Friday, September 28, 2012

Cheers to the freakin' weekend

Cheers to the weekend and celebrating four years of marriage! Every year we try to do something special, sometimes that is hard when your anniversary lands on a weekday. Yesterday was our 4th wedding Anniversary!!!
Anniversary summaries:
#1. "Rock the Dress" photos. I loved this I got to wear cowboy boots and pearls have my hair down (how I originally wanted to wear my hair but it was to hot) and my dress. Joe wore tan slacks (what he wanted to wear but we were talked out of it), fun awesome photos and then a nice dinner.
#2. Bottle of bubbles and watched the sunset over Mount Diablo from the Delta.
#3. Vacationed in Cabo for 5 days it was amazing! Highlight of the trip besides being together for 5 whole to see a sea turtle laying her eggs.
#4. Last night we had a romantic dinner planned but the place we were going had an event going on and it was way to packed to be romantic. We were invited to dinner with our friends who are holding their wedding reception tonight. It was a great time,margaritas and tacos can't really beat that!
Hmm I wonder what #5 will have in in store??? What are you doing this weekend?
We are going to a wedding reception tonight, brunch for the happy couple tomorrow morning and then Joe, his bff and I are going on a mini road trip to Fresno, to meet up with my brother in law to watch SDSU hopefully beet Fresno State at their homecoming. Fun packed weekend never a dull moment around the casa!
Pins and favorites from around the web...
1. Inside of a match book, you don't see enough matches these days. 2. My husband and brother, two mist important men in my life. 3. First Parisian macarons, salted caramel macaron is to die for! 4. Out to dinner with my mom, brother and lover butt. 5. Our wedding ceremony 6. Our reception 7. My anniversary "card" from lover butt.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

How to cut burlap

I had never used burlap before but now I have made burlap window coverings and a burlap "FALL" sign. I am not a burlap expert but I did learn how to cut burlap "the right way". This technique makes cutting a  straight line easy. I know some projects you may want a jagged edge but if you are looking for a cleaner look this technique is awesome. (don't judge my un manicured hand ;)
Step 1: Pull the line of burlap where you want to cut. Snip it with your scissors. 
Step 2: Pull the line of burlap all the way through kind of bunching it as you go. Pull it all the way out.
Step 3: Cut down the line and you're done! So simple. 
Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to see any burlap projects you may have done?!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Have a fabulous weekend.

Started the morning off with a Salted Caramel Mocha...delish! Hanging with my in laws tonight. Tomorrow we need to do yard work, boo and then dinner with my mom and brother in Sacramento, wonder where we will be going??? Sunday, no plans!
What are you doing this weekend?
Pins and favorites from around the web...
Letter wall, want one.
Because even 3 year olds are singing it.
Gotta love Karen

1. Vineyard shot in Lodi 2. My art from Skip & Sketch @ acquiesce winery 3. Burlap Fall sign 4. Big Brother 14 is over [tear] 5. Wine line up for the season final of bb14 6. Chalkboard fall fun 7. Vintage PJ's w/my piggies, Chucks and scrubs for work this morning and happy girl with new fall hair color.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Zutofu fancy name for Zucchini and Tofu

2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
4 Zucchini
1 package firm Tofu
2 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 Tbsp. onion powder
2 Tbsp. Siracha Hot Sauce (aka rooster sauce, very, very spicy you can reduce or omit hot sauce)
Few shakes of house seasoning.

Heat oil in pan. Chop zucchini and throw in pan, flipping zucchini occasionally to prevent burning. Add minced garlic. Saute for about 3 to 4 minutes. Slice tofu in to small squares, add sliced tofu to zucchini along with onion powder, rooster sauce and house seasoning, stir for about 3 minutes remove from heat serve as a side or over rice.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Safety Pin Holder

What you need:

1. altoids container or any small tin (emptied)
2. magnet (strong)
3. safety pins

Place the magnet underneath the tin and throw your safety pins into the tin. The great thing about this is if you knock the tin over the safety pins still stay inside thanks to the magnet.

Friday, September 14, 2012

at home Deep Dish Pizza

Tried a new way of making pizza last Monday. I normally do a regular crust on my silpat this time I attempted a deep dish in a casserole dish, I killed it! Having it again this Monday for MNF (Monday Night Football)

Preheat oven to pizza dough specifications.

2 tbsp Melted butter
Refrigerated pizza dough*  
1/2 Jar of pizza sauce or your favorite marinara
2 hand fulls Shredded Mozzarella (plus a little extra for the very top)

Toppings: (use whatever you like, next time you will see pineapple on mine)
Green bell pepper (Thinly sliced is best)
Chopped olives (I used half of a small can)

Spray casserole dish (including sides) with olive oil spray and pour melted butter in bottom of dish spread evenly. Put pizza dough in dish poke with fork all over to create tiny holes so your pizza cooks evenly.

Spoon on sauce...
add your cheese and toppings...
Bake for 17 to 18 minutes (oven times may vary).
Slice, serve and eat!
*I normally would use Trader Joe's Pizza Dough which is about $1.50 but I didn't feel like making an extra trip,actually I would normally use to TJ's everything but I was already at Target, also Target did not charge tax on any of these items.
Don't like toppings? try Cheesy Garlic Herb Sticks. What is your favorite kind of pizza? Mine has always been Pepperoni w/Pineapple but I also love Veggie.

Map Tray

Map Tray...home is where the HEART is!

About 4 years ago I found this red tray on sale, it was only $3 dollars. Loved it, but after a year it had a bunch of nicks and was looking a little busted. Recently I found it in my garage. I've seen a bunch of tray re purposing on pinterest, and knew my tray had to be redone. Bought a map of Northern California for $.10 cents at the used bookstore.

I gave the tray 3 coats of white spray paint.  I cut the map out to the dimension of the inside of the tray. I used a read sharpie to draw a heart around Sonoma (where hubby and I first lived together), and then a heart around Stockton (where we live now and where we grew up). I used spray adhesive to adhere the map to the tray, which is a little tricky/sticky to work with. Then I used modge podge to seal the top.  Ta-Dah!


I love the way it turned out. I especially love the hearts and the tray looks much better in white. What do you think? Do you have a tray you can re-do? Have you redone a tray, I would love to see it!

Is it 5 o'clock yet?

Seriously, though is it 5 o'clock yet?
Tomorrow CC and I are going to Sip & Sketch at Acquiesce Winery, really looking forward to putting my artistic abilities in check. This week went by pretty quickly hopefully the weekend doesn't follow suit. This weekend it's Saturday: sipping & sketching, 3 year old birthday party, and a 30th birthday party, Sunday: Football
On this past Wednesday by chance I met my cousin's (whom I've never met) wife. Yesterday he and his family came over for root beer floats and we got to meet, it was awesome. He's being deployed to Afghanistan on Sunday (he is a u.s. marine), crazy how sometimes timing work out. Looking forward to getting to know them better, once he is back. Thank you for your service cousin!
1. Greek Festival chalkboard 2. w/some of my girls at the festival 3. Homemade iced coffee (using my keurig) 4. E.L.F. eyeshadow 48 for $6 dollars from target 5. My alarms 6. Egg white breakfast sandwich, delish!

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Happy Friday!


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

DIY Burlap Window Coverings

Time to change it up...I have been wanting a new look for our nook area. I love my coverings now but I'm ready for something new. 
Before: (Spring/Summer Coverings)
I am really loving Burlap (although it is very itchy to work with). While paroozing the internet I saw this blog post from Red Barn Candle Company . It looked simple enough. Learning how to sew takes awhile when you don't practice, but she made hers with hot glue. I purchased the burlap it was about $7 dollars, ribbon was about $2.50 for 7 yards, I already had hot glue and my trusty mini glue gun. I used my iron to fold a "seam". It took me about 2 to 3 minutes for each panel.
After: (Fall/Winter Coverings)
Have any of you worked with Burlap? Do you have Burlap incorporated in to your home decor?
Thanks again to Red Barn Candle Company for the inspiration!

Glade Expressions

I recently signed up to be a bzzagent, it is word of mouth marketing.

Here's how it works: Sign up, take some surveys, accept "campaigns", talk about the product. Campaigns are the product that you will be trying. It's very simple!

My first campaign is from Glade, I received coupons for a Glade Expressions® Oil Diffuser  starter kit (Retails at Target for $5.99) & Glade Expressions® Fragrance Mist starter kit (retails at Target 2.59). I also got discount coupons to hand out to other shoppers, family and friends.

I chose the Lavender & Juniper Berry fragrance for the Oil Diffuser. I originally put it in my living room (see below) and then moved it to my guest bathroom. Within 30 minutes my bathroom and laundry room (which is adjacent) had a lovely sweet musk smell.

For the mist I chose Cotton & Italian Mandarin which remind me of clean linen with a hint of citrus. I really like this spray because it is refillable, just pop the nozzle off and put the refill in.

Have you tried any of Glades new fragrances? What do you think? Which is your favorite?
All thoughts and comments are my own. I was not compensated monetarily to write this but did receive the product at no cost.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Ready for the Weekend!

Greek festival is this weekend last year I went all 3 days and stuffed my face, plan on doing the same thing this year. Football season has arrived, if I made it through fantasy baseball I can make it through fantasy football. I made curtains out of burlap need to snap a photo to share. I also have a bet with my cousin that I can't complete 8 crafts by Sunday evening...1 down (curtains) 7 to go. I shamefully read the 50 shades trilogy and I have to say I LOVED it, sad that it's over [tear].

THIS weekend project (2/7).

Fall party idea, soup party!

Lovely, Bevi!

Fav song this week, La La La!

I want this dress.

I wish this photo ap was around when I got married.


Folding chair re-do, would love to have four of these!

Vodka Sauce Pasta, I think YES! This one too.



1. w/our nephew at his 2nd birthday party 2. Handcrafted Shamu by MOI 3. Baby Hayley, love her. 4. French Toast Brunch 5. My giant mimosa 6. Menu board whom some thought it read Happy Lobster Day 7. Peroni from our Thursdy date night
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Happy Friday!

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