Monday, November 28, 2011

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope everyone is stuffed full of good food and geared up to shop till they drop!
Also, you are now allowed to have that Eggnog Latte you have been craving!

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I'm gonna wash that man right outta

Christmas came early this year!
Steve broke the cardinal rule of never buying a woman a gift that plugs in.
 But, i don't care.
Because I love it!

That's right, I got my very own dishwasher!!

 To most of you modern girls, I know this is not big deal.
However, my house was built in the 20's remember?
Although, the kitchen is a decent size, a dishwasher never found it's way in there.
Since moving in we have upgraded the fridge and sink prior to purchasing this little treasure.

When my husband told me he had a present in mind, but wanted my approval before he ordered it, I got a little suspicious.
I assumed it was the surround sound he has been wanting, or a new flat screen for the bedroom.
I must say I was pleasantly surprised when he showed me what he planned to buy.

It has been almost a year since we bought our house and one of the first things I thought we would do was install a dishwasher, but sadly it fell to the bottom of our list.
It also took some convincing on my part, along with a little help from  the HGTV show Property Virgins.
I had mentioned to Steve that I really wanted to get a dishwasher numerous times.
He went down the list of reasons why I should just live without one.
 I came to the conclusion that I washed the dishes about 90% of the time and he just didn't grasp how annoying it was to wash every single butter knife, fork and spoon we owned.

A few weeks ago we were watching HGTV and the couple shopping for a new home ended up settling on a cute little craftsmen house.
It needed a few improvements, just like ours did.
 The show did a follow up on the couple a few weeks after they settled in to see how they were doing.

The couple showed off their new digs and upgraded kitchen.
The wife pointed to her dishwasher and said " Obviously, the first thing we did was get this, it's a necessity"
The newly wed husband boasted about how important it was they have a dishwasher and he understood why his wife was so pleased with it.
I just sat there on the couch, with my coffee cup, glaring at Steve.

Awww it's so cute and petite

He got the message apparently.
I get the feeling he thinks I am spoiled, but he is slowly learning that what he thinks is spoiled is really just practical!

Monday, November 21, 2011

So long instant oatmeal!

I have upgraded to a more adult oatmeal version, if you will.
Steel Cut Oats!

It's all the rage.
You see it everywhere now, just like gluten free foods and mustaches.
 ( More on that later, I am so burnt out on the damn mustache obsession! It's like cupcakes all over again.)

This isn’t your childhood microwavable  rolled oats packet in a bowl.
Yes, it takes more time ( like 45 min) and more work( Stirring on the stove) but it is worth it!

I bought myself some steel cut oatmeal at the store on sale.
 I kept hearing about  it and reading about it and I love oatmeal, so I decided to give it a try.
I was impressed that a little goes a long way.
I can make an entire pot (enough to portion out for 4-5 breakfasts) with just 1 Cup of oats!

Its simple.1. Boil water 2. Add oats 3.Stir & simmer till thick, about 30 min 4. Add in fixings ( I use berries, almonds or chopped pecans, brown sugar and a drop or vanilla or almond extract 5. Portion into Tupperware containers and refrigerate

Then I grab a container in the AM on my way to work and pop it in the microwave and I am set!
It is really filling and I like how hearty it tastes.
I LOVE nutty, grainy, chunky toast.
If you are a white bread kind of person, you probably won’t like this. It tastes….. "Healthy"

Totes worth the extra effort to make though!

Taste and Texture
The differences in taste and texture between steel-cut oats and rolled oats are largely due to processing variations. Rolled outs are flattened, steamed and toasted, so they're lighter and fluffier. As they cook, rolled oats soften further and develop a thick, gummy texture. Steel-cut oats are whole grain oat kernels that have been split into two or three pieces but are not further processed. They're thicker, nuttier tasting and more resistant to chewing. ( Similar texture to Quinoa, in my opinion)

Nutrition Facts
Steel-cut oats have a greater volume than rolled oats, so 1/4 dry cup of each variety yields different nutritional facts when the oats are cooked. However, when measured by weight, the two types have the same nutritional values. (Bummer)

Reasons to eat the Oats!
1. Lowers cholesterol
2. Fills you up and breakfast is the most important meal of the day!
3. It is inexpensive & lasts a long time on your shelf
4. Oatmeal contains a wide array of nutrients, minerals and antioxidants
5. It is 100% natural! ( If you don't buy the crap kind)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Pantry Baskets!

 I think I am down to the last item (a rug) on my mission to put the finishing touches on my pantry.
Last week I was able to find a set of metal baskets that fit perfectly under the bottom shelves.
I had been looking for some just like these online, but they were either the wrong dimensions or really expensive.
 I came across these diamonds in the rough while shopping at Fred Meyer.
I found them in the back of the store, next to the automotive section and Rubbermaid storage bins.
They happened to have them on clearance.
Then they were marked down another 40%!
Probably because they were ugly.
But, I saw their potential.
Here is the basket as it came from the store.
 With this "sweet" little apple pie metal bottle cap attached to the front. (barf)

We easily removed the bottle cap by clipping the wires holding it on to the side.
Here is the finished product.
Rustic little metal bins that I got for a song!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Claudia's red tea cart

Apparently I am meant to have a little metal tea cart because they keep falling into my life.
When I was in Wenatchee this past summer a friend took me to this adorable little home decor shop, that was unfortunately closed on Sundays so I didn't get to go in.
However, in their front window among other fabulous items was a retro, red, 3 tier, metal tea cart.
 It was the only thing I noticed in the entire display.

 At that point I must have invited it into my Universe.

 I came home from my visit empty handed but thought of all the neat things I could put on this little cart.
 I needed to keep my eye out for one.
Flash forward 4 days.
Steve's Aunt Claudia calls us.
 Her mother passed away and she was getting rid of a few items sitting around her childhood home.
 She came across some baking pans, dishes, misc items she thought I would like and also, a little red tea cart.

 She says" I don't know if you want this old thing, but it might go with your " retro" theme kitchen or something"
As she is talking, I am jumping up and down on the other end of the phone" I'll take it! I'll take it!" I told her.

 She dropped it off at my house and it's perfect.
 I love it.
Right now it is serving as a mini buffet in the
 dinning room.

Maybe a week after I got the cart from Aunt Claudia, my mom called.
Her and my dad went on a trip down to the ocean for the weekend.
They were antiquing on their visit
 ( More like mom was antiquing and dad was walking behind her looking for records)
 and they came across this cute little red tea cart and thought I needed it,even though we had never discussed anything about it before.
To which I replied, I already have that....exact...same...cart... (in red even!)
but she was correct in her assumption that I would want one!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

First dance wedding songs we all hate

A friend of mine started a trend.
I attended her wedding, before we were friends.
No, I didn't wedding crash.
I made her cake.
While I sat through her adorable ceremony I couldn't get over how unique the music selection was.
For the next week, I had all the songs stuck in my head.
They were all rock songs I already knew, but they were the most amazing instrumental versions I had never heard before!

 Then I forgot about it.

A few months later, Steve and I needed to come up with a first dance wedding song of our own.
He wanted every high school prom song out there.

Ie; Because you loved me- Celine Dion
 I don't want to miss a thing- Aerosmith
From this moment -Shinia Twain
Amazed- Lonestar
Back that thing up-Juvenile

Alright, just kidding about that last one.

Seriously though, every song made me want to puke.
They were all so cliche'.
Or reminded me of going to homecoming drunk ( sorry mom) and making out under the bleachers.
 ( I never did that, but it always happens in the movies)

We considered all the genres,country,classical,soft rock,classic rock.
We could not agree on anything and the songs we could agree on, were really difficult to dance to!

Then I had an idea.

 I remembered the wedding with the amazing music from my friend's wedding.
I found out who the band was and voila'!
There were TOO MANY to choose from.
We ended up settling on
You shook me all night long by AC/DC
but here's the catch, it was all instrumental by...


It ended up being the perfect song choice for us and we had great feed back after the wedding from our guests.
I would say the best part was all the wedding party singing out the words as we danced our first dance!
I will never forget that.
Since my wedding, I know of 2 more brides who are also using a song selection from Vitamin String Quartet.

So , if you are stumped for that perfect number to strut your stuff on the dance floor to and if hearing Etta James " At last" one more time it is going to make you shove a pencil in your eye, you should explore this option.
You won't be disappointed!

These may not be wedding worthy, but here are a few of my favorites:

Just Dance - Lady Gaga
Enter sandman- Metallica

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A room to remember

Here is some great room inspiration I came across this weekend.

( I would have died for this room as a kid!)

Love this color scheme

Look it's the Dwell bedding I want with amazing dark walls!

Refreshing and crisp

A citrus ceiling with grey walls

Re-purposed headboard

Urban royalty

Monday, November 14, 2011

Do you frame mash?!

Some fabulous examples of how to display your frames, photos and art!
I love a good collage of stuff!
It is very rare that you will find a lone item or picture hanging in my house.
Everyone needs a friend or two, to hang out with!

(Get it, hang?)

This reminds me of a European restaurant for some reason

GREAT idea!

Kardashian hallway?


Cozy clutter

Art collector

Frames in frames

My hallway!

Do you cluster your frames together too?

Friday, November 11, 2011

Fabulous Friday

Here are a few things that I think are pretty fabulous!
Have a great weekend everyone

This adorable sign

These artsy pumpkins

This snooki cat

These Hello Kitty Sunglasses

The Bride of Butthead tattoo

This cleaver shirt

That would go great with these pants!

This festive coffee cup

This secret doorway

This sweet photo

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Veteran's Day, Happy Birthday Marines & Lundquest update

In Lieu of Veteran’s day and the Marine Corp Birthday this week, I thought I would do a post updating the condition of my friend Barry.

I know I posted this photo last year, but I love it.

First off,  I would like to invite everyone to attend a fundraiser we have planned this weekend on
Saturday the 12th of November.
 Held at Dino’s  in Kennydale from 12-6 pm.

This event was set up in order to give friends, family and anyone who wants to help out, the opportunity to stop by and make a contribution however they see fit. 

 We will be taking donations, cards, words of encouragement, etc. to pass on to the Lundquest family.
 As well as taking photos & recording short video messages of all you “do gooders” to send Amy and Barry to remind them they aren’t alone.

We will also be raffling off a set of passes for a studio tour at KISW & to meet the guys from BJ SHAY!!

Please stop by, say hello, watch the UW game, enjoy the drink/ food specials Dino’s is putting on for us and know that you are making a difference in someone’s lives!
That Saturday morning there is a bootcamp class taking place & all proceeds will go towards the Lundquest Fund as well!

And of course you are still welcome to make a donation via the web page we set up.
Please click the tab on the menu of my blog to go there!

On to the update:

I haven’t posted about my best friend and her hubby who was in the motorcycle accident since originally letting you all know what had happened. 
 It has now been over a month since the accident and he has come leaps and bounds from where we ( and Dr.’s) thought he would be at this moment in time, if ever!

This week he was moved into a new hospital in Phoenix to start his next phase of recovery in Rehab!

Since I was in Arizona visiting last month, he has come out of his coma and is beginning to talk.
He is fully breathing on his own and is able to walk, feed himself and tie his shoes on his own!
They have replaced the skull piece that was originally removed due to swelling, and have since removed all his stitches and staples.

Barry is still struggling with movement on his right side, as it was the left side of his brain that was injured and the left controls the right.
(Remember that saying, “Left handed people are the only ones in their right mind?”  Lol)
 This is something he will have to work on, but they anticipate he will regain full movement eventually.

There are a million more medical details, but I will spare you the mumbojumbo.
Bottom line, he is getting better each day.
He is clearly determined and is putting all his effort and energy into getting better and going home.
 I truly don’t think this could have happened with out everyone’s positive thoughts, prayers and support.

Thank you to everyone who has kept them in their thoughts through out this hard time , as well as those of you that have made generous donations to the family.
The fight isn’t over yet, but each day Barry shows Amy what true love really is.

As for me, I know I have learned many lessons from this situation.
 I learned what a promise really means. 
When you say your vows and breeze through “in sickness and in health” you never really play out the various scenarios in your mind.
You never stop and think, what would my life be like if my spouse was ill or incapacitated?
If I had to make the hard decisions of life support, 24 hour care and basically giving up my life to care for this person from now on? 
Would they become a burden to you?
Would you resent them?
How would you make ends meet?
Are you financially prepared for a life altering event like this?
I don’t think many people are.
It’s one of those situations where you never think it will happen to you.

Watching everything that has happened with Amy and Barry has hugely impacted my life.
Steve and I have already made changes to protect ourselves if anything should ever happen to us.

 Something, I don’t think I really ever thought about before.
I always just thought, we are young, we don’t have kids, I don’t need to think about it.
But, I do. And so do you.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Ruffles & Rust

October 22nd I went to this fabulous flea market with my mom and sister.
We found a few treasure and even more great ideas.
There was tons of inspiration.

Here are some pics I snapped inside


This is a vintage armadillo purse.
I had never seen one in real life before,but had heard about them.
My mom's aunt had one when she was growing up and I always remember my mom telling me about it and how gross it was.

Yep, it's pretty gross.
While i was taking this photo, an elderly couple passed by and the man said to his wife
" Wow, look at that nice purse!"
Then she walked over to check it out. 
She says " This, is a very nice armadillo bag!"
Then they walked off.
Umm.... okay.
I guess I am missing something.
( And I like really weird stuff, so I don't know why I don't get it.)
Isn't this neat?
It's a bookcase/alter thing.
Wish I had a place for it.

Here is what I picked up

This hanging vintage alter
It lights up and has a place for a photo in the center and 2 shelves on either side.
( not sure if I am going to repaint it or not)

This vintage Star burst clock!

Remember my POST about how I wanted one?!

I was 5.00 and it still works.
I did some online research and this same clock is selling on Mid century Modern decor sites form $75.00-$195.00!

I also picked up some small deer antlers and a few little nicknack's.

All in all, it was a good time, but it appeared that all the big items had sold the day before at the special presale event.
 Better luck next time I guess!

Anyone else been to this event before?

Monday, November 7, 2011

Just for Laughs

In the event you have a case of the Mondays, this should cheer you up.