Monday, August 22, 2011

Ridin' Purrty

I've been wanting to get a bike for awhile now. Since we have so many trails in Folsom, I thought it would be a fun thing for Mike and I to do after work or on the weekends. Seeing as how I will not ride in the bike lane on a busy street (nor does Mike trust me to ride in the bike lane of ANY street) the trails would be a perfect option for me.

I love to look around at the scenery and literally enjoy the ride. I'm not so aware of my immediate surroundings and tend to veer off and swerve and run into things...I ran into a brick mail box on my bike when I was little. My family loves to tell that story. But it explains me perfectly...head in the clouds and always in my own little world.

I would LOVE to get a bike that is something like this...

Or this... Both bikes are the perfect shape and color. This bike seat above is large and fantastic. One thing I can't stand about riding butt falls asleep within 10 minutes, so I need a nice big comfy seat! And of course, no bike is complete without a basket. You gotta be able to take some snacks, drinks, a camera, maybe a blanket or towel along. You never know where the journey might take you, so you best be prepared!

But the one thing that my BF was concerned gears. I guess our trails might be a bit hilly and he said I'd have a hard time without gears getting up those hills. So my dreams of an old-fashioned yellow bike may be shattered unless I can find one with gears.

Ta-da! Not as hard as I thought....

Thankfully Folsom Bike may have just the thing!

Looks like I know where I might be headed after work today! Wish me luck in my endeavor to find a puuurty ride!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


I have this paper-source planner that I somewhat use as a journal. I like to keep track of all the crap I do during the day that seems to be of significance to me: my workouts, movies the bf and I watch on Netflix, places we go, and of course all the things I projects. My planner has this nice section in it that says "do something creative this week". Now, as I was looking back into my planner and reading my daily entries, I noticed...I don't need that little section to remind me to do something creative. Creation seems to flow naturally out of me, as if it's an arm or a leg.

But after looking at that little section of my planner, I felt the need to capture my recent projects.

A lot of my inspiration lately has come from scouring Pinterest in my free time. I absolutely love and am addicted (yes, addicted) to this virtual pin board site. It's like a cork board or a more specific bookmarks folder that customizes and categorizes things into whatever you feel is important to you. For example, my boards are categorized into fashion/style, photography, recipes/food ideas, decorating/decor, etc. but with a twist on the names...Fashion = My Style Pin board, recipes/food ideas = Good Food Decisions, decorating/decor = For the New Place. You get the idea. You can customize it to no extent. Anything that jumps out at you on the Internet is fair game to pin. And what's great is the link is automatically saved to the image you've pinned. Simple as that!

So onward to some of my recent creations and the inspiration behind them!

You guessed it, these date back to the Fourth O' JU-ly. Chocolate dipped rice krispie treats! I needed something summery and yummy for a birthday BBQ around the holiday of Fireworks. I jazzed it up with my sparkly starry garland I found at Michael's.

The Dry-Erase Board

I thought it would be helpful to create some kind of weekly organizer for my desk as I'm now working from home. Something to keep my daily agenda handy and visual. I made a dry-erase board out of an old frame. I put a solid color in the center so writing would be easily seen and framed it with a cute plaid pattern.

I guess it turned into a dry erase board for daily notes to the bf ;-)

Below we have milk chocolate dipped frozen banana pieces with white chocolate drizzle. I've found that I'm my most resourceful in the kitchen when perishable items are almost to their limit. I hate to throw out food because I've been too careless to notice it needed to be eaten days ago :-/

I happened upon a similar picture on Pinterest and thought...shoot, I can do that! And it was so much easier than I imagined. The picture I found had a white base coat and I thought I'd spice it up a bit with a minty green. I think it's all about the color choices. I chose bright colors for the dots that would easily stand out on their own. I think the dark navy really pops and frames the other color choices nicely. I just started balancing the dotted trail down the side of each was all a bit haphazard and I had no real plan as I went along. So go ahead and try it, you may come up with a masterpiece :-)

Usually my baking creations are typically sweet and sugary. You know it's love when you're hopping out of your comfort zone and trying to make your boyfriend some of their favorite foods. He happens to love Pillsbury Crescent Rolls.

I tried to recreate them.

The dough decided it didn't want to rise and the final product was quite dense. Buttery goodness but dense. A meal on it's own! It's the thought that counts right?

The bf and I recently took a summer vacay to Vegas! Me being the impeccable planner that I am, every outfit needed to be styled and planned to the tee. I was short some accessories for a bright sunny outfit and I felt I had already spent enough getting a few new things for the trip (ha, a few!). So I decided to make this delicate little beaded bracelet. The best part, the bf thought it was the cutest thing that I was ACTUALLY wearing my creation. I think he finds it quite charming that I make things and wear them.

Along with the accessories, it was also about figuring out the perfect nail color to go with ALL outfits. Not to say that minty green is the perfect nail color, but it was definitely a fun color that I thought was perfect for Vegas. I got some help from a great blog, Cupcakes and Cashmere, where she used a loose glitter technique. I don't think I've perfected it. Rather than a cascade/fade of glitter... it ended up looking like a glitter french tip. Either way, they lasted a 4 day trip to Vegas for which I was grateful and didn't have to spend a thing on a manicure! And this was way more fun!

So, the bf's birthday is coming up and he loves the San Jose Sharks. He was in need of another picture in his office and had mentioned that he wanted some Sharks gear in in there too. Neither of which he's fulfilled since moving into his new office. I love to paint, but I'm in no way a painter, so I decided to draw and watercolor the Sharks logo. It turned out better than I thought it would! I'm quite proud of my work. Needless to say, I was so proud I gave it to him 2, almost 3 weeks early....oops!

I cooked the other day. Again, I think it was an act of love. Because I work from home, I came up with the genius idea that I need to use my crockpot more often. I hate the fact that you have to leave that sucker on all day, but bc I'm home all day...I have a renewed love for it! Now I'm going to defend what little cooking skills I have and say...this dish below required a lot of creation, imagination, combining of two recipes to get just what I wanted, and then trial and error as it sat in the crockpot. And holy moly was there a crap ton of prep work involved (who knew?). I thought the crockpot was supposed to cook the dish for you!

Curried Beef Cubes with Potatoes, Onion, Bell Peppers, and Tomatoes! I swear I put 5 times more curry powder than the recipe called for and it was still mild tasting :-/

I think it's become an expectation in the that for any family get togethers, dinners, birthdays, or holidays...Meredith is bringing the dessert. Well, at least that's what I expect, and I must admit, I get darn excited to provide!

So again, I was inspired by the fabulous Pinterest and saw a Cake Pop picture...but these weren't cake pops....they were Oreo Pops! Genius because they are a cinch to make. Cake pops are incredibly time consuming, so these are a great alternative. Place a stick in Double Stuffed Oreos (I used the Heads or Tails kind to get a great balance of chocolate and vanilla) and then dunked in white chocolate meltys. The picture I found had their Oreo Pops covered in sprinkles. I had to add a bit more spice than that, so I threw a bunch of mini M&Ms to mine. Place in the fridge for a few hours and WA-LA! They are amazing cold and with ice cream...or in the morning with coffee (shhh!).

I did it again, the bf's birthday still hasn't surpassed (it's not even this week yet)...and I gave him another part of his gift. Can't hold on to a surprise to save my life! I found these modern and SWEET a$$ martini glasses on Red Envelope. Sadly, I couldn't personalize them (a crime on a site that supposedly specializes in that sort of thing). I knew I could get them washed and a drink made while the bf was playing his COD (Call of Duty). I at least was able to surprise him that way. ;-) I made a delicious blueberry pomogranate martini with a sugared rim. I poured a small amount of the blueberry/pom juice over the sugar to get a pinkish colored sugar on the rim. And I thought I was classy adding blueberries (that look like olives).

I love to leave off with some great quotes, so remember... "All art requires courage" - Anne Tucker


So, comment back and let me know what you've created!