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Feb 16, 2012

Happy 1st Birthday, Pretty Tasty Things!

Pretty Tasty Things is officially one today! My very first post debuted exactly one year ago today, and I made Tilapia Fish Tacos. It honestly seems as if I had been working on my blog for more than a year just because maintaining a blog ain’t easy. It’s like having a child! I have a 9-5 job like everyone else, but then I go home and continue to work until I go to bed. I cook almost every day, develop ideas, create 2-4 blog posts a week and try to keep up with social media. I even had to cut back on the number of posts a week because it was just too much. I was getting overwhelmed. However, I found a happy medium and have learned to handle it better. Along the way, I taught myself a lot about WordPress and a little about photography. I feel like I can tackle anything.

To celebrate this special occasion, I needed the Carvel ice cream cake in my life. The Carvel ice cream cake holds a lot of meaning for me. For almost every birthday celebration while growing up, we would get a Carvel ice cream cake. And it wouldn’t be any ice cream cake, it had to be Carvel with layers of vanilla and chocolate ice cream with an Oreo/cookie crumble in between. This type of ice cream cake is different than Baskin-Robbins because it’s purely made with ice cream with no cake, which is clearly the best and Pretty Tasty Things deserves only the best. So, Happy 1st Birthday, Pretty Tasty Things!

Before I leave, I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all wonderful feedback, reading my blog, trying my recipes, liking my Facebook page, tweeting me and following me on Pinterest. Without you, it would be very hard for me to continue on. It wouldn’t be very encouraging for me to work this hard and not have any readers. I like knowing that many of you are trying my recipes or reading about how I’m trying to decorate my new house, and more recently reading about my newest nephew. Pretty Tasty Things is my bread and butter, and I look forward to all the pretty and tasty things it’ll bring me!

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Feb 13, 2012

Newest addition to the family!

Who doesn’t love photos of cute babies? Well, I got one to show off :)

Meet Kiernan, the newest addition to the family. He’s our newest nephew born February 9th and is by far the cutest Irish/Filipino baby ever. I wanted to show off what kept me out of the kitchen this weekend. Kiernan is a wonderful blessing and joy. He will certainly be spoiled and most certainly loved!

That’s the papa on the right. No photos of the mama though, she would get mad if I added a photo of her. Obviously, she was very exhausted with a 20+ hour labor!

Papa trying to burp the baby. Look at Kiernan’s chubby cheeks and full set of hair! Adorable, right?!

Uncle Alex on the left!

Big yawn! All he does is sleep!

With Auntie Sharon.

With Auntie Isa and Uncle Jared. Since we live nearby, we’ll be visiting and babysitting often :)

With lola and lolo aka grandma and grandpa. Very proud.

Brought Kiernan back home to introduce him to Kody, the Alaskan Malamute. Kody was overly excited. Might take some time for Kody to get use to this little one.

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Feb 10, 2012

A start to our rustic + modern dining room

We moved in last June and our house is still in need of some furniture. Just so you know, we literally had nothing coming into our home. We had only a couch, tv, kitchen wedding gifts, our bed and some odds n’ ends. Right now, our house is a hodgepodge of college furniture, thrift stores finds and hand-me-downs. We’re working with what we have and making the best of it.

We needed a stable dining room table badly, one that didn’t womble when cutting food. So for Christmas, I asked for IKEA gift cards from my family. I got $125, so we made a short trip to Woodbridge in Northern Virginia and spent my gift cards!

Hellloooo, IKEA!

FYI going to IKEA an hour before it closes = best thing in the world. No one is there!

Let the shopping begin!

Right off the bat, Jared already seems uninterested…haha.

A few things that caught our eye…

But ultimately, we came for this. The Lyckhem white dining table for a mere $179. It was perfect for our dining room and inexpensive for our pockets. It could seat 4-8 people since a leaf was included. Maybe down the road, I’ll get my farmhouse table. But this will work for now.

SOLD! At the register, it rang up at only $125! Apparently, this table was being discontinued so they lowered the cost. Wahoo! We walked away paying practically nothing. Thank you, IKEA and gift cards! Wahoo!

Before we left to go back to Richmond, we, of course, had the Swedish meatballs at the cafeteria. You can’t leave IKEA without having the meatball platter with mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and the meatballs covered in gravy. Addicting.

We take this 80-pound package back home to Richmond, and the next morning, Jared gets to work with some of my assistance.

20+ page instruction booklet. Shoot me now.

I won’t go into detail about the construction of the table since you probably don’t want to hear it, but it took about 30-45 minutes from start to finish to put the it together. As long as you follow the directions, it should go as planned.

And bam! There’s the table. Jared did an amazing job putting it together. With a few choice words here and there, putting it together wasn’t too terrible. We added felt padding to the bottom of the legs to avoid scratches on the hardwood floors.

And now, we dressed up the table with some linens and vintage chairs.

The chairs, I love. They are called “Bentwood” chairs from the 40s. I found two chairs from the Goodwill and the other three (one not shown) from the Class and Trash. Class and Trash is a off Washington Hwy in Glen Allen. I found this place several months ago and I am forever a fan. They sell vintage pieces, furniture, collectables, antiques, anything you can imagine at a very reasonable cost.

The beautiful runner was a Christmas gift from a friend of ours. She purchased it from her daughter’s shop in Charlottesville called Roxie Daisy. The napkins were only $.99 each from IKEA, as well as the milk cups. The napkins surprisingly matched the runner quite perfectly.

We now have a beautiful and inexpensive dining room table + chairs that only set us back $200. I just love the character and details in the chairs, and even the stark white table. It’s a perfect blend of rustic and modern. Now, we can have our friends over more often! Just don’t look at the walls. I know they are in dire need of some art…

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Jan 5, 2012

Best in 2011

It’s still a little weird that 2011 has come to a end. Don’t get me wrong, it was a fantastic year, but it went by too damn fast. As soon as I launched Pretty Tasty Things in February and then we bought our first home in May, our days were just flying by. Even though we were busy blogging, working and learning how to maintain a home, Jared and I had some amazing times in 2011. I was looking through my albums and decided to showcase some of the best days in 2011. Some are small, some are big, but either way these moments are pretty memorable to both Jared and I.

Let me ask you, what is your best day in 2011, big or small? Enjoy my friends!

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Jul 8, 2011

Our Very First Garden

I don’t really have much of a green thumb, but when Jared and I moved into our new home a month or so ago, I changed my ways. We now have this beautiful garden tucked in the corner of our backyard. This being our very first garden, we didn’t go all crazy with the amount of vegetables and herbs. A friend of ours, bless her heart, planted everything for us as a housewarming gift. We truly have some wonderful friends.

Keeping the vegetables and herbs nice and healthy is a lot of work! Being sure to water them every single day when the sun dies down is a chore. But, we’re really excited to taste freshly ripe vegetables straight from the garden. Take a look at our garden and see the types of vegetables and herbs we planted!

There’s Jared working hard to make those veggies grow!

We have Black Beauty eggplant growing in our garden. There’s the first baby one! So exciting.

We have yellow and green peppers. These veggies are so expensive at the grocery store, I’m glad we now have access to getting them for free!

Four baby peppers are growing strong! Look how cute they are!

Do you see those little holes on the pepper leaves? Well, we had tiny red beetles that ate the leaves! We got some Seven Dust Pesticide from Home Depot and it worked like a charm. We lighted dusted the leaves with the Seven Dust and the beetles are no longer around.

We have two varieties of tomatoes growing—Red Beefsteak and Better Boy.

We have cucumbers for our feta tzatziki sauce!

And strawberries for my fruit-flavored mojitos!

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