Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Heavy on my Shoulder

Here's what in my heavy purse today:

Wallet: I got this adorable wallet in North Carolina when my cutie cousin graduated from the very prestigious Wake Forest PA Program. It has more card slots than even I could fill up: two zipper pockets; and three different open slots for receipts, cash, and stamps. It's true I carried stamps in my wallet like an 80 year old woman.

Notebook: I carry this around to make lists...that's how my world goes round...lists and lists of lists. There are lists on everything from grocery to blog ideas to possible vacation spots. Also there are notes on great website I read in magazines and recipe ideas...if I don't write it down there will be no way I'll remember.
Sunglasses: I have this problem with buying super cheap sunglasses that always break. So last year for my birthday I splurged on these and love them so much I can't imagine my life without them. I still have the cheapies for the lake and pool - I don't trust myself that much!

Card Holder: I have two jobs and two different business cards to carry around. This also doubles as a ID/credit card holder to slip in my clutch when I go out.

Gum: I'm always in fear of the bad breath monster. It is also here in case I get sleepy in church...just don't tell Father Albert!

Oh and a bunch trash including receipts, gum wrappers and earbuds. Also an awesome Specs gift card that I'm mailing to my dad for his birthday!!!

What are you toting around on your shoulder?

Love & Later -


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Hippie Chic

I'm not talking about the tie-dyed t-shirt you made in 2nd grade. The once 1970's style is coming back in a big way. Move out of the way t-shirt from dad's closet this pattern is taking over everything from swimsuits to dresses. And the colors they are a changing, this once primaries only is now following a more monochromatic tone. Is this something you would be willing to wear?

I recently purchased the above maxi dress that is maroon with a white bulls eye pattern on it! If you're not really into it you could away dress a baby in a tie-dyed onesie because they could get away with it.

Love & Later -

Monday, August 2, 2010

Muffin Madness

I know a few weeks ago I was talking about the summer garden and how it can get out of control quickly. Some things produce wildly and you can't eat it all before it goes bad. There is always the option of freezing it and using it later which has been done. I like to make things dishes and then freeze them that way all you have to do is thaw and heat up. Here's what I been making with all that zucchini:

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 1/4 cups white sugar (you can also use Splenda)
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups grated zucchini
1 cup chopped pecans

1. Grease muffin tins. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Sift flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl.

3. Beat eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar together in a large bowl. Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture, and beat well. Stir in zucchini and nuts until well combined. Pour batter into muffin tins.

4. Bake for 30 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on rack for 20 minutes.

I store them in freezer bags and just get a few out at a time.

Love & Later -


Friday, July 30, 2010

Weekend Nothingness

It's true my friends...I have nothing but work on my weekend agenda. I have job three this weekend where I get to be wedding bossy - you know polite but stern. And by nothing you know I mean going to the country to see my boyfriend, grocery shopping, church, mowing the lawn, bathing the dog, cleaning out one more closet and not all in that exact order.

Anyone want to volunteer to help me do nothing?

Have a great weekend friends....wish I was doing this again like last weekend.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Clean Look

Who says you don't decorate your bathroom? I do, don't you. Lately I've really been looking at shower curtains to make my master bathroom look cleaner. About a year ago I painted it this awesome kelly green and added a solid white seersucker shower curtain and chocolate brown towels. I'm really loving it but I need some more color or texture or something. It's reminding me of block color and I'm more into the mix and match. If this is the room I'm spending my first waking hour of the day in I want like it. Also I'm a huge fan of the curved shower rod...feels like I have a garden tub and you know I don't. With a new curtain am I going to have to paint again???



A happy morning is new shower curtain and a diet coke....right?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Words on Paper

Magazines are what I'm thinking about today. There is nothing better than going home from work and checking the mail. It's usually just junk I drop in the recycle been but occasionally there's something worth while to browse through. I have loved getting magazines since I was a kid reading Highlights. I don't think I get any crazy amount but here's my list.

Current list of subscriptions:

I'm always looking for new and interesting things to flip through so give me your suggestions.

*You know the be all, end all of mail is a card or letter....send me something if you have my address. Just don't send me your bills, I'm not paying them.
Love & Later -

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Cover This

I'm that girl...the one that buys all of her makeup at Wal-Mart or Target...with coupons. Over 90% of the items in my adorable oilcloth makeup barrel bag are CoverGirl.

Here's what's in my bag:

Foundation: CoverGirl Smoother Aquacurrent Foundation, Natural Ivory
I only wear this if I have something to do after work like a happy hour or meeting because it keeps my powder on longer.

Powder: CoverGirl Fresh Complextion Pocket Powder, Natural Ivory
I've been wearing this powder for the last 5 years. It's the best.

Blush: CoverGirl Cheekers Blush, Natural Twinkle
The blush and eyeshadow I wear have been in my bag since I was in high school. It's true...over 12 years. Does anyone want to talk to me about loyalty to brands?

Eyeliner: Perfect Point Plus, Espresso
No sharpener needed. I don't always were eyeliner but this is the best I've found.

Eyeshadow: CoverGirl Eye Enhancer, Taupe Tapestry
You may think it's boring but it's never let me down. I use it lightly during the day and then heavier for evenings.

Mascara: Lashblast Volume Blasting Mascara, Black
Until recently I was a brown mascara kind of girl...I've gone to the dark side.

Lips: There is no rhythm or reason to my lips. During the day it's Chapstick or Carmex. In the evening I like Victoria's Secret Lip Rush, Juiced Berry.

Love & Later -


Monday, July 26, 2010

Corny Twist

Your invited to a party and you ask "Is there anything you need me to bring?" and the hostess says "...not a thing." What do you do? If you're a guy you do nothing, if your a girl you think twice and then ask again if you can bring chips, dip, ice, a least something to not show up empty handed. Oh wait is that just me and my inability to go to a party alone. And by alone I mean without something either for the other guests or hostess. My friends love me in spite of this and my boyfriend is at least learning to deal with it. I've got this small problem called over committing. I like to think of it as going above and beyond.

I've got a new recipe for a dip that will rock your cob!

Corn Avocado Salsa

1 can yellow corn, drained
1 can white corn, drained
3 avocados, chopped
15 -20 cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup salsa verde or tomatillo sauce
1 tsp salt
1 lime, juiced
2 jalapenos, seeded
4 cloves of garlic
1/2 small onion
1/2 bunch cilantro

1. Add yellow and white corn, avocados, tomatoes, salsa verde, salt, and lime juice in a large bowl.

2. In the blender chop the jalapenos, garlic, onion and cilantro together.

3. Stir in the blended ingredients to corn mixture and refrigerate for one hour.

4. Serve with tortilla chips or crackers.

Love & Later -


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wedding Love

I read this blog everyday. It combines two things I love weddings and being Southern. If you are remotely interested in parties, decorating, weddings or happiness I would recommend it. I love it...I do wedding flowers and planning and coordinating and get more great ideas from these ladies than almost anywhere else. I've use many things I've seen here to help friends plan their weddings...which turned out fabulous if I do say so myself!

Love & Later -


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Straw, Ribbon, and Canvas Oh My

I'm getting ready to pack a bag and head to the river this weekend for some family time and hanging out in the water. It's summer in Texas and the means it's HOT - water please!

With that being said I'm usually the girl with the big sunglasses and a hat on my head. I'll admit I'm a baseball cap kind of girl but I'm starting to branch out...a little. Yes I know that ball caps don't protect your ears but I'm a sunscreen believer so don't yell at me. Here are some hat I'm loving right now. Some are out of control and some are right up my alley. Hat wearer or not you've got to love the style they create with a fun sundress!

Love & Later -


Monday, July 19, 2010

Squash Overload

If you know anyone with a summer garden they're probably trying to give you bags of veggies. In those sacks are probably tomatoes, peppers, zucchinis and the ever abundant squash. The yellow crookneck squash is an over producer. You plant 4 or 5 seedlings and before you know it there is squash coming out of your ears. Yes you can do a lot with the yellow veggie but battering it in cornmeal and frying it can get old. Try this yummy dish and let me know what you think.

My boyfriend finally ripped the plants out of the now we're getting squash from his parents!

Texas Squash Casserole

2 tbsp butter
2 yellow onions, diced
5 medium yellow squash, chunked
10 ounces Velveeta cheese, cubed
1 can of cream of celery soup
7 ounce can of diced green chilies
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/4 grated parmesan cheese
2 tsp crushed red pepper

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Saute onions in butter until translucent.

3. Add squash and cook until slightly soft.

4. Drain squash and onion mixture to get rid of any excess liquid.

5. Mix squash and onions with Velveeta, cream of celery soup, green chilies, and crushed red pepper.

6. Pour into greased 9x13 baking dish.

7. Cover with bread crumbs and parmesan cheese.

8. Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly around the edges.

*this recipe can be cut in half if you don't have veggie lovers in your family.

Love & Later -

Friday, July 16, 2010

Keep Austin Sweet

This Friday's Local Austin Business

This adorable shop is located on South First near Freddie's. It's a simple place that sales cupcakes, pies, and dessert bars. Stick with what you know and do it well. That's how you stay in business and that's exactly what they're doing. There are about 6 standard flavors that are available everyday and then some signatures only available once or twice a week. If you don't really care for cake there is the option to purchase an icing shot (what a way to get your sugar intake). Also, did I mention they sell pupcakes so take one to your favorite four legged friend and the money goes to the Austin Humane Society.

They are favorite is the Hemingway!

Love & Later -


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Big Red Balls

Wipeout - ABC, Tuesday, 7:00pm cst

This is one of my favorite TV shows right now. It all started a few summers back when there was thing call the writers strike going on. There is just something about watching people run an obstacle course, fall, bounce, and flail around that is hilarious to me. One of the best parts is the hosting. John Anderson, John Henson, and Jill Wagner give fantastic commentary on each contestant and their lack of ability, weird job, or personality trait. You should all check it out...until next time Goodnight and Big Balls.

Love and Later -


*I know that my very dear friend, Allison, thinks this show is dumb which is why she will be doing next weeks guest review of some vampire something that I don't watch!

Procrastination is OVER!

I'm getting back to it people. You heard it here first. I've been harassed enough and a plan is being made. I and my friends are working on many new things and ideas on how to get this thing going...

Mondays - Recipes and Kitchen ideas

Tuesdays - Make-up and Fashion

Wednesdays - TV/Movies/Pop Culture

Thursdays - Flowers and Home Decor

Fridays - Reviews of Shops and Businesses (local or places I find on the road)

Weekends - Randomness or nothing depending on what's going on

Please just this once let me know if you are interested in this...I'm feeling like this blog either needs to go big or go home.

Love and Later -


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Locked Out

God help me I did it again, and yes that means this isn't the first time. I locked myself out of the house this morning after taking Odd Dog for a walk. It was early freaking 6:45 in the AM. My hide-a-key was missing from it's hide-a-key secret spot.

No I'm not going to tell you where it is...not that it really matters since it's magically disappeared.

I thought about busting out a window or breaking down door (don't laugh I could do it), but then remembered that I have a spare key in my car...that is locked. I only know about 4 phone numbers by heart and 3 of them are for folks that live over 3 hours away.

Thanks to a lovely early walking neighbor and a friend who recently inherited the emergency key I was back in my house and in the office by 9:00.

Guess who's going to get another spare key made after work!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Redneck Mother

I really want to be this mom. The cool mom that still drives a Jeep and has two car seats in the back...maybe welded into the frame. Is that possible? Does is make me unsafe and irresponsible? Oh me a redneck.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Old Glory

Today is flag day!

Not really a holiday but I did get my flag out this morning. Of course there was drama when I installed a new pole holder and pole. There was an old one that was broken and I freaking stripped the screw. I said "screw" it and put in the new one and went on my merry way. Thank you very much!

Thursday, June 10, 2010


I can just tell you how disgustingly gross my iPhone cover was. I had to soak it in 409 overnight. People, this is not normal. Now it only has a slight film of makeup coating the screen. What is wrong with my and my face? Does this happen to others?

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Remember Me?

Yeah - me, Allie, the girl that has way to much on her plate. I might be back to blogging if anyone is interested. So do I have any takers?

I love you all - promise!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Preppy Dog

Ok it's official, I've become that dog owner. I'm turning my cute puppy into a preppy frat boy*. I had to have him shaved just before Christmas and all he did was curly into a ball and shiver. We were traveling to my parents and it was snowing and I felt so guilty that I purchased him a dog sweater. He loved it...danced around the house and got upset when I would take it off of him.

So last night I saw that Dillard's was having a huge sale and I needed to stock up tights. Low and behold there was this little bitty rack of dog sweaters and jackets and I couldn't help myself...for $3.40 I turned my dog into a preppy*.

*I want to make it clear that I have nothing against preppyness or frat boys. I wish I was more preppy than not and I do love all things nautical, pink and green, and golf. I just don't know if that's the right direction for my dog.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Purple Power

...and no I'm not talking about the magic cleaning product. I'm talking about these rediculous high heels that I walked away with last night.

I needed to run to the Nine West Outlet Store last night to purchase some new black pumps for work. These are my go to work shoes. I wear them at least twice a week. LOVE THEM but the heel broke yesterday and the super glue just wasn't going to hold it. Of course you have to look around the whole store. It's freaking buy one, get one half off. So I walked out with my trusty black pumps and these!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Swim to the Light

Is it just me or does this look like one of the most disturbing things ever.

Why is it for sale and who would buy it? Would you hang this in your home or office?

Looks like a bunch of glass sperm swimming to the light....really?

Thursday, January 14, 2010

At a loss

What do I say...I've tried to post something three different times this week and I've got nothing. Maybe I'm just not funny anymore or I'm boring and never knew it or it's the craptastic weather. Yes, let's blame the weather.

Friday, January 8, 2010

This Blog for 2010

Ok so the blogging got put on the back burner for 2009. Being 8 days into 2010 it's not looking much better. I may need some harassment on your part to get back in the grove. I know I'm funny, you know I'm funny but I may need you to beat it out of me.

I'm working the Bridal Show this weekend so if you see the Allieflower booth in Austin....say HI and book your wedding with me.

I promise to post next week and you will pee your pants!