Author Archives: Diane

Autumn Haircuts

The Dog Family
Hotel Venus Salon

This weekend we visited Aja, our hair magician comedienne extraordinaire, at Hotel Venus Salon after devouring cinnamon rolls and croissants from Wealthy Street Bakery. (Seriously, you must try a ham and asiago cheese croissant for a fast and savory morning indulgence). This darling Aveda salon is surprisingly calm on a late Saturday morning, and it’s close to some of my favorite local shops like Hunt & Gather and Black Lamb. We often sit outside for a late lunch or grab ice cream at Furniture City Creamery. What I love most about spending our morning here is the company and the charm of appointments written into an agenda rather than typed into a computer.

Aja took one look at my scraggly top-knot and we decided on a glaze to refresh my sombre color. I am so pleased with the warm, rosé color for autumn! The balayage mid-length to ends ensures my neglect won’t result in grown out roots. Heads up, fellas: this girl also does a mean GQ haircut!

fall sombre

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Orange Almond Blueberry Muffins

Orange Almond Blueberry Muffins

For fresh summer produce, heading to the Fulton St. Farmers Market before work has been a real treat. I was surprised that I had any blueberries left for muffins after snacking by the handful. I had just enough to throw into these amazing Orange Almond Blueberry Muffins a few Sundays past.

This is another winning recipe from one of my favorite dessert cookbooks, Baked: New Frontiers in Baking by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito. I have yet to encounter a recipe in this book that is less than stellar. (This spring I shared the Lemon Cake recipe).

The orange zest and homemade orange juice make these little guys so refreshing and the aroma mixed with the scent of toasting almonds didn’t hurt! You can absolutely store these muffins in an airtight container for a few days, but like any homemade muffin, they are best served hot with butter.

I had intentions to make more of a complete brunch spread, but we couldn’t help making a meal out of these. Neil taste tested an entire pan and I went back for a few myself before they could cool.

Orange Almond Blueberry Muffins
Fresh out of the oven!

Orange Almond Blueberry Muffins
I love that these muffins turn out on the smaller side, full of flavor. There was just enough blueberry in every bite.

Orange Almond Blueberry Muffins
These muffins don’t last long!

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Puppy Party

Doug the Pug
Too Talls

Puppy fever has been going around for awhile now and, lucky for us, our friends Spencer and Chelsea caught the bug. This winter they brought home Fitzgerald and then Olivia – two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels that have become fast friends with our Doug and Huey. On this day the pups enjoyed the new backyard for a full on puppy party.

There are some dog parks nearby, but I’ve mostly heard sour reviews. Fingers crossed for something clean and pup friendly on the West Side!

Sweet little Olive.
Little puff ball Fitz.
Secrets don’t make friends, Doug.
Cinnamon Roll
I’ll have a cinnamon roll tail, please.