Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Small Changes





This past weekend, I stopped by the salon were I worked through college - just to say hello and catch up with old friends. When I walked in the door, I had this intense "cutting" itch - as in, lets chop off my hair! This always happened to me while I worked there and I usually couldn't grow my hair past my chin for longer than a week! Instead of chopping off the whole head of hair this time, I decided to just get some bangs, and was reminded of how such small changes can create rather grand illusions. Afterwards,  John and I went to a bar to watch some college football, and this was the photo he got of me. Not the best, but you get the idea of what they look like! This was just what I was looking for - the right kind - well, really it's more like the safe kind - of self expression!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Stacking Vessels


Wouldn't these little vessels make you happy while eating? They bring a smile while holding spices or sauces on the table. And I think they would make an awesome wedding/engagement gift!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday Word



HAPPY FRIDAY! It has been a long and winding week for me, but I am happy to report I have made it through the turns in one piece! Tonight, we will be going to a Black Hawks charity event and I cannot wait to watch some Hockey with my friends.

Before I bid adieu and leave you with your Friday word, I want to share with you two quotes I have enjoyed this week.

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent" - Eleanor Roosevelt 

and

"The important thing is the obvious thing nobody is saying" - William S. Burroughs


Great thoughts, don't you agree?

Friday's Word

Zany - amusingly unconventional; an erratic or eccentric person

*Synonyms: foolish, goofy, comical, witty


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Head Cold Fix


How is it that Cold and Flu Season manages to always come at the same exact time? John has a head cold that has crept its way to me as well! Tonight we are going to relax in a Sauna, and after,  I will be making hot toddy's. 
Here is my go-to recipe:


  • about two ounces of Jack Daniels
  • A spoonful of honey
  • Juices from a half of a lemon
  • Hot Water
  • If you have them- a cinamon stick and/or dried anise for fun!
Mix together and sip slowly...enjoy every sip!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Good Tunes

Here's is a song for your Monday! It is one of my newer favorites and I think it will make you smile too!


Friday, October 19, 2012

Word of the Day


We made it to another Friday! Hip Hip Hooray! 

What will you be doing this weekend? John is boxing for a black-tie charity event and, as I prefer not having to see him punch/get punched, I do have to admit I am excited to get all dressed up and cheer him on! 
My dress is long and black, so I'm thinking fun earrings, lipstick and shoes to spice it up... Don't worry,  I will be taking pictures for you! Have a great weekend, and enjoy life's gifts. 

Friday Word:

Exuberate - Extreme or excessive in degree; joyously unrestrained and enthusiastic

*Synonyms: Ample, filled, generous, abundant, profuse 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Dog Watching

(Gretchen, Mom, and I - 2007)

My Mom dropped off our family dog (Gretchen) last-night before she left to visit my brother in Colorado... Gretchen is a rather large doberman... and it's a little bit different than Ballou! Because John and I have seriously considered getting another pup (and we are only looking at large dogs) I think this will be a good test for us to see if we can actually handle taking care of two doggies.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Funny Feet




Yesterday, I was walking around the nieghorhood with Ballou and  stumbles a little over an uneven square of concrete. Ofcourse, I looked behind me at the ground and then back again at my feet (as if to figure out if it was me or the ground that was at fault) and noticed how small my feet were. This got me thinking about how funny feet actually look...  now I understand why we spend so much on good-looking shoes - we have to cover up those heels and toes!  Speaking of, J Crew has done a wonderful job on their shoes this season - don't you agree?


Monday, October 15, 2012

Butternut Squash Lasagna


Squashes are back in season already - I cannot wait to make Butternut Squash Lasagna - this just looks like comfort heaven!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Muffin Making



I saw these breakfast muffins, and I cannot wait to try them! They are totally not on the healthy side, but I'm pretty sure they would be a crowd favorite, and a perfect recipe if you had to make something for a brunch...don't you think?

Monday, October 8, 2012

Fall time







This Fall, the weather seemed to change faster than usual in Chicago - it was as if the cold wanted to make a point of reminding everybody it was on it's way in. There are always two sides to a coin, and I find football, clothes and the holidays to  be on the other side of the "cold" coin.

That being said, I'm totally loving Levis line this year and need to get to their stores soon! 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Friday Word


Hello! Friday has come and I have been super lazy with my Friday words - but don't worry, I have one for you this week!

Friday Word

Ingenious - Clever, original and inventive.

*Synonyms: able, gifted, innovative 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Calcium Punch

Need a new juicing recipe? I know I do, and this is the one I will be trying tonight!



  • 1 apple
  • 2 large carrots 
  • 1/2 cup fresh broccoli
  • small handful of fresh parsley
  • 1/2 lemon peeled
  • 1 tsp agave nectar - added after the veggies have been juiced



Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Sponge Tip

Yesterday, as I was cleaning the kitchen after dinner, I started to think about what was festering in the sponge I was using... Now, we do replace our sponges quite frequently, but I still don't know what exactly is inside their pores! This lead me to do some searching on how to keep sponges cleaner - and I found the simplest solution:

Use a binder clip to keep the sponge upright! This way it will dry throughout and not sit in it's own water. The article I found this idea in, actually has many fun cleaning tips that could help with the trickiest of messes...check them out and have fun scrubbing!  

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Giving And Letting Love Come In



"The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in."  
-Morrie Schwartz

Monday, October 1, 2012

Cheddar-Sriracha Swirl Bread


Hello beautiful people! I have found the  ultimate sandwich bread: Cheddar-Sriracha Swirl Bread! This is one of those recipes that I instantly thought "why didn't I think of that?".
My family has been slathering on sriracha for over a decade, and it remains an ever present staple. For some reason, I have only used this hot chili-paste-sauce as an addition after my food was cooked. It took me until I saw this recipe to stop and think about all the different possibilities sriracha can be a part of! Here is the recipe if you want to make the swirling beauty of a loaf with me... enjoy the heat!

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