"I've discovered that my own little postage stamp of native soil was worth writing about and that I would never live long enough to exhaust it."
- William Faulkner




Wednesday, February 29, 2012

wish list wednesday

What am I wishing for this Wednesday?

* Just a few days of winter. I never got to bundle up this year!

* I love this handpainted necklace! The colors are so great for spring.

* That Joy the Baker would swing through the South on her book tour.

* I bet Mary-Kathryn is wishing for this storage bench.

* That the Avett Brothers were coming to Mississippi soon. Oh wait, they ARE!

What's your wish?

Friday, February 24, 2012

me, currently

I thought this was pretty cute. (stolen from Heather who stole it from this blog…)

My current state of affairs

Current guilty pleasure: Pinterest, Pinterest, Pinterest.

Current nail polish: bare at the moment, but OPI’s Give Me Moor is on deck.

Current play list: My trusty Avett Brothers Pandora station, but with Arcade Fire, The Civil Wars, Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver added. (And yes, I knew who he was long before the Grammys.)

Current read: Well, I was reading In Cold Blood, but I’m putting it aside for the moment to re-read The Hunger Games in preparation for the upcoming movie premier. Cannot. Wait.

Current drink: I’m trying to drink more water at the moment, but it’s still Diet Dr. Pepper.

Current food: Kell and I are very much into homemade hummus now that I have a food processor (thanks, Freddie!).

Current favorite show: Modern Family kills me. And Fashion Police, too, but strictly for educational purposes.

Current wish list: see Wednesday. Duh.

Current needs: wisdom, patience, faith and courage

Current triumphs: I’m giving up dessert for Lent! That means I’ve gone like three days without it.

Current indulgence: not dessert anymore.

Current blessing: new batteries. It’s the little things.

Current excitement: TGIF!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

wish list wednesday

What am I wishing for this Wednesday?
* One of these candles for every room in my house. They are divine!

* That this cordless mouse wasn't so wonky.

* To try some of this beer risotto. Would you make it?

* How cute is this dog wrapping paper?

* That I hadn't eaten so much at Ubon's today. But it was worth it!

What's your wish?

Monday, February 20, 2012

diet sprite cupcakes

(sorry about the Christmas liner)
I've recently decided that my eating is out of control. Seriously. I don't know who I think I am. Certainly not Giselle or SJP.

So in an effort to get going on WW again (go J-Hud!) and make the most of my day off, this afternoon I tried a recipe for Diet Soda Cake.

Success is a 2 point cupcake!

All I did was mix a box of strawberry cake mix with a can of Sprite Zero (per skinnytaste) and baked them per package instructions. The taste was exactly like a regular cupcake, I tell you! And what's a little cake without frosting? I mixed a couple of tablespoons of Fat Free Cool Whip with a drop or two of almond extract (makes it taste more indulgent and less Cool Whippy) and a few slices of strawberry and voila! A pretty little cupcake without the eater's remorse.

What are your favorite lightened-up recipes?

Friday, February 17, 2012

re-do

bedding by Urban Outfitters
I’m overwhelmed. May I tell you why?


Kell and I are re-decorating our bedroom (I even started a Pinterest board for it!). Actually, I shouldn’t say “re-decorating” because it was never decorated in the first place. Unless by d├ęcor, you mean some hand-me-down furniture from our parents and the comforter Kell had on his bed in college. True story. Don’t even ask for a before picture.

So I decided to sit down and make a list to share with you of everything I want to do. Well, now I’m daunted. Look what I have to do…in no particular order!

Choose paint color
Headboard
Euro shams
A little chair to throw stuff on
King shams
Bedspread/Coverlet
Throw pillows
Curtain panels/hardware
Bedside tables
Knick knacks/sit-arounds
Lamps
Art for over bed
Paint chest of drawers (if Kell will let me)

I have some ideas for a few things, but seeing it in list form seems like so much! I’ve never liked decorating a little at a time. I suppose it’s my impatient nature, but when I want something done, I want it done now! Oh, and there’s this little thing called a budget that we have to take into consideration as well. Of course my first plan is to win some money from a raffle to which Laura Merrill sold me tickets. But in the off chance that doesn’t happen, I need to be prepared to some bargain-hunting and DIY.

What are your ideas for me? What should I invest in, and where can I be frugal? What other advice do you have?

I’m getting worked up just thinking about it.

Have a lovely weekend, friends!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

wish list wednesday

What am I wishing for this Wednesday?

* I'm not afraid of the dark, but for this nightlight, I could fake it!

* Sir Paul's new CD. The man's still got it!

* That Uggs were work-appropriate.

* How cute are these red cropped pants? I actually wish I had them on right now.

* Some Spicy Parmesan Shrimp. That'd be fine for breakfast, right?

What's your wish?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Love






"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."

1 Corinthians 13:13

Monday, February 13, 2012

homemade is better

Wow! I sure have neglected you. Between traveling for work and helping with showers and supper club, needless to say my little blog has suffered. But fear not - I'm back and with a Delicious Dish! Does that make up for lost time?

After this weekend (see above paragraph), I am a 100% believer in homemade frosting. You know how the canned stuff kind of makes your teeth hurt because it's so sweet? Well, homemade is the way to go. No diggity.

I made this frosting yesterday and used this cake pan for a fun birthday for a friend, and it is incredible. I'd recommend starting with less evap milk if you want something a little stiffer, like for piping. If you need to thicken it, use more sugar or cocoa powder.

Creamy Chocolate Frosting (image from there, too!)

Ingredients


2 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
6 tablespoons butter
5 tablespoons evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

1.In a medium bowl, sift together the confectioners' sugar and cocoa, and set aside.

2.In a large bowl, cream butter until smooth, then gradually beat in sugar mixture alternately with evaporated milk. Blend in vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy. If necessary, adjust consistency with more milk or sugar.

There you have it. Go forth and lick spatulas.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

wish list wednesday

What am I wishing for this Wednesday?

* Caller ID on my work phone. It's like Russian Roulette every time I answer!

* This adorable dress from Madewell. I LOVE the colors.

* Some motivation to exercise. I'm a little doughy.

* How cute are these blue heels? The look so sturdy, too!

* Some Jon Hart luggage for my 2012 travels. Which color would you pick?

What's your wish?
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