Friday, September 14, 2012

Friday Favorites - 9/14/12

Has this not been the SLOWEST week?!  My goodness, I kept thinking it was a day later than it really was.  Oh, well, we finally made it!  Hope you've had a good one.  Here are some things I found amusing this week.

Favorite New SongCandy by Robbie Williams

I've been a fan of RW for about 10 years now, ever since I saw the video for "Millenium" on VH1.  This is his new single, and it's catchy as can be.  I love me some Brit Pop!

Favorite return:  Diet Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash Soda
My favorite soda in the whole world is back on the shelves!!!  I will end up drinking my weight in this, just you wait and see.  :-)

Favorite Halloween idea:  Lace covered candles to cast a lovely, eerie glow...I CANNOT WAIT for Halloween to get here.

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Favorite work outfit:  Classic cardigan and pencil skirt.  Still on trend and cute but very classically styled.  Love it!

A simple but chic work look.

Favorite memory:  Swinging
I had a swingset in my backyard growing up, and I would swing and sing at the top of my lungs for hours on end.  Mostly the Grease soundtrack as I recall.  :-)

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Favorite funnyFortress
I love that expression!

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Favorite comfort foodSalisbury Steak in the Crockpot
How good would this be to come home to on a cool fall day?!

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Favorite wantArrow bracelet
It's bad to covet, I know, but I *really* want this!

Arrow Bangle Bracelet, Gold Bangle Bracelet, Gold Arrow Bracelet, Arrow Jewelry, The Hunger Games Jewelry, The Hunger Games Bracelet

Favorite sweetie-piepup in a blanket
I want to wake up to this precious face on a Saturday morning. 
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Favorite inspirationAdventurers
Oh, Darling, let's go!

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Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday Favorites - 8/31/12

Here's what I'm digging this week:

My new favorite song:  "Don't Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)" by Regina Spektor
This is one of the most infectious melodies I've heard in a long time. I've gone to see two movies in the past three weeks, and both times this song was featured in the pre-movie ads. Love it!

Thumbnail    What We Saw from the Cheap Seats, Regina Spektor

Favorite WisdomSmooth Sea
It sure is wonderful when life goes your way, but a little adversity makes you learn things that you might never have learned otherwise...

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Favorite DessertApple Cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream
A perfect bit of fall sweetness!

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Favorite FunnyAs You Wish
A bit of geeky humor from moi?  Inconceivable!!! ;-)

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Favorite OutfitCute and Casual
Gray and yellow - one of my favorite combinations.  I would totally wear this.  In fact, I think I might have to shop for just such an outfit this week!

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Favorite GothicnessLady in Black
Beautiful, eerie photo that makes me want to know more about this lady and her lost love.

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Favorite beddingPlum & Gray Bouquet Duvet from Urban Outfitters
Gray and chevron?  Yes please!!

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Favorite TruthNo Reason
All 3 of my dogs follow this philosophy, and my neighbors hate me for it!

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Favorite party idea: lemon boat
Such a cute placecard for a summer party!

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Favorite color comboyellow and turquoise
I've fallen for yellow in a big way this year.  In fact, Bill and I painted our dining room a yellow very much like this - that's probably why this picture makes me smile. 

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Enjoy your weekend, friends!


Sunday, August 26, 2012

Meal Plan: August 27 - August 31

How about some dinner-time inspiration?  Here's what the Perkinses are having this week.

Monday:  Pasta with Pancetta and Leeks from Pioneer Woman

Picture of Pasta with Pancetta and Leeks Recipe

Tuesday:  Mexican Salad from A Zesty Bite

Wednesday:  Chick-fil-a Bites with Honey Mustard Dressing from Iowa Girl Eats


Thursday:  Grilled Mozzarella Sandwiches from Martha Stewart
Someone on Pinterest suggested serving these with marinara sauce. Sounds good to me!

Friday:  Broccoli, Mushroom & Mustard Pizza from Good Things Grow

Enjoy your own culinary pursuits this week!


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Front Foyer

Hey there!  It's been a long time since I posted anything.  Life got in the know how it goes.  Anywhoo, I actually accomplished something I'm kind of proud of today -- I recovered the little chair in my foyer.

Check out the before:
This chair has been in my dad's family for about 100 years.  From what I understand, it belonged to my dad's grandmother.  It passed to her daughter (my Grandma Hagan), then to her daughter (my Aunt Curly), and then to my mom, and then to me!  It's a perfect little perch to put on shoes or to set down a bag.

I decided it needed a bit of an update to fit in with the new look of our foyer.  I found a beautiful piece of white chevron fabric from Nautica at JoAnn's a couple of weeks ago.  It was on *super* sale, so I nabbed it!

I'm not 100% happy with my front corners, but I'm gonna live with it for now.  :-)

Here's the after:

And here's the finishing touch I added to it:
A gift from my friend Gretchen that I just love!

The foyer as a whole:

On the opposite side, here's what you'll find:

 I think it turned out rather well (though I may be prejudiced).  Hee hee!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Salad Sunday

Hello, lovies!  Hope your weekend is going swimmingly.  In case you need a little dinner inspiration for the upcoming week, here you go.

Baked Potato Salad

Doesn't this look...divine?!  I have to say that whenever I can't really figure out what I want to eat, a baked potato usually fits the bill.  I think this salad would be delicious paired with a little fresh fruit salad.

Roasted Tomato Caprese Panzanella Salad

There are few things in this world that Bill and I love more than each other and caprese salads.  We know from experience just how good roasted tomatoes are in a caprese scenario, thanks to Ina Garten.  This salad looks like it just might take her genious to the next level.

And last but not least, Doritos Salad

It's like taco salad without the beef.  And it looks cruncy and hearty and Mexican-y all at one time.  I can't wait to try this!

Enjoy, friends!


Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Lounger

This was the sight that greeted me when I came home yesterday.  Our dog Lucky was lounging artfully on the loveseat in our living room, propped up by a mound of pillows.

He's got such a hard life, you know.  What with having to bark at every unsuspecting person that walks down the sidewalk, chasing squirrels and bunnies in the backyard and foraging for food every. single. day. in the kitchen.  Whew!  You'd be tired too after all of that.

I like how his left leg just hangs a little bit off the loveseat.  Like "Yeah, I know it's there but I can't be bothered to move it up onto the furniture."  Poor baby!

All kidding aside, I can't imagine not having a sweet dog like Luck in the family.  He just makes life more fun.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Friday Favorites: Week 10

Favorite color combo:  Cake from a Mint & Peach wedding pinboard
Seriously, how pretty does this look?  I find myself really drawn to pastels, particularly minty green, this summer.  I must be going soft.  :-)
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Favorite party food:  4th of July Salsa
I've never had jicama - I think it's time I try it out.  And blueberries are just about my favorite thing on the planet right now.  Did you know they're supposed to help you lose belly fat?  Cool!

Favorite bit of wildness:  temporary tattoo
If I were going to get one, it'd be a ship.  This is pretty awesome.

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Favorite funny:  my man Ludwig
He's right, you know.  A man before his time.

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Favorite sweet:  Monster Cookie Bars
Oh my gosh!  I need to make these ASAP.

Favorite refresher:  margarita fruit dip
Sounds too yummy for words.  Gotta get some strawberries and try this out.

Favorite cutie pie:  Awww!  From


Favorite doggie treatPupcakes
I know each and every one of my dogs has a sweet tooth.  This is a great way to indulge them without giving them something that could be harmful. 

Favorite new possession:  Nico from
I love these!  They're cute and comfy at the same time - a rare find in shoes these days (for me, at least).


Favorite parting thought:  Satan's weather
We've had 100+ temps for the past three days.  And there's no end in sight.  C'mon, Satan, get this weather behind me!!

Funny Seasonal Ecard: Satan called. He wants his weather back. Please.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone.  Keep cool and carry on...

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Salad Sunday

Okay, I'm going to switch things up a bit here.  I had been posting regular meal plans almost every week, but now I think I'm going to take a break.  It turned out that half the time, I wouldn't even make those meals myself.  So instead, I'm going to find 2-3 salads online that I want to try, and post those for you instead.  Bill and I are trying to eat more healthy meals, and it's summertime:  the perfect time for salads!

Here are three delightful salads that I've found this week:

Wedge Salad from the Tasty Kitchen

Two words:  Fried shallots.  Yummmm!

Tasty Kitchen Blog Wedge Salad

Honey Roasted Chicken Salad from Iowa Girl Eats

I've tried several of Kristin's recipes and have yet to be disappointed.  As a bonus, this salad is mayonnaise free!


And finally Cabbage with Almonds, Blood Oranges and Ginger Vinaigrette from the Roost blog

I'm doubtful that I'll be able to find blood oranges at my local cut-rate grocery store, so I will probably go with regular old navel oranges instead.  And you know what?  I bet I won't know what I'm missing.  :-)

Enjoy your Sunday!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Friday Favorites: Week 9

Happy Friday, everyone!

Favorite pooch:  beach pup
I want to hug that little guy or girl SO MUCH!!

Favorite feast:  baked spaghetti pie
I made this for dinner on Wednesday, and it was a huge hit.  Easy and delicious.


Favorite summer casual outfit from Marshall's

I'd totally wear this if the shorts were longer.  :-)  Don't want my thunder thighs to scare small children and animals...

Favorite funny:  Pants on the Ground!

I can't stand it when I see young guys having to walk down the street holding their belt buckles with one hand and their cell phone in the other.  Why???

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Favorite sweet:  strawberry lemonade poke cake
I'm extremely tempted to try this with raspberries!  Bet it would be equally good.

Favorite summer decor:  Citrus Centerpiece
This would be beautiful *anywhere* in the house.  Look at those gorgeous colors!

Favorite DIY Project:  Make your own beach glass with Elmer's glue and food coloring.

Favorite summer drink: Ginger Tea Lemonade with Basil

Giada De Laurentiis has given me yet *another* lemonade recipe to try.  I'll use herbal tea.


Favorite front porch
Look at those gorgeous hydrangeas!  And the inviting wicker seating!  I love everything about this place.

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Favorite gutsy hairdo:  purple and fuschia!
I could never do this (because I have short, short hair, obvs), but it's kinda cool!

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I'm off to visit my mom in the hospital tomorrow.  She fell and fractured her hip last weekend.  She's being moved to a rehab facility today.  Prayers and good wishes are apprciated.  :-)

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!