Thursday, November 18, 2010

Lifey As a Wifey Wednesdays!

I realize this is posting a day late, but I haven’t done my Wifey Wednesday post in weeks, so I figured better late than never! So much has been going on in Haus de Parlier, that I’’m barely keeping my head above water managing one blog, let alone two! From new jobs, a serious social calendar, the holidays vastly approaching, and maintaining my optimal wifey status, we have been a busy bunch! I’m really looking forward to some R&R with the long weekend ahead, but until then, I have plenty to be thankful for, especially when it comes to my amazing husband! I will save you the sappy stuff and keep it short and sweet! As you know, we have a white board in our kitchen that we update with why we love each other. Tim has been overly patient and encouraging to me lately with all my new ventures and ideas, and I don’t want it to go unacknowledged. So here are a few things that he has done and is doing that make me proud, keep me happy (that’s a BIG one) and most of all, why I love him! (In no particular order)  

He was featured on the front page of! This is so rad!

He makes the bed every morning…almost without fail.
Praise the Lord!
He bought me beautiful flowers when I got my new job
He picked out the prettiest box of tissue and although it doesn’t match our bathroom, I think its adorable that he tried!
*totally unprompted might I add*

He encourages me everyday to take my relationship with Jesus deeper.
He has everyone in our small group and at church constantly laughing at his silly jokes
He is committed to praying for others, which is so admirable!
He remembered how many months we’ve been married when someone asked. He didn’t even have to think about it!
 (hopefully that’s a good sign?)

He puts down the toilet seat 100% of the time now.
(Who doesn’t believe in Miracles!?)
He’s been great listener to me lately with all my crazy ideas and “life plans” for us. 

Alright, I tried to make it as least sappy and cheesy as possible, but I couldn’t help it! ;) Tis' the season to be Thankful for the small and sweet things in life ;)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Parlier Pie Perfection

I’ve recently come to the conclusion that I immediately associate social gatherings with the need to overindulge on yummy food. Forget who will be in attendance, I want to know what there will be to eat, and can I bring I anything else! Like I’ve mentioned before, I have little to no control over my consumption of sugary treats, or delectable comfort foods. Out of site, out of mind. In site, in my mouth. Sorry! I would like to say, I’m working on it, but really, I am provoking it, by this season’s instantaneous desire to start baking! Last year around this time, I was withstanding all tasty temptations in preparation for my contest. This year, although still watching what I consume, I have to make up for lost time as I didn’t get to indulge in some of my favorite autumn dishes. With that being said, I have committed to trying a few new (and simple) recipes to kick off the fall season, but under one tiny stipulation. It cannot stay in my house. Luckily, our social calendar warrants a new recipe here and there for me to share with friends at THEIR houses. It’s also better that I am supervised; otherwise I will eat 5 pieces of pie because no one sees me in my own kitchen.   Two weeks ago, Vicki and I made Pumpkin Oatmeal (white) Chocolate Chip Cookies. YUM. I made the mistake of buying Pumpkin Pie Filling, not Pumpkin Puree, so I
 need to get rid of it before it becomes a sweet tooth disaster and gets eaten by the spoonful. I know, that’s gross, but I wouldn’t put it past me at my low points ;)

This recipe is simple with only 4 ingredients, but I have never made a pie before, so I see it as a challenge.

12oz. can Libby’s Pumpkin Pie Filling
2/3 cup (5 oz.can) Carnation Evaporated Milk
2 Large Eggs-Beaten
1 Unbaked pie Crust

MIX pumpkin pie mix, evaporated milk and eggs in large bowl.
POUR into pie shell
BAKE in preheated 425°F. oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350° F.; bake 50 to 60 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate.

Super Easy right!? Well, apparently I used a little more of the pumpkin pie filling than I thought when making the cookies, because my pie mix was SUPER runny when I put the ingredients together.  Having ZERO experience in Pie Perfection, I had no way to remedy this, so I prayed that cooking it longer would do the trick.  Add that mini disaster to  a super slow heating/cooking oven and "whipping" up a pie to take to a friend's on Friday became a 2.5 hour ordeal. GEEZ. Needless to say, my husband wasn't diving in for the first bite that night!  BUTTTT, to my disbelief, after a few hours in the oven, then an overnight stay in the fridge, the pie got raving reviews! So my Slushy Pie turned out to be alright and my plan worked, as I only had one piece....well maybe two ;)


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Lovely Lady Lumps

Last weekend I had the honor of participating in the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure here in San Diego.  I'm always a fan of a good cause and although I don't have a personal connection with Komen, I admire their tenacity in bringing awareness of Breast Cancer across the globe.  It certainly doesn't have to be February or October to Think Pink and "Save the Tatas!" Over eleven thousand San Diegans, along with myself and a few co-workers, raised over $400,000 for the Cure and sprinted through the finish line in a 5k Race.  It was such an inspiration to be surrounded by cancer survivors and their loved ones, as well as dozens of local and national vendors all in the name of saving our Lovely Lady Lumps(Thank you Fergie)! I couldn't resist snapping photos of complete strangers in their crazy pink get ups, as even the pups got into the philanthropic spirit! I walked away blessed from my experience with Komen and can't wait to participate in another race soon. Not to mention my fave (and local!) Bachelorette couple Alli and  Roberto made an appearance (eek!) and I placed 5th in my age group!
Post Race with my Running Buddy :)
This pink wig speaks for itself=Awesome.
I love anything Matchy Matchy ;)
Pooches in pink!
The Finish Line!
A little Celebratory Champagne? Duh.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Halloween 2010

Nightmare on Phoebe Street turned out to be a Spooktacular event with tons of yummy food, lots to drink and far to many adorable couples costumes! Vicki and I whipped up mini cupcakes, Oatmeal Pumpkin Cookies, Monster Toes, Candy Corn Pizza and even a little Parlier Poison to boot! Hot cocoa, homemade apple cider, MORE cupcakes and a variety of delicious appetizers were a few of items that were also enjoyed throughout the evening. Everyone looked fabulous and we had a great time Monster mashing the night away! Shame on me for not getting more picture of the inside of our house, but hopefully they will show up from someone! Everything was covered in Spider webs, with black lights, and glow and dark bats hanging from the ceiling. Black drapes, orange streamers and skulls galore with the spooky touch of dry ice and candles really made the Haunted Haus der Parlier come to life! Not to mention a live set from DJ Parliyay, aka Merlin himself! We had a blast and I cannot wait for the next party!