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Monday, January 31, 2011

...everything else

"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."
— C.S. Lewis

(photo by Christine Velasquez)

Inspiration: Tiffany & Co

Another Tiffany's Polyvore that I absolutely love...

TIFFANY & CO Pendant
170 EUR -
Pendants »

Handbag charm
$200 -
Pendants »

TIFFANY & CO Pendant
170 EUR -
Metal jewelry »

Tiffany Legacy® earrings
$3,700 -
Earrings »

Tiffany Blue Box®
$75 -

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Lake of the Woods

My sister took me on a drive to Southern Oregon's Lake of the Woods Resort back in the summer and I brought my camera along. The boats on the lake were adorable; here are a few pics from that beautiful afternoon.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Dress blues...

"She had been proud of his decision to serve his country, her heart bursting with love and admiration the first time she saw him outfitted in his dress blues. "
— Nicholas Sparks (The Lucky One)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Nautical Panties!

Forever 21 has come out with a handful of nautical pieces, including some panties that any sailor-girl would love.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 a sunset

"You want proof there's a God? Look outside, watch a sunset."
— Frank E. Peretti

Photo by Christine Velasquez

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Nautical at Old Navy

Old Navy has some cute nautical pieces in stores/online right now...

My sister-in-law bought me the cute short-sleeved T-shirt (which I love) and there are a few anchor pieces, too.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Spinach Lasagna w/ White Sauce...yuuuuuuuuuummmm!

I made this lasagna for my coworkers a while back and it was a hit! Not only does it call for lots of veggies, it replaces the traditional marinara with Alfredo sauce. Purchasing all of the ingredients for a homemade lasagna gets a bit pricey but seeing my friends' satisfied faces made it worthwhile.

* 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach
* 29 ounces Alfredo-style pasta sauce
* 1/2 cup skim milk
* 1 (8 ounce) package lasagna noodles
* 1 pint part-skim ricotta cheese
* 1 egg
* 8 ounces shredded carrots
* 8 ounces diced red onion
* 8 ounces diced broccoli
* 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
* Cooked, shredded chicken (optional)
* 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat a 10x15 inch lasagna pan with cooking spray.

2. Place the spinach in a medium bowl. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 4 minutes. Mix in ricotta. Beat the egg with a wire whisk, and add it to the spinach and ricotta. Stir well to blend.

3. Combine pasta sauce with milk in a medium bowl. Mix well.

4. Spread about 1/2 cup pasta sauce mixture evenly in the bottom of the dish. Place 3 uncooked noodles over the sauce. Spread half of the spinach mixture over the noodles. Sprinkle with half of the carrots, onions, broccoli and mushrooms. Add chicken if desired. Place 3 more noodles over the vegetable mixture. Pour 1 1/2 cups sauce over the noodles. Spread the remaining spinach mixture over the sauce, followed by layers of the remaining carrots, onions, broccoli and mushrooms. Place 3 more noodles over the vegetables. Pour remaining sauce evenly on top. Sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese. Spray a sheet of aluminum foil with cooking spray. Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil, spray side down.

5. Refrigerate overnight

6. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes. Turn oven off. Remove dish from oven, uncover and place it back into the warm oven for 15 more minutes. Serve at once, or let rest until ready to serve.


The original recipe, though modified here with my own personal touches, comes from

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Coach jewelry goes Nautical!

Coach has answered my prayers and come out with a few new pieces in their jewelry collection...and they're anchor themed! I absolutely LOVE the ring, but the necklace and earrings are also super cute.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Inspiration: Tiffany's

I absolutely love Tiffany's...what girl doesn't?!?

The diamonds, the teal, and the fabulous style of Audry Hepburn -- the name encompasses many fabulous things. What's not to love?

Black satin sandals
385 GBP -
Marc jacobs sandals »

Bracelet bag
$795 -
Satin bags »

Cigarette Holder