Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Our obsession with holiday fare carries on. Evan and I decided to bake a pumpkin cake (pumpkin in both flavor AND form) with a vanilla pumpkin buttercream. I got the cake recipe from 365Halloween.com (frosting recipe our own creation), and while our cake doesn't display such fancy decoration, ours is in the shape of a pumpkin, which obviously dominates. Adding to the halloween festivities included halloween pandora...which wasn't very halloween-y and Troll 2.

Monday, October 25, 2010

a lil' bit o' craft

The small third bedroom in our apartment was one of the prime factors for me in making our final decision on choosing our home. I told myself that I would transform it into a sewing/crafting room where I would rediscover the creativity that I had cultivated before college. College crushed it. I'm reclaiming it.

Here is a little bit of an update on things that I've been working on. I've come up with a lot of fun ideas, but I have yet to execute many of them due to the lack of supplies and the pain in the ass bike ride to Jo-ann's. I've mainly been focusing on sewn houseware items, specifically aprons, but in light of not having tracing paper, I've resorted to making crafts with the items I have on hand.

The first of these are ric rac broaches. I have designated a ric rac bag, which I hang on my bed frame, and make these while I watch Pushing Daisies. p.s. i have no life.

Tonight I started making a garland out of the Spanish Bingo cards that I bought at the Walgreens by my house. Once again, living in Humboldt Park has worked towards my greatest advantage. I'm in love with the pictures and have been trying to think of some ways to use them. The first of these has been transforming one of the cards into a dirty dishes/clean dishes sign on our dishwasher since it's so hard to tell the damn difference. The small cards I thought would suit well as a cute garland. I've added some bows of polka dot ribbon that has been in my sewing kit forever, but unfortunately I ran out.

I also sewed a set of curtains for our wonky three front windows. Curtain selection is absolutely terrible and you bet I'm not wasting my money on any of the shit they have at Urban Outfitters and I'm sure as hell not going to drive my ass to Ikea.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Pumpkin Hunting

It's mid-October. I'm gonna carve a fucking pumpkin. Last time I was biking to Logan Square I spotted this gem of a pumpkin lot located across the street from an ihop and a walgreens. Once again, I've found a little slice of good ol' Indiana in the city. This thing looks exactly like those christmas tree lots featured in a Christmas Story and holiday episodes of Family Matters. In fact, "the pumpkin keeper" (the name we assigned for the guy running the place) looks like a character straight out of Pete & Pete.

Gwen and I picked two pumpkins and a bunch of indian corn to hang on our front door. The process of picking your pumpkin soulmate is so exciting! Everyone has specific criteria for their perfect pumpkin - cute small size, long stem, nice color, etc. You'll comb the fields for hours looking for not only pumpkins that fit your qualifications, but ones that stand out from the others. And once you've found your significant pumpkin, you squeal! Well that's what I did.

I found him!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Bucktown Apple Pie Contest

so frickin' cute.

So...I didn't win...but I still had fun! The crazy amount of kitchiness compacted into one small space made my heart explode with happiness. There were 140 different apple pies, face painting, pumpkin painting, square dancing, bluegrass, and a bouncy house. To put it simply, I was in heaven. It was like having a tiny slice of my Indiana home in Chicago, which I miss oh so much.

it's your big day, uncle apple!

best friend matching face paint!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Sunday Brunch

Fuck work. Make brunch. - This was my mantra for Sunday, and it worked surprisingly well. I made fancy vegan french toast, which included some strawberries, bananas, and, of course, aunt jemima - side note - gwen and i have almost gone through a whole large bottle of aunt jemima in under a month...we're disgusting. For this brunch we decided to watch an episode of doug - Doug is the most anxious and self conscious cartoon character on tv.

Sunday's weather called for a big pot of chili and corn bread, so once dinner hit, I invited stephanie over and made what i call "Xtreme Monster Chili." I have never created something so excessive in my life - it looks like I was cooking for a crew of construction workers rather than 3 women. I sauteed chopped onion and garlic and added 6 cans of beans and stewed tomatoes. I then added a layer of corn bread on top of this concoction, which was added by another batch of corn bread because stephanie and i thought it was a good idea. This is what made "Monster Chili" into "Xtreme Monster Chili."