I love you forever, Wowdy.

Photo 255picture 2008-03MAR-15

Wowdy Bowdy 11/11/06 - 4/13/13 your life was too short, you were my sweet baby boy. you filled our lives with so much laughter and happiness and your silliness. you were a little menace but we loved you all the same. you were so special, and i love you so much Wowdy. so much, you have no idea how broken my heart is and how very much i will always miss you. you were there for me through everything and i never thought you could go, snatched away from us so suddenly. but you were a mighty chihuahua and your little life was such a blessing. i am so thankful that you spent your life with us. my sweet, sweet Wowdy. you fought for your life so valiantly and died showered with our Mommy's love and kisses. you will always live in my heart and in my memories. i hope the sun always shines on your sweet little face. <3


Tulajewelry beautiful, ethical, sustainable jewelry.

Marisa handcrafted my engagement ring out of recycled 14k white gold and a 1 carat Moissanite stone - which is conflict free and is not sourced by destructive and exploitative mining. She did a flawless job on it - I cannot wait for the rest of our bridal set.

All of her jewelry is unique and she is committed to eco-friendly processes that make her treasures something you can adore for more than just their beauty.


good things come to those who wait.. and me :)

2013-03MAR-18_engagement so.. i knew too much.. and spoiled all his plans.. but my mister totally surprised me with this delicious box of Ladurée macarons and this gorgeous ring! he's so amazing and sweet!! I love you so much Mark, thank you ♥ you make my heart melt. and feed me lots of nice cookies, you're cool :)

gorgeous 1 carat-recycled gold ring made by tulajewelry.etsy.com ♥ ♥ ♥ so perfect! she did a beautiful job! ♥ ♥ ♥ read my post about how wonderful tula is!

Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints // Raphael // Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York NY

2013-03MAR-16_DSCN7286-K2loa Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio or Santi) (Italian, Urbino 1483–1520 Rome) Date: ca. 1504 Medium: Oil and gold on wood Dimensions: Main panel, overall 67 7/8 x 67 7/8 in. (172.4 x 172.4 cm), painted surface 66 3/4 x 66 1/2 in. (169.5 x 168.9 cm); lunette, overall 29 1/2 x 70 7/8 in. (74.9 x 180 cm), painted surface 25 1/2 x 67 1/2 in. (64.8 x 171.5 cm) Classification: Paintings Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1916 Accession Number: 16.30ab

Chobani Greek Yogurt - Conversion Chart

ChobaniConversionChart_web_final I find baking with Chobani Plain yogurt makes everything softer and fluffier!!

As per Chobani customer service: • even when baking, you should still refrigerate your goods within two hours • after 10 minutes at high heat, live cultures will die off, but all other nutrients will stay intact

Banana Cake with Vanilla Bean Frosting

INGREDIENTSCake 2/3 cup sugar 1/2 cup (Chobani) Greek yogurt - plain 1 egg 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 2 mashed super ripe bananas (about 3/4 cup) 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 cup flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Frosting 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 1/4 cup heavy cream 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste* (see below) 1 1/4 cups confectioner's sugar

*Here's the general rule for substituting vanilla 1 vanilla bean = 1 tablespoon vanilla powder = 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste = 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS Cake (easily mixed by hand) Preheat the oven to 375°F (see note below). Cream together sugar, sour cream, egg, and 2 tablespoons softened butter. Add mashed bananas and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Add flour, salt, and baking soda; mix well. Pour into greased 8x8 pan. Bake at 375°F for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

Frosting Cream butter and confectioner's sugar together until smooth. Slowly add the heavy cream; stir until smooth. Stir in the vanilla bean paste until fully incorporated. Spread on cooled cake.

NOTES Bake at 350°F if using a glass pan. Recipe doubles well to fit in a 9x13 pan. original recipe here