Sunday, October 24, 2010

Random things that make me happy 2.0

Jamba Juice.

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

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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…)

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Fall decor. Autumn in general.

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

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Cool macro shot.

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Organizing with Hello Kitty.

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

Ingredients:

  • 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

How:

  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.

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Moving right along…..

Sipping tea out of this guy.

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

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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:

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

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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.

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

Makes cooking so much more satisfying:

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Mmm. Meatballs.

2 comments:

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.