Archive | October, 2011

thursday latelies

27 Oct

I can’t believe I’ve done 13 of these videos.
How embarrassing.
I feel sorry for you all!
But really I do.

Okay…so here are my boots!
Got them at Francesca’s.
Do you guys know that store?
Way cuter than I thought it was gonna be.
Good thing Natalie was with me or I never would have gone in and scored my boots!

Here are the wool knee socks from H&M.
They’re not itchy :)

And I’ll link to all our weekend adventures next week along with before and after pictures of my bed makeover.
Well, the bed makeover pictures might take a little longer as we still need to finish sanding AND painting.
But the upside of Natalie only being here till the 9th is that we only have till the 9th to get the bed done.
Nothing like a deadline to help move along the process!

I’m linking up with Bex today…go visit the rest of the Thursday Latelies gang!


26 Oct

Hi my friends!
How was your Wednesday?
Mine was pretty good.
Started off with a great Pure Barre class.
And I even dragged Natalie along.
Although, I have a strict rule…don’t look at her.
She giggles a lot.
And if I look at her in the middle of a tuck I will most likely burst into uncontrollable giggles.
No good.

My night will hopefully end with some Middle, Modern Family and Revenge.
If they’re new this week.
And if Revenge even comes on tonight.
In the age of the DVR my TV guide memorization isn’t as good as it used to be.

And because I have little exciting to share with you…besides the awesome pair of boots I found today (which I will share tomorrow during Thursday Latelies)…I’ll share with you the list of items that I need to purchase.

Mascara from Aveda named “Mosscara“.
Pioneer Woman recommended it forever ago and Esther is a fan of their hair products so I thought I’d try it.
Did you know its fragrance free?

Good for the tummy.

And instead of buying those items…I’ve blogged about buying them.
Which took 100 times longer.
Smart Leah…smart.

picnic at stanford

24 Oct

Sup my friends?
How was your weekend?

Saturday us girls ditched the husb and spent the day at Stanford.
Had ourselves a little picnic in the Oval Park.

Natalie enjoyed the grass.

We did a little America’s Next Top Model photo shoot.

Found a ginormous praying mantis.

And made some funny faces.

Stanford was playing UW on Saturday and also celebrating multiple years of reunions.
Campus was a lively place.
Fun stuff.
Except for the part where Natalie’s a Husky and UW ended up getting spanked.

But  a highlight of the day…totally getting paparazzied during our picnic!
A guy came up and asked if he could take our picture…he said he takes pictures of beautiful things for his website.
And I know…that sounds kind of creepy.
But it totally wasnt…he was very kind and didn’t come off as a creeper.
And guess what…we made the cut and actually made it on his site.
Kinda cool to have such a candid shot of us and on something other than an iphone.

Hope you all had a great weekend.
And cause I’ve been super lame about posting my menu plan…let me share a recipe we made for dinner tonight.
Courtesy of Pinterest.
Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes.


thursday latelies

20 Oct

Yay for Natalie being here!!
Going to be such a fun three weeks!
Here is a link to her ministry…Studio Del Creador!

Yay for haircuts and not looking like a ragamuffin.
If you’re ever in the Seattle/Mill Creek area and need a haircut…Celsius is a great salon.
Although, I looked for my hair dresser and don’t see her listed as a stylist any longer :(
She was awesome.
Last time I spoke with her she and her husband had just adopted a baby.
Maybe she quit and is spending a lot of time with her little.

And because I’ve really been lame at mentioning Bex the last, oh I dont know, six of so Thursday Latelies…here is her site!
Go and check out all the other lovely ladies and listen to what they are thankful for!

plight of an evening blogger

19 Oct

I’m fully aware that all you’ve been getting these days is Thursday Latelies videos.
This is a blog Leah…not a vlog!
Sorry friends.
I’ve been lazy.

I worked on a post last night but my laptop and wordpress was pissin me off big time.
Please excuse my language.
Husb said it was more than likely user error…which it probably was.
I became cranky quickly and gave up.
Maybe I shouldn’t watch the GOP debates so close to blogging.

They rile me up!
In both good and bad ways.
My poor husband.

In other news…I am still madly in love with my homemade chai mocha.

I even had a hot one today.
Pure bliss.

Last night I made lasagna soup for dinner.
I’ve told you before…but it deserves to be restated.
That’s some good stuff.

It’s best served at the table with a smokin hot husband!
Boogiddy Boogiddy Boogiddy, Amen
And incase you don’t know that reference…check this out.

And last…check out my lovely bouquet.
The flowers have since died…but those cute little pumpkin seed pods are going strong.
That has so far been the extent of my fall decor.
Although, soon I’ll have to trek down to Costco to purchase a load of candy.
We have a feeling we will be over run with tricker treaters for the first time in our married life.
Should be fun.

Okay…I’ll be back tomorrow with a Thursday Latelie.
Although, Im sure most of you wont read this until Thursday anyhow as I am not only a bad blogger but an evening blogger.

plans for a makeover

17 Oct

We celebrated our 6 year wedding anniversary weekend before last.
Wanna know my big request?
A vanilla coke from sonic.
For the record…I would like to point out how low maintenance that request is.
Yes, sonic is 40 mins away.
And it was the prelude to a day spent on the beach in Carmel.
And at the end of this month two friends will be visiting me for a spa retreat.
But still…that vanilla coke…I’m pretty sure that gets me major wife points.
Oh yeah…wives don’t get points.
We dole them out.
Shucks ;)

Moving on.
Look what came in the mail last week!

After much thought I finally ordered this chenille duvet cover from Linen Source.
Months ago, maybe even a year ago, Tasha and I were diggin through the antique stores in Snohomish when I came across a beautiful white chenille bed spread.
I left the poor thing in the store and haven’t been able to get it out of my mind.
I even looked for one at the Farm Chicks show with no luck.
Darby and Erika to the rescue!
Darby posted about her duvet cover and was even kind enough to link to the source.
I would go to the site, put it in my shopping basket and then close the window.
Then months later Erika posted about her beach vacation and included a picture of the very same chenille duvet.
I decided to finally pull the trigger.

So far…I’m glad I did.
I have a whole big plan for a master bedroom makeover.
Allow me to list my plans.

  • Sand and paint our bed (with the help of my sweet missionary/artist friend Natalie!)
  • paint my $2.50 metal bookcase (I’m going to use it as a dresser of sorts)
  • buy baskets for metal bookcase
  • beg husband to hang pictures
  • beg husband to hang mirror on back of closet door
  • find some curtains
  • beg husband to hang curtains
  • dye my white shabby chic comforter (this is still up in the air…its too big to fit in my washing machine so I’m not sure how to go about this)
  • buy a few cute pillows off etsy
  • organize closet (metal bookcase with help with this)
So there you have it friends.
My plan.
Bug me until I get it all done please.

its my prerogative…i can do what a wanna do…

13 Oct

Gaia Herbs is the brand of black elderberry syrup I use. I’ve seen other brands but this is the only one I’ve tried. I love it!
Have you tried Chobani yogurt? What did you think? I liked it.

I couldn’t find the inspiration picture for the wrap bracelet on the Chan Luu website.
Thankfully I still have it pinned ;)
So this was our inspiration

Here is the homemade version!

Not bad for a first attempt.
And in all honestly, I think it looks way better in person ;)
Go see Tasha for directions on how to make your own.


where i give you a recipe and talk about the weather

12 Oct
Some of you asked for my stew recipe…and I gotta give the people what they want.
Although, my stew recipe is really Jamie Oliver’s stew recipe.
So I guess he gives the people what they want.
I got it from his Food Revolution cookbook (looks like the cover has been updated but it seems to have the same recipes and same page numbers).
Which is a great cookbook by the way.
Although, I feel like its particularly a good fall foods cookbook.
Lots of roasts, stew like meals, pasta, etc.
Surprisingly it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I came to this conclusion.
I noticed it sitting on my kitchen shelf and thought to myself…I should make something out of that great cookbook…then quickly realized it was to damn hot to make most of my favorite recipes from it.
I never had this problem in Seattle.
You can pretty much turn your oven on any day of the year and not regret it.
I’m assuming, from my experience watching BBC programs, Jane Austin movies and Top Gear…that the British can also freely use the oven.
It seems to be a bit rainy there as well.
And now that we are on the topic of weather…cause obviously I’m a granny…I’d like to let you all know that I’m wearing my “happy camper” long sleeve thermal shirt AND  jean shorts.
Hello fall!
Basic Stew Recipe
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 carrots
  • Olive oil
  • 1 heaped tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 x 14-ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Then choose one of the following:
  • BEEF AND ALE (3 hours)
  • 3 fresh or dried bay leaves
  • 1 pound diced stewing beef
  • 2 cups brown ale, Guinness or stout  (I use Guinness or Newcastle)
  • PORK AND CIDER (2 1/2 hours)
  • 3 sprigs of fresh sage
  • 1 pound diced stewing pork, preferably free-range or organic
  • 2 cups medium-dry hard cider
  • CHICKEN AND WHITE WINE (1 1/2 hours)
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 pound diced, boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 cups white wine
  • LAMB AND RED WINE (2 1/2 hours)
  • 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 1 pound diced stewing lamb
  • 2 cups red wine

Cooking Directions

If using the oven to cook your stew, preheat it to 350°F. Trim the ends off your celery and roughly chop the stalks. Peel and roughly chop the onions. Peel the carrots, slice lengthways, and roughly chop. Put a Dutch oven on a medium heat. Put all the vegetables and your chosen herb into the pan with 2 lugs of olive oil and fry for 10 minutes. Add you meat and flour. Pour in the booze and canned tomatoes. Give it a good stir, then season with a teaspoon of sea salt (less if using table salt) and a few grinds of pepper. Bring to a boil, put the lid on, and either simmer slowly on your cooktop or cook in an oven for the times shown above. Remove the lid for the final half hour of simmering or cooking and add a splash of water if it looks a bit dry. When done, your meat should be tender and delicious. Remove any bay leaves or herb stalks before serving, and taste it to see if it needs a bit more salt and pepper.

I then follow his recipe for a hot-pot topping.

  • 1 1/4 pounds medium potatoes
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Olive oil or a pat of butter
  • A few sprigs of fresh thyme

Cooking Directions

Preheat your oven to 375°F. Fill a large baking dish with the fully cooked stew. Peel the potatoes and put them into a pan of boiling, salted water. Boil for 10 minutes. Drain them in a colander and put to one side for 5 minutes to cool slightly. Slice the potatoes lengthways into 1/4-inch-thick slices and lay these over the top of your stew. Drizzle with a little olive oil or melt the butter and brush this over the potatoes. Pick the thyme leaves off the stalks and sprinkle them over the potatoes with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook in the oven for 40 minutes.

Here you can find the recipe for a pastry lid, dumpling top, or mashed potato toppings.

why i love stew

11 Oct

I’m making stew for dinner tonight.
I grew up eating this dish.
My mom makes a mean stew served over rice.
Wanna know two other reasons I love it?
It’s easy.


And it hardly dirties any dishes.

Please excuse my kitchen’s wierd bathroom like tile.
I haven’t a clue what went through the mind of the guy who remodeled our little rental home.

Also, on account that I’m battling a cold and don’t feel like doing much I decided to finally bust out the Jane Eyre dvd Netflix sent me weeks ago.
Why did I wait so long?
It was so good!





thursday latelies

6 Oct


You guys have got to make this chai concentrate!
And then make this chocolate syrup.
It will take you an hour to make both…tops.
And then at the end of the hour you’ll have yourself a delicious beverage.
And enough concentrate and syrup to keep you going through the weekend.
A few quick tips: Bex is right about decreasing the sugar in the chocolate syrup recipe…I only used 1 cup sugar. I also added her suggested 1/4 teaspoon salt. Chocolate and salt are a heavenly combination.

Chai Mocha – one part chai concentrate, one part milk, tablespoon chocolate syrup (or to taste). Add ice or heat up depending on how your feeling. Always top with whip cream!
Of course you could always ditch the chocolate and just make yourself a chai latte.
Because you’ve just made some kick ass chai.
But really? Why would you do that?
Chai Mocha baby.
It’s all about the Chai Mocha.
Also, you better come back here and let me know how you liked it.
Have I been bossy enough?
Allow me to repent by recommending a sermon ;)

Luke 22:338 Jesus, Tough and Tender
And incase you missed my earlier blog post and have no idea what I’m talking about when I say machine gun preacher or enslaved children…go here to watch the trailer.

Did any of you watch it?


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