Friday, June 18, 2010

Garden Kitchen Inspiration

What do you have on your kitchen countertops?
I inherited this amazing antique crock from my mother-in-law (on left) years ago. I've always kept my kitchen gadgets handy in it....until my everyday gadgets were so plentiful that it became a sore spot to me!
When I am in problem solving mode I want a solution and I want it NOW! (channeling my inner Veruca Salt) So when I decided I needed to seperate my cooking gadgets from my baking gadgets I was on the hunt for the perfect holder. Needing to fulfill my instant gratification and my lack of budget I opened my eyes and hunted around the house in search for something that would a)be the right dimensions and b) coordinate with the other things on my countertop.


On my back patio, waiting for a use. I was attracted to this pot (found at Home Depot a couple years back) due to the color and the architectural detail. I picked it up with the desire to plant in it, but never did. Although whenever I passed by it, outside, it always reaffirmed to me that I loved those elements of it. That is why it became the PERFECT addition to my countertop!


When you find something that speaks to you- and it is in your budget- BUY IT! Do not make the mistake of saying, "where will I put it, what will I use it for?" If you love it, you will find the perfect use for it!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

June = Hydrangeas

Some people think of June as Junebugs, dog days and barbecue's...when I think of June I think of hydrangeas!

This season has been the best yet for my hydrangeas!

~In the house~

~In the garden~

Do you have friends that are so good you never know how to thank them? Well I do! I dropped each one of them off with a jar full of hydrangeas with a note that said...return the empty jar for a fresh bouquet!
I plan on keeping my friends supplied all summer!
The more you pick 'em, the more they bloom!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Father's Day Gift Idea

We have already given our dad his Father's Day present. Since that is the case I get to share the gift idea with you just in time for you to pick one up for yours!
My husband has always loved making root beer and really enjoys drinking soda. So when I was at Williams-Sonoma and they were demo'ing this, I knew it would be perfect!
The Sodastream Penguin water cabonator is great! It comes with two Co2 containers that can be replaced at WS when you run out. It also comes with these two glass containers that have amazing caps to keep your carbonation in. It is so easy to use, you just use regular filtered water and pump it 2-3 times. Then you have sparkling water. I like to add crystal light to it...yum!

But since it is hubby's gift, I had to get him the Root Beer syrup. We also got Lemon Lime. Both are really, really good! In less than 2 minutes we have a fresh batch of whatever fizzy drink we like!

Italian Sodas anyone?

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Memorial Weekend - part III

As if we did not have enough sweets here, we decided to get some gelato! Just too beautiful to pass by!

Could the day get any better?
OH YES IT CAN with a trip to Burke Williams Spa!
Behind these doors is heaven on earth!
If you are a spa person I completely recommend you seeking a Burke Williams and checking it out! No detail is overlooked here! The decor is Parisian.

We purposely went early to partake of the many ammenities that are offered when you have a treatment. We drank lots of cucumber water, went in the hot tub and the sauna and the steam room. We took showers making sure to use all of their aromatherapy products. Pure luxury!

Then it was time for us to all split up and get our treatments.

Mine was an 80 minute pure relaxation massage with BUD! It was glorious!

Of course, what would a day in the city be without a little SHOPPING!
If you do not know me, or even if you do, you may think I am the most spoiled person in the world. I am grateful for this day, thank my husband for it, and know that these days are once in a lifetime! or once a year ;)