Window Shopping – House Style

I’ve done plenty of window shopping in my day, but typically at a mall.

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Recently, hubby and I have been frequenting home supply stores like Home Depot and Lowes to start scoping out some of our options. Tonight we hit up Lowes for some mad window shopping.

My goal was to scope out the cork flooring options.

Now don’t quote me, but I think I heard on TV that cork is a great eco-friendly flooring choice. Supposedly it’s naturally water and pest resistant. Cork is also supposed to be good to the feet if you plan to, say, stand in the kitchen for long periods of time. It’s also warmer to the touch if you don’t like the cold feel of tile. Mostly I like it because it’s green, supposedly affordable, and supposedly easy to install. I say “supposedly” on the price because the stuff was the SAME PRICE as the hardwood floors (heard it was 1/2 that on TV) and “supposedly” to the installation because I’ve never tried and just don’t know better.

I need to do some more research but I think cork is seriously in the running for a great flooring option!

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I didn’t even know I wanted blue-green tiles in the bathroom till I saw these babies. I mean, I doubt we’ll actually get these since bathrooms are relatively low on the priority list, but look at them…

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…aren’t they beautiful!?

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The tile is called “dolphin“…I love dolphins…and this tile.

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Then, I found something equally as exciting…these gorge tiles!

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Not sure if I’ve mentioned, but my new kitchen, once we have money to remodel will most likely be inspired by Giada DeLaurentiis’s kitchen. Not this season’s kitchen, but the one from a couple years ago with the open white cabinetry, black-ish countertops, and light-blue-green tile backsplash. I am in love with that kitchen!

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This color is the closest to Giada’s backsplash that I’ve seen…of course…I haven’t looked very hard…yet.

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After our window shopping, hubby and I hit up Five Guys for dinner.

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They serve their massive amount of french fries (this is the smallest size!) in a brown paper bag. We’ve seen different methods to most effectively get at the fries inside:

  1. Lay bag on side, rip down middle of top edge and fold out edges
  2. Keep bag sitting up right and rip off top half of bag

Tonight, hubby tried the “roll bag down” method.

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It seemed to work pretty well.

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I had a cheeseburger (with lettuce, tomato, pickles, & ketchup) and coke.

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I only finished just over 1/2 the burger and 1/2 the coke and who knows how much of the fries, but they were pretty darn tasty.

Eatiful Sunday – New Vegetarian Fave

Last week was loooong and I stayed up too late last night, but luckily, hubby let me sleep in. By the time I woke up, hubby had picked up his brother who is visiting overnight for a fantasy football draft.

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I decided to cook up a most-awesome breakfast, but the pancake-cooking ended up taking almost an hour due to the lack of griddle in our house. I had to use an iddy-biddy 8″ non-stick pan. Totally ridiculous!

We’ve been putting off buying multiple things because of the ole “let’s wait till we have a house” excuse. This excuse has caused me more frustration over the last couple years, but hopefully, we won’t have to deal with it any more in the next month of so if things work out ok with the house.

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Breakfast is served!

The rest of the day was pretty uneventful and relaxing.

Hubby’s brother, Ted, took me out to dinner at a local Mediterranean restaurant.

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He got the special – beef and rice stuffed zucchini with a homemade tomato sauce.

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I got something that I may now be addicted to – the veggie platter! On this plate: falafel, spinach pie, baba ga..?, potatoes harra, stuffed grapeleaf, tabbouleh, and hummus. So delish!

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I even got a pistachio baklava for dessert…it was sooo delish! I think the photo came out pretty nice, too…especially considering the low lighting!

Dinner was so fab, I very well may have to hit them up again some time this week to get a fix…I can’t believe a couple years ago I would have skipped over this meal because it was vegetarian. I’m so glad that even though I’m not a “vegetarian”, I know I can eat and ENJOY vegetarian meals. Yum!

Organicfest 2009

Just found out about Organicfest 2009 , hosted by Navitas Naturals , in Asheville, NC on Sunday, September 13, 2009 from 10am-6pm. Anyone going? I totally want some of those butterfly wings I keep seeing in the albums!

My Recipes – All Organized

Hey guys,

Just checking in quickly to let you know that I’ve created a page for all my original and adapted recipes. Click here to view my recipe page.

I’ve also added the link to the top right side bar.

I’ve been wanting to organize all my recipes together for awhile now. I mean, sometimes I have a hard time finding my own recipes through all the many blog posts here on TCL! Anywho, hope you enjoy…I know it’ll help me out at least…lol.

:) Diana

Caution: Wet Floor

After the bridal shower , I had some time to relax before hitting up a 1 hour Swedish massage! I got a good recommendation for a place in town that has really reasonable prices. I’ve been so stressed out lately my entire neck/shoulder area has been so darn tight. It’s been a long time since I had a massage, so I went for it. It was awesome…I may have to make this a monthly thing…I know it sounds a bit diva, but it just may be worth it!

After the massage, hubby and I headed to the artsy side of town, Noda, to take Bails to the Dog Bar to celebrate his 2nd birthday.

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But, before the Dog Bar, we went to Revolution Pizza for dinner. We called ahead and found out they allowed dogs on the patio.

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The waitress was nice enough to bring out some water for Bailey when…KERSPLASH! Bailey knocked his water all over the place!

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He looks like he’s in “time out”…poor guy. The staff was really cool about the mess and quickly took care of the spilled water by mopping up the excess water.

We were really embarrassed…it was like our first step towards parenting except instead of having a kid throwing food everywhere, we had a dog spilling water everywhere. I really hope we are able to teach our future-kids to not be so messy.

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Hubby got a brewski and I just got a coca cola.

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Our view. I love these vintage-looking storefronts.

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Hubby!

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Bailey!

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Our app – bruschetta…delish!

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Our pizza – 1/2 cheese, 1/2 pepperoni + jalapeno. Loved their crust!

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Dessert: pistachio gelato…mmm…

After dinner, we hit up the Dog Bar!

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Look at all those dogs begging for some pizza someone had delivered to the dog bar. Bailey is right in the action! haha

Bailey had an awesome time and is all tuckered out and asleep on the couch now. Next year, I’m going to have to plan things earlier in advance so our friends can join us. I sent out a last minute invite but no one could make it. I will have to plan something much better for his 3rd birthday.

For now, I think Bails had an awesome time celebrating his 2nd birthday, and that’s all that matters!

What do you do to celebrate your pet’s birthday?

Vicki’s Bridal Shower

I went to my husband’s good friend’s fiance’s bridal shower earlier today. Vicki, the bride-to-be, is an awesome girl, and I’m so glad that one of hubby’s guy friends found such a sweet girl to marry.

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I had to miss another Farmers Market trip to get ready for the bridal shower and wrap up Vicki’s gift, but hubby solo’ed it and picked up some great things on his own. I’m so proud! He even went out of his way to hit up the local farmer’s market to get some of my fave mixed cherry tomatoes.

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I used some simple silver wrapping paper and dressed up the package using some pink ribbon to coordinate with the bridal shower colors – pink and orange.

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The mother of the bride found out about my food blog and being a fan of food photography herself, asked me to take lots of photos of the event’s food. I was, of course, happy to oblige.

Here are some of my favorite photos:

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Great eats, no? Most, if not all, was home-cooked. I know the sister of the bride made and decorated the cupcakes herself…how Martha Stewart? I love it! I have a cupcake decorating kit, but haven’t had the chance to use it yet. Maybe once we have the house I will?!

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I won the Bridal Shower Bingo!

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The beautiful bride-to-be opening her huge pile of gifts…lucky!

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The “bow-quet

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Favors – frosted sugar cookies…mmm…one of my fave kinds of cookies! So festive…so tasty! I’ve already downed half of this and have tried to hide the other half from hubby to enjoy tomorrow. Heehee. :)

Rainy Day Roast Chicken, White Bean, + Spinach Soup and Berry Crisp

My zumba friend Katherine was in the neighborhood for a zumba class and stopped by for dinner and to study for the AFAA. The weather was gray and rainy today, so I wanted to make some rainy day soup and a cozy fruit crisp dessert.

Since it’s late, I’m going to keep this short on words…here are some photos (some by Kat!):

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Rainy Day Roast Chicken, White Bean, + Spinach Soup
soup by me (roast chicken preparation by Barefoot Contessa)
Serves 4-6

NOTE: You could also use meat from a rotisserie chicken or sub cooked boneless chicken breast. I just prefer the texture of pulled, roast, bone-in prepared chicken for my soups. :)

Ingredients:

  • 2 bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • handful baby carrots, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, rinsed/chopped
  • 2-4 garlic cloves, peeled, chopped
  • 1 large box chicken broth
  • 1 can white beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed, drained
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups baby spinach, rinsed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Rub olive oil on chicken breasts. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake skin side up for 35-40 minutes, until chicken cooked through. Once cooked, remove from oven and let cool.
  2. Once chicken is done cooking and while it cools, heat medium-large pot over medium heat. Add olive oil to pan. Add onion, carrots, celery to the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Cook till onions translucent, about 4-6 minutes. Add garlic for last 60 seconds of cooking.
  3. Add chicken broth and 2 cups water (don’t add the water if you don’t like your soup very “brothy”). Bring to boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to simmer.
  4. Meanwhile, pull chicken meat from bones. Pull chicken into small pieces. Add boneless chicken meat to the soup.
  5. Add beans to soup. Bring back to simmer. Season to taste.
  6. Add baby spinach, turn off heat, let spinach wilt.
  7. Serve and enjoy. I served my soup with Havarti Cheese Paninis on Great Harvest Bread Company Flax Oat Bran…delish!

What would dinner be without dessert…? I made something sliiiightly on the healthy side using farmers market strawberries and possibly the last of those hand-picked blueberries we got from the farm earlier this year with my fam.

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We did ok on the studying, but we did GREAT on the eating! haha.

Thanks for stopping by Kat! Next time, your place with Yogi!

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