Sunday, February 17, 2013


Friday night - grocery shopping, leftovers, lounge attire, hausfrauing, laundry, TV with MFD, and my book. The End.

OH. Except I did a craft. My artistic skills (and vision) are on par with a pre-K child, so keep that in mind. I decorated a coffee cup. Picture me saying that as if I was saying "I carried a watermelon." I used sharpies, then baked it at 350 for 30 minutes. One run through the dishwasher and it came out in tact. I used it for my Saturday morning coffee which I didn't have until 11:30. I was an angry elf.

Saturday morning errands: a 9:15 bokwa class at the gym, Aldi, the vet for food for my dentally challenged dogs, Marshalls for bed pillows (and sunglasses), and the dreaded Walfart for throw pillows. Sorry the middle picture is dark, the daylight was a beeotch. My spending freeze was lifted on Friday. Check back here on Tuesday for My Dirty Diary of successes and failures.

I descaled the Keurig using this method.

Stephen, Aubrey, and Debbie came over for dinner and to watch the Fly guys lose. Hiss.

I served PDub's sherried tomato soup, my own version of Mac & cheese, and these delicious Reese's peanut butter bars with pineapple for dessert. Napkin styling by Aubrey.

My mac & cheese: boil 1 pound of pasta. Melt three tablespoons of butter. Add five tablespoons of flour and cook 1 minute. Add three cups of milk (I used 2.5 cups of vitamin D milk and 1/2 cup of heavy cream. You can use 2% milk, evaporated milk, half and half, a combination of any of them...just avoid skim milk). Bring almost to a boil, stirring frequently, until it thickens. Remove from heat. Add 1-2 TBS dijon mustard, salt to taste, and 3 cups of cheese (I used a cheddar gruyere from Trader Joe's, I typically use extra sharp cheddar). Top with breadcrumbs (mix them with some melted butter) and parmesan cheese if you wish, and bake at 350 for 25 minutes. I added ham because I had some.

More Saturday scenes:

When everyone left, MFD and I watched Wedding Crashers and were sleeping on opposite couches by 11 p.m. zzzzzzzzzz.

Sunday morning: coffee and eggs, loving the sun inside the house and out, and snuggling with Gussie.

I headed out to Homegoods and AC Moore before meeting my BFF Laura and Chris for lunch at my favorite Brother's Pizza. It was an awesome unplanned event.

Homegoods haul: new drinking glasses to replace those that have broken over the past few months, a baker's half sheet, gingham cupcake papers, and glamorous new dishwashing gloves with a spare. At AC Moore I got frames to continue the gallery wall up the stairs and another project I'm going to do next week. I did NOT buy the $31 80s special Sharpie pack. I love them, but $31 is ridiculous.

I finished The Autobiography of Us and started Divergent.

Other than that, Sunday consisted of lounging around with my dogs, reading blogs and my book, and catching up on some TV: Nashville, The Office, The Following, Snooki & JWoww, and Barefoot Contessa. I didn't have it in me to put in the two hours from 9 - 11 for Downton Abbey. Until tomorrow, Crawleys.

I do not have off today. Cue the tiny violins.

Since it has to be a Monday, make it a good one.

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  1. i loved Divergent. the second book.. eh, not so much.

    and i saw those sharpies too... but not for that price. i'd rather try and steal them from work LOL j/k (kindasortanotreally)

    1. Currently, all of my sharpies come from work. They don't buy the pink ones here though!

      Boo on the second Divergent. I like the first one so far.

  2. I know it's wrong, but I want to buy the Sharpies. I love them, I need to have them.

    1. They may be a birthday purchase here. I just couldn't justify them on a rando Sunday.

  3. i am going to need to try that mac and cheese recipe. and the mug looks great! I am terrible at anything crafty. like the worst.

  4. Hey! Stopping by from anythingbetween I have to ask - where did you get that Ron Swanson mug in your previous post? And what is bowka?!


  5. LOVING the artwork Steph! And I'm making those Reese's Peanut Butter Bars asap! You always have such fun and colorful weekends (meaning photos of course) and I'm so happy we get a little glimpse of that fun on Mondays with you! =) Yes, I'm at work too. BOO! And I'm not happy about it either. At least traffic was a little calm this morning. Ha! Let's make the most of the week!

  6. a. seriously?? That's all it took to decorate the mug??

    b. you motivate me to cook. (not to mention blog). and FYI, I do NOT frequently cook.

    c. why are sharpies so universally appealing? or writing utensils in general?

    1. I love all pens and markers, most especially Sharpies. That's it for the mug. Seriously. If I was arty, I'd be doodling all over every blank mug I have.

  7. The Autobiography of Us - go! How was it!

    I think the spending freeze gave you the shopping bug this weekend - all good stuff though! :)

  8. That mac and cheese sounds yum! Might have to try it. :)

  9. Sounds like such a fun-filled weekend!!

  10. All of your food looks amazing!! I love those napkins so much. I've been wanting to decorate a mug but am scared I'd really mess it it would explode on the oven or something. I didn't realize it was that easy :) Yours looks great!!

  11. Divergent is on my To Read list.

    Nice job on the mug!

  12. I descaled my keurig this weekend too. And now I'm washing my dishwasher. What an exciting life I lead haha! Your weekend looks like fun though - I love the coffee mug!

  13. I can't wait for the next episode of Nashville. Lots of drama!

    Those Sharpies are so pretty but that is way too much for pens!

  14. I love your coffee mug! I've been wanting to try that for awhile, but haven't had the courage. Maybe now I will :)!

  15. Sounds like a fun weekend to me! Your mug is great! Good job! Oh and you'll have to let me know what you think about Divergent...its been sitting on my nightstand for several months now! Whoops. I guess with the holidays i got out of the habit of reading and now most of my downtime is spent on the computer. In some ways that is kinda sad. Maybe I'll pick it up after the new baby gets here...

  16. You had a pretty jam-packed weekend full of fun (expect for the cleaning parts;).

    You and your damn food. My ass is too big for these delish recipes haha!

    Thanks for linking up!! I appreciate it :)

  17. oh i love the Sharpie collection..i know what you mean 31 dollars is a lot especially for something that is unneccessary

  18. Stopping by from Monday Morning Gossip (yeah, I'm a few days late). I covet those Sharpies, but I have a Permanent Marker addiction. I've had to keep myself from spending the money on them. What a fun weekend!

    Lulu and Daisy


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