Friday, July 29, 2011

Fresh Cut Friday

Guess who's back for this week's FCF???  My old friend, Alstromeria.  I picked up a bunch of pink ones, for just a few bucks.  I split them up into three stemless wine glasses. 

I tried them grouped together on the dining room table...

then I broke them up and tried them in a couple different spots...

I loved the little splash of pink everywhere I put them.  And since these blooms usually last a long time, I'll have plenty of time to enjoy them...wherever they end up!

Happy Friday to you!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Go Greek.

This was breakfast today...

Plain Greek yogurt, cinnamon, honey, kashi cereal, and sliced peaches.

Greek yogurt takes some getting used to. It tastes a lot like sour cream on its own. But when you add some cinnamon, honey, and whatever else your heart desires, it turns into a delicious and healthy breakfast or snack. This one serving of greek yogurt has 17 grams of protein. That's insane. And reason enough to give the Greek a chance.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Fresh Cut Friday

This week's FCF looks like it could be a bouquet of wildflowers, picked from a hillside in a quaint rural town. Not so. But I can pretend. And actually, I did snip those little orange flowers from my "wildflower" pot in the back yard. They were the only three blooms in the pot. I hesitated cutting them because that meant leaving the pot totally bloomless. But Lord knows we're not spending any time outside in this hotness, so I decided I might as well bring them inside to enjoy! The rest of the bunch came from Walter Knoll. And they only cost me around $7. So maybe not free from a hillside, but not bad for a bouquet as fun and summery as this.

A happy Friday to you!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I've got a date with my sewing machine.

Because this just arrived!

The big bolt and the two fabrics on the left are for our bedroom. I'm making curtains out of the floral fabric, and using the other two for lamp shades, an ottoman, and pillows. And the cute fabrics on the right??? My friend picked those out for her little girl's nursery. I'm going to make a few pillows for her. How cute is the pink dog fabric? Love it.

I ordered these fabrics from Premier Prints Fabric. Most of their fabrics are only $9.99 per yard, they have a great selection, and everything I've ordered has been of great quality. Definitely a good site to check out when you need fabric for a project.

Now I just need to chisel out a little time (or a lot of time...I'm an amateur seamstress), to crank this stuff out! Hopefully I'll be back soon to share the finished goods.

Friday, July 01, 2011

Fresh Cut Friday

This week's Fresh Cut bouquet is just a big bunch of alstromeria, from Trader Joe's. It was only $5. That's a whole lot of blooms for $5...check 'em out:

Alstromeria is kind of my go-to flower if I want flowers, but don't want to spend a lot. You can find it anywhere, and usually in a variety of colors. I actually planted a couple of alstromeria plants, aka: "Peruvian Lilies" in the backyard this spring, and they were looking pretty good until we had a little dry spell. Which conveniently took place while we were on vacation and unable to water anything. Awesome. Hopefully they'll pop back. But if not, I know where to get a bunch for next to nothing - good 'ole TJ's.

Pizzeria dough - at home.

Did you know most pizza places will sell you balls of their dough to take home? I'd heard that before, but I never looked into it. Last weekend I decided I would. Our very favorite pizza place is Dewey's. We're regulars. They have good beer on tap, and the best pizza, in our humble opinions. So I was in the area and dropped in to see if they sold their dough. Much to my excitement, they said they did. I bought two, for just a couple bucks each. I used one for dinner that night, and froze the other.

Above is our recreation of what we typically order at Dewey's.

House salad - dried cranberries, red onion, goat cheese, pine nuts, and balsamic vinaigrette. Pizza - pepperoni and onion with red sauce + prosciutto, pesto, and pine nuts with an olive oil base. On real Dewey's crust. In our own dining room. It was amazing. So tuck this little idea in your back pocket for the next time you want really good pizza at home. You can thank me later.