Friday, October 23, 2009

Kate's Monogram Wreath

I was perusing Design*Sponge and saw this fabulous monogram wreath project by Kate Pruitt. I thought it looked so cute and easy that I had to post it. I may even tackle this one myself!

(photo from Design*Sponge)

Friday, October 9, 2009

Lavender Moon Cupcakery

I'm not usually a huge fan of cupcakes, but Lavender Moon Cupcakery delivers where others fail. Original and classic flavors are moist, not dry as is a common problem with cupcakes. My husband picked up a handful of these for my son's actual birthday: Orange Creamsicle, Flourless Chocolate, Triple Chocolate, and Apple. Selection varies daily.

Lavender Moon Cupcakery
116 South Royal Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Thursday, October 8, 2009

You Say It's Your Birthday...nah nah nah nah nah naahhh

We finally had my son's birthday party this past weekend and it was a success! You may recall from this post that we decided on a cowboy theme. Happy Birthday Pumpkin!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I Love Pumpkins!

Baking from scratch is about the closest I get to being a 'real' housewife. The best Pumpkin Bread is from the Joy of Cooking cookbook.


One 9 x 5-inch loaf
This loaf can be made with any cooked mashed squash, yams, or sweet potatoes.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.

Whisk together:
1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1⁄2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1⁄2 teaspoon grated or ground nutmeg
1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves

Combine in a small bowl:
1⁄3 cup water or milk
1⁄2 teaspoon vanill

Beat in a large bowl until fluffy:
6 tablespoons (3⁄4 stick) butter, softened, or 1⁄3 cup vegetable shortening
1 1⁄3 cups sugar or 1 cup sugar plus 1⁄ 3 cup packed brown sugar

Beat in one at a time:
2 large eggs

Add and beat on low speed just until blended:
1 cup cooked or canned pumpkin puree

Add the flour mixture in 3 parts, alternating with the milk mixture, beating on low speed or stirring with a rubber spatula until smooth and scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary. Fold in:
1⁄2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans
1⁄3 cup raisins or chopped dates

[Blogger's Note: I prefer to add chocolate chips in lieu of the above.]

Pour into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Let cool in the pan on a rack for 5 to 10 minutes before unmolding to cool completely on the rack.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Bravo Brabo!

In honor of my husband's fortieth birthday recently, we dined at the new Robert Wiedmaier restaurant, Brabo, in Old Town Alexandria. Most of the food is fairly simple, traditional fare, yet perfectly prepared. Nothing too wildly adventurous here, although I was tempted by the watermelon and goat cheese salad (I had the minestrone soup instead, which was delicious). The service was almost perfect, save for the fact that our server addressed us as Madam and Monsieur, though it is not a French restaurant. The dessert pictured above is a spiced pear and pomegranate cobbler with black pepper ice cream. It was the perfect ending to a lovely meal on a cool, almost-autumn, evening.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Yee Haw!

My baby boy's first birthday is fast approaching and I have been ramping up for the event. I've decided on a cowboy theme and found these adorable invitations from Two Hand Design on Etsy to get me going:

She has some great products and did a fantastic job on the invites. Now I just need to mail them out!

Michael's has a bunch of their Martha Stewart line on clearance, so I really scored with paper in a bandanna print that I hope to use to make a flag banner. Some cowboy hats, a horse balloon, and maybe a paper cactus or two should make the party festive. Oh, and I may borrow my neighbor Joe's wooden, life-size cow, if I can muster up the guts to ask him. What's a cowboy without any cows?

Monday, August 24, 2009

H is for Henry

I decided to take on another project with some fun supplies I picked up at PaperSource. I found these craft paper letters and decided to decoupage one for my son's room. I used PaperSource's PVA (aka bookbinder's glue), but you could also use Modge Podge.