2011 | Chantilly

christmas eggs au gratin

okay sooo this is (probably) my last christmas-related post (i just had soo many pictures!), but i just wanted to share this recipe with you.

these eggs au gratin are a tradition in our family. we've been making them for christmas since i can remember. of course, they're not strictly for the holidays... they're perfectly yummy any time. maybe you can even make them for the new year!

put it this way... if you like cheese and eggs, these are definitely your thing.

eggs shells

**also note- we always double the recipe... so if you're planning on making it with the specified amounts, you'll probably need more than one baking dish (we used the pie dish seen in the last picture to cover the overlflow.)


1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup flour
4 cups hot watter
2 cups milk
4 teaspoons instant chicken bouillon
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp pepper
24 hard boiled eggs, cut lengthwise into halves
2/3 cup parmesan cheese
2/3 cup dry breadcrumbs
4 tbs butter, melted


~ heat 1/2 cup margarine in 4-quart saucepan over low heat until melted.
~ stir in flour. cook, stirring constantly until smooth and bubbly
~ remove from heat
~ stir in water, milk, and bouillon
~ heat to boiling, stirring constantly.
~ boil and stir 1 minute



~ add cheddar cheese, worcestershire sauce, and peppper
~ cook, stirring constantly, until cheese is melted


chan mix

~ arrange eggs, cut sides up, in ungreased rectangular baking dish
~ top with cheese sauce


eggs cheese

~ mix parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, and 4 tbs butter and sprinkle over the top


~ bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes in 400 degree oven, until hot and topping is brown.

eggs finished



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notice the little christmas tree in the background :)

chan outfit 4

people love to give their opinions. and i've heard some say that i should smile more in the pictures on this blog...

and sure, i like smiling.

i smile a lot in real life, actually. but something about taking photos makes me want to work out that cool/ sexy alter-ego of mine :P

chan outfit 1

nevertheless... to make myself smile for this shoot, i went and had a little too much fun on the tire swing. afterwards, i asked my mom what she thought of the below picture. she admitted that i looked a little manic. lol. always count on your mother for an honest opinion.

so what do you think? too manic pixie dream girl?

... on the other hand, who cares? i'm having fun!

chan outfit 2

(favorite) hat- thrifted, maine
scarf- anthropologie
cardi- thrifted, rhode island
tank top- thrifted, ny
skirt- tulle
tights- hue
booties- thrifted, connecticut

chan outfit 6

chan outfit 5



the eve

on christmas eve, the parents decided we'd go out for chinese food. but not just any old place... my childhood favorite, chen's!

drink menu

it probably sounds pretty typical. and i guess it is. but this particular restaurant is special to me.

years ago, we lived very closeby. way before i could even drive, my brother and i would literally walk down the street and have lunch here on weekends. my grandparents would also often take us here.

for some reason, this whole trip has been very nostalgic. dinner here was no exception.

plus the food easliy kicks any nyc chinese restaurant's ass, any day of the week!

if you refer to the menu above, you'll notice the drink prices. being city dwellers used to $12 cocktails, we were impressed. and unlike the times i came here with my brother, i could actually order one!

so we went for the coco punch and the zombie...

matt drink

chan drink 2

chan drink

matt drink 2



hot & sour soup that i didn't like...


beef teriyaki, fried rice, & egg roll. amazing. just like i remember it.




home for the holidays

hello again....

matthew beer

wanted to share a few snaps from my holiday weekend :)

this is me and my mom. i really love this picture.

chan mom home
photos by matt panton

chan mom home 2

and... some great news.

you might remember from a few months ago, when i posted about a shop that my parents were helping out with?

well, they didn't want me to say anything about it at the time... but they took over the lease for that shop, and have gone into business for themselves! it's a furniture consignment/ vintage/ antiques shop. i'm so excited for them.

check out their upstairs showroom.

(see if you can find the people in the picture.)

if you're in rhode island, please go visit them!! even just to say hi! they'd definitely love to see you :)

1081 main street hope valley, ri

also, i convinced my mom that she needed an online presence for the store. starting with... a blog :P it's in the beginning stages, but you should still check it out if you get the chance.

showroom 2

oh and, if you follow me on twitter or facebook, you might remember i was in a local paper for my kickstarter (thanks to my mom.) well, like typical adoring parents, they put it up in their store :)

chan store

they've been making my heart melt every day. i'm really lucky to have a family that truly loves me and "gets" me. not everyone does...

chan home

how did you spend your time this weekend?



o christmas tree


i'm (sorta) back. this week, there will be a lot of family-oriented posts & letting you guys know what i've been up to during the holiday. but first, a tribute post...

this is (was) my dog, duke. my dad literally took this picture this morning, christmas day.


doesn't he still look like a little puppy dog? from the picture, you can tell what a sweetie he was.

he was 12 years old. his sister, who he'd spent his whole life with, was recently put down. since then, he had a hard time dealing with that. he howled every night. and one of my parents always had to come downstairs and sleep with him so he wouldn't be lonely.

tonight, he was pacing around- disoriented, stomach bloated, foaming at the mouth. they rushed out to the vet. and sadly, they decided to put him down. it was really just his time.

it's weird... i keep expecting him to come around the corner, or see him lying down in the chair. my family has no dogs now. it'll take some time to get used to this, even though i don't live with my parents anymore.


my parents decorated this little tree out in the yard. specifically for me :)

(photos by matt panton)

they know how much i like christmas-y stuff, even though they're not that into it.


besides duke being put down, i've been having a really great christmas with my family. i can't wait to tell you what i've been up to with them this week (even if it does mean gaining like 10 lbs from so much FOOD!! :)

i hope your holiday this year has felt just as special.


(my silhouette in front of the tree :)



holiday drinky time

at our holiday acoustic show a few weeks ago, we decided to serve some festive drinks- spiced wine and hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps! both were a hit, and i had to have more...

so the other night, i made this delicious (yet lonely) hot cocoa for one. but you can easily double, triple, quadruple (etc) the recipe in order to have more for guests and family :)

hot cocoa recipe

hot chocolate 1

hot chocolate 2

hot chocolate 3

hot chocolate 4

hot chocolate 5

enjoy! xoxo,

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