Monday, August 30, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Yes, that's my Honda Odyssey with no passenger window and a big dent in the door! We have been experiencing horrible hot weather here at Love and Life and Leadora, and apparently our oak tree decided it had had enough! A huge branch broke off and attacked my minivan. Fortunately, no one was hurt and none of the neighbor's property was damaged. My poor Honda will have to take a trip to the body shop, but I am secretly hoping to spend a few days with perhaps a cute, little sporty rental car?!
While MacGyver husband and I were figuring out what to do, I received a text from my sweet friend asking,"Want to go shopping?". Of course, I responded, "When do we leave?". Poor MacGyver husband. I left him with the dented Honda and spent the day shopping at Marshall's, Ross, TJ Maxx, and Nordstrom's Rack followed by a delicious lunch at Panera Bread.
If only I could have shopped forever in air conditioned stores! Unfortunately, I had to come home to a car with a dent and black plastic taped to the window and all those bags of things to be returned! I wonder how tomorrow will be?
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Not only did Willow get to practice and learn soccer skills, she got to meet one of our favorite Los Angeles Galaxy players. If you look closely at her right sleeve, you may see Donovan Ricketts' autograph. He is the 6'4" goalkeeper for the Los Angeles Galaxy team. It was such an exciting experience for her, and she can hardly wait to go back again.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Today, my oldest daughter, Zoe, invited friends over for a special lunch to celebrate her 17th birthday. The best part of the lunch was planning and decorating for it! Zoe found these cute napkins at Party City, which inspired our floral theme. We purchased an inexpensive IKEA watering can and filled it with sunflowers, alstroemeria, and salvia. Then, I quickly sewed a burlap tablerunner the night before. Lastly, each guest received a little blue box made out of scrapbook paper. Zoe put candy in the boxes and then included a handwritten sentiment in each one.
Zoe and I had such fun planning this lunch. The best part was making dessert, and the girls really loved the Pioneer Woman's Spring Flower Pots. You can find the recipe on her blog,
http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/03/a-blast-from-the-past/. In clean clay pots, we layered vanilla ice cream and coffee ice cream and then spooned on crushed oreo cookies. On a hot day like today, the flower pots were a cold and delicious treat!
Thursday, August 12, 2010
After the FedEx man left and I realized this box was for me, I cried tears of excitement and happiness. You see, I've been sharing an old laptop with my kids and MacGyver husband. The old laptop has been dying slowly and to bring it back to life we have to literally hit it and smack it around. Don't worry, I will be hugging my new computer!
I am so excited....this computer is mine! All mine!! I hope you're listening MacGyver husband and kids!!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
MacGyver husband and I just finished eating our panini and Caesar salad! The word panino means "small loaf" in Italian. It's plural form is panini. Typically, a small loaf of bread is cut in half horizontally, filled with meat or cheese and served hot after being pressed on a grill. I made our panini with leftover grilled chicken, finely chopped sundried tomatoes, fresh basil, and provolone cheese. Another favorite panini at Love and Life at Leadora is ham, fresh tomatoes, swiss cheese, and basil. The possibilities are endless! What would your signature panini be?