Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday Favorites

Today I am linking up with Erika, Narci and Andrea to share my Friday favorites.  I am soooo happy it's Friday!   We have some fun things planned this weekend including snow tubing and a surprise party so I can't wait to get the weekend started.  I have lots of favorites this weekend so here we go....

1-Last night Rachael and I had our first craft night of the year!  Our friend Julia came and we had a great time laughing and talking together.   It was a great night :)


2-Ava's bff Lennon turned 16!  So while I was at Craft Night Ava and her friends were eating sushi to celebrate Lennon's sweet 16.

3.  F in blue is a regular at my aqua aerobics class.  Her great-granddaughter in pink takes swim lessons at the same time as our class so I got a picture for our Y facebook page.  Four generations in the picture-so sweet!!


4- I love, love, love books so for Christmas I got this book for my girlfriends because I heard it was a great book about organization and I am LOVING it so far!  I am hoping to get through this book this weekend.

5-I have been loving essential oils.  This one is my favorite for bed time. I put a drop on my neck when I am getting ready for bed and it helps me relax and go to sleep. I love it!

6-  I am also loving these two modern planters I got at Target.   They were only $5 each!  I love inexpensive, cute decor items.  I got flowers for my birthday so I split up the flowers and put them in both vases and they are on our dining room table.  I love the way they look.


Happy Friday!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Life lately

Our life lately has been's our season of life right now and we are trying to enjoy each and every second.

Ava is in the middle of her basketball season.  She has great teammates this year and she  is loving high school basketball.
My friend L takes pics at all the games.  I love this one she took of Ava and her team. We will be at basketball all weekend because Ava has games on Friday and Saturday.


 We have our first Branch and Bloom craft night of the year tonight!  We are making wine cork boards and these adorable wine cork planters. 


Ava's friend M is in a photography class and she did a photo shoot with Ava on Monday for her class.  This one is my favorite.  I'm going to get it made on a canvas. 


My birthday was last Friday and we celebrated with Ava's two bff's and our exchange student with a cake at home after Ava's basketball game. 


That's our life lately.  I hope you've had a great week!


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Crafty Wednesday {monogram plates}

Well hello Wednesday....this week is FLYING by for us.   But today I wanted to share these adorable monogram plates I have been making with my silhouette vinyl cutter.  They are SO easy to make and they make the cutest gifts.  Before I had my vinyl cutter I got vinyl monograms on Etsy.

A few weeks ago I got together with my friend V and we made these adorable plates.  The permanent vinyl is like a sticker and sticks to the plate.

I made these tartan (love!) plates.  I got 6 of these plates for $5 after Christmas at TJ Maxx.  I love the way they turned out.  I am going to use them until Valentine's Day and then but them up for next year.

My friend V did a dark brown monogram on white plates.   Hers turned out great too!


These monograms hold up pretty well you just can't put them through the dishwasher.  The monograms are perfect for adding a little flair to your everyday dishes.

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Birthday wishes!

I got some sweet (and not so sweet-ha ha) Facebook messages from friends on my birthday I wanted to record them here so I can look back on them because each one means so much to me.  I'm so blessed to have such great friends!
I hope you have a great week ❤










Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday Supper {Penne alla Vodka}

Penne alla vodka is one dish I always get when we go out to dinner.  I absolutely love it!  Last year I tried making it at home and it's turned in to a family favorite.  I make it when we have friends over, when friends have new babies and when we just crave it!


{Penne alla Vodka}
Kosher salt
12 oz. penne pasta
1 28 ounce can of plum tomatoes
1 T unsalted butter
2 shallots minced
1 clove garlic minced
1/2 cup vodka
2/3 cups heavy creme 
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Handful of torn basil leaves

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the penne and cook as the label directs. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water, then drain the pasta. Empty the tomatoes into a bowl and crush with your hands.
Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly softened, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic  and cook, stirring, 30 seconds. Remove from the heat and stir in the vodka, tomatoes and salt to taste. Return the skillet to medium heat and simmer, stirring often, until the alcohol cooks off, about 7 minutes. Stir in the heavy cream  and cook until the sauce thickens slightly, about 3 minutes. Stir in the parmesan and basil

Add the pasta to the sauce and toss to combine, adding some of the reserved cooking water to loosen, if needed. Season with salt. Serve topped with more parmesan and basil.


Birthday fun!

My birthday was Friday and we have spent all weekend celebrating which has been so great!  

The party started at lunch on Friday with my girlfriends.  We went to a good Italian place and everyone ordered...wait for it....SALADS... because it's January and everyone is on a diet.  🙄.  It was so fun and it was great to have lunch and catch up.  I ❤❤these ladies.


Friday night G and I went to dinner.  I got pulled pork nachos.  They were AMAZING!!!!  It was nice having dinner just the two of us :-)


After dinner we went to Ava's basketball game.  It was a great game and her team won after coming from behind on the last quarter. 

Saturday I saw TWO movies.  It was so relaxing and a real treat.

I saw Hidden Figures which was an AMAZING movie.  I took Ava and our foreign exchange student Anne and it was such an inspirational movie.  It's unbelievable the racism and sexism these women had to overcome.  I hope this film gets nominated for an Oscar.


We also went and saw LaLa Land which was another great movie.  It was a musical and it was SO good.  I'm so glad we got to see it!

This morning Grandma Jan took me out for a birthday breakfast. Ava and Anne went too and it was delicious.  I'm glad I got to celebrate with her.

It's been a great weekend!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Favorites

Today I am joining ErikaNarci and Andrea to share my favorites from this week.  

1-it's my birthday today!  I am going to spend the day with my family and dear girlfriends and I can't wait.  I love spending time with my people and I'm looking forward to a great day!


2-We had our monthly bunco night Wednesday night.  As always it was a blast.  I love catching up with these ladies every month :-). Next month it's my turn to host and I'm doing a valentine theme.


This month was Tuscan themed and the snacks were delicious.  I could eat olives, artichokes and cheese!

3-My name is Angie and I'm addicted to Amazon... I love buying books on Amazon and last month I saw this one on instagram and I just had to have it.  I love mixing up different drinks.


I went to a party  and mixed up these drinks they were SO good!

It's one part white cranberry juice with one part vodka a splash of simple syrup and a squeeze of lime-ah-mazing! I added cranberries and gold sugar around the rim to make it look pretty :-)


4-I'm making a meal this weekend  for a friend that had a baby and I'm using these adorable stickers that I got from Erin Condren.  I ordered a bunch and have had them for years and I am always happy when I can use them :-)


I hope you had a great week!!