Sunday, July 31, 2011

finished mobile

Oh, and last weekend, I finally took a picture of the finished mobile hanging in the nursery. Fun huh?


bits from the weekend

On Saturday, G and I went to the yogurt tap and tried their dark chocolate, plain, and strawberry yogurt. Delicious!! and only 39 cents per ounce!

After a trip to Michaels and still on the neapolitan kick, I baked this yummy treat. Mine doesn't look as pretty on the inside (not sure how they got such a pink strawberry batter), but still tastes oh-so-good.

Hope you all had a great weekend!


Friday, July 29, 2011

happy weekend

Happy weekend everyone! So glad it's Friday...

I plan to take G to the library to read a few books and then stop by the yogurt tap for the first time.

Enjoy the weekend!


[[artwork by megan whitmarsh]]

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

future herb garden

I saw this beautiful leaning planter on pinterest and knew it was something that I'd love to bring home.

If only I had a green thumb. Regardless of my gardening skills, I think this planter would be a perfect way to spruce up any space, indoor or outdoor, with a little greenery and color.

My perfect idea for this planter: an herb garden - basil, mint, cilantro, and parsley.


[[photo from Gardens to Go]]

P.S. Don't forget about the giveaway!

Monday, July 25, 2011

take me there: santa cruz

This picture is just beautiful. I love the soft pink hue of the sky. and I love all of the colors of the sky buckets. I must visit the boardwalk if I'm ever in Santa Cruz.


[[photo by Jana Laurene]]

Thursday, July 21, 2011

last night's dinner: couscous salad

Feeding my sweet babe has become a challenge recently (since his refusal to eat anything pureed) so I'm always looking for a simple meal that is kid friendly.

I came upon this couscous recipe and improvised a bit since I didn't have a few of the ingredients.

Greek Isreali Couscous Salad
**recipe from Weelicious

1 1/2 cups Israeli Couscous
3 tbsp Olive Oil, divided
2 cups Water
2 tbsp Lemon Juice
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 cup Crumbled Feta Cheese
2 Persian Cucumbers, seeded & diced (or 1 cucumber)
1 Large Tomato, seeded & diced
1 tbsp Parsley, chopped

1. Place the couscous and 1 tbsp of olive oil in a pot and toast for 5 minutes over medium heat.
2. Add water and bring to a boil then simmer for 12 minutes.
3. Remove to a bowl and cool.
4. Pour in the remaining ingredients plus the 2 remaining tbsps of olive oil and stir to combine.
5. Serve.

1. I used Canadian whole wheat toasted couscous.
2. I only had about half a cucumber, so I added some corn to the salad.
3. I omitted the salt and parsley (didn't have fresh parsley on hand. This is why a small herb garden would be awesome).
4. Didn't have feta cheese (yum!) so I used grated parmesan cheese.

It turned out to be tasty, and the little G monkey actually ate about half his bowl! My dad and I added some tilapia to the dish, which made it even yummier. G didn't like the fish, so he just ate the couscous. But we're making progress! and it's another meal option for the little babe.

If you have any kid friendly recipes you'd like to share, leave me a comment! I'm always on the search for yummy food for the little one (and us parents too!).


Monday, July 18, 2011

best cookies ever!

When we were in FL we were introduced to the best chocolate chip cookie ever. and I finally got my hands on the recipe. So that's what I did on Sunday. These cookies are so delicious and chewy (they even stay chewy once completely cool, day after day).

If you bake them, let me know if you like them as much as I do. Best ever, in my opinion.


Friday, July 15, 2011

happy weekend!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! and Happy Birthday to my baby sister! Love ya!


[[photo by kalyxcornucopia]]

Thursday, July 14, 2011

colorful bench

Love this colorful bench. Reminds me of this colorful doormat. Maybe a perfect combination for our future outdoor our future house.


[[photo by Christina Diaz]]

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

cake batter bark

This cake batter bark just looks so fun and festive. Chocolate + cake batter AND sprinkles, um HELLO! Definitely adding this to recipes that I must try in the near future. It's a good thing I have a few baby showers coming up, it will give me an excuse to make fun sweets like this.


[[photo by how sweet it is]]

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

time of your life

[[print by Kavan Studio]]

Monday, July 11, 2011

yard jenga

Another project that I'm adding to our to-do list is yard jenga. How fun does that sound? Way fun.

I can't wait until G is old enough to play with me!


[[photo via instructables]]

Friday, July 8, 2011

happy weekend!

Happy weekend you guys!! Sorry for the lack of posts this week! We spent 5 days in FL - enjoying friends, pool time, and beach time. My sweet boy has decided to walk, so I've also been busy chasing him around the house. Hope to be back to regular blogging next week.


Friday, July 1, 2011

happy 4th of july weekend!

Wishing everyone a safe and happy 4th of July weekend!

It's been a long week, so I'm definitely looking forward to the long weekend.

Summer = fruit in my mind. So here's a quick list of recipes I've pinned that scream summer to me, and might make good 4th of July treats.

++ this strawberry cream cake looks divine (pictured above)

++ you could make these citrus cookies to go along with the coasters I posted earlier today

++ pink lemonade cupcakes

++ these adorably cute watermelon shaped cookies

++ apple pie is always a winner, so what about apple pie ice cream. two good things must equal awesome.

++ the kids will love these strawberry milk whoopie pies (as will the adults I'm sure)

++ and for the adult cocktail hour, try these strawberry & peach vodka collins popsicles or these watermelon mojito popsicles

Happy weekend!!


[[photo by Jenny of Everyday Occasions]]

DIY: citrus coasters

Aren't these citrus coasters adorable? They just scream summer to me and I love the colors. They would make the perfect addition to any summer gathering.


[[photo by the purl bee]]