March 26, 2015

Nail polish favors

Red mani/pedi brought to you in a mini Essie bottle...what's a girl not to love??!!

dress to kilt essie nail polish favors

Michael's makes it so hard to pick just one kind of paper:

nail polish favor tags

Cutout session.  This is a good time to catch up on General Hospital.  Thank goodness for DVR:


I'm a sucker for hearts!

heart tags

I tried out 3 different ribbons:

nail polish favor supplies

but favored the simple, natural look of my cooking twine!


Pretty cute, wouldn't you say??!!

March 24, 2015

Flan gone wrong

Flan flop or flan fail means to utterly suck at making flan.  Here are some examples:

Exhibit A - Lopsided flan.   

lopsided flan

Exhibit B - Over-steamed, air bubbly flan:

Over-steamed, air bubbly flan

Exhibit C - Pile-o-mess flan

pile-o-mess flan

But...after some burnt sugar and a couple dozen eggs later, oh and maybe loosing some sense of reality for two weeks, I finally made not thee perfect but comes close to what I envisioned my type of flan should look and taste like...silky, creamy, and custardy:


Thank you to Globe Express for graciously being my tasting panel.

March 22, 2015

This week in pictures | Mar 16-22, 2015

Typical morning:

spilt milk

The kids are pretty lucky that their room faces east:


For St. Patrick's Day I made Irish soda bread (for the first time!):

Irish soda bread

to go along side my Shepherd's pie:

Sheperd's pie

Portia's class went on a field trip to a dental office.  She said it was really scary:


Open House:


Catching the sun:


I loved studying about Native Americans in school and so happy Truman is too:


My crock pot dish of the week...Sticky Chicken Wings (I used legs and thighs).  Damn Delicious is one of my favorite food blogs.  I LOVE her recipes and her pictures:

Damn Delicious Sticky Chicken Wings

I'm still trying to convince Truman to play on a soccer team:


I think he'd be really good!


I had a giant cup of Yogurtland for dessert after I had a giant helping of sushi:


Bike riding through Downtown, L.A.:

Downtown, L.A. along Spring Street

The kids first time in Grand Park:

Grand Park and City Hall in downtown, L.A.

Their playground is REALLY neat!

Grand Park Playground

Grand Park Playground

They fought me all day about not wanting to wear helmets:

Grand Park

Dim sum with my family in Chinatown.  My dad does a lot of hand gestures when he's discussing something:

dim sum at empress pavilion

or trying to make a point:

dim sum at empress pavilion

Most of the time he's right:

dim sum at empress pavilion

Felix has hands just like him:


Boba...


Licious!


A garage more stuffed than ours:


Anna has a spectacular view of Chinatown:

Chinatown at night

We had a great time in the city but I was ready to come home to David and the suburbs.

Hope you had a happy weekend!

March 19, 2015

diy heart cork coasters

I love anything that's custom-made or personalized.  It always feels special in a "had you in mind" kind of way.  For Bianca's bridal shower I made some personalized cork coasters in place of traditional place cards.  This was an easy DIY project which only took a little over an hour:

diy painted heart cork coasters

Ikea sells a 4/pack of cork coasters for $1.00! And I borrowed a heart stencil from a teacher at Portia's preschool.  I know, I know.  How does a mother of 3 not have a heart stencil or cookie cutter??

ikea avskild cork coasters

White crayons do come in handy:

diy cork coasters

I found paint in the garage from when we painted our house.  Open windows and wear a mask. Toxic!

diy heart cork coasters

Dry...and start making cookies.  WHAT??!!

diy heart cork coasters

The Sharpie paint pen is awesome!

diy personalized cork coasters

SEE...cookies!! I was also bringing Mexican wedding cookies to the bridal shower:

diy personalized painted heart cork coasters

Coasters was not a difficult craft to take on but multi-tasking along side confectioners sugar was!

March 15, 2015

This week in pictures | Mar 9-15, 2015

We eat chicken at least 3x a week:

garlic roast chicken with thyme and tomatoes

This recipe is from Jessica Seinfeld's doitdelicious.com.  I LOVE her!!

Jessica Seinfeld garlic roast chicken with thyme and tomatoes

Truman has a new gadget:

palatal expandor instructions

Presley made the honor roll list again.  We are so proud of him!


At his teacher/parent conference, his teacher said she wished there were more "Presley's in the world".


David took me to lunch.  I love Tuesdays and Thursdays when all the kids are in school at the same time:

Daphnes chicken shawarma sandwich

Kandinsky:


Picasso:


Portia's been coming with me to get my mani/pedis lately:

Green Lovers Nail Boutique

She picked my color...and keeps asking when it will be her turn:


It's been so warm:


Smells like spring:


with a touch of science camp:


and outdoor play doh camp:


Ikea is fun! But I'm not shopping for myself:

Ikea dog kids lunch box

Although, I brought home a souvenir.  I couldn't resist:

Ikea plants

Checkmate?

Chess class for kids

Turkey pastrami/cole slaw/russian dressing on rye.  That's my deli sandwich ALWAYS:

Jerry's Deli turkey pastrami sandwich

Cookies and coasters.  Prepping for Bianca's bridal shower:


Confectioners sugar is so messy:


Date night at Tipple & Brine:

Tipple and Brine

Just a few of our yummy bites:

Tipple and Brine oyster bar

Tipple and Brine

Tipple and Brine uni toast

We hosted Bianca's bridal shower in Jade's backyard:

Backyard bridal shower

It's amazing how much you can learn about someone at a bridal shower:

He said, she said bridal shower game

Make it work!

Project Runway bridal challenge

Felix in a room with 18 women.  There was so much love and laughter!!!


and LOTS of sweetness:


Hope you had a lovely weekend!!