Tuesday, May 28, 2013

beet the color of this dip!

I must be sleep deprivation from this 3-day vacation that caused me to write such a bad pun. But this color, in person, is even more vibrant that it looks in this photo. 

Did you enjoy your long weekend? We had a staycation at home....swam, bbq'd, relaxed! Yesterday we ventured out to Underwood Farm for some produce picking. My phone got all messed up somehow, so I think the photos were accidentally deleted. But tonight's dinner will be a farm fresh one for sure! Stay tuned! 

In the meantime, start figuring out what tablecloth coordinates with this stunning color!

Bright and Brassy Beet Dip

2 large beets
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup tahini
1/2 cup goat milk yogurt (or plain yogurt or sour cream)
juice of 1/2 a lemon
sprinkle of salt and pepper

Roast beets in oven at 400 for about 45 minutes. 
Once cooled, pull apart the beet peel. 
Cut beets into smaller pieces (or not if you have a powerful blender) and mix with everything else. 
For a more authentic hummus feel - drizzle olive oil on top. 

This dip goes great with fresh vegetables or crackers or pita bread!

Friday, May 24, 2013

stitches (not the sewing kind)

While I love stitching anything, when it comes to my son's face, I'd rather it remain stitch free. 

Doodle has spent his toddler years sleeping on a mattress on the floor, mostly because we didn't want to deal with him falling out of the bed in the middle of the nights. He was completely content with this until he turned four and started asking for a "big boy bed" like his brother has. 

We finally relented last week and got this bed from Ikea.

 I love how modern it looks and the two, roomy drawers for storage are a big plus. 

The package arrived and my husband spent a few hours putting it together - experiencing that universal frustration when it comes to Ikea assembly. By the time he finished it was time for bed. He went to take off Doodle's t-shirt and he did that thing that kids do when a t-shirt is half on half off - he lurched forward - only, his head popped out of the t-shirt which sent him flying across the room and smack into the lip of the newly assembled, never-been-slept-in Ikea bed. 


Our close friend is an ER doctor who was not on call that night, so we went to her house where she bribed the patient with dum-dums. 

(graphic photo below, sorry!)

He was not the "easiest" of patients, according to the doctor, he ranked pretty high on the drama scale. So she waited until he passed out in dad's arms and then got to work doing her kind of sewing. 

Ten or eleven stitches and three hours later, he finally got to sleep in his new bed. 
And he hasn't fallen out.....yet. 

He gets to sport a bandaid over the area for the next six months (to keep the sun off of it and thereby preventing scarring)

and he has perfected the pout face. (Mine still needs work, I'm afraid.)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

my first dress

Well, this took much longer than I intended, but I finally completed sewing my first dress!

There are many funny mistakes I made along the way. Puckered pockets anyone?

 and let's just say if I saw it in a store, no, if I saw it in a second hand store, no, if I saw it in a 99 cent store, I would most likely walk on by (unless I thought I could turn the cute fabric into a bag of some sort.)

I'm too scared to try it on!! I will say, it was a big learning curve and I think with each project, I learn a new thing or two about sewing. In this case, how to sew a zipper on a dress, how to dart a bust line and how to make pockets. 

For now, I think I'll go back to baby clothing and accessories. 

Saturday, May 18, 2013

sad day for crafters

I was so saddened to learn yesterday that we lost an incredible member of this crafting/ blogging community to a tragic accident in Australia. I won't go into the details but you can read more here.  I've been following Kathreen Ricketson on her blog Whip Up for years and I so looked forward to her monthly newsletters. She was so creative and full of life and even though I never actually knew her, I feel as though I did through interacting with her online. She and her husband leave behind two beautiful children for which a fund has been set up.  

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

mother's day

Did you all have a nice, relaxing Mother's Day? I did!

I was completely exhausted after having been in two performances for Mr. P.'s school fundraiser the day (and night before.) We sang. We danced. Then partied til 1 a.m. Who am I? Haven't done that in years! And the best part was that my dad also participated in the show and the post party!

Mr. P. was also in the show, which meant 3 generations, one show! So fun! Okay, back to Mother's Day......Have I told you about my Mom? She is one amazing woman. She is kind and social and crafty and smart! Growing up she was always getting into some crafty hobby. One year is was basketry weaving another year, paper making. Then there was the calligraphy craze (she wrote out all the diplomas for my high school class). She was always super involved in my school. She even helped start the Children's Museum here in Los Angeles. She is an avid reader and traveller and an amazing cook to boot. And she had super cool outfits in the 60's!!! 

We had a lovely brunch at our house (last year's attempt at taking the kids to a fancy pants restaurant ended up with me leaving mid meal with a screaming child on each hip.)

There was potato and green bean salad:

Salmon poached in white wine:

a beautiful bouquet of peonies (my favorite!!)

Homemade blood orange juice to mix with champagne for blood orange mimosas:

caviar service!!!!

And berries berries berries!!! Including homemade chocolate covered strawberries. My husband really outdid himself!!

And I didn't get a photo of the amazing tarts my sister brought!!

Being a mom is unequivocally the best thing that has ever happened to me. I feel so lucky to get so share my life with these two incredible children!! Everyone always tells me how quickly kids grow up and I know it's true so I'm just trying to savor every sweet second I have with them. As well as let go of the not-so-sweet moments (there's plenty of those as well, but it's amazing how they erase from my memory when everything is going well!!)

Doodle took some photos: Clearly I'm was excited about all this great food!

And the kids were excited about the berries!

The afternoon included a nap (the caviar service was accompanied by one too many vodkas) and an Ikea desk building extravaganza. My next post will cover the Ikea bed building debaucle....stay tuned!!!

Monday, May 13, 2013

winner of the Warner Bros. movie giveaway

The winner of the Warner Bros. movie giveaway is lover of all things hot wings related....Heather!

She wrote:

"Waking up after sleeping in, I’m greeted with a breakfast of hot wings (I’m pregnant and can get away with that) .
I’m spending the morning relaxing while watching my all-time favorite musical Phantom of the Opera . I remember watching it for the first time when I was 12 years old.
Of course, I can’t watch this movie without my favorite movie
snack more hot wings! For lunch, my friends and I are taken to dine at Stoppers bar & grill.

Bouquets of Roses greet us on arrival. On our way home, our car unexpectedly hits a time warp and we’re teleported back to the set of my favorite romance film!I find myself playing the role of my favorite character Jennifer Anniston.
Suddenly, I’m Hollywood’s next big star! I’m strutting down everyred carpet and being invited to all the exclusive premieres… I’m even datingthe cutest movie star Bradley Cooper and our celebrity couple name is the Coops.Suddenly I wake up and find myself safely back in my bed.Looks like I must have dozed off and started dreaming!"

I will contact you today and I must receive your US mailing address by the end of the day in order to receive your prize. Everyone else, thanks so much for playing!!!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

mother's day roundup

Looking for a gift for Mom? Look no further as I've rounded up some of the craftiest creations!

Turn kids' art into tea towels at setting for four:

 Paint your own vase from the inside out at Design tjejen:

Home made peppermint sugar scrub mix at Delia Creates...good enough to eat!

I know I've shared this one before but I love theses Japanese soaps from Martha!

DIY instagram magnets from See Kate Sew

and two oldies but goodies from my box herb gardens:

and DIY photo coasters (these were a huge hit with my mom last year): 

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

project fail

Well, my attempt at making churros for Cinco de Mayo left everyone a little queasy as they turned out looking a bit more like dog turds then a delectable dessert. But there's one family member who didn't seem to mind:

Get the recipe here. I'm sure yours will look much nicer! 

Sunday, May 5, 2013

cinco de mayo

Cherry Muddler anyone? Inspired by this recipe at Sprouted Kitchen:

I added blueberries and peaches as well. 

Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone! We're off to make these Mango Margaritas from Love and Lemons:

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

how does your garden grow?

I wanted to share these great gardening apps brought to you by apartment therapy. Some require a small membership fee, but most are free!

I'm headed to our local nursery tomorrow to get more green to grow and eat. And we're still waiting on buds to sprout from our recent planting project!