30 May 2010

Chicken Pesto Artichoke Pita {Eat}

I am trying to come up with new and exciting things to bring to work for lunch. I went looking through my fridge and cupboards and found some pita breads. So I made myself a chicken pesto artichoke pita.
1 tablespoon pesto sauce
1/2 cup chicken, sliced
2-3 artichoke hearts
2 tablespoon feta cheese
1/2-1 pita bread

1. Cut pita in half and separate it (like a pocket).
2. Add pesto to both insides of the pita.
3. Add chicken, artichokes and feta cheese inside pita.

...and thats all there is to it!

(sorry no picture this time...hopefully one to come soon!)

19 May 2010

Dining Room Hutch Idea {Dwell}

I love the idea of a dining room hutch with a wild, bright patterned wallpaper backdrop. I also really like the look of white dishes, vases, etc. in front of it, maybe with one accent color taken from the wallpaper. I want a white dining room hutch (either new, but preferably vintage/antique and refinished white) and has a wallpaper background. Here are ideas I found from Making It Lovely and More Ways To Waste Time.

I want a white hutch like this and something like this wallpaper to accompany it and adding these vases and these dishes. I could even use my new elephant vase. Here is a tutorial on how to paint vases.

Elephant Tea Pot Turned Vase {Dwell}

I was doing my usual morning blog perusal and came across a post from Making It Lovely. It was about her daughters first birthday party, which I found totally adorable; she had tissue paper pom poms for decortions and chocolate silhouette cake. She had her table decorated and I saw this and fell in love!

I remembered that we had some of these elephant tea pots where I work. When I first saw them, 3 or 4 months ago, I thought they were cute, but couldn't think of what to use it for. Then I saw this and fell in love. So I rushed out this afternoon and bought one.

I have been really into home decor and such. Of course I don't have my own home to decorate (being in school, I still live at home), but I have been redecorating my bedroom from what I have been learning. I am slowly adding to my collection, so one day when I do have my own place, I can decorate it like crazy! This is my new elephant tea pot turned vase in action!

18 May 2010

Summer I {Style}

I love the look of a floral dress, sweater, long necklace and some sassy shoes. It's perfect for a summer evening, BBQ, or date night. Here's my version from Forever 21.

Dress - $24.00 {1}
Sweater - $22.00 {2}
Necklace - $5.00 {3}
Shoes - $15.00 {4}

The total cost of this outfit is under $70. Which can be a bit pricey (well when you're a student you think of these things!), but look at it this way: each one of these items can be worn together, BUT also with other things. A very good investment, if you ask me!

13 May 2010

Helmet Safety II {Design}

So here it is! The finished design for the helmet safety campaign.
So we have the banner for the top of the tri-fold. I used the colors from the brochure I was given. I kept it simple and bright.

And I also designed the information/questions blocks as well. I used bright happy colors and kept the design and images to a minimum. I couldn't edit the actual information (it was all pretty important).

I used the colors from the pamphlet that the client (my mom and her colleagues) gave me.

Think Book {Design}

I created this book about a year ago. It has ideas and inspirations for business cards, greeting cards, brochures and pamphlets, logos/branding and some other inspirations. I look at this book when I feel my creativity is running low for a design project. I also look at some of my design books, too. Usually, I can get some inspiration from one of those.

Most of the time, I think up my own ideas. Usually when I am in the shower, randomly enough. I need these Aqua Notes:

It's a pad of paper with a pen that works in the wetness of the shower! Pretty cool, if you ask me.

11 May 2010

Summer II {Style}

This look is perfect for those summer BBQs, with a beer in hand. This look could also be worn at the beach and just hanging out with friends. This look can be found at American Eagle.

Bathing Suit - $24.50 each (top and bottom) {1} {2}
Shorts - $34.50 {3}
Shoes - $29.50 {4}
Hat - $19.95 {5}

10 May 2010

Blueberry Coffee Cake {Eat}

Streusel Topping:
1/3 cup (45 grams) all purpose flour (I used whole wheat flour)
1/3 cup (65 grams) granulated white sugar (I used Stevia)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (I added LOTS!)
1/4 cup (56 grams) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces (I used extra virgin olive oil)
Cake Batter:
1 cup (130 grams) all purpose flour (I used whole wheat flour)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt (I didn't add this)
1/4 cup (56 grams) (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature (I used extra virgin olive oil)
1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated white sugar (I used Stevia)
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (I added LOTS!)
1/3 cup (80 ml) milk (I added 1/2 cup of yogurt too)
2 cups fresh blueberries (I only used 1 cup and there was lots!)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C). Butter, or spray with a nonstick vegetable spray, an 8 x 8 inch (20 x 20 cm) square pan or an 8 inch (20 cm) round cake pan.
For streusel topping: In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, and ground cinnamon. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or fork until it resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside while you make the cake batter.
In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter until smooth. Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until incorporated. Add the flour mixture, alternately with the milk, and beat only until combined. Spread the batter onto the bottom of the prepared pan, smoothing the top with an offset spatula.
Evenly arrange the blueberries on top of the cake batter and then sprinkle with the streusel topping.
Bake for about 40 - 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool slightly.
Serve warm or at room temperature.
Makes 9 servings.

I found this recipe here.