January 31, 2010

Frenchie Kisses: The Big 'Oops'

Okay so, we left off here...

Mr Frenchie and I were just announced, YAY!

Our (actually mine, who am I kidding?) plan was for everyone to sing 'Prayer for the Road'.
The church I've attended since age 7, started singing this song at the end of every service when I was in Jr High. Plus, when I went to Scotland 7 years ago with the church choir we sang this at the end of every performance. As you can see this song has special meaning to me, so I really wanted to sing it at the end of our wedding ceremony. The plan was to sing the song standing up front and then at the "Amen" part, Mr Frenchie and I would walk back down the aisle while our guest tossed rose petals at us. Sounds good, right?

Well, it didn't quite work out that way. When the music started no-one sang, the band didn't have an intro to say, "Hey we're gonna sing a song here people. It goes a little something like this." I thought because about half our guests attended the same church they'd catch on a lead, but that didn't happen.

I looked at my Mom like, "What are we gonna do?" and she just started singing the song (now about halfway finished), everyone else caught on, and we went on with the show.

At first I was totally bummed the song didn't work out, but then I realized no-one really cared but me and I moved on. Mainly, I was just so excited the toss worked and we were married!

After the ceremony we spent a little time just us letting it all soak in. We had to take pictures immediately following the ceremony, so we didn't get to go off to a room and send sometime together like I would have liked. But our friends were really respectful and didn't bother us off in our little corner for a few minutes.

Up Next: Family Portraits or Details? You tell me.

So Far...
The Beginning
Gettin' Sassy
Me & My Bridesmaids
Mr Frenchie's Morning
Waiting to go down the aisle
The "I Do"s

***Note: All photos, unless otherwise noted, are by the fabulously talented, and super awesome to know, Ohana Photographers***

January 29, 2010

Five for Friday

Previous Fridays

1 - You like watching documentaries, like this one about running diesel cars on veggie oil.
2 - You're concerned about the environment and have found a local farm for us to buy local, organic produce (which I will post about soon).
3 - You love Chinese food and are constantly trying to convince me to go to the Chinese Buffet with you.
4 - You leave me the parking spot on days I have class (every other day I get home before you, so I know it's hard to remember to park somewhere else)
5 - I miss you when you're not around

January 27, 2010

I Want, I Need, I Have to Have: Message-in-a-Cookie

So yeah, I'm pretty sure I need this...

It's called 'Message-in-a-Cookie Cutter' and you can get them from Williams-Sonoma. According to the website it comes with three cutters, seven premade words (Welcome, Happy, Birthday, Holidays, Thank You, From, I Love You), three sets of alphabet letters (plus extras of vowels and other commonly used letters).

I'm already dreaming-up funny things I can make my cookies say. OH! and the Alice In Wonderland party I can have with the "Eat Me" cookies! YES PLEASE!

January 26, 2010

Winner, Winner, Bacon with Dinner!

Remember last month when I raved about Jessie with Cakespy and her adorable illustrations of Cuppie?

Remember when I told you guys about Menu for Hope?

Well, I won the Cakespy print I bid on!

Cupcakes? CHECK! Bacon? CHECK! Cocktails? CHECK!

Thank you Jessie!

January 23, 2010

Saturday Inspiration

I found this on my cousin, Katie's, blog this morning and I fell in love.

And, I do...

January 22, 2010

Five for Friday

Previous Fridays

1 - You're very supportive and understand with all the time I have to dedicate to school this tri-mester.
2 - You make a great pillow
3 - You make up song lyrics to most songs on the radio... mostly about squirrels (thanks for list one Charmi)
4 - You keep calling Facebook, Friendster
5 - You congratulate me when I do better on Tetris

January 21, 2010


Soosh \sü-sh\(n): Short for Sushi

I have had the strongest sushi craving since I this morning, when I entered The Pioneer Woman's Surf & Turf Weekend Getaway. Sushi and a weekend getaway? YES PLEASE!

Sushi is just one of those foods that I could eat not matter what mood I'm in... or how cold it is outside. Mostly, I just want to go home and cuddle up the the Hubs on the couch, with the fireplace going and eat soup and paninis or something... OR, I could go for some sushi.

What food could you be in the mood to eat whenever?

January 20, 2010

School, blah... I mean YAY!

I started a new semester at school last week. Woo Hoo! Right? I wish. I'm just not feeling it this semester.

They way our classes our set up we go to school for 3 months (12 weeks) and then we get a month (or so) off. So this last break was basically Christmas Season. It's hard to feel like you've relaxed and regrouped when you're running around like all Crazycakes (thanks again to Private Practice for that term) with Christmas shopping and all the parties AND having to be at this parent's house and that parent's house. Just when I felt like I had time to breathe it was time to go back to school. I.want.a.real.break!

So, I'm back at school and for the first time in the three years I've been going to Interior Design school, I am counting down the weeks - 10 more to go.

It doesn't help that I have to go to work an hour early Monday tru Thursday to make up for the time I'm missing because of the morning class I couldn't get out of, either.

Anywhoodle, I'm trying to stay positive and not get all doom and gloom, so if you see me slipping call me out. My gut reaction will be to drive over to your house and punch you in the face, but after that I'll appreciate it :) Promise.

P.S. This post is also my way of saying I'm trying to keep up with this whole blogging everyday for a year business, but when all I do it - Work, School, Homework, Eat, Sleep, Repeat - it's hard.

January 19, 2010

I Want, I Need, I Have to Have: Wellies

I don't know if you've heard, but it's raining in California! Yeah, true story ;-) Anyway, we heard for a week or so how this was coming and it was going to rain cats & dogs and to run for cover, etc... so I thought, "Wow, that's like a whole week I could use Wellies! I should buy a pair!" Then, while the Hubs and I were at the mall I didn't find one pair I liked. So, here is my wish list of Wellies I wish I had...

My favorite, obviously, is the last one with the birdies! So much so that I'm tempted to order them even though they probably wouldn't get here until after the all the rain.

January 18, 2010

Storm Watch 2010

Look, proof that is does rain here in 'Sunny Southern California'!

Southern Orange County (well most of Southern CA) isn't designed for weather, mostly because we don't normally have it. All the offices in our building open to the outside, this is the pond in the center of my office building. Most days I love that I have to walk outside and see the pond (sometimes with ducks) on my way to the restroom. (And now that I'm diligently drinking my 8 classes a day that is A LOT). But, not when it's raining... cold & wet - icky!

January 17, 2010

Forming Habits in 2010

They say you have to do something 21 times or for 21 days for it to become a habit. So, I've decided to make a list of a couple things I would like to make a habit.

2010 Habit-olutions

1 - Get to work on time! This will require me to get up earlier, so I will make it a habit to wake up no later than 5:30/6:30. (Depending on what time I got into work that day).

2 - Go to the Gym! I will make it a habit to go to the gym at least every Tuesday & Thursday.

3 - Order Water! I waste far too much money on Iced Tea in restaurants when I could just as easily order water and save the $3... that adds up.

Let's start with those...

January 16, 2010

Do you formspring?

You've probably seen this statement pop up on Twitter or Facebook - "Ask me anything".

Well, I resisted for about a week and then joined. Hello, my name is Allison and I'm addicted to Social Media! You can hope over to my site on formspring.com and "Ask me anything"...
Not that you couldn't just ask me anything here and I'd probably tell you my deepest darkest secrets for the whole world to read, but still.

January 15, 2010

Five for Friday

Previous Fridays

1 - You made the best last Friday!
2 - You work your butt off at work
3 - You're adorable
4 - You call me Baby... in face I can't remember the last time you called me by my name.
5 - You eat my burnt chocolate peanut butter bars.

What little things do you love about your Significant Other?

January 14, 2010

I Want, I Need, I Have to Have: Bundt Pan

Don't ask me why, but I recently decided I NEED a bundt pan. No, I haven't found a recipe I want to make that calls for such a pan, and no, I'm not decorating my kitchen.

Aaalllthough, now that I think of it, that would look pretty cute in my kitchen...

Anywhoodle, the question comes up: Should I get the everyday standard bundt pan or a 'statement' bundt pan.

Everyday standard bundt pan...

Anniversary Bundt from Williams-Sonoma

'Statement' contenders...

Heritage Bundt from Williams-Sonoma

Chrysanthemum Bundt From Cutlery & More

Rose Bundt from Taylor Gifts

Or should I just get the Giant Cupcake pan I've been coveting for over a year?

Giant Cupcake Pan from Solutions.com

So, what do you think? Do you have a Bundt pan? What does your's look like? Any good recipes?

January 13, 2010

Blog Happenings: Beautiful Blogger Award

It's only Wednesday and I'm already ready (all ready) to crawl into a hole and end this week. Ugg, I started a new semester on Monday and one of my classes, I'm telling you now, WILL be the death of me. I was speaking to a woman in my Monday night class who literally had.a.heart.attack two weeks after last semester. The Cause? Stress.

Anyway, when I found yesterday that Charmi over at Life on Minden nominated me for this blog award, it put a smile on my face and immediately made me week better :)

So the rules of this award are:
Thank the person who nominated you for this award. - Thanks again Charmi!
Copy the award and place it on your blog - check
Link to the person who nominated you for this award - check
Tell us 7 interesting things about yourself...
Nominate 7 bloggers...
Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate...

7 Random Things about Me...
1 - I kill FAR more spiders than the Hubs. I tell him that he'd have been screwed if he married someone who was also afraid of spiders because they's fight over who has to kill it when one appears.
2 - I feel guilty when the Hubs cooks dinner because it's harder to blog about the stuff that he makes.
3 - I'm turning 30 this year and I'm not that upset about it.
4 - I watch All My Children (almost) every work day at lunch, with my co-worker.
5 - I used to like Creed... I said used to.
6 - I have a fear that people don't like me. I'm a people pleaser but still think they don't like me.
7 - I have lived in a total of 8 cities, most of which are in Southern California - Atlanta, GA; Dallas, TX; Mission Viejo, CA; Laguna Niguel, CA; Aliso Viejo, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Huntington Beach, CA; and Dana Point, CA

January 12, 2010

Monkey Bread!

I wish I could describe to you, interwebs, the way I sing Monkey Bread... it's like do, da, dooooo, which makes sense to me, but probably makes no sense to you. Oh, well it makes me smile.

Monkey Bread is another recipe Hubs had been bugging me to make. Geez this weekend was awesome for him! Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars AANNDD Monkey Bread? SCORE!

I had looked all over the internet for a Monkey Bread recipe where I could make my own biscuits instead of just buying the pre-made stuff in the can, and I was fully prepared to go all Martha Stewart and make her recipe, found here, but then a friend told me Hungry Girl had a recipe and I decided to make those instead. As much as I like to make things from scratch as much as possible, with in reason... I chose calories.

Less Monkey Business Monkey Bread
adapted very slightly from this Hungry Girl recipe

3 tbsp. Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated), divided
2 tsp. cinnamon, divided
2 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread (like Brummel & Brown)
2 tbsp. sugar-free pancake syrup
2 tbsp. Splenda brown sugar mix (not packed)
1 package Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations Seamless Dough Sheet
1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 - Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2 - Mix 1 tbsp. Splenda and 1 tsp. cinnamon in a large bowl or container. Set aside. Spray six cups of a muffin pan with nonstick spray, and set pan aside as well.

3 - Place a small pot on the stove, but do not heat it. Add butter, syrup, Splenda brown sugar mix, 2 tbsp. Splenda, and 1 tsp. cinnamon. Leave this on the unheated stove, to be melted and mixed later on.

4 - Roll out the dough on a clean dry surface, and sprinkle evenly with baking powder. Gently smooth baking powder into the sheet with your fingers.

5 - Cut dough sheet widthwise into six strips equal in size. Cut each strip into four squares. Roll each square into a ball, for a total of 24 dough balls.

6 - Place 12 dough balls in the bowl with the Splenda-cinnamon mixture. Lightly toss to coat.

7 - Place them gently in the muffin pan, with four dough balls in each of the 6 cups.

8 - Bring the small pot on the stove to medium heat. Stirring frequently, heat just until butter has melted and contents are mixed well.

9 - Evenly spoon the butter mixture over the dough balls.

10 - Bake in the oven for 15 - 20 minutes, or until puffy and firm. Allow to cool slightly, and then plate and enjoy!

January 11, 2010

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars = FAIL

Hubs has been asking me for a little over a month now if I would make him Peanut Butter Chocolate bars. Apparently my MIL used to make them for him when he was little and he thought they were uber tasty.
Like, with most recipes, I surfed around the net and settled on a recipe. Usually I try to find a recipe with the least amount of ingredients, but enough that I'm not totally cheating and pie with pre-made crust and a can of pie filling (*cough* Sandra Lee *cough*).

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars
adapted very slightly from this recipe on All Recipes

2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup reduced fat peanut margarine
1 cup margarine, melted
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar

1 - In a medium bowl, stir together graham cracker crumbs, confectioners' sugar, peanut butter and melted margarine.

2 - Press firmly into the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan.

3 - Melt chocolate chips over a double boiler or in the microwave, stirring occasionally. (This is were I failed miserably, I burned the chocolate chips. What I learned? DO NOT MICROWAVE THE CHOCOLATE CHIPS! Also, after you burn the chocolate chips don't still use them, my bars have a smoky s'mores taste now).

4 - Spread melted chocolate over the crumb crust.

5 - Chill for about 5 minutes, then cut into bars before the chocolate is completely set, then chill until ready to serve.

My burnt chocolate didn't spread very well so I didn't get the pretty smooth chocolate look = FAIL!

January 10, 2010

Frenchie Kisses: The "I Do"s

As I began to write this post about my ceremony I realized I completely left out a part that both Mr Frenchie and I found important, so I would like to rewind here...

Papa Frenchie and I have just made it down to Mr Frenchie and our officiant, Leanne.

Leanne greeted everyone and started the ceremony with a prayer:
Gracious God, You are always faithful in Your love for us. Look mercifully upon Jason & Allison, who have come seeking Your blessing. Let Your Holy Spirit rest upon them so that with steadfast love they may honor the promises they make this day, through Jesus Christ our Lord & Savior. Amen.
After the prayer, was the Declaration of Intent (which Leanne read to us each individually, but I've combined them for you):
Miss/Mr Frenchie, will you have Mr/Miss Frenchie to be your husband/wife, to live together in the covenant of marriage? Will you love him/her, comfort him/her, honor and keep him/her, in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, be faithful to him/her, as long as you both shall live?
We of course answered "I Will"!

Now comes the part I was super bummed I forgot to tell you about, The Affirmation of the Congregation:
Will you who witness this covenant between Allison and Jason, respect their marriage and sustain them with your friendship and care?
For us it was very important to involve our guest in our ceremony, even just a little bit. I mean, we did ask them to go to the wedding for a reason, right?

This whole time Papa Frenchie was still standing to my left, you may think that is a long time, Mr Frenchie did, but it past in a flash! Before I knew it Papa Frenchie was 'giving me away' on behalf of himself and Mama Frenchie and sitting down.

Next, my cousins on Mama Frenchie's side read Corinthians 13:1-13:
If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.
Corinthians 13:1-13, is probably to most read scripture at weddings but it has been my favorite scripture since I memorized it in grade school and no-one was going to talk me out of using it on our wedding. We made up for it with a unique second reading... keep reading it's coming up ;-)

After the reading Leanne went into her Sermon, based on this quote byFrederick Buechner:
“The first stage is to believe that there is only one kind of love. The middle stage is to believe that there are many kinds of love and that the Greeks had a different word for each of them. The last stage is to believe that there is only one kind of love.

The unabashed eros of lovers, the sympathetic philia of friends, agape giving itself away freely are all varied manifestations of a single reality. To lose yourself in another’s arms, or in another’s company, or in suffering for all men who suffer, including the ones who inflict suffering upon you – to lose yourself in such ways is to find yourself. Is what it’s all about. Is what love is.
Of all powers, love is the most powerful and the most powerless. It is the most powerful because it alone can conquer that final and most impregnable stronghold which is the human heart. It is the most powerless because it can do nothing except by consent.”
Leanne, recapped our first date and told the story of the first time she met Jason. She poked fun at how much we love food based on conversations we had in our meetings with her and the sheets she had us fill out. Apparently, in talking about something we wanted in our marriage we both said:
"...trust, support and reliability are key. That you are challenged and encouraged to be the best you can be, all that God has created you to be. You each want to make the other happy. That you can grow old with and cook with as often as you can!
It got a few laughs.

That's Mama Frenchie's I'm-trying-not-to-laugh-too-much-this-is-serious face

After we all giggled, it was time for the Getting Married part! This is when I realized I was still wearing my engagement ring on my left ring finger. I turned away from our guests to hand my sister my bouquet and on my way back I switched it to my right hand. VERY crafty, if I do say so myself, because no-one noticed (as far as I know), not even Sister Frenchie!

We repeated the following vows, we chose from a list Leanne had given us:
"I, Miss/Mr Frenchie, in the presence of God, take you, Mr/Miss Frenchie, to be my husband. All that I am I give to you, and all that I have I share with you. Whatever the future holds, I will love you and stand by you, as long as we both shall live."
Leanne blessed our rings...
"Rings are a sign of the never-ending love of God toward us and the kind of love we should seek for one another as well as the value and worth of our spouse. Love endures as we grow together in Christ’s love."
"Bless, O Lord, this ring, that he who gives it and she who wears it may abide in Your peace and continue in Your constant love throughout their lives. Amen."
We repeated...
"Miss/Mr Frenchie, I give you this ring as a sign of my love and faithfulness."

Following our vows and the exchanging of our rings, SIL Frenchie read excerpts from Sandol Stoddard Warburg's "I Like You".
I like you and I know why

I like you because you are a good person to like

I like you because when I tell you something special, you know it's special

And you remember it a long, long time

You say, Remember when you told me something special

And both of us remember
When I think something is important
 you think it's important too

We have good ideas

When I say something funny, you laugh

I think I'm funny and you think I'm funny too

I can't remember when I didn't like you

It must have been lonesome then
Even if it was the 999th of July

Even if it was August

Even if it was way down at the bottom of November

I would go on choosing you

And you would go on choosing me

Over and over again

And that's how it would happen every time.
That may sounds familiar because it was also a reading in the Candy Corn's wedding and Miss Scissors also recently posted about reading at their wedding. I wanted to read the WHOLE book, but Mr Frenchie was nervous about having to stand in front of all those people that long, so we just chose some of our favorite parts.

Mr Frenchie later admitted the ceremony went by much faster than he thought it would, before he knew it were were repeating the Lord's Prayer.

And being pronounced as Husband and Wife!
"Inasmuch as Jason and Allison have made their solemn vows to each other before God and in the presence of this congregation, and have pledged their faithfulness to one another and have confirmed their covenant by the giving and the receiving of rings; and by virtue of the authority vested in me as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament, and by the laws of this state, I now pronounce you husband and wife. Therefore, what God has joined together let no one separate. In the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."
Which is my favorite part of every wedding. Hearing "...I now pronounce you husband and wife. Therefore, what God has joined together let no one separate..." for us, WAS AWESOME!

Then is was kissing time...
"May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and give you peace, shalom, wholeness, fullness of life, both now and forevermore. Amen."

"You may kiss the bride."
Because we weren't going to a new venue for our reception, we decided to have Leanne announce us for the first time. We also LOVE Leanne, and no offense to our awesome MC, we felt like it would mean more coming from her.
"Ladies and Gentlemen: it is with great pleasure that I present to you for the first time Mr. and Mrs. Jason and Allison Frenchie."

Is your groom (or you, Miss Pug *cough*) trying to make to ceremony shorter to avoid standing in front of all those people for too long?

Up Next: The biggest 'Oops' of the Day

So Far...
The Beginning
Gettin' Sassy
Me & My Bridesmaids
Mr Frenchie's Morning
Waiting to go down the aisle

***Note: All photos, unless otherwise noted, are by the fabulously talented, and super awesome to know, Ohana Photographers***

January 9, 2010

Fifty Foot Checca

Yesterday on Twitter I saw @fiftyfootbride (aka Miss Scissors) mention to @songbirdcreative (aka Mrs Cookie) she had a fantastic Checca recipe.
I love a good recipe (have you noticed?) so I jumped in and asked for the recipe as well. Lauren kicks arse (naturally) and posted the recipe on her blog (I Love You Much) like an hour later.

Fifty Foot Checca
Recipe from Lauren @ I Love You Much found here

– big bunch of fresh basil
– head of garlic
– 2 really large ugly ripe (or other heirloom) tomatoes
– buffalo mozzarella
– good extra virgin olive oil
– kosher salt
– garlic saltAdd Image
– freshly ground pepper

1 - Peel and finely chop the whole head of garlic. (She uses a food processor, and I just used the already copped garlic you can buy in a jar)
2 - Take out about two tablespoons of the garlic and put it in whatever you’re serving the pasta in. (A big big bowl works well).
3 - Pour in about a quarter cup… or less… of olive oil.
4 - wash and sliver the basil, put it in the bowl, stir around.
5 -Throw i a few pinchfulls of kosher salt.
6 - Wash and chop the tomatoes in big chunks. (About 1″ square pieces). Throw those guys in the bowl.

7 - Take the buffalo mozzarella out of it’s watery bin, and chunk that up like the tomatoes and throw it in the bowl.
8 - Put in about a teaspoon of garlic salt, and grind in however much pepper you like. (I just swish the garlic salt over the top).
9 - Stir around and if everything doesn’t seem coated enough by the oil, add some more. Let all of that hang out in the bowl.

Lauren uses the left-over garlic for garlic bread and serves the Checca over about 1 lb of her favorite pasta. I made the Hubs favorite ghetto garlic bread and served it over spaghetti squash, instead. Either way THIS IS TASTE-EE! Thanks Lauren!

January 8, 2010

New Calendar, New DISCOUNT

Remember yesterday? I hope. Remember when I posted about the awesome 2010 calendar I purchased from Night Owl Paper Goods with my Claremont Road coupon code? If not, you can read about it here.

Well, the lovely folks at Night Owl are offering my readers a 10% off all wooden journals and jotters before January 15!

Check out all of their jotters...
and journals...

HERE and simply enter the coupon code "nest" at check-out.

Thank you again Night Owl Paper Good! :)

Five for Friday

Previous Fridays

1 - Your favorite Nintendo game is Burger Time.
2 - You loved all 4 meals I made this week with Heirloom tomatoes
3 - You love my super simple, and kinda ghetto, garlic bread
4 - You kissed my thumb this morning when I sliced it cutting apples
5 - You love using your new power tools, it's so fun to watch :)

January 7, 2010

New Year, New Calendar

I'm not gonna lie, one of the most exciting parts of a new year, for me, is getting a new desk calendar. Last year my sister got me a Shoe Gallery Calendar.

Awesome, right? Kinda. I'm going to go ahead and tell you this isn't as awesome as it looks. I was thinking, "SCORE! A shoe a day for 365 days!" Not so much, there is only one shoe for Saturday and Sunday. Yeah, they share a shoe! WTF?Also, not all the shoes are a lovely as the one shown here. Some time soon, when my office is empty I will scan in some shoes for you. Some were so bad I'd reuse an old day. Jen (my sister) and I were so disappointed with this calendar we decided not to get another one for 2010.

Instead my mom got me Fix-It and Forget-It, Feasting with Your Slow Cooker.

My mom gave Hubs and I a slow cooker for our engagement party and since we've moved in together I haven't used it once. She knew I was looking for Slow Cooker recipes, so she got me this calendar. Great idea, I just feel weird keeping on my desk at work, since I don't do any cooking there.

Enter Brooke at Claremont Road (aka Mrs Cupcake).

She blogged back in December about her 2010 calendar search. She was having trouble narrowing down her favorites and mentioned the one she kept coming back to, to her mom. Well, her Mother bought her this calendar from Night Owl Paper Goods for Christmas.

Isn't it lovely? I was pretty sure this was the calendar I needed for my desk at work... then I saw something shiny and totally forgot to follow the link on her site and order one.

Well, it turned out for the best because Night Owl is now offering 10% off all calendar orders placed before January 15. All you have to do is simply enter the coupon code "claremontroad" at checkout to receive the discount.

Well, I did and look what I'll be receiving in the mail soon...

The 2010 Critter Calendar! How freakin' cute is that?

And the BEST PART (from Night Owl's website) the calendar is...
Eco-friendly sustainably harvested yellow birch wood
Wood is sliced thin from a small amount of raw material & uses no water & very little power. Wood grain varies from month to month.
I can't wait to put this out and stare at it every day, thank you Claremont Road and Night Owl Paper Goods!


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