I’m loving the kitchen in my new apartment…mostly because of the island!
Fully utilized this island last night as I tried out a new recipe I found on Damn Delicious for Skinny Cauliflower Mac and Cheese. I’m actually not a huge mac and cheese person - I grew up eating very little cheese and definitely did not understand the concept of powdered cheese in a packet (still don’t). But funny how your tastes change as you get older.
I tweaked this recipe just a little by substituting the sour cream with greek yogurt (sour cream is yet another food that I just never got into) and it turned out pretty ‘damn delicious’! The bf brought over some pesto veggies, we popped open a bottle of red wine, and settled down to enjoy our meal while watching the Grand Budapest Hotel.
A stay at home date night =)
Oh and a little STL tidbit for you - as someone who is picky about their mac and cheese, Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar in downtown has an awesome mac and cheese. Ask for added chicken!
Okay, I need to put this in ink. I need to stop spending money.
Well, you know what i mean - I need to get back onto a budget. It’s been really hard with the move and all I want are pretty home things. I might have gone a little overboard with hiring someone to make me a custom coffee table (but it’s going to go perfect with my couch!) and I don’t really need a hand painted art series for my wall (supporting a friend’s art career!) but come on…it’s hard to resist =)
My friend, the one who is making me those art pieces, said something really enlightening a few weeks ago. Her mother told her that a home isn’t decorated, it’s collected. I think that’s a beautiful way to think of a home and something I really need to remember. I can’t just rush out to buy the perfect shelf, or rug, or little doo-dads for my apartment. The finishing touches are suppose to be gathered as time goes on.
That being said, I am giving myself one last need-to-have-now home purchase before I reel it in: a bar cart!
I put this as a must-have because we currently have boxes of glassware and booze that have no where to go and I know that a bar-cart is something I’ll use for years to come. And they are really pretty…I’m hopeless I know ;)
xoxo - Michelle Cee
I finally have a couch! A beautiful, grey, chaise included sectional :)
Found this couch at Ashley Furniture and fell in love with the clean lines, modern color, and the fact that it is modular meaning I can arrange the sectional however I want. I know a lot of people have had negative experiences with Ashley Furniture but mine was wonderful! Great sales lady who answered all my questions, gave me a special discount, and even honored the prices that I had written down from my first visit which had increased by the time I came back. My couch was delivered in a week - the poor guys had to climb three flights of stairs to get it up to my apartment - and it turned out just as I wanted!
Next phase, getting my coffee table made =)
Never thought this would ever happen but I finished my first ever 5K!! There was a few moments of struggle but I was lucky enough to have this guy next to me the whole way :) We are #BetterTogether!
My new apartment is almost moved in! I’ve got boxes in various stages of unpacking, and still missing some furniture but it’s already beginning to feel like home!
Broke in my new kitchen this morning by making an omelette using what little food I have in my fridge. A little breakfast in bed while cozying up with your sweetie…not a bad way to start the day. :)
Xoxo - Michelle Cee
I laughed at most of these because of how true they really are. BUT, I do like to surround myself with tons of flowers - so that one I might argue =)
Happy Friday Eve All!
Sorry I haven’t posted in awhile! It’s been a crazy time since I got back form vacation with July 4th weekend happenings and then work picking up - I haven’t had a time to breath!
Oh, and of course, I am in the middle of a move! Been dropping off boxes here and there to my new apartment and I am on a serious hunt for a Grey Sectional (anyone got any tips?). All I can think about in my spare time right now is home decor…my wallet is seriously feeling it =P
It’s also been gorgeous out these past few days (we had the perfect July 4th weekend weather!) so the pic above is just a little summer time daydreaming. Would love nothing more than to spend some time in a summer home (Martha’s Vineyard perhaps?), bike by the beach, and swing by a flower market.
Sigh. Well, can’t say it’s too bad here anyway =)
Happy Friday Eve!
Happy 4th! #biergarten #gooseisland #beer #merica #anheuserbusch #usa
It’s been a few days but I am finally home from Cancun! Not really that excited to be home but it had to happen =)
Wish the trip was longer (we always do) but had a wonderful time in Mexico with my beau. We stayed at an all inclusive resort, Sandos Cancun, and spent our days lounging on the beach, swimming in the pool, and doing a ton of eating and drinking! We also had a great view from our room (photo above was taken from the balcony!) It was actually a lot of fun having the World Cup run while away on vacation. There were a ton of international visitors at the resort so watching the games were pretty entertaining.
We also went on a zip-lining excursion! Selvativa The Adventure Kingdom was such a great experience - the crew was a blast and honestly, zip-lining through the jungle was just so cool! We even did it upside down!! After zip-lining, we got on a truck and road to this waterhole kinda area in the middle of the jungle to swim and cliff jump. It was very “citizen of the jungle” kinda day =)
Ah…take me back to paradise!
Work is gonna suck tomorrow…haha