Sunday, October 24, 2010

Random things that make me happy 2.0

Jamba Juice.


My ipod and the cute owl bag I got to hold it (purchased at H&M…a store that makes me very happy)


Books, and this little guy I made out of felt (let this be a clue as to what we are going to be for Halloween - - no, we’re not going as books…)


Fall decor. Autumn in general.


My sewing machine. It’s just a pretty blue. It also works really well.


Cool macro shot.


Organizing with Hello Kitty.


Artichoke Bruschetta. So easy. In fact I’ll just give you the recipe right here, right now. BAM.


  • 1 (6.5 ounce) jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped (I get the big jar from costco because we LOVE ourselves some artichokes!)
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 5 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 French baguette, cut into 1/3 inch thick slices


  1. Preheat the broiler.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix marinated artichoke hearts, Romano cheese, red onion and mayonnaise. Top French baguette slices with equal amounts of the artichoke heart mixture. Arrange slices in a single layer on a large baking sheet.
  3. Broil in the preheated oven 2 minutes, or until toppings are bubbly and lightly browned.

And I like to sprinkle some parsley on top. OH YUM.


Moving right along…..

Sipping tea out of this guy.


Ok, so you may laugh at this, but it’s really a miracle.


I read somewhere that barkeepers friend works well on stainless steel pots. I was desperate for any kind of help trying to save these precious pans given to us by Micah’s parents. See the before picture:


And see AFTER. WHOAAAAA!!! It really really worked. With some elbow grease, but it was SOOO worth it.


Look at that shine! It was like I had new pots and pans all over again. Makes me so happy. Don’t you love that forest green counter top. Yeah, Merry Christmas.


I went a little crazy with the stuff and did them all. Oh what a joy.IMG_7503

Makes cooking so much more satisfying:


Mmm. Meatballs.


marymary said...

We have some favorites in common. I would list my sewing machine too, and we look to have the same iPod, and I love keeping my beloved stainless pots shiny w/ Barkeeper's Friend. And I love H&M -- but alas, there isn't one in UT. :`( My willingness to keep the Sabbath was tested twice in Boston last month -- first, when we walked right past H&M, and second, when we walked past the sign that said, "Lobster Dinner! $10!"

And now I have two NEW favorites: Your adorable fox, and artichoke bruschetta (as soon as I get a chance to try it).

mamacita said...

I have been using Barkeepers Friend for years. It is amazing and sorry I never shared that fact with you all.