K’s 1st Birthday Party!

Hey guys! Sorry I’ve been AWOL for so long, I’ve been kinda busy with my new job…. but more on that another time.

So as you may know, my adorable baby girl has turned 1!

We made her the sweetest little backyard party, and I thought I’d share a few pictures.




The All-Powerful Green Smoothie

I’ve been searching high and low for an easy yummy green smoothie…. this exceeds my expectations! Yummy, healthy, easy.
Green Smoothie

1 cup kale or collard greens firmly packed, stems removed, coarsely chopped (4 oz.)
1 Granny Smith apple, coarsely chopped
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
2 1/4 cups water

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. If the mixture is too thick, add a little more water.

Serves 2. Per serving: 105 calories; 0 g saturated fat; 0 g unsaturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 26 g carbs; 32 mg sodium; 2 g protein; 4 g fiber.



Handmade Home: The Paper Pompom

(Taken from Houzz – Susan Duane)

Try one large one like I did here, or play with smaller ones.

Hung in clusters, these fluffy crafts make for a beautiful display.

by susan duane

You’ll need:

  • Tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Twine, pipe cleaners or wire
  • Fishing line, or some other string to suspend your pom-pom
  • Bone folder (optional)
Start by laying out about 10 sheets of tissue in a neat pile. The more sheets of tissue you use, the fuller your pompom will be.Start by folding the pile in 1-inch increments in an accordion-style fold. Smooth each fold with a bone folder or your hands.
Continue this same process until the entire sheet is folded.
Round both ends with your scissors. This gives the pompom a rounded edge that ends up looking something like a peony.You can also cut the ends into a point for a very different look. For a visually interesting cluster of pompoms, vary the shape of the ends.
Fold the accordion folded tissue in half and tie tightly. I used twine, but you can also use wire or pipe cleaners. Just be sure to twist tightly.
Lay the tissue open and gently pull one layer of the tissue into the center, alternating sides until you have done about half of the pompom.Take your time with this step! Remember to pull gently, being careful not to tear the tissue.
Flip the pompom and do the same thing to the other side. Try not to push down on the side you’ve just completed, but don’t worry — you can fix anything that might get a bit flattened when you’re finished.
Once your pompom is hung, adjust the layers until you’re happy with the look.If you want the illusion of the pompom floating in mid-air, use fishing line.

Etsy Spotlight: #1 Leather Wraps

Trust me, I know what its like to feel like your in a rut. Been there. Too often. So why not spice things up a bit with gorgeous statement jewelry? One of a kind, handmade jewelry, no less! While scouring Etsy (One of my favorite internet time wasters) I found this seller. She calls her wares “Bohemian Jewelry & Chan Luu Style Bracelets & Bangles” (I had no idea what Chan Luu was so I also learnt a new word that day). Here are some of my favorites!

Stunning, no?

Until next time!



Blogs I Love: #1 Brown Eyed Baker

This blog is ‘ah-mah-zing’ as Penny Hartz would say. I stumbled across it while looking for clear instructions on how to ice sugar cookies. Her clear and direct approach (with such helpful pictures!) had me making some beautiful iced cookies! Granted, they weren’t Bake Sale worthy, but I think I’m getting the hang of it!

This is her tutorial on How to Decorate Cookies with Royal Icing.

…And this is my sad first attempt:

Well practice makes perfect.

Until next time!