Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Birthday Boy Part II

George was still rocking his birthday attire on Sunday. He has that distinguished look to really pull off the bow tie. Though here he looks more like a character from The Hangover.
George's birthday celebration wouldn't be complete without a visit from his other mama. She came bearing gifts. Cheap bribes for love and affection. Damn it if they didn't work!
Tough choices
Executive decision made
Thanks mama
Katie and I had spent the morning at Ikea before all this. I will share my shopping spree in another post though because right now we need to focus on this beautiful lunch assortment. Reward for all our hard work shopping.
hint hint table cloth 
No explanation needed
Paired with Twin Vines Vino Verde, currently my favorite white wine. It's from northwest Portugal and it's sparkly! Not overly sweet and just so perfectly refreshing in the summer heat, a must try. Paid $7.76 at Safeway. 
Wine glasses are from local wineries
Picked up this sexy looking bottle as well. Cocobon is a red blend made in California and so damn good. We were able to try it first as they were offering a tasting at Safeway. Never be too shy to take advantage of a tasting.  It's a chance to taste new wines you may not have thought to otherwise and maybe even discover your next favorite wine. Bought this for $7.49 at Safeway.
Tall, dark, and handsome
Speaking of sexy check out my awesome Sunday Funday shirt!
Curves not included
I ordered the shirt from ScoutMob, it also comes in blue. I'm wearing a small since it's a unisex size. Margaret that means it'll look like a night gown on you, sorry. skinny bitches

That's all folks. I'll leave you with this teaser for the next post...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Birthday Boy

Saturday was George's 8th Birthday. He hasn't aged a bit far as I can tell though. 

While George puffed on his cigar I started the day with this fantastic breakfast. I had plans to spend a lot of time playing outside with George and would need my energy to keep up with his endless supply.

Breakfast consisted of scrambled eggs made with 1 egg and 2 egg whites mixed with mozzarella. Whole grain bread spread with avocado and cherry tomatoes on the side. I always feel really good and energized after a meal like that. Of course the coffee doesn't hurt either. George got a few bites of eggs as well but was soon getting restless so I threw back the last drops of coffee and we headed out straight away.

Come on mom!
Looks like fall in here.
Forest selfie
Squirrel hunting
Our walk led us to the dog park which I'd come prepared for with a tennis ball. George absolutely loves fetch. He started playing it when he was a puppy without my having to even teach him. So you can imagine his excitement for this shiny new tennis ball.

Focused Face
Throw it! Throw it!
The after shot
It was starting to rain so we headed home. The mail man had just dropped off a birthday present for George. Lavender scented poop bags! He seemed to like em alright.

I kept the presents coming with the doggie equivalent of a birthday cake. A bone.

Judging by that string of drool coming off the bone I'll wager he liked it.

That's pretty much it for Saturday's birthday events. However, I have a part II post coming soon so stay tuned!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Brunch to the Max

I had a couple friends over for brunch this past Sunday. I took the opportunity to rock my new maxi skirt. Love all the colors. Katie turned up in a maxi dress as well. Us girls love our maxi skirts & dresses. You get to feel pretty and feminine while wearing something comfortable.

The dining table was set with these gorgeous flowers I had picked up that morning while scrambling around the grocery store for last minute brunch supplies. Seriously, who invites people over for brunch and then doesn't check if they have eggs on hand until the morning of? This girl.

I love these type of flowers, they have a wild look to them and they last for at least a week. Such a gorgeous warm yellow color that just brightens up the room.

I setup a mini buffet table for the extras that wouldn't fit on the dining table. The balls are sausage balls made with sausage, cheddar cheese, and biscuit mix. Far from healthy but soooo good. I wouldn't dare make these when I'm alone fearing I'd literally eat them all. The chips look out of place for brunch but that's because they were for some dip dishes we had planned for the afternoon, I'll get to that later.

Margaret's crab and mushroom quiche she brought over to share. Delicious. I fought Katie for the leftovers. I won. tehe

The table is set, quite pretty if I may say so myself.

My lovely guests thinking quit with the damn pictures so we can eat already! I agree.

It's not brunch without mimosas. Katie made ours with pineapple juice instead of OJ this time which I quite prefer. So cheers and bon app├ętit!

A walk was much needed after all that savory food. So we set off with George leading the charge. I have to say, this picture turned out really great. I'm not even using a filter though it looks like it. It's just that pretty outside.

Ladies on the move.

George brought home a souvenir. He carried it with him most of the walk. So damn cute.

When we got back we treated ourselves to sangria after water because we're responsible young ladies. Katie garnished mine with a piece of bacon. She knows what I like.

We kicked back for a few round of Mario Kart and Mario Party on the Wii U. Be warned, don't fall for Margaret's "How do I do this? Am I holding the remote right?" She's a complete hustler. 

She made up for it though by cleaning all the dishes later. Wow, thank you again! Best brunch guest ever. Sorry Katie, maybe if you painted my nails next time...just a suggestion.

So the dips I mentioned earlier. Unfortunately I did not take pictures because we were all way too excited about them. Katie makes this killer buffalo chicken dip which maybe she will allow me to do a post on in the future. Margaret made this bacon, cheese, and chives goodness graciousness. And I...well I tucked in. With that said I leave you with this illustration that I believe summarizes how we all felt by the end of the afternoon. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

World Market Therapy

When ever I'm in need of a morale boost, one of the places I like to go is World Market. I love everything about the store. The mixture of styles, colors, and smells. I'd happily live there.

I start in the paintings area since its right by the door. I pick out my favorites and convince myself I will paint them at home instead of buying any. Guess how many times I've actually done that?


Whatevs it makes me feel good and that's what this is about.

I move onto jewelry and bags from there. Today I found this cute bracelet. I love the color and I already own a dress it will match perfectly. Fist pump

World Market $4.99

From there I wondered into the paper area. Soon as I spotted this journal I knew it was coming home with me. I haven't bought myself a journal in a very long time since now I prefer most things digital but there is still something very therapeutic about sitting in a comfy chair with a warm cup of tea or coffee and spilling your thoughts onto the pages. Plus I LOVE giraffes!

World Market $14.99

When I was a little girl my dad took me to the Minnesota State Zoo and we went into the giraffes in-door exhibit. My dad was holding me so I could see better when one of the giraffes leaned all the way down to me and stuck out his big black tongue. I can't remember now if i was holding some food or what the reason was for them doing that but it was just the coolest thing to be so close to such a gentle giant and I've loved them ever since.

I was about to skip past the wall of greeting cards when I remembered my dad's birthday is just around the corner. Probably triggered by the zoo memory. I feel like I never do as much as I should for his birthday. It's hard living in different states, requires me to plan ahead which I'm not always so great about. Not this year! Found this card that made me laugh and I know he will too.

World Market $3.49
I looked at furniture next and saw a very comfy looking sectional couch that looked small enough to possibly fit in my living room and the price was $599 which may be doable. I forgot to take a picture of the couch but I did snap its info card so I check whether the measurements would actually fit. I've been wanting a new couch for awhile now, hopefully can make it happen in the next few months.

Of course I like looking through their grocery area as well. Who doesn't? All sorts of different stuff you don't see most places and all the tempting chocolate! I picked up a Milka bar. They're the best, you should try one if you haven't already, and if you have you should try it again to make sure it's still good. Just to be on the safe side ;)

I went to a couple more stores after World Market. I was on the hunt for a couple side tables for the living room but that didn't pan out today. I was so hungry by the time I got home. Luckily I had a plan in mind already. Nothing worse than being absolutely starved and still nothing in the kitchen holds any appeal.

I made a recipe I saw on The Londoner recently called Slutty No-Carb Pasta. On a side note real quick, I love love love her blog and it was one of the reasons I decided to start my own. Check it out, but then please come back. Actually scratch that, don't go. Her life is far more interesting than mine and you most definitely won't return.

insecure laugh.....cough

Anyway, Rose made hers with zucchini instead of pasta but I don't have the tool (spiralizer) to be able to do that. So I just used whole wheat spaghetti instead. Turned out quite yummy. I think next time I may add some sliced zucchini and mushrooms as well just to thicken it up a bit. The flavor was great though, it just needed some more substance for me. Feast your eyes.

Lunch: Bucket of Parmesan cheese with a dash of spaghetti
I was full and happy by the last bite. A great start to a Saturday and looking forward to the rest of the weekend. Catch you on the flip side.

The Return

I'm back.

Yes, it's been a long time. Too long. What's my excuse this time?

I got distracted...

hey, it happens.

More to come soon, hehe see what I did there, haven't changed a bit. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Cooking with Explosives

I stopped at the grocery store on my way home from work today because I needed to pick up some dog food for George. As I was wondering through the produce area I saw one of these nifty guys...

And my mind went OMG BAKED POTATO! GIVES ME!! Actually that was probably my stomach not my brain.

If you don't already know, it's one of those quick microwave potatoes that only takes 8 minutes to cook. This way when you decide last minute you want a baked potato with dinner, you don't have to invent time travel to have it ready with the rest of your food.

As the great Mitch Hedberg once said:
"It takes forever to cook a baked potato in a conventional oven. Sometimes, I'll just throw one in there, even if I don't want one. By the time it's done, who knows?"
If you don't know who he is you should watch this short clip of his stand up. Hilarious guy. He is missed.

Back to my own potato adventure...

By the time I got home I was starving! Good thing I had this heavenly nectar in my fridge to help tide my appetite while I prepared dinner. Seriously if you're an IPA fan, you need to try this beer. You won't regret it.

This was my first time making one of these microwave potatoes and I was a bit skeptical. So I called the most amazing person in the world, my best friend Katie, and asked her if this was safe. She assured me if it explodes its not her fault. Ummm...thanks?

I bravely threw it in the microwave, punched in 8 minutes and quickly took cover clear of the blast radius. It was soon making all sorts of crazy whistling sounds like a hot kettle of tea. I thought it really might explode. Any time I've ever put a potato in the microwave before, I always poked holes in it to prevent this at least I thought that was the reason.

Finally the microwave beeped notifying me the danger had passed so I cautiously retreated from my bomb shelter got off the couch. Amazingly the kitchen was still intact and the potato was cooked! It really worked!

Nomz nomz time.

Before you go getting all judgy about what looks like sour cream overload on the potato, I'll have you know that is actually greek yogurt. My recently discovered healthy alternative to sour cream. In yo face! Yogurt canon

Monday, October 7, 2013

Scrubbin the Jealousy Away

Jealousy is not an attractive trait. 

Since Zoey has been getting so much attention the past couple days due to temporarily turning part zombie, George has been sick with jealousy. After I finished publishing my previous post about her, I snuggled up with him on the couch to make it up to him.

And I noticed he STANK! So acting on the moment while I still felt motivated, this happened...

wish my thighs were that muscular 
really embodying that old and wise look here
All clean! Still hates me.
This post is mainly for your amusement Katie since you're not around anymore to see how pathetic he acts after a bath. You can really see the pain and betrayal he feels in his eyes.