Yogurt Pie

Monday, May 24, 2010

I mentioned this "recipe" in this post, and have had a few people ask me about "yogurt pie," so here goes.

This concoction was imparted to me by my dear friend Leslie C, the first year J and I were married. It is a dessert staple in our house, as its variations are limitless but its yummy taste/lightness is constant.

This is REALLY all you need to make yogurt pie happen:



What it takes: pie crust of your choice, two cartons of yogurt any flavor/brand/size (yes, even the little Activia ones work!), one regular-sized carton of Cool Whip.

C'est tout. [that's all.]

We (most often) love cherry-flavored yogurt with graham cracker crust.

Stir the cool whip together with both cartons of yogurt.



While you're doing this, you can listen to the Glee Pandora station on your phone (with or without real speakers).



Pour into the crust.



Refrigerate.



Let it get as firm as you like...refrigerate one hour and up.

YUM:



Light, tasty, and as healthy as you want it to be. You can add fresh fruit, do it without a crust but a cookie topping, no topping/crust, homemade pretzel crust, shortbread crust...the sky's the limit! We've done peach, raspberry, strawberry, key lime, cherry, and not one has disappointed.

Yogurt Pie:

Crust of your choice (homemade or ready-made)
2 cartons of yogurt, your choice (any flavor, brand, size)
1 regular-sized container of Cool-Whip

Stir cool whip and yogurt together. Pour in crust, top with fresh fruit if you'd like, and refrigerate.


Now you REALLY know all of my secrets.

Dining Room / Farmer's Market Flowers

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I volunteered at the downtown Memphis Farmer's Market this past Saturday morning.

Not only did I get to meet several local farmers/vendors (and a free t-shirt!), but I also walked away with a $5 wildflower bouquet we've been enjoying all week.

Volunteering or shopping, it's a truly WONDERFUL way to spend your Saturday morning if you are so inclined. You can sign up to get on their volunteer list through the website.

Divided in three different spots:

Kitchen table [in my newly-painted yellow kitchen...that's another post, though]:



Kitchen window:



Dining Room table:



[those coke can-shaped vases were the hostess gifts at Hayley's baby shower. LOVE them!]

Sorry about the junk on the table. It'll magically disappear over the next few pics....


Not one to leave you hanging [if you're still reading]... here's a little before-and-after action of the ole dining room.

Remember the is-it-plum-is-it-grey-is-it-brown colored dining room? I DO.


[there's that washer/dryer again...]


Well, this room was the very first thing we painted in this house [with much-appreciated help!]. I could not WAIT to affect some change in this room. And here we go.

Disclaimer: By no means do I consider this room "finished"--nothing is hung on the walls, there are still boxes everywhere, no window treatments, light fixture not exactly right, blah blah blah. But still. Progress?

voila:





In Camouflage by Benjamin Moore. And I found that cheery tablecloth at Target (!)

Whew! So much lighter and open-feeling, right? Acceptable start?


Still haven't unpacked my suitcases. Ha.

Patio Containers

Monday, May 17, 2010

First weekend (which was last wkd) in the new place, and what do you do? Unpack boxes? Nah...plant your patio containers you've been dying to put together for weeks, of course!

First, I want to give you an update on this guy. (Last year, Red tried to eat him and I had to take it to Greenhouse Rehab two winters ago.)

Here he was last year:



I took him back to my parents' greenhouse again this past winter, and look at 'im now:



Whoa! (right?) and:



So proud of his progress.

Next up, this little cutie pie low planter with lantana and Dusty Miller:



99-cent plant (some sort of long-leaf zinnia maybe?) in small pot:



My very own [ready-made] strawberry succulent pot (blogged about them here last summer), I got from Kate for my birthday:



And the big ma-moo planters...



counter-clockwise from top: spiky something-or-other, double impatiens (can't wait to see them bloom!), Dusty Miller, creeping Jenny, and coleus.

(sorry this one's blurry)...



counter-clockwise from top: purple fountain grass, hosta, double impatiens, and coleus.

I'll keep you updated on how these suckers fill in. I can't wait to see!


One of the unexpected fun things in our new backyard is this cute little storage shed:



[again, blank slate yard]

I was just itching to get my hands on those window boxes...and here's what I came up with:





The grey creeper is called "White Licorice," the tall red flowers are Salvia, yellow flowers are those same 99 cent ones from the little pot, the low red/pink plants are polka-dot somethings.



View of the house standing next to the storage shed:



[please excuse our empty boxes]


Now I guess I'll go unpack my t-shirts.

freaking me out

Saturday, May 15, 2010

I've told you before I'm a succulent plant lover [and here].


...But, um, this? is just too much.

WHAT THE HAY ...






[from here, via here]

I'm all for creative/experimental/modern/whatever-seems-fun gardening ideas... but this is just too creepy for words.

[or not, since i just posted about it. whoops.]

Our Go-To Salad

Friday, May 14, 2010

I posted about this salad last summer, but there were no pictures, and it was kinda a first-timer.

Since that post, we've probably had this salad for dinner about 32203894023984 times. It's a definite easy dinner solution when you're having people over and you basically only have time to stop by the store on your way home from work instead of cooking an elaborate meal.

Also, I've told you before that Jonathan doesn't really "love" a ton of food. And he really likes this salad. It's fresh, quick, easy, includes meat, and is very tasty.

As this is the first meal I've "made" in the new house, I stopped by the store to just get the items for dinner, and forgot the Granny Smith apple. [And the dressing. Whoops (Jonny picked that one up for me). ]

Start off by shredding a rotisserie chicken, and slice up some strawberries.

[in with the feta, waiting for lettuce]



appetizer:


[sorry it's blurry...I suck]

After mixed with spring mix lettuce, Newman's Own poppyseed dressing, slivered almonds, and black pepper:


[complete with wrinkly placemats I found in a random basket in our living room, not yet unpacked.]

Our first meal at home.



[never too far from the ginormous washer/dryer, either! watching laundry spin around while you eat is a definite treat.]

Really Good Salad:

spring mix lettuce
rotisserie chicken, shredded
sliced strawberries
sliced Granny Smith apples
feta cheese
golden raisins (optional)
slivered almonds (optional)
poppyseed dressing

Mix together.

I'm not sure this really counts as cooking.


[if you wanna try to fool people that you have over for dinner, make beer bread to go with it (also extremely easy), and yogurt pie (have I posted about that? also ridiculously easy). Three "homemade" items, and they don't feel gypped.]


Now you know all of my secrets.

Before Pics for Your Eyeballs

Monday, May 10, 2010

Whew! Glad to have found the camera cord...this whole moving thing is mind-boggling.

SO much to do...and never enough thyme. (get it?)

Here are some "before" pics for ya, hopefully to satisfy that burning curiosity which was probably keeping you up at night. Settle in and grab some popcorn.

The ranch-style house on Sequoia, which is now HOME.



The Den (with a real wood-burning stove that's pretty for real):



Through the den to the dining room (and bright window through which you can also see my blank canvas backyard!):



Through the dining room to the kitchen, aka Leslie's Laundry Outpost (I'll be taking in laundry for extra money, thanks to the enormous/enormously awesome washer/dryer that came with the house):



Um, just kidding... [I mean, if you are]

FYI: Our Major Project Numero Uno is called: The "getting-these-puppies-moved-elsewhere" Project.

Guest room:



The honourable office, or "middle room," as it's become thus far:



...complete with three gigantor-scale painted mirrors. We don't know why. We don't know how. They're just there.

Master bedroom:



Living room (through the front door, leading to the dining room, etc):



I don't know if that fireplace works. Corner decorating spaces like that intimidate me. [So much pressure!]

No shortage of ceiling fans, am I right? Brimming with potential, no?

Switching gears just for kicks...

For Mother's Day, I made these for each of our moms:



succulents in these anthropologie mugs.

and beautiful cards from Rifle. CANNOT GET ENOUGH RIFLE.



Martha and I made crock pot lasagna and margarita pie, and we had our parents, Jonny's parents, and my granny all together for lunch. Simply delightful!


Although we have definitely done tons of work to the house so far, and definitely given filling up these rooms a good ole college try (there was more in that townhouse than I thought!), no afters for publishing yet. Not while it's a mess.

(Thanks to everyone who has helped so far, in one way or another!)


Onward!

Kitchen Inspiration

Thursday, May 06, 2010

I've been up to my eyeballs in boxes, newspaper wrappings, paint, and junk over the past several days since the big move.

Unfortunately, the camera cord has not yet surfaced, nor has the internet been anything but completely spotty, so I can't post a ton of pics yet.

But I do have this phone shot of the porch this morning:



with a sweet hydrangea my mom brought over.

I digress.

Okay, so in looking through inspiration photos on kitchens (among other things), I came across this photo on my tumblr (where I used to post inspiration stuff/links more often):



All my post says is "from design sponge" -- what an idiot. I want to know more. I just LOVE this photo. The cabinets, the wall color, the open shelving... ugh.

I asked design-photo-internet-searcher-maven Lauren to help me look, and alas! her searches were fruitless as well.

Thus... HELP!

Anyone know where the above photo originally came from?
If you know, please email/let me know!
***UPDATE***
Thanks to the marvelous Karolyn for finding the original link for me on d*s, here.


here's another fave kitchen :



This one made the blog rounds a few months ago...I can't remember where I first saw it, but I know it's been posted about here.

More kitchen photos to love:


[jadeitekate]


[isuwanee]


[pure style home via design sponge]

So what's the theme here? Open, light, blues/greens... Are these super-girly?

Ha.

You'll soon see what we've got on our hands.

Our House

Monday, May 03, 2010

I'm posting this on my phone so excuse the crummy photo/shortness.

Here she is!

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