Monday, April 29, 2013

today i'm just grateful
i'm so grateful for everything today.
i'm grateful for my warm bed that i can cuddle in.
i'm grateful for my job
& for my wonderful husband who gets me snickers and never gives up and loves me no matter what
i'm grateful for my family
my friends
my apartment
& my pajamas.
i'm grateful for me,
for all of my clothes & things
& all of my loves and interests.
i'm grateful for music
for all the wonderful blessings i've been given
the gospel
& most of all, my Savior.
now it's your turn to have a wonderful, grateful day!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Dealing with buyers' regret

I find myself having a hard time deciding on my personal taste in home decor.
I like glamorous, blingy things.
At the same time I like shabby chic and unsual items.
Vintage, antiquey things have a special place in my heart.
Don't get me started on gold accents!
I also have a husband who is pretty particular about decor in general.
So you can imagine it can get difficult when at the store, I buy a variety of things I like that, at home, don't necessarily go together.
So over the years, I've accumulated a variety of knick-knacks that, on their own I love, but overall creates a look too "eclectic" for the type of style I naturally veer towards.
Not too long ago, I read this post about overcoming decorating woes that led me to THIS post about having a "dont-buy" word that helps you pass up things in the store that you'll regret buying later.

Garsh, I wish I had read this post YEARS ago!!

I don't really have a word to categorize what not to buy, persay. Lest it be "traditional" or "gaudy"
I mean, those are just no-nos. Period.
But what I like to do, is when I find something I like but am unsure about, I place it in my shopping cart and dwell on what I'll use it for or where its' place will be.
Usually, as I head towards the register, the item gets placed back on the shelf.

Also, I have pictures on my phone of each corner of my home... it helps me quickly decide what space needs what and how it'll vibe off my other stuff.
This is what helps me THE MOST in not buying things that are cute or a steal deal.

Right now I am still in the middle of decorating.
I can't wait to show you what it looks like.
The most important things left to buy are our nightstands, a rug for the living room, and curtains.
Do you have a go-to method for deciding what NOT to buy?

Monday, April 8, 2013

and furthermore.

- i have a strange dislike for people i wish i could be.
- my finger nails are currently painted black & i like it.
- a normal person shouldn't have to pee this often
- i want to fast forward to fall and have an apple party when all the apples are ripe for the picking. and bake pies. except here, we just have oranges :/
- i really really don't like washing floors.
- i can't decide what i want to do with my life.
- what is my hair currently doing?
- i've eaten way too much sugar lately. im actually getting a headache.
- on the contrary, i've started working out. again.
- Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
- i wish i had a garden.
- there's a fluffy blanket on the sofa calling my name
- i eat a tuna sandwich & fruit yogurt for lunch on tuesdays.
- i'm so grateful for everything i do have.
- i wish i had more flowy dresses.
- how did i let our washpile get so big?
- it's awkward when my neighbor sees me in my bathrobe.
- we're still not completely moved in.
- my fingers hurt.
- the new season of mad men started yesterday.
- i miss my friends.
- i hate my blog.
- & furthermore, i should pray more often.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Basic Israeli Couscous

Ever have it?

Well, it's bangin' !

I only like one brand of couscous and it's by Osem (Israeli) and its the 'pearl' couscous, meaning slightly larger grains than what you'll usually find in most markets.

Here's a fool-proof recipe if you've never made couscous before.
Trust me, try it once, you'll want it again and again.

Saute one small chopped onion in olive oil until golden brown. Add 1 cup of CC and stir until browned. Add salt, pepper chopped parsely and other spices to taste. Add 2 cups of boiling water or soup. Cover pot and simmer for 8-10 min, stirring occasionally.

I've used this method multiple times and never had issues with it. Couscous has the flexibility of pasta and absorbs liquids like rice.

I like serving it with seared ham alongside seasoned, diced tomatoes. The combo is awesome.
Great for breakfast, lunch, OR dinner!

Friday, March 22, 2013

you gots to move it, move it.

believe it or not, we moved yet again.

i know, i know, it's getting old at this point!

for those of you who haven't been around here as long, let me break it down for you.

in august 2010, i got married and moved to houston to live with my brand spankin-new hubbers.
in sep 2011, we moved to orlando.
jan 2012, i went on a full month trip with nick and basically lived on the road with him.
well, in his truck i mean.

then we went back to orlando in feb.
nick moved to baltimore in march for work and i went up there to join him in june.
we lived there till right before christmas of '12 and migrated over to miami and have now been here since!
thankfully things have FINALLY settled down with nicks work and we are just so thankful that things are the way they are now, even though we wouldnt change the past two years for anything!
we've seen so much, met so many great people, and have experienced an incredibly long honeymoon;)

im just relieved, honestly, to catch a breath at last.
my wanderlustin soul is fulfilled at the moment and im just happy to set my roots down again.

and miami is a great place to do that, i tell ya!

the weather has been incredible ever since we got here.
it sure was a nice change after the freezing weather we were having in baltimore.
the sun is warm on my skin, the sand is refreshing for my toes, and the wind sweeps my hair into a birds nest.
i love it.

the one baking necessity.

cooking is awesome. i love being inspired by recipes and omitting and adding things to fit my taste, but unfortunately baking isn't always so forgiving.

add an extra 1/4 cup of flour to a souffle?

consider it ruined.
i ruined some truffles that way, grrr.

this is why i encourage every woman to invest in a kitchen scale.
my reasoning for this is that the first lesson in baking is accuracy.
too much or too little of a single ingredient can completely change the final product.
with a scale, you'll find your final results to be much more consistent!
best part?
a great scale is very affordable!
(find a variety here)

so, in the name of becoming a better baker i will now be weighing all of my ingredients. and because metric measurements are more universal and easier to work with, i’ll be weighing in grams and other metric units when needed. ounces and pounds can be hard to divide and multiply, and i’m not so good at math.

just remember, 140 grams will always be 140 grams :)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Spring has SPRUNG

i was in a rare, super critical, ocd cleaning mode today.
perfect timing for the first day of spring.

when i get like this, i have this weird habit of dumping everything out of drawers and closets onto my bed and having at it.
the mentality behind it all goes something like, "if i wanna sleep tonight, this gets done"
every item is examined, tons of clothes tried on, each shoe polished.
in just a matter of two hours i had three trash bags filled for donation.

i was always told that an uncluttered home = uncluttered mind. 
so true, ohmygoodness!
i went to bed with a fesher mindset and couldn't wait to get up in a few hours to start in on my kitchen :)