I LOVE cooking from recipes, and making up meals, I LOVE spending time with my boys (all three) and entertaining my family and friends, I LOVE bargain shopping (vintage stores included), I LOVE flipping through fashion and design mags, I LOVE the smell of libraries and how often I could get lost there, I LOVE scanning realty websites, I LOVE Trader Joes and LUSH, I LOVE fresh flowers and all four seasons, I LOVE Cincinnati and am always ready to travel, I LOVE stationary and stamps, I LOVE diamonds and pearls, tulle and lace, I LOVE smelling coffee and drinking tea, I love marshmallows and chocolate, I LOVE cozy sheets and morning sunshine, I LOVE me and I love GOD!
Over the weekend I had some fun with my nails. Although, I still haven't been able to get into the crackle look I still wanted to try something different. I am a little behind the time, but I love the matte look!!!
I used OPI for Sephora: Only Gold for Me and OPI for Sephora Limited Edition : What's a Tire Jack in Matte (which I picked up last season)
We surprised my mom on her birthday with a card that read, "pack your bags we are taking a family trip to the mountains!" She was overjoyed and we had an amazing couple days!
Here are some pics from the trip. If you are ever yearning for a complete retreat away from your daily hustle and you want to take in the marvels of the mountain I recommend these cabins in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee!
View when we first walked in the cabin!
View from one of the balconies.
The Great Smoky Mountains
Auntie in the kitchen cleaning (what she loves to do) :)
Mom insisted on getting the kids out of the house! We found this little go cart/ride/arcade place and the whole family had a ball!
Last night I took an amazing Basic Cake Decorating Class at Cincinnati Cake and Candy Supply. My hubby got this for me for Mother's Day and I signed up for their September class. It’s a 4 week class that covers how to properly ice and border a cake, how to torte a cake with fruit fillings, basic flowers including a rose and rosebud, chocolate molding, writing, basketweave, simple figure piping including a clown, lacework and use of colors. How exciting!!
Although this is not on my 30 before 30 I am adding it to the list because, wel,l it's something I've always wanted to do and I am accomplishing it!!
Below are some quick snaps from class last night. We learned about baking at various temps, the proper way to ice a cake, filling a cake with fruit, and making a buttercream icing.
My fun apron I brought to class! Just in time for Fall.
My goodie box of supplies: tips, couplers, spatula, reusable bags, flower stand...fun!
Practicing my technique using the different tips.
My final product: I practiced transferring an image using piping gel, I outlined and practiced my stars to fill in this cute little piggy!
I'm going to start adding some Outfits of the Day to my blog. I have fun mixing low end thrifted pieces with some of my "higher-end" budget friendly pieces.
I hope you enjoy.
Sorry for the picture quality in the mirror. They will get better.
Blazer: Talbot's, thrifted, Cami: Target Black Jeans: Ralph Lauren, gifted
I tried a color blocked outfit at work this week and I received rave reviews. I even went to Tre's PTO New Family Coffee-hosted for new families to our district and received so many compliments. I always seem to be able to pull off bright colors so I am loving this look!
With all the fresh herbs and ripe tomatoes I have from my garden I decided to find a delicious homemade pasta sauce recipe. I found this one here and tweaked it a bit. The results were amazing!!!
Ingredients1 tablespoon butter
8 small tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic salt
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 cup water
1 clove garlic, grated
1.Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat; cook the tomatoes in the melted butter until they begin to fall apart, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the basil, olive oil, garlic salt, salt, and pepper. Slowly stir the flour into the mixture and cook until it begins to thicken, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir the water through the mixture to break up any lumps of the flour. Mix the garlic into the sauce and simmer another 5 minutes. Serve hot.
Cook's notes: I added just a sprinkle of red pepper flakes to kick it up a notch and while the tomatoes were simmering with the butter I added onion powder, oregano and sage from my garden and some dried thyme.