Saturday, June 18, 2011

Kodak Playsport / Wusthof Paring Knife

This is what PBTB's getting for Father's Day. Arrived yesterday, not a minute too soon.

Oh, and this....he wanted some "good" kitchen knives, which turned into knife. Forged knives are expensive! We'll be making any plural form of them, no more buying.

Friday, June 17, 2011

French Terry Knicker

I like these so much I bought 2 pair (different colors, of course). Great addition to my (now very pregnant) Mommy uniform.

Monday, June 13, 2011


My nephew has ALL (Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia). I'm campaigning to get some letters/encouraging items to him to cheer him up through his upcoming bone marrow transplant. Please Help. Read about Logan here. My e-mail

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Swim Kids

I needed actual swim lessons for the kids, you know, not just playtime. PERFECT. Half way through it and awesome results. Swim Kids. Not cheap, however.

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Peanut Butter Solution

I must be the only one to have watched this movie. I've been trying to figure out the title for my entire adult life. When I asked people if they remembered a movie about hair growing out of control, I got weird looks. I was a little haunted by it, remembering it being 'scary'....oh, our perceptions as kids :)
PS, my guru brother figured out the title from the most vague description ever in about 10 seconds.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Slow News Day

If you want to check out what I've been knitting, hook up with me on Ravelry, under the name Prinsessp (no typo, with an "s").

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mold Muse

I had so much fun making cabochons for jewelry this Mother's Day. These silicone molds are awesome.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Motherhood Matters

LOVING everything about this campaign.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Currently Naartjie

I don't always love Naartjie, especially not for my boys. But, I'm really not impressed with too much else out there right now. I am really liking a few items, especially if they're on sale. I don't pay full price at their prices.

Everywhere has these bubble shorts, but I love them (especially with tights underneath). And even more so now that I can buy girl things.

And even a few things for my boys.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Phoebe's Revolt

My aunt Carma gave this to me when I was a little girl. I just came across it the other day. I can be stubborn just like the girl in the book, however I would have never argued with ribbons and bows when I was a kid. One of the greatest things about having children is discovering their little personalities....can't wait to see what my baby girl will be like.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Food Coloring Paste/Gel

I was informed by "W"s pre-school teacher that gel/paste food color is the best to use for easter egg dyeing if you want those vibrant colors. We used these and they turned out beautifully and I really like that you don't get a smudge spot where the dye rubs off on the bottom when you sit it out to dry. The pinks wouldn't dissolve in the water/vinegar for some reason, hence our spotty egg.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Smaka Cheese Slicer

I am a big fan of cheese slicers. One problem, most of them are poor quality. I've bought expensive slicers and believe me, no matter what the cost, if they're 2 pieces (wooden handle), they will eventually break. So I snatched this one up at IKEA. It's great and cuts thick slices. They also make my favorite grater.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

MCP Premium Fruit Pectin

All pectin is not created equal. Don't waste your time with other brands. I promise if you use MCP, you will never use anything else again for freezer jam. Just one's almost impossible to find. Amazon was sold out, but is carrying it again now. The only local place that I have found is Winco for an amazing $1.98 a box, enjoy!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Swedish Meatballs (Köttbullar)

My mom used to make this dish a lot when I was a kid. I made it the other day....yumm...with this recipe. Except the sauce. I used this (GRÄDDSÅS). (Oh, and no onion and I just used ground beef, do you get the idea I don't like onions? That's because I don't) Served over jasmine rice cooked in the rice cooker. Also commonly served with noodles, mashed potatoes and/or a side of lingon berries.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

If you are interested in being should read this book. If you're not interested in being self-reliant, but you think gas prices are too should read this book. A gift from my Mother :)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

ON Slouchy Canvas Sneakers

My birthday's coming up. I want some of these in every color. (so cute in person, and that is red, not pink)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Deruyter Chocoadehagel Puur

I went to an island named Curacao (part of the Dutch Caribbean) when I was a kid, maybe 8 or 10. My parents went there for a swim clinic (my dad was a triathlete). Mostly what I remember are packs of wild dogs, almost getting drowned, Papiamento (the language, mix of spanish, english, & dutch), but I also remember hagel puur (bread (not toast), butter, choc sprinkles). Apparently, this is a pretty common breakfast choice in the Netherland Antilles/Holland. I just had some today, yum.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Pastries on Main

If you haven't been, GO. PBTB and I got our standard test, an eclair (his) and a danish (hers) just before Christmas.....delicious. I ended up buying gift certificates for Christmas gifts.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Cobalt Embroidered Toss Pillows

Every time I see these pillows at Target I wish I had somewhere to use them (especially the white one). Yesterday I saw they were on sale for $15. Somebody them!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Story of Ferdinand

My boys request this book at least every other night. That, and it's adorable to hear them say 'Ferdinand'.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Homemade Mayo

PBTB's cousin made us BLT's with homemade mayo on our final day in Albuquerque. It was soooo yummy. Still thinking about it. He gave me a rundown of the ingredients, which I combined with something more concrete from one of my cookbooks.

Basic Mayonnaise

1 egg or egg yolk (cousin Dave used 1 egg and 1 egg yolk)
Dash cayenne
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard (cousin Dave used about 1 Tb Dijon mustard)
Salt and pepper to taste
2 Tb lemon juice, white whine, or other vinegar mixed 1/2 and 1/2 with water (cousin Dave likes to use lime juice)
1 Tb finely chopped onion (completely optional, used by cousin Dave, but not in my recipe)
1 Cup olive oil or other neutral oil (cousin Dave uses vegetable oil)

Combine all ingredients except oil in a blender. Add oil extremely slowly to start with (just a drop and then into a thin stream) and then gradually add more as the mixture emulsifies.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Linen Kids

Dang!, I love finding stuff like this on Etsy.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Corner Bakery Cafe

Ya, it's a chain, but it's sooooooo good. It's a rarity that I'm indecisive about what to order on the menu, especially for having too many good things to choose from. My favorite food is a sandwich and this place has THEE best tomato mozzarella basil sandwich. (I scratch the bell peppers) They have a new location at Fashion Place, much more convenient than Foothill.

Monday, January 3, 2011


These nesting doll measuring cups were one of my favorite gifts....from my mother, of course :)