New York, New York.

Via All The Buildings In New York

New York has been a part of me all of my life.  It was where I had my first real corporate job, where I fell in love, where I had my heart broken for the first time and so many more memories I couldn’t even begin to list.  So when I came across illustrations by James Gulliver Hancock I fell in love.

Description from his site: All The Buildings In New York is a personal project of James Gulliver Hancock. An illustrator from Australia now based between Sydney, and New York. This project stems from an interest in obsession and recording of places. New York holds a special place in everyone’s heart, romanticized from Seasame Street and old movies like Rear Window and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This blog records an attempt to make the city personal by passing a pen over every structure, hopefully making up for the time not spent in New York.”

I would love to frame prints of his of spots that are important to me.  For now I will have to make do with his incredible book.  If you love New York as much as I do, take a look.  You won’t be disappointed.

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Watermelon grill.

I am always on a the lookout for creative ways to display dishes when we have company or are invited to someones house. So when we were invited to a BBQ the other day, I scoured the internet to find something fun.

I came upon this Watermelon Gill on She Knows and I couldn’t have been more perfect!

Stop by She Knows for step-by-step instructions!

BBQ Chicken Salad

No re-inventing the wheel here. Just a BBQ Chicken Salad.

2 chicken breasts, grilled & chopped
3 tablespoons BBQ sauce (we used Jack Daniel’s).
4 cups iceberg lettuce, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1 cup sweet corn
1 cup black beans
1 avocado, chopped
1 healthy helping of monetary jack cheese

In a small bowl, combine grilled & chopped chicken breast with 3 tablespoons BBQ sauce (we used Jack Daniel’s).
In a large bowl, combine chopped lettuce, tomato, corn, black beans and avocado.
Divide lettuce mixture evenly between two plates, top with 1 healthy helping of monetary jack cheese and grilled chicken.

*Instead of croutons we added quesadilla strips for a change. Use 2 tortillas & 4 ounces of Monterey jack cheese. Add tortilla and half the cheese to a non-stick pan, cook until both sides are toasted and the cheese has melted. Slice into strips.

*When you don’t have time to make homemade dressing you can always mix with things you have. We used ranch dressing and added the Jack Daniel’s BBQ sauce then drizzled it on the salad. It was delish!

Cool Summer Treats

It’s that time of year for cool summer treats. With the weather heating up around here we are in the mood for ice cream, ice pops and any cool treats we can get our hands on.

Now to wipe the dust off of our ice cream machine and get the milk churning!

Here are a few cool treats on our ‘to make immediately’ list.

Key Lime Pie Ice Pops
Caffe Latte Ice Cream
Burnt Caramel Bourbon Ice Cream with Milk Chocolate Toffee
Mint Chocolate Cheesecake Popsicles

Want more? Check out my Baby, It is cold in here Pinterest Page.

Delightfully Living: Day 150 – Day 157

365 photo project – the simple act of taking a picture every day for a year. The idea behind starting the project is for me to try to get myself to slow down and take a different look at the world. The series is called Delightfully Living. This is Day 150 – 157.

What you will see: moments of time, food, details of the world around me and things that I enjoy.

Day 150: A morning cup of coffee to get ready for the day.

Day 151: Layla loves to do self portraits. She is incredibly smart!

Day 152: Adventures in Pinterest: Personalized Mugs.

Day 153: A lazy Sunday full of too much television and naughty foods. We needed a bit of a rest with the work loads we have been doing lately.

Day 154: Tasty treats from Spain. Every time my best friend goes away he brings me something!

Day 155: Holy Open Face Hard Taco! My sister and her boyfriend came over for dinner. We had way to much food and margaritas that night, but sometime that’s what you need midweek.

Day 156: We bought the expansion packs to Cards Against Humanity. Can’t wait to invite people over to play!

Day 157: Lately I feel like every other day it is raining here (New Jersey). I am hoping for more sunny days ahead.

Adventures in Pinterest: Personalized Mugs

My sister and her boyfriend come over every week. I make dinner and dessert. We play board games, watch movies and do crafts (gingerbread houses for Christmas, decorating ninja cookies, etc.). Last week we decided to try making our own personalized mugs.

Pinterest is infested with pins of white mugs covered in permanent/sharpie marker designs. If you are new to the Sharpie mug phenomenon it is simple: take Sharpies, draw on a mug, and bake them in the oven for a hand crafted permanently designed mug. It sounds so easy! But if you click through the multiple sites that have tried this project you will see each using a different method with some reporting terrible results (i.e. drawings wiping off, not dishwasher proof or fading). Part of what makes the Sharpie Mugs so popular is that it is a craft that you can do immediately because you already have the supplies at home. BUT instead of going the sharpie marker way, I decided to spend a little extra money on ceramic pens to be on the safe side.  We used Decor Art Glass Paint Markers from Micheal’s (($3.99 a pen).

With ceramic pens in hand we each decorated a mug. Hearts, dots, flowers, and other interesting drawings came about. Once we finished with decorating, I set them on a baking sheet and allow them to dry for an hour. I then placed them in a cold oven (this is important! you want them to heat up with the oven), turned the oven to 375 and set a timer for 50 minutes. After 50 minutes was up, I turned the oven off, cracked the oven open a bit and left the cups to cool with the oven. Once they’re cool they’re ready to use!

Note: I have hand washed the mugs and the designs have not wiped off. We have also put them in the dishwasher and they have come out perfectly!! Success! 

Delightfully Living: Day 134 – Day 141

365 photo project – the simple act of taking a picture every day for a year. The idea behind starting the project is for me to try to get myself to slow down and take a different look at the world. The series is called Delightfully Living. This is Day 134 – 141.

What you will see: moments of time, food, details of the world around me and things that I enjoy.

Day 134: I am lucky to work alongside my best friend. His wife made us a mid afternoon snack – a mini heart cheesecake with raspberry topping. It was delish!

Day 135: A closeup of Layla.

Day 136: My favorite place to relax at work and daydream.

Day 137: Our mini adventure to Rhode Island. I love three day weekends.

Day 138: We visited a few of the Newport Mansions while visiting Rhode Island. Gorgeous! We are already scheduling a return trip to see the mansions we missed.

Day 139: While in Rhode Island we also visited some of the local wineries. A few bottles of our favorites found their way home with us.

Day 140: After a great mini trip I came home not feeling 100%.  Tea and crackers helps soothe me. Little did I know what was ahead of me at this time.

Day 141: Usually a walk helps to clear my mind and makes me feel better. Found these gorgeous flowers on my walk.