4.23.2014

Nod Tour Bus Comes to Bakersfield

Well, how special are we?  The Nod Tour Bus made a stop at our house yesterday.  What a fun afternoon, we were so flattered to have Nod in our home AGAIN.  Thank you Land of Nod for more fabulous memories.


We had lots of photo booth fun.


There was teepees and treats.  I made Lavender Lemonade (recipe coming soon), triangle shaped Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies, and served all the kid favorites. 


And there was, of course, lots of Nod fun and games and tours of Riley and the girl's new bedroom.  thanks to all my bakersfield friends for coming up.  I appreciate your love and support.  

4.17.2014

Geometric Himmeli Heart Tutorial


Best day ever!  I am so lucky to get to share this geometric himmeli heart tutorial on my favorite blog - Vintage Revivals.  You guys, if you don't know Mandi, you are missing out.  She is so incredibly creative, resourceful and thrifty.  Everything she makes is one of a kind and unique.  Every time she puts a room together, I'm blown away.  She recently revealed her niece Macie's new Boho bedroom, and one of these fun geometric hearts sits on the cute shelves.  I hope you head over there today to check out the full tutorial.  

4.16.2014

White Grape Ginger Mocktail

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Oh my, Napa Valley is treating us really well.  The weather is perfect and we are enjoying long bike rides through the vineyard back roads.  I'm trying to use this Spring Break to help me get in shape.  When you are surrounded by beautiful scenery, going for a run or a bike ride is totally a treat.  And to cool off afterwards, we're enjoying guilt free refreshment with the TEN line of sodas (7-UP TEN, A&W TEN, Sunkist TEN and Canada Dry TEN).  


Inspired by our surroundings, I've come up with a refreshing mocktail.  This White Grape Ginger Mocktail is crisp and just slightly sweet.  It really tastes like your enjoying an indulgent treat.  But, when made with Canada Dry TEN, it's full on flavor with only 10 calories.


White Grape Ginger Mocktail
Canada Dry TEN
white grape juice
frozen green grapes
fresh ginger root, peeled and sliced thin
ice

In a glass, drop a few frozen grapes. and then fill the glass with ice.  Fill the glass 1/3 full of white grape juice and then top off with Canada Dry TEN.  Skewer the ginger through a tooth pick and sit it in the drink. 


When you've finished this thirst quenching drink, a little surprise waits for you at the bottom.  Frozen grapes make a great cool sweet treat.


Head to Walmart to find all these great TEN products.  And right now you can save with this coupon (offer available while supplies last 3/24-4/17).  For more about these great ten calorie products, check them out on facebook and twitter.  

4.14.2014

Coral and Kelly Green Home Office Inspiration

I'm really excited to share my next big project with you.  I get a do a total room makeover of a home office.  My client is giving me total creative freedom in the space (let's hope she doesn't regret this).  She wants a clean, modern, and organized space.  I'm hoping that this fun coral and kelly green color combo is going to bring energy to the space.  There will be a lot of white in the room, so I think the pops of color will really stand out.  I'm adding a lot of graphic black and whites as well to create contrast and pattern.

So, here's where I'm heading with the room.  I'm hunting in all my favorite thrift stores and searching Craiglist for unique pieces that I can give a little DIY love to.  I'm hoping for a great mix of old and new.


We're currently camping in Napa Valley this week, it's our Spring Break.  I'm dealing with some very spotty Wifi.  If you'd like to know more about the sources for these items, just let me know.  I'd be happy to share.  And a lot of the inspiration sources can be found on this pinterest board.  

4.11.2014

Friday's Fabulous Five - Carrots

Who knew carrots could be so dang cute?  Friday's Fabulous Five this week features the Easter Bunny's favorite treat.  Maybe I love those because I am a carrot top myself, but I think these are some really great ideas.  





I've got a few more carrot ideas to come.  I hope you have a great weekend.  Since this week's posts didn't all get up on time, I'll be posting some this weekend.  See you soon.  

4.09.2014

Carrot Straws

I'm might be on one of my kicks.  Why not carrots?  In a cake, they're pretty great. And they are packed with vitamin A.  Olivia is on a juice kick lately.  She's never been good about drinking milk and I'm trying to give her options she'll love and I don't feel bad about giving her.  Carrot juice for the win!!!!  And to make it even more appealing, why not serve it with cut carrot straws.


Simple cut a 1 1/2" x 2" piece of green paper.  Using scissor or fancy fringing scissors, cut 3/4s of the way up the piece of paper.  Curl up the ends of the fringed paper. Apply a little double stick tape and wrap the "leaves" around the top of the "carrot" leaving an inch at the top for sipping.


Here's to healthy, less-sugary drinking!


P.S. I officially give up on shooting on a white background.  Blahhh, I hate it.  If you have any great tips or a come across any fabulous tutorials, I'd love your help.

4.07.2014

Carrot Patch Cake


What a great weekend.  We headed to LA on Saturday for the Oh Joy for The Land of Nod launch party (which was a blast) and then on to San Diego to spend the rest of the weekend with my brother and his family.


Easter will be here in no time.  This cake is a must every Spring for our family.  This is my mother in laws amazing carrot cake recipe.  It's super moist and packed with yummy stuff like coconut, pineapple and pecans.  It can simply be baked in a 9X13" pan, it makes great cupcakes, or make a tall 3 layered version like this one.  I wanted to do something fun to decorate this cake, so I decided to use my carrot sugar cookies to make a little carrot patch.


Carrot Cake
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil

2 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups grated carrot
1 can crushed pineapple (drained)
2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
1 cup chopped pecans

Mix together well the first 3 ingredients.  Then add the remaining ingredients and mix for about 1 minute.  Prepare baking pans by coating with oil.  Bake in a 350F oven for about an hour for a 9x13, a little less for 8" rounds and about 25 mins for cupcakes.  Cake is done if inserted toothpick comes out clean and cake bounces back to touch.


Cream Cheese Frosting
1 8oz. package of cream cheese
1 cup butter (room temp.)
1 bag of icing sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
a little milk (if necessary)

Beat cheese and butter together until smooth.  Add the icing sugar and beat until smooth and creamy.  If the frosting is too stiff add 1 tsp. of milk at a time.

To make the "green grass", place 1 cup of shredded coconut in a large ziploc bag.  Add a couple drops of green food coloring and shake the bag until all the coconut to colored green.

I piped my carrot sugar cookies with colored buttercream.  I simply inserted a knife into the cake where I wanted the carrot cookies and then pushed the cookies in part way.


And I know you'll ask, the cake stand is from Minted.  And yes, it's gorgeous!!!!