Monday, March 30, 2009

gorgonzola & pears



 last week, madeira and i tried to go to the farmers market.  after circling all of the way to the top of the parking garage, taking a cool photo of the building next door (i had never noticed it before) climbing the stairs down to the street and stopping by the first booth to take a photo of some very spring like carrots we headed back up the stairs and circled back down the parking garage empty handed-after a few rounds of “up-y, up-y, my legs are tired, hold me, i want a snack, i have to go potty”.  i knew it was not going to work.  tomorrow, we will try again. and i HOPE it is successful because i would love to get these ingredients fresh and take them home to cook up this flatbread and a great big salad. . .i have tried a version of this before, but this sounds very fresh and delightful!

Gorgonzola Pear Flatbread  (from melt by amr)

pizza dough (trader joes has a yummy one)

shredded white cheese (havarti, gouda, or mozarella)

thinly sliced pears

caramelized walnuts

crumbled gorgonzola cheese

fresh sage leaves

brush olive oil on rolled out dough. layer ingredients in above order. bake on bottom rack at 500 degrees for about 8 minutes. serve bubbly hot.


Saturday, March 28, 2009

choo, choo, look who’s 2. . .





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fun little train party that i helped out with for a sweet little 2 year old. . . the cake was made out of loaf cakes that we cut to form into the train cars, i loved the little red caboose.  it kind of bugged me that we had to leave it on the foil covered baking sheets, but i was convinced by the grandma that this was a portuguese tradition and being a quarter portuguese, myself, i just rolled with it.  we did little “knapsacks” filled with bubbles, train whistles and other goodies for the favors, and gave out train caps for the kids to wear.    the birthday boy’s favorite gift was a wooden train, of course! 

Friday, March 27, 2009

not just any diaper cake. . .

sb tiny diaper small

 sb tiny diaper medium

sb tiny diaper large

we have just partnered with santa barbara tiny cakes and are now exclusively featuring their diaper cakes in our shop.  not only are they completely tasteful and gorgeous, but they are made with pampers swaddlers, the softest and best diapers for newborns.  they can be made to fit any color scheme or shower theme  to be used as a centerpiece or can just be the perfect gift for the new parents. . .one hundred percent useful and beautiful.  so excited to be working with another outstanding santa barbara MOM!  aren’t they just gorg-a-rama????????

give them here, here, and here

Thursday, March 26, 2009

not a mohawk, but a mawok. . .



doesn't this just seem like a great transition from womb to world?  what a cozy & soothing baby bed.  created in sweden, but doesn’t seem to be sold in usa yet, but maybe soon?  . . .seems like a great bassinette and swing alternative and it is one less piece of baby equipment to clutter the floor.  pretty cute, too.


find out more here

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

kids art


aren’t these so sweet?  can you guess how they are made? 

they are kid’s finger paintings!  so your children can be free as litle birds to paint away and then you can oh so cleverly shape them into fun animals or shapes.  this idea was found on the amazing sarah jane studios, where she has kindly posted a few templates for those of us who do NOT draw.  (me!)

create them here

Monday, March 23, 2009

monday in the cucina




today’s recipe is very simple. 


fill with water


i want this.  i love it. 

it sold out on really fast.

too slow joe.

maybe it will be back.

try to give it here

weekends are wild (on monday)

BLOG cat bed from poppytalk which means, i can post about whatever is currently floating my boat. and since i am a newly discovered “cat person” (oh my gosh, did i seriously just say that?) – i thought this was one of the cutest (or maybe the only cute) cat accessory i have ever seen.  i want to do this.  i did see a great gucci suitcase at the closet (great secondhand store in santa barbara) the other day.  can you imagine if my cat slept in a gucci? thinking about it, though, i can’t imagine piper boy really appreciating it. . .we’ll have to get a girl cat.  then she and i can alternate nites sleeping in it.

spotted on poppytalk and made by vintage renaissance

friday party on monday


i have been wanting to share this party for a while now. it was featured on creature comforts earlier this month.  and if i am remembering correctly, it was a party that someone planned for herself on her 21st birthday-love it! so much better than shots of tequila in a dingy bar.  i think the colors are so fun and the look could work for a multitude of parties.  the bunting garland she made is absolutely adorable.  i’m thinking a summertime make your own ice cream party!

see more photos here at a field journal

thursday on monday. . .



i got way behind with my posting.  mr. sam was out of town for a few days because his sweet grandpa passed away.  so, i was taking care of the home and my sad little bug (she ADORES her great grandpa). 

i have decided to dedicate thursdays to the ladies.  i think there is something so sacred about us women and our roles in the lives of those around us.  most of us feel pulled in many directions and i think it is so important to remember what makes us special, and for me, i would like to remember to be softer.  we run our homes, we teach our children by leading, many times we do our finances, run our businesses, schedule our lives, meals, activities etc etc.  so, when i find myself getting to a certain place of craziness, i like to just remind myself to soften.  and part of softening for me is to put on an apron, some nice music and cook something from scratch with buggie helping on her stool-without looking at my blackberry once no matter how many times the chime chimes. 

this beautiful line of textiles at the etsy shop jewelweeds is so wonderfully delicate and so very soft.  i would love to treat myself to this apron and a few of the tea towels, which were featured on cool mom picks this morning. 


give them here

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

hope you can come. . .


spring event 2009

crafty little wednesday


baking kit 2 

baking kit 1

today’s project is one i just finished, this second, which worked out nicely.  it is similar to the crafty kit, i posted about a couple of weeks ago, but it is filled with baking goodies instead.  i used the same lunchbox style container and tin favor containers from the craft store.  and then filled them up with different sprinkles, baker’s twine, cupcake liners (i used the patterned martha stewart ones from michaels, so cute!), clown cupcake toppers and flower fondant/mini cookie cutters.  i used some left over buttons from my previous button project and think it turned out super cute.  i created the recipe cards in illustrator.  very fun, quick and inexpensive project.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

tuesday's for the tots

my bug is a strong little one who does not like to be told to do ANYTHING. examples- she was really great at writing her name in pre-school, but once she got to the big bad Pre-K and was asked to write her name, she could no longer do it-"the R is just too hard mom". or when sam and i use the infamous spelling trick, she can miracously sound out "boy, do i need a cocktail", but when she is asked what sounds the letters D O G make when you put them together, she has no idea.

THAT is why i love this toy. it tricks her into learning. perfect. my chosen parenting method is now trickery.

give it here

Monday, March 16, 2009

monday in the cucina

lavender oatmeal bars

these lavender oatmeal squares  sound absolutely delish and what a great treat to surprise someone with or bring into the office.  and don’t they look so cute wrapped in twine?   i am going to give these a try. 


Breakfast Oatmeal Squares:
Makes 9, 3-inch squares
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup oats
1/3 cup chopped almonds
1 tsp edible lavender buds
1 egg
1/4 cup yogurt
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl combine the flour, oats, almonds and lavender and set aside. In a smaller bowl whisk together the egg, yogurt, honey and vanilla extract. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir together with a large spoon or your hands until the dough comes together.
Pat the dough into a squares directly on the parchment paper, cut through with a sharp knife into 9 pieces and bake for 10-12 minutes. Do not overbake or you will end up with rocks under your teeth. Let cool and break the squares apart. Feel free to use a scoop and make drop cookies instead.

recipe and photo from tartelette via jubella

Friday, March 13, 2009

editorial calendar


ok, this is a fancy phrase that means i am going to get organized ( or try). i have been having so much fun with this little blog and have finally started to post regularly.  so, it is time to try to schedule myself. much like the every three hours, feed, play, sleep mantra i practiced when my little bug was new.  here is what i am thinking for categories, diy, foodie, babies and kids, giving back, party and favors, adult gifts (no not those kind, sorry!), and the shop. . .this is going to be a challenge and i think i am up for it. i will surprise you as far as what day will be what, but i promise i will try to be consistent. let’s see how it goes.  . .you with me??? anyone?  what do you think? am i missing anything? would love suggestions. . . i should do some giveaways  too. that would be really fun!  there is no photo at the top of this blog as of right now and i just can not let that happen, so i will put one in of some yummy stuffed tomatoes we made at thanksgiving.  makes perfect sense right? 

i heart buttons

bird button canvas

 butterfly button canvas


so as we all know retail is a little on the slow side. . .which stinks, EXCEPT for that i have much more time for projects.  i saw a photo in the pottery barn catalog of a print with a butterfly made out of buttons, not real buttons, but painted button like things.  and i thought it was a SUPER CUTE idea. so, i decided to make one with real buttons.  i went to the craft store and bought a white canvas, an assortment of buttons and green and pink paint.  painted the canvas and then drew the outline of the bird and butterfly.  hot glued on the buttons and i loved the results.  i thought they were so fun, that i put them in the shop.  they made themselves at home, although i hope not for long.  would love to have a reason to make more. 

give it here or here

Thursday, March 12, 2009

creativity is a gift

this project and creativity voyage concept is beautiful and one i do not remember often enough. . i believe we were made in the image of our creator and he definitely created. therefore, were were made to create-beautiful babies and beautiful ideas. wow. what a sweet garland of tags. . .i think i will do this for one of madeira's easter basket gifts. thanks to freshly found for the reminder and the photos.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

sweet cherry pie


i love this crafty craft featured on martha stewart today.  what a fun project and what a sweet gift. . .i want to go pick madeira up from preschool and make it NOW NOW NOW.  but i won’t because that would be crazy.  just like the other day when i heard on the radio there was a whale in the harbor and i wanted to drive directly to school to get her and then directly down to the waterfront.  but again i restrained. life would be so much more fun without restraint. . . i have had a lot of coffee today, hence the rambling.  back to the subject, this little felt pie would be the perfect gift for any little girl or boy who loves to play “cooking”.

craft it to give here

Monday, March 9, 2009

rain rain don’t go away. . .

 Johnny Rain Boots

with gray clouds in the sky again today, these rain boots from trumpette featured on cool mom picks were on my mind.  aren’t they the cutest. . . i would LOVE to have a pair in my size. 

give them here

Sunday, March 8, 2009

feed bags

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feed bag 3

my mom gave me this bag for Christmas and I meant to write about it because I thought it was so cool.  but i forgot. i was just reminded when i saw it in lucky magazine-they are giving away two of them here.  there are four different styles and each bag goes to feed children in a different part of the world.  the one that i have is the white cotton bag above. . .it folds into the burlap case that fits anywhere  each of these bags will provide 100 school meals to children in Rwanda through the UN World Food Program.  You can buy the bags at Whole Foods Markets nationwide or at the FEED shop online.  super functional, earth friendly and feeding children.  sounds good to me.

learn where to give it here

Saturday, March 7, 2009

gifted bro


my brother is really good at videos. super super good. anyways, just was in the mood to praise him tonite and share my favorite video. if you know someone getting married, they should definitely check him out.

(the photo is of his two boys and my girl, he has one more boy coming very soon! cute, huh?)

his site is here

Thursday, March 5, 2009

kirtsy, please


not too long ago, my wonderful cousin in law, jordan, introduced me to the crazy world of blogging and google reader. now, i was not completely out of it, i had been keeping a blog with photos of madeira and little stories that family and friends could read, but i seriously had NO IDEA what was going on beyond that. it is absolutely amazing how many super talented, creative and inspirational women and men there are out there who blog everyday multiple times!!!. . . i have found unbelievable ideas, inspiration and just pure beauty to gaze upon on these blogs and find new great sites everyday. today was a super fun day because the amazingly wonderful design mom (read her blog everyday and LOVE) added my craft kit post to kirtsy –thank you very much! now, i had heard of kirtsy lots and was very curious, but had never taken the time to explore-today became that day. what a fun place. people send great finds there-kind of alike a one stop blog posting shop. this absolutely amazing idea was posted there today and i wanted to share it because i know you will love it. who wants to come over and make one? so thanks to design mom and thanks to party perfect (another one of my favorites) for this great word book idea.

make it here.

photo by party perfect