Pottery Barn Lust

I keep swearing to my husband that I won’t come up with any more projects until we finish the ones we’ve already started. Then the new Pottery Barn catalog comes in the mail and I see this…

Oh how I love those ledges running around the room. Please don’t tell my husband, but somehow, someway, I am going to have a ledge like that somewhere in my house.

Pinterest…how I love you!

After spending so much time on Pinterest I figured I should probably make something I’ve pinned to justify all those hours.  There have been several versions of dry erase boards floating around blogdom, but my favorite is the one in a collage frame from the Next To Heaven blog:  http://fey-next2heaven.blogspot.com/2011/09/our-launch-pad-new-weekly-calendar.html

My version uses a frame that was on sale at Michael’s for $5.99. It isn’t a large frame – all the openings are for 4×6 photos – but I wanted something kind of small to hang by my front door so this worked fine. I didn’t take pictures as I made it because it was so simple. I just bought some coordinating scrapbook paper, cut them down to 4×6, then printed a day of the week on each one. I plopped the paper into the frames, put a nail in the wall and the project was complete.  I also used a ribbon to hang a dry erase pen from the hanger on the back of the frame. Gotta love instant gratification!

I am going to hang it on the wall next to my front door so I can see all my reminders as I go out the door each morning. The lighting there is pretty bad so I took a picture of it laying down on a table.

Hopefully this will help us get the library books back to school on Mondays now!

Cupcakes in a Jar

At my son’s school there are four of five teacher lunches each year and I figure since I can’t be at the school volunteering I can show my appreciation by making some tasty treat. I call it “working mom’s guilt”. This month I  signed up to bring dessert and, after a bit of thought, decided to do cupcakes in a jar. They went over really well…what do you think?

 

For the cake I used an apple cobbler cupcake recipe from the Cupcake Project blog (the link is below the recipe). The filling in the middle is pumpkin pie and the frosting on top is cinnamon cream cheese. The combination of the apple, pumpkin and the cream cheese is amazing. Really, make these guys and people will love you!

Apple Cobbler Cupcakes (from the Cupcake Project) Yield: 12 cupcakes

  • 1 1/2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 C unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 C brown sugar
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 C sour cream
  • 1/4 tsp lemon extract
  • 2 1/2 C apples, roughly chopped and loosely packed (I like having the large  chunks of apple in the batter – as shown above – but you can chop the apples  more finely if you like a smoother look.)
  1. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and ginger.
  2. Beat butter and sugars in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in eggs, sour cream, and lemon extract until blended.
  4. Mix in flour mixture.
  5. Fold in apples.
  6. Divide batter evenly among 12 cupcake liners (they will be filled almost all  the way to the top).
  7. Bake at 350 F for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out of the  cupcake clean.

Read more: http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2010/10/apple-cobbler-cupcakes-with-pumpkin-pie.html#ixzz1k8eIKdao

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1. Cream the cream cheese and butter together until thoroughly combined.
2. Add the vanilla extract and cinnamon, combine until mixed.
3. Add the confectioner’s sugar a third at a time, scraping the bowl often.

Birds

I live in a city across the bay from San Francisco and we’re lucky enough to have a marina with some nice walking and biking trails. As part of our attempt to be a bit more active we’ve been going on early morning bike rides on Saturday mornings. The marina is just south of the Oakland airport, so along with ducks, geese and seagulls you can watch planes coming in. Not so much of a thrill for me, but my seven year old loves it. Here’s a bit of what we saw today…

Crud

I don’t know what bug or virus I managed to get but the only way to describe how I feel is “crud”. So I’ve spent the last two days hanging out on the couch watching CourtTV with my side-eye giving friend…

Superheroes among us

Not sure how I missed two days of posting already. Oh well, whatta are ya gonna do!

A little bit about myself…One of the great things in my life is my job. I am merely an office assistant, but what makes it great is where I work and the people I work for. The agency I work for provides medical treatment and therapy to kids who have been affected by trauma or abuse. Now most people upon hearing this automatically think it must be a depressing place to work. Actually I feel very blessed to work every day and be surrounded by people who have dedicated their lives to helping children. And that is what they do…they help kids. And that makes working there a very uplifting place. I have never had better bosses or co-workers. In my mind they should all be wearing superhero capes and I only wish they got more recognition than they do for the amazing work they do.

One of the cool things we have at my work is a therapy garden. I get to help maintain it and really, what more can you ask for than a job where you get to entertain kids and dig in a garden? Today I was sitting outside at lunchtime and snapped a few pictures with my phone and thought I would share. I do have to put in a disclaimer that even though it’s California and it looks like a nice day, it is winter and pretty cool, so the garden is not very productive right now. Still, it is a calming place to sit and get some fresh air in the middle of busy day.