Film Fashion : Dianne Wiest

few ladies in showbiz have the ability to deliver cool class as well as Dianne Wiest.  whether sporting oversize frames as a devoted wife and mother in Edward Scissorhands, or looking stunningly chic bohemian while portraying a struggling actress in Hannah and her Sisters, it's hard to be disappointed.  as one of my favorite performers, i am looking forward to the latest release of her newest film 'Rabbit Hole', out this month.

child's heirloom serving set

with christmas just around the corner i have been somewhat cramming gift ideas for my two year old son.  while there are many winter necessities that are making the list (pj's, cute slippers, anything snow-related) along with some new toys and art supplies, i can't help but consider that it is also a good time to add a few possible heirloom gifts under the tree.  i ran across this adorable serving set while checking out this year's ornament collection on anthropologie's website, and it somewhat channels a set that i have from my own childhood. i love the barnyard animal and abc theme (mine is humpty dumpty; i'll post a photo...) especially since right now the "abc" song is among his favorite selections!


tuna melt

last spring my husband hinted at needing more sustenance in his diet; i.e.~ more meat. apparently the meals i was preparing weren't providing enough...  it's true, i was serving 3-4 vegetarian meals a week.  i cook everything from scratch seven days a week and eating vegetarian half the week made great sense to me, for the health of our bodies and our pocketbook. unfortunately it didn't agree with my husband's genetic makeup; he was literally wasting away (clients even commented on how thin he seemed to be getting~on an already naturally lean frame).  my poor guy.  well feeling quite bad i immediately headed to the bookstore to pick up this cookbook, which i had already been eyeing for quite some time.  (follow the blog here.)  it is full of brilliant tips on feeding men and boys and how to keep them full, and since i have a man and my baby is becoming a boy, i couldn't ask for more.  improvement on our evening meals is keeping my husband satiated, and Lars and i are wholly enjoying all the delicious lunch recipes during our favorite time of day (we're big lunch fans).  always looking for a way to jazz up a big staple ~ tuna ~ this recipe takes the cake.

tuna salad sandwich melt

2 - 6oz cans water packed white tuna
1/4 c. chopped or grated onion (we like white)
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 tb. fresh lemon juice
course salt and fresh ground pepper
1/4 c. mayonnaise, to taste
1-3 dashes of tabasco sauce

toast slices of bread.  top the toast with tuna salad 
and one slice of cheddar, or preferred cheese.  broil in a toaster oven
or broiler for 3 minutes, or until cheese is melted.  enjoy with 
sliced tart granny smith apples on the side.