Friday, May 20, 2011

Foodie Friday

This week I have just felt off...tired, grumpy and not very excited about making dinners, so they are pretty boring!!

Sunday we had homemade meatball subs with provolone on homemade rolls with chips and some carrots

Monday left overs

Tuesday we had breakfast for dinner, homemade blueberry pancakes, bacon, home fries -I baked 4 red potatoes in the microwave for 5 minutes than cut them up threw them in a sauce pan with butter, garlic and onions and rosemary until they browned & a fruit salad we have tons of fresh fruit right now..yummo

Wednesday shrimp scampi with brown rice and steamed veggies and a TON of fresh fruit!

Thursday homemade turkey sloppy joes...& homemade coleslaw pretty tasty! I browned turkey meat with onion and garlic then added a can of tomato sauce, a few tablespoons of ketchup, a few tablespoons of brown sugar, a few tsps - tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce. Then simmered until the liquid evaporated.  The coleslaw was super easy I had cabbage left over from fish tacos, so I put cabbage, carrots and white onion in food processor. I added about 1/3 cup mayo, 1/2 cup milk and few tsps of rice vinegar and a few tablespoons of sugar.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Is it football season yet????

Now don't get me wrong...I heart summer- probably more than the average person...I heart the pool, the beach...long warm night...grilling love love summer but I do love WVU football! I love brats, tailgating, WVU marching band, beautiful warm fall WV saturdays. I just love it...not quite the same not having season tickets though..;{ anyway... I have started making some WVU inspired necklaces and hair bows and it has PUT me in the mood for college football!!! Although I will gladly wait through summer!! here are a few pics.. 

I's lovin..Polka dots on parade!!

So I am doing a GIVEAWAY!!!!! This is so exciting for me, a great friend of mine is hosting a bib, pom=pom necklace!! 

I am constantly amazed by the wonderful women in my life!  I feel privileged to have so many wonderful women in my life! My mother is truly an inspiration to me.  she is not only beautiful after having 11 kids but is so talented and wish I lived closer so we could have crafty days!!  Family is important and I adore my my husband and love chatting it up with him...but there is just something about girl friends!! Girls nights out are a MUST for my sanity!! I am super excited to be going to WV and visit some of my besties while I'm there!!! - so are my sisters!! =) 

 My friend Jaime is truly an exception woman! She is the craftiest lady EVA, home schools, bakes like Julia Child and keeps a beautiful home!! 
Go over and check out her out!! I just linked some necklaces up to her party!! 

Good luck!!

What i'm working on Wednesday!

I have been trying to post this ALL day!! Not sure what was going on but anyway!!! here is what I have been working on and AM working on this week!
 Always working on ways I a can be the BEST mommy to these two wonderful little people! This week I am working on building a home that is a haven....haven not so much lately!
 I have had this adorable magazine side table for awhile now and still haven't found the inspiration...maybe this week?
 Custom order for my sister & brother -in-law the bench was from my wonderful friend Amy!
 I've started making WVU necklaces..i am loving to be honest it has taken me a few attempts to get some I love!!

I have discovered I LOVE beads AND fabric o I am attempting to make my own necklaces to add to my necklaces!! These are two new ones to be added to my etsy shop!!
Well what have you been up to this week? Come back tomorrow for a WONDERFUL surprise!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

tantalizing tuesday

So I need want a romantic getaway vacation for just me and Chris.... desperately! I am so overwhelmed with life at the moment with the uncertainty and limbo we are in right now! SOO as I am dreaming of warm, childless, delicious vacations I thought I would share some today!!  

 of course I will look like this too:)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Manic Monday Makeovers!!

Mission dis organization ... now that I am doing so much "crafty" work lately I have found I have endless piles of fabric, ribbon, ideas...and so on..and that's not even touching the lack of just an overall organization  in our home!! From toys ALL over to random piles of's making me a little bit nuts! One of our biggest problems right now is just an overall lack of space. Our home is about 100 years old and apparently they didn't need much closet space....hmmm so I don't have the traditional linen closet, or utility closet so that does put a damper on things...but I am determined to work through this and establish a bit more tidiness in my are a few beautiful crafty spaces

 From the
 from the Girl.inspired

This yellow chair is wonderful!! I love the use of fun and color with drab things like -bills- schedules

This is just ME!!! I LOVE the colors!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

What I am loving Saturday!

Since blogger has been a whole hell of a lot little annoying this week.... I am going to post today what I had planned to do on Thursday!! I have come to terms with the idea that we ARE moving somewhere, either on the other side of the tunnel, cross country-most likely not, or down further south....who knows at this point...I am getting forcing myself to look at this positively! I was just talking to Chris last night about how I used to embrace change and look forward to new environments, but now we have two little people and it changes EVERYTHING! I am really looking for that perfect (does it exist) town, job, school, settle down and spread roots! I am so torn leaving this area..I have made incredible friendships and I worry I won't find such amazing, talented, fun, non-judging friends in the next town...I worry that Eli and Mia will have a hard time adjusting to a new place as we have just became settled here...I worry we will move so far from family we won't be able to see them as often as I would like....but we will make the best decision for our little family...on THAT tangent...

One thing I do look forward to is the purging and organizing that comes with moving!! So that got me thinking about what I would like to change about our kitchen...I LOVE white cabinets with funky colors thrown in..I adore white cabinets with a fun colored island! But right now what I am loving is these FUN funky retro chairs!!

 These are on craigslist and I may just go pick them up!! how great area these?!!

 I love these floors....
 the legs on these are fabulous!!
aren't these just fun?!!
What kind of chairs do you like for your kitchen area?

Friday, May 13, 2011

Foodie Friday

Fast, yummy, healthy weeknight dinners that actually taste good!

So im going to try something kinda new and post what we had for dinner this week? Whacha think?? This week has been beautiful so we have grilled almost every night this week! Tomorrow it's going to we aren't grilling :(

Monday - Grilled pork tenderloin - I made kind of an asian spicy flare..I used spicy brown mustard, peanut sauce, soy sauce, onions, garlic and pepper and spread it all over the pork and while Chris grilled he continued to coat with marinade.
served with jasmine rice seasoned with peanut and soy sauces with roasted broccoli and edamame yummo
Tuesday: grilled turkey burgers - I use ground turkey, feta cheese, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt & pepper and a touch or horseradish....then serve on the flat whole wheat sandwich rolls with arugula, tomato. We had sweet potato fries on the side with steamed broccoli
Wednesday - BBQ chicken, homemade black eyed peas, & corn on the cob..I made the bbq sauce with ketchup, spicy mustard, balsamic vinegar, little soy sauce and brown sugar, I boiled the black eyed peas with bacon, onions and garlic!
Thursday: was grilled chicken caesar salad wraps- seasoned chicken with rosemary, garlic and little touch of salt. wraps were red onion, arugula, parmesan cheese, tomato on whole wheat wrap with caesar salad dressing. Served with steamed green beans and sweet potato fries! We love those!! :)
Friday- grilled fish tacos with homemade chips and salsa - my mom has been making homemade salsa since I can remember it is soo good! and soo easy! 2 cans of diced tomatoes, I use rotel tomatoes with jalapenos, 1/2-1 jalapeno with the seeds-the seeds are what make it super spicy so be careful...cilantro, lime juice, onion, garlic and that's it!! oh salt per taste. Then I quarter corn tortillas and fry them in hot canola oil. I have also used olive oil and they turn out like the tortilla gold chips pretty tasty!!
Saturday: will be turkey meatball subs with provolone on homemade whole wheat french buns. with some side??
so what have you made this week?

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Happy Flower Week

So this is the week to celebrate flowers! We went to the Botanical Gardens last week and flowers were I have decided to do a few flower projects this week! Here are some ideas I will be attempting from some talented crafters.

1. This adorable paper wreath would love amazing above the mirror in my dinning room!

2. The perfect Mother's Day Card

3. how sweet are these roses....

4. I love adding a little something to a hostess gift.....

4. Would love to do this for Mia's 2nd Birthday...& I really would like to add these to Mia's room
Happy Flowering....

Mid-life crisis??

I am not sure if it was the fact that I turned 34, or my children decided to both change into mutant non-listeners, or maybe a desire for a new (totally extravagant) bottega veneta bag.... probably a combination, that has cause such indecsion in my life. I felt like I was walking through the motions and somehow became bitter and unhappy with my life. It is amazing how once the seed of discontent plants itself...the roots WILL then EVERY aspect of my life was horrible and miserable and MUST be changed. Actually I am pretty happy and love my life. I needed a wake up call, I needed to SEE what life could be like if I changed it. I went to California, stopped blogging, stopped crafting and considered uprooting my family and moving to follow "my dream"! First I am just going to say THANK GOD I have such a supportive husband who just wants me to be happy!! Second I got the job, the SAME day Chris got a call about a great opportunity for his career here on the east coast! hmmm so we sat down and talked and talked and I vented...even ( accidently) threw a cup of milk...yea I went through a crazy moment! And who ever said not to cry over spilled milk didn't have to clean it off kitchen cabinets! I do have so say becoming a little irrational was very theraputic for me! I tend to hold everything in until a breaking point...and I needed to get some things out. So we both agreed we wanted me to stay home a little longer, a little more time to cherish these babies. I love being home and am going to keep at it a little bit longer! E will be in school full time in August and we are probably going to put miss crazy pants in a preschool program. I am going to continue doing crafts and furniture on a "as I want to" not a "I HAVE TO" basis. I am going to open an Etsy shop but not kill myself to do it. As I find cool pieces of furniture I will continue to paint...but not so do or die. I tend to jump in head first and go ALL out at ALL costs....I am working on that! For now my focus in my two crazy-wonderful little people I am always looking for that perfect project or part time job but as of right now I am NOT looking I am JUST being....