Monday, August 30, 2010

where did i find that? - pink grandfather clock!

as it turns out, lofts have very large walls.  very long & very tall walls.  finding neat items to decorate these huge walls can be rather challenging.  but i found the neatest idea on one of my fave blogs, cupcakes & cashmere : patterned wall decals from blik!  our first attempt at the way lofty & awesome world of blik is this grandfather clock.  blakey even let me get the hot pink one.  my husband rocks.

step 1: THE RUB.  firmly press down on the backing to shift graphic onto the transfer paper.  don't hesitate to give it some gusto.

step 2: ROLL-MUSH-PULL: start at one corner & slowly peel away the paper backing with a rolling action.

step 3: GET YOUR BLIK ON: hold two corners of the transfer tape & stick to your desired location.  be careful it's straight.  leaning grandfather clocks are no where near as cool as leaning towers. smooth away.

step 4: ROLL-MUSH-PULL THE SEQUEL: now that the graphic is applied, it's time to remove the tape.  say a prayer it actually sticks & roll away.

step 5: SHAZZAM!  one-of-a-kind-art.  & we got this super fabulous clock from crate & barrel to contrast the bright clock quite well, i must say.  {how many of you actually believe i hung the clock?  you are wrong.  but great photo op.}  {oh extra side note: i'm standing on a step stool.  the total height of the grandfather clock is almost 7.5 feet tall.}


yay loft decorations!!  

what neat stuff have you found?

love love,

intern party!

the greatest OBGYN party was this weekend - the intern party!  interns, residents, attendings, & spouses all gathered at a beautiful house in mountain brook to celebrate the new class with wine & cheese, appetizers, & sweets!  the party & the people were absolutely wonderful.  one of the most adorable older docs "told me a funny" about my husband - a phrase my grandfather uses all of the time.  big 12 & SEC football were discussed at length, including our joint dislike for florida & mr. tebow's jorts.  our puppies were a highlight in convo, as always.  & our secret or not-so-secret desire to see step up 3D was revealed.  fabulous party.  fabulous people.

my lovely & amazing husband volunteered me to make desserts for the party... for 50 people.  so i took the afternoon off from my job & got to work.  it took so much longer than expected & i had a few slip ups (luckily the coffee maker wasn't plugged in when i spilled water all over the counter & luckily i didn't actually like that pillow i dropped black frosting onto), but it was seriously a grand task!  tanky & i laughed all the way through & enjoyed every crazy moment.

the menu:
my favorite super moist lemon cake with my dear friend emily's buttercream frosting.
my first attempt at red velvet from scratch cupcakes with an always yummy creamcheese frosting.
& my husband's all-time favorite dark chocolate brownies with a pecan twist. 

the beginning: 

the lemon cake with buttercream:


the red velvet & creamcheese cupcakes:

 the dark chocolate + pecans brownies:

the beautiful black & white display:

my super cute husband:

the UAB OBGYN interns:

hope your weekend was lovely!
love love,

Friday, August 27, 2010

& the winner is...

this was a super close competition, ladies & gentlemen.  {check out the competition here} we had up to the last minute votes; we had emailed in votes; we had a handful of unbiased votes; & we even had a new reader vote (welcome to the blog, leah!  & thanks for voting.)

the winners of the blake + kendall wedding party intro dance competition are... drum roll please...


the grand prize for this amazing competition is the bragging rights that you are awesome.  (as if you didn't already know that :)  oh, & we'll throw in some of this fan-freakin-tastic beverage of choice.  it's blakey's new fave.

OBP Squared or Orange Blossom Pilsner Squared.

this beer is so good (& so "high gravity" as they call it in the south) that it only has to come in a 4-pack.  i have a 4-pack with each of your names on it.  

a huge congratulations to julie & beau!  

happy weekend to you all.  after work this morning, i get to make dessert for blakey's intern party tonight.  50 people.  brownies + cupcakes + cake.  should be a ton of fun.  & hopefully a successful day.  blog post to come, as if you didn't already know that.

love love,

Thursday, August 26, 2010

yummy blueberry crumblies!

ooh ooh ooh, this is the perfect summer delight!  & i have two modes of proof:

1.) i originally found the recipe on {here}, who found the recipe on {here}, who found the recipe on {here}.  all very well-respected sites.
2.) blakey & i ate the entire pan in 3 days.  not lying.

so go find your local farmers market & buy some beautiful, delicious, summer-worthy blueberries & make this treat for you & a loved one.  enjoy!

blueberry crumblies!
{note:  the original title of "blueberry crumb bars" is not fitting for us.  
they never made it into "bar" form at our home.  
crumblies is more accurate.}

1 c sugar
3 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
zest of 1 lemon
2 sticks cold {but not too cold} unsalted butter
1 egg
1/2 c sugar
4 tsp cornstarch
juice of 1 lemon
4 c fresh blueberries

1. preheat oven to 375 degrees.  grease a 9x13 pan.

2. in a large bowl {my bowl was no where near large enough}, stir together 1c sugar, flour, & baking powder.  mix in salt & lemon zest.  use a pastry cutter {or strong fork} to blend in the butter & egg.  the dough should get crumbly.  {good luck with that.  hopefully pastry arts school is going to teach me this art.}  pat half of the dough into prepared pan.

3. in another large bowl, stir together 1/2c sugar, cornstarch, & lemon juice.  gently mix in blueberries.  sprinkle blueberry mixture evenly over the crust.  crumble remaining dough over the berry layer.

4. bake for 45-60 minutes, or until top is slightly brown.  cool completely before cutting into squares.  {good luck getting to this step.} adds: these are easiest to cut once chilled & store even better in the fridge than they do at room temp.

love love,

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

wedding wednesday # 7 - happy day.

happy wedding wednesday, dear friends!  today is my day off at work, so i have a fun day planned around birmy - a little coffee & reading, a bit of shopping, a hugely anticipated pedicure...  i do hope your day is as lovely as mine.

i hope it is this kind of happy...

& remember to vote for your favorite intro dance of our wonderful bridesmaids & groomsmen!  {click here}  voting ends at midnight.  & i'll announce the winner tomorrow!

love love,

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

green beans & mushrooms - a delicious & super easy side dish.

hello friends!  you are in for a treat today.  i will be the first to admit that this dish doesn't sound like anything special.  in fact, it sounds more like my mother making me eat my vegetables than anything i want to eat on my own will.  but blakey loves green beans & making something healthy every once in awhile is probably a good idea, so i tried it out.  trust me - this is fantastic.

green beans & mushrooms
originally from taste of home magazine

1/3 lb fresh green beans
1c fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 T evoo
1 T butter
1/4 tsp dried parsley flakes 
dash each of seasoned salt, garlic powder, & pepper
1 T {maybe more} dry bread crumbs
1 1/2 tsp grated romano cheese {definitely a hard cheese}

1. trim green beans.  {i had not done this before, so i cut off the ends that i didn't want to eat.}

2. place beans in a small saucepan and cover with water.  bring to a boil.  cover and cook for 4-7 minutes or until crisp-tender.

2. meanwhile, in a small skillet, saute mushrooms in oil & butter until tender.  stir in parsley, seasoned salt, garlic powder, & pepper.  {hint:  less is WAY MORE on the garlic powder.  i LOVE garlic.  but trust me.}  add bread crumbs; cook until lightly browned.

3. drain beans; toss with mushroom mix. sprinkle with cheese.  {hint #2:  another believe it or not but please believe it:  it really needs very little cheese. hard for us lovers o' cheese.}  & serve right away!  {hint #3:  so so much better immediately after mixing.}

ps.  our pretty sunset while making dinner.  not an oklahoma sunset, but it made me smile anyway.

what delicious healthy recipes do you love?

love love,

Monday, August 23, 2010

fuchsia monkeys are #1.

fantasy football season has begun!  draft day for our original league - the hot gates - was yesterday. this league is full of blake & my best friends from high school, some of our new air force buddies, & a couple siblings.  last year was my fourth (i think...) year to play but my FIRST to make it into the play-offs.  & then i beat mr. zach uber to get third place!!  only girl in the league. oh yeah.

the fuchsia monkeys kicked some serious bum on draft day.  other than a sad QB, we have some solid players - offense & defense.  in fact, i have THE highest projected score for week one.  should be a solid year for the fuchsia monkeys.  be scared, boys.

a few moments during the big draft:

hope you had a fantastic weekend!

love love,