Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wednesday Wishes

It's a leap year! Hmm, trying to think of something fun to do on leap day, but not coming up with anything. Oh well, maybe next time.

Here are some leapin' good leather finds...

Women's Gold
Some matching Salt Water Sandals for Mommy & Addie

The Passenger Clutch
A clutch to grab and go

Personalized Camera Neck Strap with Adjustable Length - Leather - Nude - Hand Stitched
A new camera strap

Two-tone braided skinny belt
And of course something from JCREW

Monday, February 27, 2012

Knit By Hand

Dexter is lucky to have Mormor (Swedish for Grandma). Look how talented she is!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Mason Jar Top 10

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1 Custom Etching
2 Personalized Cup
3 Wrapped in lace
4 Filled with cupcakes
5 Fancy vase
6 Drink glass with a custom top
7 Filled with soap
8 Gift card snow globe
9 Time capsule
10 A simple silhouette

What is your favorite way to use a mason jar?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wednesday Wishes

Winter in Madison this year has been quite different. We've really only had a few snow storms and they weren't bad at all! I do love a good shoveling workout, but haven't been too bummed about all the snow we've been missing.

The high today is suppose to be 45 degrees! This warm weather makes me think of spring... and more specifically spring clothes!

Some necessities for spring

Thursday, February 16, 2012


Dusty Miller
One of my favorite foliages, this grey leaf is a great addition to any bouquet or arrangement. Not only does it catch your eye with its’ unique color, but the fuzzy layer atop this leaf, is a must for some texture in your arrangement. If you are trying to incorporate silver into your color motif, this is the one for you!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Wednesday Wishes

With the opening of their new store in my homeland of Chicago, I decided to feature BHLDN (pronounced Beholden) this week for Wednesday Wishes. BHLDN is Anthropologie's super sweet wedding store.

While their gowns are incredibly gorgeous, it is of course, their decor that I am immediately drawn to. I have always loved to just walk around Anthropology and soak in all their eye catching displays. With the simplest of materials or their use of recycled materials, it is amazing to see what their designers come up with. It inspires me to think outside the box when decorating my own home. I am anxious to visit their new BHLDN store in Chicago to see their unique wedding decor. Here are a few of my online favs...

Two Cents Coasters  Fun twist on the old guestbook idea

Makarska Votives  I want these for my home!

Swinging Leaves Backdrop  Use this for a backdrop for the ceremony or a photo booth and then use in your home once the party is over!

Monday, February 13, 2012


I am super excited for my Craft, Sweets, and The Bachelor party tonight. Another thing to cross off on my Twelve in Twelve list. I am thinking this party might become a tradition. I do love traditions!

I made these super easy treats yesterday. White chocolate, pretzels, and decorative sprinkles are all you need. No one can resist a little sweet & salty treat!

140 pretzels later, I was done. This is what was left over! You can't really tell from the picture, but I was about out of white chocolate. If I had another bag of white chocolate chips I probably could have made another hundred or so (not that I would have had another hour to finish them). I'll definitely be making these again. 

More on my party later....

Friday, February 10, 2012

For Your Sweetie

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Flowers and Chocolates seem to be a must for the ladies.  To stay in touch and not too cliche, consider mixing It up a bit.

Roses are lovely and all, but know that in this month, Roses are mass produced and usually not at their best. These lovely winter blooms are a sweet alternative.

Ranunculus. My personal favorite.  A tiny bloom, with a big impact. Layer and layers of petals in a beautiful array of colors.

 Amaryllis. Pick up this bloom either as a fresh cut flower or as a planted bulb. The fresh cut stems for an immediate statement or the bulb for a longer, suspenseful wait.

Orchids. Clean. Long lasting. Dramatic.

And don't forget the sweets...

How about some fancy French Macaroons?

Friday, February 3, 2012

Super Bowl

(More bow tutorials will come, but we must break for this special weekend event. Don't worry Janell, I'll get you more Bow posts!)

So this is how I gear up for the Super Bowl..

Apron. check.
I am a big fan of the Super Bowl, but probably not for the same reasons as most. A day marked with lots of unhealthy food and good commercials (well at least a few good commercials). I'm in!

It has also become a tradition to spend the weekend with one of my sisters and her family. I believe this will be the 4th Super Bowl with Team Rawlins. An old friend and his lovely new wife will also be joining us. Good times.

This said sister and I are also both addicted to Pinterest. Sunday will be full of new Pinterest recipes. Below is one Steph suggested. Continue reading if you want to gain a pound reading. This is clearly the most unhealthy thing I think I have ever baked! Of course one cookie broke as I was removing it from the pan, so Addie and I had a little taste. They are yummy yummy! I think they will be a big hit with the Hubster. He is a lover of all things Peanut Butter and also Reese's Pieces. Addie is just like her Paps in that department.

So onto that recipe. I tweaked a few things from the original recipe. I think if I made them again I would also make only half of the topping. I had quite a bit extra.

Reese's Peanut Butter Cookies

Cookie Dough:
3/4 C. butter, softened
1 C. peanut butter
1 C. granulated sugar
1/2 C. packed dark brown sugar
2 eggs
1 T. vanilla
2 1/2 C. flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 C. chocolate chips
1 C. Reeses Pieces

3/4 C. peanut butter
1/3 C. packed dark brown sugar
1/2 C. sweetened condensed milk
2 T. light corn syrup
1/4 C. butter, softened

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, cream butter, peanut butter, and sugars; blend well. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Fold in flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Fold in chocolate chips and Reeses Pieces. In a separate bowl, mix filling ingredients until blended.

Form a ball of dough; gently press on the cookie balls to flatten slightly. Place a spoonful of filling on top.

Bake for 12-15 minutes. Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

(and this is the reason Addie didn't help me bake. she would have lost all interest the second she saw this bag)

We are also going to be having puppy chow, feta dip with a baguette, pretzel bites and cheese, guacamole and chips, and apples and cream cheese fluff. I can't wait!! What are you going to make?
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