Friday, January 25, 2013

This Week

I've been obsessed with these beet hummus collard wraps this week. They are so flavorful and delicious! My favorite combo is: collard leaf + hummus + avocado + sprouts + a bit of Bubbies sauerkraut. It was my first attempt at hummus and I was surprised at how easy it is! Recipe from Food Babe.

LOVING this cabbage bouquet I got at the farmer's market last weekend!

The frigid air lately is just too cold for Murphy in the mornings. I've been warming the car up and also warming a towel in the drier to wrap him in. Yes, I'm nuts! Happy weekend!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Party Time

We had a wine, cheese, meat, bread, and fruit party for my Mammol's 75th birthday last week. It was quite the spread! The idea was to have light fare so we could save room for dessert, but that didn't happen. I brought in homemade bagels from a local deli, mom made homemade crackers, there were five types of cheeses, three types of meat, and some yummy sweets! I wish I could have this meal every day. It was so nice to spend time with family!

Mom also made this beautiful purse-shaped limoncello cake. It was so tasty!

It was very painful to cut her masterpiece.

She also made some candied pecans. Seriously Mom is amazing! Did I mention she has a full-time job plus a million other things to do every day? These pecans are insanely addictive and not too difficult to make!

Turner. Want. Cake.

And of course, you-know-who had to help open presents!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Office Redo

My office at work has two sides: one where my desk/computer/files live and the other, which used to be storage, has been empty for some time now. I've been making plans in my mind for  that side of the office. Ya know how a big blank canvas can be freeing but totally overwhelming at the same time? A couple Christmases ago my boss gave us the option to get our offices professionally painted so I jumped at the chance and chose a pear-ish green...I absolutely LOVE it. Little by little I've done projects here and there. Recently, everything has been coming together so I want to share! I made the To-Do board above with an unused IKEA frame (contact paper instead of a photo + glass = decorative dry erase board).

After inheriting two red IKEA chairs and this awesome lamp from a coworker, my red and pear green color scheme was born! Usually I write off red and green as Christmas colors, but these particular shades really agree with me. 

Next I brought in an unused IKEA Poang chair from home and bought some new red cushions.

My boss gave me an old wooden bookshelf to paint...and paint...and paint. I think it took about 5 coats of white! And that's including a primer coat! I love how it turned out.

I decorated it with some plants and my tiny plastic animal collection.

For years I've had my sights on owning a bar cart. During an antique hunt several years ago my mom and I stumbled across a mirrored bar cabinet that opened up to be a magnificent serving piece. I have ALWAYS regretted leaving that bar cabinet. This year at an antique fair I found this beauty for $15! The potential was screaming in my face. While she's not the gorgeous 1970s mirrored bar cart of my dreams, she's a close second. Oh yeah, and she's a she too. How could something so cute not be? I took the cart apart, and painted each piece. A nice employee at Lowe's helped me "MacGuyver" a plan to add wheels and new screws. My husband and I painstakingly screwed the cart back together (WAY harder than it looked), and VOILA! I have an adorable tea cart in my office. 

These iPhone pics are super blurry but you get the gist. I got some antique decanters, added my tea pots, honey, and lemons. Yet to be added: colorful IZZE soda, Perrier, and of course some wine! There are still several final touches to add to the office, and I plan to bring my nice camera for some grand finale shots. It finally feels like "me" in here!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Murphy Claus

I decided to get creative with Christmas cards this year and drew inspiration from my favorite muse...Murphy! First I drew a basic Murphy face shape, then hand carved it into a rubber stamp, inked it up and stamped his cute lil' face onto blank cards. I filled in the details by hand so each recipient would have a unique version of their own Murphy Claus! This project was really fun!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Happy Birthday Mammol!

Happy birthday to my dear, sweet grandmother (AKA Mammol) Mona Kay! Love you so much!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Round Here

Making this delicious Ina Garten oven baked applesauce in my new dutch oven (thanks mom!)

Organizing all the recycled gift wrapping supplies we've collected over the months.

Finishing up my first Elise Blaha holiday mini book! Thanks again mom!

Laughing and smiling daily at this little sweet pea.

What have you been up to?

Friday, January 4, 2013

Hello 2013!

iPhone pic during a morning beach walk in NC
Happy new year! I can't believe it's been nearly a month since my last post. I resolve to do better with my blogging. Hopefully the "blog fog" I've been in will lift. My holiday was spent travelling with friends and see Dave Matthews Band, to the beach, to my hometown, and eating way too much good food (and beverage, hehe). It was absolutely splendid and unforgettable. I'm sad it's over, but happy to look forward to more memories this year. Cheers!