note to self

Remember to smile in a school picture. And to get my hair off my face.

I really was a happy little child, I swear.

Merry Christmas.

and to all a good night

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;

And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,

Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,

Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow

Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,

And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!

On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!

To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!

Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,

When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,

So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,

With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof

The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.

As I drew in my head, and was turning around,

Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,

And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;

A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,

And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!

His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,

And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,

And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;

He had a broad face and a little round belly,

That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,

And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,

Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,

And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,

And laying his finger aside of his nose,

And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,

And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,

"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."

Happy Christmas to y'all! I hope it's filled with lots of laughter and fun!


breathe in, breathe out

I woke up this morning to the sound of Reggie hitting the deck boards. His legs were all over the place, his head was shaking, his eyes were twitching. A flurry of movement later and before I knew it, Dad had called Kristen and Valerie home and Reggie was being hoisted by Dad into the van.

All I could do was cry. (I've been doing that a lot this week, haven't I?)

Kristen and Valerie came home and we drove off to meet Mom and Dad at the animal hospital with Reggie.

We got there and got Reggie's diagnoses.

All this time I was seriously thinking we wouldn't have Reggie greeting us Christmas morning. Hence the sobbing.

Turns out what he has isn't nearly as scary as it look, and it's treatable.

About three medications later Reggie seems to be perfectly normal. Thank you God!

You know--when I was thinking Reggie was a goner--I realized why exactly I had gotten that darn cold. If I hadn't gotten sick, then I would've been gone Saturday morning, wouldn't have charged by cell phone, I would've been at a strange place, and missed Reggie's passing.  (Luckily that last part didn't happen)

Ah, there really is a method to the madness.



Ravelry is addictive. Thanks to browsing I know have three four sweaters I want to try.

Well, at least I know which ones I want to do first:

(photo credit: Berroco on Ravelry)

Not exactly this, but the basic idea of a grey pullover with a neat collar. Forget the pockets. I already have the yarn which is awesome!

(photo credit: Debbie Bliss on Ravelry)
Okay, this is a little hard to explain. Mine will have the same collar and sleeve length, but no cables. And a bulky weight yarn.

(photo credit: j.crew online)

I really really want to copy this exactly, but using my own pattern.Still have to find the right yarn though.

(photo credit: waxx on Ravelry)
And this because, well, it's just adorable. It's kinda Anthropologie!

So that's my list.

I'm going to have to hire people to help me knit all of these.

::cough cough:: ::sniff sniff::

For the past several weeks my sister Kristen and I have been planning our cookie exchange. It starts at 7.3o tonight and we're all wearing are pretty cocktail dresses.

Well, everyone except me. Because I'm not going.

Yes, the co-host of this shin-dig is out sick. ::cough cough::

Excuse me.

I really have no idea how I picked this up so quickly. I come in contact with a lot of people on Tuesday, but Wednesday I had absolutely no symptoms. Thursday however I woke up with the worst sore throat ever.

Oh dear.

So here I sit, Netflix just shorted out--again. I'm achy, coughing every few seconds, I still have a sore throat, and sniffles. It's now 4.27, and I should've been getting ready.

Thank you, dear mystery illness, I owe you a ton.



out with a cry

so i had this editorial i needed to turn into my writing class today, right?

no problem.

i finished it, proofread it, saved it, and went to send it in.

i couldn't find it.

that's when tears began to pour out and i dragged my poor dad out from his bed to the laptop to try to find it.

did i mention that the deadline was fifteen minutes away?

oh yes.

dad heroically searched until miracle of miracles, he found it.

with a minute to spare.

so apparently (and i have NO idea how) the file somehow got converted to another type of file (temp something?) and that's why i couldn't find it.

but dad could.

love you, dad!



I think quiche is best served cold, so when I make at night, I always wait until morning to have it for breakfast. It can be served as breakfast, brunch, lunch or supper easily--quiche is so adaptable! 

one pie crust (I make my own, but store-bought works like a charm)
three eggs
one cup of either milk, half and half, or heavy whipping cream. (I always use half and half. recently though, I used heavy whipping cream and it was the best)
pinch of salt
half a cup of finely chopped onion
a cup of a cheese of your choice
and mix-ins like::
other veggies

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Prepare crust by placing it in a nine inch pie pan.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, beat the eggs with the cream or milk. Add in the salt and a dash of pepper.

Dump in all of your mix ins. Stir thoroughly.

Put the filling in the unbaked crust and place in oven for about 45 minutes, or until a toothpick poked into the

center comes out clean. Enjoy!


and now a break from our regular news...

So I guess you guys are pretty tired of torture posts, aren't you?

Time for some real updates. Saturday I'll try to post a recipe I've just done. Quiche and smoothies are on their way.

And they're seriously delicious.

why must you torture me so?

That Toast. At it again.


christmastime is here....

So what's on your Christmas wishlist this year?

I'll tell you mine if you tell me yours.
  •  photoshop elements
  • gap sweater
  • old navy pajamas 
  • small red dangly earrings
  • toms shoes

Isn't Christmas just the best?

I think so.


Happy Thanksgiving!

       I hope y'all have an awesome holiday! Eat as much as you like--Thanksgiving calories don't count.
(photo from Emerson Merrick on flickr)


hello, toast

 Why must you be so expensive?

I guess with prices like 239US dollars for that lovely dress, and the same price or those too cute shoes, Toast clothing and I will maintain a long distance friendship.



"refined sugar free--gluten free--wheat free--soy-free--casien free--egg free--vegan--kosher"

If they have any more "frees" they'll be baking styrofoam.

Recently I've really been into gluten-free baking (by the way, the gf Betty Crocker brownie and cookies mixes are AMAZING) and I've had an interest in vegan baking too. While I was at Barnes and Noble yesterday, I happened upon the Babycakes cookbook.

Do you know what this means? A trip to NYC is what it means.

Luckily, they've got their cookbook, which is filled with delectable treats anyone can appreciate. The owner, Erin Mckenna was on Martha Stewart and has the videos on her website's blog

Second chance

You know, Michaels has never been my choice craft-store.

In fact, I always go screaming away from it.

But you know, this is pretty neat:

Dare I say pretty?

I think along with the sweater ornaments (they're coming!) pipe cleaner garlands might just decorate my room this holiday season.

(image from Design*Sponge--the coolest decorating blog out there.)


oh boy

Going into Anthropologie online is a dangerous thing. All sorts of lovely things to make you wish you had gobs of money to buy everything in the store. Then, like Etsy, you start thinking that two hundred dollars for a skirt isn't really all that bad.

Oh dear.

Lucky for you however, I will just include one picture from Anthropologie:

Hopefully with the sweater I bought at the thriftstore I can make this happen.


zooz jewlery is the coolest

I know I already mentioned their amazing store in my last post, but they really are the best. Here's just a peek at their other things:
(all photos credit zoozjewelry)


See what I mean? These would make awesome Christmas presents for a certain ::ahem:: someone.

Hello? Anyone there? Hello? Anyone?



etsy, words can't explain just how neat you are

The one problem with Etsy is just how addictive it is. Seriously, if you spend too much time there you end up hearing yourself say things like, "Oh, $8o isn't THAT bad for a purse." "Sweet! That ring is only 3o bucks!"


But, Etsy never disappoints because you find stuff like this:
(picture and shop credits: whitneydeal, ekaa, fortandfield, and zoozjewelry


My April Snow GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!

My April Snow GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!

Ooo, pretty. Don't you think so?

As always Grosgrain is holding another amazing giveaway, this time from My April Snow. Check it out!


olive wheeler

I was browsing Ravelry tonight and happened upon this interview.

Doesn't she sound absolutely amazing? I can't even imagine what it would be like to grow up in such a different time in history.


Necessities for fall:

pair of jeans for layering,

Comfy sweater to dress up or down,

Dress for warmer fall days,

black tights for layering and for warmth on cooler days,


autumn is upon us

What reminds you of fall?


triple chocolate layer cake

Oh boy. I was browsing How to Eat A Cupcake today, and I saw she had posted this cake recipe. Long story short, I'm now making it for tomorrow night. No special reason really, but from what it sounds like this cake alone is cause for a special occasion. I'm going to be baking the cake layers tonight, so I'll keep you updated through the whole process like I did last week,(that was seriously a week ago? Yikes.)

3:31 pm:: Off to bake the layers.

4:30 pm:: Actually just getting started on the baking--I get distracted okay!

5:00 pm:: All done baking now for the day, I tied a bit of the cake, but I'm not letting you know what I think until it's all complete. Tomorrow we start the frosting!

9.25.09 12:22 pm:: Going to make the filling right now. Wish me luck!

12:59 pm :: all finished with the filling; it seems a little on the thin side right now, but we'll see what happens tonight.

3:20 pm:: Making the chocolate outside. We're getting closer!

3:42 pm:: all done with the chocolate. Now only to decorate it...

5:02pm :: My masterpiece is finished. oh, and you know how I said it's a triple chocolate cake? Well, that's for amateurs--mine is a five chocolate cake.

what if he's got a whole bunch of them?

Monty Python has some hilarious sketches, especially when it comes to defending yourself against fruit, see it for yourself:



(image discovered at nikilynn on flickr)
12:07am:: it's my birthday! now off to bed to dream about cake and today's adventures.

9:22am:: woke up, opened my door and bunch of balloons sailed into my room. so pretty!

11:15am:: a bit disappointed; i went to take a polaroid of the balloons on my room only to find out i don't have any more film in the camera. :( oh well, they's always christmas.

11:24am:: received two birthday cards; one from scholar's online, and one from papa and pat. i love birthdays.

12:04pm:: panera here we come!

5:13pm:: just got back from an awesome day of shopping--black skinny jeans, grey dress, black jacket, and cowl-neck sweater. blog post on goodies coming soon!

6:02pm:: finished putting together my cake, it looks just lovely if i do say so myself. (pictures promised!)

6:50:: heading to irish dance class. cupcakes were promised.

9:17pm:: out of irish dance. the person who promised cupcakes was sick, so she didn't come, but the class and people there were great--totally worth going!

9:40pm:: get home and was greeted by valerie! two cakes and presents are coming...

11:00:: presents were opened, (blog post coming!) cake was devoured, and balloon animals are being made. sweet.

11:59:: savoring the last minute of my birthday. it would be amazing if every birthday could be this amazing.


festivities ahead

(my cake guts--pumpkin chocolate cake and cream cheese cinnamon frosting)

tomorrow's my birthday! in honor of the day's events, i'm planning on updating throughout the day--live-blogging to an extent. hopefully it'll all work out. the best part is that i get to blog about every little bit of the day, and this here blog gets updated--super!

sin the meantime i thought i'd tell you all the plans: rebecca, kristen, mom and i are all heading to panera for an early lunch and then off to shopping (always my go-to for birthday plans.) then, my other sister, valerie, is coming in from north carolina! i'm so excited, i haven't seen her since the very beginning of august, so we've got lots to catch up on. since valerie isn't going to be here for the initial celebration, we're all heading out to the williamsburg outlets on saturday. tons of pictures, money spending, and laughter ahead!


i give up

Ladies and gentlemen, it had now become clear to me that no one will ever be able to rid the world of horrendous items. No hope remains. Pack it up What Not to Wear, you're fighting a loosing battle.


You know what bothers me about these? Instead of offering a footless pair of colored support hose and having you pair it with the flip-flops in your own hopeless ways, it offers them together like that's a normal thing. Like a personal service, "Oh, now I can color coordinate my hose with my flip-flops, thanks Sanuk! It's always been a bother before!"

If this is where fashion is headed, kill me now.

Oh! To make you feel good about this purchase Sanuk has made them vegan. I guess just in case you had any doubts this means you can shop with a clear conscience. Super.


almond joy

I made my own almond joys. No I'm not a weirdo--why do you ask? For a while now I've been thinking about making an almond joy cake, but today I figured it would be fun to try the actual thing. They came out wonderfully but I'm not quite happy with the chocolate coating on these, though nothing a little modifying wouldn't fix! Here's the whole recipe:

Chocolate coating:

6 ounces semi-sweet baking squares (4 squares)
1 -11/2 teaspoons of paraffin wax, (it's really important that it's wax.)

Over a double broiler begin to melt the chocolate, add vegetable oil and stir to combine. Continue to melt until only a few lumps of chocolate remain. Remove from heat and stir until the heat from chocolate melts the last few lumps.

Coconut filling:

¼ cup butter
¼ cup coconut oil
½ teaspoon coconut extract
2/3 cup confectioner’s sugar
3 tablespoons half and half, milk, or heavy cream
1 ½ cups shredded coconut

In the bowl of a stand mixer combine butter and coconut oil until smooth. Add extract, sugar and milk. Beat on high until fluffy. With the mixer on low add the shredded coconut. Reserve for later.

Toast 1/4 cups of almonds in oven at 350f for about 7 minutes. Pull out of oven and let cool.


With a spoon pour about a teaspoon chocolate coating onto wax paper and spread in an oblong shape. Continue for 15 bars. Place in freezer for 5 minutes or until hard. Using a teaspoon, spread the coconut filling evenly on the chocolate base of the joy bar. Place two almonds on the filling and freeze for 3-5 minutes. Either drizzle the rest of the chocolate on the spread it thickly on each bar. Freeze for 5 minutes. Enjoy!



Today while I was at the mall I stopped into H&M--boy do they have great stuff! I love all the colors, the patterns, and styles there. I tried on a few things and ended up buying a few as well.

All in all I ended up getting the blue scoop-neck shirt and the blue skirt, love them both! I wish the dark grey shirt-dress had worked but the pockets kept bulging out at the exact the wrong place. The more I look at the white shirt and button down the more I like them though. What do you think?



My absolute, hands down, favorite season is autumn. Love it. Dream about it.

Not really on the last part.

But anyhow, Wikstenmade (as always!) is really my go-to for fall clothing inspiration. Just look at these photos! Today I actually got so excited about fall I tried on my fall coat. Never mind the 90 degree weather.


this season

(Rubbish Roll Sleeve Plaid Blouse discovered at Nordstrom Bp)

(Women's Weekend Jeans discovered at Old Navy)

(Love Squared Pintuck Roll Sleeve Blouse discovered at Nordstrom BP)

(Madison Plaid shirt discovered at Delia's)

See? I actually do update my blog! Anyways, this summer has been one of the best fashion wise I think, the trend of effortless weekend clothing is just the greatest! Button down shirts and loose straight-leg jeans are the highlight in this post, all what the trend is about and it also happens to be what tends to be flattering on shapes like me.

What is or has been your favorite trend this season? Vote in the poll on the sidebar, I want to hear back from you!