Saturday, March 30, 2013


Saturday Update

Good morning all:) I wanted to give a quick update before I run out the door with the hubby and a friend to the Phoenix Public Market. I have created an account and am now official! So I ask that you check me out, and if you like my blog....... Follow my blog with Bloglovin On a side note, if you live in the Phoenix area, please check out the public market. It is an outdoor farmers market downtown that has a wonderful variety of produce, food and home made goods vendors. The people are great, there are food trucks galore and it is dog friendly.Really, what more could you ask for?

Until next time, have a fabulous Saturday!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Merriment and a Food Baby

Hand carved and hand painted detail on the head of a cane.

Last Saturday, the hubby and I decided to spend out day enjoying the wonderful weather outside at the Arizona Renaissance Festival. We go every year and always have such a great time. As is tradition, we came absolutely starving and headed to the booth serving falafel and gyros. My falafel was flavorful and delicious! My only complaint being that they did not toast the pita so it broke into pieces after the first bite, causing me to finish eating using a fork. A little too modern for me when at the Ren. Fest. Oh well...the honey mead made up for the imperfections of my falafel and went down a bit too easy.  I tried to make the tiny cup last through the Tortuga Twins show, which proved to be difficult and required careful calculation and self control. Food versus belly round two offered the shrimp and chips. What did I tell you? I have to eat with my hands when at the festival. Surprisingly for festival food, the shrimp was perfectly crisp and cooked to a perfect golden-brown. The fries were pretty good too, salty but kinda greasy.

On the way to see the Ded Bob Show, Morgan stopped to purchase every single variety of garlic spice mixes, as is our yearly tradition. He is phenomenal at using these mixes in creative ways in dishes, from Mexican to casseroles to pizza. They really are so nicely balanced in flavor that it makes flavoring dished mindlessly easy. Meanwhile, I stopped for another mead and took in all the colorful wares for sale…..

The show was as expected. Many were Bobitized, children were harassed by a puppet, and a few drunken fools made for a good show on stage. I’m a dork, what can I say? I love all that is Ren Fest! This lovely merriment was followed by a quickly spawned food baby, induced from my great idea to eat a baklava and a cinnamon roll (don’t judge me). I ate two meals, so why not two desserts? Alas, our day ended here as I was in much need of an afternoon nap. I hope you enjoy the photos of our excursion to the Arizona Renaissance Festival.

Thanks for catching up with me and have a relaxing weekend!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Thursday Bribery

Happy Thursday!

I dragged my husband to Goodwill today - with the promise of a tasty lunch after - and found all sorts of goodies! It was even more exciting that my entire purchase was 20% off, with a coupon I received in my email (if you are in the Phoenix area, get your coupons here). My favorite vintage find for the day would have to be a pair of silver and cream teardrop earrings. These lovelies will be available for purchase in my online shop very soon!! 

Loving these vintage enamel and silver earrings!

Shopping, as promised, was followed by lunch at MacAlpines Soda Fountain. This is one of my husband’s favorite places for a sandwich. He says they remind him of the hearty and filling sandwiches his mother used to make when he was little. My personal favorite lunch combination is the homemade black bean burger, with a side of carrot-raisin salad and a chocolate egg cream. Today, however, felt more like a wedding cake shake kinda Thursday.

My all time favorite, a homemade black bean burger and carrot-raisin salad. Yum!

Wedding cake shake, with whip cream and a cherry on top.     

To top off a wonderful day, I came home to a package from Forever 21. I had been anxiously awaiting the small cardboard box since my order was placed only 4 days before. By far, my favorite find from this particular online shopping excursion is this amazing, sexy, yet dorky  mini dress (love its galaxy-esque inspired design). It hugs the body, but at the same time, is also very forgiving. The best part is it was only $15.80!

         A body con dress that is forgiving of curves....

It has been great sharing today's finds with you. Thanks for reading my first blog post and have a wonderful day!