My friends and soon-to-be parents, the Chapmans, throw a great Christmas party every year, and 2008 was no different…except that we all had to wear tacky Christmas sweaters. I just got my hands on these classic photos yesterday, and they’re just too awesome to keep to myself.
*To clarify: the Chapmans are my friends, and soon they will have a baby and thusly be parents. They will not soon be my parents, as my poorly-worded sentence above would lead one to believe.
(Ode to Gwen Stefani…)
Last week I had the privilege of doing a photo shoot at Big Sky Bread Co. here in Birmingham for the magazine. We’re doing a feature on them in June/July 09 issue, and it’s going to be fantastic. Patti and Jeff, the owners, and Elaine, their PR gal, were so awesome in every way, and I loved hanging out with them for a couple days. Their company is such a great asset to the Magic City, and I know that they will only continue to grow and become more successful. Even in tough times like these, it’s not just the amazing bread, cookies, granola, and muffins that keep their customers coming back for more, more, more, it’s also the Southern hospitality that’s baked into every loaf. That’s what it’s all about!
Anyway, I digress, what I really want to share with you is their amazing challah bread (pronounced “HA-llah,” with a bit of a flemmy throat at the beginning). They gifted me with a loaf, that I very eagerly and gratefully accepted, that they had just baked that morning, and I knew from the moment it was in my hands that it was destined to become warm, gooey French toast the next morning. I don’t want to brag, but I make GREAT French toast. Here’s how:
Some thick slices of Big Sky challah bread (only baked on Fridays by the way)
A couple cups of milk
tablespoon of pure vanilla extract (maybe a bit less…just eyeball it)
good heapin’ amount in cinnamon
Get your cast iron skillet really hot (on medium, but just let it sit and get completely to temperature), and totally dunk the challah bread in the mixture. Slap it down in the skillet (don’t gingerly lay it down…you won’t get that good crusty-type stuff around the edges). From there, just fry it till you see fit. Cover it in syrup and DO NOT forget the powdered sugar (I almost did!).
Teresa Ann celebrated another birthday on February 19, so we invited the whole family over for a big ol’ lasagna dinner. It was the biggest sit-down dinner I have hosted to date, and I ran into a bit of a problem that I knew would happen sooner or later…I only have 6 iced beverage glasses, 6 wine glasses, 6 chargers…and 6 chairs! Mom and Dad had to bring a couple more chairs for us. Good times!
Notice the details: little porcelain birds as place cards, mint julep cups as vases, and a Nora Fleming cake stand for the birthday cake (thanks for making that delicious cake by the way, Melissa! Find the recipe from Taste of the South right here.)
Another sweet little something: the porringer cup my mom’s Uncle Howard had made for her when she was born. Perfect for a tiny cup of flowers!
My husband is an amazing graphic designer, and he just submitted a great shirt to threadless.com. If he wins, he gets his shirt printed!
Vote for it here!
I found these adorable dishes from Acero Studios while surfing etsy.com today.. Cheeky graphics meets househould function=Heaven. I will definitely have to get some pieces (soon)!! And yes, that’s a covered vegetable dish! AAAH!!
Found these via Oh Joy!’s blog. So adorable, and great styling to boot!
Check out Velorbis bikes here!
Before I got married my sweet sister gave me her dining set, which is really cute. But last year, after I happened upon my Parsons-style dining table for $50 bucks at Southeastern Salvage, my chairs have been in need of a makeover. It only took me 2 cans of primer, 5 cans of white spray paint, and a couple yards of fabric from I.O. Metro (Thanks Bo Bow). I have to say they make my dining room look about 10x brighter! Yay for yet another piece in my house that is spray painted white!
A Big Chill fridge!!
Thanks again for bearing with me while I departed from my domestic arts subject the last couple of posts, but now I’m back on topic and with a vengeance! I’m working on some cute before-and-afters of my laundry room and dish cabinet, but tonight I thought I’d share this pretty picture I took of our master bedroom (extra points that the picture actually looks good…photography is hard!). I hate to say that I’m starting to get “over” blue and brown, as I was into that color scheme before “it was cool.” (I swear!!) But whatevs. Anyway, I got my Dwell duvet cover from Bluefly.com for less than half the retail price. The bedside tables, bench at the foot of the bed, and lamps are from the thrift store for about $25 total (not including a couple cans of spray paint), the botanical prints came from a Cottage Living (RIP) prop sale, and I inherited that gorgeous antique dresser from my mom. I also love the little antique door plaque that you can kinda see on the left wall (Tricia’s Treasures for about $8 and the iron thingy came from Hobby Lobby). I made my headboard from a piece of plywood, some poly batting, and a big piece of muslin (you know how much I love muslin!). The accent pillow came from Southeastern Salvage for $1! Oh I love me some bargain shopping!
Allow me to digress once again from homemaking bliss to talk about one of my favorite new things: Toms! My bud Melissa was wearing some last week, and they were just too cute. I had never heard of them before, and come to find out, for every pair you buy, the company gives a pair of shoes to an underprivileged child. How brilliant?! Apparently the only places in the Ham that sells them are Mountain High Outfitters and Whole Foods, so I had to take a hippie shot when I bought them, but it was well worth it. Each pair (marketing genius) comes with a little Toms flag so you can take a picture of you and your flag of where your Toms are taking you. As you can see below, my Toms took me to my couch after a long day of work, where they also kept my legs and feet from hurting!