Friday, July 30, 2010

Little Miss Things

My sister emailed me some pics of Finley today and I had to share them because they are just too darn cute not to share. (I am an equal opportunity aunt, so I am going to share some of my niece Olivia today, too. Because really, they are also to darn cute not to share.)

This week Finley got her new winter coat. Poor baby, she is petite in height much like her mama and her aunt, so her new pea coat goes down to her little knees. The good news is I can hardly imagine it being cold here (100 degrees this weekend), so she definitely has some growth opportunities before this comes in handy.


Look, big sister in training! (No, Allison doesn't have any news...she's just practicing early.)

Sad Finley.

Happy Finley! That's better!

Now I wish I got to see little Olivia more often, but Facebook (Liv is quite a social networker), Skype and in person visits every couple of months will have to do. She is such a sweet, happy baby! Look at that face!!!

I especially love this pic of her. She just woke up. Now that is one happy baby!


Seriously, being an aunt is the most fun job ever. I get all of the glory and none of the back talk (ha!). Oh and buying tiny things for them is so fun. I think they love their Aunt Cake/KK, too!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Quirky

Everyone who has been with me since the beginning knows how I am pretty much always "inventing" things only to find out they already exist. Sigh.

Well, today I came across the website Quirky. People basically submit their great ideas, they are voted on by the community, if the idea "wins" preorders begin and once the minimum is met the product goes into production. Um, brilliant. And somehow you make money.





My favorite invention is the "Beamer." You basically attach it to your to your cell phone and now you have a camera flash for your cell cam. I sooo could use this.


Now when brilliance strikes, I know how to make it happen.

On a personal note, I was going to ask you guys for your prayers for my father-in-law, Vic. He recently had a spot removed on his nose that came back as cancerous, so I would love it if you guys could keep him in your prayers for healing and a full recovery. Thanks you guys!

Vampire Update

Thanks everyone for the Twilight enlightenment. I am glad to know that this is actually a series plot and I am not a freak for wondering if vampires can, in fact, have children.


I was trying to explain this post today to someone who has never read the series...I think they thought I was out of my mind.


This weekend, I will be watching the first Twilight Movie! Maybe when the Eclipse comes out in October I will have a watch party at my house. All of you who said you would love to come will be on my invite list :)!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Not my regularly scheduled programming

Prepare yourself for Deep Thoughts with Twilight's newest fan.

I am now reading Twilight: New Moon. I am only on Chapter 4, Bella's birthday, and I have to admit she is kind of bugging me with the whole "I am so old. I am 18. I am one year older than Edward." Waah. Wait until you hit 30, sister. That's all I have to say.

Okay, but it got me thinking, can vampires have babies? (You know, if they were real and all?) Is this answered in an upcoming book? Would the vampire be the dominant gene? Betsy, do you still read this? I need answers.

Since I don't want this to be totally lame, I will include this fabulous Twilight party featured on Hostess with the Mostess. I totally need to have one. I wonder if I could get anyone to come or am I about 4 years too late to the theoretical Twilight party?




Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Two confessions and a crush

Confession #1- I kind of wish it was still cool to rollerblade. My outer thighs could certainly use the workout. However, I cannot get over the dork factor. Sigh...

Confession #2- I might have a smite addiction to Pretzel M&Ms.

Okay, now onto my crush - I am in LOVE with dolls. No, not the American Girl, Samantha (that is a whole other post) - Matryoshkas, Babushkas, Russian Nesting Dolls, you take your pick. In Germany last summer I took this picture of the window display of an optical shop.



Now I see them everywhere and am in love. (I have always had a thing for these...I think my mom had some that my dad gave her that she used to put up at Christmas. Sounds a little bit like my sister's cousin's uncle's best friend's brother, doesn't it?)

They are showing up in home goods... (Sold by Fred Flare.)
to invitations/parties... (check out Twig & Thistle's amazing party with this theme here.)
to coasters! (See tutorial on Hostess with the Mostess.) I promise, you will probably come across eight of these little dolls tomorrow alone.
And lastly, have you ever seen a cuter apron than this one from Snappy Shop'>Snappy Shop on etsy?

Monday, July 26, 2010

Style

I love when I come across a design that just "fits" my personality/design aesthetic. My friend Andrea sent me a link to Hoot Design Co. and I love, love, love their collection.

I have a crush on their Simply Baby prints that are personalized for each recipient.


I also love their twist on the traditional holiday card.


Hmmm...I will have to start thinking of my 2010 milestones - so far: Moving, A new niece and nephew, and that is about all I 've got....

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Believe it or not, a recipe post

A miracle occurs every summer - I actually make a dessert from scratch. Specifically, I make my dad's peach cobbler. It is perfect and, strangely, requires no butter or eggs. So I always have the ingredients on hand (well, other than the peaches, but whose being picky)?

Here is what you need:
Four large peaches (peeled, pitted, and coarsely chopped)
One and half cups of sugar
One cup of milk
One cup self rising flour (this is important, for years I couldn't find this recipe and I kept using all purpose flour and this dish was a huge flop - quite literally)

Directions (and photo tutorial kind of like The Pioneer Woman):
In a bowl, add the flour and one cup of sugar and stir. After fully mixed, add one cup of milk. Stir until fully absorbed. Pour this mixture into the casserole dish.

Place the peaches and a half cup of sugar in a medium size pot. Bring the peaches and sugar to a slow boil, stirring continuously. (If the peaches are dry, a quarter of a cup of water can be added before cooking).

Next, add the peaches -- do not stir into the mixture.

Cook at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown. (I'll be honest, though, I always have to let it cook for much longer - like 45 minutes...and sometimes I even broil the top for just a tiny bit to get it brown and crispy). Let sit for 30 minutes before eating. (I'll be honest again, I take a bite of this within 5 minutes of it coming out of the oven.) Top with vanilla ice cream.


Full Directions:

Four large peaches (peeled, pitted, and coarsely chopped)
One and half cups of sugar
One cup self rising flour
One cup of milk

Fully coat a 9 1/2 by 11 inch glass casserole dish with butter. Set aside. Place the peaches and a half cup of sugar in a medium size pot. Bring the peaches and sugar to a slow boil, stirring continuously. (If the peaches are dry, a quarter of a cup of water can be added before cooking). Once cooked, set aside. In a bowl, add the flour and one cup of sugar and stir. After fully mixed, add one cup of milk. Stir until fully absorbed. Pour this mixture into the casserole dish. Next, add the peaches -- do not stir into the mixture.

Cook at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Let sit for 30 minutes before eating. Top with vanilla ice cream.
Enjoy!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

An addendum to my previous post

I finally watched Monday night's Bachelorette last night. I must know...if she was so certain that Frank was going to go home to meet her mom and dad, who do you think she was planning to send home????

Team Cape Cod!!!!

Since it's late...

Tonight was my monthly bunko night. The funny thing about bunko night is that we haven't played bunko the last few times we have gotten together. Fine by me. I prefer to socialize. That, however, puts me home kind of late. (Is it lame that I consider 9:30 late on a weeknight? Back in college, I would just be going out...amazing what 9 years will do to you.)

So, instead of a post full of great ideas I will leave you with a fill in the blank statement that Target posted on Facebook two days ago that I still have no answer for:

If I could spend the whole night in Target, I would play with ___________.

I almost feel like my lack of a response is a sin against Target. I am wracking my brain...would it be food? (Who am I kidding?) Would it be makeup? (Probably not...I don't really like makeup that much.) Would it be trying on trendy clothes? (Maybe, I really need some help there and being locked in Target would force me to try them on...)

Okay, so play...tell me what you would do if you were locked in Target. I cannot sleep until I come up with a good response. (Okay, I cannot sleep soundly.) Allison, I am sure you have this all figured out. I expect a response from you.

XOXO, Katie

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Hey Y'all

I used to have a huge accent. Not quite like Paula Deen, but so much so that in 9th grade when I moved to Tulsa from Louisiana, I was sent to the principal's office because I told a teacher (Coach Roepke for all my BK friends) he was stallin'. He thought I called him Stalin (like the dictator), who I don't think I learned about in school until about 3 years later. But, really, that has nothing to do with this post.

Looking for a segue here...

Um. Nothing.

Okay, so the other day I was in Michael's and I was excited to discover their Paula Deen Collection. She has an entire party section, including invites, cupcake wrappers and toppers, thank you notes and matching favor boxes.

In addition, there is an entire collection of gift tags...
and a cooking collection. This stuff was so cheap - the recipe boxes were $3 and the cards were $1.









Bye, y'all!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Call me Katie Trendy

So, while my hubby is out playing poker tonight I should be sitting around taking care of important things like catching up on the Bachelorette, HGTV Design Star and Cupcake Wars. Instead, I decided to take on something even more important, Target. For those of you who know me in real life, my style would be considered "classic."


Well, I made my first steps into the land of trendy. With about 8 photo texts back and forth with my sister, I finally decided to Say Yes to the Dress (I watch way too much tv). The one I got isn't pictured on Target's site and I don't want to subject you to the picture I took in the dressing room. (Bad lighting...) So wish me luck tomorrow on my first day as a trendy girl!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Free Printable!

I am excited to offer you guys my first free printable that I made for my nephew's Sip and Sea.
The first printable download includes four designs that you can use with a circle...

or scallop punch. To download, please click here and then click the download link from Scribd to save to your computer.
Also, I have another printable of the party flags we used for the favors. Click here to download!
If you guys use these, I would love to see what you create! Enjoy!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Ahoy it's a boy!

Yesterday my friend Iris and I threw a "sip and sea" for my sister-in-law and new nephew, Drew.

We had so much fun planning and have to give a special thanks to Aunt Mary who had thrown a similar shower earlier this year and let us borrow some of her decor and ideas. Aunt Mary is like Martha Stewart's lesser known, but still crafty, sister. She created this banner below and while you cannot really see it in the picture, the details were impeccable...it is strung with rope and has nautical knots tied in it.

The event was at 2 in the afternoon, so the food was pretty simple. I have to tell you, though, our little chicken salad sandwiches were a hit. Confession: I have never eaten chicken salad until about 2 months ago because I loathe mayo. Well, I was in Sam's Club and they were giving samples away of chicken salad made with ranch dressing instead of mayo. Delish. All you do is take chunk canned chicken, mix it with Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing and that's it. Even I can do that.

Now, you must take notice of our little flags. Though totally not necessary since most of our food was completely obvious, I had to do them because Aunt Mary let us borrow these little boats with the lifesavers - hello - adorable!
I made a few printables that we used as cupcake toppers...

napkin rings holders....

and on the cups. And, because I love all of you guys (and really hate for all of that hard work to go to waste), I will post a link tomorrow for free downloads of this printable!
Iris found this adorable rubber ducky (notice the anchor on it!) at Michaels.

For favors, we stole Mary's idea and made little origami boats with "bon voyage" flags in them. I will throw those in with my free downloads tomorrow, too.

Up close...
Finley was sweet to come and see our little sailor. (She even dressed the theme, too....actually, everyone was pretty into it. So many people had on navy or nautical inspired outfits!)
Iris, myself, Kristen and Baby Drew. I think he was having fun :).

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Full of Great Ideas

Since I have been neglecting my Google Reader, I had the pleasure of going through 100+ blog posts tonight...and that is just from the last 2 days. Clearly I have too much time on my hands. But I thought I would bring you some of my fun finds.

The Party Dress posted this fantastic idea for your outdoor table from Sunset Magazine. Sadly, the weather in Tulsa will probably not allow for a party like this until October. I am sweltering here, people, sweltering. (I just kind of wanted to use that word.)
On the subject of parties, my friend Leah sent me a link to this fabulous blog, Hip Hip Hooray. There was a recent post on "parties in a box." I have been looking forever for a classy, no cheese party in a box and I have found the motherload. Check out Tin Parade. Is this not stunning decor?


I died laughing when I read HWTM today...I am in love with this collection of coasters, paper goods, etc. from Naughty Betty. I so concur with the following.

And, lastly, how have I just discovered Twilight? I am a reader. I love to read. I also love all things teeny bopper. Have I been living in Forks or something?

I want to start a book club just to talk about it, but I am apparently 3 years too late to party.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Rosemary

Apparently, rosemary is all the rage. I am kind of the fence about the taste, personally. Is this an acquired taste? I just can't quite get over the bath product flavor to it...

However, I am in love with the idea of rosemary skewers. Aren't they pretty? I keep running across them, so I am guessing it is some kind of food trend.

These next two pics are from Cupcakes and Cutlery. Check her blog post here for this delicious shrimp recipe.


The Pioneer Woman also had a beautiful presentation of rosemary on her blog a few weeks ago.


Directions:

Ingredients
Stalks Of Fresh Rosemary
Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, Cut Into 1-inch Cubes
Marinated Artichoke Hearts, Drained
Black Or Kalamata Olives, Drained
Salami, Sliced Thin And Folded Into Fourths
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
3 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
Pinch Of Salt
Fresh Ground Black Pepper (lots!)
Sprinkle Of Ground Thyme
Preparation Instructions

Strip all but 1 to 2 inches of rosemary leaves from stems. (Leave leaves intact at the top of the stem.)
Use stem to spear cheese cubes, artichoke hearts, olives, and salami in whatever order you’d like.
Mix dressing ingredients until emulsified, then drizzle over the top of the skewers. Serve immediately or refrigerate for later.

And further proof that the world is telling me I must eat rosemary....my fries tonight at Smashburger - french fries tossed with rosemary, olive oil, garlic and other herbs.

I am getting there...
 
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