Saturday, December 31, 2011

About Me

My friend Christina at the Subfertile Frugalista tagged me in her recent post to tell you all a little bit more about me. I know, exciting, right?

Rules:
1. You must post these rules.
2. Each per­son must post 11 things about them­selves on their blog.
3. Answer the ques­tions the tag­ger set for you in their post

About Me:

1- I am a self-proclaimed google wizard. If you want to find something on the internet, I am your girl.

2- My life travel goals are to visit all 50 states and go to Italy. I am about 28 states in. I would like to visit other countries, like Spain, France, Austria again, but I MUST go to Italy. It is my mother country after all.


visited 28 states (56%)
Create your own visited map of The United States or another interesting project

3- I have lip gloss on 24 hours a day. I am addicted and I cannot stop. If I were stranded on a desert island the lack of lip gloss would kill me before the lack of food.

My favorite:

4- I only have 6 six songs on my iPod. I am obviously very into music. In case you are wondering they are:

LMFAO – Sexy & I Know It
The Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
Cee Lo Green – Forget You (I did get the edited version)
Madonna – Like a Prayer
Michael Jackson – Man in the Mirror
The Rolling Stones – Can’t always Get What You Want

5- I never make my bed unless I am having company over.

6- I have dessert after every meal, even if it just a small piece of chocolate.

7 – I haven’t eaten beef since I was 14.

8- I secretly wish Zumba would start a gym like Jazzercise so that I could go daily. Okay, so I guess that isn’t a secret.

9- I really don’t like movies.  I go to maybe 3-4 a year and probably watch zero at home. I also will only watch romantic comedies. I think it is because movies are just so long. However, I will sit and watch 3 hours of tv in a row, so I am not sure how that works out.

10- My secret New Year’s resolution for this past year was to start flossing daily. I kept it a secret because I thought it was too embarrassing that I wasn’t already doing this. However, after talking to people, I have found out there are a lot of people that don’t floss.  I will say, it has made my mouth feel so much cleaner AND there is the extra benefit that it adds years to your life. (Which, let’s be honest, was the real reason I started flossing more in the first place.)

11- I am the opposite of a procrastinator.  When I get something in my head, I have to do it right then.  This is both a blessing and a curse.

The 11 questions from Christina:

1. What was your favorite moment from 2011? Hmmm. This is tough. And kind of sad. I cannot pinpoint my best day this year AT ALL. I will have to get back to you on this.
2. What was your favorite Christmas gift? This is a tough one. I got so many great gifts. My favorite might be the new cricut cartridge I got to cut out cupcake wrappers. I have two showers planned to throw in 2012, so I am excited to use it.
3. What's on your list to accomplish in 2012? I want to keep track of every book I read. I think this is an attainable resolution.
4. In a pinch, what is your go-to meal to make? I make pasta, add pesto, steamed broccoli and throw it into one pot and I have a pretty decent dinner. If I am really wanting to cover all the food groups, I throw in some boiled shrimp.
5. What is your guilty-pleasure show? The Real World. Yes, I am still watching.
6. How many children do you want? 2
7. Flats or heels? Heels
8. Favorite brand of mascara? My everyday mascara is Mary Kay. My waterproof is blinc. Love them both.
9. Your greatest accomplishment? To date my most fun, rewarding and challenging accomplishment was owning my own flower business.
10. Who inspires you most? Even though he is gone, my dad. And my dogs ; )
11. Ever met a celebrity? I don’t think I have ever actually met one.  In person I have seen Oprah (at her show), Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, and I think that is it. Every time I go to a large city, I always have my eyes peeled for one!  However, in Tulsa my sister has seen Ben Stiller and yesterday Megan saw Kristin Chenoweth at Mi Cocina. I guess I need to be more aware!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Easy as Pie

On Christmas I was asked to bring dessert to my sister-in-law’s house.  I decided to go with an old faithful:

They were out of this one, my absolute favorite. The Cinnabon cream cheese topping is like the best thing you have ever put in your mouth. I promise I would not steer you wrong in the sweets’ department.

I also decided to make a pie since I had a back-up.  I found the recipe on Pinterest and it was just as easy (seriously, easy) and delicious as promised.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie from Snarky Sweets

Adapted from Nestle

  • 1 unbaked 9-inch graham cracker crust (AllRecipes but I omitted the cinnamon) or deep-dish pie crust (This is Katie – I just bought a graham cracker crust, imagine that.)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I omitted the nuts, so I did 1 cup semi-sweet and 1/2 cupish of milk chocolate)
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
  • ice cream (recommended!)

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees

2. Beat eggs for about a minute, then add flour and sugars. Beat well. Add butter, beat, then stir in chocolate chips and nuts (if including).

3. Spoon mixture into unbaked pie crust.

4. Bake pie in oven on cookie sheet for approximately 55 minutes, or until knife inserted halfway from edge comes out clean. Cool on wire rack completely, or until slightly warm. Top with ice cream and serve!

This was super-rich, but was so easy to make! I would definitely serve it to a group again.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Housewarming

Yesterday I went to an open house for my former flower partner who moved into a new home.  I wanted to get her a little something, so I thought I would share some fun, not wallet-busting housewarming ideas with you guys.

Obviously, there is the bottle of wine, but my friend isn’t a huge drinker, so I wandered through Target and decided that I would get her this. It is one of my favorite scents and I LOVE mine.  My favorite Caldrea fragrance is the Citron Ginger. Amazing.  Buy it now. You will thank me later.

However, they were out.  Ugh.

So I decided to go with the same theme and get her some Mrs. Meyers products.  They are also earth-friendly and smell awesome.  I love me a good candle, but think that a great smelling trio of goodies is more fun and a little less expected.

Also, online you can get an entire gift set for only $25!

I would have loved this when I moved into my new house!

Some other ideas:

A doormat -

Tea Towels (Williams Sonoma has my favorites – anyone else notice how they are far superior in absorbing moisture?), an oven mitt and cookbook

Another fun idea is something my sister got me for my birthday:

Custom address stamps

or personalized notepads, notecards, address labels. My sister got me this adorable Erin Condren notepad for Christmas and I love it.  I almost don’t want to use it for anything mundane!

What is your most favorite housewarming gift to give or receive?

Also, as an aside, for those of you who have hard wood floors what cleaner do you use? I want to use something organic or with no fragrance because what we currently use burns my eyes for a full day from the strong odor. Thanks!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Weekly Faves

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!  We were spoiled and it was so fun to see our nieces and nephews light up when they opened their gifts.  And, seriously, could they be any cuter?

Christmas 2011 008

(Sorry for the phone pic. My sister took some with her camera that I am sure are far superior, but I don’t think my blogging is on the top of her to do list.)

Though I did have a blogging absence (I doubt anyone noticed), I still was marking my favorites for the week.  (I also cooked some new recipes that I will share later this week!)

For those of you looking for a little something to refresh you after the holiday hustle and bustle, check out this Sugar Scrub recipe that my friend Daisi posted. Also, Daisi is an amazing cook and crafter, so you must follow her blog here!

I have been wanting an iPad…maybe not like this one.

For those of you looking for a craft project, check out this New Year’s kit from Tatertots and Jello.

I loved this Random Acts of Kindness idea that was featured on Party Wishes.

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday! Can’t wait to see what Santa brought each of you!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Weekly Faves

I am still on the Christmas train.  Imagine that! 

I am love, love, loving this cupcake snow globe featured on cupcakes take the cake from the shop Pinkabella. Mixes my two favorite things – packaging and cupcakes in one!

You know I love to read (er, listen), so I found this book tree featured on Fail Blog to be a total winner!

Megan’s sister-in-law, Erin, started a blog and I am in love with her homemade snow globes! Aren’t they awesome? Get the full tutorial here.

Kate with Elefantitas Alegres did a great post on brick bookends.  Loved her final outcome!

You all probably love the blog Copy Cat Chic.  Megan did her own rendition, only with shoes! She found some great deals, so check out her post here.

When I used to do flowers we would sometimes sugar fruit in class…only our fruit would no longer be edible because we used real glue.  Cake did a great post on how to create sugared fruit that you can still eat!

Sarah from Life Sweet Life did a great Christmas (Tis the reason for the season) printable.  It would be great for later this week! Visit her blog here to download it!

Hope you each have a wonderful holiday season!!!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Digital Holiday Fun

Since I didn’t get around to doing a holiday card this year (for like the 4th year in a row—it amazes me I am still on anyone’s holiday list still…here’s to next year!), I decided to create my own card online:

merry newsinator

I love this cheeky play on the holiday newsletter! You can create your own at Merry Newsinator.

Also, on yesterday’s post, I posted about how you can get Santa to send your child a customized message from The Portable North PoleLook how cute Finley’s turned out! Sadly, I cannot embed the video, but it is super cute and worth watching (or doing on your own)!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Getting in the Christmas Spirit

I have had so much fun the past few weeks getting in the Christmas Spirit.  My fun started with an ornament exchange at my sister-in-law’s house. Of course, no photos were taken. SHOCKER.

My next party was at Jane’s house for the 2nd blogger Christmas party! I love reading and keeping up with these girls and it’s even more fun seeing them in person.

(Back row)-Katie, Lynn, Lindsey, Jessica, Chesley. (Front row)-Ashley, me, Jane, Jackie.

(Thanks, Jackie, for letting me steal your photo!)

I have also hosted a party, been to a bunko Christmas party and I think that is pretty much it.  I promise my social calendar is NEVER this packed. I am obviously the worst blogger ever since I didn’t take a picture at a single event.

And before I get more into the Christmas spirit, what could be sweeter than finding your dog enjoying your Christmas décor?

I have had so much fun celebrating with my nieces and nephews, too!  My boss was sweet enough to give me a gingerbread house to do with Max and he had so much fun putting it together. His excitement was contagious. It reminds me of how magical Christmas was when I was a kid.

The finished project:

Finley also tried to help! Could she be any cuter??

Her little shirt says “I ♥ Santa.”  For some reason I look like I am missing a tooth in this picture. I promise – they are all there!

I can’t leave out Baby Drew. He was having fun, too! (Look at those sweet curls!!)

Also, this weekend, Megan and I went to paint some pottery for a belated birthday gift. Megan passed her CPA a few weeks ago, so it is nice to have my bff back!  (And congratulations, of course, to her!)

Megan found the whole experience to be very stressful. I thought it was quote fun! I have also done this before, so I knew not to do anything complicated. Painting is NOT easy.

My new creamer container:

I can’t wait to see it fired and glazed. (Don’t worry, I will for sure bring you an “after.”)

And Megan’s masterpiece:

Oh, also, I came across this fun site where Santa creates a customized message for your kids! My friend Julie told me about it this week and my nephew was beside himself with excitement when he got his message from Santa!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Recipe Share

So the past few shindigs I have had hosted/attended I had some #winning recipes, so I thought I would share the love. 

Please note, these likely all came from Pinterest, but I can totally vouch for them.

1- Not the prettiest meal ever (damn tortillas), but pretty darn good – Baked Taquitos.

Recipe and Photo from Our Best Bites:

1/3 C (3 oz) cream cheese
1/4 C green salsa
1T fresh lime juice
1/2 t cumin
1 t chili powder
1/2 t onion powder
1/4 t granulated garlic
3 T chopped cilantro
2 T sliced green onions
2 C shredded cooked chicken
1 C grated pepperjack cheese
small corn tortillas
kosher salt
cooking spray


Heat oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly coat with cooking spray.
Heat cream cheese in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds so it's soft and easy to stir. Add green salsa, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, onion powder and granulated garlic. Stir to combine and then add cilantro and green onions. Add chicken and cheese and combine well.
You can prepare up to this step ahead of time. Just keep the mixture in the fridge.


Work with a few tortillas at a time and heat in the microwave until they are soft enough to roll without cracking. It helps to place them between damp paper towels. Usually 20-30 seconds will do it. If you find yours are cracking when you roll them or come unrolled right away, just try heating them longer and try the paper towel thing.


Place 2-3 T of chicken mixture on the lower third of a tortilla, keeping it about 1/2 inch from the edges.


Then roll it up as tight as you can.


Place seam side down on the baking sheet. Lay all of the taquitos on the baking sheet and make sure they are not touching each other. Spray the tops lightly with cooking spray or an oil mister and sprinkle some kosher salt on top.


Place pan in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until crisp and the ends start to get golden brown.

2- OMG. You guys MUST Try this – Crock Pot Hot Chocolate.  It was seriously amazing. Like, I loved it.

Recipe and photo from Mrs. Happy Homemaker (mine looked a lot like this, though):

  • 1.5 cups heavy cream
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk (14oz)
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 6 cups of milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Stir all the ingredients together in your crockpot.  

Cover, & cook on low for 2 hours - coming back to whisk it every so often.

I will share more soon!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Weekly Faves

Guess what theme my weekly faves have again this week?  Hmmm.

Loving these cupcake ornaments featured on Cupcakes Take the Cake from etsy shop Little Punkie Munkie.

Iowa Girl Eats has her own weekly faves and this week she featured this amazing Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough cake (can you imagine two better desserts together???)  from Something Shiny.

For my Oklahoma friends, I read about this North Pole City on the Pencil Shavings Blog and it looked like the most amazing place for kids (and adults)!!

Cookies and Cups featured a really cute way to serve rice krispie treats this season!

My blogging friend Andrea is offering some really cute printables!  Go check them here! She also gives a tour of her beautiful house and décor!

Let me know what amazing holiday finds you have come across!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Festival of the Trees

For the past two years, Megan, Addie and I (and this year, Gina) have had lunch/brunch at the Philbrook Museum and gone to their Festival of the Trees.  Basically, it is a fundraiser for the museum where local artists and students create Christmas trees and gingerbread houses that are sold with proceeds going to the museum. I love going! It is so artistically inspiring and puts you in the Christmas spirit!

I took pics of my favorites for you (of course they are with my phone, not my real camera, so just imagine how pretty and inspiring it was).

Tree made entirely out of tree bark.

This tree was made entirely out of blown glass.  It was amazing! 

I thought this tree was exceptionally creative. It is made with recycled frames.  Even more impressive is that it was done by a high school art class.

 

I love stained glass, too.

Another fun thing to do at the museum is see their gingerbread house displays.  It is just simply amazing to me the skill and creativity it takes to make these houses. Not to mention the inability to eat every piece.

Lastly, I wanted to leave you with this inspiration piece that was hanging on the wall. It is really fun and creative and I thought could be a fun holiday project.  It is just beads rolled to make the shape of the Christmas tree.

Enjoy!

 
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