Wednesday, January 25, 2012

sparkle and glam

/ night sky nails via a glamorous little side project /
i didn't really have a hens/bachelorette party since the timing was just a bit crazy around the holidays, but i did have a nice girly evening complete with cocktails, sequins and good friends.

the theme was 'fashionably bombed - the wedding edition' based on a great fashion/cocktail website dominique and i found while searching for drinks recipes called fashionably bombed (visit website, fall in love). the task was to wear something fabulous - sequins, fur, feathers, lace, bling - and taste some cocktail creations.

/ wayne, the honorary maid /
most of the cocktail recipes were taken from the fashionably bombed website and adapted to what i had on hand and could get on short notice. i then added some wedding-themed names and we were off mixing! (our menu below)

/ the fabulous group - lorna, dominique, miriam, angela, me, wayne, rakapa /

The Wedding Edition

The Blushing Bride
Champagne, strawberries, lemon juice, vanilla simple syrup

The Gullible Groom
Whiskey, rosemary simple syrup, soda water, cherry

The Mother-In-Law
Vodka, crème de cacao, milk, peppermint essence, peppermint marshmallows

The Mother of the Bride
Crème de cacao, cream, vanilla essence, vodka, chocolate syrup, walnuts

The Sister-In-Law
Butterscotch schnapps, cherry brandy, vanilla simple syrup, cherries, sprinkles

The Maid of Honour
White rum, peaches, lime juice, rosemary simple syrup

The Wedding Party
Mix your own!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

garden fresh

my garden has been much more productive this year thanks to a little experience and much nicer weather than i remember last year. several of the herbs i planted last year blossomed this year and allowed me to put together quite a few little flower arrangements to brighten up the apartment. i also used the leftover bits and pieces of herbs and arugula for my delish green pizza base.

possibly the biggest and best surprise was my carrots. sure, carrots are cheap so this may not be the most cost effective crop, but homegrown carrots are so much sweeter and delicious than store bought. i intend to plant more when the time is right.

because i had a few free pots last year and not too much colour, i thought i would add in some decorative plants to brighten up the balcony, definitely lots of fun!

root crops seem to work well on my balcony since there is so much wind and not much sunlight. i picked a few of my baby beets for a salad last week and was pretty excited they've turned out well. the funniest part of my beet patch is that when i put the vermicast from my worm farm in the soil, there must have been some tomato seeds as i now have three little plants - two of which even have fruit on them. i never thought they would produce anything so i'm keeping my fingers crossed these little tomatoes might eventually be just big enough to garnish a salad.

Friday, January 20, 2012

post-wedding post

/ knitted squirrel by wibit /
happy squirrel appreciation day and welcome to my first post as mrs. prier, hence the slight title change as i am no longer one of the many erica joneses in the world. i'm happy to say that reuben and i have joined two amazing families and both have accepted us wholeheartedly. i'll gush about the wedding soon enough when i post some fun pictures from the day, but today i'm just catching up on some fun stuff.

/ found this book while christmas shopping - makes me want to take up knitting! /
so mom and dad arrived just before christmas and ever since then, everything has been full on! there were holidays to plan, trips to organise and wedding stuff to complete. we weren't overwhelmed, but we were busy. it's hard to believe that it's been a whole month - it just flew by!

/ knitted pigeon via swissmiss /

this year is going to be an exciting one for reuben and i, we have a lot on our plate as we start to think about moving back to the states next year. reuben will be finishing up his degree, we want to finish seeing all of the interesting sites in nz and take a few trips to australia, several of reuben's cousins are getting married, the list goes on... i'm hoping i can stay motivated (even when the depressing winter rolls around) as i have lots of goals this year: cleaning out clutter so moving will be easier, establishing a gym routine, cooking lots of delicious and healthy meals and spending quality time with my new hubby :)

Monday, January 9, 2012

bed time story

/ lovebirds on threadless /

as i am writing my bits and pieces for the wedding, i think back to one of the stories about the origin of love, which is by far my favourite because of the profound way it speaks to the way i feel about reuben. this is a transcript of a great re-telling by robert krulwich of radiolab (transcript found on how do you think?):
“Once upon a time, he says, people were not born separate from each other. They were born entwined, kind of coupled with each other. So there were boys attached to boys, and there were girls attached to girls, and of course, boys and girls together in a wonderfully intimate ball. And back then we had eight limbs. There were four on top,  four on the bottom, and you didn’t have to walk if you didn’t want to. You could roll, and roll we did. We rolled backwards and we rolled forwards, achieving fantastic speeds that gave us a kind of courage.
And then the courage swelled to pride.
And the pride became arrogance.
And then we decided that we were greater than the gods and we tried to roll up to heaven and take over heaven. The gods alarmed, struck back!  Zeus, in his fury, hurled down lightning bolts and struck everyone in two, into perfect halves. So all of a sudden, couples who had been warm and tight and wedged together, were now detached, and alone, and lost, and desperate, and losing the will to live.
And the gods see what they had done, worried that humans might not survive or even multiply again. Of course, they needed humans to give sacrifices and to pay attention to them, so the gods decided on a few repairs. Instead of heads facing backwards, or out, they would rotate our heads back to forward. They pulled our skin taut and knotted it at the belly button. Genetalia too, were moved to the front, so if we wanted to, we could.
And most important, they left us with a memory.  It was a longing for that original other half of ourselves –the boy or the girl who used to make us whole.  And that longing is still so deep in all of us, men for men, women for women, men for women, for each other, that it has been the lot of humans, ever since, to travel the world, looking for our other half. And when, says Aristophanes, when one of us meets another, we recognize each other right away. We just know this. We’re lost in an amazement of love and friendship and intimacy. We won’t get out of each other’s sight, even for a moment. These are people, he says, who pass their whole lives together, and yet if you ask them, they could not explain what they desire of each other.
They just do.”

Friday, January 6, 2012

1 week

/ travel neptune poster via ffffound /
so only one week to go now til the wedding! i have to say we're right on track as far as getting everything done. i honestly don't understand why people have something against long engagements, it makes planning so much easier. i mean, i didn't start working on decorations until last week really, but that's because i've been so indecisive about what to do - there are so many amazing and gorgeous ideas out there that it's hard to not to feel creatively inadequate and/or completely overwhelmed by coolness.

but i've managed to put together some fun and pretty stuff (or at least i think it is) of my own and can't wait to see everyone! most of my family will be on planes within hours and some of my friends are already here or on their way - how exciting! actually, i've been following holly and keemin's blog, around the world, and it's great - i'm really happy their enjoying the start of their adventure.

ok - time to get crafting!