Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Little Herb Garden, Petit jardin

On the side yard we have a little herb garden.
A petite little space. Un petit amour.
Growing madly in the light Spring air.
If gnomes were to come around they'd make a cabin amongst the chard.
Or perhaps on the edge of a forest of radishes.
But SCAT! The forest cat wards those gnomes away.
No pesky garden gnomes here.
Delight overwhelms me.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Toms Wedges? Anyone?

Wedges seem like the perfect balance between casual and dressy. Lately I have been thinking about getting a pair of these Toms Wedges. I have to be sure I really want them though, because they aren't cheap - $68 or so. I'm thinking you could wear them with skinny jeans, or a dress, or even shorts. These are my favorite colorways on the Nordstrom website, which is where I would get them.

I have boots and vans and some sandals. But nothing really with a heel. And I hardly ever dress up because I A. work around the clock, and B. don't have money to spend on going out. If I'm not working I am pretty causal.

I don't know, what do you think?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Easter 2012 - 4th Annual Adult Easter Egg Hunt!

A tradition through the ages. Yes, old ages.
Ok, here we go for the 4th Annual Adult Easter Egg Hunt:
Participants :: 4 Adults (me, my brother Cole, sister Deanna, and my husband Billy)
Age Range :: 20-31
Number of Eggs :: Approx 120
WINNER :: 1st Place goes to Cole with 38 eggs.
RUNNER UP :: 2nd Place goes to Deanna with 32 eggs.
LOSER :: Coming in last place is my very own Billy with 24 eggs. Boo.

You may ask, who hides the eggs? Answer: Our parents! It's all so silly :)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Champagne Cocktail

So for just about any special occasion we make champagne cocktail. It is something Billy's family makes regularly and my sister Deanna and I have adopted it as a celebratory habit for just about anything. Champagne (or sparkling wine as many are technically called) is by far my favorite booze drink, and the champagne cocktail rivals none. People usually have no idea what I'm talking about when I mention the champagne cocktail and I'm a bit sad for all who don't know what they're missing! So here is how to make it...
1. Start with some Champagne or sparkling wine. My favorite for the last few years has been Montcadi "Cava" sparkling wine from Spain. I buy it at the Fresh & Easy for $4.99. It is a jewel, let me tell you. Ok, so you have your champagne.
2. Next you will need some champagne glasses. My parents don't have them so when we make it at their house we have to improvise with wine glasses - lame. Alas, however, a glass is a glass.
3. Drop a sugar cube at the bottom of each glass.
4. Liberally sprinkle "Angostura bitters" over your sugar cube. You can find these inexpensive bitters at most grocery stores.
5. Peel a couple lemon zest strips and place in each glass.
Now it's time to pour the champagne! Don't be scared, it wont spray everywhere. Here's a tip that works for me every time when opening the bottle - hold on the the cork with one hand and the bottle with the other, and twist the bottle not the cork.
Ooooo, that's money.
Cheers to you sis!
A tasty sip indeed!

I hope you'll give this a try!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Happy Easter

We had an amazing Easter. It started with a sunrise service at 6:30am at the flower fields, a wonderful Sunday nap, an Easter egg hunt, champagne of course, and a fantastic dinner. The weather was quite summer-like which made for a relaxing time out on the patio (with champagne. Always champagne!).

What did you do? Hope your day was delightful!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Cake Topper Pouches

While recently trying to think of a sweet and special way to package my heart cake toppers I came up with an idea that is cheap, easy and most importantly - cute! I wanted to send these toppers in something reusable, something that could be pretty and something that would lend itself to the idea of being "keepsake." These little bags were my perfect solution. They are cute, can be made out of all kinds of fabric remnants and evocate the charm and personal touch I am going for. I can sew and trim them in just a couple of minutes per bag too. Hopefully people will love them!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Easter Eggs

My sister and I can't possibly have an Easter without dyed eggs. In my last post I mentioned we were going to try Martha's egg dye technique of just food coloring, vinegar and hot water. It totally worked! The longer the eggs sat in the color, the richer the color was. The results were beautiful and we will definitely do it this way again.
Dye Ingredients:
<< 20 drops food coloring
<< 1 tsp. white vinegar
<< 1 cup hot water

This method made some lovely Easter pastels as well as some really rich hues. And we had everything we needed on hand already which made this a practically free homemade project. Hope you're doing some eggs this year too. Happy decorating <3