Thursday, July 29, 2010

Working for the weekend

We're headed up north this weekend, hooray!!! I get to see some of my most awesome friends, andddd, spend Saturday at the SF Renegade Craft Fair!! I am soooo excited and can't wait to find some super cute handmade stuff! I promise I will share with you my finds :)
Oh and here's a cute deer photo for good measure. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A peek inside: Tres

Alright this is my last post on this topic! And hopefully I'll get to posting more interesting things sometime soon (lol). I mean, this is interesting right? RIGHT? :)

Lauryn wanted to see the inside of my purse:

Woooow, so not exciting! I am weird in the fact that I hardly carry anything in my purse! Every other woman I know has tons of stuff (crap) in theirs. I don't know, I have issues finding my 5 items alone already, hah. So at this moment, all I had was my wallet, some ibuprofin, some pens, tissues, gum, and my Disneyland birthday pin (why??! lol).

Raven wanted to see my spice "cabinet":
So we got this when we first moved into our old apartment. I like the look of it, but for me, I use the same handful of spices all the time so it's kind of impractical. Plus it's covered in dust ;) Oops.
Talia wanted to see my "garden":

HAH. HAH. This is my only "garden" that is currently qualified as a garden: my wine barrel which houses my newish tomato plant and some deadish chives (lol!).

Sara wanted to see the inside of our fridge "cribs style":

I recently cleaned out our fridge, I'm very happy about this because there was so much STUFF in there! So the important stuff: beers. Chris drinks the Mtn. Dew (blech). We've got some blueberries, hummus, piats, milk, juice, leftover mystery food, salsa...etc. :) Why does is seem like we have SO many condiments?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

A peek inside: Part II

Here are some more :) I have only a couple left! Taking more until this weekend for the last post! Ask me here.

Sarah asked to see my favorite makeup item:

I've used bareMinerals foundation since I was like, 17! I can't do the liquid stuff, so this is fantastic for me - love! Tip: buy on Ebay and you'll save around $5-8!

She also asked to see my favorite pair of shoes:

Currently my favorites, sorry they are just a tad dirty :x

And my favorite coffee mug:

For one, it is gigantic (like 3 cups of coffee in one!). It was gifted to me by Steph Corwin for my birthday a few years ago. It came delivered with flowers in it :)

Susan asked to get a sneak peak of a wedding item:

It's no secret that I have been looking for some yellow shoes. I've planned on ordering a few different pairs and seeing what I end up liking the best :)

Morgan asked to see my craft room. She noted that I am organized...

NOT! My craft room hasn't been organized for months. When we redid our guest room, all of the crap lying around in there got shoved into my craft room, so I have hardly any room! I keep the door closed.

Monday, July 19, 2010

A peek inside: Part I

The other day I asked you guys if there was anything you wanted to see a photo of in my life. Here are a handful of them :) I'll post some more later this week. Also, if you haven't had a chance to ask me to take a photo of something yet, feel free to visit my last post and leave a comment! I'll take some more througout the week for sure! Thanks :)

Natasha asked me to take a photo of my sink RIGHT NOW.

lol! Thankfully, I did the dishes before we left for the weekend. So this is our ugly sink! All that browness is {i guess} worn off finish? Anyone know of a good product to spruce that up? I really hate our sink!

Shannon asked to see my kittehs :)

{Garbage} I love his silky black fur!

{Kitty} I call her Miss Kitty. So hard to get a photo of her because she is always moving around and acting paranoid! She was our first pet!

Talia asked to see my favorite spot to relax:

Definitely our loveseat! Chris takes the bigger couch, hah! I snuggle up with that pillow and a blanket every night we watch our shows :)

Ashley & Jimaie asked to see my closet:

My closet is definitely NOT organized which is why I only opened one side! Hah. Last weekend we actually started to search for some budget closet organizers. The ones we have are wire and they were just there when we bought our house. I HATE them! I throw my shoes on top and they always fall down because there is a gap in the back. Grr!

Jimaie also asked to see my medicine cabinet:

Uh, kinda boring. What's funny is I don't use half of that stuff! LOL. I like how there's no actual MEDICINE in the medicine cabinet. That makes sense!

Ok that was fun!!! Ask me more so I can post some more photos at the end of the week :) I'll get to the few other questions I had so far as well :)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

A peek inside

Over the past year or so I've seen a ton of bloggers doing this thing where they open up their comments to invite people to ask what they would like to see a photo of inside the bloggers life. Well, every time I've written a post to do it, someone else gets one going and then I feel like I'm a big fat COPY CAT, push it to the side...forget about it, rinse and repeat.

Well! I just got my new little friend yesterday, and want to mess around with it, get to know it a little. So there is where you come in, my lovely friends :)

Do you want to know what our mess of a bedroom looks like? Or maybe my favorite place to eat? Or perhaps my cats that hardly get any blog attention? Or a photo of why my neighbors suck?

Ask and ye shall receive! Also, I get major sadness when I know you're reading and don't leave me some comment love, seriously, I have self worth issues :) Lol. So if you've never said hello, pleeeasseee say hi and ask me to take a photo of anything! I will probably start answering them after this weekend!


ps, spending my birthday tomorrow at Disneyland, then the following day going to see Thrice in Pomona, yay for an awesome weekend!!!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

I Cook: Gone Bananas

Looking for a yummy summertime treat? Well, look no further. Ok no really, that was semi-cheesy but I'm serious. For some reason I've been going through a banana phase, not just eating plain 'ol bananas, but satisfying my summertime sads with some yummy treats.

First off, frozen bananas from Trader Joes. Covered in chocloately goodness. They are delious :)

Something else I tried recently: banana "ice cream" that has no other ingredient than bananas. All you do is throw some bananas in the freezer & when they are frozen, remove and let sit for about 5-10 minutes (so you can remove the peel). Remove the peel, then whip the frozen bananas with a hand mixer or blender. It's possible they may be too soft, so I threw my whipped bananas back in the freezer for a bit. The end product was awesome, cool and healthy :)

And now, a yummy recipe!

Blueberry Banana Cake w/Cream Cheese Icing
Adapted from The Kitchn

Cake Ingredients:

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons rum (the recipe said optional, I say NOT)
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 3 bananas)
3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 lemon, juiced and zested
1 1/2 cups milk
2 cups blueberries, washed and picked over

Preheat oven to 325 degrees and lightly grease a 13"x9" pan. Cream the butter and sugars in a large bowl.

Blend in the eggs one at a time, and whip until creamy.

Add the vanilla, bananas and rum. Mix until creamy.

Add the flour, baking soda and salt. Stir the mixture roughly, but do not combine completely.

In a large measuring cup, mix the lemon juice with the milk. (Reserve the lemon zest for the icing.)

Pour the lemon/milk mixture into the bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Mix until smooth. Fold in the blueberries. Spread the batter in the prepared pan.

Bake the cake for 75 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. (Start checking after 60 minutes.) When the cake is firm and a tester comes out clean, remove the cake from the oven.

While the cake is baking/cooling, make the frosting :)

Icing Ingredients:

1/4 cup butter, softened
1 (8 ounce) package light cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon rum (again, not optional -lol)
3 cups confectioners' sugar
Pinch salt

In a large bowl, whip the butter and cream cheese together until very smooth, with no lumps remaining. Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 tablespoon rum, if using. Add the confectioners sugar, reserved lemon zest, and salt and beat on low speed until combined, then on high until frosting is smooth.

(huh, I only took one picture..must have been the rum, sorry!)

After your cake is all baked and cooled, spread the icing all over it! Top with some blueberries!!! YUM! *The original recipe also garnished with some almonds, which I clearly forgot but didn't miss!

I'm really sad this cake is now gone, I want more after seeing the pictures!! Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Creativity itch

Sorry for the double post today! I had a little time earlier today and I updated my blog header & it's a little less frou-frou and a little more fun :)

Also! I've been wanting to add different types of items to my Etsy shop, and I've finally made the time to make a few new things. I just added 3 different necklaces. More to come..sometime.. :) Hope you like!

Litter box woes

Just a forewarning, this post has to do with poop. And cats.

Moving right along.

I have always had a cat, ever since I was young. At home, as far as I can remember, our cats were always indoor/outdoor cats, so I don't really recall having a litter box - they'd just do their duty outside. Well, I don't really love the idea of my cats living outdoors in our busy neighboorhood with crazy people driving around all fast and not paying attention, thus smooshing my not-so-street-smart cats at any moment. So we definitely have to deal with "litterbox woes". I call it that because the litter box is the most annoying thing of all times. The smell, the size, the ugliness, the inconvenience, cleaning it, the litter's all bad.

A few years ago, when we lived in our apartment I bought one of those litter box "hider" things. You know, like this. Well that was all alright, but cleaning the box was even more inconvenient and since all you could do was put a tray in there, litter got EVERYWHERE. I blame the male cat. And honestly, who has time & remembers to clean the box every. day. Not me. Sorry kittehs.
I am pretty sure this is how my cats have felt about their litter box:

But not anymore! I kid you not. I have found the Best Litter Box of All Time. And it's not one of those fancy pants expensive, self cleaning boxes either, though I think it is equally as awesome. After some extensive litter box research (I know, I know, this is all very exciting), I think I have brought some sunshine into the litter box woes.

Here it is in all of it's kitty poop glory:

Omega Paw Self-Cleaning Litter Box

Some things I am a fan of:
  • It's great for multiple cats/large cats (I have both!).
  • Get yourself some clumping litter, and all you have to do do clean the box is ROLL IT OVER. Yes. You heard. You roll this littter box on it's side and all of the clumped litter/kitteh poo get's sifted into the tray. And the tray? You can see it in the picture, you just pull it out and dump it in the trash. Heaven. There's a video demo on Amazon.
  • It's enclosed so keeps any smell inside.
  • I have noticed less litter getting tracked out of the box.
  • It's not ugly.
  • The price! Most self-cleaning boxes are hundreds of dollars!!

I think we definitely have happy cats!

Do yourself and buy this box, it's fantastic and a great deal! Yay!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Happy weekend

We haven't been in town for the 4th in years, and it kind of makes me sad. I will miss this view:

In other news, my 25h birthday is in TWO WEEKS. I feel old already! I am hoping for a day at Disneyland (somebody make this happen for me!). The next day we are going to a concert to see my fav, Thrice, down south. It will be a great weekend :)

Have a fun, safe, long weekend!!!