I hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween. I'm especially thinking of all my friends and family that have new little families of three! Enjoy your little ones and your first Halloween together! :)
Monday, October 25, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
How cool is that? Might not be everyones taste but I love anything that makes something look old or vintage! Wait til you see what I have in store for our xmas card! So excited!!! :)
Monday, October 18, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
I loved them so much I just had to get these patent leather lovies for the winter time.
And as I was searching for a winter time flat I came across these boots I can't get out of my head.
And THEN, I was at our local mall and stumpled upon and a new Tory Burch Store with more than just great shoes....cardigans, sunglasses, handbags I needed to get out of that store quickly!
And on top of ALL that I just saw a little tidbit on Tory in InStyle Mag and realized we have so much in common. Her quilty pleasure...gummi bears! A women after my own heart...here's a pic from our candy bar at our wedding.
She mentioned her style Icon is Audrey Hepburn and a quote... "Sunglasses and scarves pull a look together - and they're easy to pack." Yep, I agree!
oh and you better believe my little mini me will be wearing these one day! :)
Now, I really would like Tory (you like how we're on a first name basis?) to start making watches! Hunter and I want to gift each other with the modern "clock" gift for our one year anniversary so I've been keeping my eye out for a watch to love!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Flank steak over greens with sweet potato wedges, sweet onion, and cheese califlower. There is a balsamic dressing on the lettuce, he did the flank steak on the grill and then just baked all the veggies in the oven with a little olive oil, salt and pepper brushed on them!
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
1 c. sugar
4 tbs. half and half
1 tsp. vanilla
3 3/4 to 4 c. flour (sometimes 4 cups is just too much flour so use your judgement)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp. baking soda
Mix all the dry ingredients together into a bowl and set aside. In a blender mix butter (room temp), sugar, eggs, half & half, and vanilla until well combined then slowly stir in the dry ingredients. Chill dough in refrigerator for at least 1hr. Roll out and cut using flour to prevent the dough from sticking to the rolling pin and counters. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for only about 5-7mins each. they bake fast so watch them...the bottoms of the cookie should be barely brown.
FROSTING - Pretty basic and really sweet but the sweetness is needed since the cookies alone are not that sweet.
3 cups confectioners
1 stick of butter softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons milk (more if needed)
There really is no method to this frosting madness... start with the above proportions and if its not quiet the right taste or consistency then just keep adding milk, confectioners sugar, or even a little shortening.
For those who are visual learners... :)
ready to frost! - color your frosting with food coloringpumpkins, ghosts, and witches hats OH MY!
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons cinnamon
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Line baking sheet with parchment paper. (I used one 14 X 20 and was able to get all 20 cookies on one sheet. Place about 3 inches apart and they won’t bake into each other.)
In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
In a mixer, cream butter, shortening, and sugar on medium for about 2 minutes.
Add egg and mix until combined.
Add the flour mixture and beat until combined.
In a small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon.
Use a small 1 1/4 inch ice-cream scoop to form balls. Release in the cinnamon-sugar mixture and roll until covered. When coated, you can shape them in a nice round ball and place on the baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the cookies begin to crack. Remove and let cool on a wire rack.
My coworkers were my friends today! :)
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Today's my friday! yay! Mom and Dad are coming to visit and its sure to be a fun and relaxing 4 day weekend. (We have monday off for columbus day as well). Hunter's heading up to VT for the game solo on saturday and I'm staying back to hang with the old folks! ha, just kidding mom :) Can't wait!
Monday, October 4, 2010
Now on to the Cobb, we used...
1 head of red leaf lettuce
1 head of romain lettuce
1 can black beans (drained)
1 can yellow corn ( drained)
1 diced tomato
1 cut up avacado
4 hard boiled eggs
4 peices of bacon
2 chicken breasts ( Hunter seasoned the chicken with salt, pepper, and blackening season and it was delish!)
Dressing - Hunter spurced up ranch dressing out of the bottle by adding the following to it: sorry we don't have exact measurements he just adds and taste tests :)
1. Make your dressing and refigerate until your ready to use.
2. Hard boil your eggs
3. Wash and cut all your lettuce and place in a large bowl
3.Drain black beans and corn and place to the side
4. Cut up your avacodo and tomato
5. Season your chicken breasts as you'd like and cook them. ( We just cooked them in a skillet in a little butter)
6. Cook bacon in same skillet while your chicken cools
7. Peel and slice your eggs
8. Cut up chicken and bacon
9. Assemble salad - Hunter layered it with lettuce, dressing, corn, beans, tomato, egg, avacodo, chicken, bacon, tortillas strips, then more dressing at the end.
Wala! Yes Hunter has portion control issues when he serves meals! :)
And here's Jake eating his dessert while we ate our dinner! He's a little wet because he had just gotten a bath after a fun afternoon of swimming in Lake Norman!
Hope you all had a great weekend! We got zero, nada, zilch done on the shed but had fun trying out the new mexican restaurant in town, watching the Hokies win, and taking Jake to the lake. Gotta have priorities :)xoxo
Friday, October 1, 2010
The projects are coming to an end though...like I said in an earlier post some hardwoods in the Den and a new farm sink and we're done. This isn't our forever home and we're pretty sure our house is already the nicest one in the neighborhood so we have to be careful not to put too much money into it that we won't get back in resale. Enjoy the photos, its certainly rewarding for us to see them laid out like this!
Master Bedroom After - new bedding, furniture & paintMaster Bath Before
Master Bath After - new paint on walls & cabinet)
Guest Bath Before
Guest Bath After - new paint & accessories
Guest Bedroom Before
Guest Bedroom After - just some new paint to freshen it up :)
Half Bath After - new wallpaper & pics
Kitchen After - new appliances and backsplash
WHOA! That was ALOT to just upload all those! It's amazing for the most part what a little paint/wallpaper, new accessories, and window treatments will do! We're working on the Shed (AGAIN) :) this weekend, doubt we'll get to painting the "simple structure" but our goal is to get the inside of it cleaned out and the garage cleared! I look forward to those before and after pictures.
Hope you all have a great weekend! GO HOKIES! xoxoxo