City Mouse Blog

The personal blog of Miranda Erokan.

Etsy Finds

1) i recently ordered these tiny, delicate and best of all inexpensive (!) gold stacking rings from Burdees Shop, based out of Louisville, KY. i wear them all the time!

2) when browsing around on Etsy, i am often reminded that you don't need much of a reason at all to send the people you love a card in the mail. a super cute Thanksgiving greeting card? why not, right??

3) i've loved the Rifle Paper Co. Travel America calendar we've had up in 2014. now i'm in the market for a great one for 2015, and this Ello There beauty caught my eye...

4) these sweet Day of the Week Pencils make me want to take up JOURNALING again like the angsty teen i once was.

5) Nate and i saw Interstellar last night and i truly loved it and would happily talk about it at length with anyone who's interested. HOWEVER, i just know i have some scary lost-in-a-black-hole dreams coming my way some night soon, because that's the way my subconscious works. this perfect triangular dreamcatcher just might be the solution...

xo, miranda

Fall Vibes

i'm finally getting back on the ol' blogging horse and to tell you the truth, i've been meaning to write up this exact post for almost a month now. there's something oddly daunting about starting a project up again after quite a long time, even if it's something super enjoyable like working on this blog. i've been having a similarly hard time getting back into knitting, which is truly one of my favorite ways to spend down time. i guess it's just difficult to start something up again when you're out of practice.

anyway, i wanted to share some photos from my favorite weekend of this past fall season. it's about time, since it's starting to feel dangerously like winter in New York... so about a month ago, Nate and i went camping a couple hours north of the city. on our way up there, we stopped at Storm King Art Center and spent the morning looking at extremely cool giant outdoor sculptures. it was a perfect weekend full of beautiful fall colors, art, and s'mores, and only encouraged my irrational fantasy of dropping everything and moving to a cabin in the woods.

xo, miranda

Katie Fisher Day

hi friends! today (and every year on March 12) is Katie Fisher Day, a holiday started by my friend Matt to celebrate and remember his wonderful sister Katie, who baked and sent him cookies every week he was away at college. it's a really great thing to get involved in to support some really great people, and i hope we can all do something nice for someone we love today.

Nate and i baked a batch of my new all-time favorite cookies last night (we taste tested some broken ones and holy moly they are good) and will be sharing them with people we love today. here's the recipe we used for Brown Butter and Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies, adapted from one we found on Ambitious Kitchen:

you will need:

  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon plain greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips

how to bake them:

  1. whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and set aside. 
  2. brown the butter over medium heat. make sure you whisk the whole time throughout this process, to keep it from burning. after about seven minutes, the butter will begin to have the most delicious smelling, nutty aroma. remove from heat at the point, when butter has begun to brown. transfer butter into a bowl and set aside to cool for a few minutes.
  3. with an electric mixer, mix the butter with the two kinds of sugar until thoroughly blended. beat in the egg, yolk, vanilla, and yogurt until combined. then you can add in the dry ingredients and mix on low until combined. finally, stir in both kinds of chocolate chips with a wooden spoon.
  4. at this point chill your dough for two hours in the refrigerator, or you can place in the freezer for thirty minutes like we did while watching an episode of Friday Night Lights. 
  5. preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. once dough is chilled, roll little 1/4 cup (approx.) dough balls and place on cookie sheet about two inches apart and sprinkle each ball with a little bit of sea salt.
  7. bake the cookies 9-11 minutes or until the edges of the cookies begin to turn golden brown. cool the cookies on the sheets and sprinkle with a little extra sea salt if desired. (you should!)

happy Katie Fisher Day, everyone! bake, send, love.

xo, miranda

House Plant Inspiration

i'm starting to get excited for Spring and what that means for the apartment/my overall happiness: new plants! some of our lil guys didn't make it through the winter, either due to the weather or perhaps our sweet angel kitten digging them up... so it's time to find some new ones. one look i'm really into currently is hanging and draping and overgrown plantlife inside. i'd like to definitely have a big long guy draping over our bookshelf and maybe some others hanging from the ceiling or walls. here are a few spaces i've been pinning for inspiration lately...

xo, miranda

Baby Georgia

Nate and I took a quick trip to California a couple weeks ago to meet my brand new baby niece Georgia Jo. we unfortunately didn't take too many pictures with the nice camera because we were too busy soaking up every last minute of family/baby time, but Nate managed to snap a few. she's sweet and beautiful and chill as can be, and Dashel is settling into his big brother role amazingly. 

xo, miranda