Monthly Archives: May 2013

Baby Sister Graduates!

I can’t believe it…but that little sister of mine just GRADUATED COLLEGE.

UD Graduation

Allie Graduates

As a one-time Blue Hen myself (I went to University of Delaware for two years before transferring to Arizona), I loved creating her graduation announcement cards. YouDee is such a well-drawn mascot….despite being a chicken, and all. So here is my spin on him; the back had the typographic message with a little room to spare for her to write a pesonal message on the postcard to whomever she was sending it out to.

UD YouDee

Grad Announcement Back

We celebrated with homemade brunch, drinks, Chipotle catering, an ice cream bar and funfetti cupcakes (‘cuz let’s be honest….in a world of fancy Pinterest cupcakes of all kinds, there’s nothing like a chocolate-iced funfetti one). Late night bonfires and River Monster-watching ensued.

Graduation PartySO proud of her; YEAH Allie, you finally made it!!! It all paid off. Congrats, Baby Sister!!!

Latest Obsessions 5.22.13

Latest Obsessions

Some things I’m lovin’…..

Chartreuse Nails

  • Chartreuse: from nail color (Essie’s The More the Merrier), to design projects, to the Portofino shirt, I am loving this hue lately.
  • While we are on the topics of awesome colors, I also have become obsessed with jadeite, and want a collection as big as Martha’s or Paula’s….

    On my birthday wishlist…a jadeite cakestand. I only have reproductions so far, but I will now be on the lookout at yard sales and antique shops for the real deal, too!

  • And speaking of my birthday wishlist…
  • Also. Apple Cider Vinegar!!! Because I attribute this miracle stuff (along with some healthy doses of kombucha) to being the reason my allergies aren’t nearly as bad as they used to be (like, 4+ sinus infections a year?) and for beefing up my immune system. I seriously love this stuff. So many benefits. Just make sure you get the raw, unfiltered kind; I use the brand Bragg. Couple tablespoons mixed with any concoction of water and/or 100% juice, and I also love using it in dressings for salads. Speaking of that….
Jersey Veggies and Salad in a Jar
  • Jersey fresh produce is BACK in full force!!! (PS, Salad in a Jar is genius and a perfect way to eat a ton of veggies in a sitting….and be totally full.)
Ice Cream Cone
  • This.
  • Question of the day? “Jimmies” or “sprinkles?” Hope you’re having a lovely week!


Cinco de Mayo!

With my EXTREME love of Mexican food and tequila, I am not even joking when I say that Cinco de Mayo is one of my favorite holidays!

Fresh Frozen Orange Margarita Fresh Squeezed Margarita


Tomatillo Salsa Ingredients

Roasted in a Cast Iron SkilletHealthy Cinco de Mayo


We made fresh-squeezed margs with just lime juice, tequila blanco, and a splash of Cointreau (and a frozen version with an entire orange and a little Stevia added), guac, refried beans, roasted tomatillo salsa, corn, black bean, and avocado salad, and both ground turkey and fish tacos (a huge fresh cod fillet!). Prepping all the food (and squeezing all of those limes!) with Coop was so fun (we may or may not have had a Cinco de Mayo station blasting on Pandora…), and sitting outside with our margaritas as our food roasted away after the prep was all done was so amazing. Gosh, I love spring.