Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Vanilla Pear Cocktail...

All I have to say is YUM!

Vanilla, Pear, and Vodka Cocktail

12 oz (1.5 cups) pear juice
6 oz vodka
1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
vanilla sugar, for rim
1 cup ice, plus more to serve over

Mix pear juice and vodka in a pitcher or shaker. Split open the vanilla bean, and scrape the seeds into the juice and vodka. Add 1 cup ice, then give it a good shake. Pour into cocktail glasses over more ice and serve with sugared rim. Makes 4 drinks.

recipe via Two Tarts.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Little Girl Campout Party...

  I think that this Little Girls Campout party has to be one of the cutest parties I have ever seen.  Props to the mom who put all of the time and effort into each little detail.  She took the headband that she bought from one of my favorite artists Laurie Marie, and created a whole fantastic "campout" themed party.  You can see even more pictures of the rest of the party here.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Smallable For Christmas

I just ADORE the whimsy that this children's line holds.  I think I pretty much need everything in Smallable's new x-mas magazine.  You can view it all here.

Man In The Moon...

  This weekend we decided to venture out, and go into Seattle.  We took Paige to the Pacific Science Center to see the Planetarium exhibit they have.  It was so cute, and perfect for her age.  The girl working there told them a really cute story about "the Man in the Moon".  She loved it!  I think we will have to go more often with the weather getting even colder...if we don't get snowed in that is.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Oh Frida...

  Thinking of the of the most influential female artists that have inspired me the most, of course Frida Kahlo came to mind.  She was a total pistol, and lived what she believed and felt.  Even though she died at a super young age of 47 she lived quite the crazy life, and her art definitely represented that.  Although allot of her work is very dark, it still seems to uplift me and make me feel like a strong woman.

Friday, November 18, 2011


  The bears have the right idea.  This time of year all I want to do is crawl into my bed to snuggle, and eat.  Unfortunately I don't think my soon to be 5 year old daughter has that same opinion.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Deck The Halls...

Monday, November 14, 2011


  After a lazy lazy weekend with the hubby and child, I think it might be time to be a little more productive today.  I actually kind of love Mondays now.  As where I use to have to wake up super early to drive Dominic to the airport.  Then know I wouldn't be seeing him for the next 4 or 5 days.  Now, I get a good morning kiss, send him off to work, and be able to see him later that night when he comes home for dinner.  It really is the small things in life that can make a girl happy.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy Veterans Day...

  Two of the most amazing men I have ever known and loved.  Both Veterans, and both made it possible for the freedoms I have today.  My Grandpa Anderson and Uncle Mike...you are always missed, and always in my heart.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Travel Bug...

  This time of year always makes me get some serious travel bugs.  I am not really a fan of the cold weather.  So I am always dreaming of being somewhere sunny right about now.  Last year we went to visit Dominic's family in Australia, and it was seriously a trip of a lifetime.  Then and there Dominic and I promised that we would go somewhere....anywhere, just for a change of scenery.  We are trying to decide where to go next.  The top of my list would be Spain,, but I don't think that is quite in our budget.  But maybe somewhere like Hawaii is do-able.  We shall see.  What has been your favorite places to visit?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Rules To Live By...

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Happy Monday!

Saturday, November 5, 2011


 Cozy, Modern, and Chic Living Room

  Here are some fun little...and BIG items that I threw together to make a playful, and cozy Living Room space.  I love the neutral tones of grey white and black.  With some extra little splashes of teal and gold. Adding different shapes of furniture and accessories, then layering the colors and textures really make the room modern, and inviting at the same time. You can see all of these items here. I would definitely like to spend some time in this room.  What are your favorite color schemes right now?

Friday, November 4, 2011

Recipe of the week...

Nutella Pudding.....YUM!

Serves 8

1 1/2 cup whole hazelnuts
2 cups whole milk
1 cup half and half
1 vanilla bean
6 extra-large egg yolks
3 tablespoons cornstarch, sifted
1/2 cup sugar
1 large pinch salt
4 oz bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons butter

1.Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the hazelnuts on a baking sheet and toast for 10 minutes. Let cool. When cool, put in a clean towel and rub vigorously to remove skins (you can also just use your fingers). It's okay if some skin is left on -- you're going to strain later.

2.Chop the cooled hazelnuts to a coarse crumb in a food processor.

3.Make the hazelnut-infused cream: Put the milk and half and half in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Split the vanilla bean lengthwise, scrape out the seeds and add both the bean and seeds to the milk. Add the hazelnuts and heat to scalding over medium-low heat. Remove from the heat and set aside to infuse for 20 minutes.

4.In the meantime, whisk the egg yolks, cornstarch, sugar and salt together in a large bowl until thick and pale yellow.

5.In a small saucepan, melt the chocolate and butter over low heat, stirring until smooth. Set aside to cool.

6.Strain the milk-hazelnut mixture into the egg yolk mixture, half a cup at a time, whisking after each addition until you've added about a cup and a half. Then strain and whisk in the rest of the milk. Return to the saucepan over medium heat and cook, whisking constantly, until the custard is thick and starts to bubble, about 3 minutes.

7.Strain the thickened custard into a clean bowl. Stir in the melted chocolate-butter mixture.

8.Optional, but highly recommended: Scrape the entire pudding into a blender or food processor and process for about 30 seconds, until silky-smooth. I learned this from Dorie Greenspan's pudding recipes, and it really gives the pudding a wonderful lightness.

9.Spoon the pudding into small ramekins or dessert cups, cover with plastic wrap and chill, overnight if possible. DO NOT eat it unchilled -- right after you make it the flavors will not have blended and will taste a little off.

pictures courtesy of here, recipe here.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Sweet Dreams...

With these last few weeks being cramm packed crazy with weddings, baby showers, and moving to a new State...I have managed to come down with the flu :(  So, with that comes allot of sleeping and movie watching.  Luckily, I have one of the coziest beds in the history of beds, so it hasn't been all too bad.  But, while lying there I realized that I sure do need to come up with a headboard for our room.  I don't really want to do the basic store bought headboard, and here are a few of the headboard ideas that have really captured my eye.  Which one is your favorite?  If you have any other suggestions or pictures, I would love your ideas!