Wednesday, July 28, 2010


I am going to be out of touch for a week or so, but I wanted to share a taste of our bedroom makeover that I've been working on for several weeks. It's actually been finished for 3 weeks, but since it was a surprise for J upon his return to the Lou, I haven't blogged about it before now :)

Here are some before picture of the room...mostly mismatched furniture, no good place to stash laundry, virtually no place (besides our two closets) to store clothes, blank yellow was definitely in need of a makeover!

Enter this beauty. The start and inspiration to the room.
Thanks to my dear friend Ashlee, we were able to completely transform this room on a budget! You will have to excuse my look in this photo. I had just hauled this dresser from Value Village in the trunk of my Chrysler LHS and carried it up the stairs on a humid St. Louis summer night--thanks Ashlee for following me with your car and for helping me carry it in!

More details to follow, so stay with me!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Peaches and Cream

With the first full weekend that J has been back since even before our wedding, we decided to spend part of yesterday picking peaches at a local U-pick farm. One hay-rack ride and many minutes eating peaches fresh off the trees and occasionally filling our basket later, we had six pounds of peaches that we needed to consume over the next few days.

Enter the trusty Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook Bridal Edition (my old stand-by) and a recipe for peach cobbler. Currently, the kitchen smells delicious and we are anxiously awaiting the fruits of our labor (pun intended).

Peach Cobbler, taken from Better Home and Gardens New Cookbook

1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar, plus 1/2 to 2/3 cup of sugar for peach filling
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (New Cookbook calls it optional, I say it is necessity)
1/4 butter or margarine
5 cups unsweetened, peeled, sliced peaches
1 tablespoon corn starch
1 egg
1/4 cup milk

Kitchen Supplies:
2 quart glass baking dish
Small saucepan

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. First, mix dry ingredients for topping. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, 2 tablespoons of sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Cut in a half a stick of butter with either a pastry knife or in my case, two butter knives working together until mixture has a course crumb-like texture. Set aside.

Next, peel and slice your peaches. Some of our peaches were a little under-ripe, which is why we opted to use 2/3 of a cup of sugar when creating the filling. Add the sugar, 1/4 cup of water and cornstarch to a medium sauce pan. Heat over medium heat and stir occasionally until the peaches release their juices and the sauce begins to thicken. Once the mixture begins to bubble over the surface, it is ready to be placed in a 2 quart glass baking dish.

Meanwhile, mix 1/4 cup of milk and egg together in a small bowl--I used a large measuring cup that I had measured out the milk in to combine the ingredients so as to minimize the dishes I got dirty. Slowly combine with dry topping ingredients, stirring just until combined.

Pour peach filling in the bottom of baking dish and distribute six mounds of topping equally over the filling. The topping will slowly spread out to cover most, if not all, of the dish. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the topping is golden brown. In our oven that meant 24 minutes. Let cool.

Our peaches and cream cat, Woods, rested while we worked. That's okay though, because he can't eat our finished product, as much as he would probably like to...

And, the finished product, which we are sampling as soon as I finish this post.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

New name, new design...

I have a new name! Complete with a new photo ID (my California one that I've had since I got my driver's license is sadly no more), new debit card, new email address, the works! I still catch myself on occasion introducing myself by my maiden name (24 and a half years of introducing yourself one way is hard to overcome overnight!) but overall I'm excited to be a Mrs and have a new name!

I also decided that with a new name should come a new blog design. I thought this one in particular looked a little closer to the beautiful blog headers I oogle over constantly on my Google Reader. Only this one was free, part of some new designs Blogger offers. Got to love free upgrades!

Speaking of changes, I am contemplating a new hairstyle, perhaps long layers with side-swept bangs. I have some pretty gnarly cowlicks on my forehead, so while I would love to have big bangs, reminiscent of the most recent Angelina Jolie-Vanity Fair photo shoot, I know I could never get my hair to behave like that. My stylist could probably make it work the day I get it cut, but that's where the big bangs would end. I think sideswept bangs would work with, rather than against, what I've got.

What do you think? Like the new design? Think I should chop-chop-chop?