Wednesday, August 31, 2011

{Recipe}Amazing Oatmeal

I think most of us know how to make oatmeal by now, or at least I thought I did until I saw Hungry Girl's version. Wow!!
She turns 1/2 cup of dried oats into a huge bowl of oat-y goodness.
How does she achieve this miracle?
She also introduced me to almond milk. This stuff is creamy and delicious and only 40 calories a cup!
You need to use the old fashioned oats and unsweetened almond milk.
The recipe is super easy. Just mix up 1/2 cup of old fashioned oats, 1 cup of almond milk and 1 cup of water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.  
Turn down the heat and keep on stirring until all the liquid is absorbed. 
This takes about 15
 minutes so you need to be patient.
 The result is so worth it.  
A huge steaming, creamy bowl of comforting oatmeal.
Sweeten and season as you like.
 I like adding frozen berries. The cool down the oatmeal and defrost as you stir them in.
I also like a smattering of almonds or walnuts for some crunch.
If your mornings are rushed, you can make it the night before in the microwave like this chick does and reheat in the morning.
It's so filling and'll keep you going till lunch!
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Monday, August 29, 2011

{Updating The Abode} - Bead Board Kitchen Island Reveal

We've completed the bead board island in the kitchen!
I love it!
It was my number one wish for our dream projects for 2011.
I was inspired by this one.
Here's where we started.
Ugly wood island that looked like plywood.
This is the pine bead board that we used (from Lowes)
There was a lot of measuring and
some glueing and

and some nailing.

until we had this.
Which was a big improvement already!
Do you agree?
It stayed that way for a few weeks while we did this, this and this.
The hubs did the priming and 
painting (Benjamin Moore Blackberry in Pearl finish)
We took a much needed break that night.
For the corners we used the original corner covers, just painted black to finish it off.
Hubs also painted the outlet cover to match.
Here she is!
We also added bead board to the cabinet ends and painted them as well.

It adds a rich texture to the kitchen (well, I think it does!)
Side by side before and after.
So what do you think?
The whole kitchen was completed for under $100 which includes boards, paint and supplies.
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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Countdown to {MORE} Disney Week!

We are busy packing and getting ready to go!
A few more photos from our Disney trips. 

Some from Disneyland.

Can't wait!!
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Thursday, August 25, 2011

My Daughter's NYC Adventure

July was a busy month for my kids.
My oldest went off to NYC for an intense pre-college fashion design program at an art school.
Youngest had her own adventure (more on that later).
 The program was pretty amazing.  They got to experience a little bit of college life--living in a dorm with a roommate, taking classes, etc but still had an 11 pm curfew every night.
They also had fabulous weekend activities like seeing Broadway shows and cruising around the city on a Circle Line Cruise, to name a few.
(where she took this photo)
 Her fashion class had lots of field trips like this one to the famous fabric store-- Mood!!
Do you watch Project Runway??
"Thank you Mood!"
They got to go to hat designer Jaqueline Lamont's showroom (and shop her sample sale!)
She was thrilled to get to  the Met to see the Alexander McQueen Exhibit and had a few other museum trips as well, but this was by far her favorite.
Some of her inspiration boards and sketches.

They also had to take Foundation courses in Drawing and Painting and Portfolio Prep.
I couldn't believe how much work they accomplished in such a short time!
She'll have more pieces for her portfolio now.

Their final project for fashion was to create a garment out of any repetitive object.
It's very fitting that she chose coffee filters since she pretty much survived on coffee that month.

This skirt is so cute on, it's like a tutu. It's very fragile though.
We were invited to their final exhibition on the last day of the program.
We met a lot of her new friends as she was saying good bye to them.
Of course these days, they can stay connected very easily so they can still keep in touch even though they are all over the world.
I hope she'll always treasure this experience!!

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