Sunday, July 31, 2011

sunday supper: watermelon

I cannot believe it's already the last day of July. Seriously, where is the summer going? I want it to stay warm for months and months. But, no, I can't think about what little time I have left wearing flip-flops and tank tops. No, we mustn't think of such things. Instead, lets talk about all the deliciousness that summer still has to offer the juicy, refreshing taste of watermelon- one of my favorite summer fruits. It's perfect on a summer afternoon after a fun day in the sun! Although, it might just be me, but I think watermelon taste best when it's cut up in cubes. How do you like to eat watermelon?

watermelon goat cheese salad via boulderlocavare

watermelon gazpacho via healthy-delicious

watermelon salsa via thegirlwhoateeverything

watermelon and tequila mojito via girlcooksworld

fresh mint and watermelon soda via howsweetitis

Happy Sunday!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


"We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit."

~ e.e cummings

Monday, July 25, 2011

happy monday!

Knitted street art makes me happy!

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

sunday supper: german chocolate brownies

It was my father-in-law's birthday this weekend and instead of making a german chocolate cake, which happens to be his favorite, like I did last year I came across this german chocolate brownie recipe and just knew that I had to try it. I was hoping that my brownies would look like this....

via bakingdom

but, instead they looked like this.

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They were still delicious though! However, I'm realizing that I just don't have the patience for baking. But, I'm sure I'll come across another recipe that I will just have to try, then I'll spend hours in the kitchen baking and once again come to the conclusion that I just don't have the patience for baking.

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

where everybody knows your name

Seriously, this is one of the best opening credits to a T.V. show ever!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

secrets of a great harry potter party

This recent birthday has taught me a few things, or at least reaffirmed a few things I already knew- I love theme parties and d.i.y projects, I especially love when I can find economical ways to make the projects happen. I still wait until the last minute to get everything done which means I don't have enough time to get everything done so it doesn't all happen exactly how I want it to. And I never take enough pictures.

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The golden snitches were made out of rocher chocolates using this template for the wings.

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Simply open a bag of these for some green, crunchy troll boogers.

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Ok, these aren't real pumpkin pasties but I do love me some cheesecake.

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I scored some adorable owl swizzle sticks on sale at West Elm.

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Don't throw out your glass jars, reuse and repurpose them. It's eco(nomy)-friendly!

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Another great find.

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The dollar store had these gigantic beer mugs, a la Hagrid size- perfect for the licorice wands, but a little too big for the pretzel wands.

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This is a great template for apothecary style labels.

And every Harry Potter party needs a Platform 9 3/4 photo booth! I got the brick wallpaper from Michael's and handmade the platform sign.

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All in all it was a great birthday and a very fun party! I'm so glad my sister and cousins flew all the way from Phoenix to Chicago to be a part of the magic!

Now, what can I plan next?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


via neal on flicker

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."

~ Steve Jobs

Monday, July 18, 2011

happy monday!

A Harry Potter birthday party makes me happy!

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

sunday supper: bloody marys

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bloody mary @ trocadero

You know it was a good birthday when all you want is a bloody mary the next day. If you want to try the best bloody mary ever then you must go to Trocadero Gastrobar in Milwaukee. I swear it was so good- it's like a garden in your glass! None of this celery nonsense, this drink comes with a green olive, green bean, asparagus spear, a pickle and a beer chaser. You know a drink means business when a beer chaser is required.

For those who are daring enough to make a bloody mary at home, which I am not, here are some variations on this classic cocktail.

  • Bacon Swizzle Stick Bloody Mary
  • Heirloom Bloody Mary
  • Watermelon Bloody Mary
  • Green Mary


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    happy monday!

    The wisdom of Joseph Campbell makes me happy!

    Sunday, July 10, 2011

    sunday supper: harry potter party

    My birthday is in 5 days and my day of birthday fun will include seeing Part Two, going to a British pub for some traditional English grub, then having friends over for some Honeydukes treats and sweets. It's pretty much going to be an awesome day!

    butterbeer via bakingdom

    acid pops via tradewindtiaras

    drooble's best blowing gum via blowoutparty

    licorice wands via thepastryaffair

    dessert table inspiration via allfortheboys

    Saturday, July 9, 2011

    you've been mooned!

    Let your imagination run wild this weekend!

    {images via risingstardom}

    Friday, July 8, 2011

    one more week

    Next Friday is going to be amazing, I can hardly wait! It will be a double rainbow kind of day- the final Harry Potter movie comes out and it's my birthday!

    Thursday, July 7, 2011


    This poster pretty much sums up how awesome Chicago is during the summertime!

    Wednesday, July 6, 2011

    cooking inspiration

    What a beautiful, inspiring video. Doesn't it make you want to bake a cake? Or at least eat one.

    Tuesday, July 5, 2011


    "All human wisdom is summed up in two words - wait and hope."

    ~ Alexandre Dumas

    Monday, July 4, 2011

    happy monday!

    "Being united in a common interest" makes me happy!

    Happy Independence Day!

    Sunday, July 3, 2011

    sunday supper: red, white & blue

    Some colorful recipes for your Fourth of July celebration. Happy Independence Day!

    blue velvet cake via onefortheoven

    red, white & blue pops via youaremyfave

    watermelon & feta flag via wenderly

    red, white & blue strawberries via scrambledhenfruit

    Saturday, July 2, 2011

    etsy love

    Le tour has begun and what an exciting day of racing it was. In honor of today's first stage I thought I'd share two of my favorite things - etsy and bicycles.

    via vital

    via bmused

    Here's to 20 more days...

    Friday, July 1, 2011

    staying creative

    Just because school's out for the summer doesn't mean you should let your creativity go on break too. At least that's what I'm trying to remind myself.

    Here's to a fun and creative holiday weekend!