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A Quick Salsa Verde Recipe Using Local Hatch Chiles

8.15.2018



Earlier this week I was invited to visit the New Albertson's again to check out their Hatch Chile special, which I was glad to do because I love chiles! In the spring I planted some peppers and they are just now producing fruit which I can't wait to use in more salsa soon.
Right now at the Albertson's on Broadway however they are celebrating these amazing peppers and roasting them right on the spot. In honor of this I wanted to make a simple salsa verde to share with you that can be added to not only tacos but also over eggs, potatoes or used to garnish roasted chicken with.

You will need:
roasted Hatch Chiles (Albertson's has both medium and hot varieties to choose from)
tomatillos
garlic
cilantro
lime wedges
jalapeno
red onion
salt


Begin by blistering the tomatillos on a grill pan along with garlic. Blend all ingredients together, I used approximately 8 tomatillos with 3 cloves of garlic, a thick slice of diced red onion, a handful of fresh cilantro, the juice of two limes, one large jalapeño and sea salt to taste. Total cook and prep time is approximately 30 minutes. Use immediately or let cool and store it overnight in the refrigerator to let the flavors infuse!








This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons on Broadway. The opinions and text are all mine.


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A Wide Open Kitchen in Pistachio Green

8.13.2018



In collaboration with Swedish fashion label Stylein, Nordiska Kök has created this open plan kitchen for the fashion label's founder. Using the quintessential Scandinavian clean lines the space is composed in light ash, milestone countertops, pale green, and minimalist shapes.

"The Nordic minimalism, the clean lines and soft colors are the core of everything we do here at Stylein. Our collections should live for a long time, be timeless and leave the lightest possible footprint on world resources, values I also share with Nordiska Kök."
-Elin Alemdar, founder of Stylein

See some of the other fantastic kitchens from Nordiska Kök featured in previous stories here!









Styling: Alexandra Ogonowski
Photos: Osman Tahir
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A New Book, Share

7.25.2018




A new book of photography had been released by Frama as part of a collaborative effort with The New Heroes & Pioneers. The book is called Share and features 50 pieces of artwork that explore design, projects and the work of Frama.
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5 Tips for Moving in 30 days

7.23.2018

*This post was created in collaboration with Travelers Insurance, all words are mine.




It's been a while since I have moved from one house to another, at least more than 2 or 3 years now. While it has been a couple of years, I don't have much trouble remembering the stress of making sure all our possessions were transported safely, that the wooden furniture didn't get scuffed or that our dishes and glasses arrived intact. I also remember trying to pack all of our non-essential things while also keeping out a few items that we still needed (toothbrushes, shampoo or a change of clothes, etc.).
With children, I also needed to keep track of where all their things were as well as my own, because inevitably someone would ask for a certain toy or favorite blanket, and I didn't want to be rummaging through box after box to find them. Once all of our things were relocated, we were then left with the task of unloading then sorting our belongings into a new space, a space that wasn't quite as well suited to the items we had collected as the space before. One part of moving that I did like, however, is the chance to get rid of extra items that were weighing us down.
Packing your belongings provides a great opportunity to edit and purge those things that we truly didn't need or use!

Break up the tasks you have to complete over the next 30 days, and get a little bit done at a time, which is much less overwhelming than trying to quickly throw your entire home's contents into boxes just days before you have to be out.
One way to make this easier is to use this incredibly helpful moving-calendar resource from Travelers Insurance that will guide you through prioritizing, paring down and ticking off some of the most important steps, one day at a time. In addition to the tips from Travelers Insurance, I'm sharing 5 quick tips to help ease the stress of moving and make the process as smooth as possible.

STORAGE
If you're really strapped for time, consider renting a storage unit temporarily. Begin by filling it up with your less used items to get them out of your current place immediately. Also, if you're showing your home (prior to sale), then storage is also a great way to declutter and make the house look organized and appealing to potential buyers.

ONE ROOM
Packing up one room at a time is an efficient way of keeping your items where you can remember them. Likely, you've chosen to have certain items in each room, so it only makes sense to box up that entire room together. Of course, once you are settled in your new home, you may find they are better suited in other parts of the house, but don't try to divide items up beforehand.

MOVERS
One way to keep the stress of moving to a minimum is to hire a moving company. Many will even pack your items for you, but if you want to be prepared and save time, reserve this service for the larger items like furniture. Also, it's better not to do any packing on moving day. Do your best to get that all day in the days leading up to it. For smaller items, package these yourself; that way, you can ensure everything is organized and protected the way you want.

DONATE
Moving is the best time to get rid of those items you or your family doesn't need any more because you have to take literally everything you own out of the house. As you're packing, keep a few labeled boxes to the side that will be for donation. Schedule a pickup or drop them off yourself. You won't have as much to take with you to your new place and what you are taking will be those items you need and want the most.

LABEL
Most people remember to label their boxes, but you can take it one step further and jot a quick list or description down on the side of the box, either with marker or on a large blank sticker. Don't waste time listing everything; rather, pick your top 4-5 most important items in each box and include those. With all the chaos of moving, it's so easy to misplace or forget where an item was packed up and a more detailed label can save time and frustration later on.
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A New Local Store Opens Today!

7.21.2018



Last night I was invited to a pre-opening party for a brand new market opening in Boise, Albterson's on Broadway. It's Grand Opening is today but we were lucky enough to get a sneak peek at the new facility.
The event we attended offered a full view of the store which was pristinely stocked with most amazing foods! They offered samples in almost every department which included ramen, sushi, bulgogi and other unique burgers, pizzas, cheeses, cured meats, gelato, pastries, toasted handmade marshmallows, wine and beer!




The store is massive and the vast variety of food is astonishing, every area has many many different versions of any one type of food. I skimmed over the fresh produce and there were unique lettuces that I had never seen before, just one example of the wide range of products they carry.

In addition there was a loft with a full bar and seating with an outdoor balcony. There were more alcohol sampling here as well as grilled meats to try.





Also, their floral section is incredible. Again, the variety of fresh plants and exotic stems just floored me. I let with a wishlist of flowers I will have to go back for next week! They also offer delivery and different floral services.




If you're in the area make sure to stop and see it for yourself, and be prepared to spend a chunk of time there taking in the full selection.



This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons on Broadway. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Bestå Gets a New Look with Norse Interiors

7.17.2018



Seems that there isn't anyone who doesn't enjoy a good IKEA hack that's probably easier than most you'll find online. Without the need for tools or hardware, Norse Interiors offers a range of custom fronts and colors as well as cabinet knobs so you can fully customize your cabinet-even if it isn't this particular shape.




I worked with Norse Interiors on a job for a client who had an existing Bestå but wanted to upgrade to something nicer. We had the cabinets installed so that they "floated" on the wall. Then we stuck the top, bottom and sides from Norse Interiors to the existing cabinet, sort of wrapping it in a new surface! one the top and sides were covered I simply switched out the doors for these new ones in a soft blush/beige shade. The entire install was quick and easy but the storage unit looks like an entirely new piece!
I also chose some chrome knobs from their collection for a more complete look.

*Also, Norse Interiors is offering readers an exclusive discount to AMM readers of 15% off until July 23rd with code loveAMM.



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Frama Releases the 9.5° Chair in Natural




Danish brand Frama has debuted a new version of their iconic 9.5° chair in a new, natural wood finish, exclusively available in their online store.
9.5° was designed by Rasmus B. Fex in 2014 and joined the Frama Permanent Collection the same year. Fex's ambition was to create an object in the borderland between art and design. Sculptural, yet functional.
Since its release 4 years ago the chair has won several awards and is now part of the exhibition at Trapholt Museum, Designmuseum Denmark. 9.5 is also featured at the Knut Hamsun Museum in Norway.
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Japanese Inspired Stoneware

7.16.2018



H&M has released a series of Japanese inspired stoneware that includes jars and pots. On the US site it seems most of the them are either sold out or so new that a purchasing is not an option yet.






And in the same earthy tones, these bamboo trays and baskets are nice basic accessories for the kitchen or bathroom. Stylish storage for hand towels, soaps or food!


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A Kitchen Designed with Contrasting Materials




This kitchen from Nordiska Kök has all of the softness and warmth a space needs to feel personal and lived by using lots of unique details like wooden framed open shelving, a floating shelf and contrasted material in oak, limestone and steel.











Styling: Sarah Widman
Photo: Bodil Bergqvist
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60 Years of the Spanish Chair

7.12.2018



Hi blogosphere! I've been absent from the blog these last few weeks, partially because I took the kids on a mini vacation and prepping for it beforehand is almost as much work as the actual traveling. Now that I'm back I want to get caught up on some of the things I saw and liked online/social media.

Fredericia's iconic Spanish Chair celebrates 60 years now and in honor of this anniversary Fredericia has released a solid oak version combined with an elegant Olive Green saddle leather. To come up with this color Børge Mogensen's archives were searched to find this subtle color, one of his most loved hues and one of the dominating interior colours at the time.

They also the invited Børge’s grandson, renowned fashion photographer Rasmus Mogensen, to portrait himself with the masterpiece created by his granddad in 1958.



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A Simple Way to Waste Less Paper Thanks to Who Gives A Crap

6.25.2018




I'm glad that themes around reducing, recycling and sustainability are becoming more common stories on the blog. Initially it wasn't intentionally to talk about this. However the more I have, at home and with the kids, tried to find ways to use less as well as recycle more, it has organically become a topic of interest. I've said this before and it's still true, I'm not perfect. I can do better and hope to do better but I'm also not going to beat myself up over not being the BEST at creating less waste. I will though applaud myself for every small change I make because if we all just made one or two small changes, it would add up to major change on a global scale.

A few weeks ago I found out about a company who uses recycled paper to produce toilet paper. One of the biggest, and easily overlooked forms of waste are paper towels and toilet paper. The first is fairly easy to stop using, replace them with fabric towels. However bathroom tissue is not so easy to get rid of or find alternatives for. This is why Who Gives A Crap (cheeky, right?) and their practice of using recycled paper or bamboo paper from renewable resources piqued my interest! I can't think of an easier transition that still promotes sustainable practices than to switch to using tissue that's either been made from paper that already exists or from the fast growing and naturally regenerating bamboo plant.





What's even more great about this company is after discovering around 2.3 billion people across the world don't have access to a toilet and around 289,000 children under five die every year from diarrheal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation decided to give half of all their profits to help build toilets and improve sanitation in the developing world! They also offer tissue and paper towels, also made from recycled materials.

The packaging is fun and free of any plastics, and I like the black & white version in the bamboo set! We were able to try out a box of paper and in case you're wondering, yes, it is soft. Is it as soft as that pricey quilted stuff you can get at some stores? No, but that is an insignificant price to pay to know that you are creating less tree waste...because of your waste.


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Sundling/Kickén's Latest Project is an Example of More With Less

6.22.2018



How is it Friday?! Excuse me while I have a mini panic attack how the fact that the week is already over!

Ok, I'm good now.

Not sure how this week has been for you but it has, obviously, felt seemed to have flown by for me. The blog didn't get much love from me but I plan on updating it waaaay more next week so just sit tight for the weekend. ;)






This latest project from Swedish Duo Elin Kickén and Evalotts Sundling, also know as Sundling/Kickén, is a styling job for a new apartment in Uppsala, Sweden. You might notice the same Building Tables from Skagerak I've shared here in this interview with their designers and on Instagram are also used in this flat's bedroom as bedside tables.





Also find details like the Gubi's Beetle chairs in the dining room, Louis Poulsen NJP desk lamp, Ferm Living's Herman chair, Cap Table Lamp from Normann Copenhagen, pottery and Skagerak's Nordic bowl in the kitchen.







How nice are these details outside on the patio?




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Inspiration for Your Patio and a Grilling Giveaway!

6.15.2018


The spacious deck above features simple vertical slatting that extends up the side of the building itself, giving a very unified look. 

When you think of summer, chances are you see yourself outside. Maybe you love having a meal with friends outdoors, summer grilling, playing games, even gardening or just relaxing. Whatever you enjoy doing most outside, many of us dream of being able to do this in our own backyard. A patio or deck is the perfect way to bring a living space outdoors and make the outside more welcoming with things like seating, storage and lighting. I've gathered a few of my favorite patio/deck spaces that feature some of my favorite ingredients for a well rounded outdoor space like built in seating, a fire put, retractable shades and integrated lighting.



A good looking fire pit like this one let's you keep warm and well light in the evenings but also serves as sculptural detail when not in use. A win/win.


Shades like these give you a lot of flexibility to control light. Roll them completely out of the way for maximum light and draw them closed again for more diffused like. The look gives a slight beachy feel too. I prefer this sort of shade to a solid canopy that blocks light entirely.


Solid wood tables and benches such as these keeps the furniture feeling natural and understated but the benches also supply room for quite a few people.


Even a micro patio like this is a great place to have dinner for two.


This outdoor space extends porch living out into the garden with pea gravel and large cement tiles. The wooden bench and table acts as a softer contrast to the cool grey stone. The tiles create a pathway throughout the space.



Subtle integrated lighting can have big results. People often overlook outdoor lighting, especially beyond hanging lights and into the garden so this is a wonderful solution.


A stylish BBQ and food prep area from Roshults whose aesthetics won't interrupt your outdoor style.
And if your own grill life could use an upgrade (mine does!) then there's a giveaway you can enter here beginning Monday June 18th from Everything Kitchens, to win $270 worth of grilling accessories including:

4 piece BBQ tool set
charcoal skewer express
Chicken griller & jalapeno roaster
burger press
aluminum foil dispenser

Fill out the form and submit a photo of yourself to enter, and make sure to share with friends and family. The submission with the most votes wins!

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