Thursday, February 24, 2011

Crock Pot: Trial 1

For Valentines Day, Colin bought me a crock pot. We finally got around to making our first recipe. Colin's mom so sweetly sent us a bunch of crock pot recipes that we still need to try, but we ultimately decided on vegetarian lasagna. It turned out very delicious, but super filling and extremely cheesey. Ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan, it was a dream for Colin and his cheese love. We ended up eating it for the rest of the week. For some reason though, it was 10X better cold then it was warm. Either way we ate it all.

Valentines Day and Such

Valentines Day started out with Colin ordering breakfast from Oasis for us. Eggs Benedict and Belgium waffle for the both of us. I opened my Valentines gift, an adorable crock pot for our kitchen! We feel super domestic with our kitchen appliances. Then I had to go to my sewing class, Colin walked with me cause it was such a nice day, and I almost finished my shorts, just need the elastic around the waist. Then I came home and Colin had bought me the cutest wicker chair for our living room! Once again very domestic. Sadly I had to go to work till 10 pm, but Colin picked me up and made us salmon with potatoes and asparagus, fresh baked bread and red wine! It was all so delicious! My bf does a good job being romantic, he even took the scented candle from our bathroom so we could eat by candle light. It was such an amazing Valentines Day!
The Chair
The Dinner
On Sunday Meaghan, Mason & Max came over and we all baked cookies together! For my Valentines Day gifts! Don't worry everyone will be receiving some. Here are some cute pictures of my adorable nephew and our shenanigans!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Sorry for the lack of posts. There are multiple, very legit reasons. And now I shall list them...

-I couldn't find my camera charger
-I've been extremely busy with school/work
-I haven't had time to upload pictures from Colin's camera
-once I did find my camera charger I've been too lazy to edit the photos
-right now i could edit photos but once again I'm lazy and find eating leftover's much more interesting.

Don't judge me!

New posts coming soon.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Dînner à Paris

I was going to write this whole blog post (or at least some of it) in French, but I soon realized it très difficile (I've forgotten a lot since last semester). So I will be sticking to the English language. First things first. While Colin was visiting his family in Illinois (he had a really fun time with his parents btw!) he decided to Amazon a few items. One of them being a surprise for Valentine's Day and the other, a bread maker! Colin was so excited that yesterday, in between class and work, he put the timer on so a fresh loaf of bread would be ready for when I got home. He told me all about it and just needed to follow the steps on page 10 when I got home. With the fresh baked bread brewing at home, I couldn't stop thinking about it. Instead of concentrating on copying peoples documents and bounding their books, I thought of the warm bread and cheese, wine, chocolate, basically anything you'd find in France. Which brought us to our diner in Paris. On my way home I stopped at Whole Foods to get some cheese and crackers. I picked out a Taleggio from Italy and a Brie from France. I rushed home and the delicious warm smell of the bread was already in our hallway. I quickly took the bread out of the maker, carefully following the instructions of course. Put together our plates and Colin came home just in time to uncork the white wine. So we sat in our living room (we don't use our kitchen table that often for some reason), and listened to French music while we enjoyed our French inspired diner of Cheese, Wine, Crackers and Fresh Bread. Oh and for dessert, chocolate croissants! Bon Appetit!
Why yes, those are the wonderful wine glasses Ben & Meggie bought us as a house warming gift.
us being french

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Robots For Shorts

For my sewing class we are making pajama shorts! I had to go to Wal-Mart (ick), last minute to buy 1 yard 1/8 of fabric. I was trying to decide between wolves, pirates or robots for the pajama shorts, but the robots eventually won. So when I got home I pinned my pattern to my fabric, took it to class, did a double seam, french seam, zig-zag seam and now they are almost done! Next week we are putting the elastic in and then I can wear them all the time. This will be my first official item of clothing I have ever sewn, I can't wait to see them all finished and to make many more sewing projects. I've already bought some fabric on sale at Wal-Mart.

I also got these yards of fabric for only $1!!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Brett Is A Girl & Foam

While I was browsing the magazine section at Barnes & Noble with Lindsay, I stumbled upon a few things that caught my eye. I quickly snatched the magazines and went in a cozy corner with my chai tea and Lindsay in tow. In the first art magazine I found an artist and I'm currently inlove, with Brett Manning, who is a girl.

Brett Is A Girl:

Name: Brett Manning
ntry: USA
October 31, 1986
February 16, 2010
Traditional Art, Drawing, Painting, Portraits, Book Art

She's a Chicago based artist and illustrator..."I am inspired by love, light, balance, charm, femininity, sentimentality, new and exciting stories, old and wise traditions, texture, pattern, intuition, rhythm, and the connection of nature and all that is man-made..." -Brett Manning.

The second magazine I found was Foam. I know It's sort of a 'hipster' magazine, but I really loved the February cover and It's a magazine I would love to write for.

Foam Magazine:

I really enjoyed the cover story about Lykke Li, I also really enjoy her music. "Our cover girl Lykke Li dove deep into her soul to write her excellent upcoming album, Wounded Rhymes, taking a turn to more obviously emotional material. Here, we find her on a desperate quest for warmth and comfort across the snow-covered forest on the Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea." Check out the rest of the article HERE.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Lack Of Money, But Not A Lack Of Trying

I did something bad today...since I've been relatively broke with the whole moving into a new place/in between jobs thing, I have been good, really good actually, about not spending any money on clothing. Because as much as Colin says I don't need it, in reality, I do! I NEED IT! So as I checked my hotmail this morning I saw an add for sale items at This led to me looking at all their clothes, opening multiple windows of other clothing brands...and now all I want to do is go shopping and buy everything!! Its honestly a disease. I looked at all the New Arrivals and here are the clothes I've found that I now want for my Spring Collection...

From TBA

From Vero Moda


From Anthropologie

From Urban Outfitters

From Victoria's Secret
Now I will have to just save up I guess. Or keep wishing.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Please Excuse Me, But Yes, This Is Our New Apartment

Don't get fooled when you see the new carpet and open windows. Even with the large area, don't get lost in the maze of multiple doors, and try not to faint from astonishment of the full kitchen! But behold! Within only 6 months of search, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! I give you...The New Apartment!

Ok so the intro may be a bit of a let down! Try to imagine some guy in a mustache, and re-read it, it will all make sense. But seriously, I love this place. Not only do we have our own kitchen, regular size living, bed and bathrooms, we have a dining room (turned into a Man Cave, I'm legally required to say that), an adorable courtyard, bay window and radiators for a vintage feel. Colin and I are just so happy in this place! He's already said how much he loves having a kitchen cause I actually cook for him now. Also, I don't feel like we are constantly tripping over each other and our messes. It's also in a great location. Close to work, school, bars, shops, library, pretty much everything!

Things I Love About Our Apartment:

-The Windows/View
-The Radiators (yes, they actually do heat our house)
-The Actual Fridge (don't worry there's more than just beer in there)
-Being Able To Live In It With This Guy...and Mugwomp

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

RJD2, FTW: And other non-important things

Friday: After I got off work at Staples, Colin, Bryan and I got to see RJD2. If you have not listened to him, he's amazing. Click HERE for one of his more popular, but still very good, songs. We literally spend all the 2 hours he played right by the stage. I danced to much and it was so crowded my knees got all banged up. I have the bruises to prove.
Saturday: First of all I want to thank everyone for being able to make it to our housewarming party! Other than that I worked a double on Saturday, which sucked.

Sunday: Despite Colin having to work, me having to go clean our old apartment, having to deposit checks and generally being busy, as usual, Colin and I made sure we had time to celebrate our one year anniversary. We decided to go to Sage's Cafe. For those who don't know what Sage's is, it's a delicious vegan/raw restaurant that serves more than delectable plates of marvelous food. Our plates included: Vegan Bruchetta appetizer , Mushroom Stroganoff (Colin's plate), Tacos Vegetarianos (for meself), a bottle of wine and Raw Raspberry Ice Cream for dessert. We then walked the 1/2 block home and watched Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. It was the perfect ending to a busy week and an amazing year together! (picture from sage's website)

I Love You Colin!

On a side note, here are the pictures I have taken this week out of boredom...

On the walk to school
At School