Friday, January 6, 2012

Think twice

A gentle reminder to think twice before you flip the bird to someone who cut you off, who didn't smile back, or who seems to have a rainy cloud hanging over their head. 

New favorite

For Christmas, my amazing sister chose this beautiful necklace for me. I haven't taken it off since, and love pairing it with my other dainty {mostly Dogeared} gold necklaces.

Check out Jenni's Etsy shop for her other beautiful pieces.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Puppy treats

This is the second year I've made puppy treats for friends with dogs, and I much prefer this 4-ingredient, better smelling recipe. So far the pooch LOVE his treats.

Peanut Butter Puppy Poppers {recipe here}

2c whole-wheat flour 
1 tsp baking powder
1c peanut butter
1c milk

Preheat oven to 375'F. 
In a bowl, combine flour and baking powder. In another bowl, mix peanut butter and milk, then add to dry ingredients and mix well.
Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness and use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes. 
Bake for 20 minutes {I did 12..perfect} on a greased baking sheet until lightly brown. {I put them on parchment paper - less messy and easier cleanup.}
Cool on a rack, then store in an airtight container

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Make this NOW

When I was in Wisconsin with my sister, brother in-law and baby niece, I wanted to make sure they were fed with tasty and hearty meals. I found this recipe on Pinterest and made it for them twice {and even more once I got home}. 

Mini German Pancakes {recipe here}
1 cup milk
6 eggs
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. orange zest (optional)
1/4 cup butter, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Blend first six ingredients (milk thru orange zest) in a blender {whisks work well too}.  Be careful to see that any flour clumps get well-blended.
  2. Blend in butter a little at a time in order to temper the eggs.
  3. Grease muffin tins well {like REALLY well} and distribute batter evenly between 24 tins...fill each about 1/2 full. Bake for 15 minutes, or until puffy and golden on top.
  4. Served with your favorite toppings. 
Triple Berry Topping {recipe here}
4 cups frozen berries
1 cup water
1/2 cup agave or honey {I think it's still delightful without this}
2 Tbsp. cornstarch {+/-}
Put berries and agave in sauce pan and bring to boil.  (If using honey had have to water at this point.) Reduce heat to simmer.  Mix cornstarch with water and stir until lumps are gone.  Pour cornstarch mixture into berry mixture while stirring slowly.  Stir until thickens (about 1 to 2 minutes) and begins to bubble.  Serve hot over breakfast.
{keep leftover berry sauce!! pour over yogurt, ice cream, toast, whatever!}

Saturday, December 31, 2011


Happy New Years Ever, world!
Instead of empyting my pockets, risk being too {un}classily shmamered, or having a panic attack about a)a giganto crowd, b)no ride home c)lost friends, I think we are staying in and hosting a small party for fellow plan-less friends.
I dream of a ceiling covered in balloons, but I also love the photo with scattered, anchored balloons at different heights.
We'll share mini apps {I'm making mini pulled pork sliders}, drink champagne, and toast / kiss to 2012. 

{my nye dress}

{noise horns + party hats of course}

{nye party can't be complete without sparklers} 

Friday, December 30, 2011

The loo

With some extra down time today, I thought I would share my favorite part of my bathroom. I renovated the bathroom and was going for more of a sea blue-green, but ended up feeling like I was inside a Tiffany's box. Kind of shocking at first, but it's totally grown on me. Will I ever do it again? Of course not, but for now when it's just me using this WC, it works.

 I made the chevron prints on wood blocks (like canvas ones, but all wood, kinda cool!) with metallic gold paint and white. Kind of tedious but worth it in the end.

I love this shelf...perfect size for my owl, a candle, and most used scents. {yes I need to dust it, I know}

I love the branch/coral hooks for hanging necklaces + bracelets from. 

Healthy winter dishes

Now that I have something to be extra motivated by {beach + bikini} to be healthy, I'm on the hunt for hearty and tasty wintery meals. Last night I made broccoli cheddar soup {or choccoli as I kept calling it} and it was super easy and yummy....and seems somewhat 'healthy...ish'

Here are some other dishes I hope to make soon...

{enchilada casserole}

{chicken tortilla soup}

{spanish chicken}

{slow cooker chicken taco chili}

{nectarine pizza with drizzled balsamic...OHMYGOSH}