Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

Hello Hello-

I am finally home after a fiasco of a trip to the Midwest. Let me just tell you that having 3.5 days of delays on your trip in the front and the back are annoying!!

But alas, i'm not here to complain because I have a bunch of champagne in my fridge accompanying a bunch of cheese and crackers so with that being said!

HAPPY NEW YEARS! Can't believe its already 2010!! Wowza. What were you doing when it turned 2000?



Friday, December 18, 2009

i'm alive...

barely. I had the flu pretty bad this past week. It must have been all the cleaning I've been doing. Yeah that's right. I'm allergic to cleaning! Not doing it anymore.....

Its been uber busy over here between being sick and needing to get everything finalized before our trip back to WI. We've had a great month with Jack and Till through Etsy and doing a few little craft fairs. I'm excited for the last week of December. I will have a full week off with Jack to plan/create/expand our business. Its hard to nail him down with him having a full time job and all. So it will be nice to work on some upcoming projects for etsicle that we have.

Right now, my computer is full of printed Holiday cards that need to be signed, mailed and delivered. I'm hoping that I can use my time on the flights to do address Christmas cards. I am always so late with this I need to get my act together next year.

There are so many things that I wanted to do this year that I haven't even gotten around to doing!

1. Watch my favorite holiday movie - Rudolph The Red nosed Reindeer from the 50's

2. Try to make fattigmand. I might do this one back home with my grandma the expert.

3. Go Ice Skating

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4. Watch Elf

5. Make Christmas Crafts

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but I have been doing lots of this-this week.

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1 more day till I board an airplane to a frigid place. The weather is predicting a high of 37 with a low of 12 degrees during the time that I'll be back in Wisconsin. Le Burr is all I got say.



Friday, December 11, 2009

Lazy Days..not!

Today has been one of those days where apparently I had a bug up my ass because I've been deep cleaning my kitchen and bathroom all day. Now we just made homemade marshmallows again and now melting moments cookies and there is cornstarch and flour all over the place. Oi Vay. Why clean?

Looking through my photo's last year to see what I was up to and apparently I was making Krumkake's. A traditional norweigan cookie. So nummy. Maybe I'll be making a batch of these tonight as well....Hee Hee.



Thursday, December 10, 2009


Just got one of my early Chrimmy presents! Jack is taking me to go see the Nutcracker this Sunday! I absolutely can't wait until Sunday. I've wanted to see this ballet for a really long time because 1.) i'm obsessed with ballet 2.) its like one of the most classic ballets that everyone has seen 3.) I was a sugar plum fairy when I was little ( but have no memory of it besides a purple tutu.

To top it all of Jack drew these insanely cute little ballet people ( the backside says -good for 1 nutcracker ticket). Love it! Hopefully will have some pictures from the show this weekend to show!



Wednesday, December 9, 2009

You might remember

this post. Well apparently this blogger had completly redone her blog and has put up some more new art. I am in love with her style and adore this snow white pic! ahhhmazing.

You can check out her other work here.



Tuesday Night Ritual

I'm a big fan of pizza. Something about it to me is like the perfect combination of stuff. Bread, cheese and some form of tomato. Narm. Usually on Tuesday evenings we have pizza and watch Biggest Loser ( the irony is killing me). Normally the pizza consists of evoo, fresh mozzarella, fresh tomato and a sprinkling of fresh basil and salt as soon as its hot out of the oven. Last night the earth must have shifted because I had a taste for a greek pizza ( probably inspired by the nummy looking one our friends got on Sunday). So we tried to re-create it and it tasted pretty darn yummy.

So we snagged a boboli crust at the store because I'm too freaking lazy to make my own and we like a crispier crust rather than a super doughy one. Also, we steamed up some veggies to make it a little bit healthier. Though I'd rather just have pizza. Yeah that's right I'm a semi vegetarian who doesn't like vegetables ( maybe I'm just bored with them!)

Raechel and Jack's Greek Pizza

1 Pizza Crust ( a sweeter whole wheat crust is awesome!)
1 Tomato
1 small container of feta, green and black olives preferably soaked in evoo with Mediterranean spices (We picked ours up from the olive bar at the grocery store . This is what gives the pizza the flavor. A good sub would be flavored feta and olives that are in flavored oil or you could try to concoct your own type of herbs to put on the pizza)

Prepare your crust ( if you made your own-cook it / if you're using a premade - take it out of the bag). Strain the evoo from the olives onto the pizza and spread around the crust. Crumble the feta generously around the pizza and then chop/crumble the olives. Top with sliced tomato and cook pizza on a **stone at 425-450 for about 10 mins.

** now I realize that not everyone has a pizza stone but if you make your own pizza even 1x a week then buy a freaking stone! They're like $10-20 depending on what model you get ( ours came with a lazy susan and a pizza cutter) at Bed Bath and Beyond. Its totally worth it and makes your crust that much better on a pizza.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Now it works...

So the picture I was trying to upload yesterday is now able to be uploaded!

This is a pic from the backdoor of my house looking towards the garage. I love the rain and miss it so much. I love how green and fresh everything looks after a rainfall. I love the smell of the rain, dewey, fresh, and grassy smell. Rain feels like a fresh start here in LA where the days all seem to run into each other and start to blend.



Monday, December 7, 2009

Did Saint Nick visit you?

He came to our house and brought us both lots of goodies! Incase you don't know what Saint Nick's day is or as the Netherlands call it Sinterklauss. Click here.

For me he brought some pretty red flowers, a half bottle of La Crema Pinot Noir, some nuts, a big piece of chocolaty caramel. For Jack, he brought Tim Tams, a Barnes and Noble gift card and some vanilla flavored almonds.

Its raining cats and dogs in LA today. I absolutely love it! I'm trying to upload a picture on blogger but its keeping on giving me an error. WTF. Sigh.



Sunday, December 6, 2009

Silverlake Art Craft and Vintage Fair!

Hey Kids if you reside in the LA area make sure to stop on by and say hi to us at the Jack and Till Booth! We will be here from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. today!



Friday, December 4, 2009

Its Friday again, already!

Man oh man this week flew by! Part of Jack's Christmas present is that I have put together a little basket with 24 envelopes ( 1 to open till Christmas eve!) Todays evnvelope is going to ICE in Santa Monica and going ice skating. Last year we went right at the tale end of the season and had so much fun so I think this year we're going to try and get in a few more skate sessions!

A pic of us from last year

I'm even toying with the possibility of getting my very own pair of skates. The park is free but costs $10 to rent a pair of skates.

What's your favorite holiday activities?

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Oh Boy..

I think I just found a new guilty pleasure! I decided to start watching Season 1 of Dexter online and I think I've created a monster. I'm hooked now! Argh! I wish I had a TV in every room so I could clean while watching Dexter! Right now I can only watch it while "working."

In case you haven't seen it you should definitely check it out on instant netflix ( which is my other guilty pleasure!) I get so much out of the instant netflix then I do out of the real movies by mail.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

3 days later...

and I'm still incredibly sore from my Monday ballet class and I'm going to combat it by going to another ballet class tonight. Mainly because my favoritest teacher in the whole world is going to be there but secondly I'm hoping to stretch out my calf muscles so they dont' feel like they're on fire.

So Christmas is right around the corner and I finally submitted my christmas list to the family and I'm hoping to get clothes. I could use some other stuff but I REALLY want clothes. I guess in this tough economy ( waa waa) its the one expense I really can't justify. I mean I don't go anywhere and I dont' need luxurious yoga pants to hang out at my house ( or do I?) SO keep your fingers crossed my Anthropologie wish list will be emptied!!

So speaking of wish lists.. if i had an extra say $500 laying around I'd totally splurge on these ( maybe..that is a lot of money)

They're lanvin leather ballet flats and they come in a powdered blue box with a tie ribbon
(OMG) as to quote RZ " I Die". I could live in these bad boys. I would live in them. If I paid $500 for a pair of flats you better darn tooting bet that I'd wear these shoes everywhere. A while back Planet Blue was selling a similar pair but they were manufactured by a ballet footwear company. I wanted those bad boys but they were still about $200. Way to much for me. My max cap is like $100 and I better want to cut someones throat for that price. At least for flats, boots are a whole other subject.

On that note of my crazy rantings about how I'm going to slit throats for shoes I'm outta here! ( P.s. i dont cut throats for shoes, just handbags and accessories!)



Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Could Taza of Rockstar Diaries be anymore awesome? She is like this amazing talented julliard dancer (gush), has an awesome line of headbands, an adorable hubby and always has amazing posts. Her latest post about this band is driving me nuts. I am in a deep love affair with this band now. It reminds me of a female version of Ray Lamontagne - heavy folksy songs with beautiful voices and harmonies. OH EM GEE...I'm in big trouble. I wonder if they have an LP out. I think they do ( I might sound dumb but is a 12" the same as a standard LP? I'm kind of new to this record buying lingo)

Anyways, these girls are super amazing.

First Aid Kit - A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.



I love having an artistic boyfriend...

when prepping for Thanksgiving I asked Jack to write down what we'd be having for dinner and he did but also drew a cute little sketch of "us". We joke that I'm so domestic that its like we're an old school style 50's couple. He just needs a sweater vest and a pipe. I already wear a dress and apron when cooking!

I found this sketch when getting ready to set the table and pinned it up on our kitchen magnet board but it was too cute not to share!