Thursday, May 28, 2009
So this week, I'm working really hard to keep the momentum going. I went to Safeway today for lunch, to grab a bag salad. You may have seen their new-ish brand, Eating Right. They have really got the basics down, and now have some fun snacks that are not at all bad for you.
So I grabbed a bag of the awesome (and my new favorite snack of summer) Sour Cream and Onion Soy Crisps.
Oh god, are they good! You can have 17 of the delicious and tasty rounds, for a mere 110 calories! WHATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT?! I know, right?!?!?!
And, what's even better is that there's 7 grams of protein in each serving, and only 15 grams of carbohydrates. Plus, you're getting the obvious benefit of the soy, with only 3 grams of fat.
WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE, SOY CRISPS?
They have like 5 flavors, but so far I've only got the sour cream and onion.
Oh yeah, there's also 2 grams of fiber. and they're only like $2.19 a bag. and there's 3.5 servings per bag.
Suck it, chips, I'm dating someone new, maybe you're heard of him, his name is Soy Crisps.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Here's my thought: I use the brass knuckle coffee cup in the morning, in case someone tries to talk to me before I've had a cup. ( you remember, I'll neck punch them, then get a cup of joe to really start the morning off right) and then I'll use this brass knuckle wine opener for those days when I have a bad day and really want to enjoy a glass of wine after work with my roommate (in this instance, I'll protect myself from any further infuriating conversations on the way to the wine bottle by fending off potential haters with corkscrew)
I was catching up on my 40+ blogs that I follow (what?!) and came across a great little artcle that led me to "The best salad name" (check out Cheap, Healthy, Good).
Had to share:
bowlful of chlorophyll and awesomeness which you can get the recipe from as well, thanks to Apartment Therapy, which I dually love alongside the rest of by blog obsessions.
Friday, May 22, 2009
- Fingernails down the chalkboard/knife on plate
- Teeth on fork dragging noise
- Socks with sandles
- Men with ponytails
- Bald men with lower hair ponytails
- Bumber stickers
- DB's that wear sunglasses at night or inside
- Patchwork leather jackets
- Inappropriate shoe:clothing match-up (ie.: suit with tennis shoes)
- Topless, sweaty lawn mowing beer bellies
- People that walk down the street while smoking
- Misdialled fax machines screaming in my ear
- People that throw away something recycleable, when the recycling bin is RIGHT next to the trash can
- Bumbin' base in a car that is so loud, when they pull up next to me at a stop light, my ear drums burn in vibration
- Ill manicured facial hair
- Long toenails
- People that don't wave "thank you" after you let them merge in front of you
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Then, for the screen door at the house, and other party like situations, I'd want something more design oriented, that is a bit whimsicle (sp? sorry), and old school, to fit with my eccletic style:
Like this hot little number, from Design Within Reach (or without reach, God, who's paying $100 for a doorstop again? remind me of where they live, so I can go steal this from their rich front porch).
I'm making that knot myself, and I'm doing it this weekend, with the help of my Eagle Scout boyfriend, and handyman brother in law. (Sorry guys, you're knot off the hook this weekend! ha Ha, get it? know? hook? yeah....................)
I was reviewing the extensive and wonderful "book storage roundup" which is offered by Design*Sponge, but I was referred by Jamie over at i suwanee.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
I have a dumb Hollywood frame for my bed, and so does Paul. Yes, it beats having it on the ground, but by such a small margin that I can't even show you with my fingers.
I have been searching for the perfect bed frames, one for the condo: manly, urban, and most importantly Paul proof*, and a pretty one for my house.
I am still searching. There was a close call, but then I figured he'd be able to somehow break it, just by looking at it. So I decided against it. He's like the Chuck Norris of furniture.
If anyone has any ideas, please dump them in my lap, before my skull collapses from lack of good bed options.
In other news, my bed can be pretty, and made of anything short of tissue paper or toothpicks. I have been debating bed concepts for a while, but basically I'm stuck between a white canopy bed, or a sleigh bed, or an old wrought iron bed. (BTW: so sick of people misspelling that word on Craigslist).
I have not even found a picture that would come close to describing this for you, but I'm sure you have an imagination. So get to work, mommy's tired.
Help me before I make one. We don't need another project around my house.
*"Paul proof" is a term I have created to mean: indestructable, unbreakable, made of nuclear strength metal, must crush with a the power of a thousand anvils in order to dent.
Recently, I was catching up on a food blog I love, Herbivoracious (please check out Michael's blog, he's a fellow foodie and Seattlite and we swap food info). He posted a great post (with pictures) about what he calls Dutchbabies.
Of course I had to correct him by saying that when we were growing up, we had them on special sundays, but they're called Baby Dutchmen! (duh! although I have to admit, even my Uncle Jeff said he thought they were Dutchbabies. This will make more sense further down the post).
So I told Michael (@ Herbavoracious - keep up!) that I would share with him my recipe, that my mom gave me years ago when I moved out on my own, and that I'd try to make it gluten free. He has a partial gluten free audience, and Paul is gluten free, so I thought "yay! Experient time!!!!"
Well, the road to H#@$ is paved with good intentions, no?
I have not yet made my version, but I did get back to Michael with the recipe, which I will now share with you:
1/3 c. butter - melt in pan (like glass pie plate)
mix eggs in blender for one minute; add milk and flour and blend till mixed.
pour batter into pie pan which has melted butter in it and bake in 425 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.
this batter makes two babies, so split the batter before pouring it into your pan.
My mom's note is that it's my Uncle Jeff's recipe. He's my mom's little brother, who lives in his Eastlake (let-me-drool-all-over-your-perfect-house)home with his FAB girlfriend, my aunt, Lisa.
I had dinner with him this Sunday (perfect BBQ in Seattle Sunday) and he said it's from an old friend of his....so who knows the origin. Isn't that the best anyway?!?!?
So you see, all these years we were calling them Baby Dutchmen in our house, when the guy that gave my mom the recipe says he calls them Dutchbabies. So who knows!
It doesn't affect the taste one bit! (or one bite!)
Just for fun, I've scanned in the picture of the paper my mom wrote the recipe on for me, because it's an old stationary pad from her mom, when she used to be a professional secretary back in the day. I just love this pad of paper, and have seen this paper since I could even remember my own name. I think she got like 20 cases of it, because my grandparents are no longer with us (since 2001) and we're STILL using pads of this paper! HA!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
The mug is the perfect thinness to drink from, and I love watching the tea infuse into the hot water.
What you can't see in this picture is my fabulous hour glass, which is actually a 35 minute glass, but who's counting.....(sorry, bad pun).
That precious find was from Revival Home and Garden, in Georgetown, here in Seattle. (Leah at Revival has become a new design and decor friend of mine, and you can check out her store and blog here: http://www.revivalhomeandgarden.com/)
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
(Rococo Noir tea set from RosannaInc.)
I have the tea pot, as well as the cream and sugar set. Paul's wonderful parents, Marija and Piotr got this for me for Christmas this past year, and I could not be happier with it!
Me thinks it's time for a girls night! HA! (*shuffles off* time to plan a girls night in!)
Friday, May 8, 2009
Before I realized it, it was Thursday night and the shower is in two days! YIKES (at least I already have the gift! thankyouverymuch Macy's online!). So I decided rather than hunt various thirft stores for an overpriced hat that may or may not match one of my dresses (not to mention sometimes they're just a little musty smelling and "don't-touch-me-or-I'll-break-into-a-million-pieces" delicate, I'd make my own custom hat! Hat Couture (sorry, I know that was lame - 'hat'/'haute', you get it)
So off I went to JoAnns. Since I didn't have my dress with me, and wasn't even sure which one I'd wear (Depending on how fat or skinny I am, and the weather/temperature, and my mood), I got supplies for the hat in three different colors: forest green, navy, and dark taupe/beige.
I spent $20.75 on all the supplies. Here's what I used to create the hat:
-a kids sized foam visor: $1
-1 sheet of craft felt (eco-fi, made from recycled plastic bottles): $.72
-1/2 yard of shiny tulle (of which I used about 1/4 of): $.65
-a high temp glue gun (I only had a low temp one): $2.50
-a bag of mini glue sticks (I used 4): $2.50
-a fake Magnolia bloom (was 50% off): $2.50
-a fake cherry blossom bloom (or something like that, also 50% off): $1.99
Total price: $9.36 + tax (per hat, except of course the glue gun stuff you only buy once)
First I made a duplicate of the visor on some scratch card stock, so I could cut it up and play with how to make the actual hat form from the foam (say that 5 times fast).
Once I had figured out how I wanted the hat form to look, I used my template card stock to cut the foam, then glued it in place with my glue gun.
Then, I flipped it upside down and traced it on the wrong side of the felt, so I had a 1" boarder. I cut the felt out and used the glue gun to stretch, wrap, glue and repeat all the way around (of course doing the opposite ends first to avoid pulling and weird gathering). so then I had the basic hat form. (Save that scrap of left over felt for later, so you can cover the bottom side of the hat. you want it to look professional, right?)
Next, I cut out my tulle shapes. I wanted to do something a bit off center, with some body and volume, so I cut three different sized ovals, and gathered each one separately, (using the glue gun to "sew" at the gather. once the glue was dry, I had little veils). Then I sat in the mirror and played with positioning. After deciding on each one's position, I carefully glued it in place on the top side of the hat.
Once all three were complete, I grabbed my mag bloom, pulled it off the stem, cut the plastic part beneath it as short as possible, and then went back to the mirror to see where I wanted to position it. But FIRST, I pulled the big leaf off the stem and put that in place, so the flower had a base, and the hat had some contrasting color (otherwise it would be all white, cream and tan. blah!)
So, once you've got the mag (or other flower bloom) and leaf glued down, you can use your filler flower to fill in (duh) spots that either show a bit of glue, or show the base of your work. This way you add a pop of color, and some nice detailing that does double duty to cover your tracks!
Now, you're almost done. Take that left over felt, cover the bottom side of your, gluing it ALL OVER so that it really stays put. This is important because later you might need to use this as a base for bobby pins or a comb, to secure into your hair.
I however, took the stem from my filler flower, curved it into a headband, fit it to my head and cut it to the right length. It's already covered in floral tape, so it's a little sticky-ish, and it blends into most hair color (people are looking at the hat anyway, right?!) Then I sat in front of the mirror, AGAIN, and played with the position of the finished hat, atop the head band.
Once that was in place, I carefully took the hat with headband off, ran to the table. and traced the headband on the under side of the hat, so I can glue it later, if I decide to use the head band rather than bobby pins or a comb.
If you use bobby pins, then either get some that are going to blend in with your hat (you've done all this work, don't ruin the illusion with ugly bobby pins showing on the top of the hat) or you'll want to create little loops for the bobby pins to slide through using scraps of your felt on the bottom side of the hat.
Okay, without further ado, her are the pictures of the finished product (I promise to take more pictures when I'm wearing it, so you get the full effect):
This is the front/side of the hat (above). The tulle will sit over my left ear and side of my face. there are three layers of tulle, all in different positions and different sizes, you'll see when I post pics of me wearing it.
Okay, go and build!