diy / entertaining

making this: a tape grid bouquet


Do people know about doing this? Well, when I found out, it pretty much changed my floral arranging life. I’m not actually huge into creating bouquets, I usually like choosing one flower and sticking with it, but this would totally work even better with a whole bunch of different kinds of flowers!

step one – get a vase (square or rectangle work best) and tape and flowers (duh.)

step two – fill with water. tape across one direction, you can keep the strips long.

step three – tape the other way, creating a grid.

step four – go around slicing off the tape with an exacto.

step five – place the flowers where you’d like them. now that the tape is there, it’ll keep everything in place and looking very tight.

You so done.

yada yada

bucket list


SO. I work on a show that has famous guests. Sure, fine. But when I saw the call sheet one week recently, I saw HER NAME ON IT. And I screamed. And called my parents.

I HAD to meet her. I really only got 40 seconds with Carole King, but she was the sweetest ever and YES. That is us. Holding hands. That’s right, I said HOLDING HANDS. (And me looking happier than I’ve ever seen)

And now my plan is to write a bucket list. You know, so I have something to cross off.

Hold hands with Carole King

Ugh. Feels good.


eating this: orecchiette pasta with chicken in a creamy rosemary lemon sauce


I feel like I choose recipes with the same ingredients every time I cook. I guess I’m okay with that. This pasta recipe was really delicious. But definitely next time, I’d want to make more of the sauce. There was not enough of the sauce! It was super creamy and lemony and delicious. This would make a good hearty winter meal. But I don’t mind eating hearty all year round.

One substitution I made was swapping out the goat cheese in the sauce. I didn’t have any and I’m not super into it and it was only a tablespoon to thicken the sauce so I used cream cheese instead. It seemed to have worked fine.

Orecchiette Pasta with Chicken in a Creamy Rosemary Lemon Sauce
(adapted from Adventures in Cooking

3 garlic cloves, minced
1 large chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes
juice from 1 lemon
1 1/2 cups dry orecchiette pasta
2/3 cup milk
1/3 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon cream cheese / goat cheese
1 tablespoon flour
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind

1 tablespoon grated parmesan (optional for garnishing)

Heat the olive oil and minced garlic in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the pieces of chicken and lemon juice and allow to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked all the way through, (this should be checked but cutting one of the larger cubes in half to peek inside). Remove the chicken from the pan using a slotted spoon so that the olive oil and garlic remain in the pan.

Lower the heat. Stir in the chicken broth, milk, grated lemon rind, salt, and ONE teaspoon of the rosemary. Once the mixture is hot, but not boiling, sprinkle the tablespoon of flour over the mixture and whisk it in. Continue whisking the sauce until the flour is fully incorporated. Turn the heat to the lowest setting and allow to simmer, stirring occasionally, while you prepare the pasta.

Prepare the pasta according to the package directions. While it’s cooking, add the chicken pieces and cream cheese or goat cheese to the lemon sauce and stir until it’s completely melted and incorporated. Remove the pan from the heat and set it aside. Once the orecchiette is cooked, strain it and drizzle some olive oil over it, stirring it a bit in the strainer, to help keep the pasta from getting stuck to each other.

Pour the pasta into a large bowl and add the lemon sauce and chicken, garnish with the grated parmesan and the remaining teaspoon of rosemary. Serve immediately.


navy, navy, navy…


So now I’m on the hunt for the perfect navy color. If it’s too blue, I’ll hate it. If it’s too dark, I’ll hate it. Navy seems tough. It looks different in every photo! I’m thinking hale navy…? THIS IS HARD!

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a workspace i could call my own


Apparently I am obsessed with our office. It’s the room I post about the most and the room I am least content with. Maybe it’s because I spend such a large amount of time in there and mostly look at wires and clutter.

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I have been obsessed with the idea of moving for a month or so. We have neighbors from hell. But we’ve decided to stay put for a while longer so now I have decided I need to make the office a place I want to spend all day in. Now it’s time to start planning how to fix the room without really spending money and doing anything too permanent for when we do decide to move. I’m thinking dark walls (like I’ve posted about before) and staining (and trimming) our desktops.

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These three workspaces have an order to the clutter. It makes work seem so much more relaxing. Also, the pipe shelving is so good. Is that a challenge to build and then bring with us when we move? I’m guessing yes but I’m going to look into it.



making this: a sweet little gold dipped jar


Our windowsill next in the kitchen was feeling a little lonely. So I grabbed some chattering teeth (why not) and an old jar and filled it with some weird fake foliage stuff I had laying around. Um, that needed a gold accent stat.

I don’t really have any process shots because the process was taping it and painted it… a million times. The paint needed something to stick to so I used a couple coats of matte medium, but it just was a matter of getting the paint thick enough to not show through when it was sitting in front of the light. I would say this was about 6 coats or so.

Easy (a tad time consuming) little fix. And now something pretty to look at when washing dishes.