Google+  with milk and sugar blog: 2013

Monday, December 2, 2013

Jolly Christmas Ornaments - 3 versions! {w/ crafts}

happy December!

Today I'm sharing three easy, peasy ornament ideas.

Here's what you'll need:
plain glass ornaments (I got mine from Michaels)
acrylic paints
mod podge
paint brush
twine
festive napkins
plain paper






Option 1.

Start by mixing the acrylic paints together in a container to get the desired hue. I mixed plain red with gold and brown to get a warm and glittery color. But you could do anything! Let your creative juices flow. Try using different hues of the same color or pair complimentary tones. Add just a teensy bit of water so that the paint is fluid. Using a steady hand, or funnel, pour paint into the orb and mix around so that the paint completely coats the inside. Pour out the excess paint and let dry upside down. Every once it a while move it back and forth to get out any excess paint. 

I tied them with ribbon and placed them in a footed bowl for added decor around the house. 



Option 2. 

To personalize the first ornament you can add holiday words or phrases. 


I printed up several different Christmas words and phrases and then mod-podged them onto the ornaments. I used resume paper (since it was what I had on hand) and it worked perfectly! The ivory color gave it the perfect vintage/rustic feel and the texture of the paper actually made it easy to tear into  pieces. Double win!

You can print up your own phrases or you can use the document I created here. This would also be adorable handwritten, especially by children. 

Option 3. 

I found these festive napkins at TJ Maxx. They were 3 bucks and as cute as can be so I picked them up, knowing that I would use them eventually. Then it donned on me to use them on the ornaments. 


I ripped the napkins up into smaller pieces, about 3" x 3".  Then I painted the glass ornament with mod podge and formed the napkin around so that it was completely covered. I coated it all with mod podge and let dry. 


I have to admit, this one is my favorite. I tied it with some twine and cannot wait until my tree is up so I can hang this baby.

So there you have it, three easy ornament crafts. Perfect for the whole family.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Thanksgiving Round Up {w/ Sunday Currently}


Five days, three turkey dinners.

That was my Thanksgiving this year, or shall I say Thanksgivings.

It started on Sunday with a family dinner - my family and the husband's family. This was the first time we had a combo celebration, and it was so nice to have everyone together and meld the traditions.

Second Thanksgiving was with some very dear friends. Lots of wine, amaaazing cornbread stuffing and bacon turkey. Oh yeah, it's a thing. Basket-weaved bacon on and inside the turkey... yum!

Third Thanksgiving: Dinner with different friends at their cute house. A few kitchen mishaps - the kind that stories and memories are made of - and plenty of laughter. We played board games after and for the first time I didn't win (it's a blessing and a curse, I tell ya).

Now I'm spending my Sunday relaxing, watching t.v. and eating leftovers.

reading.
... up on the pros and cons of mounting a t.v. over the fireplace. We may have a house soon... more details once everything is finalized.

listening.
... to the sound of the kettle... my tea is ready.

thinking. 
... about the piles of laundry I still need to do before going back to work tomorrow.

smelling.
... tea that I picked up in New York earlier this year from Alice's Tea Cup. It's the house blend of black and green tea with vanilla.

wishing.
... I had more time before going back to work. I love my job, but four days off is such a teaser. Just when you start to get used to the whole vacation thing it's time to go back.

hoping.
... today is the kind of long and slow and dreamy day that December is made of.

wearing.
... cropped sweat pants and a plain tank top... pajamas :)

loving.
... how my dog slowly inches his way farther and farther up the bed. Sneaky Chandler...

needing.
... breakfast.

feeling.
... lazy.

clicking.
... on Pinterest pins.

Enjoy your Sunday!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Aloha Hawai'i {w/ travel}


Did you know that aloha means love? I'm sure I've learned that sometime in my life, on one of my various trips to Hawai'i to visit family, but somehow the meaning escaped me in recent years. So it felt like new information when I heard it yesterday.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

pumpkin patches & a winner

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The last few weeks we've been house hunting, which has left little time to enjoy some of my favorite fall activities. Have you had the chance to visit a pumpkin patch, play in leaves or spend the day baking lately? If so, please do tell. I'm living out my autumn dreams through friends and Pinterest. One autumnal thing I have done, is enjoy the most delicious spiked apple cider. Have you tried Smirnoff Kissed Caramel Vodka in hot apple cider? I'm not one for vodka, but boy oh boy this drink sure will get you warm and toasty.  

In other news, we have a winner for the 3-Day Suja Juice Cleanse:

Congrats to Jane in London! I will contact you for your address... expect yummy juice delivered to your door next week.



Monday, October 14, 2013

Suja Juice 3-Day Cleanse


I love juicing fresh fruits and vegetables - whether for breakfast, a post-workout snack or even a healthy dessert. Juicing makes it easy to eat a handful of raw kale with a cucumber and orange, all in one glass.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Sunday Currently Vol. 1 {w/ life}

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Reading The Light Between Oceans and finding myself nervous for what will happen next.

Writing this post and finishing one for tomorrow about juice cleanses.

Listening to the sound of the t.v. my husband is watching. I love spending time with him, even when we are doing different things.

Wearing a grey tunic dress with burgundy leggings. It's starting to feel a little bit cooler around here so I jump at the opportunity to wear anything warm and seasonal.

Drinking 
chai tea....mmmm.

Feeling warm and snuggly, especially as my pup nuzzles me.

Clicking on recipes for pumpkin everything. I think I will make pumpkin risotto, pumpkin soup and more pumpkin muffins today.

Dreaming about my upcoming trip to Kauai and the relaxation, adventure and fun that will be had.

Linking up with Lauren at Siddathornton.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Inspirational Photo Collage Wall {w/ decor}



We've said goodbye to our house, but I still have projects that I thought would be nice to share here. So bear with me and let's pretend I just finished this project and am a good blogger who posts about it a few days later, instead of a few months. OK, now that we've got that cleared up. 

Recently, I wanted a way to visually display inspiration. Simple words, pretty pictures. I had some blank wall space that could use some life and decided a photo collage would be perfect because....

  • Photos could easily be swapped out over time, or by the season. 
  • New frames could be added over time, if I wanted. 
  • The idea of a collage is feminine and whimsical, but neutral enough for the main room of the house. 

Monday, September 30, 2013

blush. {w/ style}


Light pink, or blush, is often reserved for the early months of spring. But lately I think it looks fantastic for fall.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Falling into Autumn... Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins



It’s coming, or it’s already here for many of you. The air is a little crisper. The leaves are beginning to turn. And suddenly cinnamon, cloves and pumpkin are all you can think about.

Autumn. or Fall. Whatever you call it, this cooler season is upon us. 

Boots. Sweaters. Scarves.

Pies. Cookies. Mashed potatoes. Soup. 

Pumpkin patches. Apple picking. Giving thanks. Turkey dinners.

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Baking is one of my favorite ways to celebrate the cooler months.

These pumpkin muffins sure did hit the spot.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Emerald City Adventures



When I think of Seattle a few things come to mind.

1// Sleepless in Seattle. I adore this movie. I love the sweetness of Meg Ryan's character and how Tom Hanks' character loved his wife sooo much and how they find love with each other. I am a sucker for a good romantic comedy.

2// Boats. I visited Seattle as a child (I was either seven or eight) and we traveled from Seattle to Victoria, Canada with my aunt and uncle on their boat. It was an incredible trip. We explored the port towns and I vividly remember seeing a deer for the first time in my life. There aren't many deer in San Diego.

3// Rain. Of course, an obvious come to mind. Seattle is known for it's rain. But the byproduct of rain is an abundance of green. Everywhere. No wonder it is known as the Emerald City.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

House Hunters {w/ life}

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Ideas for decorating my home have been pouring out of my brain like crazy lately.

New color combinations, patterns that captivate my attention but aren't too busy to be vetoed by my other half,  clever tricks and tips for organization, the list goes on.

Husband and I sold our condo in August and are now living in a 5 bedroom, 3 bath house in a great neighborhood.

One thing about that, though. The homeowners - my in-laws - live there too.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Olive Oil or Vino? {w/ travel}

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Olive oil or wine? How does a food blogger choose?

Some of you would say wine without hesitation. The subtle complexities that make their way from the bottle of merlot to your tongue are just too much to deny.

But oh, have you ever tried a good olive oil?

This is just one of the dilemmas I face as I prepare for next week.

Because you see, next week - Friday to be exact - I will attend my first-ever food blogging conference. Eeek!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Devilishly Deviled Eggs {w/ recipes}




The right deviled egg recipe can turn you into near celebrity status in one perfectly planned summer picnic. Ok, maybe that's an exaggeration. But deviled eggs, when done right, are a crowd-pleaser. When wrong, well... you're more likely to become infamous.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Roasted Acorn Squash with Chorizo Sausage and Pineapple Jam {w/ recipes}



I'm not a vegetarian - 

I love bacon.
And a good steak.
And oh boy, a roasted chicken? Yes sir-ee and more gravy please.

- but lately I have been cutting a lot of meat out of my diet. And I like it.  

I used to think that you had to have meat to make it a meal, but there are so many other ways to have a balanced, protein-rich diet.

I have embraced flexitarianism.

It’s like Food Network Star contestant Nikki Dinki says, “I like my meat on the side.”

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

hellogoodbye {w/ life}

2013 has seen many changes in the With household, most notably, a change of scenery.

Last month we sold our condo. The condo that we spent countless hours renovating. The condo that we bought while engaged, and moved into after our wedding. The condo that saw us laugh, cry, rejoice, mourn and celebrate. The condo that was our first home. 

Needless to say the experience has been bittersweet.   

More changes are ahead. A new home, someday soon hopefully. But for now, we're enjoying this in-between stage of life. 




Thursday, July 11, 2013

Loaded Baked Potato Salad {w/ recipes}


There's something you should know.

I don't like potato salad. 

It's true. I've never cared much for the stuff. At family reunions when my grandma tried to force feed me her famous potato salad, I respectfully declined with excuses of not having enough room on my plate or that I'd have some later. And in instances when excuses weren't accepted (Grandma is very persuasive), I spooned a little on to my plate and ate it. But not willingly.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Adventure is Out There {w/ travel}

Are you a planner when it comes to your vacations? Or do you take spontaneous get-aways? I've always been a planner. As in, tickets are booked 6 months in advance. But sometimes its fun to just get up and go.

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Steven and I recently celebrated our fifth anniversary (June 21). Five years went by incredible fast, and this particular anniversary came up even faster than the others, at least it felt that way. We started talking a few months ago about how to celebrate, but didn't make any plans.

I wasn't sure if I could get away from work since I'm still fairly "new" to my new position and a coworker had already requested time off. We thought about having a "staycation" in downtown San Diego or flying up to Napa for the weekend, but we knew those would be great options because we had already done them. And five years felt like it deserved something original. Something we would remember on our 50th anniversary. A true adventure.


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Independence Day Festivities {w/ entertainment}

Heading to a BBQ tomorrow? That's the plan for many Americans. And maybe just now you're realizing that invitation also asked you to bring something to share. Whoops.

Not to worry, here are some simple sides and desserts that are sure to please.



Monday, July 1, 2013

a hidden oasis... {w/ travel}

I know this isn’t a very new trend, but man, succulents are really popular right now.

If you told me this ten years ago I would have chuckled, 
and silently wondered how boring cactus plants could ever be interesting enough to be trendy.

You see, I’ve grown up in Southern California, where cacti and succulents abound.
I never thought of them as beautiful or unique, 
but only as dry, dull and pokey. 
Interesting how opinions can change.

Now I absolutely love them and have half a dozen little pots around my house and backyard. 
I wonder if my opinion of them has truly changed (I am 10 years older now) 
or if I’m just jumping on the bandwagon. 
My thought is probably a little of both. 
But somewhere along the lines of life and trends and style and what is “popular”, 
someone decided that succulents were cool. And that someone was pretty smart.



Monday, June 17, 2013

I Won!

Well folks, I won my first giveaway.


Starbucks and a cute octopus necklace... definitely unique and a fun conversation starter! Thanks Sarah!

Monday, June 10, 2013

greek yogurt & almond butter breakfast {w/ recipes}



It all started in high school. You see, until then I had never thought of yogurt as a breakfast food. Strange, I know. Yogurt was always a lunch item in my house, but high school sleepovers at my friend Amanda's house introduced me to yogurt and granola - one of the best breakfast combinations ever (and I LOVE breakfast).

Then came Greek yogurt. Thick, creamy and slightly tangy. At first I was sure I was eating sour cream. But all the labels said it was of the trendy and nutritious, Mediterranean cultured variety.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

New York Eats {w/ travel}

According to USA Today, there are more than 3500 restaurants in Manhattan. Allow me to share some of the amazing ones I visited, in what I am calling, A Very Incomplete Guide to NYC Eateries 

Part I

Keste
Like many restaurants in Manhattan, Keste is a physically small restaurant with big flavors. This Neopolitan pizzeria also has incredible service - the host brought out a hot "pie" for us to sample while we waited for a table.

ate: the Margherita and Kesté pizzas, wine.

Alice's Tea Cup
In case you don't know, I have a thing for tea. My blog's name? It's the way I take my tea, with milk and a little sugar. I love everything about tea, especially tea parties. Alice's Tea Cup, a quaint tea shop and restaurant, did not disappoint.

ate: Alice's tea, Vanilla Almond tea, chocolate walnut scones, mixed berry scones, ham and cheese scones, Croque Monsieur sandwich, smoked chicken breast sandwich with granny smith apples and herbed goat cheese {<-- I will be replicating this someday soon}.



The Loeb Central Park Boathouse
A New York tradition, the Boathouse sits on the water's edge in Central Park. When we arrived the bar and restaurant were closing early for a private event, but we quickly ordered at the to-go station and sat outside, sipping Chardonnay while watching the boats on the lake.

drank: a California wine (oh, the irony!)



Monday, May 13, 2013

New York State of Mind {w/ travel}

It's hard to believe my trip to New York was over a month ago - the time since then has gone by so quickly!

I've already shared a few pictures in my last post about the trip, but I have yet to introduce my dear friends that made it so special. These ladies have been my best friends for 10 years!
Amanda, Erica, Ashley & me. 

Friday, April 26, 2013

Cherry Pie Fruit & Nut Bars {w/ recipes}

Keeping with the health theme this week (I'm partaking in the 7 day green smoothie challenge), today I'm sharing a new favorite recipe. 

I absolutely love the cherry pie LÄRABAR®. They are perfect to satisfy my sweet tooth and curb my hunger before a workout. One day I looked at the ingredients to see:

dates
cherries

almonds

That's it. How simple! The next day I picked up the ingredients at the grocery store and got busy with my food processor. 



Monday, April 22, 2013

Green Smoothie Challenge {w/ health}

Lately, my fitness and eating habits have been slacking. Between job interviews, travel, and actually starting the new job, I have let my once good habits slide into laziness. And they really were good habits, for months I was eating right (80/20, because there's no way I'm giving up indulging every once in awhile) and working out several times a week. But now? Um…. Not so much. It didn’t help that I stuffed myself with the most incredible food on my trip to New York, but now that I’ve been home it hasn’t been much better either.


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tube Tuesday {w/ fun}

Poetry, Journey, and Space Jam. My favorite things come together in this inspirational video. I know, I know...  I am about 3 months late on this YouTube phenom. But to me it is brand new. My besties always update me on the fun videos when we hang out, so needless to say our NY trip had many a nights ended with silly videos. We spent plenty of time quoting the video below, this one, and this one.




Monday, April 15, 2013

New York, NY {w/ travels}

Just a week ago I was sitting on an airplane, somewhere over Ohio, on my way home from an incredible trip. Incredible is truly the best word to describe it. Four and a half days of exploring and enjoying the remarkable city of New York.

Day one started early. I mean, very early. The three of us California girls took a redeye flight Wednesday and arrived at Newark before 6:00am. Off the plane and onto a train, Manhattan bound. We had a traditional breakfast: bagel and schmear.

After breakfast our dear New York friend had work and school, so the California girls headed to Times Square.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

California Love {w/ travels}

hello friends! Today I am in New York City! I absolutely LOVE New York. There is just something about it! 

As much as I love to travel and see as much of this world that I can, my heart and home is in California. So it only seems suiting that my dear friend Katie from Unwritten is here today to share with you about California and her favorite places.
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Hello!
I am Katie and I blog over at Unwritten where I talk about my life, my guy, the amazing things I find on Pinterest, my love for coffee and lots of other random things.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Bird's Nest Treats {w/ recipes}

hello friends. Today I am so happy to have Sarah from To Be Mrs. Collier guest posting. She is sharing some delicious Easter treats.

It's easy to get caught up in the fun of Easter - egg hunts and candy, ham dinners - but the real reason for Easter is plain and simple. 

For God so loved
the world
that he gave
his one and only Son,
that whoever
believes in HIM
shall not perish
but have eternal life.
- John 3:16

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Birds Nest Easter Treats


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Busy. {w/ life}

hello friends.... allow me to introduce myself. I'm Kristin, the writer of this blog. You may not remember me because it's been so long.

It's true, this little blog has been neglected a bit over the last few weeks. Hopefully you forgive me.

My mind has been elsewhere. A good elsewhere though.

Last week I landed a new job (woohoo!). Since then my mind has been preoccupied. I will also use this as an excuse for my neglect in the preceding weeks, since I was in the process of interviewing.

Here's a little of what I've been doing besides work:

Enjoying the Carlsbad Flower Fields. My new position is actually within the same company so I don't have to give up the great location. I get to see the thousands of flowers each day at lunch from March through May.


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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes {w/ recipes}

Top o' the morning to you!

Happy St. Patty's Day! I thought I'd share one of my favorite cupcake recipes:
Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes



If you're not familiar with the drink, an Irish Car Bomb is a Guinness beer with a shot of Jameson Irish Whiskey and Bailey's Irish Cream. In "bomb" drink fashion, the shot is dropped into the beer and then you basically chug it.

If you're in the mood for something sweet and want to celebrate your Irish pride (because everyone's Irish on March 17th), these cupcakes will do the trick. The cake is a dark chocolate stout  (the Guinness) and the frosting is a basic butter cream with a little Bailey's and Jameson Whiskey, just enough for an insane frosting flavor. {Since the alcohol in the frosting is NOT cooked off, please be sure you only make these if you are of the legal drinking age.}

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

belly flops {w/ kitchen stories}



Did you know that Jelly Belly sells its wonky shaped jelly beans at a discounted price? The same jelly beans, just misshaped or stuck together with another. Essentially, the rejects. The flops. 

Of course they still taste the same, so long as you don't mind the aesthetics you get to enjoy yummy jelly beans at a discount. And Jelly Belly still gets to make money on their "mess-ups". 

Too bad there's nothing to save my own kitchen flops. You know, those times you try a new recipe and nothing turns out right? You've seen my successes - my favorite dinners and desserts, my kitchen tips and tricks. But what I have yet to share, thus far, are those belly flops. Until now. 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Cranberry Orange Scones {w/ recipes)

There's something to be said about tradition. It gives stability and structure in times when things can be in array, which seems to be the norm in this world we live in. And while some could say that tradition can hold us back, I like to believe it roots us, and give us the foundation for our branches to grow tall.

Take the tradition of afternoon tea. A time each day to take a step back, sit down, enjoy some hot tea and a quick bite to eat. Sounds lovely to me.

So let us embrace tradition, particularly the tradition of tea time. Whether you drink coffee or tea or just water, come three o'clock, let's gather and sip away, chatting about our day, and nibbling on these delicious Cranberry Orange Scones.



Tuesday, February 26, 2013

San Diego Bloggers MeetUp


Have you ever been to a Meetup? No? Up until last Thursday, me neither. I had heard of Meetup.com, an online community connecting people with similar interests to literally “meet up” throughout the community. There are Meetup groups for people who love hiking, motorcycles, writing, videogames, and more. If you can think of it, there’s probably already a group meeting in your community. If not, you can start it.

A few months ago I joined the website to hopefully meet more bloggers in my area. It’s been amazing going through this whole blogging journey with one of my best friends, Katie from Unwritten. But I also know it’s important to network and meet other similar bloggers, as well as bloggers with a completely different agenda. It’s always refreshing to get a completely new view on something. Especially when you can meet in person. As much as I love this world wide web, there is nothing that beats meeting face to face with someone. Shaking their hand and looking them straight in the eye.


Friday, February 22, 2013

Channy-boo-boo {w/ pet life} & a GIVEAWAY




Chan. 

Chanerino. 

Chan-Chan. 

Chan Man. 

Channy.

Channers.

and, finally Channy-boo-boo. 

I am embarrassed to admit, 
but these are all nicknames I have for my puppy, 
whose real name is Chandler (Bing).  

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Baby Beet and Blood Orange Salad {w/ recipes}



I love my husband. 
I love him more than I love any other person on this planet. 
I love and care for him more than I love or care about myself. 
I love how he understands me so well and how he can seriously read my mind sometimes. 
And I love how we can spend hours upon hours with each other, without doing anything "fun", 
and still have the best time of our life, just sitting, talking, laughing, and dreaming. 

But, there are times, when I enjoy being alone, i.e., without him. 
The times when he gets together with "the guys" and I stay home, alone.

I can blast Taylor Swift on the stereo, 
watch tv and read (at the same time), 
catch up on my favorite blogs, 
and spend hours editing HTML 
so that those little social media icons will actually work. 

Those times alone, by myself, I can also eat whatever I want. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Wine Barrel Garden Planter {w/ gardening}


Spring is {almost} here!

Well, maybe not for everyone. But we had gorgeous summer style weather on Saturday. And although it only really lasted a day (Sunday was 20 degrees cooler), it got me in the spring spirit. Which meant getting my hands dirty and going to town on my garden.

Last year my garden was awesome. Not to brag, but it was incredible {ummm, that sounds like bragging}. I had more zucchini and tomatoes than I could handle. But with the colder months, I kind of just let it go. So, after the glimpse of summer that showed itself on Saturday, I decided to get things ready.

I weeded and tilled my garden bed, swept the deck, and wiped down the table and chairs. An hour and a half, 1 blister, 2 calluses, and a sore back later, and my little backyard was ready. But I still had to wait until real spring to plant my vegetable garden.

So.... I decided to get a head start on my container gardening.

Friday, February 15, 2013

High 5 for Friday {w/ life}

 

1. Sunday morning breakfast. Fresh papaya, greek yogurt, and granola.


2. Monday night dinner in my new ombre mint sweater with black skinnies.
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