California dreamin'

Yesterday I took the kids to watch Annie. They didn't know the story so it was purely me wanting to see it and pretending that M & M would love it. Luckily they did. I mean, they didn't realize that some of those musical numbers (particularly when Jamie Foxx started singing) were super cheesy. But they enjoy a happy ending as much as I do. In fact, when I asked Max what his favourite part was, he said when Annie hugged Will Stacks (Daddy Warbucks.) Cute! Anyway, there is a scene in the movie where Annie and her fellow foster children have to clean up their foster home. The place is a mess. I had a moment where I just wanted to hop into the screen and clean for them or tell them they missed a spot.

Similarly, the other night Chris and I were watching Parenthood (best show ever!) and there is a scene where Crosby lays down on his bed with his shoes on... Chris actually turned to me and said, that's driving you crazy, isn't it?

Does anyone else feel this way? Or should I be worried for myself?

Tangent aside, the New York condo that belongs to Will Stacks in the movie is the epitome of modern technology (screens that display your inner thoughts) etc. It's the quintessential bachelor pad - dark and clean and modern. Annie is dancing around singing "I think I'm going to like it here" and I kept thinking, I wouldn't like it there!

I can't find a picture of it on the web so you will have to see the movie. But in contrast, I came across a California home that I would have me singing that song. It's the complete opposite. It's very bright and while it's clean, it's not minimalist - it's filled with art and mismatched chairs and traditional fireplaces. Plants and books and pillows. I love everything about it.

Here are the pics:













The listing can be found here, in case you actually want to buy it:)



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Thank you cookies

Thank you Jen Brennan for providing me with the answer to the plant mystery. It turns out that my little gem is called the Israeli Ruscus and it has an Italian friend that lasts just as long. I gave Jen her cookies. Well deserved. Here is the recipe for the rest of you.




Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

3/4 cup Butter

3/4 cup Granulated sugar

1/2 cup Brown sugar (lightly packed)

1 Egg

1 1/4 cup All purpose Flour

1 cup Rolled oats

3/4 cup Coconut (shredded)

1 tsp Baking Powder

1 tsp Baking Soda

1 1/2 cups Chocolate Chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. In a bowl cream together butter, sugar and egg until fluffy. Set aside.

3. In a separate bowl sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, then add oats and coconut.

4. Fold dry ingredients into butter mixture and combine well.

5. Fold in chocolate chips and mix well.

6. Drop by the tablespoon full onto a lightly greased baking sheet or parchment paper.

7.Bake for 12-15 minutes.


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It's a mystery

So I bought some cut greens at Whole Foods back in December. They were going to be filler for a vase, accompanied by other flowers. I ended up putting them in a vase all to themselves cause they looked so pretty - seen here on the side of this picture. _MG_9904-2They stayed there for the entire month of December and then I cut them and added them to my table arrangement for Christmas - seen here.


Then the tulips died but I kept the greens and cut the remainder to fill the middle vase and they are my current centrepiece - seen here.


So my question is: what the heck is this green that has lasted a month and a half and continues to thrive?


I will bake cookies for the first person who can identify it. It's been such a lovely and versatile addition to my home and it was such a random purchase to begin with... just wish I knew what it was.





Gems at Target

The latest Nate Berkus line at Target has me floored. Particularly the wall hangings. I've been talking about hanging a rug on my wall because I love the idea of something so textured on display and there are so many beautifully patterned rugs out there to choose from... but this wall hanging is kind of the same idea, albeit on a different scale. And waaaaaay more cost effective. What's the trick? Finding one at a Target in Toronto.

Here are some other gems too from the Nate Berkus line.