weekend window shopping

Dave was at school for about 10 hours on Saturday. After doing some housework and watching some t.v., I decided to go get some foam board for a project Dave is working on. I went to Hobby Lobby (wow, talk about a craft store!) and the meandered over Old Navy for a looksie. Besides having the cutest baby clothes, Old Navy also had some other cute spring finds. Here are some of my favorites-


love these shoes, sans straps



I could probably make a similar bag and I'll probably not see a beach anytime soon, but I like this bag.


I have a black skirt similar to this and it is so comfortable.

I'm excited for weekends that doesn't mean 12 uninterrupted hours for homework. While it's nice to have some "me" time, I have that a lot these days and don't really need any more! I also eat a lot when Dave isn't around and I've cleaned the apartment, caught up on shoes, etc. out of boredom.

Next weekend should be more fun though; we're celebrating two years!

nice to see you again, weekend.


photo by emily mangum, my best dc friend.

oh, hello. It's been a pretty slow week for interesting things to blog about...and a pretty slow week in general. The most exciting thing was trying to learn some html. Which can tell you how exciting the rest of the week was. As in, not exciting. I did go to a mid-week Relief Society activity and played a minute to win it. I threaded penne pasta on fettuccine quite fast, thank you very much.

Monday was great because birthdays are always fun, but then I spent the whole week trying to remember what day of the week it was. It also snowed. I made some banana bread last night. Remember last time I tried to make bread with produce in it? I was a little bit nervous but I went for it anyway. I like to live on the edge.

And when the timer went off and I inserted a knife and it came out gooey I dropped to my knees and to the universe cried "whyyyyyyyyyy meeeeeee??!?!"

Actually, I put it back in for like 15 minutes and even though I spent those 15 minutes grumbling about why nothing I make every turns out (another post entirely), it came out in one piece, done and beautiful. And it tastes great. Not too banana-y and a great texture too.

YES.

And I watched Robin Hood last night. Of the Russell Crowe pre-legend variety. I loved it. I loved the actors, scenery, accents and story. Have any of you seen that movie? (I know I'm a year behind, but anyway...) What did you think!?

So, anyway, here is to a great weekend, more exciting things next week and warm weather ahead.

Thanks for reading!

peer pressure.

Today was a day where I worked in bed all day. Awesome, right? I've told myself I should only do that once a week at most, because you fall into a trap of being a bum all day. When you sit at the table or even the couch, you seem to have more to live for.

Shanna texts me around 5 or something to ask if she could bring over something and I said sure.

And then, to myself, I said, amanda, you look homeless.

(Now I don't want you or Shanna to think that I thought she would judge me or anything if she came over and I looked like I hadn't really done anything but work on the computer all day...it was just a little nudge I needed. The minute I answered her text I was contemplating a nap.)

So in the five minutes between the text and her coming over I put on makeup, hung up our coats, cleared the table, picked up the living room floor, made the bed (if only haphazardly) and put on a headband.

After she left (giving us delicious bread too!) and before Dave came home I folded a load of laundry and put it away, set the table, put the dishes in the drying rack away (before you get all impressed...I didn't say I did any dishes), put Dave's birthday presents away and ate a cupcake.

But that is neither here nor there.

It is no secret (at least, now it's not) that Dave and I do our best work when we know someone is coming over. Anyone feel the same way?

frosting and sins*.



For Dave's birthday cake, I used Mel's recipe for "unbelievable chocolate cake"

And now, may I pass on some wisdom that I learned from my grandma:

"frosting covers a multitude of sins".

seriously, my cakes came out of the oven looking awful (as they often (read: always) do) and I always think yeah, this looks terrible. Then I frost it, and it always looks better. edible, even.

so, remember that next time you think you have an un-salvageable cake.


* not those kinds of sins**.

**maybe frosting is a metaphor?

happy birthday man. here, have a cold



We all know that marriage is about sharing. I'm so full of love and marriage-ishness that I even share my cold germs. Last week, as I was finally getting better from a cold, I thought I would give Dave a cold. I thought he would be over it by today, but obviously I have the superior immune system.

(By the way, I find it annoying that I get sick when I have the least amount of stress and social interaction that I have had in years. Neither of us have been sick for over a year, at least. So now? Lame!)

Oh, right. This post isn't about me.

I am now the wife of a 27 year old. Dave is in his late twenties. haha!

But he's an old man with a head cold, so we're taking it easy today. Waffles smothered in Nutella for breakfast (oh, wait, that was just me) and pizza, hamburgers and cake later today.

Now if that ain't a birthday, I don't know what is.

You may not know this, but Dave's birthday is so important, they even gave you the day off.

So yeah, happy birthday dave!

oh yeah, he doesn't even read this blog. so I'm not sure why I'm posting this. to tell you I had nutella smothered waffles for breakfast. be jealous.

remember these?



I made them and they were delicious. I am also not a good judge of size when looking at a photo, because I made the mini variety, while they are posted as the big muffin size. Which seems huge. But the little ones were perfectly chocolatey and peanut buttery.

on stripped shirts and earrings

Remember how I love my stripped shirts from forever 21? I mean these last two weeks I think I wore each one a few times before finally admitting it should go in the dirty clothes basket.

I mean, I hardly ever leave the house any more, so a) no one would even know and b) it can't get that dirty, can it?

I think that is a slippery slope.

Anyway, Dave gave me some lovely earrings for valentine's (he knows how to win my heart) and the gift included these anchor earrings, which I thought were awesome. (and chunky rose earrings, which I loove.)

Yesterday I wore the gold pair and my light blue stripped shirt yesterday (not really on purpose) and felt so nautical. It was even nice weather. Later I told Dave "isn't it cool how I'm wearing these anchor earrings and my stripped shirt?"

And then he told me how he had gotten me the anchor earrings because I love those stripped shirts. You know, sticking with the whole "nautical" theme.

Woah! I thought he just had great taste while picking from a random assortment of earrings, but it turns how he remembers little things like how I loved stripped shirts and cardigans.

aw, cute.

on waiting and wishing.



Today I didn't shower until 1 o'clock. And I know that my mom is cringing as she reads this, but that happens when you work at home.

It also happens when you had a decent night of sleep for the first time in three days.

It also happens when you spend the morning wondering what life will be like when it's Life After Wymount and College and Constantly Wondering.

I feel like the entire year of 2011 is in my way. I look out into the vast emptiness of the year...through May and July and September...days where we work and go to school and are still dreaming and have no big plans....and wonder when December will finally get here and maybe we will have somewhere to go and something more to do.

Don't get me wrong...we are happy marrieds and having fun being grad students and graduated and have little to worry about and pay for...and I know that we'll look back and laugh about how we couldn't wait to be real grown-ups and remember when our tax return practically doubled our bank account?

but we feel stuck because we know we have bigger things ahead of us and we aren't there yet.

We're stuck in a perpetual plan-to-make-a-plan cycle.

but agh. shake it off. We're the proud owners of one TB of pure, unadulterated space that is all ours, which is pretty awesome. (if you don't know what a TB is...it's like the King Kong of ice cream cones, man.)

And soon (we hope) to cash in our Christmas money and be the owners of something that will make us forget our plans to make plans because we'll be too busy dueling, bowling, kung fu-ing and racing to worry about such things.

valentine's

our valentine's was pretty low-key but still a fun day. I made this heart garland for decoration, and I'm wishing I had made it sooner because it awesome. Not awesome, though, is how every where you look in this apartment is full cinder-block walls and nasty light fixtures. Which makes for ugly pictures of any sort. (here is one part of the house (the ceiling) that is normal--but that comes with a light fixture so....)


I tried strawberry cocoa and it wasn't quite as good as I had hoped...but still festive.


we had brinner and it was delicious. pink, heart-shaped waffles topped with everything heavenly and the best breakfast potatoes I've ever had.



we went to coldstone for dessert and rented knight and day. it was a pretty good movie (we're not that picky, anyway) and a fun holiday. up next is dave's birthday, which will turn into a 3-day weekend festival, which I'm sure he'll hate.

he hates being the center of attention which makes birthdays less fun and really cramps my party-throwing style. but, it's about him, after all, so I guess I will make a delicious chocolate cake and call it good.

love you, i do.


dave's valentine's present.

found here.

a little dorky, but he liked it.

more food. hey, it's the weekend.



I love peanut butter cups. Right now, I think they are my favorite. I have posted a bunch of recipes that I may try, but these, I must try.

happy weekend!

valentine food

While I am a romantic, I don't looove Valentine's day. But, in general, it is fun to celebrate holidays. What I am looking forward to is the v-day food. I mean, I hope I don't make it all on Monday, but you never know. They say the way to a man's heart is his stomach...but I'll try to go easy on the desserts, as to not give Dave a heart attack. Here are some of my favorite things I've seen on the web this week (I read too many cooking blogs):

A heart in a cupcake. It seems more trouble that it's worth, but laffy taffy frosting? mmm, yes.


Homemade pudding in homemade pudding cups? Not necessarily a valentine exclusive, but seems romantic.


Now this strawberry cocoa looks fabulous. Plus, Dave loves strawberry ice cream. And it just sounds so good.


Fruit pizza. Yummy for any occasion, but red fruit makes it particularly applicable. Plus, it's a big sugar cookie.


Red velvet cake. I've never made one before, but it has always seemed like a classy cake, even though I think it's just chocolate cake. It sort of seems like a waste of red food dye, but look! it is so cool.


Macaroons. I don't think I've ever had them...and I know I'm missing out. (Katie, I'm looking at you!) These seem pretty easy (and by easy I mean a temperamental four-ingredient recipe) and very cute.


Mini cheesecakes. Yum. Just yum.


I also want to make some basic valentine sugar cookies with my new heart shaped cookie cutters.

Hopefully Monday doesn't turn into a dessert fest (although...great idea?). Dave's birthday is coming up with is also a reason to bake some delicious desserts.

Any holiday treats you want to try? Or think I should know about before I plan Monday's sugar fest?

(all pictures are taken by their respective cooks (see links))

a fun fridge



I really like this fridge. Someday, when we own a fridge, this is happening.

Found here.

in a galaxy far, far away

On Friday we worked on our Star Wars finger puppets...and we think they turned out great.
And maybe we're totally nerdy for making these and maybe Dave likes them more than Calvin, but we feel they are a good investment. :)



They are great in action


Dave did some great art directing



we drew all the parts ourselves, but found inspiration here and here and did a lot of google-ing.

on having good intentions

The other day I made oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. They turned out really well and were delicious. The batch made about four dozen. I put some dough in the freezer and had three dozen cookies. I though "wow, what a lot of cookies! we should give them to our neighbors or something".

they are gone now.

they didn't make it past the table, piled high in all their cookie-wonder.

but you know, they say it's the thought that counts.

awesome, they will be



We are going to start working on a project. It rhymes with bar fours linger suppets. Are you surprised? I really like these guys, but I don't want to pay for the patterns right now...and I couldn't just pick one. Plus, felt is cheap.

A bit premature, sure, but I had the idea the other day and I really want to work on it right now.

smoooooooothieeeeeeee!

We love our blender. And all things blended (hmm...maybe not all). You may remember this past summer we drank strawberry daiquiris every day. We have recently found two uses for our blender that we love.

First, a fruit smoothie with spinach. I know. Weird, right? I have heard of people doing that before and always thought "no, thank you". But, I decided to try it. And you know what? You can't even taste the spinach and you can hardly tell it is in there.



blend together a banana, a handful of spinach, some frozen berries, a splash of o.j. or milk and yogurt (I like vanilla, but fruit will obviously work).

If you want less of a green blech smoothie, use darker berries like raspberries and blackberries.

And say hello to three servings of fruit/veggies at once!

Our other favorite thing to do with our blender right now is make Orange Dream Shakes

3/4 cup vanilla ice cream
3-5 ice cubes
3/4-1 cup orange juice
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
3 Tbs powdered sugar

Blend all ingredients until smooth, adding enough orange juice to create your preferred thickness. Serves 2.


photo from mrshardingcooks

I'm a dreamer.

Hey, I know it's only 5 degrees outside, but don't these pudding pops look delicious? I may have to try them.

(more) recipes and pictures found here



on being warm



I hope with every fiber of my being that winter will end soon (and according to phil, it will). It is so cold today! I feel I am still recovering from taking Dave to school. It reinforces my wish to get the heck out of here, if only to be comfortable year-round. California, even with higher living expenses, seems to be worth it, because you are warm all year.

Fun cupcakes, maybe for when I have kids to entertain, found here

the paris wife



Something I am looking forward to is the release of The Paris Wife by Paula McLain later this month. I borrowed a Good Housekeeping from my mom and it had a few pages from it and when I finished, I immediately googled the book...only to find it hadn't even come out yet.

ahh!

The book is about Ernest Hemingway and his first wife Hadley. It is about their courtship and marriage and living in Paris in the 1920s. I know next-to-nothing about Hemingway, only that he is a great author (and I have since reserved his autobiography and a book of short stories) and I feel I should know more about him.

He had me at this:

"In the final pages [of his autobiography], he writes of Hadley, “I wished I had died before I ever loved anyone but her.” "

the romantic in me is dying.

thoughts? what do you think of hemingway?