Cupcake Tasting

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In  mid-December we took my cousins for a last DC-based adventure before they headed back home. We decided on cupcakes in Georgetown and to make sure it was a real American experience, we got cupcakes from not one, but TWO places; Georgetown Cupcake and Sprinkles.

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Both stores made it hard to choose which ones we wanted to try! We got 6 (smaller ones) from Georgetown and 4 (larger ones) from Sprinkles. Here they are once we got them home.

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We annoyed everyone by taking WAY too many pictures of the cupcakes instead of just eating them.Luckily my cousin was also taking pictures, so at least I wasn’t the only one being annoying!

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We had the Georgetown cupcakes the first day and the Sprinkles cupcakes the next, so it may be a biased test. After eating all of the cupcakes, 3 out of 4 people declared that Georgetown Cupcake was the clear winner. I was on the fence – I loved both cupcakes and I sort of wished that I had gotten a red velvet from Georgetown so I could compare apples to apples. If you forced me to vote, I would’ve given my vote to Sprinkles.  I do love Georgetown cupcakes (the frosting to cake ratio is probably the best I’ve ever found!) and will continue taking our out-of-town visitors there.

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Oh and this was Penelope’s face when we told her we forgot to buy her a doggie cupcake…

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New Year’s Eve Party Prep

This year we’re hosting friends for New Year’s Eve. Since I didn’t decorate much for Christmas (on account of hanging out poolside in the Dominican Republic last week) I was excited to get a chance to do a bit of decorating. Our Christmas box from the in-laws had these fun Christmas crackers (and that adorable Christmas gnome) and I used them as a jumping off point for my color scheme.  As a bonus, it also means that the other red.Christmassy decorations can hang around for another week and look purposeful.

 

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Unfortunately, the party supply stores do NOT agree with my vision for NYE as I couldn’t find any cute party hats / noisemakers (especially at prices I like). So after a little bit of browsing on Pinterest I decided to just update some cheap supplies from the dollar store.  Here’s where we started:

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And after a quick run to Michaels for some clearance Christmas supplies (a stack of scrapbook paper, some adhesive ribbon, and red scrapbooking bows) and a little bit of patience and scissor-work, I have this instead. I took one hat apart to make a template to cut the paper for the new hats. For the noise makers, I took one apart to use as a template and rip the rest apart and re-used the plastic-noisemaker part.

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The little hats on the right are for Penelope and her friend Piper. The dogs need to dress for the party too! FYI, tape alone didn’t work in every case to keep the cones together, so I added a staple to each. So far so good. Oh and since I already had the string from the ugly party hats on hand, I just re-used that, but any thing elastic string would do the trick.

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Are you throwing any New Years Eve / New Years Day parties? After our festive NYE we’re heading to friends’ for brunch, so it will be a busy few days for us.

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New Pillow Fabric

Knowing that we were going to switch to the grey Karlstad in the living room eventually, I picked up some fabric for new pillow covers from the fabric outlet store when I was in California in September.  The covers are still not made, but here they are draped on the new couch to show off the colors and prints.SONY DSC

Everyone seems to have a different favorite. I really like that I found a way to bring in a warm color without it being too loud. I think this golden yellow is the perfect addition to the space.SONY DSC

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Are you doing any non-Christmas decorating?

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Living Room Upgrade

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that our living room was overflowing with boxes.  The good news is we no longer have the boxes; the bad news is there are two couches in my living room (one of which is the massive Karlstad sectional). It took 4 of us about 1.5 hours to put the couch together (and another 30 minutes to move things around in the living room.)

You may recall, that this is what our living room has looked like for the last few weeks. (I think it’s probably been months, but I’m going to keep saying weeks because it makes me feel better, okay?)

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Within minutes of walking in the house, my cousin decided that the boxes had to go and the couch had to be assembled.  We stashed the side chairs in the basement and cleared some space to build the couch. There were A LOT of pillows. And a lot of small little Ikea screws and bolts, but we split into teams and got the couch built in record time.

 

We had only two minor injuries; and I was the unfortunate recipient of both. One bonk on the head with a piece of wood during the building phase and one elbow to the nose during the fluffing phase. I’m happy to report it was nothing an ice-pack couldn’t fix!
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I LOVE the fabric we chose for the cover – it’s the Isunday Grey.

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And here it is! It takes up approximately the same floor space as the brown sofa / rattan chair combo, but it feels like there’s so much more space to sit (and in reality there is, since we added the corner and subtracted a bunch of the sofa and chair arms).
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The brown couch is currently sitting between this couch and the bar. Since it’s a super-heavy sofa-bed, we won’t be moving that into the basement until after the floors/walls are done down there.

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