Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Team Celery Birthday Extravaganza

 Our evening started out with happy hour and then dinner and drinks at Toulousse Petit in Queen Anne.
If you haven't been there, you need to go.
It's amazing.
First I needed something to wear though.
I didn't want to squeeze into an old dress and feel bloated, so a friend generously donated a maternity dress for me to wear!
It was so comfy!



The  restaurant's menu is massive and I had a hard time making decisions.
 There are so many good things on there!
 Luckily since we got there for Happy Hour, I was able to sample a few items in smaller portions.
I started off with :

Fried Green Tomatoes with Remoulade ( To die for)
Sinister Spicy Fried Shrimp ( Hot!)
Pommes Frites with Aioli ( Who doesn't love some fries?!)
The Birthday Girl!

For Dinner I had:

Cauliflower and White Truffle Soup
with Dungeness Crab and Chervil white pepper, chives, crème fraiche
&
Housemade Ricotta Gnocchi
with Hedgehog Mushrooms, Butternut Squash, & Cippolinis
shallots, thyme, mushroom stock, truffle oil
 ( Barley had room to eat this)



Cauliflower soup ( best thing I have ever eaten)

Sweet potato Gnocchi

Everyone had delicious drinks but me!

The ladies

Then it was onto the show!
We took a taxi over to the Paramount to see Anjelah Johnson.
Who I actually had never heard of , but she has a huge following.
She was on Mad T.V. and a few movies recently.
It was a full house.


The gorgeous theater


My gift for Angela!
She has two Bostons.




Hope you had a fun weekend too!
 
 

Monday, January 30, 2012

Cat Boots

Happy Monday.
I woke up to puke in my kitchen sink and this song stuck in my head.
Enjoy!




Friday, January 27, 2012

Don't stop doin' what you're doin'


Does anyone else tear up when this commercial comes on!?
I think it's pretty ridiculous that I get emotional over a hardware store ad.
Maybe it's the song?
I don't know, but I think it's the cutest ever.

Take a look.


Steve said the lady reminds him of me. :)

Thank Gawd I don't have a stainless fridge or I would worry about Steve doing pirouettes in front of it.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

15 Weeks Fat

Here it is in all it's glory.
The  "awkward" stage of "Is she or Isn't she?"



As much as I am not looking forward to gaining weight, I am anxious to have a prominent belly, instead of this excess chubbiness.
It might also help me secure a seat on the bus, which would be awesome!


Thanks National Pie day. Like I really needed that.
Next week, I start back at Zumba.
 I have taken almost 3 months off and I am finally feeling better and can stand for longer than 10 minutes before starting to black out.


Should be fun.

In other news this week:
I have horrible night sweats
A slight case of bacne
and discovered the only diaper bag I want is almost $400.00.
Yay Pregnancy.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

WWJD

What's your favorite dinosaur?
The velociraptor.
Did we just become best friends?!
Yup.


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Welcome to the Hotel California

This last week, I felt like a prisoner in my own home.
I took 2 days off work due to a bad sinus & ear infection.
Which meant I slept for 13 hours, then relocated to the couch and watched t.v. until I fell asleep again, then woke up, ate, watched more t.v and went to bed at midnight.
I was useless.
And so was Bentley



When I finally went to the Dr. and got some medicine to feel better, it snowed.
It snowed a lot.
Which meant taking more days of work off.

Then it rained
The rain froze & it snowed again.
Leaving the hubs and me trapped inside our house.
I have never seen anything like it before.
We have had snow and we have had ice storms, but we haven't had the two together!
It created a huge mess.
Knocking down a lot of our trees, ruining my plants
 ( That i had even moved out of harms way undercover before the snow)
and sealing up our cars like giant ice cubes.

After missing almost an entire week of work, Steve and I spent over an hour scraping and defrosting our cars so we could get to work on Friday.

This is the snow on top of my car and the 1 inch layer of ice on top of the snow.

This is the side of the car.
It literally looked like someone hosed it down and it froze in action.

This is the layer of ice i worked on for 30 min on the windshield.

Solid layer of ice on the windows and doors.

The front

My broken tool.

Finally it warmed up the next weekend and rained and melted everything away, leaving us with another mess and flooding.
Thank you mother nature.



Monday, January 23, 2012

National Pie Day!

Hurray!!!!





My favorite!
I am making a Cherry Pie tonight


A lumberjack's wife

So I married an axe murderer..


LOVE THIS.

Anyone know what dress this is btw?
I would love to see the front of it!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Keyboard Cat


That's hardcore.

If you don't know who keyboard cat is, he's awesome.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Weekend Warriors Part 3 & Cookie Sheets in my Ceiling.

This weekend we got down and dirty and made some serious progress on our upstairs.
It has been almost a year since we moved in and made plans to renovate!
So many other projects took priority and it fell to the back burner.
Now that we are on a little more of a time constraint as I need a place to put the nursery, work has began.


We had the help of a few wonderful friends who came over to help with the demo.
 I would like to point out, that this demolition of the walls and windows was a little bittersweet for me. You may remember that over the summer I spent a week or two up there scraping wallpaper off the walls and sanding, priming and painting all the window frames and trim.
Originally, the plan was to keep the windows and drywall over the existing walls.
That has since changed and we decided to start from bare bones.
Which I think is the right decision, however, I just wasted my precious time scraping and painting!

Before
During

After



We tore down all the wood off the walls and ceilings to expose the beams.
Most of the wood was in good shape and we kept it and stacked it up in the basement.
We want to use it to build some reclaimed wood type projects around the house.
Everything else was tossed out the window into the back yard and then loaded in the truck to take to the dump.


Now that all the walls are down.
We can redo  the electrical and add outlets, since there are only 2 on the entire floor!
Then we insulate, add new windows and drywall.
Simple, right?!

Treasures:
After ripping all the wood down, we found a tin cup with cats on it, a few cookie sheets and some paper doll clothes drawn with crayons shoved in the ceiling and walls.


I hope none of our friends get lead poisoning from the paint on the walls we torn down.
From what I read, you really only have severe reactions when you are constantly exposed over an extended amount of time.
So.... they should be fine... I think.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Polenta Lasagna & Cake Pops the cheating way

The other night my friends Chris and Angela came over for dinner.
Angela found a really good recipe for using polenta in place of pasta noodles.
 It turned out awesome.


We added a few extras though, because the recipe was pretty basic and plain.
Here it is:

Ingredients

  • 1 (18 ounce) package polenta, cut into 1/4 inch thick slices
  • 1/2 (24 ounce) jar bottled marinara sauce
  • 1/4 cup pesto
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Oil an 11x7x2 inch baking dish.
  2. Arrange a single layer of polenta in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Spread a thin layer of pesto over the polenta. Spoon half of the sauce over the polenta. Top with another layer of polenta and sauce.
  3. Bake, uncovered, for 25 minutes. Turn on the broiler. Top polenta with cheese and pine nuts, and broil until cheese browns and nuts are toasted.
Our modifications:
We oven roasted zucchini, squash,onions and mushrooms in the over with some olive oil and seasonings till tender and added those to a layer in the dish.

We also added a layer of Ricotta Cheese so that it was a little heartier and had more of that lasagna taste.

Then we broiled it at the end with cheddar and Parmesan on top!

It tasted great.
The verdict from the boys - "It needs meat"

While that dish was in the oven , we decided to try out on of my Christmas gifts.
I got a Cake Pop maker!
 I have tried numerous times to make the enviable cake pop.
 I usually yield 5 that turn out great, the rest suck.
They all taste good, but that's not the point!
This machine makes it so much easier.
It wasn't on my wish list, i didn't even know it existed, but it's a pretty hand little thing.
It would actually be a great project for younger kids too.



The process was pretty simple.
Follow the recipe to make the cake batter.
Preheat the machine.
Fill each space with a Tablespoon of batter , close lid and cook for 6 minutes.
Remove, insert stick, cook and dip in icing!

Sorry, I don't have a finished product pic.
I know I am a bad blogger.


Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday the 13th


This particular Friday marks my first 3 months of pregnancy!
We are exactly 6 months away from our due date which happens to also be a Friday the 13th !
7/13/2012



Not much belly, just 4 new lbs of thickness and saddlebags.
That's hot.

And if this happens in real life, that's totally adorable.
It makes me like babies just a little bit more.
Almost as much as cats.
Almost.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Home Ec. meets bridesmaids dresses

I love these fabulous and cheery dresses!
They look like something made from an old McCalls Pattern.



Great for spring or summer!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

One scoop peach sherbet please.

In love with this Lazaro dress.
 It keeps showing up on "Say yes to the dress"
It is the first gown I have drooled over since laying eyes upon my own dress choice.
For my next wedding, I am totally wearing this.



It comes in white too but the peach is so much sweeter


The belt is so incredibly vintage and sweet




Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Dumps like a truck. Truck. Truck.

During all our demolition this weekend on the upstairs, the truck filled up fast with wood scraps to go to the dump.
To save time, my friend Mandy and I were voluntold to do a dump run while the boys continued to tear down walls in the house.
Fair enough.
I haven't been to the dump in years.
I remember going when I was really young with my dad.
I have never really had any reason to go to the dump as an adult though.
If I have items that don't fit in the trash can at home, i just leave them on the side of the road.


So, we were both a little nervous because this was uncharted territory.
At least I knew where the dump was though, I should get credit for that.
Once inside, we backed the truck in and got out to start unloading.
Steve had secured the load with tie downs.
I always have issues with these.
He knows this.
So when we left, he said, " I made it easy to get them off, just tug the end and it will undo the bow"

Standing at the dump, outside in the cold surrounded by grizzly manly men dutifully unloading their trucks and trailers, I pull the bow.
It comes undone, but I still have to unlatch the tie downs!
Plan " make it easy" failed. 
So Mandy and I are on either side of the truck trying to get the tie downs unlatched and not making any progress.
I felt like a dumb *ss girl.
I hate when I can't do stuff!
As I am standing there fiddling around with the strap, one of the handsome young men from the dumpster next to me asked if we needed help.
I decided to just give in at this point and surrender to being a chick. " Yes, can you help us unlatch these please?!?" (giggle, smile, wink)
" Sure!" He says and comes right over.

As we are standing there watching him untie our load, he starts up a conversation.
Clearly I have lost my game because I could have totally taken advantage of this poor guy.
I am willing to bet he would have unloaded all the wood out of the truck if i had played my cards right.

Instead, I dropped the " H" word.

He asked what we were working on and details about the project.
 Hypnotized by my beauty, I am sure.
 I told him what was up and then he asked if we were
" Doing it all yourselves?!"
 To which I naively replied " No, my husband is."
This is when his smile melted off his face, he gave me the stink eye and after undoing tie down number 4, he dropped it like a hot potato and said " Oh, cool." and walked away.

Leaving me to do a man's job of unloading .22 tons of lumber.
I wonder if I had told him I was 3 month pregnant he would have reacted differently? Probably not...

Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Price is WRONG B*tch!


First things first.
There is a Bun in the oven.
(or in my case, a pie)
We needed to get some furniture to store it in when it comes out.
Of course everything I loved online was more expensive than the king size mattress I want for my own bed.
So, I jumped on Craigslist.
I have gotten most of my furniture off Craigslist and it is always an incredible deal.

Case in point;
My new nursery set!

I was able to score this cute white Pottery Barn arrangement for a mere $300.00.
It retails at over $1100.00!
It is like brand new too.
 Some of the items still have tags on them.


Convertible 4 way Crib  & End Table

Changing Table with Storage Bins and Boxes

Baby Bentley!
Deal?
You bet.
And it works for any theme and any gender!
This was a Craigslist Win.