Friday, April 30, 2010

Remind Me

of this sweet little note I just found the next time I am upset with Caroline :) Have a great weekend! xo, Brie

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

I made these cookies yesterday and took pictures along the way and the whole deal - only to discover this am that the memory card was NOT in the camera (the camera I have been using doesn't bother to tell you the card isn't in - it just lets you snap away obliviously)

Oh well, I'll give you a stock photo (courtesy of along with the recipe to make these super easy 4 ingredient peanut butter cookies! My apologies to those with peanut allergies - these are definitely not for you :( Recipe from Gourmet magazine awhile ago

Preheat oven to 350

1 cup peanut butter

1 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 tsp baking soda

Mix all ingredients together, roll in small 1 inch round balls and place on greased cookie sheet. These don't spread out too much so you can fit around 12 cookies on one sheet. Use a fork to make the criss cross tine markings (a MUST for pb cookies!) sprinkle the tops with a tiny bit more of granulated sugar. Bake for 10 minutes and allow to cool on the cookie sheet for another 3 minutes or so before transferring to cooling rack.

This recipe makes about 18 cookies. Enjoy and again, sorry for no pics :( xo, Brie

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Garlic and Sapphires

I am still on a huge Ruth Reichl kick. I love her! This book is another great one by her. Her career is really taking off and she has just been offered the job as food critic for the New York Times. Upon her arrival to New York, she realizes she is a recognizable face and recruits help and make up artists to create new characters to dine out at fancy shmancy restaurants like Le Cirque. She will later return to Le Cirque as "herself" and writes reviews based on the different treatment she receives as a "nobody" verses Ruth Reichl New York Times food critic! It's very interesting - pick it up for the summer if you are looking for a great read! xo, Brie

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Despite Ms. C shouting to it on the roof - "Don't go near those cages, they are traps!!! I want you to stay with us forever...." Mama Squirrel finally set foot in the bigger cage and was whisked away to the beautiful countryside in Tewksbury, NJ this afternoon. I know we all wish her fond farewell :) We know there is at least one still in the attic and we hope it's only one. We are all anxiously awaiting it to venture out into the humane trap! xo, Brie
So are you loving this "all squirrels, all the time" blog? Yeah, me neither :( It's so all consuming
Photo credit to who has quite a bit of awesome squirrel merchandise. If you like squirrels, that is ;)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Moving Day

Good Riddance Squirrels! You'll be much happier living in a tree in the country somewhere. xo, Brie

Update: Mama is locked out and NOT happy

Update 2: A second humane trap has been set for Mama to the left of the tube one. Mama could give a rip about the trap and is STILL trying to break back into the house. Mama Bridget is breathing into a paper bag here. Might be time for a little glass of wine to ease the nerves.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Ebay Friday

That's right, Friday! I like to keep you on your toes. Does anyone else remember (or better yet HAVE) Milky the Marvelous Milking Cow? I remember being quite intrigued with this toy but can't say I ever actually had one in my posession. Poor me!

To even think I could be enjoying a small plastic cup of pretend milk for 50 smackers fills me with joy! TGIF xo, Brie

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Don't Try this at Home

As big baseballs fans, the kids were loving this, this morning! In a post interview the kid said he first saw the move in the movie Major League 2. Priceless! Brian Kownacki, this Buds for you ;) xo, Brie

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Our new Pet

If you follow me on twitter or a facebook friend - this might be old news :) as I have been kvetching for awhile over this. Suspicions confirmed yesterday by wildlife control and I do think this photo should be properly documented!

Meet our new attic pet(s) - yes I just shuddered as I added that questionable "s"

I hate him ;) xo, Brie

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Loving how these are coming out! All this glue does give my hands a tarred and feathered appearance, but I do feel these might be worth it! xo, Brie

Monday, April 19, 2010

Mosaic Monday

Of some cherished afghans knit by my grandmother the great Gramma Gert! xo, Brie

Sunday, April 18, 2010

In a Purple Mood

Sometimes I mix up my pansies but this year it's all about the purple! I think it's the Prince in me. xo, Brie

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Cowboy Caviar

Just picked this up from Costco and I must tell you - it is delicious and low in cals! I will be eating a lot of cowboy caviar this summer! xo, Brie

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

itunes Audiobooks

I have been sewing like a mad woman this week with some upcoming shows so I apologize for the lack of correspondence :) We are still adjusting to our new spring sports schedule but I am gathering lots of material to share with you in the very near future!

I am still sticking with my Spark People diet and I really love this website. I have been trying to schedule in at least 3-4 brisk walks a week around this lovely walking path we have that is about 4 miles long. It just occurred to me to download an audiobook on itunes to listen to while I walk. That could be motivating should I chose wisely :) Any suggestions? I'm leaning towards this one...

Friday, April 9, 2010

Yo Yo Crazy

Sorry I have been among the missing this week, the kids are on Spring break all week and we've been doing some local day trips and taking advantage of this gorgeous week here in NJ!

I have some shows coming up and have been playing around with some new ideas. My latest obsession - fabric yo yos. What do you think of these sweet little hair clips? xo, Brie

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter

Happy Easter if you celebrate! Check out the cute Peep and rice krispy treat sushi photo from This is Why You're One of my high school friends posted this on facebook last night, so funny :) xo, Brie