Thursday, February 26, 2009
Preppy Puppy has not even made it home yet and he/she is already going to be outfitted in pink and green! I could not believe it when I found this collar and matching lead in the dollar bins. What a great buy?!
Then I also found these cute little pails that can house anything from pens to candy to flowers. I went ahead and got four and used two of them to organize stuff on my desk. I just thought that they would be handy to have around. It is sometimes hard to find places for little things to live! They would also be the perfect compliment to Easter decorations or a table setting.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
All Over Beaded Dress
Lilly Pulitzer Women's "Olive" Sailor Pants
Long Printed Dress with Necklace Detail
Lilly Pulitzer 50th Anniversary Jubilee Women's "Brayden"
Lagoon Blooms Printed Dress with Necklace Detail
with Sheer Sleeves and Beading at Neckline
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
So I just found out that we are having a mixer with the theme of "Throwdown for the Hometown." We are suppose to dress up with things that represent where you are from. Okay... I am from Memphis. I have a few ideas, but I wanted to see what yall think of when you hear Memphis?! Any ideas of how I could translate that into a costume? Thanks in advance for your help!
Also available in silver, gold, and brown
Tory Burch 'Miller' Logo Thong
Also available in orange, black, and brown
Also available in "luggage" and "bleach" (ha!)
Please feel free to leave me a comment with ideas that you would like me to post about or questions that you have!! I am always looking for things that yall would be interested in :)
Also, I am working on my first giveaway to honor my 100th post, which is just around the corner!
Alrighty, I am back to the books... countdown 8 hours and 45 minutes until the big test!!
Monday, February 23, 2009
So this is what I decided to do to celebrate the week! I made my very first homemade king cake! First, let me warn you that this is not for the faint of heart. Also, the recipe calls for a HEAVY DUTY mixer -- ex. KitchenAid Stand Mixer -- and they really mean it. Yes, I had to learn this the hard way. Also, I would recommend not making this if you are not in good shape. Seriously, my abs and arms are still aching from kneeding the dough yesterday! I kept thinking that at least I was burning off some of the calories I was about to eat. With all the warnings having been said... let's proceed to the recipe!
- 1 (16-ounce) container sour cream
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 (1/4-ounce) envelopes active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 6 to 6 1/2 cups bread flour (you can also use all-purpose, but the cake will be denser)
Filling Option 1
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 to 4 tablespoons milk
- Decorating sugars
1. Cook first 4 ingredients in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring often, until butter melts. Set aside, and cool mixture to 100° to 110°.
2. Stir together yeast, 1/2 cup warm water, and 1 tablespoon sugar in a 1-cup glass measuring cup; let stand 5 minutes.
3. Beat sour cream mixture, yeast mixture, eggs, and 2 cups flour at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until smooth. Reduce speed to low, and gradually add enough remaining flour (4 to 4 1/2 cups) until a soft dough forms.
7. Filling Option 1: Spread 1/3 cup softened butter evenly on each rectangle, leaving a 1-inch border. Stir together 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon, and sprinkle evenly over butter on each rectangle.
Filling Option 2 (this is what I did): Beat 3/4 cup sugar; 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened; 1 large egg; and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly on each dough rectangle, leaving 1-inch borders.
[mmmm... the best part is getting to lick the spoon!]
[I used a measuring tape to make sure that my dough was rolled out to the correct dimensions.]
[Make sure to roll tightly and evenly!]
[This is what it looks like after it has proofed again and is ready for the oven.]
11. Make glaze. Stir together first 4 glaze ingredients. Stir in 2 tablespoons milk, adding additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until spreading consistency.
12. Drizzle Creamy Glaze evenly over warm cakes; sprinkle with colored sugars, alternating colors and forming bands. Let cool completely.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
I am pretty sure that most of my readers have figured out that I am addicted to Chick Flicks. While watching the Oscars tonight, as I am sure most of you are too, this trailer was one of the ads. It looks absolutely precious!! Sandra Bullock has been one of my favorite actresses since she starred in Miss Congeniality. Here is the trailer if you missed it tonight...
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Like a blushing bride on her wedding day, this room blends just the right amount of pink and white. The walls, soaked in a delicious shade reminiscent of blooming azaleas (Pink Sky from Ralph Lauren Paint), lend a happy background to crisp white linens. A monogrammed upholstered headboard stands tall against one wall. On another wall, panels hung high above the window casings avoid the choppy look of white curtains meet pink wall meets white ceiling. Ooh la la! This is bright done right.
Sassy and Sophisticated
Homeowner Diane Smith of McKinney, Texas, pulled together this charming look for daughter Logan’s bedroom. It’s the careful balance of backdrop and decor that makes the space.
On the bed, a hot pink fleur-de-lis design on a lime green pillow offers enough graphic punch in a room with this much color.
Other accessories, while pretty, are basic so they don’t compete: lamps with soft green shades, a framed photo and clock on the dresser, and a citrus green faux-suede chair. Faux suede is a great choice because it’s budget friendly and easy to clean with mild soap and water. The pine chest by the bed and a pair of antique prints hanging above ease some classic simplicity into the otherwise posh room.
Diane painted this design but you could frame a piece of wallpaper. Visit www.creativewallcovering.com to search hundreds of wallpaper choices.
The fashionable scheme flows into the adjoining bath, where this space just keeps on giving--ideas, that is. Diane, a faux-finish artist, stenciled a block of fleurs-de-lis (inspired by the pillow) onto the wall. She framed the design with gold strokes that mimic the curves of the headboard. The intricate painting adds one more special touch to this gem.
Pick a Pink, Not Just Any Pink
See if one of these options tickles your fancy.
1. Cheery (#6584), Sherwin-Williams
2. Bubblegum (#4069-32), Sico
3. Begonia (#6599), Sherwin-Williams
4. Dragon Fruit (#6855), Duron
- Paint color is Pink Sky from Ralph Lauren Paint, available at The Home Depot (R)
- Green-and-pink fabric on pillow is Who’s Your Daddy print (discontinued)
- Green faux-suede fabric on chair from Cutting Corners, Dallas, www.cuttingcorners.com or (972) 233-4503 (R).
"Room with a Hue" is from the May 2008 issue of Southern Living.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Here's the kicker... we have the first of our 2 tests on Tuesday. Yes, you heard me right. Our entire grade is based off of 2 exams!! That means that I have to knock this exam out of the park to make an A in the class. So, in turn, I have locked myself in the apartment this weekend in order to prepare myself. Thank goodness I am studying with a friend on Sunday, and then attending a study session on Monday. These extra efforts will hopefully pay off in the end. I know that this class is preparing me for law school, and I do enjoy the subject matter that we are covering!
On to the other side of law that I have been studying. This kind is much more personal and very distressing to all parties involved. There is a case in my hometown where the daughter is accused of having stabbed her mother more than 50 times. This occurred 3 1/2 years ago when she was only 18. She has finally made it to trial, which has occured over the last 11 days. Today will be the closing arguments, then the case will be handed over to the jury. It is amazing to me how modern technology has allowed me to keep up with the trial by both blogging and live video feed. I ending up knowing a lot of her friends that were forced to testify against her. I can't remember if I ever met her, but I know that we had a good number of mutual friends/acquaintances. I pray that God will take care of her no matter what the verdict is. I am sure she is a totally different person now, then she was when the incident happened. Watching this case, reinforced to me that I DO NOT want to go into any type of criminal law.
This case made me realize how important growing up in a stable, loving household is. I guess I just always took for granted the way that I was raised. Have any of you ever had a case that just really touched or reached out to you?
Thursday, February 19, 2009
J.Crew has some fabulous pearl pieces this season! Some of them have been designed as traditional bridesmaid gifts, while others are more fashion pieces. You can click on the pictures to take you to the link.