Friday, February 26, 2010

Fashion Friday: Carrie Underwood

I love Carrie Underwood. She has such a classic style and always looks gorgeous. She is the classic girl next door with glam touches. I thought I would share some of my favorite Carrie Underwood looks. (Wouldn't it be great to get dressed up and wear one of these beautiful dresses?! A girl can dream....)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Ceramic Egg Crate (Part 1)

If you haven't been reading Young House Love, you really should! It's one of my favorite daily reads. They are the masters of DIY and come up with great ideas. Sherry has this white ceramic egg crate that she uses for jewelry storage.

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I have always thought it was cute but have never seen one around here to purchase....until now. I was at Joann Fabrics today and found a smaller version (on sale!) in their Easter stuff. It needs a little alteration (which is why the post title says part 1) but I will share it as soon as I get it done! In the meantime, go pick one up for yourself!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Bathroom Updates

Today I just have a few little bathroom updates I have done recently to share with you. First, in our bathroom I bought this pretty recycled glass vase from Marshalls and added these branches. I already had the candle wall art. I think the combo of the two give the bathroom a spa like feel that I really like.

I added these three cups to the shelf of the cupboard in the guest bathroom. I found these white flower cups at Goodwill. I filled one with q-tips and one with cotton balls for our guests to use. The middle cup is empty and I am not sure what to put in it. Do you have any ideas for me?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Flower Arrangements

Instead of having one big bouquet, I decided to break up the pretty V-day flowers I got into four smaller arrangements. This way we can enjoy having fresh flowers in different rooms of our apartment. Also, don't be afraid to use things other than regular vases to put your flowers in. (I even used an old toothbrush cup!) Try this the next time you have fresh flowers.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Weekend Recap: Valentine's Day

It was a great weekend at The Cody House. Here are some of the highlights of our holiday weekend.....

Friday night was spent on the couch studying (Lee) and watching the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics of course! (those whales were amazing!)

The highlight of Saturday was going to see Lady A and Tim McGraw in concert. It was a great show!

Lady A

Tim McGraw

Sunday was Valentine's Day. I got a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a yummy supper from my awesome hubby.

Crab legs, asparagus, baked potato and milkshakes...yum!

Hope you all had a great weekend and a fun Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Fashion Friday: Red Coat

I wanted to share the new coat I recently purchased. It was on sale at Younkers for only $20. Aren't the bell sleeves and the red color with the black and white poke-a-dot insides great? Love this coat!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Valentine's Day Table

I mentioned on Monday that Lee always cooks a special meal at home each Valentine's day. This year I decided to do a V-day table setting for our meal. I just used things we had laying around.

Sorry for the bad pictures. I am not sure why they look so weird. What do you think of the table? Do you guys have any Valentine's day traditions or special plans?

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Sweet Treat

I made some Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies this weekend and they were so good I wanted to share the recipe with all of you! I am not a baker but these cookies were so easy. I put some cream cheese frosting on the top of the cookies...yum! Their red color would make them the perfect Valentine's day treat. Enjoy!

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 box red velvet cake mix
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup chocolate chips
cream cheese frosting (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

With an electric mixer, combine cake mix, oil, eggs and vanilla. Mix until a dough forms. Fold in chocolate chips. Roll into balls and bake for 8 minutes.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Valentine's Day at Target

Today kicks off Valentine's week so I thought I would do Valentine related posts this week. Have you noticed all the cute V-day items that are at Target? Every Valentine's day since my hubby and I have been together, Lee has always made a special Valentine's day dinner. He is an awesome cook and it's nice to have a cozy night at home instead of dealing with crazy busy restaurants. If you guys stay in like us, Target has lots of Valentine dish wear to make your meal a little more special.

The heart ramekins, cookie cutters and heart shaped silicone tray are perfect to bake your sweetie a special Valentine day treat.

Aren't these glasses, plates and bowls so cute? And you can't beat the price! Do any of you stay in and cook dinner like we do?

Friday, February 5, 2010

Fashion Friday: Red Carpet

There have been 3 major award shows recently. I like to watch these shows to see all the pretty dresses. I love to dress up...what girl doesn't?! I thought I would share with you some of my favorites that I would consider "best dressed".

SAG Awards

Kate Hudson

Christina Applegate

Golden Globe Awards

Kate Hudson

Penelope Cruz

Grammy Awards

Carrie Underwood

Lea Michelle

Aren't all these dresses stunning? Which were your favorite?

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Super Bowl Food

Is anyone hosting a Super Bowl party on Sunday? I will share with you the recipe that I will be making for the friends we have coming over. This soup is so good, it will become one of your favorites. Of course there will be lots of yummy dips/snacks/appetizers but it's always nice to have a main course kind of food.

Cheeseburger Soup

1 lb hamburger
3/4 chopped onion
3/4 carrot (we substitue green pepper for this since I don't like carrots)
3/4 celery
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried parsley
4 tablespoons butter
3 cups chicken broth
4 cups potatoes (we use much easier!)
1/4 cup flour
2 cups velveta
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup sour cream
salt and pepper
In a 3 qt sauce pan, ground beef, drain and set aside. In same sauce pan, sauté onion, carrots, celery, basil and parsley in 1 tablespoon of butter until tender (10 minutes). Add broth, potatoes and beef and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until potaotes are tender. In another small skillet melt rest of butter, add flour, cook and stir for 3-5 minutes or until bubbly (make a rue). Add it to the soup and bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes, reduce heat to low and add cheese, milk, salt and pepper. Cook and stir until cheese melts. Remove from heat and blend in sour cream. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Easy Updates: Kitchen

We have recently done a few things to spruce up our kitchen decor. Come take a look around.....

First up we have the ever changing corner of the counter. I took a few of the cookbooks out of our cupboard and sat them in the corner. I used our flour/sugar/etc. containers as bookends.

The wall above our kitchen sink was looking a little bare.

So I took a shelf that we had laying around and put it up (okay, really Lee put the shelf up, he is good at hanging things on the wall). I made some DIY art (look for a future post about all our DIY art coming soon!) and grabbed a few accessories we weren't using and this is how it turned out....

The last two things are a couple updates that we did. We were using a cheap stainless steal container to hold our utensils by the stove. It looked dirty all the time (I am not a big fan of stainless steal) and was not holding up very well. I asked for a new white crock for Christmas and got one from my in-laws. It looks much better!

I recently purchased this awesome white plate from Marshall's for only $4.99. I thought it would be a much prettier way to hold our fruit/veggies on the counter than the mixing bowl we were using. Such a simple upgrade. Have you guys done any easy upgrades to your kitchens recently?

Monday, February 1, 2010

Window Shopping: Target

Target has 2 very cute decor lines out right now that I wanted to share with you. If you haven't picked this up by now, my favorite colors/color combo are black and white. I was in heaven when I discovered Target's Regency Collection. If you are a black and white lover like me, take a look at some of the highlights of the collection.....
So many things to love....

Aren't these lamps awesome? I love the black detail on the shade also.

3 great pillows to choose from.

Aren't these mirrored accessories great? They would definitely add some glam to any space.

If black and white isn't your thing, maybe the Nantucket collection is more your style. I have a deep love of the beach. The colors, sounds, smells....I can't get enough! I want to bring more of the coastal vibe into our home. But you have to be careful with beachy decorating, if you use the wrong items or too many items it can look very tacky. This is where the Target collection comes in. Here are some great items to give your house a beachy feel....

These accessories would add a subtle beachy feel to your space. I especially love the sea fan and coral pictures.

Glass base lamps are very popular right now. This lamp is very classic and would look great in any room. These types of lamps are very versitle and can be filled with many things (like the sand and shells beside it).

I love the coral pillow. The perfect sea inspired pillow. The red pillow looks like a certain burlap pillow that is sitting on my couch right the color. What do you guys think of the two collections? Which is your favorite item?