- Work, work, work!
- My mom came in town for her birthday and I made her some cupcakes. Happy Birthday Mama! I made her some mini cupcakes.
- I haven't cooked my next Giada recipe yet, but I have been cooking a lot of new things...mainly recipes that I've pulled out of magazines. Some were good, some not.
- Billy and I have been riding our bikes a lot more lately on account of the weather being so nice. So, we can blame the weather for my absence here, right?
- I've been reading a lot. I've read 5 of the 9 Sookie Stackhouse books...and we've joined Netflix, so we're watching a lot of movies.
- Here is something else I have cooked: Mini Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese frosting. The pumpkin cake is a recipe that my grandmother made for years. I'm currently obsessed with small things (mini cupcakes, small appetizers, etc) so I decided to adapt this recipe for smaller amounts. I also tweaked how you put the ingredients together, based on what I've been learning about mixing dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately, and sifting your dry goods. These turned out so much lighter than the actual cake, and they were delicious! I'm not knocking my grandmother...what can I say, she was old school!
I loved everything about this. The texture of the dip is very similar to hummus, which I love, and has the yummy flavor of the sun-dried tomatoes. I didn't have the dried basil or parsley that it called for, so I just used some herbes de provence and I think it tasted great! And then a little garnish with some fresh basil from my garden and some lemon zest. The crunchiness of the baguette complimented the creaminess of the dip very well, and it was easy to make. Who doesn't love just throwing things into the food processor and letting it do its thing? Needless to say, I'll definitely be making this the next time we have people over.
- How charming you are, in all of your 90 years (that's right, she was built in 1920!)
- Your beautiful leaded glass front door
- All of your windows
- How you keep us safe and dry
- How you sit up high on a hill
- How you make our friends and family feel like you're their home, too
- Lamps on the side tables, curtain rods--World Market
- Curtains--JC Penny (I think! I've had them for a while so I don't really remember!)
- Long mirror over the couch--TJ Maxx Home Goods
- Small round table was my grandmother's
- Metal candle-holder over the bed--Pier 1.
- White shelves in bathroom--Target, from my college apartment.
- "Art" in bathroom, small white bud vases--Ikea
- I got a job! At my previous job, I was helping someone with a side project and she had been persistently trying to get me on her team since about February. Some how she managed to make that happen, and I have been working again since last Monday. I will be working as a contractor until the end of the year, and then we'll see where things go from there! Last week they had me in Minneapolis all week for training on a sales database, and then next week I'll be in Herndon, Virginia (near Washington DC) for a meeting.
- I finished the desk! It is not perfect by any stretch, but I finished it. I built a desk! I'll post a picture soon--I'm still working on getting our "office" together and I want you to see it when it's all done and pretty! I took the color inspiration from a binder that I used when I was planning our wedding. Think: chocolate brown, turquoise, a light celery green, and white.
- We've been working hard on the yard...we have new grass and everything! I have a few plants to shift around, and then I'll post pictures. PROMISE. And by "we", I mean Billy. He's the best.
- I got an iPhone! Yeah, yeah, so what. But it's big news for me!
- How to use the light meter in my camera so I can get the correct exposure. This definitely takes the guessing game out of it, and I feel more in control of how good the shots turn out.
- Take pictures of EVERYTHING. When she does shoots like this one, she says she takes hundreds of shots while the magazine will only use 4 or 5, but it's best to give them lots to choose from.
- Some simple ways to enhance my photos in Photoshop, simply by adjusting the levels.
- The creamy yet tangy and light dressing.
- The fresh crunch of the veggies.
- The pasta--duh.
- Learn more about photography and SHOOT SHOOT SHOOT!
- Finish Photoshop Classroom in a Book, so I can edit my photos.
- Restart P90X--we made it through Phase 1 and 2 last time. I'm going to do the Lean version this time and I'm determined to make it all the way through.
- Cook. A lot.
- Work on some things around the house. I plan on building myself a desk, and then tackling our laundry room with some help from Ana's plans on Knock Off Wood.
- Teach myself how to sew finally.
- Work up to at least a post per day.
- Make a trip or two to Texas to see my mom in Houston and my friends Jill and Jenny in Dallas. Jill's baby Mia is soooooo cute, and I've been dying to squish her for MONTHS!
Last night, I came home and the Billy Goat had a little surprise for me.
It started at the back door, with a note that read:
“Ready to Play?
When I am visiting, I need to get clean...”
With that note was a 4G SD Card. Hmmm...
I thought for a minute and then decided that if I was visiting and needed to get clean, I would go to the guest bathroom. So off I went. Nothing in the sink. Nothing on the toilet. I checked behind the shower curtain...a-ha!
Note #2, taped onto a camera bag.
“What good is an empty bag? There has to be more.
You can say when I’m in the kitchen I’m TOP SHELF”
So I went on to the kitchen. Nothing on our top shelves in the cabinets looked out of the ordinary, so I checked the pantry...bingo!
Note #3, taped onto a ZOOM LENS...
“So you do agree I’m Top Shelf? I’m kind of pointless without my body...
I like to hang out in very dry places...”
DRY PLACES? DRY PLACES...DRY PLACES!!! THE DRYER!
Being the ding-a-ling I am, I looked in the washer first...oops. Nothing there. Look in the dryer next, and dug under some clean clothes I really need to fold...
Note #4, taped onto a CANON EOS REBEL T1i DSLR CAMERA!!!
“You found me!!! I’m all yours. Love, Billy and Murphy”
Swoon. Sigh. Grin. My husband sent me on a little in-home treasure hunt for the camera I’ve been gabbing on and on about for at least 6 months. My BFF Kara was there, and got to witness the whole thing. I was sort of in shock, and she summed it up perfectly when she said I was all “twitterpated”. You got it, girl.
So that lead on to lots of hugs, kisses, thank yous, beers, and the best darn burgers and potato salad I’ve had in months! I took a couple pictures but haven’t gotten very far in the manual yet to know how to upload them...haha. I’m working on it and will hopefully have some pics to post later today or tomorrow.
Now that I think about it, is TOP SHELF a play on TOP CHEF? Or could it be just that it is really good? Either way, I think it’s adorable.
I stinkin’ love that guy.
- On March 4th, my parents came up from Texas.
- On March 7th, I turned 27.
- My parents were here all through the next week until this Monday, the 15th.
- Since the time change I have been ABSOLUTELY WIPED OUT! I know it's only an hour, but I have never been so tired in my life. No, I'm not pregnant.
- Our walls are painted Behr's Garden Wall.
- The blue is the color of the curtains.
- The rug is from Pier 1.
- The couch is from Haverty's.
- The pretty flower print, also from Pier 1.
- Some bright pillows, from Pier 1, in a pretty coral. I decided this room was too blah and needed to dial up the color a bit.
- That pendant lamp is the awesome one at West Elm. However, Billy wrinkled his nose at the thought of wiring a light where I wanted it, so we got the one I've been keeping my eyes on from CB2. It came yesterday. It's perdy.
- I already have a ceramic garden stool, but it's in a creamy ivory color. I'm contemplating spray painting it copper.
- I really want that big Expedit shelf from Ikea. Maybe we'll use this as a reason to visit Atlanta!