Archive | September, 2011

Rin Tin Tile

29 Sep

There is something about a well-decorated ceiling that has always captivated me. On my 5th Grade trip to Washington D.C., I remember snapping an entire roll of film when we were touring The Capitol Building. The famous fresco-painted ceiling was the most beautiful thing my 10-year-old eyes had ever seen and I didn’t want to forget a centimeter of it. I had a similar experience a few years ago in Spain. My dear friend, Lisa, and I were walking through La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and I was truly awed by the way the light played on the arched walls, through the beautiful stained glass. My digital camera’s memory was quickly filled with pictures of the ceiling, because, again, I couldn’t bear the thought of forgetting one inch.

A week or so ago, Chris and I were having dinner at a local pub, Mortimer’s, which has great sandwiches, beer, and wine. I couldn’t stop looking up at the ceiling, despite the wonderful company, delicious wine and scrumptious ham and cheese panini. It was just too pretty!

An artfully decorated ceiling just gives a room a different air. Michelangelo knew it when he painted the Sistine Chapel. Ceiling frescos have been around for centuries, and tile has also seemed to make its own place in historical homes and buildings. To me, it just seems more like art than décor. A well-tiled ceiling brings back a certain nostalgia of a different time, and can even give a room an Old World kind of feel.

Since then, I have done a little daydreaming about someday tiling a ceiling in my home. I came across , which has most definitely lived up to its name. The tiles they advertise are beautiful and some have a etheral quality that would certainly step any room up to the next level. Unfortunately, they are way out of my budget, but a girl can dream, right?

Here are 3 of my favorites, and pictures of the ceilings mentioned in this post. The Capitol and Mortimer’s pictures were borrowed from and, respectively. The picture of La Sagrada Familia is mine.

Quick! Someone Call Buffy!!!!

28 Sep



Forget about the Hollywood Poker Ring. It’s about to get upstaged by the unearthing of something even more salacious. Yep. Start stocking up on garlic, silver bullets and twinkies now folks. Recent pictures have shown irrefutable evidence that Hollywood has secretly been hiding another animal alltogether for years now. Ladies and Gentlemen, get ready for the exposure of the Hollywood UnDead Ring!

Nicholas Cage and John Travolta have recently been exposed.

Former Buffys Sara Michelle Gellar and Kristy Swanson are teaming up to bring justice to Hollywood! Rounding out the trio, none other than Queen Latifah. Her resume doesn’t include slaying vampires but they wanted her to help for her reputation as a badass in general.

Donald's Angels

Together, they form Donald’s Angels! Yep, Donald Sutherland is the mentor and brains of this operation.

Sources also say that due to the type of attack we think may be planned, government forces have also been enlisted. Suspicions are heavy that the Capitol has already been infiltrated, so it seems the best plan of attack would be to have defenders here as well.

Other agents:
The Zombieland Crew. Jesse, Emma, Woody and Abigail are back with a vengeance! Stock up on your twinkies now.
Bill Murray. Double Agent: Ghostbuster and Zombie Impersonator.
Christopher Walkin. I’d sure want him on my side anyway.
Al Pacino. The Godfather knows how to make offers they can’t refuse.
Christian Bale. BATMAN!!!!
Johnny Depp. Can’t cheat Captain Jack Sparrow. Savvy?
Daniel Radcliff. The Boy Who Lived.
Kate Winslet. She’s Superwoman!
Uma Thurman. Kill Bill 3, kids.

No new evidence has been found yet, but suspects include: PeeWee Herman, Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst, Amber Heard, Brad Pitt, David Arquette, Ralph Fiennes, everyone on True Blood, half the cast of Twilight, and Nancy Grace.

Pumpkin Cupcakes

27 Sep

So I’ve mentioned Pinterest a lot lately – I kind of love it.  It’s such a guilty pleasure.  Pinning places that I want to visit, things I could never afford for my imaginary home, and clothes that cost more than my rent each month is highly enjoyable.  I also love the fact that the site has lots of DIY ideas for things around the house and innovative recipes!  I came across one a month ago for pumpkin cupcakes.  It’s extremely simple, just two ingredients.  A box of yellow cake mix and an 8 oz. can of pumpkin pie mix, combined in a large mixing bowl and beaten for a few minutes until fluffy.  Go-GO KitchenAid Mixer, whipped these up in no time!  I used storebought vanilla frosting for them, but they would also be great with cream cheese frosting.  Also used Halloween cupcake wrappers to make them more festive!  YUM!

Table Talk

25 Sep


The kitchen is said to be the heart of the house, as this seems to be where the most traffic is. Meals are prepared, families gather to talk about events of the day, pets gravitate towards this room when they are hungry and in need of social interaction. Some of the best conversations I’ve had with my mom have been while sitting at the oak table that has seen my sisters and me grow up.

I’ve been on a table kick lately.  My week has been slammed and I haven’t had a chance to finish my sewing table project, but I did come across this pretty vintage cast aluminum table on Pinterest that I love.  I don’t know if I’d paint it periwinkle, though.  I’d probably stick with something neutral since I am already painting the sewing table this same color!  I love the detail in this table though, and how beautifully simple it is.  This would be an eye-catching addition to any kitchen or patio, regardless of what color paint was used.  The plan now is to scour the local antique stores in search of something similar, since I already have the glass and have wanted to find a cool base to go with it!

That’s all for now… time to get ready for Chris’ family reunion!

S’mores and Chocolate

21 Sep

Pinterest has some of the most creative, delicious recipes that I’ve ever seen. One of these is a French twist on an American Classic… s’more croissants!  I have some in the oven right now.

Picture taken from Northern Cottage

To see the recipe on Northern Cottage, click here.

And now for the more serious portion of this particular post. S’mores are part of a camping memory that many Americans cherish from their childhood. Every day, children in Africa are sold into slavery on the Ivory Coast to farm cocoa beans. Humanitarians and activists have been after the major chocolate companies to reduce the heinous practices that go into farming the cocoa bean, but it hasn’t been wiped out completely. Do your part to stop this, buy certified Fairtrade or Organic chocolate!

You can read more about the S’mores Campaign and child slavery on these sites:

CNN Freedom Projects

Stop Chocolate Slavery

Over The Weekend…

19 Sep

… It got COOOLD in Charlotte! Stews were brewed, fires built, sweaters worn, and mugs of warm liquids became endearing again.

A while ago, I mentioned finding a sewing machine and table that needed some love.  This is how my Sunday was devoted, as I slaved away.  It was extremely time-consuming, and I didn’t get it all finished in one day. More work will go into it this week… pictures of the finished product coming soon!

Picture of my “work station”:

Also, in between paint coats, I started reading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. I am not very far into it yet (as you can see by my tracker on Goodreads!), but am loving it so far. The movie was great. How could it be bad when the cast includes John Cusack, Kevin Spacey, Jude Law, and most importantly (honey) The Lady Chablis?  It’s a great story, and I’m looking forward to reading it.

Foodie Friday

16 Sep


Chris and I both LOVE PF Chang’s chicken lettuce wraps.  They are amazing, and anytime we order them, they are gone pretty quickly.  Since this is something that is relatively easy to make, I decided to try to make a healthier version at home by cutting out the noodles and doubling up on the veggies.

This week I made some lettuce wraps for dinner for Chris, Brad, and their friend Clark.  They were gone pretty quickly!



1/2 head of lettuce

1 lb lean ground turkey

1 T. toasted sesame see oil

1 package broccoli slaw

16-20 oz. frozen stirfry veggies without sauce

1 cup roasted, unsalted peanuts

6 oz. House of Tsang Bankok Padang Peanut Sauce


1. Heat the oil in a large skillet on medium high heat.  Add turkey and let cook until brown.

2. Add vegetables.  Cover skillet and reduce heat to low.  The veggies are done when slightly limp.

3. Add peanuts and sauce.  Stir and let simmmer for a few minutes so the flavors can mix.


Serve on lettuce leaf, folded like a taco and enjoy! Refrigerates well.   This is also good on steamed rice.