Meet the Sullivans: September 2010

September 29, 2010

Fancy Prints Giveaway!

One of my favorite blogs 33 Shades of Green is running a promotion today for free prints from Fancy Prints. I bought one of these prints myself and even made a post about it below! Please check it out!

What I'm Loving Wednesday

Here is what I'm loving this Wednesday...

{one}
I'm loving this customizable print posted by Alissa over at 33 Shades of Green. She bought it from Etsy seller Fancy Prints. I saw this on her blog last week and I just had to buy it right away. I bought the 11x14 and I can't wait for it to arrive. It is such a grear piece of personalized art work. I'm sure Keith and I will find a great place for it in our apartment (when we move!).

{2}
I'm loving this set of 12 appetizer plates from Crate & Barrel. We registered for them for our wedding in Aug and one of our lovely guests bought them for us as part of a wedding gift. I can't wait to use them when we have our own place. I am looking forward to using them not only because they are more formal, but also because they are *green*. There are also cloth reusable cocktail napkins. We have the white ones. I think I might need to buy one set more of each!

{3}
I'm loving my *new students. We tried a new "routine" today and they all did so well. We now have hanging files for each student with extra individualized work. We decided that after last year's class ( a very bright and hard working group of students) we would try to provided more differentiated work once they are done with 'whole class' work. My kids did a great job going through the process of choosing their work and they were really, really excited about about the new work. Love them! 

*I say "new", but we have been in school for 25 days already. I really can't believe time has gone by so fast!
Keith at his Doctoral graduation
 {4}
I'm loving, as I always am, my husband. Right now its for how he handled our visit this evening to see my grandpa. My grandpa, who is a super active / social / outgoing and amazing 84-year-old man, fractured his hip Monday night while on his way to a swing dance class (something he says he always wanted to do...go figure he would get injured on his way there--isn't life funny that way?). Anyway, Keith is a Physical Therapist and it was so comforting to see how at home he is in the hospital. Hospitals always seem creepy and sad to me and Keith's knowledge and ease with the whole situation really helped all of us feel better. Keith is an awesome husband, I knew that, but I saw first hand today what a great health care provider he is. His bedside manor is so professional, comforting and he seems like he has been doing this for years. And, I am very happy to announce that as of this morning at 4:30am he passed the California State Board Exam for Physical Therapy! Yay Keith!!!

{5}
Citrine Pillow (Crate & Barrel)

Cassie Pillow (Crate & Barrel)
I'm loving these vibrant pillows from Crate & Barrel! Now that Mr. Hubby has passed his test (YAY!!!!!!) I can start looking for a place of our own :) I'm not sure which one I love more for our couch this Fall. I think the Citrine pillows might be more versitile through the Fall and Winter months and Keith would probably like stripes more than flowers, no?

What are you loving on this WONDERFUL Wednesday?

September 27, 2010

Menu Monday

One of my favorite blogs Keeping up with the Joneses does a Monday Menu where Kendall writes all about some of the interesting recipes or meals she has planned for the week. I thought, since I do this on binder paper every Sunday morning anyway, I might as well share my plans. I have been coming up with some pretty great ones lately, even if I do say so myself!

Without further ado here is my first "Menu Monday" post:

clockwise from top left: balsamic chicken with roasted tomatoes and mushroom orzo, loaded potato soup, Caribbean grilled scallop salad, & mushroom and provolone patty melt. All recipes from Cooking Light.
balsamic chicken with roasted tomatoes and mushroom orzo--this I have made before and it is delicious and super easy. We even turn it into a sandwich sometimes, just without the orzo and we add blue cheese. Yum!
loaded potato soup--I used to order the baked potato soup when eating at Outback Steak House. I'm really not a fan of restaurants like that but the soup was delightful. Really heart and creamy. This Cooking Light recipe
caribbean grilled scallop salad--we're looking forward to trying this one! We love seafood!
mushroom and provolone patty melt--never tried this specific recipe before, but we have done our own variations of it. My mom Vicky made something like this back when Barack Obama was running for president and there was an article in the San Francisco Chronicle about his favorite burger.

I will let you know how it all goes at the end of the week! Might even mix in somethin' sweet!

What are you making this week? Anything new or challenging planned?

September 26, 2010

the BEST salad dressing

veggies for last week's salad
I love Cobb Salad and a few months back I was searching around for a good and healthier version that the one I had been preparing in the past. My sister (don't worry I will get to the dressing in a minute!) introduced me to Eatingwell.com this Winter, so I searched the website and found this fabulous recipe Eating Well Cobb Salad which also includes a great little dressing recipe. The shallots and mustard really work well together and I love it so much and I like to use it on all sorts of salads.

  • 3 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced shallot
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Simply combine, shake or whisk and pour! Enjoy!

Weekend Wrap-Up!

This weekend Keith and I watched our niece and nephew Nick and Natalie. Their dad had business in Hawaii and their mom decided to tag-a-long. We were so happy to have the extra time with our awesome niece and nephew!

On Friday Keith picked them up from being with their other grandma and grandpa because he got done early at the hospital. Friday night we just ordered pizza, played video games, read some magazines (mainly me) and Keith did some studying. Nat, Keith's mom and I played some fun board games and then it was time to hit the hay.

On Saturday Keith headed to work early and I stuck around the house to put some laundry away and then headed to the gym. The kids went with MIL Barbara to an "old people party" for her their great-aunt Irma. I spent a little time at my parents' house with this guy
{Conan chilling on Kathee's bed}
 and caught up with my mom and dad. Next I needed to go to Staples for primary colored paper to make tangrams for my kindergarten class. They are going to make tangram art this week! I stopped into Hallamark for some stickers for my class and a card and a 'lil somethin' for my hubby. I bought him a little Disney plaque.
{found at Hallmark}

{Keith in his standard studying spo...notice the computer screen with ESPN.com open}
 and a card to encourage him to feel confident about his board exam tomorrow. He has been studying really hard for so long and I am really praying he does well!

Next I went to R.A.F.T. (Resource Area for Teaching) to use the die-cuts. When I was done I met mother-in-law Barbara, Nick and Nat at the mall for a little shopping. When Keith came home from work we all headed to Fresh Choice for a quick dinner and then came home to veg out for the night.

Sunday morning Keith and I headed out early to Starbuck's for coffee, lattes and hot chocolates for the kids, then we made pumpkin Mickey Mouse waffles with the waffle maker.
{Trader Joe's pancake mix}

{Nat mixing the eggs, butter and water together}

{The ancient, but totally AWEsome Mickey Mouse waffle maker}
 Nat and I dropped Nick off at his game and Keith stayed home to study. Natalie and I ran to Diddams between dropping Nick off and going back to watch the game. Nat helped me pick out some fun Halloween and Fall decorations for my classroom, which you will see in an upcoming post real soon.

Later in the afternoon, after lunch and little downtime, Natalie and I headed to Burlingame for the Saint Catherine of Siena School Fall Festival. We went there to see my other sister-in-law and niece. Keiths brother and his wife submit their chili every year in the Chili Cookoff. I'm sure it was delicious! The kids played games and rode rides. When we got home I went to the store for groceries and then came home to relax before starting dinner.

That's it for this weekend wrap-up! We were very, very busy this weekend. Hope next weekend is slower...

How was your weekend?

September 23, 2010

Carrot Cupcakes!

You would think that after a long day of teaching 21 five-year-olds I would be exhausted and ready for the couch, but the truth is I usually head home with the determination to be domestic. All day at work, in between tying shoes, applying Band-Aids and correcting pencil grips, I yearn to steal away to my computer to find a recipe or craft that seems easy yet creatively gratifying.


A few days ago I was perusing marthastewart.com for interesting ideas and stumbled upon a recipe for Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing. Keith loves carrot cake, so I thought this would be the perfect treat for him since he has been studying so hard lately. You know, we actually considered having carrot cake as our wedding cake. Also, the spices in this kind of cake always remind me of Fall.

Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

Prep: 25 minutes
Total: 50 minutes

Ingredients 

1 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup vegetable oil

2 tablespoons orange juice

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)

1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/4 cup shredded coconut, plus more for garnish

8 ounces bar cream cheese, room temperature

3/4 cup confectioners' sugar


Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Oil a standard 12-cup muffin tin or line with paper liners. In a bowl, combine sugar, vegetable oil, orange juice, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and eggs. 
  2. Stir in baking powder, baking soda, allspice, and salt. Add flour; mix. Stir in carrots, walnuts, and coconut. 
  3. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Bake until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 25 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting. 
  4. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth. 
  5. Frost cupcakes, and garnish with shredded coconut. 
My ingredients (Not pictured: Orange Juice)


The baking basics: eggs, sugar, vanilla, oil.

Not going to lie, my KitchenAid does all the real work.

Cream cheese frosting in the making.

The finished product. Beautiful & delicious.

 

September 22, 2010

My Pink-end Bachelorette

Now, I am going back in time a bit with this post, but bear with me here. Back in July 2010 my friends/bridesmaids threw me a wonderful Bachelorette Party in Napa. The girls put so much care and thought into all of the details. I felt very loved. It was exactly what I wanted and I think back on it nostalgically often. Here are some photos we took along the way.

Del Dotto Winery
Kara's Cupcakes. My favorite!
A chandelier hanging in Del Dotto.

 Mandatory bridesmaid uniform for the weekend.

Just getting started...

I'm a Kindergarten teacher. I know how important it is to have pictures to go along with a story, that is why I am going to start off with a photo.
Mr. and I before we got married. 



We were married August 7th, 2010 in Burlingame, California. I really enjoyed planning all the details of our wedding. From the cake, to the chairs, to the flowers, but most of all I was excited to marry Keith. The planning was really fun, especially perusing all of the "bride" blogs. Over the 1 year and 9 months we were engaged I really became attached to all the ways I was able to creatively express myself through the planning and execution of our wedding. Well, the wedding is now over and here I am with some extra time and the desire to continue being creative.

Mr. and Mrs. Keith Sullivan


This blog won't be full of text trying to tell a story, but more of an account of our life together through random pictures and such. I love to cook, shop, explore, try new things, read, watch movie, spend time with family and our dogs Conan and Rocky. So, you can expect recipes, movie or book reviews, photography, etc.

Rocky (yellow lab) & Conan (puggle)