Thursday, March 25, 2010

Dream a little dream

One day, soon I hope, I will have a sewing machine of my very own. I really want an old-school bernina. The newer berninas have all sorts of extras that I don't really need. The 240 is a lovely model though. The vintage-looking Singer model below from Urban Outfitters is adorable but not as heavy duty. Still so pretty.

Urban Outfitters

Monday, March 8, 2010

yes...whoot whoo!!!

Ana at Knock Off Woods posted plans for my beloved Pottery Barn Bedford project table. She is brilliant. I am sooooo excited. I almost want to convert my guest bedroom into another craft room/office. Almost! Thanks Ana!
Pottery Barn

Friday, March 5, 2010

which white ?

Country Living

I really want to paint my kitchen white. I mean really! I just don't love the shade of khaki in the kitchen. I would love a white kitchen. I wish the hubby would let me paint every room in my house a white tone with an eggshell finish. However, he thinks our house would look like a hospital or institution. So in an attempt to compromise, I have decided to paint the following rooms:
kitchen, office....hopefully soon to be nursery and master bedroom/bathroom

But which white....there are so many. Here are a few favorites:
  • Simply White, Benjamin Moore
  • Bistro White, Valspar
  • White Wisp, Benjamin Moore
  • Ultra Pure White, Behr

Thursday, March 4, 2010

shaping it up.....

Sooooo.... I have this little problem. After I had the baby, I thought I would quickly loose the baby weight. For the most part, I did, about 4 weeks later. However, my freak of a body has decided to hold onto 5 pounds. 5 measly little pounds! I work out the same amount, but my body is enjoying this extra 5 pounds of flubber. My body has plateaued. No matter how many classes a week I take at the gym, I cannot get back to my pre-baby weight.

New goal: proceed to get my rear in gear and get back into triathlon shape. I will be following this training schedule in addition to my gym classes. I will have to adjust it slightly so I rest on Sunday. Unfortunately this means working out about 1.5-2 hrs a day. (I am trying to convince the hubby to join in this goal, but he currently thinks I am nuts.) I am so excited.

Women Health Magazine

Steak Tips....mmmm good!

I am usually not a fan of steak. However, steak tips cannot be beat. The hubby and I love steak tips. I mean LOVE. I once begged a guy at SteakOut to tell me how they made their steak tips. (I literally sat there and begged!!!) The only thing I was able to get out of him was a good olive oil, great soy sauce and garlic. That was it. So I came up with my own marinade and we absolutely love it. Sooooo good!

Steak Tips:
  • 1 1/2-2 lbs Sirloin Steak chopped into cubes (this is easier to do if the meat is slightly frozen or you can have your butcher do it)
  •  1 1/2 c. soy sauce
  • 1/2 c. olive oil
  • 1/2  medium onion, minced
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
Mix all of the ingredients together. Put everything in a covered bowl or a plastic bag. Marinate for 4-6 hours stirring or mixing occasionally.

Soak bamboo skewers in water for 20 min. Thread meat on skewers. Grill until cooked. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

one year down....50 + to go

The hubby and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary. It was a perfect day with my best friend. What a year! I mean really, insane!!!!!! I am the luckiest of girls. He makes me happy everyday. Here's to 50 more babe!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Pantry and Laundry Organization

I have one project I want to do before this month ends: Organize my pantry and laundry room. Most of this project will involve glass jars and products from Ikea. I need to keep it in mind so I actually do it. Pantry Organization as seen on My Sweet Savannah and Country Living  I love the jar labels and how she put her vinegar and oils in the bottles. I can't wait to have it all done.

    Country Living

    My Sweet Savannah
    Now I just need to find a white vintage scale somewhere to put my onions and potatoes on......