Friday, September 30, 2011

Menu for the week

Tuscan soup with garbanzo and kale/Salad
Gemelli with a tomato and cream sauce/Salad
Croque monsieur/Salad
Pork Loin/Roasted vegetables/Rice

Breakdown:

Aldi $16
Kroger $25
Costco $10
GW of GA $13

How did October sneak up on us? All of the sudden all I can think of is going apple picking and fall festivals. The weather is wonderful!

This weekend will be a busy one. Dinner with friends on Friday, 2 festivals on Saturday (including an  Oktoberfest celebration with new friends) and on Sunday, I am hoping to do a lot of cooking for the week and catch up with some of the sewing that has been gathering dust in my sewing room.

I hope you have good weather wherever you are!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Deck makeover - The reveal

I know you are dying to see the reveal of our much improved deck... so here it is:

We decided to paint the rails in white, it turned out to be easier and I love the way it looks
We added planters with flowers and lattice:
Looks better don't you think?
We'll be doing lots of eating out now that the weather is starting to get nicer around here...
See before pictures here.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Pictures from the weekend - Two day Walk for Breast Cancer Walk Edition

Very emotional, tiring, exciting, fun weekend... Did I mention tiring? Here are some pictures:

We started our day right after breakfast with a little stretching. Then the survivors (which included 2 of our friends) got to lead us as we started our walk (appropriately to the song "Survivor" by Destiny's Child)... Very emotional yet exhilarating... Cheers and honks everywhere... encouragement at every turn
Our motor crew not only kept us safe but also entertained... They were awesome...
The long walks were made easier by talking to old and new friends
They kept us well fed and hydrated at every {b}rest stop, get it?
Lunch at the Governor's mansion lawn was awesome, I even got to shake hands with our state's first lady
At the end I got the best welcome of all... Happy kids excited to see their mama...
I am honored to have walked with and on behalf of so many wonderful ladies. This is an experience I will not soon forget. 
I hope you enjoyed your weekend too
Now, how am I supposed to carry on with my daily activities with out having people cheering me on every step of the way? I am going to start demanding that from my kids... Every mom deserves that!

PS: I got tons of pictures from Atlanta that I want to share with you. Our walk took us through some of the little gems this city has to offer. Coming soon...

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Icelandic Horses

I have compiled a few pictures of Icelandic horses for your viewing pleasure. They sure such beauties...




Of course, here are some facts about the Icelandic horse:

It is a breed developed in Iceland. Although the horses are small, at times pony-sized, most registries in Iceland refer to them as horses.

They are a long-lived and hardy breed. They reach maturity in their twenties.

These horses tend to not be easily spooked, probably the result of not having any natural predators in their native Iceland.

Icelandic horses tend to be friendly, docile and easy to handle, although also enthusiastic and self-assured.

Some are used for slaughter but mostly for competition and leisure riding.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Menu for the week

Carrot, ginger and coconut soup/Salad - Recipe from here
BLT sandwiches/Roasted veggies
Ravioli with herb sauce/salad

Breakdown:

Aldi $21
Costco $30
Kroger $25

Wish me luck friends... This is the weekend for the 2 Day Walk for Breast Cancer. I will be walking with 3 dear friends and I can't wait to experience it all. In the meantime, I will leave you with a little video the husband made from the fundraiser we did back in August. He did such a good job putting it all together. I hope you like it...

See you all soon

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The boy and the beluga whales

I have to share this quick video...

I really have to learn how to make an animated GIF... They are so cool

I hope you like it...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

All you need is...


And a few other things to embellish a top...

Sometimes, I swear, I will never shop in Old Navy or H&M. Yes, the clothes are reasonably price but the quality is so bad... Take this black top for example:


I wore it once and this is what I get

So I decided to fix it, the cheap way, of course... I drew my inspiration from this picture...

OK, so are you ready to see what I did? It's easy, I promise.

Gather your materials:
  • Long pieces of knit fabric. Knit works great here because it gives your clothes a nice, raw edge without fraying (you can use an old t-shit or ribbed knit available at a fabric store)
  • Scissors or a rotary cuter
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine, thread
Instructions:

With your scissors or rotary cuter cut the knit fabric as even as possible (the width will depend on your taste).
Play with your long strips of knit fabric until you get the writing you want (make sure the holes are covered by the strips of fabric).
Use pins to secure it in place.

Free sew with your sewing machine - go slow and steady.
Iron and wear.
Be ready to answer all the questions from your friends "where did you get that top?"

See my other attempts to save t-shirts here and here

Monday, September 19, 2011

Pretty headband

Me likey... A lot...

See other rosettes prettiness here.
See how to make rosettes here and go make some...

Friday, September 16, 2011

Menu for the week

Pasta puttanesca/Salad
Grilled chicken breast/Pan roasted veggies/Polenta
Italian wedding soup/Crusty bread
Curried chicken salad sandwiches/Orzo salad

Breakdown:

Aldi $12
Kroger $10
Costco $40
Super H $15

So excited about this weekend: we are taking a little trip to the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum Center to see Madeline Albright's "Read my Pins" exhibition... Love her!

Afterwards we will take a walk to one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city and have a light lunch at a favorite spot... Maybe even a stop at the Atlanta Arts Festival. Can't wait...

Have a fantastic weekend ya'll... See you back on Monday

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Pictures from the weekend

Some pictures from our Saturday morning hike at the Tallulah Gorge State Park




We spotted some beautiful and spooky things along the way

Once we found a great spot we stopped for a picnic lunch
So yummy
On our way back home we stopped at the Jaemor Farms for some ice cream and looking around


What I will remember about our outing...

  • How beautiful the weather was... We must do this more often...
  • How my kids are more resilient than I give them credit for... The steps to get to the waterfall floor were tough. They did it {almost} without complaining.
  • Our picnic lunch was delicious... We sneaked in some wine, it was like having a picnic in Europe.
  • Our picnic adventure got us thinking of all of favorite places we had had picnics before {underneath the Eiffel tower in Paris, Parque de Maria Luisa in Seville, Hellbrunn Castle in Salzburg, Central Park in NYC} we concluded picnics are the best when enjoyed with friends.
  • Jaemor Farms have the best homemade peach ice cream. The strawberry one wasn't too bad either.
  • Must buy more fruits and veggies from Jaemor Farms. The produce looked amazing and the prices were reasonable.
  • How we spent a nice family day without spending a lot of money.

I hope you had a lovely weekend too...