Bracket Time

March 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

Since March Madness is approaching and every guy I know is fastidiously filling out a bracket I thought this picture, from Mrs. Lillien-style house blog, was a great play on words (and wonderful eye-candy). It ties in the two things currently happening at my house-preparation for St. Pat’s Day dinner (a hint of green) and college basketball. For all of us girls out there who are not overly interested in basketball, or St Patrick’s Day for that matter, take a moment and ponder these darling finds in the cutest shade of seafoam green. Personally, I’m dying to own the Paul McCobb club chairs. Unfortunately, I really have no place to put them so I will just have to settle on getting myself a bottle of Essie, Mint Candy Apple Polish instead.

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Do-Si-Dos

March 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

I know everyone at sometime has fallen victim to those cute and assertively adorable Girl Scouts that have been out in full force recently. Their cookies are the arch nemesis to any diet and those pint size salesman have a monopoly on specialty cookies. Well, this past weekend, me and my Gluten-Free diet had finally had enough of those darling girls tempting me and I went straight home after their taunting and decided that I should no longer live without. I decided to make Do-Si-D0s (Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies) with homemade peanut butter of course.

These tiny treats turned out fantastic and were relatively simple to make. I made a few substitutions to the original recipe and couldn’t tell the difference. Next time those teeny tiny beauties tempt you outside your local grocery store, give this recipe a try instead. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Makes about 16 cookie sandwiches

For the peanut butter:

2 cups honey roasted peanuts (yields 1 cup peanut butter)

Grind the peanuts in a food processor for about 2-5 minutes, or until they are creamy and have become a butter.

For the cookies:

3/4 cup all-purpose flour*
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup white sugar*
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar*
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup quick cooking oats

For the filling:

3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
2 1/2 tablespoons heavy whipping crea

*I used Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour and added an 1/8 tsp of Xanthum Gum to make them GF. I also substituted the sugars for Splenda baking sugars.

In a large bowl, cream together 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup peanut butter, white sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla.  Add in the egg and beat together.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and combine. Stir in the oatmeal.

Use a teaspoon measure to spoon dough onto a greased cookie sheet, and press each mound down with a fork to form 1/4 inch thick cookies. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes, or until cookies are light brown.

To Make Filling:

Cream 3 tablespoons butter or margarine with the confectioners’ sugar, 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter, and the cream. Spread filling onto half of the cooled cookies, then top with the other half to form sandwiches.

Photo Gem

March 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

I was recently asked by a friend, who is a fabulous photographer, to do a “rustic” bridal shoot. At first I was a little apprehensive as I’ve been married for almost five years and I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to look in my dress. Then after accepting this very flattering invitation, multiple nerves set in as I awaited the shoot. 1. I am definitely NOT a model, 2. I am NOT photogenic, 3. Why did I agree to this and 4. Did I mention, I AM NOT A MODEL!  But, as you can all see, Erin Perkins is Ah-Ma-Zing! I cannot thank her enough for these beautiful pictures and making me feel so comfortable.

For all of you who live in the Pacific Northwest please take a moment to check out Erin and all her beautiful photographs. She is a very creative, passionate and professional photographer. Her website details all her strengths as a photographer and she couldn’t be more inspiring. If you are in need of any pics, please do not hesitate to contact her. I promise she will not disappoint.

(Image source:Erin Perkins Photography, www.erinperkinsphotography.com)

Adding a bit of Flair

March 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

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Jeans are one of the most American fashion trends that exist. Through the decades styles have varied, but the one constant known to Americans is the good ole’ saying: “what goes around, comes around”. Skinny jeans kept 2010 on the cutting edge with the “jegging” and now “70’s -style” jeans are taking 2011 over the edge. Now, don’t toss your “jeggings” out with the bath water, they are still making a strong stand and look great cuffed at the ankle with a wedge or gladiator sandal, but when your ankles are in need of a little breathing room check out some jeans with flare. I recently purchased a pair of Gap “1969 Super Flare” jeans and can’t wait to wear them with a flowy top, long layered necklaces and a pair of espadrilles.

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TGIF

March 4, 2011 § 1 Comment

This week has been one of those weeks where I just couldn’t get the fire lit under me to have a ton of motivation. I think my body is trying to tell me that I am in need of rest and that is exactly what I have planned. My calendar only has a few things on it this weekend and surprisingly I don’t have too many errands to run either. With that being said, my number one goal this weekend is to have a movie night in with the hubby. There is absolutely nothing better than staying in on a Saturday night with a good movie, comfy sweats, lots of TREATS and the one you love.  Wishing you all a wonderful weekend with the ones you love!

Muah! xoxo

PS- Happy 1st Anniversary to L&R! It’s been a quick and very fun year. You two are amazing and deserve all the happiness in the world. Safe travels this weekend on your getaway.

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