Thursday, January 28

Nicolas Cage As Everyone

Have you seen this website?  I found it one day when I went to AIM to check my email.  (There are so darn many bull crap articles, I have to read them all!)
The blog entitled "Nic Cage As Everyone" is nothing but endless pictures of celebrities and movie characters.  The pictures are photoshopped by readers to look like Nicolas Cage.  I would love to have posted 20 or more but here are a few of my favorites.  You should be able to tell who was in the original picture.  So stinkin' hilarious!

The Pope loves this video (below).

Sunday, January 24

Etsy Sunday

I love this time of year.  My birthday is February 3 (I'll be twenty-eight this year) and then just a few days later is Valentine's Day!
Honestly, I expected more Valentine's Day goodness on Etsy.  It was a little lacking.

Flour sack kitchen towel
Will You Be My Valentine wreath
And They Lived Happily Ever After wall decal (you know I love these!)
Angel wings paper sculpture

Saturday, January 23

Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough

I have to listen to music while I'm cleaning, it makes things more fun and less disgusting. Today I'm listening to MJ on Pandora. Maybe with his help I can finally get Christmas-ness put away. Yes, our tree is still up!
Here's some Michael for your weekend cleaning.

Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
The Way You Make Me Feel
Billie Jean
Rock With You

Monday, January 18

The Pope's Irish Coffee

The Pope's favorite winter time drink is Irish Coffee.  After a few attempts, he's gotten pretty darn good at making 'em.

Irish whiskey
granulated sugar
heavy cream

Add two teaspoonfuls of sugar to the glass.  Then add the coffee (The Pope adds coffee until it reaches the top of the handle of the glass).  Add a shot of whiskey.  This is the tricky get that great layering effect, pour the heavy cream into the glass over the back of a spoon.

Tuesday, January 12

Green Graffiti

Today was a great day.  I was off work and spent the day much like I would a Sunday, taking my time with the day.  In other words, I slept a lot and spent way too much time on the internet.
I ran across an article about this company Green Graffiti.  Based in Amsterdam, the company uses pressure washing to make "graffiti" on sidewalks for companies.  I'm sure it costs less than regular paper or television/radio advertising, plus it probably lasts longer.  What a nifty idea, right?!

Sunday, January 10

Etsy Sunday

I missed browsing Etsy over the holidays.  So, to make up for it, I have hand picked lots of things to share with you today.  Maybe next week I'll shop for all warm and cozy items.  Wow is it cold!

Superbowl beer cupcakes
Wool circles pillow
1950s book set
dog/cat bed-bag
Zombie defense bumper sticker
3" gnome
LOVE burlap banner (I'm adding something like this to my project list.)
Reclaimed wood picture frame
Let's Make Out pillow
Bacon and eggs catnip cat toys

Can't Help Falling In Love With These Cupcakes

January 8th would have been Elvis' 75th birthday, bless his heart.  I had to work so I couldn't celebrate too much, but at the end of the day I had the great idea to go home and make cupcakes in observation of the special day.  I left work and went straight to the grocery store picking up some bananas, peanut butter, and cake mix.  My plan was to turn a box of Duncan Hines into a dessert Elvis would die for.
The Pope was working nights so I had the whole house to myself.  I unpacked my groceries, set a stick of butter out to soften, pulled out my new mixing bowls, and went to the cabinet to pull out the bag of powdered sugar.  But there was no powdered sugar!  I ripped the cabinets apart looking for the sugar.  I am slightly OCD and know exactly where everything is in my kitchen at all times......the ketchup sits next to the mustard, in the fridge, right next to the salad dressings on the bottom shelf.
Apparently The Pope had used all of the powdered sugar a few weeks ago to make buckeyes and "crack balls."  So then an argument ensued.
I was not about to go out in 20 degree weather especially when The Pope should have let me know he used all of the sugar.  And he argued that we rarely use powdered sugar so he didn't see the reason to mention it.  I explained that when I have the urge to bake, cook, and create in my kitchen, I expect those staples to be there.  I went to bed with nothing to show for my love for Elvis.
I woke up this morning with a fresh 2 pound bag of Walmart brand powdered sugar laying on my cutting board.  The Pope is too sweet (pun intended).  So here's my recipe for Can't-Help-Falling-In Love-With-These-Elvis'-Belated-Birthday-Cupcakes with peanut butter frosting.

For the cupcakes I used a boxed yellow cake mix and added a few mashed bananas before pouring into cupcake tins.  I got the basics for my frosting from this recipe and tweaked it a little.

Peanut Butter Frosting
1/2 cup butter, softened not melted (don't use margarine)
1 1/2 cups peanut butter (natural peanut butter has a stronger flavor)
2 cups powdered sugar
enough milk to make it creamy, about 1/4 cup
a little vanilla extract just 'cause

Cream the butter and peanut butter, then add the vanilla, sugar and milk a little at a time.  Remember only add enough milk to make it creamy.  This frosting would be absolutely yummy on some chocolate cupcakes or for the peanut butter fanatics try it on some peanut butter cupcakes.

Friday, January 8

Retro Teal at Target

I found these retro inspired items at Target.  I absolutely love this 1950s aqua!

utensil holder (I would use this to hold colored pencils and scissors in my craft room.)

set of canisters with peek-a-boo windows

They also have a paper towel holder,  a cookie jar, and a "beverage tub."

Tuesday, January 5

Welcome 2010!

I am finally back from my break from blogging.  I have reluctantly removed the Elvis Christmas picture and changed my playlist from 50s Christmas classics to a great collection of oldies.  (Have you ever noticed sock hop, malt shop, and doo wop all end in -op?  Must have been the two favorite letters of the 50s.)
The Pope and I spent lots of time on the road this holiday season visiting folks in Augusta and Raleigh.  We hardly had time to spend quality time with everyone but loved every minute.  We are thankful to have two loving families to share Christmas with.

Today I am working on getting the house clean and ready for the new year (we have yet to take down and put away our Christmas decorations).  I would love to get us super organized this year and I've been looking for a great wall calendar.  Of course I love the retro themed ones.  If I were a single girl I'd buy one of the calendars with old pin ups on it but of course it's not completely appropriate with a man in the house, boo.

Enjoying the staff Christmas party