Sunday, December 07, 2008

Monday, November 17, 2008

Mission Impossible

When I moved to Florida, I was given one task: monitor Whitney's purchasing of tacky Disney products to prevent a home over-run by cluttered Mickey memorabilia. Since Whitney's first day at work, Disney has successfully initiated her into the Disney culture, sprinkling their magical consumerist pixie dust all over her. And that shit doesn't come out. After every theme park visit, she drones on and on about ultra soft plush Pooh bears, five foot graphic Tinker Bell canvases in lime green and turquoise blue, bejeweled replicas of Cinderella's castle for the reasonable price of a luxury SUV... the force is strong in this one. Sadly, I am not joking.

Tired of going to the Disney parks every waking hour, I politely declined the most recent invitation to Epcot. Big mistake!! They came home with 1, 2, 3, FOUR shopping bags and goofy grins plastered on their faces... "Christmas presents for all," they claimed. Proudly bragging about all the "deals" she found, Whitney showcased her purchases... saving the "Best" (read Worst) for last.

"And look what we got for ourselves! Don't you love it?"

Puke! It was a 4'x5' woven throw which now adorns our sofa.
Let me describe what it's not. It is not classy. It is not tasteful. It is not expensive. It is not acceptable! You be the judge...

Please join me in chiding Whitney and Matt. It's for their own good... so next time they'll think twice.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

"First Day" Traditions, for Rob and Peg

The glorious legacy began 22 years ago at a McAlpins register. Whitney was in line with mom and grandma Peggy when she spied a red Rainbow-Brite umbrella. The purchase would inform her fashion, and sense of humor, for years to come. While the umbrella was memorable, the purpose of the trip was Back-to-School shopping, and resulted in many outfits of Spumoni, Osh-Kosh-Be-Gosh, and Khaki-cuteness. After this successful and fun day, Peggy declared it a tradition, topped only by Derby Day.

In the next two and three years, respectively, Lindsey and Katie received their prestigious invitation to join The Event. It didn't stop there. Luckily our family was blessed with seven granddaughters, each of whom was initiated into the yearly retail ritual before the first day of school.

The first stop was always McAlpins, as Aunt Susan worked there and could scout the newest styles and deals. As youngsters, we were easy to please, however, as we matured so did our personal styles.

Princess and the Pea Complex- no itchy fabrics like wool, no tight turtle necks, and no sleeve rolling (although she did tight roll her pants in middle school-ha!). In high school, she was a Total Bitch. Nothing pleased her. She refused to try anything on unless it was brown or black. She had that flannel-grunge-thing going for her, or against her. Later on, she improved. She added reds and pink to her repertoire. And she started to take advice from her fashion forward family.

Lindsey liked it all, the shopping and the clothes. Consistently classic, she liked stripes, solids, denim and khaki. She despised Whitney's inevitable rummage through her closet to find the newest (unworn) addition to her wardrobe, stealing her thunder and wearing it first. But she did get a nice superiority boost by bitching Whitney out ALL the way to school.

At an early age, like 3(!), Katie had developed her own style. She didn't want the gray pea coat that mom picked out and bought, she wanted the purple one. Distraught by the pain of betraying the purple coat, she burst into tears when modeling it for great-grandmother Sara Newt. (Sara Newt remedied said situation by demanding that mom exchange the coat for the appropriate color. More to come on "The Spoiling of the Grandchildren" by Sara Newt in a coming post.) From then on, Katie was not afraid to voice her opinion on fashion choices. As a result, Katie could be found in the best wears, with her eclectic-before-the-trend style, which gave her that "unapproachable look."

With our shiny new wardrobes in closet, we would spend an hour, minimum, getting ready for The First Day. We chose the outfits based on majority votes, men excluded, followed by hair styling, shoe picking, and later, bad make-up application. We were ready by 6:30 am when Aunt Robin would pick us up and drive us to the end of the lane to wait for the bus. There we were, seven groggy, yet beautiful and dressed to the nines, granddaughters huddled together at the end of VanDeren Lane. At the butt-crack of dawn, we waited. Aunt Robin got out her camera, and snapped the first picture. Beginning to dismantle, Robin would flail, "Megan had her eyes closed!" Rolling our eyes and making snide comments we always had to take at least five photos before she was satisfied. :-)

We never escaped the dreaded "First Day of School" picture. Even when we went to college at UK. There she was, with her camera, waiting eagerly for us to drop by Funkhouser Building (where she worked). And where she would take at least five photos.

And so, this post is dedicated to all of the wonderful women who enabled our addiction to shopping, and saying cheese. Here is my "First Day of Work" picture, complete with new outfit, new haircut, new accessories and a smile. (Look for Whitney's "First Day of Work" picture on Monday at Happenings Chez Nous)

Written by Katie and Whitney

Friday, September 05, 2008

my chocolate pie secret...

Mother's Day (or Easter...I don't remember), Dad and I are in the kitchen making chocolate pies.

Dad: You know Katie, I've been tripling this recipe for two pies so there is more filling in each one.
Katie (perplexed): huh.
Katie: I thought you doubled it for one pie.
Dad: No, I usually double it, because I always make two pies.
Katie: huh.
Katie: I quadruple it for two.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Free Flowers

I love having cut flowers around but they are SO EXPENSIVE! So I love going home at the end of summer to steal zinnias from my dad's collection out at the barn. Believe me, he has plenty.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

If you haven't

seen the blog inhabitat and it's cohort inhabitots, you simply must check it out! They do many many posts on all things, architecture, furniture (all of the things j'adore). So go over there and get your green on.

Monday, August 18, 2008

New Summer Staple

that's real simple...from Real Simple Magazine.
It's so tasty and quick that I've made it several times already and it was just published this summer!
It's good on a toasted bun with olive oil or over some lettuce (for less carbs).

You can find the recipe here.
photo from

Sunday, August 17, 2008


Too bad I didn't end up in San Francisco...I could've witnessed Zombies taking over the city!
And they are so technologically advanced.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

In Preparation

for living near Mickey & the Gang, I headed over to Disney's website to peruse...

And I found..."Create Your Own Fairy"! Yeah. It's fun.

Let me introduce you to Iris Littleblossom:

you can visit her website here.
*note: the cutest part is at the bottom of the page, "Powered by Pixie Dust," ...pretty magical!

Make room...

FINALLY, I have found a 6 month co-op position! Here is the company website, although they said it will shortly be revamped. I'll be in the Orlando office...which means I'm movin' in with the Big Sister and her Hubby! You can see my room here. It'll be just like old times :-)

It is a little funny that I'll be down there, considering that Hunter and I produced a video in order to entice them to relocate to the Cincinnati area.

Needless to say, THE MOUSE won. No hard feelings.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Latte with Butter Pecan Ice Cream and Caramel. was good.

Sunday, July 27, 2008


So, I found this blog thanks to a friend and couldn't resist making blueberry pancakes of my own. So much for gluten free, sugar free, yada yada yada. This week I'll eat better, but I thought I deserved such delicacies since I've been eating pretty healthy for the last couple months.

Boy were they TASTY!

Once upon a time...

I was famous for my chocolate chip cookies. It's true. They are the best. During middle school I would come home, fix some cookie dough, and watch Oprah with a tall glass of milk and a big bowl of cookie dough. Those were the days.

Today I watched Paula Dean, and she just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside! She is exceptionally talented in the department of convincing you that calories/sugar/carbs don't's all about the taste!
So, in honor of Paula, and my former cookie-baking-self, I broke out the KitchenAid!
And I haven't lost my touch.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008


Hunter gets back from his Great Japanese Summer Adventure on Sunday!
Can't wait to hear all about it.
Here are two images he's sent...

Sunday, June 29, 2008


It's true. I hoard magazines, much like my mother (that's gonna get me in trouble). However, I do TRY to be organized about it. While I go through magazines I tear out images and/or recipes that I want to keep. That way I can RECYCLE the rest. The images go into the blue file box (remember?) and the recipes/crafts go into a binder with plastic sleeves. Et Voila! inspiration at your fingertips.

But I do confess, I don't have the courage to do this with my Architectural Record and Interior Design mags just yet. Until then, they sit in mounds in my office, below my desk, until this "my_Precious" mental block releases it's hold.

Whitney's Blog

Yay! Whitney has joined the blogosphere!
Check it out!

Have I Mentioned

that I have an online business? I didn't think so. Check out Little Hello Cards. Let me know what you think!

Thanks goes to my FABULOUS sister Whitney who has done the website construction!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Snow Pea Pasta

Still eating pretty healthy, even though this was the first week of the summer quarter!
Corn Pasta with snow peas and a little cheese.
(it looks nice in my green fiestaware!)

I've also been adding protein powder to my morning smoothies.
It's actually really tasty:
Unsweetened soy milk
two over-ripe bananas
scoop protein powder
flax seeds
scoop oatmeal
ice to blend

I did this once when the bananas were still mostly yellow, and it just wasn't as good. It really is better when they are mostly brown!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Stuffed Mushrooms!

Peppers, garlic, onions, feta... I spread the rest on some bread! Yum!

And when I need a little taste of sweet...I eat a piece of this...mmmmm

New Do

It's stacked in the back, but you can't tell from the photo...

Friday, June 13, 2008

Comfort Food

Crispy potatoes, cooked in vegetable oil (I would've used Olive, but I'm out!) with red onions.
Sprinkled with a little cheese.

This is also good with red and green peppers, but I'm out of those too. Someone needs to go to the grocery.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Arts & Crafts

This is what I do during school...

Veggie, Gluten-Free Pasta

Lunch Menu:
Corn Pasta (the only ingredient is Organic Corn Flour...really.)
Tomato Puree
Bella Mushrooms
Red Onions

Almost an entire jar of leftovers! YUM.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


I was going to have pasta for dinner tonight...but it is a little toasty in my apt. (I've been minimizing by AC use to save both energy and money). So I thought a fruit smoothie sounded more refreshing! I used orange juice as my base and then added a frozen berry medley (it was packaged that way) with blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries. Very tasty! I don't use recipes for smoothies but here are a few tips...
Always use a juice instead of water for your adds more flavor and nutrients.
Use frozen fruits instead of ice...the more ice you use, the less potent the fruit flavor.
Smoothies are a great way to use old bananas because they get sweeter (and mushier) as they age...and we all need ways to use old bananas!

And...smoothies, much like milkshakes, always GROW while trying to get the consistency right. So you can pour the leftovers into a jar and stick it in the freezer for later.


I did not buy ice cream...but I DID buy vanilla yogurt! And it is GREAT with the applesauce!

Sunday, June 08, 2008

If you can't tell...

I'm on break from school...and Hunter is in Japan for 5 weeks...which means I have A LOT of time on my hands. So, if anyone's interested...this is what I had for dinner:

A salsa made with tomatoes, artichokes, black beans, green peppers, red onions, feta, avocado...I think that's it. Basically, I took anything that sounded good, chopped it up, mixed it together and voila! A salsa to go with my organic corn chips.

And for dessert...I have made homemade applesauce with cinnamon. So easy! I saw a lady do it on a local cooking show. This would be great over some vanilla icecream, but I'll refrain and just eat it plain.

The Cat Files

Louie filed himself under mischievous.

Food for Thought...

In Kathy Freston's book, Quantum Wellness, she says that not eating meat for a year is equivalent to buying a hybrid car in terms of carbon emissions.

My salad for lunch used many of the same ingredients as the pizza:
Dandelion Greens
Red Onion
Balsamic Vinaigrette

Tasty, Tasty!