Saturday, December 31, 2011

Starting the Day With A Chai Latte

Although our weather foreceast has been in the high 60's - 70's this week it is still chilly overnight and in the morning. I decided to start my Saturday with a warm Chai Latte at home.

All you need is:
1/2 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Chai Concentrate (Stabucks uses Tazo)
Whipped Cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon for the top.

I use pour the milk and chai concentrate in a glass measuring cup and microwave for 1:00 - 1:30 minutes.

I use my Aerolatte to froth the mixture after I warm it up. You can get these for $19.99 at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. With the coupons they always send in the mail, you can get one cheaper and I was initially surprised how often I actually use it. Great for mixing hot chocolate, drinking chocolate or any assortment of homemade lattes or coffees. We also use it to froth milk, which makes my 5.5 year old happy.  :)

I keep a bowl of homemade whipped cream in my fridge at all times. I add a packet of whipped cream stablizer to it while making it so it doesn't break down. Add some whipped cream on top with a sprinkle of cinnamon. You are done in less than 3 minutes!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Out With The Old & In With The New

I went to Costco on a whim today and did not expect to find my dream couch. We were actually in the market for a couch but as I casually looked around nothing was in the color, modern style with comfort, or fabric that I liked. I figured we would come across something eventually and today was the day. We are going to get it tomorrow morning.

This is a close up of the fabric. I like that it is a normal fabric and not microfiber or mircosuede....I am so over those fabrics. Our current couch is microsuede and even a drop of water leaves a mark and to remove it requires that I clean or wipe down the couch.

This is me sitting in the corner, pretty cushy.

My munchkin having fun trying it out got a serious case of static hair.

Love, love, love the modern style, yet it is comfortable, and especially the color! I secretly wanted to switch to gray from brown so it seems like this was meant to be.

This is an older photo of my living room with our current couch and ottoman. I have them listed on Craigslist and hope to get them out as soon as possible. My current couch has been well loved. It looks pretty good in this photo but one of the boards along the back gave away and it sags and my cat decided to scratch it for the past year. Not very happy about that, but finally found a scratching post she loves and hasn't touched any furniture since.

I still like our current ottoman, but the new set comes with one.
I am looking forward to redecorating to accomodate the new gray tones into my living room. That means I will likely need to switch out my rug and other things with time.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Aqua Addiction

My aqua addiction continues as I scour Home Goods and TJ Maxx for new additions for my kitchen. I have been quit lucky the past couple of months as those two stores have seemingly been flooded with aqua Kitchen Aid items that I had a hard time finding for so long. At this point that only pieces I am missing are:
1.) Slotted Turner
2.) Smooth Turner
3.) Colander

Some items I bought multiples.
 2- Prep Whisks
 4- Rubber Spatulas
 2- Sets of Mixing Bowls
4- Sets of Measuring Spoons
4- Sets of Measuring Cups

There were many items that I never knew existed and I literally gasped when I saw them in the store. I never knew about the kitchen shears, box grater, can opener, egg/mushroom slicer, and mixing bowls.

Are you all partial to a certain color in your kitchen? Do you get tired of certain colors and change them or do you play it safe and stick with neutrals?

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Home Goods Happy

I have been Home Goods happy since they opened one down the road from me a few months ago. Loving the unique and decent priced home goods. I often take pictures of things I like for inspiration or things I wish I could buy. I really wanted this tall shiny candle holder but they only had ONE! I need two of them so I had to pass it up for now. I wanted to put them on either side of my stove in the kitchen.

I don't need a chair, but I came across this gorgeous dark gray one. Love the color and style of it!

Had a hard time passing this up. They actually had two of these small stools. It is my kitchen color, aqua, and would make a great stool for my daughter.

I am still seriously thinking about this mirror. I am actively looking for a mirror and some sort of thin table or ottoman for our entryway. The size of this mirror is perfect. I would turn it vertical for my purposes and I think a thin white table would look good underneath it.

Love, love, love this mirror. It is rather large but one of those types you prop in the corner. I would love to have this for my bedroom or closet. I recently bought similar mirrors from Home Goods on a smaller scale to hand behind each of my master bedroom nightstands. Thank you Pinterest for the inspiration!  :)

I have been having a hay-day finding Kitchen Aid aqua utensils and other kitchen items at Home Goods and TJ Maxx for the past two months. I found most aqua pieces that exist...just need to find a turner and slotted turner that I know of. I picked up this potato masher tonight.

I got these last month, several prep whisks, measuring spoons, basting spoon, rubber spatulas, etc...

I almost got this a couple of months ago for my entry. As much as I loved this piece, I am glad I waited. There are a lot of options.

I am happy to say that I own this beauty. I could not pass it up! My living room is accented with this exact teal color. I love the comfy yet modern design of this piece.

Another Kitchen Aid aqua kitchen item I found recently.

I am very Home Goods happy. 

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Retro Kitchen

Wish I had a kitchen like this! My daughter's American Girl Doll is very lucky! This is actually the matching pink retro doll kitchen from Pottery Barn Kids. They no longer make this, but I found it during the middle of summer for $11 - $15 for each piece which was a steep markdown from the original price. We also picked up the vanity for $18 which is normally $60! If you are looking for awesome Pottery Barn doll furniture I encourage you to look during the spring and summer and tuck it away. They usually have a large overstock of doll furniture from Christmas and it gets marked down by spring and summer. This set is American Girl Doll sized.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Puppy Chow?!?

A friend came over a few days ago with a bag of Puppy Chow for me. She made it and gave me the recipe...I never tasted anything like it and it was amazing. I decided to check to see if they have Puppy Chow recipes and surely enough there were three. I made this recipe!
1.) First you melt your milk chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter together.

2.) Once melted you can add in your cereal. I used a 12 ounce box of Crispix. Make sure you coat the cereal in the chocolate mixture.

3.) Pour half of the powdered sugar into the bottom of the paper bag. I poured the chocolate coated cereal into the bag and then poured the remaining powdered sugar on top. 4.) Shake the bag well to ensure all pieces are coated and not sticking together.

5.) Enjoy this delicious snack!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Baked Cookies Today

I baked some cookies today. These are the "No Roll Sugar Cookies" from the Betty Crocker cookbook. They are topped with the "Butter Icing For Cookies" recipe from

These cookies are a personal recipe that I created about a year ago. It is more like a sugar cookie base with M&M's. I called them my "Fluffy Vanilla M&M Cookies."

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Decor

Sorry I haven't posted anything in a while. I have been more busy that I anticipated since my daughter started school back in September. Each year our family tradition has been a trip to The Christmas Tree Farm in the East County of San Diego. We opt to get our fresh tree and trimmings each year on the day after Thanksgiving and avoid the busy retails areas. There is a small aircraft airport on the other side of the tree farm so every minute or two small privately piloted aircraft fly overhead as they approach the runway to land. On this particular day while the rest of the country was cold, we wore tees and tanks to pick up our Christmas Tree.

Fall leaves I captured from a tree in the parking lot.

 We got our tree home and promptly began to set it up for decorations. We also purchased a 10 foot fresh sway to drape over the fireplace. I misplaced my photo of that but if I find it I will update this and add it in.

Close up of the tree.   :)

Each year a street in my community in San Diego goes crazy with Christmas Lights. Here are some photos from our trip through their street.

These guys actually board up their windows in their home and made room to add displays. You walk up to their front doors, driveways, and through their side yards. The displays are amazing!

This is my favorite home. I love the extreme use of lights in the trees.

Merry Christmas to you all!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Who Loves Yogurtland?

There are many self serve frozen yogurt varieties in my area but Yogurtland takes the cake. Love this place. My favorite is mixing Brownie Batter, Pumpkin, and Red Velvet together and pumpkin some Ghiradelli Chocolate Sauce on top.

Who else loves Yogurtland? 
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