Monday, December 23, 2013

One Last Hit

...of inspiration before the big day. These are some of my favorite pins for the holidays. As an aside - you know what is not fun? After thinking you have gotten the kids through Barfpocalypse 2013, succumbing to it yourself the weekend before Christmas. It. Was. Terrible. On the plus side, I got to lay around A LOT when Tom took the kiddos to mom and dad's house to stay, and watched TV for 2 days straight. I haven't done that in 5 years. It was AWESOME - Will & Grace, Say Yes to the Dress, Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade, Jaws....I TOLD you I watched a lot of TV!!

If you don't think this simple little tree is the cutest thing ever, well, then, I just don't know what I'm gonna do (bonus points if you can name the movie the last part of that line is from)...



Antlers and branches and sparkle, OH MY!



Two totally different - yet equally fab - ideas for mantle decor.


Oh deer.


RRRRRRR, matey!!


Precious, easy-peasy lemon-squeezy DIY. And that mid-century sofa is killing me softly.


I am attempting a buche de noel for our Christmas dinner for the first time this year. Stay tuned next week to see how it turns out (and wish me luck)...






Have the HAPPIEST of holidays. Peace and love and chocolate to you all. God bless us, everyone!

Merci,
Shannan

Friday, December 20, 2013

I SWEAR I'm Not Dead.

Ya'll, the day after we got back from California this last week, we began Barfpocalypse 2013 at Casa de Blah Blah, which leaves little to no time to peruse blogs, let alone keep this one up. Hell, I didn't have an uninterrupted night of sleep until Wednesday. Soooo, wivout further adoooo, here are the rest of those pics of our trip to Cali that I promised in the last post. 


Pic outside of our room at 14 West - I HIGHLY recommend this boutique hotel. It's right on PCH, and there are only about 10 units in it, each of which is a studio apartment. We had a fireplace in our room, kitchenette, gorgeous, modern furnishings. The only downside to me was that the lighting kind of sucked in it, so I could NOT see to put my makeup on, and consequently either looked like I was wearing none, or was a contestant on RuPaul's Drag Race.


The view across PCH from our hotel. This is one of my favorite pics - I love how it looks almost like it's created with toys. I may frame this one.


And THIS is the view behind the one just above. Look at that water. I mean.
Surfboards inside the Orange Inn, which really DOES have the best coffee in Laguna. Their breakfast left a little to be desired, however. Huevos rancheros on TOAST? REALLY???



The Penguin Cafe, howevah, knows from huevos rancheros.



It would not be a trip to California without them. Ooooooh mama.


And that is me with a belly full of them. What ELSE did I put in mah belly?



Only my favorite thing EVER to put in mah belly - chicken fois brulee from the Watermarc. It's slightly different than the last time we visited, since fois gras is now illegal in Cali, but the chef came up with an alternative that is just as delish. Those things on the right side are profiteroles. NOM NOM NOM.

Ohhhh, we also got the chance to meet up with my homegirl Carrie, of the blog This Free Bird (which she is currently revamping), at her boyfriend's restaurant in Huntington Beach The Corner. If you live around there and haven't been - GO. I have three words for you: Short Rib Tacos. Okay, I have a few more: Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart on PRETZEL CRUST. SEEEEE???? Delish.


Can't leave without taking twelvity-five hundred photos of the ocean....


other sites around Laguna...


...and triplet palms.


Christmas lights in SoCal...



...Hi - I'm Shannan. I love long walks along the beach at sunset, puppies, and pina coladas...



Crazy insane surfers out there in the waves. Look, that water is FRIGID in June, but this particular day it was about 57 out, so I can only IMAGINE how cold it was then. Those dudes are DEDICATED. 


And seriously, the most insane sunsets ever.



All of my pics above are instagrammed, but this one I did nothing to. It really just looked like that. To those of you who are lucky enough to live near the ocean, please, for me - never take it for granted. To those of you who have never been to the ocean - please, for me - but more for you - GO. It is a gift.

Merci,
Shan

Monday, December 9, 2013

No, I'm Not Dead

...nor have I given up blogging. I've just been in California.

Because I'm catching up, I'll leave you with a few pics of our trip before I bombard you with them. Happy Monday!







Merci,
Shan

Monday, December 2, 2013

'Round Here

Thought I'd share some holiday deets from around Casa De Blah Blah. Hope you enjoy!


Got this little foxy loxy from Target a few weeks ago. I love him.


It doesn't get much better than hot cocoa with Bailey's, Snoopy, fuzzy slippers, and family.


Okay, here's the situation. My parents went away for a week's vacation. Oh, wait...wrong post... We put our tree up the day after Turkey Day, and it was like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Or Treesa. BWAH! And I undecorated the entire thing, made Tom help me straighten it, and redecorated it (with perhaps a few new goodies, and some new poy-ple lights). I love it so much more now.


Top-o-the-Tree Deets


This is my other new favorite thing in the house. And by "new," I mean "a painting that my parents had in their basement for the past 44 years, which I confiscated and up-cycled." For reals. I saw this idea forever ago somewhere on the interwebs and loved it, so I redid the painting (and just a few days after my girl Suzanne mentioned my OTHER painting on the mantle behind me in all my pics - the drippy painting on canvas, which I also DIY-d and was SO easy to do - just stand up your canvas, squirt random paint on the canvas, let it run down the canvas - you may have to thin the paint with a bit of water, and then lay flat to dry). P.S. - those YUM letters are also from Target.


Just cleaned up the old painting, and painted the frame and these bubbles around it in craft paint.  


Here's a close-up deet of the painting, along with a bird's nest which I found on the ground outside of my office one day. I wanted the kids to see it, but not be touching it all the time, so I turned a large vase upside down over it and voila - nest under glass!

Merci,
Shan

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving

To those who celebrate Turkey Day tomorrow, Happy Thanksgiving. To everyone, everywhere, thanks for stopping in to my small corner of the internet each day. I am thankful for each of you!


(Gavin, Scarlett, and Simon)

I thought I'd share my kiddos' recipes for cooking a turkey. I may be biased, but I think they're pretty damn funny. Enjoy!!

Gavin:
First, you chop the head off. Then you put salt on it. After it, then you go to the sour part. And then, you put it in the oven, and turn it on hot. You cook it for 10 hours. Then you eat it.

Scarlett:
Get the turkey at the woods. You have to shoot the turkey. Take the feathers off. You have to cut them off. You could take the feathers off with your hands. Pull them really hard. Then you have to cook it in the oven. I don't know how long though. Maybe you should call my mommy and tell her how long it will take. My mommy's number is 4&*-@#$!. When it is done you have to take it out of the oven. You put it on the Thanksgiving table and eat it. My mommy also makes cranberries and she will make some potatoes for Daddy!

Simon:
You can but it from a store like Target by the food. Put it in the car. It will already be dead. Put it in the trunk because if you put it in the front you will have no space to drive. If it's cold you have to cook it. Put salt on it and pepper. There will be one foot sticking out but don't eat it because it will probably have bones in it. I think that's all. Put it in the oven and put the timer on for 10 minutes for 8 degrees. Check the timer and see what time it is. Put a little more salt on it, too. You can eat it with baked beans and potatoes or you can wait until Thanksgiving but  you will have to put it in the refrigerator. Then you would have to warm it up again.

Merci,
Shan

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Mooost Uncomfortable Paaaants In the Wooooorrrrrllld...

Sure, they may be cute, but don't let that fool you. These are hands down the most uncomfortable pants in the world. Maybe even in the history of pants.


Maybe it's because they are that Olsen line that JC Penney's carries, and they're actually made for an Olsen-sized person, which means someone who weighs roughly 30 pounds less than me.


Maybe it's because the night before I wore them, I had been to boot camp, and my abs were SCREAMING in misery, so the elastic band at the top cut me right at the point where they were most sore.


Hear me now and believe me later when I tell you that at work, I just rolled them down and let my muffin top hang all over the place.


That was only SLIGHTLY more comfortable than just wearing them pulled all the way up.


I should probably also mention that I was at work by myself at that point.


Come on - I wouldn't do THAT to my co-workers.


Shirt: F21
Pants: JC Penney
Boots: Zara
Necklace: Gift

Merci,
Shan