4.28.2009

Weekend Shopping Mini-Spree

My boss gave me some gift checks last week to our local mall and I used them this weekend on products to pamper myself with. The whole time I was buying stuff I was thinking, "What am I doing? I shouldn't be spending this money this weekend--this weekend is not an extra money weekend. I should just wait until next weekend." And then I'd remind myself that I was not spending a penny of my own money (except $3 of cash in my wallet) and I'd stop scolding myself. My haul? Here it is:

Nike Yoga Block. I'm can't quite reach the floor.


Aveda Pure Abundance hair potion. Love this stuff. When I sprinkle in onto my hair I feel a cold, trickling sensation. I imagine that's what it feels like for Harry Potter to be Disillusioned in The Order of the Pheonix.


Rosemary Mint body bar. I'm constantly looking for something to soothe my skin and keep it from itching. I have very sensitive skin. So far, this is working and it's a great, relaxing smell that helps get me in the mood for sleeping


Aveda Calming Body Wash. Another attempt on top of the Rosemary Mint body bar to curb my itching and soothe my skin. So far, also working. Also, great nighttime smell.


I also bought a new shirt from Express and it's HUGE. I hate dressing rooms so I always just guess. I guessed wrong this time. I look like a circus tent in it--must trade it in tomorrow for a smaller size.

Other than that I spent my weekend painting my new paintings seen two posts below and for sale in my shop. And I played a lot of Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise on the Xbox 360. All in all, a great weekend.

4.15.2009

Want This! LDS Temple Letterpress Print!






Letterpress print of the Salt Lake City LDS temple. Absolutely gorgeous!! It was done by Utah web designer and artist Cameron Moll.

He's currently accepting orders for signed ($100) and unsigned ($75) 16 x 24 prints. He'll be offering 11 x 14 giclee prints pretty soon (at least he's talking about it)! To purchase, click here to go to his Big Cartel shop page. I'm gonna be buying one.

And then I'm going to buy this (probably in a blue color) with our wedding date (June 1, 2006):

Cross My Heart from Nella Designs on Etsy


And I'm going to hang them together.

4.13.2009

Why Yes, I Can Be Bought For $1

Today when I checked the mail, this is what I got:



It was a survey from J.D. Power and Associates about our new Mini Cooper S. And for my participation, they sent me a dollar.



And it's the flattest dollar bill I've ever seen. So I'll probably fill out that survey and send it back to them.

4.11.2009

Recipe: Krispy Kreme Doughnut Bread Pudding

Tomorrow I'm in charge of dessert for our Easter family dinner and I'm making Krispy Kreme Doughnut Bread Pudding. It's to die for. In case anyone wants to try it (you should!) here's the recipe. I got it from the books To Die For and Drop Dead Gorgeous by Linda Howard (I'm a sucker for murder mystery/romance novels):



KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUT BREAD PUDDING

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Ingredients:
- 2 dozen Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts, torn into little chunks. (You can also use 2 dozen glazed crullers if you want a heavier texture.)
- 3 eggs, beaten.
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk.
- Vanilla flavoring to taste (I use 1 tsp).
- 1/2 stick melted butter.
- Cinnamon to taste. Takes more than you think. Just add until you think it tastes right.
- Can of fruit cocktail OR milk

Instructions:
Combine the eggs, condensed milk, vanilla, melted butter, and cinnamon (like I said, add until you like the taste).

Pour over doughnut chunks and stir (I use my Kitchen Aid. This can be hard on your arms and shoulders.)

At this point it's going to look really dry so you can either add a can of fruit cocktail like I do (it really cuts the sweetness) or, if that freaks you out, add milk while stirring until you have a lumpy cake batter consistency.

You don't need milk if you add the fruit cocktail--it's the perfect amount of liquid.

Now you can add 1 cup of chopped pecans if you'd like. Or not. Depends on your preference. It's great both ways. The pecans again cut down on the sweetness.

Now you can add 1 tsp of nutmeg if you want to. I've found I prefer it without.

Pour this into a 13 x 9 glass pan and cook for 30 minutes. Test with a toothpick to see if it's done. If not, give it a couple more minutes.

Take it out and let it cool. You can eat it this way or you can add a glaze.

SIMPLE SUGAR GLAZE - this is the glaze I use

Ingredients:
- 2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 3 to 4 tablespoons milk or water

Instructions:
Mix together and beat until it becomes smooth and pourable. Pour over bread pudding. You can make more if you need to.

BUTTERMILK GLAZE

Ingredients:
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 tsp soda
- 1 1/2 tsps cornstarch
- 1/4 cup margarine
- 1 1/2 tsps vanilla

Instructions:
Combine first five ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and cool slightly. Add the vanilla. Pour over pudding.

4.10.2009

All You Can Eat Sushi

Tonight Jeremy and I went out to an all you can eat sushi bar. Jeremy really likes sushi.

Then we went and got me a hamburger.

I don't mind the taste, but the bites are huge and trigger my gag reflex. Sushi doesn't lend itself to being eaten in two bites--it falls apart--so I have trouble with it.

Last night I was talking to Jeremy and asked him, "So, what are we doing for our anniversary this year?" (June 1st) He said he didn't know and so I informed him that as the husband he was responsible for all romantic getaways to sweep me off my feet (though I also informed him that I don't want a romantic "getaway" because I'd rather go to Disneyland in September but he was still responsible for a romantic "something"). So he said, "We should get couples massages again, go out to a nice dinner. I'll get you some flowers."

End of sentence. What about my present?! So I said, "Honey, if you do not buy me anniversary presents, you will be smacked every year on the same day." He realizes this and said he was already planning on getting me a present he just didn't know what yet. So, here are a couple of ideas.

Rockwell Stud Earrings by the beside (because they're awesome)


The Modern Rock by Metalicious (because I've loved this ring for a long time now)


Diamonds in the Rough Wrapped Ring by Kate Szabone (Just found this today--Love ALL of her stuff!)


Morchella in Black by Morelle (because I love Morelle and because the 3rd anniversary is traditionally leather)


But just so you know honey, I'd rather have something sparkly.

Now, a fun Meme that I found on Geninne's Art Blog.

Yourself: Shy
Your partner: Scientist
Your hair: Stupid
Your Mother: Friend
Your Father: Intelligent
Your Favorite Item: Couch
Your dream last night: Etsy
Your Favorite Drink: Coke
Your Dream Car: Cobra
Your Dream Home: Uncluttered
The Room You Are In: Office
Your fear: Alone
Where you Want to be in Ten Years? Successful
Who you hung out with last night: Jeremy
What You're Not: Talkative
Muffins: Pumpkin
One of Your Wish List Items: Painting
The Last Thing You Did: Lunch
What You Are Wearing: Skirt
Your favorite weather: Sunny
Your Favorite Book: Harry Potter
Last thing you ate: Sandwich
Your Life: Busy
Your mood: Happy
Your Best Friend: Fun
What are you thinking about right now: Dinner
Your car: White
What are you doing at the moment: Blogging
Your summer: Working
Relationship status: Married
What is on your tv: Nothing
What is the weather like: Cool
When is the last time you laughed: Yesterday

4.06.2009

I Can't Believe You Don't Remember the "Shallow Bowls"

I'm the featured seller today at Such Cool Stuff! I did a full-blown interview for the feature so please go and check out! I talk about how I got started, my favorite thing to do when I have a day to myself, what I wanted to be when I was younger (semi-spoiler: beef jerky taster), and other stuff! It was really fun to do, so many thanks to Fresh Peaches over at Such Cool Stuff!

My Ocean Tide painting set is also included in another treasury today! This one seems to be a hit so far. Two treasuries in the few days that it's been available. Now if it would sell. :)



Please click here to go and see it. Commenting on it and clicking through the images will help it make it to the front page so if you have time to do that, you'd be my hero!

Moving on. Last weekend my husband and I made a trip to Ikea to buy the shelves we were using in our kitchen remodel (pictures will be up soon--just have to finish the last painting). It was an adventure. We recently started leasing a Mini Cooper S after our beloved Cobra Mustang convertible was totaled. If you've ever ridden in one, you know they're relatively short. Actually, if you've ever seen one you know they're relatively short. So getting the shelves home was definitely going to be a tight squeeze. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

As we left I said to Jeremy, "We should probably get some gas. We've only got 18 miles left on the tank and it's 28 to Ikea."

Jeremy said, "Once we get on the freeway it'll shoot up."

30 nerve-wracking minutes later we're within sight of Ikea, but we still have about 3 miles left because we're on the side of a mountain overlooking the valley (which is the only reason Ikea is in sight). Our gas tank says we have one mile left.

Cue me saying, "If we run out of gas, I am SO not walking with you to the gas station. You're on your own, buddy. I warned you when we left."

Luckily we could coast all the way down to Ikea where the gas station that Jeremy wanted to get gas was ($0.08 cheaper--so not worth the stress in my opinion). So we got there safely without having to hoof it at all.

Once in there we get to the shelves, write down where they're located, pick up a few other things (baskets for the shelves, one of those 3' shoe horns for my grandfather--his delight once he received it is a whole other story which will be told later, etc...). On our list was also some white plates. When we reached the area with the white plates Jeremy was ecstatic about some pasta bowls. I told him under no circumstances was I buying those for him because we used to have those and he made us throw them out to buy some "real bowls" (which is why we have cute Anthropologie bowls mixed with our dark blue Target dishware and which is why we were buying plain white dishes to go with our cute Anthropologie bowls).

Jeremy's stupid "shallow bowls"


Our current cute Anthropologie bowls

He didn't remember the "useless shallow bowls" (as he used to call them) and that began a 20 minute "I can't believe you don't remember the 'shallow bowls' Jeremy! You hated the 'shallow bowls!'"/"Were you dreaming, Sara?" bickering session. For over a year I listened to "I hate these bowls--they're too shallow to hold anything" and so I threw them out for him and have had mismatched dishes ever since--that is how much I love him. And now he wants them back! Uh-huh! He was laughing at me the whole time because I was so frustrated and he was sure that I had dreamed about the shallow bowls (Then why do we have bowls that don't match our dishes, honey? Hmm? Not dreaming!) and I was getting frustrated because he couldn't remember what seemed to be the bane of his existence for our whole first year of marriage.

In the end, we left without any dishes because we decided they weren't necessary.

Then Jeremy was leaning on the "cart" and I turned around and slammed right into it with my right shin and let out a few (several) choice expletives (it didn't budge because Jeremy was leaning on it so the blow was that much harder). One week later the bruise is almost worse and it still burns like hell-fire to touch it. (Then my right hand got slammed in the car door and then I dropped a chair on my right foot--my whole right side is one big hell-fire bruise. Oddly they don't feel like bruises at all; they feel like I'm putting a match out on myself every time one of them gets bumped.)

Then we get to the checkout and we look at each other and think, "Hmm...is our Mini even this long?" So Jeremy goes out and measures it. It'll be barely long enough if I sit behind him so they can go into the front seat and we stack them all on top of each other. So that's what we do. And the Mini becomes the Mighty Mini with 1,000 blind spots.

Once we made it home I was so exhausted I crashed on the couch and slept right through Jeremy's drill putting together the shelves. Now our kitchen is beautiful. Pictures will be posted later this week.

And I did get my magnetic knife strip! And bought two extras because they were so cheap in case I had somewhere to use them. I didn't, so I gave one to my grandparents. My grandpa was as excited about that as he was about the 3' shoe horn (which he could use to hook his shoes and bring them closer, wrangle in grandchildren that got away, scratch his back, put lotion on his back, etc...).