Thursday, May 30, 2013

After School Snack

I took the day off today so I decided to make a pound cake for when the boys got home from school.  It's been kind of a rough week around here and it is only Thursday.  I made Paula Dean's Momma's Pound Cake.  I really like this recipe it came out really nice, moist and buttery.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


I am loving this video, what an incredible advertisement.  It makes me want to go get a Volvo right and runaway to Iceland or Sweden. 

Ever since I started watching Mad Men I have been really thinking about what goes into advertising.  What a creative and interesting job.


Monday, May 20, 2013

Monday, Bedroom Love

It's Monday and I had a really hard time getting out of bed this morning.  If I woke up in one of these bedrooms, I probably would never get out of bed.  
All photos via Elle Decor

Friday, May 17, 2013

Weekend Food Ideas

This couscous salad from Shutterbean looks so delicious and fresh that it immediately made my must make this weekend list.  Enjoy Happy Weekend!

Asparagus Tomato Basil Couscous // shutterbean

Asparagus+ Tomato Basil Couscous // shutterbean

Thursday, May 16, 2013

House Envy

Did you see Jessie Webster's house, she blogs at Sweet Thing Blog, on Design Sponge?  I really want to live in a space like this, it is so beautiful.  It's warm and cozy, yet modern and well styled.  I just love it. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mad Men

I must be watching too much Mad Men because I can't get this quote by Don Draper out of my head.

In the past two weeks, I have watched seasons 1-4 and man is this show is good.  Don is so smooth, such a dog but so attractive at the same time. 

Friday, May 10, 2013


I often dream of downsizing.  I'm just tired of taking care of a large house.  My current house is about 2600 square feet with a walk out basement, which isn't too large but lately it has been feeling way to big.  I just feel like all my free time is spent on yard work (about 1 acre) and house work.  Plus all my money goes into maintaining the house which leaves very little funds left over for extras/fun.  The problem is my children love this house and it is the only home they have ever known, so downsizing may be a really hard adjustment for them.   Although, children are very resilient.  Who knows, maybe someday.

Both of these houses are around 1750 square feet.  I really love the ranch and its open living space but a two story is cheaper to build and offers a 4th bedroom. 

Main Floor

Upper Floor

Main Floor

Homes via

Thursday, May 9, 2013


Office Envy


Wednesday, May 8, 2013


My oldest son turned 15 this past weekend and I honestly can not believe how fast the time has gone. 

I know I may be a bit bias but he really is turning into an incredible man, I could not be more proud of him. He is wise beyond his years and he so kind.  I am blessed.  

I had these pictures printed up at Staples.  I got the idea from Annie at Most Lovely Things, who got the idea from Paula of Two Ellie.  Aren't they a great?  They are super cheap, I think I paid about $12.00 for all 4 of these, plus they would be great for a graduation party or my Mother's 70th birthday coming up.  I think I may have went a bit overboard though, maybe next time I wont get them quite so big.

Clayton doesn't like cake, damn kid, so he requested cookies and ice cream sandwiches, which everyone seemed to enjoy.  When I make cookies I always use The Barefoot Contessa's recipes, I made chocolate chunk cookies and chocolate-chocolate chunk cookies but I used regular chocolate chunks instead of white chocolate.  I have been making these cookies for about 10 years and in my opinion, these cookies are the best. 

Friday, May 3, 2013

Preppy Style

I thought I would go preppy today and then I was reminded of the king of prep, Ralph Lauren and his gorgeous wife. 


Thursday, May 2, 2013

Non-Traditional Bar Cart Ideas

Industrial Metal Bookshelf

Bar carts are definitely all the rage and have been for quite awhile.  I saw this shelving unit on sale at World Market for only $89.99 and my first thought is it would make a great bar cart.  I really like the industrial look. 

Love the look of this old industrial turned bar cart

Industrial Bin Bar Cart
This industrial cart from Hudson Goods is bit more pricey but would make a really fun bar cart.

Elsie's Bar Cart (via A Beautiful Mess)

Love the pop of green color on this bar cart.  Also, look at all that booze, I would need to do some major shopping, I tend to only keep wine on hand. 

Maybe its all the Mad Men I have been watching that has me thinking about bar carts.