Tomorrow I start my two week vacation (wahoo!), so needless to say It’s hard to focus at work today. I’ve been pinning some pretties on Pinterest of things I’d like to do next year for Christmas. We’ll have a new apartment in a new city so it only makes sense to do some new decorating and baking! Here are some of my inspiration pins for 2012…
I used to love Evite, now I just like it. Why, do you ask? Because I have found Paperless Post. I love the graphics and the designs! It even delivers your electronic invites with an envelope and everything. So cute! Quick! Think up a reason to have a party and send out your invites with this. I think I’ll send one to my parents “inviting” them to pick us up from the Des Moines airport on Wednesday. ;)
Here ends today’s product plug. Have you found any new online tools/resources lately?
This year I am super late in posting photos of what our apartment looks like with all of the Christmas decorations up. I decorated our “Christmas corner” (aka a floating bookshelf) early, but the rest has come together over the last two weeks. Without further adieu, here are our Christmas decorations for 2011…
Chai was my first foo-foo drink that brought my into the world of caffeinated coffee/tea beverages. As a result, I’m always searching for new chai recipes to try out. This one from The Oregonian has my craving for my beverage of choice. Here’s the recipe for any inquiring minds out there:
1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
Empty condensed milk into a jar or plastic container with tight-fitting lid. Stir in the sugar, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Store in refrigerator.
To use: Brew a cup of strong black tea, such as Assam, then add two heaping teaspoons of concentrate or more to taste.Stir well until concentrate has fully melted.
Can be stored in refrigerator up to 6 months.
(Image: Emily Ho)
This morning on Design*Sponge I saw a post about a great pop-up shop in Portland, Oregon called Boys Fort. Meant to be sort of a “Manthropology”, this is a great store for art, vintage finds, and unique manly accessories. In the words of Liz Lemon, “I want to go to there.”
Here are some great images by Kelty Luber of the shop: