I’ve lived in a lot of apartments. Seven since college, if I’m counting correctly. And they all have had one thing in common. Bare, white-ass walls. Unless you do something to cover up some of that white, you always feel like you aren’t living in your own space. We have yet to check with our condo’s owner as to whether or not we can paint in our new place, but for now, we’re doing our damndest to make this place look like our own. So here are a few ways we’ve perked up the ol’ homestead.
I love pieces with an international flare. They often add color and tend to be a good conversation starter. The mask in the bottom left corner, the red dragon on the bottom right, and the middle right-hand one are all from a trip my family took to Indonesia 13 years ago (WHERE DOES THE TIME GO???). The top right hand mask was a gift that we just received from my parents after their recent trip to Guatemala. The other two masks were ones that I picked up at World Market to fill in the collection a little bit. The only downside to purchasing items from the country they were actually made in verses at a local store is seeing the mark-up here in the US. Although I guess after flight and hotel costs….. details, details. We have these lined up vertically along a wall next to our fireplace.
This past weekend we had a group of family and friends in town for our engagement party on Saturday night. On Friday, we had all the travelers plus a group of locals over to grill out at our apartment. We figured relaxing and having a few drinks at our place was easier and more laid-back than trying to get a large group into a restaurant. Much easier to socialize with everyone too.
Numero Uno and I stopped at Whole Foods to pick up the usual suspects – hamburgers, hot dogs, organic chicken sausage, corn on the cob, avocados (for homemade guac) and asparagus. As we were checking out, I began thinking that we needed a dessert to make it a little more “special”. Something nice to end the night with. As we were walking out the door, I noticed bunches of rhubarb in the produce section and a recipe for gluten-free berry rhubarb crisp I had just seen on Spontaneous Tomato sprang to mind.
I ran back inside, picked up a few pounds of the bright pink celery-like stalks and a pint of vanilla ice cream. As soon as I got home, I pulled up the recipe. In the post, another recipe for rhubarb-only crisp by Mark Bittman is referenced. I ended up making a mashup of the two, since one of our guests is allergic to strawberries and is going gluten-free for 90 days. I already had almond flour on hand, so this was a no-brainer.