Tuesday, April 28, 2009

wrap this.

Some of my friends throw away tissue paper from presents. They think it's silly when I grab it up for re-use. I think it's brilliant. And other people know it's brilliant too.

Check out these wrapping ideas:

10 Green Gift Wrap Ideas found via Naturally Nina.

Monday, April 27, 2009

try this.

Lately, I'm all about new recipes. Here are a few that I have tried recently.

Spring Risotto with Peas and Zucchini
I served this with garlic chicken and it was a hit. The leftovers were good too.

Beef Noodle Bowl
This was pretty tasty but it was tricky to get an even ratio of noodles, veggies and beef in each serving.

Maple Sour Cream Walnut Muffins
A huge hit at the office on Monday morning!


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I <3 the Twin Cities.

Over the past weekend I spent lots of time exploring and enjoying Minneapolis and St. Paul. Here's a photo re-cap.

Faded 7-Up Ad. You Like It. It Likes You.

Macy's Flower Show

Hennepin Avenue Bridge and Grain Belt Beer Sign

Wishes for the Sky Festival, Harriet Island

Beautiful Rice Paper Kites

Friday, April 17, 2009

Thursday, April 16, 2009

look what I found.

Fun camera straps from Cotton Candy, found via Ali Edwards.

I would love to go on a picnic today with this set from Uncommon Goods.

Monday, April 13, 2009

bunny cake.

I had it in my head that I should make a bunny cake for Easter. I found some ideas online and then I woke up on Saturday morning and started baking! I made two 9 inch round cakes using a box cake mix. After the cakes cooled, I cut them to make two layers from each cake. It was a little tricky to make an even cut across the length of the cake.

Meanwhile, I made raspberry filling using this recipe. I think I should have drained the raspberries so to compensate I added extra cornstarch.

After the raspberry filling had cooled in the refrigerator I spread it on the cake. Then, I cut one of the 9 inch cakes to make the bow tie and ears.

I used one container of whipped frosting plus one container of cool whip to cover the entire cake. A little bit of food coloring was added at the end to highlight the bunny ears.

Then I used jelly beans and licorice to make the bunny face and decorate the bow tie.

My family was desperate to start eating the cake on Saturday night. I wouldn't let them have a sample before Easter and they didn't like that too much. We enjoyed the cake with an ice cream cake from dairy queen on Sunday after our ham dinner.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

just dreaming.

Although I have not seen it in person, I am dreaming of this ring. It's on sale Wednesday morning. Too bad I have decided to save my tax return.

Do you dream in color? I would love to be at this festival. Found via Oh Happy Day!

...and of course I am dreaming of green grass and sunshine!

Wisconsin State Capitol

Monday, April 06, 2009


so simple and beautiful, just like true love.

Saturday, April 04, 2009


Only 8 more days and I can have something sweet!!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

fun projects.

This week I've been on a binge of checking out new blogs... and it's led me to find ohsomany very pretty and cool projects.

Here's a sample of what I have found.

I could totally make this modular bookcase, found via Design*Sponge.

Check out these colorful linens at Castle, found via Thoughtful Day.

I love glassware, so of course I love this.

For Easter, I should make a bunny cake.

The Growing Up on Facebook article makes me think, found via Superhero Journal. Read her post on March 16, 2009.