Archive for April, 2011


happy easter weekend


anyone up to anything fun? rwd is still too young to know what’s going on, but i bought him a cute bunny book anyway. i can’t wait for next year and hiding eggs, i find myself already secretly making a mental note of good hiding spots around our house. ;)

these peep smores found on kate spade’s tumblr via sittinginatreeblog are amazing! hope everyone has a good one!


mama’s night


so i have a group of mama’s that are basically my new lifeline. truly-being a mom is hard. and it’s annoying to complain about to non-mom friends…so having these ladies in my life is making a huge difference. once a month, i host a mama’s night…i invite over 15 or so of my fav local mama’s with babes under 2 y/o for food, wine, and babe play time. it’s a bit chaos and loud… :) but oh so enjoyable. these ladies are incredible. and having a community for rwd to grow up in is priceless.

two days ago was the april mama’s night and since the next one wasn’t going to happy until post-mother’s day…rocco and i made some treats. (when i say rocco and i, i mean me…while he laid on his blanket on the floor either sucking on his thumb or whining because i wasn’t paying attention to him ;) ha!) i made all the mama’s air plant terrariums. in the simplest fashion but super cute (esp when they’re all lined up!) i bought the tillandsia from a local nursery wholesaler that Peekay has a license with… the white sand from Target, the containers from CB2, and the dried floral accents from Perfect Petal. I wrote out little love notes and care instructions on little metal tags and lined them all up so my friends could pick which one they liked best.

It was a smashing hit ;) and made me feel happy to do something little to start many of their first mother’s days off right.


michelle’s salmon panzanella – ghetto style


so i find it a lil difficult to grocery shop with rwd…unless i’m doing quick mini trips – not because he’s difficult but truly because the stupid car seat takes up the whole grocery cart, so we normally have started making it a family trip where john pushes him in a mini cart and i push the normal grocery sized cart with our goodies…either way we didn’t make it this weekend so in an attempt to get my meals planned i started searching today so i could quickly run out this evening once he was down for the night. i saw my friend michelley had recently started up a foodie blog (she’s steph’s sister) seasonette and she posted a salmon panzanella. it looked delicious so i immediately posted a comment showin some love ;) and added the ingredients to my shopping list…but as i was writing them down i realized i could probably whip it together – a little ghetto style mind you, but it turned out great!

photo by michelle

here’s the real deal recipe

and here’s my work with what you have adaptation

preheat oven to 375 – cut up two croissants (or any type of bread product you have in the house…we just had these left-over from krista’s babyshower) into 1″ cubes. toss w/ olive oil, dried oregano, minced garlic, S+P – bake on the top rack for 5 mins, toss, bake an additional 5 mins until slightly crispy and browning.

boil salted water and add green beans (we did happen to have these on hand, which was a lil rare + lucky) until bright green and still slightly crunch, about 5 minutes, immediately blanch under cold water to stop the cooking process and set aside.

another ‘lucky’ point is that we also always happen to have frozen salmon + tilapia filets in our freezer, so i pulled out a honey bourbon 6oz filet – broil for 5 mins per side. (if you don’t have salmon on hand, canned tuna chunks would also work ~ though it’d def give it a nicoise styling).

half a handful of cherry tomatoes, hand-tear basil, cut the green beans into 1″ chunks and since we didn’t have any red onions on hand, i thinly sliced up a shallot (which we ALWAYS have in this household). mixed olive oil (i just eyeball it), 1 tbs red wine vinegar, S+P, and the above in a serving bowl. add in the homemade croutons – toss gently. add in chunks of cooked salmon and serve.

i gotta admit for it not being on a previous list we were lucky to have the green beans, but otherwise those are ingredients that happen to live in our household. it was pretty quick, delicious and now i plan on always making my own croissant croutons ;) not to mention, i plan on putting basil, cherry tomatoes, and green beans in my garden so that this meal is only a ‘picking’ away :) thx michelley!


don’t miss this!


so quite a few months back one of john’s buddys passed along an email with this human planet trailer and it looks awesome! well it started on the bbc and finally has arrived on the discovery channel! it actually started last sunday, and we weren’t on top of the ball so didn’t dvr those, but our series recording is set up and i’m really excited to watch tonight’s two episodes. :)




more like fabulously ghetto!

so at the sample sale, miss heidi hebb was rocking the sally hansen salon effects real nail polish strips…so i immediately stopped by walgreens on the way home and picked some the “electric shock” and “check it out” to wear at krist’s baby shower yesterday…and last night as i was catching up on my google reader, i saw a cup of jo posted about them on thursday as well.

so while sticker nail strips seem pretty ghetto (though I totally love them ha) turns out they may actually be quite fabulous? ;)


two more recipes


geez, so since i’m trying hard to not only post about rwd – turns out it seems i can only post recipes? lame. but here’s two more anyway.

quick and easy app! (the other night we had friends over for dinner and i had forgotten to grab anything to serve to start, so i rummaged and found this quick and easy recipe that’s great because ingredients always seem on-hand.) red bell pepper relish

1 red bell pepper – chopped into small pieces
1/2 onion – chopped into small pieces
2/3C sugar
1/2 C white vinegar
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

add everything to a saute pan + cook on medium for 5 minutes, turn down to medium low and cook an additional 20 minutes, until most liquid reduces. stir occasionally. cool before serving.
serve w/ cream cheese on pretzels or wheat thins.

and then we just had this for dinner – it was a nice change but most of our normal favorite flavors

Pork, Baby Bok Choy & Black Bean Stir Fry

2C rice
1lb pork steaks, sliced into cross-grain strips
2 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 onion, sliced thinly
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tsp ginger, chopped
1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
1 tbs canned salted black beans, drained/rinsed
1 bunch baby bok choy, sliced
1/2C canned water chestnuts, drained/rinsed
2 tbs oyster sauce
1 tbs soy sauce
2 tsp fish sauce

1. cook rice
2. put 1 tbs sesame oil in non-stick skillet, – on high heat saute onions, garlic and ginger for 3-4 minutes, add bell peppers cook an additional 3 minutes. place in bowl, set aside.
3. heat remaining 1 tbs sesame oil – cook pork in batches (if needed) until browned.
4. return onion mix to pork + add in black beans, bok choy, water chestnuts, and oyster/soy/fish sauces. mix, reduce heat to medium low, cover and steam for 4 minutes until bok choy is wilted.
serve w/ rice




ombre hombre. ;)

so i ombre’d up my hair…it’s super subtle and reminds me of a summer dirty beach look – but i kinda love it :) i followed this tutorial. (p.s. how cute is that girl!?)

check it.