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Friday, May 29, 2009

I'm Tired.

I've officially decided that I hate three day weekends where the "holiday" falls on a Monday. I am never one to complain about a day off, but this particular situation leaves me confused all week long thinking that Tuesday is actually Monday and so forth. Normally it would be a good thing to actually be a day ahead of where you think you are, but in this case it just means that I wind up thinking I have more time to finish things than I actually do and show up for appointments a day late. When the holiday falls on a Friday its a totally different story. I am going to petition my congressman and politely request that all three day weekends involve having Friday off from here on out, thank you very much. You should do the same.

{Image found here}

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Desktop Wallpaper

Pushmepullyou Designs has free desktop wallpaper that they update every month, but you can also visit their archives to see past designs. The poppy pictured above is currently on our desktop - its such a happy shade of blue.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


I am on a never ending quest for the perfect travel tote. I almost always carry my luggage onto the plane (unless its an extended trip) which means that I need a "purse" that can really pull its weight. This one has a specific pocket for magazines, leaving the main compartment free for lots of other things. What do you think - do you have the perfect carry on tote?

Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Long Weekend

{Image via Kate Lines}
I hope you're having a lovely one...

Friday, May 22, 2009

Sunday Suppers

Have you seen the new blog Sunday Suppers? It is full of amazing photography (via and beautiful food, tables and recipes. Somehow my Sunday dinners are never this beautiful but I can live vicariously through them!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Makes me Laugh...

There are certainly days when I feel this way. If any of you have crystal balls that you can employ and use to proven success, please do call me. I found this image via i can read's tumblr stream - do you use tumblr? I was a hater for awhile but now I have embraced the love that is microblogging. And yes, I do realize that this post was borderline schizophrenic. I am tired.

Wine Tags

Hilarious and shockingly appropriate wine tags from Popptags, found via Thoughful Day (if you don't already read Erica's blog, you should. Its lovely)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Chicken Enchiladas

This Chicken Enchilada recipe from Real Simple is a good one. It is extremely easy, but there is a lot of chopping involved. You have to chop a pound of tomatillos, an onion (they suggest white but I had half a white and half a red, so I made due), and a poblano pepper. So while you should definitely try it out, the best plan would be to get someone to make it for you. Everything tastes better when your only duty is to sip wine and give instructions.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Well, hello...

Meet my dream house (not just because of the pillow and vase below, but that does help). I love that it has a touch of a cottage vibe but still employs bold colors. That painting over the bed doesn't seem to go with the rest of the room, but the green flowers can serve as penance for many a mistake. I would very much like to sit at that table and look out into the lush backyard. Sigh. What does your dream house look like?

{Photos from Country Living}

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Monday, May 11, 2009

Stuffed French Toast

Brad tested this recipe out a few weeks ago and its a good one. I am pretty much a fan of anything that involves rum and this is no exception! Here's what you need for four servings:
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries
  • 1 tbsp Rum (dark rum like Meyer's works best)
  • 8 slices of bread
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup milk or lowfat buttermilk
  • Powdered sugar
Essentially, you let the cherries soak in the rum for about ten minutes. Then spread the cherries evenly over four slices of bread and top with another slice of bread (so the cherries are sandwiched in between two pieces). Beat the eggs, whites and milk and then pour it all over the four combined pieces of bread (let it soak for about 10 minutes).

The recipe we found the suggests baking the french toast in the oven at 400 degrees for about 7 minutes, but in our oven that makes things a little dry. So we just put it on a skillet and cooked it like regular french toast, then sprinkled some powdered sugar on top. Enjoy!

Dress Shirt Quilt

When I saw this idea a few months ago I immediately emailed both my Mom and my husband to demand that no one, in either of our respective houses, ever throw away another dress shirt. It might take a few years to gather up enough used shirts to make a quilt like this, but I am determined to have one (or two).

This is probably going to sound pitiful, but one of my most prized possessions is a t-shirt quilt that my Mom made for me. When my college days were over we realized that I had tons (literally) of t-shirts that would never see the light of day again. Instead of donating them or making them into rags she cut them into squares and sewed together the softest, most sentimental blanket on the planet. Its quite literally a map of my college experience.

I have a strange attachment to blankets already, but when I saw the idea for the dress shirt quilt I knew that I had to have one. Well, ideally I'll have one from all of Brad's shirts and another from all of my Dad's (which sounds a little twisted when I write it, but whatever. Don't judge) It is such a great way to recycle something and turn it into a sentimental memento. Email the men in your life now and get them to start saving those shirts!