Field Days

Field Trip | Boulevard Bread Company

Posted on October 04, 2016 by Heather Smith | 0 comments

Recently we visited Boulevard Bread Company where we met one of Little Rock's premiere bartenders, Summer Blake. She took home top honors at the Preserve Arkansas Libation Mix-Off. Today she created a cocktail just for Domestic Domestic.  Autumn St. Cinn is a fall-inspired drink that will have you craving hayrides and apple-pickin'.  Head over to Boulevard Bistro and she will craft one special for you, or try her recipe below to enjoy on the comfort of your own porch.  

Autumn St. Cinn
   6 apple and/or pear wedges
   2 oz Calvados (apple brandy)
   .5 oz St. Germain
   .5 oz. Cinnamon Simple Syrup
   .75 oz lemon juice 
    Muddle six small wedges of apples and/or pears in shaker
    Add ice and all other ingredients
    Shake
    Strain twice
    Garnish with a fan of apple or pear slices
    Dust with cinnamon
    Note: Serve with crackling fireplace and fuzzy slippers.

    Boulavard Bread Co is located 1920 N Grant St, Little Rock, AR 72207.
    Check them out on instagram @boulevardbreadco

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    Field Trip | The Old Mill

    Posted on September 27, 2016 by Heather Smith | 0 comments

    Drawing on inspiration from the recently released 100 Things To Do In Little Rock Before You Die book, our recent field trip took us to the Old Mill. An authentic reproduction of an old water-powered grist mill, this striking structure appears in the opening scene of the classic 1939 film Gone with the Wind and is believed to be the only building remaining from the film. 

    Gitman Vintage Fall Collection has landed!

     “I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” - Henry David Thoreau 

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    On the Field: Game Day Snacks

    Posted on August 26, 2016 by Heather Smith | 0 comments

    Game Day
    Alright, folks! It's almost time for football, beer, meat, and Callin' Those Hogs! Before you hit the Pig Trail, head down to War Memorial Stadium, or drag the flat screen to the back deck,  make sure you're completely clad in Hog gear and don't forget your fundamentals of fun. Our top picks? A cooler for your cold ones, folding chairs, a football to toss around, and of course, game day food. Our favorite? Buffalo Chicken Dip from our friend Ginny Porter, the Martha Stewart of Tailgating. 

    Buffalo Chicken Dip
    Ingredients
    • 2 (10 ounce) cans chunk chicken, drained
    • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
    • 1 cup Ranch dressing
    • 1 cup Frank's Red Hot Sauce
    • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
    • 1 cup shredded jack cheese

    Directions
    Soften cream cheese on the stove and mix in ranch and hot sauce. Stir in chicken and cheddar until melted. Place in baking dish and cover with jack cheese. Bake at 350 for about 20 min or until cheese is bubbly. Serve with tortilla chips and celery sticks.

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    Field Day: Box Sledding

    Posted on August 13, 2016 by Heather Smith | 0 comments

    Looking for one last summer thrill? We recently took a field trip to Clinton Presidential Park - thirteen acres of wetlands along the Arkansas River adjacent to the Clinton Presidential Library. The park features bike and pedestrian trails, as well as spectacular views of the city from one of Little Rock's six bridges. There is also ample space to picnic, hunt Pokémon, or (for some old school fun) go box sledding. Never heard of it? A boxsled is equal parts cardboard and adventurous spirit. And yes folks, they slide, glide and race down the slopes faster than green grass through a goose!

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    For the Field: Puppy Training

    Posted on August 09, 2016 by Heather Smith | 0 comments

    Meet Faith. This sweet 6 month old Australian Shepherd is one of many adoptable pups rescued by our amazing neighbors at CARE. Faith is currently participating in the Paws in Prison program, where she receives obedience training, and is expected to graduate as an AKC Canine Good Citizen in September. 

    A recent conversation
    with one of our favorite canine coaches inspired us to share a few tidbits of wisdom. After all, getting a pet is a complicated deal. And, like most important life decisions, there are no quick and easy answers. But knowing a fellow dog lover with years of experience in animal care is a real plus! Here are a few of the tips she shared:
    Dogs, like people, have a lot of personality. Take some time to get to know your animal, and study up on breed characteristics that work best with your lifestyle. For instance, all dogs need exercise to burn calories, stimulate their minds, and stay healthy. However, individual exercise needs will vary based on breed, sex, age and level of health. Exercise will also help to avoid boredom, which can lead to destructive behaviors. 
    Establishing boundaries is important. Dogs are den animals by nature, so providing them with their own space can be helpful when it comes to house training and general household behavior. Beds like this one from Mississippi Made make a great place for your dog to curl up, providing a sense of security and style. 
    The same goes with "table manners". If you want to prevent begging, never feed them from your plate. Give your pup their own special bowl and dining area. This will help them to understand that your mealtime and theirs are separate. Teach them to stay in their own area while you are having your meals, and be sure to reward them afterward for good behavior.
     

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    Field Trip: Electric Ghost Screen Printing Co.

    Posted on August 03, 2016 by Heather Smith | 0 comments

    We recently took a trip down to one of our favorite haunts (pun totally intended) Electric Ghost Printing. All moved into their new downtown digs, these guys have become go-to curators of cool. Their shop, located in the heart of Little Rock's SOMA district, showcases a variety of locally made home decor items from furniture and shelving to beautifully hand crafted terrariums. And, as the name would suggest, posters and apparel hand printed with finesse and rock star expertise. (Check out our sweet new Baseball Tee!)

    Displaying IMG_7667.JPGDisplaying IMG_7667.JPGSound too cool to be true? Go see for yourself! The shop is located at 1218 Main St. And while you're there, make sure to check out this awesome Plant Lab to design and pot up your very own succulent terrarium!

     

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    Field Tested: Salted Caramel Matcha Latte

    Posted on July 28, 2016 by Heather Smith | 0 comments

    Shakin' Up Snacktime
    A recent blog post from Portland General Store inspired this supercharged treat. Soooo good we had to share so, ladies and gentlemen, the Matcha Latte...

    Unlike traditional green tea, matcha preparation involves covering the tea plants with shade cloths before they’re harvested. This triggers the growth of leaves with better flavor and texture, which are hand selected, steamed briefly to stop fermentation, then dried and aged in cold storage, which deepens the flavor. Afterwards, the dried leaves are then stone-ground into a fine powder.

    Because, technically, the whole leaves are ingested, matcha is a more potent source of nutrients than steeped green tea. In addition to providing small amounts of vitamins and minerals, matcha is rich in powerful antioxidants. And matcha aficionados say that compared to the caffeine buzz from coffee, matcha creates an “alert calm” due to a natural substance it contains called l-theanine, which induces relaxation without drowsiness.

     

    Vitamix is a true American success story. This family business was built on hard work, dedication, and a desire to make the world a healthier and better place through whole-food nutrition. Over the years, their revolutionary design has become more powerful and versatile, setting it apart from any other product on the market. We have put the Vitamix to the test time and time again, and firmly believe it's the best damn blender on the market, and the last one you'll ever need to buy.

    Searching for the perfect sauce? We suggest using Coop's All-Natural Salted Caramel Sauce for this recipe (and just about anything else). Underneath the drippy wax seal is a decadent, all-natural treat waiting to be drizzled.  With hints of browned butter, toasted sugar and vanilla bean, this ultra rich delicacy will soon be a new favorite indulgence. 

    Matcha Layer:
    -1 Tbs matcha powder
    -1 tsp vanilla bean 
    -2 tbsp coconut sugar 
    -1 1/2 cup coconut milk
    -1 1/2 cup ice

    Coconut Milk Layer:
    -1 cup coconut milk 

    Salted Caramel Layer:
    - 4 tbsp salted caramel sauce
    - 2 - 3 cups ice
     

    Directions (makes two servings):
    1) Place the matcha layer ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth. Set aside.
    2) Add 2 tablespoons of salted caramel sauce to each glass, and add ice to fill glass.
    3) Pour 1/2 cup of coconut milk into each glass.
    4) Top with the matcha layer in equal amounts for each glass.

    5) Enjoy!

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