Monday, February 20, 2012

Kimball Kitchen: Easypeasy Donuts

These donuts are soooo simple! I was browsing around on pinterest and saw these donuts made from buttermilk biscuits. I had a tube of biscuits in my fridge and thought I would give 'em a whirl. All you have to do is cut the center out, fry, coat with sugar, and enjoy.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Seat Cushions

When buying chairs for our kitchen table it was hard to face the reality that we would not be buying the coveted Tolix Marais Armchair that we have been obsessing over. Instead, we went with a look-a-like. The quality and color is not quite the same but they have a similar look and for a fraction of the cost it was too good to pass up. The downfall to having metal chairs are: one, they are cold and two, they are hard. We knew we wanted seat cushions for them and we knew we wanted leather. With the help of my mom, I tried my hand at making them. My talented mom made up the pattern as we went along and came up with these. I love how they turned out and best of all no more cold buns. Thanks mom for your help!

Friday, February 17, 2012

A penny for your thoughts...

... or for your tulips. Some of you may already know this but, I learned a new trick. If you add a penny to your tulip water they stand straight up.  I added a spoon full of sugar for nutrients and two pennies to the water of my tulips and it worked! They are as perky as could be. I've also heard a little bit of bleach will help your flowers last longer too.  What tricks do you have up your sleeve to make those Valentine flowers last longer?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Me and My Valentine

Ryan and I had a very nice, low key Valentines. After work we went to dinner in Boulder at this little family owned restaurant called Il Pastio. We went there last year too, it is becoming quite the little tradition. It is nice to go to a SMALL QUIET place for Valentines. I hate celebrating with the masses.  The whole restaurant only has no more than 10 tables, and it is run by a husband, wife and their son. The pasta and sauces are all hand made, I have yet to find better Italian food, Period. 

I gave Ryan this adorable print I ordered from Etsy, with our initials and wedding anniversary printed on it. You can custom pic your colors for the birds and the trees and I painted the matting yellow. I thought it was so cute, it will make the perfect art addition to our bedroom. Happy Valentines to you and yours!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Ryan turns 30!

Ryan turned 30 last month! I can't believe we are entering that stage of our lives, but for being only thirty I would say he has a lot to be proud of.  I tried to surprise Ryan with tickets and a trip to Vegas for his birthday. He has been talking about going to Elton John for the longest time and I wanted to make his wish come true. It was supposed to be a surprise, but one glance at the bank statement blew that. 
Surprise or no surprise it was a blast! The weekend was perfect. We stayed at the Wynn and ate at delicious restaurants all weekend long. The night of the concert we ate at this Spanish restaurant inside the Cosmopolitan, Jaleo.  It was awesome! The food was spot on with flavors that had us reminiscing of Spain. The concert was incredible. Elton sounded amazing, every time I looked over at Ryan he was just grinning from ear to ear. Happy Birthday Ryan!