Happy Hump Day! Just thought I would share some mid-week encouragement. Sometimes we fail, but it’s what we learn that makes us stronger and smarter in the future. So don’t be afraid to fail, but fail smarter each time.
(My pottery barn order turned out to be a fail, trying again this weekend. Hopefully I can find something else more attractive in store rather than guessing online)
Also this is what I am planning to do in my family room. I really hope this is a huge win!
I woke up on Saturday feeling the need to decorate my condo. Since moving into my fiance’s (Mike’s) bachelor pad in February, I have yet to really make any changes but alas, there is room for change! Mike and I’s place is modern and the color palette is limited because of his RED leather couches (there are comfy, but not my choice).
Home decor is not something I grew up doing with my mom or something I know much about BUT I have a good eye for color combo’s and I think I can make this place a little more stylish! Who knows?!
I also have been dying for a project that calls for some creativity! So this is my project and I hope it brings me creative fulfillment and a new love for my condo!
Today, I ordered new bedding for our bedroom from Pottery Barn. I love blue for bedrooms! It’s peaceful and relaxing. I also had a 15% off online code for Pottery Barn- I love a deal! Here it is!
I left off the ruffle pillows since they are not my style and Mike would kill me if I brought them into the house.
For the other bedroom, I have decided on navy, coral, and white! I am thinking for ordering these throws to tie it all together.
Mixing patterns could be fun or could be too busy so I may have to play with it a little bit.
I also am considering some paint changes. I will report back!
Crepes and ladies night was a success last night! HURRAY!
Yep! It’s official crepes are my newest obsession. And ever better, the were so so so easy! 1 cup of flour, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup water, pinch of salt, 1 tsp sugar, and some cinnamon (was not in the recipe, I was just feeling it. Cinnamon makes everything better in my opinion). After a couple minuets of cooking on each side you have a hot, buttery, crepe to dress the way you like, and devour! And we did! :)
Thanks to Jamie Anderson for this photo!
Nothing like a night of good friends, good food, good wine, and trashy hilarious TV to laugh at!
PS: And today I am working off the calories by doing this:
Tonight I am going to try my luck at making crepes. I was so inspired by my trip to Paris (where I ate amazing crepes), that I wanted to try my luck.
I am going to use a basic crepe recipe and let the toppings do the talking!
So excited to see how this comes out!
Some days you just need some inspiration. I think these will do that trick!
It’s almost Friday!
Yesterday was a good day for baking! I decided to make an old classic, a standby. My Joy of Cooking cookbook has a recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies from the 1930’s. I learned to bake cookies with this simple recipe. So when my fiance had to work all weekend long, I thought these would be a good idea. If you work over a 15 hour work day, you have earned cookies in my opinion.
These are always a good idea! A true classic cookie:
Preheat the oven to 375. Grease or line 2 cookie sheets.
1 cup plus 2 Tbs all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
Beat in a large bowl until well-blended:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar ( i don’t pack in the sugar at all)
Add and beat until well combined:
1 large egg
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
Stir in the flour mixture until well-blended and smooth. Stir in 1 cup chocolate chips (I added an extra 1/2 cup, this is very important).
Drop the dough by heaping teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart on the cookie sheets. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, until the cookies are just slightly colored on top and the edges are brown, about 8 - 10 minutes. Let stand briefly, then remove to a rack to cool.
Makes about 36 cookies.
And your the hero who saved the weekend :) #trust!
With this spring weather in Atlanta, I am feeling more inspired than normal to be healthy. Healthy in eating more local and seasonal veggies, be more active, do more yoga etc! I have discovered a new video from Julian Michaels.
(this lady knows what is up)
This is video is a great mix of exercises that all center around the core- yes please! With bikini season upon us, I feel this video is perfect for the moment.
I also am excited to get back to Blast 900! I am going tomorrow morning to the 7:00 am class. Yes, that is early but it feels so much better to get it over with.
This week I am also taking a graphic design class. It’s nice to have something out of the norm and something that allows my creativity come out.
I love spring and this new inspiration I feel.
After seeing all the beautiful 4th of July berry trifles on Facebook, twitter, pinterest, and other places- I decided that I would try my luck with this gorgeous and delicious dessert. It all started after seeing my friend Jen’s trifle- gorgeous! And then my friend Leigha sent me her recipe. After getting cheered on by my co workers, this was a task I needed to conquer for the moral of the 360i’s Westside and for myself :).
1. I went to Trader Joe’s (god bless this place, everything is so fresh and cheap) and picked up the ingredients I needed. While I was there, I tried some cheese that was to die for, and purchased some frozen lunches for $2.00 a pop- win!
Here is the spread:
Okay looking good! Now I needed to make the creamy filling with cream cheese and heavy cream- decadent!
Now I was really getting excited because now I put it all together and VIOLA! ( In my head I kept saying, “everybody loves parfait” from Shrek because I was basically making a giant parfait but instead of yogurt, I had homemade cream cheese icing goodness.
Here is the recipe I used- this is NOT low calorie, but amazing! It was a happy night and going to be a happy day of eating.