Saturday, January 28, 2012

Shabby Chic Girl Pad

How incredibly chic is this little apartment?! I am loving the mismatched wall paper.

This picture doesn't belong with the rest of it but I couldn't resist. I think this is perfect for over the bed!


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What I'm Loving Wednesday- Monkey Bread!

Tonight, out of sheer boredom (Revenge was a repeat this week. So bummed!) I went to one of my favorite websites: StumbleUpon.

For those of you who have never heard of this amazing interweb wonderland let me just say, YOU ARE MISSING OUT. Like Pinterest, I could spend hours on this site. This particular time I decided to 'stumble upon' food themed pages and take a peek at what I found:


I might need to make me some of this ! What is it? It's Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread from The Sweets Life. Although I'm planning on making this for only moi, this would be great as an appetizer for a party or for Super Bowl or even something fun to do dinner! And the great thing is you could add other 'pizza topping' items if you wanted.

I'm basically going to copy and paste everything that Natalie wrote because I haven't made these yet and she clearly is a pro. When I do make it though, I'll be sure to take a couple of pictures and write a review. So here it is, pepperoni pizza monkey bread, by Natalie from 'The Sweets Life.'

This bread takes a little bit of time to prepare, but in about half an hour I had filled my bundt pan with little dough balls, each with a piece of pepperoni and cheese stuffed within it. I was a little disappointed when I finished because I felt like my bundt pan should've been fuller. It puffed right up in the oven, however, and I removed it from the oven when it was nicely browned on top. The monkey bread released from the pan easily and after snapping a few pictures, I immediately dug in. 

My new definition of bliss: warm dough with a cheesy center and a bite of pepperoni. The garlic butter that I'd brushed on each piece was noticeable, but not so much that you'll be suffering from garlic breath all day! I'm quite certain this will be my new go-to recipe for potlucks and football parties, especially since I still have pepperoni left over in the fridge! You can certainly make your own dough and marinara sauce, but this recipe is really easy if you pick up those ingredients (I used Trader Joe's dough and basil marinara for dipping.)

-2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
-4 tbsp butter
-2 lbs pizza dough (I used 2 balls of Trader Joe's fresh dough)
-6 oz. mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes (about 48 pieces)
-pepperoni (about 48 slices)
-2-3 cups marinara sauce for serving

Directions:1. In a small saucepan, heat garlic and butter over medium heat until garlic begins to brown. Remove from heat and allow to sit. Brush the inside of a bundt pan with the garlic butter.
2. Pull off large marble-sized balls of dough and flatten. Place a slice of pepperoni and a piece of cheese on each, folding the dough around the cheese and pepperoni and pinching well to seal.

3. Brush the pizza ball with the garlic butter and place in the prepared bundt pan. Continue until all dough has been used.

4. Cover and allow to sit for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 400F and bake for 35 minutes, until top is browned. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Invert onto a platter and serve with warmed marinara sauce for dipping.

That doesn't seem too hard does it girls? Happy Hump Day!


Monday, January 23, 2012

It's hard to be a baby mama!

One of the scariest weeks of my life...

Before I begin this I just want you all to know that it is terrifying being a single parent when something goes wrong with your baby. In my case it was just a dog but if I'm acting like this now, heaven help me when I have children.

5:30, last Tuesday morning I woke up to Roxie crying to go outside. I live on the third floor of my apartment building with an elevator, so taking her out is not a small task. I usually get up around 6:30 on the weekdays and figured she could wait a little while longer. I put a pillow over my head an ignored her. Like she sometimes does she accepted the fact that she wasn't going out yet and got back under the covers with a huge SIGH. (Like her mama, she is a Diva.) I thought that was the end of it and happily curled under my warm covers. 10 minutes later she was at it again. This time really crying. I hate listening to her when she's upset and can't concentrate on anything else if I think there's the slightest chance she might be miserable (even in my sleep) so I sucked up the fact that I would be geeting up before 6 and went to put on my robe. As I was putting on my shoes, Rox threw up. This was totally abnormal and unlike her, so we rushed outside so she could go. She did and I dragged myself back up the stairs preparing myself for the mess that I had to clean. I hadn't even gotten the cleaning supplies out before she did it again.

Now I know that she is only a dog, but leaving her home alone and sick broke my heart. And I didn't want to have to come home to a big mess, so I called work and told them I would be in late, hoping she would be better once everything was out of her system.

She layed at the end of my bed, clearly not feeling well but seemed to be doing fine. By 9:30am I decided she would be okay and I could start thinking about getting ready for work. But I was wrong. The second I got out of bed she threw up again, and  this time it was bloody. Really bloody. Freaked out, I called the vet. They told me that it sounded llike an organ rupture and I needed to get her in as soon as possible. This is when the water works came. I thought it was the end. I quickly put on the clothes I could find off hand, which turned out to be whatever was on the floor. Pink sweatpants a green sweatshirt and ugg boots. Mind you I still had a nighty on underneath. I didn't think to take it off! By now blood was coming out both ends. Poor little Roxie's eyes were starting to look glassy and scared. I swaddled her in a bath towel and rushed her to the vet. They must have thought I was psychotic the way I barged in the office with a weiner dog in a bloody towel and me in my ensemble and bed head with puffy pink teary eyes. They ran some tests on her and took some x-rays while I sat in a small cold little room and waited. The worst part was the walls were really thin so I could hear her wimpering the whole time. It was very dramatic and made me cry harder.

It was at this time that I started thinking about the what-ifs. What if this was it? What if I had to put her to sleep? What if I couldn't afford the vet bills and would still have to put her to sleep? What if this was caused because of something I did? What if I would have taken her out the first time she woke me up? She was playing with toys last night, what if she swallowed something? Why did I buy her new toys I knew she would destroy easily? Seriously. That cold little room was torturous!

About 45 minutes later the doctor came in with an alive and much better looking roxie in her arms. She told me she was going to be just fine. PHEW! I have never been so relieved. So what was the problem?
An inflamed pancreas. If not caught early her pancreas could have actually ruptured, causing internal bleeding and death. Horrible. But it wasn't that serious. They didn't tell me what caused the problem but in order to fix it she had to be connected to an IV to stay hydrated. And she was'nt allowed to eat or drink anything for 48-72 hours. They wanted to keep her at the hospital but doing that would have been a minimum of $300.00 a day. Unfortunately, I learned a long time ago that money does not grow on trees and there would be no possible way I could afford a $900.00 on top of what I had to pay for the visit already. I asked if there was an alternative and praise Jesus there was. They put fluids in her back, (making her look like the hunch back from Notredam) and told me I could take her home as long as she did not eat or drink anything. Then I would have to bring her back in in the morning to refill fer with fluids.

I was finally able to take her home. I put some blankets in the dryer so they'd be nice and warm for her to lay in and started cleaning up the giant mess that we had left. Thank goodness my roommate was at work because our apartmet literally looked like something out of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre but with puppy prints.

For the rest of the day she layed in blankets and slept.
The next morning I got ready for work and brought her back to the vet to fill her with fluids again. Not wanting to leave her scared and alone I brought her into work with me. She was a perfectly good girl, sitting on my lap the whole time. And of course everyone at the office loved her. Duh!
I had afternoon meetings so I brought her home and later made her rice and cottage cheese, per the doctor's orders. Being not as flavorful as her regular kibbles she was not a fan and didnt eat much. I decided the next day I would make her some boiled chicken.

Last Thursday:

Everything was normal. Rox was doing better and I left her alone for the whole day. When I got home from work I started making her arroz con pollo and was relieved that we could start getting into a regular rouine. UNTIL I noticed a very scary red splotch on her neck. In panic mode I rushed to her and gave her yet another bath hoping whatever it was would wash off. No such luck. I held her and had my roommate take a picture so I could send ot to my Dad who happens to be an EMT Firefighter and Nurse Bestie, hoping they could help. I also frantically called my vet's emergency hotline. All 3 said that it sounded/looked like a case of hematoma, or basically a bad blood draw. This doesnt surprise me because the way she was hollering at the clinic, I'm sure she was squirming like a wiggle worm.
I decided not to go to the emergency vet that night- mostly because my wallet couldn't handle it, and she seemed fine otherwise. I woke up early and called the regular vet who also told me it is probably a bruise.


Roxie seems to be doing much better. The doctor put her on medication so she's finally eating normal food and was able to chew on a bone this evening. I'm still keeping a close eye on her, but for now I think everything is going to be just fine! And thank goodness! I can't handle all this stress. I'm exhausted, broken out and ready for my puppy to come back to normal!


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Scrap-Book Software GIVEAWAY!

I have some Very exciting news! contacted me and asked if I would be interested in doing a Scrap-Booking Software Suite giveaway! Duh. Because I accepted the offer, not only do I get to give away the software (at a $40 value) to one lucky reader, I myself was given the My Memories Software Suite. I mean, I had to try it out to make sure the program was good enough for you all. And let me just tell you. IT IS. My Memories has tons of different layouts and options to chose from to make your scrapbook completely personal and it's so simple to use. 

Look at these adorable pages I made in no time: 

The photos used are from the Bridal Shower that I hosted for Nurse Bestie. I think they worked perfectly with the My Memories page themes I chose.

As a special treat for all of you Diary Readers, use this code: STMMMS99361 to get a $10 discount off the purchase of the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software (If you're like me and absolutely need the software this very minute.) and a $10 coupon for the store. Thats a $20 value! Say What!?

But if you can wait....

To Enter the Giveaway:

  • You need to know the drawing ends Saturday, February 4, 2012

  • Please visit and choose your favorite digital paper pack or layout, then comment on my blog telling me which one you like best.

  • You Must enter below using the Rafflecopter Widget. 

Good Luck!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Tickled Pink

Today I am linking up with Tara and Vicki to share my nail color of the week! I love fall shades of plum and I was very festive in red for Christmas but even though those colors are fabulous I was ready to get back to my beautiful shade of pink!

Although this particular pink is pretty darn vibrant, having a little P.O.C. is just what I needed for these dreary california days we've been having lately!

The Deets

Color: Cream Pink
Brand: Sinful Colors
Price: Only $1.99! 

Why I like it: Sinful Colors nail polish is my favorite. It brushes on smooth, dries quick and lasts long. Plus they have dozens of shades to choose from.


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Toast to Thursday!

I've had a pretty shotty week and could totally go for a deliciously dreamy cocktail like this one!

The Champagne Dream

Here's what you need:

1 oz. Pama (pomegranate Liqueur)
1 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. Fresh OJ
3 oz. Champagne
Orange Zest- for garnish

Shake the first three ingredients with ice. Gently stir in champagne. Stir into a flute and garnish with orange zest. Enjoy.

Yup. It really IS just that easy!

Hope you all had a fabulous Thursday! Stay tuned for tomorrows post, I'm doing a Nail Files link-up about the nail polish I'm wearing this week THEN come back Saturday and enter to win an amazing Scrap-booking software suite from My Memories at a $40.00 value! Amazing right? Stop by and check it out!


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Office.

Although I am an interior designer, I work for a construction company. The office could be a lot worse but it's not glamorous by any means. Not as glamorous as these anyway!

I'm hoping eventually I'll be able to make my little desk look something like one of these. Or even better, I'll have my own office!

Happy Tuesday!


Monday, January 16, 2012


Black may have been considered an unconventional color for decorating but check out these beautiful interiors that say otherwise!


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Princess Daisy

I've had a few nicknames in my days; Katie-Bug is what my dad calls me. I was called Barbie in the fifth and sixth grades- not because I looked like her but because my mom had me dressed in fully accessorized matching outfits. Always. I've probably been called bitch a few times, haha! But the nick name that always stuck is Daisy. My mom has called me this since I can remember.

This is the story of how it came to be.

One of my favorite movies when I was little and still is today is The Princess Bride. I think I've even talked about it on this little ol' blog before.

Anywho. When I was about three years old and clearly a DIVA, I told my mom that I wanted to be a princess just like Princess Buttercup in the movie. Wanting to please get me to shut the hell up, she thought it would be cute to call me Princess Buttercup. Because I was smarter than my whole 3 years, this didn't sit well with me. "THERE CAN'T BE TWO PRINCESS BUTTERCUPS!" I wailed. Quickly without missing a beat, (from what I've been told) my mom said, "Well then you can be Princess Daisy!" Eventually Princess was dropped and I was just called Daisy.

My mom is the only person who actually calls me this, but it's special. I can count on every phone call I make to her to be answered with "My beautiful Daisy?" Every card or box sent will have 'Daisy' written on it. And often gifts will be daisy themed.

Daisies are apart of the sunflower family and are a small low-growing European plant, Bellis perennis, having a rosette of leaves and flower heads of yellow central disc and pinkish-white outer ray.

I like daisies because they are simple and sweet and happy. Not to mention pretty darn cute!

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!


Friday, January 13, 2012

I betchya didn't know...

Happy Friday the 13th senoritas! In leu of this superstitious day, I'm writing strange little facts about myself. Not that you care but it's here to read!

One of my favorite bands is 'A Perfect Circle' totally creepy and dark? Yes, but I think the music is kind of taboo, troubled and sexy. I really like to listen to it while I drive.

Little angel go away
Come again some other day
The devil has my ear today
I'll never hear a word you say
Promised I would find a little solace
And some peace of mind
Whatever just as long as I don't feel so...

Love that verse! Creepy? Yes, but I think it's beautiful. Which leads me to:

I'm drawn to sad and depressing songs. I am not a sad or depressed person, I just feel these kind of songs have more feeling. Like poetry.  

I'm seriously considering seeing a psychic. My mom did it a couple months ago and she said she couldn't believe how true everything the reader said was. I'm intrigued and nervous.


I really dislike the Fresh Prince of Bell Air, Saved by the Bell and Steve Urkel. I just don't find it funny. This could quite possibly make me a disgrace to my generation but I don't care.

I don't like peanut butter. I'll tolerate it on a PB&J... and celery, but that's it!

I suck at math and Scrabble. So bad it's embarrassing ya'll.

I don't vote. At first this was only because I didn't want to get jury duty, and I thought that registering to vote was how the state got you. After having served jury duty last summer I now know this to be false but still do not plan on voting. Sorry political princesses out there!

I have two unattractive tattoos.

I'm not a fan of children. They literally scare the bajeezus out of me. I wish this were not so!

I read Post Secret every Sunday.

I couldn't wait to have a 9-5 job and now that I have one I can't help but wonder "is this it? Is this how life is going to be forever?" Don't get me wrong, I REALLY like my job. But the weekends cannot get here soon enough. This concerns me.

An idiot someone once told me that she loved to get her period because it was the one time of the month that she not only felt most like a woman but thought that periods were cleansing because the blood flushed toxins out. Um. I don't know about ya'll but I loathe getting my period. I feel fat, zitty,
uncomfortable sore and dirty. She's a freakin' weirdo. No offense.

Bahaha! Oranges.

Roxie, more often than not drives me crazy.

I don't wear perfume. I'll wear Marc Jacob's Daisy- if I remember to put it on, otherwise I use lotion that makes me smell like a giant tropical fruit basket. I am okay with this.

I met Kelly Clarkson at In n' Out.

L to R: KTuggs, KWills, KClarks (All three of them are named Kelly) Me- Kate and Kerrie. So many K's!

I love Modern Family!