Q: Have you rocked the bump-it yet?
Polka Dots & Protein Bars asked:
Q: Where are your favorite places to shop?
A: I love a good deal, plain & simple. But I also have good taste, or so I tell myself. For home decor stuff, I love Hobby Lobby & Kirkland's for 3 reasons: great stuff, great prices, and great coupons!
I also love the *look* of Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs, but the price tags make me cringe. Thus the reason I love all these decor blogs! I'm amazed at how people are able to find and/or re-create pieces that look so similar to those stores at a fraction of a cost.
For clothes, I'm all over the place. I love White House Black Market, Target, Forever 21 (though their clothes are made for tiny people, I can usually find something stretchy to weasel my way into), New York & Company, Old Navy, and fun little boutiques with unique stuff. I love to wear dresses & skirts; they really are the most comfortable thing for me to wear even though people think I like to wear them just to be dressy. Trust me - that is so not me. And since you asked, my dear, I have to add that I love your designs at Hems & Hers and hope to add something from your collection to my wardrobe soon! :)
jenni d asked:
Q: How did you make that cute lap board?
A: I'm assuming you are talking about this one:
You can purchase the lapboard from Hobby Lobby or Michael's for around $6 bucks. (They come in a variety of colors.) I designed a digital scrapbooking page and printed it out on photo gloss paper. I then used rubber cement to affix it to the lapboard. Originally I used glue dots, but you could see the texture through the paper, so I took that one off and printed another one. I definitely would go with rubber cement or something similar. The final step was to put a glass pour/epoxy finish on it. I used a Pour It On Clear Polymer Finish Kit that I purchased at Hobby Lobby. They have a few different kinds and sizes. The one I got was around $10 (6 with my 40% off coupon) and it took the whole kit to do the lapboard. It has a nice thick finish to it though so I think it's worth it and hopefully will hold up over time.
Polka Dots & Protein Bars asked:
Q: What is your beauty routine like?
A: Oh dear, sweet friend. How I laughed out loud when I received your question. Don't get me wrong - it's a wonderful question! It's just that - well, if you knew me, you'd laugh, too. Because the first word that came to mind when I read your question was: nonexistent. I wish I could share my glamorous routine with you and explain how all my tricks and tips allow something like this to be possible for me:
But alas, that would be a lie, and that's just not my style. Unfortunately my lack of beauty routine probably works in such a way that I end up with results like this:
Because who doesn't want to go from looking 8 to 38? Except for the movie 13 going on 30. But that doesn't count. The point I'm trying to make is: my laziness is aging me. So I need to step up my game! Thanks for the swift, yet kind, kick in the rear. Now I will start using all of the products I have stockpiled under my bathroom vanity so I can wax poetic about my glorious beauty routine the next time someone asks.
Q: What are a few of your fave recipes?
A: Truth be told, my favorite recipes are the ones that others cook for me. But I know that's not a fair answer, so I'll share some things I know how to
Here is a great one from my little sister Rachael, who gives me many of my recipes...thanks Rach!
Baked Chicken Parmesan
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 large egg, beaten and mixed with 2 Tbsp. water
2 cups tomato sauce(or spaghetti sauce)
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
Preheat oven to 350. Combine bread crumbs and parmesan cheese; set aside. Dip each chicken breast into egg mixture, then press both sides into bread crumb mixture and place into a dish. Evenly distribute tomato sauce and mozzarella over the top. Sprinkle top with Italian seasoning. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes or until chicken is done. (mine took one hour so I waited until 30 min. into it to put the cheese on).
Here is a recipe from my friend Kappy and I LOVE it and how easy it is to make! :)
5 generous Tablespoons of brown sugar
5 scant Tablespoons of rice vinegar
1 tsp salt
1/2 c oil
Mix and whisk.
1 head iceberg lettuce
4 green onions chopped
3/4 c slivered or sliced almonds
1 c sunflower seeds
2 c Chinese noodles
Pour dressing over and toss right before serving.
And one of my personal favorites!
2 (8 ounce) cans crescent rolls
2 (8 ounce) cream cheese, softened
2 cups sugar, divided
2 teaspoons vanilla, divided
1/2 cup margarine or butter (not spread or tub product)
1. With one can of crescent rolls, line the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan sprayed with Pam.
2. Stretch dough and pinch holes closed to form a crust.
3. Blend together, with mixer, softened cream cheese, 1 cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla.
4. Spread cheese mixture evenly over the dough but not too close to the edges.
5. Stretch the second can of crescent rolls over the cream cheese mixture to form a top crust.
6. Melt butter, blending in 1 cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. (or mix the cinnamon in here)
7. Pour evenly over the crust and sprinkle generously with cinnamon.
8. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes until bubbling and bottom crust is slightly browned.
9. Let cool and refrigerate before cutting into squares.
I hope these Q & A's leave everyone feeling all warm & fuzzy and like you know me better than your dear Uncle Melvin.