Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Life, Movies and New Jewelry

January is my busy month at work.  Or at least the craziest, as I guess most months September through April are busy.  Anywho, the crazy period has (mostly) ended and I'm getting back to my normal routine.  I actually got home tonight at 5:40! 
A note of thanks from my students
So not too much crafting going on around here right now.... although I did play with spray paint the other day.  I had an old grapevine wreath that is now gold.  I'm thinking a pretty little St. Patty's decoration for my front door.  The only "problem?"  I'll have to go to the craft store to find the right things to go on it.  (Tragic, I know!)
Tug of war with my favorite pup

Flowers from my mama - lucky me!
 I have managed to have a little fun lately.  My friend's son turned one last week and I got to go to the party this past weekend.  I took a bunch of photos (okay, over 300!) for them including some of my friends and I playing with the tunnels and tents.  And the cake.... let me tell you that cake was crazy good.  Yum. 
 I also had another birthday party, for a friend who is slightly older than one, this past weekend.  It was out at a local BYO.  (Philly is a BYOB town.... kind of awesome!) The short rib was a-maz-ing.  And it was so nice to celebrate my friend! 
 Speaking of that cake, I hit up the bakery that made it on Monday after manfriend and I saw Silver Linings Playbook.  The cupcake above decided it needed to come home with me.  I'm so glad it did!! 

And have you seen the movie?  It was good!  And Bradley Cooper is easy on the eyes.  I think the only Oscar contender I still need and want to see in Zero Dark Thirty. 
Last up, my "I survived my crazy time at work" gift to myself.... this ring from Kate Spade.  I kind of love it!!  A happy addition to my accessory closet! 

How are you doing?

Monday, January 7, 2013

Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Artichoke?

As I mentioned, my friends were coming over this past weekend.  Everyone was planning to bring something but I was making the main dish, a artichoke, spinach and goat cheese strata.  I kind of love this recipe.  It's easy, relatively healthy and delicious. 
 The tweaks I would make, should I cook it again are:
  • a little less bread
  • more spinach
  • sauteed mushrooms
  • more goat cheese.
I think it was a hit.  And boy, did we have a blast.  I don't know the last time I laughed that much.  We just talked and then played my new game, The Game of Things.  I'm so blessed to have delightful women to call friends. 

How was your weekend?  

Friday, January 4, 2013

Cupcakes, Friends and Good Food

How is it that things feel so crazy yet I really don't know that I have anything to show for it?  We've had a group of students that we've had to move at work.  That on top of my already crazy busy work January means I've been feeling like the plate is full.  Luckily, this weekend does not have too much packed into it.  Tomorrow, my friends are coming over for dinner and a post-holiday gift steal.  I got a great deal on four holiday plates at Crate and Barrel so that's what I'm contributing.  Our limit was $15 and they were $15.80.  And they are lovely!!  I'm hoping they are a hot item tomorrow!  I'm planning on cooking this strata for dinner.  Serious yum I think.... I'll report back! 

Along the lines of serious yum, I went to a cupcake class last night.  It was fun but different than I expected.  The group made mudslide cupcakes with a Kahlua ganash and an Irish creme frosting.  I got to go home with four mini cupcakes.  (I'm down to 2 already.  Two minis equal one regular, right?) Sadly, there was not unlimited frosting... 
Oh, and they encouraged people to bring wine to this.  (Yeah, like I need encouragement.)  It was a great time with my friend Jen and I'm so glad she asked me. 

Oh, and a wee bit of crafting news.... I have been working on a cowl.  I knit the whole thing and then decided I didn't like it.  So after the fun of frogging, I am knitting it again. I'm about half done and hope to have something to show you soon. 

Okay, I think I'm off to hunt for some artichokes!  Happy Weekend-ing folks!  

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Year Theme: 2013

I've been thinking about themes for 2013 and reflecting on the theme for 2012. As you might remember, the 2012 theme was "Inspire."  I think I did an okay job with that.... it was all about being inspired and inspiring.  I was inspired by: nature, love, friendship, travel, family, the creativity of others, the smile from a stranger on the street and so much more.  I hope I was able to inspire others at time - my students, my friends, family members, and random people I've met along the way. 
Ted and me on New Year's Eve.
As for 2013, I've decided to go with the theme of CELEBRATE.  I translate that to mean the following:

Enjoy the now. Appreciate your blessings. Be inspired by big and small things. Love. See the sunshine in every situation. Smile more. Celebrate. In every way.

And so I hope to appreciate all of the little things I can celebrate.... clean sheets at the end of a busy day, sunshine after 2 days of rain, time with my love, a friendly greeting from a stranger on the street and so many other little bits of goodness.   

What will you celebrate in 2013?  And do you have your own theme for the year?