Wednesday, February 29, 2012

pretty in pink

this past weekend we celebrated chloe's 1st birthday with cupcakes all around! she was the cutest birthday girl of all time! she gave her pink cake a rave review :)


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

holy chocolate!

recipe from 101cookbooks
sooo we can thank pinterest for bringing this little gem into our lives.

confused by how this actually existed, we decided to try. 
my god, this 'cake' is insane. i'm not sure if i would describe it as an actual cake though- 
more like crack..chocolate crack. 
chocolate, espresso, and cream. that's it. need i say more? 

Monday, February 27, 2012


we have been planning to update these old chairs for ohh- about a year now... 
just one of those projects we keep putting off for no real reason.
 but today, theres progress! ha

here are our chairs right now:

we will be finishing these bad boys this week!
check in next monday for the after photos :)

Friday, February 24, 2012


2. blue ivy snl skit - baahaha. 

3. target wedges and white bowls

4. ikea trips on mondays

1. what is up with gas prices? they jump up 50 cents in a matter of hours. trickery.

2. grueling 48 hours of installing adobe premiere and photoshop this week. UGH.

3. ash wednesday drive-thru. no words for this.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

before & after : grandma vases

everyone has some old grandma-ish vases collecting dust around the house, right? easiest solution: paint. 

enamel paint
long paintbrush
grandma vase

first, clean vase and dry. paint an even coat of paint on inside of vase. this first coat will be fairly transparent. let coat dry for about 15 minutes. continue painting additional coats, with breaks for drying. for a solid look, you will need to paint about 4 coats.

we chose to use folkart enamel (so we could still put water in them) in dark blue and shimmering copper. random colors, yes. fun, yes. you could easily whip up some shabby chic vases with some pastel pink or white paint!

...if you're feeling left out because your grandma is hoarding all of these fancy vases, take a trip to your local goodwill. there is an entire aisle of them waiting to be rescued!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

it's tuesday you fatty!

yesterday to celebrate fat tuesday we.......

ate a lot of cheese!
and bread
aand cookies
aaaaand lemons

fat lemonade
- approx. 6 cups of ice
- 1 packet of unsweetened lemonade mix
- 1 squeezed lemon
- 4 tbs sugar
- 2 cups of vodka

blend ice until it becomes snow (with your ninja, duh!). mix vodka, lemonade mix, sugar, and lemon juice in a separate bowl. pour liquid mixture into blender with ice and pulse for about 20 seconds. pour into glasses and garnish with lemon or lime slices. 

... and then a baby arrived! 
but not a fat baby.
a little nelson baby- eeeek.

congrats to my best friends jess and chad on their new family of three 
he's the sweetest little man i know <3

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

whip it goooood.

no bake nutella cheesecakes

this recipe is all over the place but it definitely deserves all the buzz- we had to try it!
soo quick and easy and CHOCOLATE and delicious!

Monday, February 20, 2012

snapshots of a long weekend.

you'll notice lots of mexican food (and drinks!), catching up with friends, ikea, crafting, and baking. the usual.

Friday, February 17, 2012

fallout shelter.

see this madness? this is our workspace ha. it's currently in progress (obviously!) while we turn it into a place we can spend full days without feeling trapped in a dungeon. we are attempting to make it awesome with things we already have around our houses or pieces we can snag for free. next week we are off to ikea for inspiration and possibly some small purchases. we'll keep you updated!

Thursday, February 16, 2012


on v-day we treated ourselves to a yummy homemade lunch...or maybe it was dinner. something like that. anyway, we made spinach & mushroom lasagna.

we also indulged in a raspberry herb cocktail (martha stewart). we only made half of the recipe for the two of us...thought we should hold back considering it was only a tuesday afternoon!

perfect and delicious. in fact, it's still delicious. we've been chowing down on the leftovers every day since :)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


1. bleubird's wedding : part 1 and part 2

2. a letter to valentine's day from twloha

3. katie's house @ katie's pencil box

4. a cincinnati update from thecityflea

5. sophia grace and rosie's latest shenanigans on ellen!

Monday, February 13, 2012


soooo tomorrow is the BIG day!!! we have been working on some of the cutest DIY projects to celebrate valentines day. our place is filled with so much red and pink cheer!

go on, check them out :) 

doily garland 
what you need: 
assorted doilies

 heart garland
what you need:
 paint swatches

cupid's arrows
inspired by design sponge!
what you need:
craft paint
hot glue

 love note
what you need:
hot glue

annnnddd to continue in all this february mush-
we got all fancy last thursday and went to the midnight premiere of the vow. fancy as in sweatpants, full pints of ice cream, bags of dark chocolate, and two teenage sisters. HA. i seriously think there was only one dude in the entire theater-- that's okay because we had channing. swooooon.
 the couple's chicago apartment was almost as dreamy as the man himself. and rachel was gorgeous as always. our reviews ended in a split; one of us spent the hour and a half laughing hysterically at the poor/ corny acting and the other had tears streaming. ohh- if only, looks could act! haha.  

Friday, February 10, 2012

more superbowlin'

it's not alllllll about the food. okay, it is. BUT we did get a little festive with some confetti footballs!

we got the idea from camille styles, but from there just kind threw them together with things we already had. we went with colorful footballs because those are the colors we had and we made our own confetti with old scraps of tissue paper. also, we used craft paint instead of puff paint. super easy (and fun!) craft to make on the cheap!

back to food...ha! here's the food (and drink!) that we didn't get pictures of, but thought we'd go ahead and share the recipes.

in a hurry meatballs
1/2 of a 32oz bag of store bought turkey meatballs
10 oz. grape jelly
10 oz. montgomery inn bbq sauce

Mix all ingredients. Cook on 350 for about 30 minutes.

favorite veggie chili
3 tbs of olive oil
1 yellow onion
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
2 small zucchinis
4 garlic cloves
1 jalapeno pepper
2 tbs of steak seasoning
3 tbs of chili powder
1 tbs cumin
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 cup beer
1/3 cup bbq sauce
1/2 cup coca-cola
1- 15 oz can of black beans
1- 15 oz can of kidney beans
1- 15 oz can of chick peas
2- 15 oz cans of fire roasted diced tomatoes
1- 15 oz can vegetable stock
1 cup frozen corn

Dice all veggies! Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions and cook until translucent. Then add peppers and zucchini for about 5 minutes or until they begin to soften. Add garlic and all of the spices - let cook for about 5 minutes. Pour in one cup of beer to deglaze pan. Once the bear stops sizzling, add all remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil and cook for about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium low and cook for about 30 minutes. We topped ours with sharp cheddar cheese, sour cream and oyster crackers! Wish we would have remembered avocado!

riesling strawberry slushies
inspired by with style & grace

Thursday, February 9, 2012


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on sunday, we used the superbowl as an opportunity to get busy in the kitchen! we jump after any chance to eat good food, of course.

here's what we had:

grilled corn salsa
inspired by my new roots

parmesan edamame
inspired by 28 cooks
our edits:
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup panko italian bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp salt

cookie pie
inspired by eat live run

1 loaf of italian bread
6 plum tomatoes
2 crushed garlic cloves
1 handful of basil
3 tbs olive oil
1 tbs of balsamic vinegar
1 tsp red pepper flakes
sea salt
black pepper
1/4 cup romano cheese
1 additional tbs of olive oil

Brush bread with olive oil and/or butter, bake at 350 for about 10 minutes or until golden-brown. Dice tomatoes, crush garlic, and ribbon basil. Place 3 ingredients in a medium sized bowl - add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and red pepper flakes. Mix until combined and add salt and pepper to taste. Spoon mixture onto warm bread, top with romano cheese and extra olive oil.

cinnamon sugar almonds
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
about 1 tbs of cinnamon
2.5 cups almonds

Mix first 3 ingredients in sauce pan over medium heat until blended. Add almonds and stir constantly until sugar mixture crystalizes - approx. 10 minutes. Cool on wax paper.

unfortunately we didn't catch pictures of all of our food, but we'll share the recipes for everything else in a separate post! veggie chili, meatballs, drinks!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

over the weekend

over the weekend we had some serious celebrating to do.

ooey gooey cake, gifts, and decorations. oh my.

 cincinnati cyclones game!

 preparing for some superbowl madness...more on that later!

we had a good time crafting, celebrating, people-watching, and eating all weekend long! we'll be back with more on our superbowl shenanigans aka food fest.