Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Rainy April Day

QUICK THINGS TO DO TODAY:

- Need to mow your lawn this week? Be sure to fit this into your weekend calendar.

- Take inventory of pet medicines, pet food and pet toys. Need to throw out any old toys that might have become dangerous, or just simply filthy and slimy? How are you doing on pet treats? Need to launder pet bedding? Brushed your pets in the last 2 weeks?

LOVELY DRINKS: Spring Wines


Alianca's Vinho Verde, from Portugal

I'm stocking up on some spring wines. At the store last night I bought a sparkling Pinot Grigio, a Pinot Gris, a sweet Asti, and my favorite, Alianca's delicious sparkling Vinho Verde. I will put them away carefully because it's still not warm enough to sit out on the patio in the evenings drinking wine. I'm just hopeful and getting ready for when it is.

TODAY'S PROJECT: Housework Catchup

Did some of your regular maintenance housework get neglected during the major Spring Cleaning tasks? Today I'm going to catch up on housework and laundry. The more you do this week, the less you have to do on your weekend. Do as much laundry as you can finish today. Launder bedding if needed.

Finish any regular chores that might need doing - kitchen cleaning, floor mopping, decluttering, trash emptying, counter cleaning.

When you're done, spray home fragrance or light a scented candle, and treat yourself to a funny TV show, a book, magazine, or quality time with family.

LOVELY KITCHEN: Ice Cream Maker


My birthday present to myself this year is going to be an ice cream maker. I've thought about and researched this purchase for a long time. I entertain quite often, and I'm looking forward to ice cream socials in my backyard this summer. I want an ice cream maker that works well and is easy to clean up, but it also has to fit in my limited cabinet space.

I was hoping to get the kind that you just plug in and it starts working. That way you don't have to make room in your freezer and remember to freeze the bowl overnight. But I don't think I can cough up the $300 for the "> Cuisinart Supreme at Williams-Sonoma. Plus, it is so huge, I'd have to store it out in my garage rather than nearby in the kitchen.

So I'm quite tempted by these colorful Cuisinart Classic ice cream makers from Sur la Table. Currently on sale for an affordable $49.95. (I'll probably get Crush, the blue/purple one).

I can't wait to use all the ice cream cookbooks my family and friends have gifted me over the years!

LOVELY MOVIES: The Back-Up Plan


I am really looking forward to this movie! I've really enjoyed Jennifer Lopez' chick flicks throughout the years ( The Wedding Planner, Monster in Law, Maid in Manhattan, etc.)

With so many friends and family members either undergoing or seriously considering infertility treatments or single motherhood, this film seems perfectly in-the-moment for where we're at and what we're talking about. I'm looking forward to grabbing a delicious cocktail with a couple girlfriends and seeing this sometime this weekend!

http://www.theback-upplan.com/

LOVELY LINKS FOR TODAY:

Characters in Cake: Mickey and Minnie Mouse Cake Pops (Bakerella)

Cinco de Mayo Recipes and Drinks (Epicurious)

Cobbler Baked in Jars (Not Martha)

Easy Homemade Butter (Kayotic Kitchen)

Luxirare's Bento Box (Luxirare)

Pink Salt & Pepper Cupcakes (Cupcake Bakeshop)

Rum Drinks: Recipes for Cocktails and Bites (Epicurious)

Simple DIY Home Decor for Spring (Good Housekeeping)

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