Archive for October, 2009

beautiful tubs

October 29, 2009

My very fashion forward friend who I’ve mentioned before told me she hated the SWIMS I posted in my last entry. Really? I still love ‘em but she does have a much better sense of style so I might be in the minority with this one.

Here go some other lovely things that are water related. Source of images unknow. Please fill me in if you have deets.

Beautiful Living - Tub Love

Beautiful Living - Tubs

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play time!

October 27, 2009

It’s raining here in The City and as a self professed rain lover I usually get excited by this weather but truthfully – I’m not in the mood today. A little something that does brighten up my day are SWIMS, galoshes for high heels.

I mentioned before that I just can’t get down with wearing heels on the city streets but SWIMS make me want to change things up. It gives new meaning to playing in the rain (while wearing my black glossy sleek heels).

Don’t you just love ‘em?

SWIMS, galoshes for high heels

SWIMS, galoshes for high heels

rain gear for you pretty shoes

swims - sole

party time!

October 25, 2009
Make A Wish, birthday matches

Make A Wish, birthday matches

Graycen’s birthday celebration was a blast! It was so fun to watch as he explored EVERYTHING. Not a single thing went untouched or unlicked – he literally licked every type of candy we laid out. Yet he actually refused to eat any of it which is funny since I feared he might eat too much candy. He also refused to eat his birthday cake but the rest of us chowed down while he played with his balloons. He never opened his gift, it seemed he just had no interest. In fact the gift ended up sitting around the house for a few days before I finally did the honors of unwrapping it myself. But despite my sons silliness it was clear he loved everything.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I got a great deal of my inspiration from the Dr. Seuss book – Happy Birthday To You! I don’t recall my mother ever reading Dr. Seuss to me as a child so through my son I am discovering his great works for the first time. This book gave me a lot of great material. Here go some party details (though I have to apologize for never getting a photo of the completed table)…

“Today,” laughs the Bird, “eat whatever you want.

Today no one tells you you cawnt or you shawnt.

And, today, you don’t have to be tidy or neat.

If you wish, you may eat with both hands and both feet.

So get in there and munch. Have a big munch-er-oo!

Today is your birthday! Today you are you!”

golden nugget gum, my childhood favorite

golden nugget gum, my childhood favorite

festive straws

festive straws

the birthday boy playing with his goodies

the birthday boy playing with his goodies

And here comes your cake! Cooked by Snookers and Snookers,

The Official Katroo Happy Birthday Cake Cookers.

And Snookers and Snookers, I’m happy to say,

Are the only cake cookers who cook cakes today

Made of guaranteed, certified strictly Grad A

Peppermint cucumber sausage-paste butter!

Graycen's birthday spread (minus some additional goodies, his gift and the balloons)

Graycen's birthday spread. A few more goodies were added but I never got another picture. We added some additional goodies, his gift and ten balloons.

happy birthday graycen

happy birthday graycen

After a few hours of chatting and munching the celebration ended with some good old fashion balloon playing. Who knew the cheap balloons would be such a hit with both my son and his guests.

Beautiful Living - Balloons

birthday balloons

the end

the end

happy birthday graycen!

October 22, 2009

Happy Birthday Graycen!!

You make me feel like the luckiest person and every day I am reminded that the wait was worth it. I love you – forever.

October 22, 2007

October 22, 2007

party plans

October 19, 2009

My sons second birthday is this Thursday and I had every intention to write about the planning process but time escaped me. The big day is just a few days away now but here are a few details in brief.

Budget: I first figured out a budget – $50. I didn’t even know if that’s was reasonable but I definitely wanted to keep things in perspective. For those of you who have done this before, feel free to let me know if that was too much.

Decor: I love simplicity so I decided that there would be no real theme but rather a collaboration of thoughts and ideas that came to me. I still needed a starting point so I looked towards the gift that I wanted to give Graycen, a book. With my son still being so young  he’s happy for a laugh and some silliness so I’m trying to enjoy it while I can. After much thought I went with a Dr. Seuss book – Happy Birthday To You. It’s a wonderful book that talks about the greatness of being yourself. One of the two main characters, the Birthday Bird, is yellow and wears a red jumper so I used that as my primary color scheme. I then added bits of turquoise which I pulled from the cover of the book. See –

 

Dr. Seuss, Happy Birthday To You!
Dr. Seuss, Happy Birthday To You!

Set-up: On Thursday the plan is to set a display out of his favorite yummies as well as things he’s never had. Basically candy and sweets galore. Everything will be laid on our cocktail table which sits low to the ground and will allow Graycen to grab and explore at his pleasure. I really wanted this to be something he could experience on his own. I figure we will sit around – laughing and nibbling until we’re stuffed silly. Anything left after that will be packed up and given away. That makes me feel better about all the candy I purchased.

image via Martha Stewart
image via Martha Stewart

There will of course be a cake but we can only pray that cupcakes make an appearance as well. I decided a square cake would be perfect for the occasion and pulled out a three piece Martha Stewart pan collection. When I went to make the smallest tier I learned that it requires three cups of cake batter. For the look I want I would need to make two layers and wIth some quick math I realized I needed 6 cups of cake batter. Umm, that’s a lot of damn batter. Not to mention it’s more then you get from one box of cake mix. Thus I’ve spent the last two weekends baking cakes and thanking my luck starts that I started this process early. That means I still need to bake cupcakes – assuming I find the time between now and Thursday. Not that a family of two can eat that much cake but it does mean we’ll be able to feed our neighbors.

MS cake set

MS cake set

september recipe: biscuits

October 18, 2009
the start of something really good - drop biscuits

the start of something really good - drop biscuits

It looks like I went a week without a single post in here. That makes me sad but I have been busy and the time really wasn’t there so what can I say. I guess there really is a first for everything.

Now, on to better stuff – like the beautiful biscuits I made in September. My husband loved them so much I made them twice in the span of 7 days. Each batch yielded 10 biscuits and when you factor in that we are a household of two adults and one toddler (said toddler refused to even taste the biscuit) you’ll soon realize this is ridiculous and over the top gluttony.

I swear, my husband made me do it!

Some months back I was sitting around one weekend and started watching America’s Test Kitchen. Does anyone else ever catch that show? Well in this particular episode they made this holiday ham that looked phenominal. I’m a wuss about things like that sooo no, I did not attempt the holiday ham. Instead I made the side dish that accompanied that amazing ham – drop biscuits. Not sure what drop biscuits are.. basically they are homemade biscuits made in half the time. They looked scrumptious so I made a mental note to try them out and last month I finally did. I made one edit with my second batch that made a world of difference and I think it really perfected the recipe (for my taste pallet). Now I have mentioned what a non-Foodie I am so it probably comes at no suprise that I think the biscuits at places like Red Lobster or Popeyes Chicken are delicious. Not that I frequent either place very often but when I do make a visit I usually nosh on more then one biscuit. For me, the buttery yet slightly salty top is divine and the drop biscuits on the first go didn’t have that. My husband loved them but I thought they were just ‘ehh. On the second batch I buttered the tops when they came out of the oven (just as the recipe called) but this time I also sprinkled a smiddgen of salt. My husband and I both agreed, that minor change really perfected them.

If you’re looking for a super easy recipe to accompany your Sunday supper or a holiday meal – TRY THESE. They litterally take 15 minutes to assemble and 15 minutes to cook. Super easy. Now these first images don’t look so tasty but this really is the look you are going for. The recipe calls for mixing cold buttermilk with melted butter. The coldness of the buttermilk causes the melted butter to clump up, those clumps will then melt in the baking process to give your biscuits that yummy butter flavor.

cold butter milk and melted butter

cold buttermilk and melted butter

so not yummy looking.. but it is the look you are going for

so not yummy looking.. but it is the look you are going for

my biscuits ready for baking

my biscuits ready for baking

lightly salted buttery biscuits

lightly salted buttery biscuits

yummy drop biscuits

yummy drop biscuits

try these!

try these!

*IMPORTANT TIP – The instructions suggest using a measuring cup to portion off each biscuit. Make sure you grease the cup well between each biscuit. Instead of oil I used a cooking spray with butter flavoring. That explains that yellow butter appearance on my unbaked biscuits in the photo above.

pop up shop

October 10, 2009
me and Diet Coke

me and Diet Coke


The other day I was scurrying through the city streets during my lunch hour when I found myself suddenly at a stand still. I was at the corner of Fifth and 57th when I become engrossed in the Diet Coke Pop Up Store. I’m a Coke lover but not a Diet Coke fan but that didn’t really matter since the pop up store was screaming “come in, hang out.” So I did. I ended up being away from the office a bit too long. Opps! Best part about it, I left with goodies like my photo and jazzed up Diet Coke bottles.

To see some really good images of the event you can go here.

paper goods: moving on to day four

October 8, 2009

Ok boys and girls, I’m short on time so I’m cheating here. After doing a quick scan of links I’ve saved I rediscovered Rosebud Design. Their stuff is just too adorable. The kind of adorable that makes you want to purchase things you have no use for but you just love it so much you wanna have it. I mean, I’m sure I would put their products to use but it’s not like I ever knew I needed this stuff… that was of course, before I found the site You can check out the goods here.

From the About page –

We value fine and unusual papers and diverse printing processes – from foil stamping to diecutting and letterpress, we’re always looking for ways to allow the medium to enhance the message. Rosebud Design Studio is committed to bringing attention to detail, wit, whimsy, and class back into correspondence. We appreciate intricate and ornate decorative elements and beauty for its own sake — elegant but never stuffy

a goodies folder that i suddenly find myself needing

a goodies folder that i suddenly find myself needing

adorable tags via Rosebud Design

adorable tags via Rosebud Design

paper goods: day three, take three

October 7, 2009
Katy and June mini-Notebook

Katy and June mini-Notebook

There is something about the imagery on these mini-notebooks that sucked me in. So it came as no surprise to me when I learned that the makers, Katy & June, are Korean based. I have always had a soft spot for Asian made paper goods. It looks like these notebooks are marked down to half price here.

Perhaps this is one paper splurge I can justify.

adorable mini-Notebook by Katy and June

adorable mini-Notebook by Katy and June

paper goods from Korea

paper goods from Korea

paper goods: day two, take two

October 6, 2009

 

Old Tom Foolery via Flickr

Old Tom Foolery via Flickr

About a year ago while I was perusing the aisles of a favorite stationary shop I discovered Old Tom Foolery. If you haven’t heard of them then you’re really missing out. With unlimited funds I’d buy one of everything because the cards are that delicious. Their MO is simple – gorgeous thick paper, bright fun letterpress and a greeting that will have you laughing your ass off. Just remember, it’s all in the fine print. Take a look…

card by Old Tom Foolery - I love every inch of you*

card by Old Tom Foolery - I love every inch of you*

card by Old Tom Foolery

card by Old Tom Foolery card by Old Tom Foolery - Happy Birthday* birthday card by Old Tom Foolery

As my friend K would say, I LUFF these cards.  To see the entire collection go to their website here.   

Old Tom Foolery - work in progress

Old Tom Foolery - work in progress

Old Tom Foolery is also on Flickr so you must check them out here. You can see everything from their work space to work in progress.