it simmer for 25-30 minutes. but that's a big if. ;)

SWOONING OVER : FALL EDITION

September 18, 2012

1 this coat is as timeless and gorgeous as it is expensive, sigh. 
(also very ali mcgraw in love story.)
2 loving the jewel tones in this brocade pencil skirt
3 madewell keeps making their skimmers more adorable
4 can't go wrong with these classic stripes and cashmere
5 I actually own these already, and I'm giddy to bust them out again :)
6 darn you, j.crew. fierce green and polka dots? I want it all. 
7 again! j.crew! it's a sickness, really. 
8 as usual, a little kate spade. just because. 

THAT WEEKEND WE ATE A LOT

September 17, 2012


I discovered the most dangerous thing : a chocolate chip cookie recipe for one.
we moseyed around hayes valley on saturday night
enjoyed ridiculous rum creations at smuggler's cove
(strong and yummy and dangerous) am I sensing a theme here?
after all that rum we needed some food, and suppenk├╝che hit the spot.
dumpling stuffedd chicken, potato pancakes and gravy. 
say it with me : UHmazing.
lydia hung out, as usual we were the youngest patrons of our brunch spot,
and I'm about to enjoy my grandma's meatloaf and the return of boardwalk empire!

hope your weekend was swell. happy monday!

does anyone else love lucy / paz de la huerta?
she's my favorite hot mess...

MAKING MY FRIDAY MORNING

September 14, 2012


1 I found a seat on the muni and the bart. like a boss. 
3 these daily affirmations are being printed out and put on my desk. they might change your life / make you giggle.
4 my pandora channel is killing it.
5 this tumblr exists.

happy weekend! woo. 

this photo is me, age 6, at a dress up birthday party. looking smug with my pinky up. that's the sassiest my pinky has ever been.

FROM MY PHONE WITH ❤

September 12, 2012



1 one of the best things to see when you open a box
2 what was inside that box! waitlist was totally worth it, babe.
monday means jewel tones & animal prints, $7 from target, whhaaaat
4 it's back! and it's glorious. my lover, my friend, my pumpkin spice latte.

fancy a follow? I'm @mollykpinto on instagram.

DEAR NEW YORK

September 11, 2012


eleven years ago, I was 12 years old. I woke up to something very scary on the news. I could tell it was horrible, but I couldn't tell you what it meant, or what it would mean to all of us eleven years later. businesses were closed, classes were cancelled. I walked home alone for the first time that day. 

new york, I think of you as this big beating heart. and the few times I've visited, you've felt like home to me in way that I didn't know was possible. I don't know what it feels like to lose someone close to me. I don't know what you experienced that day. what I do know, is that when I went back six years later, you still felt like home. you still made me feel like I was buzzing from head to toe with electricity, like anything was possible. I don't know how you did it, but you survived and rebuilt and marched on.

and for that, new york - I  love you.

OVER THE WEEKEND...

September 10, 2012

there was perfect september weather and clear blue skies, 
ike's sandwiches and live music in dolores park (complete with a tuba)
really long lines at bi-rite creamery (but super nice people working those lines)
the cute puppies were out in mass!
stayed in like an old lady on saturday night
caught a matinee of lawless which was gritty / funny 
glorious long sunday naps
watched jiro dreams of sushi, and thus craved sushi. 

also....psssst!
the first few leaves are beginning to fall. 

hope you had a great weekend! what did you do?

HIS & HERS

September 7, 2012

one of the first things brendan & I did upon moving in together 
was score matching nightstands off craigslist.
 how mature of us, right? I guess that makes us grown ups or something. 
I took these to capture the rare moment in time when they're not overflowing with stuff.




on a normal day, mine is covered in jewelry, bobby pins, cups of tea, journals, my camera, chick-lit books that brendan mocks me for reading, pictures of my parents.


his has his coin jar, remote controls, headphones, comic books, 
my favorite picture of us,  novels upon novels upon novels.

HERE LIES MY LITTLE HUNTRESS

September 5, 2012

I think it’s safe to say that lydia has made herself at home. every afternoon, she meows at our window, daintily trots in (it's a smug trot, too.) and plops her merry self down on the bed. then she’s out. like, I can yell and move my feet and she’s is just out. just comfy, sleeping on her back with her little paws up in the air, fluffy pink belly exposed. if that’s not a sign of trust, I don’t know what is. 

p.s. my watch finally came! now to just get it sized...
p.p.s. lydia's dead mouse count is up to four. and I still freak out when I see it happen. you'd think I would be proud / over it / not a total pansy. go forth, lydia in protecting our backyard from the evil that is the city mouse. 

DINNER + A MOVIE IN THE CASTRO

September 3, 2012



sunday night we met up with our good friends conner & claire 
(lil' bob's parents) for  - what else? - dinner and a movie. 
one of my favorite things. 
we went to starbelly for some chorizo fried egg pizza and jalapeno bacon spaghetti, 
and then caught a showing of vertigo at the castro theatre
I had never been, but brendan had done some volunteering
 at the silent film festival there a while back. 
being former film majors / junkies, we're suckers for old movie theaters.
 there's something about being in the building 
and seeing the organ player rise from the stage 
that reminds you of the magic of going to the movies. 
and we ended the night the only way we could...
with chocolate rum balls from the famous hot cookie.

off to bake some banana bread. enjoy your labor day holiday! 

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