I actually have a student this year whose birthday falls on February 29th! The kids had a quite the laugh in class as we explained the concept of leap year, and that technically speaking, according to the calendar, he is only turning 2 today, and not 8 (his actual age).This talk of leap year and frogs is perfect considering my Mom's birthday is tomorrow, and she has a weakness for all things frogs. As part of my birthday gift to her, I picked up this frog Prince inspired night-light at PBK.
While scouring the store for more frog items, I saw these adorable little bath-wraps. And yes, they have frogs! Along with hippos, bunnies, and lambs. While they are a little too small for my mom, I thought these were too cute to not pass along.
I am in love with this funky chandelier, it really gives this room charisma...
Imagine my surprise when my fave Food Network Star - Giada De Laurentiis - whipped up a recipe of "Sweet Potato Fries with Basil Salt and Garlic Mayonnaise." Not only do they sound amazing, but perfect for a summer BBQ or picnic. Try your hand at these!
Sweet Potato Fries with Basil Salt and Garlic Mayonnaise
5 sweet potatoes, cut into about 1 by 5-inch "fries"
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Place the sweet potato "fries" on a foil-lined baking sheet and toss with the olive oil. Bake until golden, about 45 minutes.
Meanwhile combine the basil, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. In another small bowl combine the mayonnaise, garlic, and lemon juice, and stir to combine.
When the sweet potato fries come out of the oven, sprinkle with the basil salt. Serve with the garlic mayonnaise alongside for dipping.image+recipe/foodnetwork
When I was little my Mom used to find and hang various paintings of young children playing outdoors (a subtle tribute to her three daughters). This John Singer Sargent painting, Carnation Lily, Lily Rose, has always reminded me of those familiar prints that used to hang in our family room. The the beauty of the blooming garden is perfectly accented with the warm glow of the just-lit lanterns illuminating the girls faces. This is my ode to Spring, may it come soon!
As my calendar is filling up with bridesmaid related events (i.e. showers, bachelorette parties, and the like) I thought I'd devote a blurb to the loveliness of summer weddings. Here are a few of my favorite lovely little ideas for a summer shindig from Martha's latest issue of Weddings. images/MarthaStewart
Get excited ladies (and accommodating gents) for the movie event of the summer! I already have an opening night date of cosmos, great clothes, and my best girls planned for the movie's drop May 30th. Mark your calendars!image/screenhead/portfolio
This site is perfect for scrapbooking aficionados, or aspiring scrapbookers looking for a little creative juice. Scarlet Lime sells monthly kits to aid you in your creative endeavors; patterned paper, stickers, buttons...the list goes on. Not convinced? Then have a look at these lovely little scrapbook pages a few of their resident artists have assembled using these kits to entice you...images/scarletlime
While the idea of Lindsay Lohan as Marilyn Monroe came as a surprise to me, she was reportedly handpicked for the part. I'm curious to hear your thoughts, do you think Lohan a fitting candidate to fill in for this beloved blonde bombshell?images/nymag
So, as I said before - when in Vail...INDULGE! Turns out, there's more here than just skiing!
And with long being IN, and short being OUT...these $15 a pop undershirts might not be a bad idea. Testimonies from proud owners swear these babies stay in place, so no shifting or readjusting necessary. I might just have to try one for myself...
With the 15 day celebration of Chinese New Year now in full swing, I sought out to find a festive thank you card for my student and her mom for sharing their traditions with our class...and came across this.
I was drawn to the simple teardrop of a mouse graphic, and the lovely orange accents. I was also thinking it could be sent as a congratulatory note to a family with new baby born in 2008, Year of the Rat.
I received these fun, kid-friendly sticky notes from a parent as a birthday gift. I'm certain my students will get a kick out of these quirky forest critters. Unfortunately they will probably be more excited about the sticky itself that my teacher comments!
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon dried lavender
- 4 bottles (750 mL each) dry Champagne or sparkling wine, chilled
- Fresh lavender sprigs, for garnish
- Bring sugar and 1/2 cup water to a boil in a saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Stir in dried lavender. Remove from heat. Let cool completely. Strain out lavender. Refrigerate syrup until ready to serve (up to 1 month).
- Pour about 6 ounces Champagne and 1 1/2 teaspoons syrup into each flute. Garnish each with a lavender sprig.
Ideal for the upcoming sorry-excuse-for-a-holiday...Valentine's Day (sigh)...image/etsy
It was really exciting to see the kids share in enjoying and understanding an unfamiliar tradition celebrated by their classmate.
Exhibit showing February 2 - May 11, 2008.