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Glenn and I love sushi. We started going out for it when I was in college, and every time Glenn came to visit me he had to go out for sushi! And we always try to find some when we go out of town. No fun when I was pregnant, but going out for sushi is still fun even if you can’t eat any!! Well…no sushi bars in Likely, or anywhere for 100 miles. Before we moved here, we actually bought a book on making sushi, as well as a nice set, and we haven’t gotten to use any until now!! We saw they had fresh sushi grade tuna at our local grocery store, so we tracked down all the ingredients (we had to go to 2 different stores for all of the pieces!) and decided to have a sushi lunch the other day! It was fun…a lot more prep work than we anticipated, but we weren’t in a hurry and we enjoyed the whole process! Especially eating it!
The mini cookbook that we have is simply called “Sushi” and it’s by Ryuichi Toshii, Brigid Treloar, and Hideo Dekura (find it here). We bought our sushi set at Cost Plus World Market, and our rice cooker was a wedding gift! I really won’t go into details on how to make it, we’re not pros (yet, hee hee!) but I had to share the pictures of our yummy lunch!!
We’re definitely going to have to do this again soon! Maybe we’ll make a night of it with some friends!!
I can’t believe I’m posting about this, time flies so quickly, but I threw my baby girl’s 1st birthday party last Saturday!! It was so fun, and although she won’t remember the party, I had a great time planning and crafting to put it all together. The theme was based on a party package (a PDF printable that they e-mail to you and you use how you want!) that I bought from happypapers on etsy. It’s the “Cupcake Birthday Set” and I picked it because I loved the colors; pink, green, orange and blue! The set included an invitation, 2 patterns, center box, gift bag, gift tags, a party hat and goodie cone — all for $5 and e-mailed right to you! Although it included invitations, you had to write on theirs, I used their patterns to create one on the computer, which I just printed and mailed!
Another theme from the invites was cupcakes, so I jumped at the chance to make our own cupcake toppers, as well as a big cupcake (or mini-cake) for the birthday girl!
I made 3 different types of cupcake toppers — “H” toppers, “Harper” toppers, and “1” toppers! And we had chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting, and yellow cupcakes with white frosting. We made Harper’s with yellow and white, to avoid the chocolate stains!
I filled the Happy Papers center cone with pink and green Jelly Bellies!
I also used the patterns to create a lot of other decorations, including a month-by-month photo decorations to hang from the dining room chandelier, and a “Happy 1st Birthday Harper!” banner!
And how cute does the birthday girl look in her tutu?? These are from Fairy Wonderful! I bought 2 and stacked them. They also have an etsy shop.
The outdoor decorations are my new favorite things — they are the Martha Stewart Pom-Pom kit and you can buy them at a Michael’s craft store or find them online! And yes, they are now hanging in Harper’s room!
Isn’t the location gorgeous? It’s my in-law’s guest ranch — Mahogany Ridge Guest Ranch. And yes, you can come vacation here. 🙂
On the menu was “Paella” — the quick version from last month’s Cookie magazine. Unfortunately I can’t find the recipe on their website, but it was sure yummy! We also served Tater Tot Casserole, lots of hors d’oeuvres (guacamole, cheese ball, shrimp/cream cheese/salsa, deviled eggs, cantaloupe, baked brie — all thanks to Glenn’s sisters, and both of our moms!), along with Hansen’s sodas and pineapple orange punch! There was a lot of food!!
So much food, that Glenn’s sister’s dog (it was her birthday, too!) partook in the cupcakes!
Daddy helped Harper blow out her candle…
And mommy helped her open her presents!
It was so fun, and Harper got a lot of great gifts! Thank you to everyone who helped make it happen and who was able to share her special day!
Be on the lookout for a tutorial on how I made some of her birthday crafts!
I want to send a shout-out to the ultimate kid’s party stylist, Kim at her super inspirational blog The TomKat Studio! Her ideas and crafts are sooo adorable and were a big inspiration for me for Harper’s party — and she is so sweet to boot!! Thanks, Kim!!
Okay…I know I’ve been MIA lately, but it has been a crazy, crazy week!! My daughter is 1 today, I can’t believe it!! So I’ve been very busy planning her party, and I haven’t been online a lot (which is amazing for me!) so I’m sorry!! But don’t worry — please keep coming back because there will be a lot to publish very soon, and I’m very excited about all of it! Now to just find time to blog it all!
Here is a picture of my sweet little girl, 1 year ago today…practically to the minute! She was born at 11:11 PM PST. 🙂 If she was born 49 minutes later her birthday would have been 8-8-08.
Yes, that is a little scary looking, but even with the tubes she was still a cutie — just look at those lips!! 🙂 She was born 6 weeks prematurely and she had to be in the hospital for 2 and 1/2 weeks before we could come home! It was the longest 17 days of my life. But she did great — no one can tell us why she made an early appearance, she just had it in her mind to come into the world her way!! And she was perfectly healthy in the hospital (a lot better than most of the babies in the NICU!), she just had to get a little stronger to feed herself, etc. Textbook perfect pregnancy, I have no health problems, so it is a mystery, but she is in perfect health as well and always has been!
And here she is as she is today — as you can see from that smile, she is such a happy girl. I can’t imagine our life without her now. 🙂 She is crawling, almost walking, babbling, pointing, comprehending, and constantly smiling. She is so fun! More and more so every day!
Anyway — as her birthday party is in 13 hours, I’ve been very busy planning and crafting it all together. I think you all will be so excited to see what I’ve put together!! If I can pull it off, that is — KIDDING!! So be sure to check back here for lots of pictures, and a re-cap of my sources. If you follow my updates on Twitter, I’ve showed a few sneak peeks of what I’ve been up to!!
I’ve also been working very hard on her bedroom, and I am so close to having it finished, so after the party buzz is over, I’ll photograph her cute little room and post it here soon! For now, here is a little glimpse of what has kept me so busy:
See you next week!!
These lovely pictures I have below are of our teeny tiny half-bath (or powder room as some like to say!). It is located in our daughter’s room, actually! Lucky baby, has her own bathroom! We haven’t done much to it since we’ve moved in, except for new flooring. It had a piece of carpet just laying on top of old linoleum tiles, and my husband put new faux-tile laminate in to replace it! Here it is with the carpet:
Sweet sink and medicine cabinet shot…
This one shows the linoleum tile that was underneath the floating piece of carpet.
And here is the new flooring that Glenn installed a few weeks ago!
As you can see, it is a teeny, tiny room, so I think it would so fun to do a fun wall treatment in here. Wallpaper? I’ve never done it, but I know people who can help me and this might be a good room to practice on! Wall decals? Maybe, but I think something textured would be even better.
Design Public has some really fun (can I stress enough that I want something FUN in there?? :)) wall applications that I’m loving. Any other resources for textured wall applications? I like these, especially because you can paint them, but I think I want something a little less juvenile…
These are pretty cool, but I need to do the math. Each panel is 18″ x 18″ and you get 10 panels for $84. Maybe I could do just one wall?? Maybe two??
These are fun, but I want more coverage. I saw something that was overlapping, multi-colored raised squares, but now I can’t find them anywhere! Can anyone help?? Any other suggestions for my search?
Above is a link to the super inspiring website “Kindred” – a collaboration between Ez at Creature Comforts and Holly at decor8 (two of my blogging heroes!). They’re bringing together some super amazing talent and offering gorgeous computer wallpapers and printable note cards- all for my favorite price – FREE! It’s also a place to communicate in some very friendly forums – what else could you ask for??
I love the inspiration, ladies…thanks! And for the rest of you – check out The Kindred Site! Love it!
Here’s some TGIT loveliness for you! The weekend is almost here!
I was checking out the new posts at one of my favorite blogs and Ez posted this video for “Her Morning Elegance” by Oren Lavie. I’ve never heard the song, but now I am hooked – and the music video is sooo cute and creative. Enjoy!
Ez likes the scarf scene and underwater part. I really like when they’re dancing and when it looks like she’s floating away but he brings her back. Darling!