Monday, September 24, 2007

The Pillow Covers Saga Continues and Then We Eat Some Cookies

So, life is pretty funny. After spending over 3 months looking for the perfect pillows for our new sofa, I ended up trying to just make something similar to what we were looking for. They were pretty good, not perfect, but we were happy with them.

Well, yesterday we stopped by, on a whim, Restoration Hardware just to see their new fall stuff. We parked directly in front of the open store doors and both of our jaws dropped. The pillows on the sofa just inside the door were EXACTLY what we had been looking for all of these months. I was actually kind of mad that I had spent so many hours looking online for pillow covers and then so much time and some money making pillow covers only to then, less than a week later, find exactly what we'd been looking for this whole time. *Sigh*

So we bought the covers and they're amazing. The weirdest thing about all of this though, is that those four covers were the ONLY ones in the store -- we bought the displays. We looked in their catalogue and online and they're nowhere to be found. Spooky, right? It's like we were in some sort of alternate dimension and were supposed to find these. Eek!

Anyone need 4 brown and white pillow covers? Cheap as free!

Hopefully you won't hear any more about pillow covers from me ever again.


Okay, changing subjects now. As soon as September hits, I want to make and eat anything and everything pumpkin flavored: Raviolis with Pumpkin Sauce, Pumpkin Bread, Pumpkin Scones, Pumpkin Lattes, Pumpkin Pie, etc. So, on Saturday I had to make these cookies. They're pretty much the best cookies ever -- really they're more like little cakes. I found this recipe in Martha Stewart Living in the October 2004 issue and had it sitting in a binder full of recipes to try until last year when I finally made them. And my goodness. They are dangerous little devils. I was going to link to the recipe for ya'll but I can't find it. It's on the Martha Stewart website somewhere but I am too lazy to go through the 1600 results it came up with. They are well worth searching for though. (EDIT: Morgan found the link! Go here for a recipe for heaven!)

Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Butter Icing


And one more thing before I'm off to bed, this darling butter dish that Ruth gave me for my birthday. It's from Anthropologie (of course) and I've gently caressed it and wanted to buy it for probably the past year, every time I go there. But, I already had a butter dish so I passed. Girlfriends are the best for buying you things you don't actually need and wouldn't buy yourself. This dish makes me smile every time I make toast. :)

I probably use more butter now than I used to.


15 comments:

Ruth said...

Okay!

First, when I think of those pumpkin cookies I am overcome with a feeling of longing that is not at all appropriate for a person to have toward a dessert.

Second, for one who is so modest about her writing abilities, your blog is one of the wittiest, cutest, most fun to read things in my online world and I always get so excited when you post something new.

Third, that pillow saga would have irritated me to no end!! And where DID those pillows come from? Something seems very fishy about that whole incident. But, they do look perfect on your couch (although I did like the other ones too!)

Fourth, thank you for reminding me about that ravioli and pumpkin sauce recipe! Oh yummy.

And last, there is something quite whimsical about that little butter dish. It is quite smile provoking.

Morgan Jane said...

Those cookies look amazing. I may attempt the 1600 receipes to find it...I just may...

Morgan Jane said...

I think I may have found it...
http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/site/mslo/menuitem.fc77a0dbc44dd1611e3bf410b5900aa0/?vgnextoid=c855dbabbab0f010VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&autonomy_kw=Pumpkin%20Cookies%20with%20Brown%20Butter%20Icing&rsc=ns2006_m1

Jeez, long enough site? Anyway, let me know if that's it. Even if it's not, these other cookies look pretty amazing!

Trevy said...

I know christi would love those pillow covers (both kinds actually) and you keep going off about autumn but you dont really know....today was crisp...no joke that is the only word to describe it...trees are starting to turn and fall, the ground was wet...the light is that wonderful glow that only comes about for the next 2 months and your speaking of autumn. Its like someone talking about the how great a little debbie snack cake is while the rest of us at home are enjoying moms apple pie....cara, you really don't know autumn right now.

T

cara lou said...
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cara lou said...

Morgan -- you found it! Amazing! You must try them!

cara lou said...

Thanks for that Trev. What I long for is what you're describing. And yes, you're exactly right -- I'm eating the Little Debbie Snack of Autumn. But I've got to take what I can get around here.

Save a piece of Autumn pie for me...I'll be there in 2 months...

If you guys want these pillow covers seriously, I'll send them off to you. You just need 20"x20" inserts.

Christen said...

i sent you a package of goodies today!

and i want that butter dish!

cara lou said...

Ruth: Thanks for saying I have some sort of writing ability. I certainly don't feel like I do, but that makes me feel good. :)

And hello, we need to have a pumpkin party!! What are you guys doing on Oct 1? I think that's next Monday. You guys must come over for some festivities!

Christen: I can't wait! I love getting mail! And mail from you is sure to be fabulous!!

Trevy said...

Send them! Christi will love it. Maybe I'll send you some autumn....

T

Lisa said...

I have to second Ruth's comment and I know a thing or two about writing...

kelly southwell said...

Great entry Cara! I can't believe the pillow story! nuts!

I love, love , love that butter dish! I don't know what else to say :)

Bring on the pumpkin goodness...I can't wait to make those delicious little frosted cookies! you shared some with us last year. My mouth is watering just thinking of them!

Ruth said...

Oh yay, pumpkin party!! Bring on the pumpkin-y goodness! Let me know what sort of pumpkinish something I can bring.

Pumpkin. Ha ha. I love that word and it is making me laugh right now.

Marie - Mother of The Bird Nest said...

The cookies are delicious Cara. I even linked your site to my post so my friends could get the recipe. Did you add anything to the frosting? Does it have to sit a while before it all meshes together? It just seems like right after I made it all I can taste are powdered sugar and butter. Any tips? Thanks!

cara lou said...

Hi Marie! Glad you like the recipe -- but believe me, I know how dangerous those cookies are! I think I ate about 2 dozen all by myself!

As for your icing question, I did not add anything to them. Maybe you need to brown the butter a bit longer? That's the only thing I can think of that would make a difference. To me, the icing doesn't distinctly taste like any of the ingredients.

P.S. When are you due? I was due...yesterday. Still waiting around for this guy to show up. :)