pet peeve.

1 Dec

So sorry I have been a bit MIA here lately, finals are just kicking my little tail at the moment! But never fear, my pet peeve of the week is sure to brighten your day. It is now December, crazy I know I can hardly believe it, but it is that time of the year for cold weather, pretty scarves, hot chocolate and christmas music. There are many lovely things about this season but one thing I can not stand are tacky Christmas sweaters. They are just that….tacky.

Don’t get me wrong, I am all about dressing festive. Gimmie some sparkle, red and green or even some gold, but I draw the extremely dark line in the snow at articles of clothing that jingle, light up or are just plain horrible to look at.

There is a reason that they are called TACKY christmas sweaters, no one should wear them outside of a TACKY christmas sweater party. That is why we have parties dedicated to them, they are that bad they need a specific place to wear them. Usually these parties include friends laughing at how awful your sweater is and a contest to figure out who’s sweater is the tackiest. See, even we throw on these awfully bad fashion sins every once in a while.

So please people, do not don these itchy, oversized, noise-making uglies unless you are going to said TACKY party. And remember, substitute teachers do not get a free pass.

xo, EM



1 Dec

I love love hummus. It’s one of those recipes that is super easy, versatile, and DELISH!

It also should never be bought because they upcharge you like a bajillion dollars more to buy it prepared in store. This Recipe is the one I use. I like to make variations like adding roasted red peppers or chilli peppers and some spices like cilantro or cumin. I also didn’t add as much salt as it called for simply because I don’t think it needs that much. I think I did about a half a teaspoon.

I put mine in tupperware because it was going to be used throughout the week. I would recommend it for a party and serve it in this ServeWare with a garnish of extra virgin olive oil drizzeled on the top. You can surround it with pita chips, green, red, and yellow bell peppers, basically anything you want to dip.

P.S. I love white everything but I just don’t see hummus as being a dish to serve in white…it won’t look “pretty” to me…more like yuck that looks like a baby spit up into a white dish kind of presentation. Thats just me though.

This is how we ate it this week:

YUM! Especially when it’s eaten off a table at work with no napkin…I promise I am more civilised than this. That’s what you get when you forget to take a photo and you recruit your boyfriend. Thanks boyfriend.


Baby Shower

28 Nov

One of my close friends is having a baby. When we found out this baby was a girl the heavens opened and visions of PINK, Tulle, Big BOWS, and a combination of all three popped into our head. I, of course, volunteered to throw a baby shower.

*NOTE: I like arts and crafts but the lack of patience in me makes me dread them. I want it done NOW and thats all there is to it.

BUT since my friend is such an amazing person all around I decided she deserves the best. So here you go ladies and gents. Krafty Katie at work!

A little inspiration from Pinterest helped me with this.

I honestly had no idea what a topiary was until this shower. Since the theme was, “Apple of Our Eye,” I made some apple ones for the mantle. It involved me going to Home Depot and trimming 48 inch long dowles because I am a dummy and forgot to get them from the craft store. Props to Home Depot for having a trimming station!

Yes people this is a tutu table skirt. ALL 131 inches of tulle was  hand glued by me. It was actually a little relaxing. The pink boa thing is a diaper cake. My first ever diaper cake!!

Apple Punch. Recipe found here. We had to modify it a little here and there to get the right sweetness but it was still very yummy!

Props to Emily for the photos. While I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off she snapped these quick shots of my handy work.

And as usual we didn’t take any pics of ourselves…


happy friendsgiving!!

24 Nov

This past weekend we decided to recreate thanksgiving, friends style. We put our Seth Cohen hats on a created our own super holiday, a la Christmukkah, and called it Friendsgiving.(okay, maybe not quite as creative as Seth’s, but that is quite a tall order!??)

One of our big ideas for this uber holiday, was that we would take pictures of ourselves, since we are absolutely horrible at doing so. We did not succeed.

However, there are tons of pictures of the food!!!

Oh, and in a battle of the sexes game of Pictionary….the girls kicked some tail!!

Hope everyone is having a great holiday week!

xo, EM & Katie

That’s My Jam

18 Nov

It’s FRIDAY!! This week was a great week. I hope you had a good one too.

Evidently adding videos is now an upgrade on WordPress…ugghhh. I had some good jams for everyone so I will just give you a playlist unless you want to give me 57$ to upgrade our wordpress….

Music for Music Teachers

Nicki Minaj “Super Bass”  You can also check out Sofia Grace and her lil cousin Rosie rock out to this song on YouTube.

James Brown “Get up offa that thing”  This is just one to blast through your speakers.

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The Bridges “Pieces”  My friend Alyse has been talking about The Bridges for a very long time now and I have finally listened to her and jamming this one.

Demi Lovato “Lightweight”  I just love her and her triumph over the past year.

Boyce Avenue “Fast Car”  I love the original Tracy Chapman version but my boyfriend has introduced me to Boyce Avenue so I am on a roll with them.

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Have a great weekend everyone!!


Potato and Corn Chowda

18 Nov

I love rainy days. There is nothing better than curling up in a blanket, turning on the tv and having a bowl of soup for dinner.

I had to work, so curling up in a blanket and watching tv all day was not an option and we had a bit of rain this week so I decided to try a new soup/chowder.

I love potatoes. Baked, Scalloped, Mashed, any way they can be cooked I will scarf them down. I also love the simplicity of a baked potato and chives. The crunch of the chive with the baked potato make my tummy so very happy. LOVE love.

And who doesn’t love corn?! They are just little pockets of sweetness. So the combination of these three with some bacon  made for a great meal and lunches for the next few days.

What is better than some heart warming soup?? Soup and a nice seasonal beer. YUM YUM!

I used the same cookbook  from my last post. I need a new cookbook…any suggestions!!??



18 Nov


These are three of the reasons why I am absolutely in love with my icon of the week. Her one liners KILL ME. I knew about Rachel Zoe long before her Bravo television debut, but I can attribute the show to my now full-blown obsession with this woman. Everything about her just makes me giddy. She makes me want to move to Cali, wear almost every jewelry item I own all at once, and become a mini-Rach. YES PLEASE.

I can’t get over her obsession with gay men, tranny shoes, loads of fur and accessories that look like they could make her topple over at any second.

“In my mind, being overdressed is not a bad thing at all. What’s the worst case scenario? That you are the best-dressed person in the room? Who cares?!”

When she finally announced little Skyler Morrison was going to come into the world, the first thing that popped in my head….that boy is going to be dressed like Brad ALL DAY, EVERY DAY.

I just DIE for them. Seriously.

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xo, EM