Thursday, January 10, 2013

Cherry Parfaits

Cherries were on sale yesterday.

They were so shiny and they were that gorgeous dark red.  I couldn't resist.  So of course, I snatched them up and added them to my cart.  They made their first appearance today in my Cherry Parfaits.

The great thing about Cherry Parfaits is that they are easy to make and look really pretty.  These are good to make if you're home alone and want a quick treat or even if you have guests coming over and want to make something simple.
All you need are cherries, heavy cream, confectioners sugar, vanilla essence, chocolate, sugar cookies, milk (or in my case - vanilla almond milk), and nuts.  

From there, just whip the heavy cream with vanilla and sugar until it's the sweetness you want and then soak the cookies in the milk for a few seconds until softened.  Then you just layer away.  Cream, cookies, cherries, nuts, cream, cookies, cherries, nuts.  Then just dollop on one last bit of cream and pop some cherries on the top, then garnish by grating some chocolate over the top.  Quick and easy!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A New Lifestyle

Our baby Dylan is due to come into the world in a little over two weeks.


I have been looking at the lifestyles of my friends with children and seeing how differently they live to what Brian and I are used to.  I am very organized and detailed, and most of my friends tell me to throw that out the window once the baby comes, hahahaha!  

Mothers and Fathers out there - what were some of the biggest changes to your lifestyle once you had children?

Friday, December 7, 2012

Go-to Holiday Sweets

It's that time of year again.  Time when the Sweet Tooth is king. :)

With all these Christmas and New Year's parties coming up, I find myself constantly baking, so I like to have a go-to Holiday Sweet list.  I have a few basic standards that I can then customize with each party to change it up.  Do you have any go-to Holiday Sweet recipes?

Let's trade.  :)
Leave me the recipe of one of your favorites in the comments, and here's one of mine after the jump.  :)  Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Baby Shower Thank You Cards

Brian and I had a little craft night the other night. :)

It's not the norm for Brian to sit down with me with paper, scissors and glue - but since we were making "thank you" cards for all the baby gifts we received, he joined in on the fun.
The first baby shower that I had was thrown by my Mum and three of my lovely friends, and it was a camping theme.  To keep with the theme, I decided to create Thank You cards that went along with that same theme.

 We ended up making some cute little pop-up cards.  What do you think?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Nursery Style

I have had a lot of people ask me about how Brian and I are going to decorate our Nursery for our baby coming along in January.  People are asking what "theme" we are going with, and often they are surprised when I tell them that we don't have one.

Here is our color scheme:

One thing about decorating a nursery is that it never really is for the baby, we all know it's really for the mother.  When thinking about ours, I was determined to give it a style that reflects the rest of our place, not something that was overly "baby".  When looking for pieces and deciding on a color scheme, I kept in mind that I wanted to decorate in a style that our son would still like when he gets a little older, so I steered clear of anything looking to "precious" or "lullabye" (not that there's anything wrong with those, it just doesn't reflect the rest of my style).

Right now, Brian and I are living in an apartment, and have a small little room for the baby, but we are moving early next year, so we decided not to paint any of the walls.  Even if we were painting, I think we would stick with white walls and have two feature walls - one in warm grey, and one with some kind of wallpaper.
I found a great vintage dresser here in Houston, and the owner also custom-paints, so she transformed it from a country cream color to a gorgeous, modern azalea leaf blue.  I love how it turned out - the elegant, vintage shape is a great contrast with the bold blue.  I love the idea of an eclectic nursery with bold pops of color.  Right now we have it topped with some of my vintage milk glass and a fun yellow typewriter, but once baby comes, those will move to a bookshelf, and the changing pad will live there.

For decoration, I have a lot of little vintage pieces that work well with the look I want to create.  The great thing about decorating a nursery to suit my style, and not a "baby" style, is that I already have a lot of things that would work well with the room.  

I will post more updates as we piece together the new space. :)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Baby, Baby

It's hard to believe that I have been on this pregnancy journey for six months.  And it's hard to believe that I haven't had a chance to share with you all what our little baby's gender is yet!  Drumroll.....

Yep, we are getting ready for lots of snips and snails and puppy dog tails!  We are so excited to be welcoming a baby boy to our family!  Hooray!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

An Announcement...

I have a wee announcement to make...


I had an idea of how I wanted our Pregnancy Announcement to look, and my lovely friend Terilyn and her husband Koby at Archetype made it happen.  Thanks, guys! 

PS. I have had people email me about the dress I am wearing.  You can find it here at BHLDN. :)
PPS. To see the rest of the pictures, join me after the jump...