Friday, May 27, 2011

After 92 years, millionaire heirs inherit $100M

I thought this was pretty crazy!

Just for laughs

With today being the Friday before a nice 3 day weekend I just wanted to watch some videos. Here are some of my favorites. Let me know if you have any for me to watch!
"It's a squirrel"

"Oh no, I can not do investing. That's a perfect Enzo."

I just can't resist this cuteness!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Leftover Cuties

I just found out about this band yesterday. I'm really into them. I want to go to their CD release show on June 2nd in Hollywood. Who wants to go with me?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Boudoir drapery

I have been putting off hanging curtains in my apartment for about 5 months now. Mostly, because I wanted make my own but have been rather indecisive on material. A couple weeks ago I was harshly awoken on Saturday morning by the brightest light ever coming through my window. That was the last straw. I was no longer going to be awaken at 6am on my days to sleep in. So, I drove to Joanne Fabrics and made myself come up with a drapery scheme. My results... I decided on panel curtains with a shimmery, ivory taffeta that i layered under a rather transparent black lace that happens to have black glitter flowers on it. A new black, scroll curtain rod completed my project.

With the extra taffeta I made curtain tie backs.

One more apartment project down and a little more like a home.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Good times with old friends

When I was back home a few weeks ago I got to meet up with an old friend that I've had since grade school. I love when you can spend months or years apart and come back together and it feels like you've talked everyday. Tara took me to a sushi joint called Haiku. (1315 31st St., Des Moines, IA 50311) This was our delicious dinner.

After dinner we went to an old haunt called Snookies. (No, it's not named after the Jersey Shore girl. It's been there far longer) 1810 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310.
I didn't go with the traditional shake with the flower cookies on the straw. This time I had a blizzard like ice cream with Oreos, mint syrup and caramel syrup. It's a personal favorite. Here is what Tara had. I believe it involved peanut butter cup pieces.

Going back home has changed and modernized (I really don't remember there ever being any sushi joints when I lived there) but there are still good parts about it. I will always be a midwestern girl but I don't miss the winter's snow & cold harshness or the summer's humidity & mosquitoes but there is no place like home.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Pad See-ew... eww

I really like Thai food, but mostly the Pad See-ew. I found a simple recipe online and went to a great Asian market to get the noodles and different soy sauces. I had no idea there were so many different kinds of soy sauces. Anyways, I think this would have tasted better if I had tweaked the recipe a bit. It was kind of bland. Because I don't think this is worthy of remaking I will just put up a picture without the recipe. But I WILL find a great Pad See-ew recipe one day! Let me know if you have a good one.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Happy Friday!

Who's excited for the weekend! This girl is!

Botox mother update

If you remember the story I posted about the mother who was giving her 8 year old botox injections, well, I have some updates. This story was just so sad to me because I can't imagine how many self esteem issues this little girl is going to end up with. Anyways, child services got involved and took the child away but now that that has happened the mother is claiming that the injections never happened and she was pressured into saying it to collect the money (which was originally only $200). Apparently, she also goes by a different name, not the one she told the papers.
Family members and friends are claiming that they have seen her give the little girl injections as did the newspaper reporter.
The mother told TMZ that she had her daughter taken to a doctor to verify that there was no botox in her system. Well, Good Morning America did not believe her since they were the ones who broke the story and did their own investigation. When they contacted a professional he said that if it was over 3 months since her last injection there would be no trace of the drug since it wears off.
Needless to say, child welfare has given her back to her mother. I pray for the mental and physical health of this little girl.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Road to Fondwa

I know I have been working on my documentary for a couple of years now. Geez, my goal is to finish it entirely before years end. I just get so caught up on it being perfect but what I really need to focus on is finishing it and making people aware of Haiti, it's people and the hope there still is for this country.
The other day I happened upon this video and I cried. ONE cause it so much resembles mine but its executed so much better and TWO because its just a great film that just makes you want to embrace the Haitian culture & people. I'll try and get better at posting updates on my film, "A Haitian Prayer", but until then enjoy this beautiful film.
It's a little over 30 minutes long but so worth it. Let me know what you think.
Road to Fondwa

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Forever Flowers

For Mother's Day I was going to go with the usual flowers but I wanted to do something different. I couldn't really afford any gadgets or really anything for that matter. So I made her flowers that she can have all year round. I also made a bouquet for my grandma. I think I may have to make myself some now.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Papa & Grandma 50 years strong!

A few weekends ago I went home for a surprise 50th wedding anniversary for my grandparents. My aunt came up with the wonderful idea to hold a Meals From the Heartland meal packaging event in honor of a cause they care deeply about. All the meals will be going to Pignon, Haiti which is were my grandpa does his mission work for Promise For Haiti. My mom & I flew in from Arizona & California without them knowing. So, you could say they got a triple surprise.
Here is the invitation I created for the festivities.

My family helping setup the tables, supplies and decor.

Some family friends were in charge of getting them to the party. Lunch first and then the SURPRISE!

So, many many people turned out for this wonderful celebration.

My aunt got John Cheatem to sing cause my grandma really likes his voice. He was amazing. You need to check him out if you get a chance. (That's them dancing!)

My aunt's friends baked and decorated a TON of cupcakes and other treats.

The night before we tried to make my grandpa's favorite Haitian treat, Duche. (It's kinda like a coconut candy) I don't think we mastered it... at all.

As you can see here party planning was very stressful...

It was a great time and we packaged over 13,608 meals in about 3 hours!

My grandparents and their relationship have always been a light of inspiration to me. I couldn't ask for anything better.

Monday, May 16, 2011

S'more Brownies, please!

For Easter I brought S'more Brownies to share at work. I made mine into big & small cupcakes. They were delicious. I'm just glad everyone ate them so I didn't have any to take home and overindulge.

S'more Brownies
*6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
*1 - 1/2 c crushed graham cracker crumbs
* 2 Tbsp sugar
* pinch of salt

* 8 Tbsp unsalted butter
* 4 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
* 1 c packed light brown sugar
* 3/4 c white sugar
* 1 - 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
* 1/2 tsp salt
* 4 lg cold eggs
* 1 c all purpose flour

4 c large marshmallows

(Preheat oven to 325F)
Line an 8x8 in square baking pan with foil so it hangs over the edges by about 1 in. lightly butter (I butter sprayed 12 mini & 12 large cupcake molds, no foil)
Crust: Mix melted butter, crumbs, sugar and salt in bowl.
Press crumb mixture in to bottom of pan. bake until golden brown, about 20 mins.
Meanwhile, make brownie mix. Put butter and chocolate in microwave for 2 mins, stir, 2 more mins until melted. (I used a saucepan on the stove with about 1 in water. I add the butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl that fit in the saucepan without touching water. Stir until melted.)
Stir in light brown sugar, white sugar, vanilla, salt. Add eggs ant beat vigorously until thick & glossy. Add flour & stir until incorporated.
Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake until top is crispy and toothpick comes out clean. About 40 - 45 minutes. (I baked the cupcakes for about 30 mins., 20 for the small ones)
Cut marshmallows in half or in quarters. Layer marshmallows across the top. Toast under the broiler until golden. About 2 minutes (Mine toasted quicker so keep a very close eye on it. I also rotated the pan.
Cool on rack, gently remove from pan. Cut into 12 (2 in squares)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

I'm Back!

So, I've been absent from my blog lately but come tomorrow I will be back in full force. Thank you for your patience and sticking with me! Today I will be enjoying my weekend indulgence, coffee w/caramel macchiato creamer in teacups given to me by my grandma.

Happy weekend!


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