Sorry for the leave of absence folks! I have been all over the place... literally! I just got home from a 5 day adventure all over New England! I flew into Washington DC to visit my friends Ashley and Ryan Mcbride! You remember them from their wedding! My friend Kayla was there for the same trip and then after a fabulous visit we drove to Syracuse!! Our friend, Shauna then met us in New York (I really need a cast of characters page for my blog so everyone can put a face to a name). The wedding was fantastic! They are such a wonderful couple!
Kayla, Ashley, and I crossing the boarder to NY!!
Time out for cuteness... this is Penny, Ashley's dog
I WANT ONE!!!
Back to the trip...
The Rehearsal Dinner
Me, Lynne's mom Judy, The Bride, and Kayla
Really bad photo of me... Humidity and I are not friends!
The beautiful couple!!
Who wouldn't want to get married here??
Lynne and her dad walking down the aisle...
hahaha... love that look on her face when he put the ring on her finger!
All the Oregon Girls!
(Jessica, ME!, Shauna, Ashley, Barbie, and Kayla)
The McBrides... Love em!!
and they are expecting a bambino in December!!
Love the smell of cigars... but I am pretty sure I would have
been seriously queasy had I actually smoked it considering how many
Kettle One and grapefruits I had that night!!
Perhaps the most epic hangover breakfast ever...
Needless to say I hit the gym hard when I got home!! :)
Hi all! I just got back yesterday from Black Butte where I and 6 of my girlfriends went over for a ladies weekend! We laid by the pool, drank gray-hounds, had spa appointments, etc. But the main reason we went over there was to go to the Sisters Rodeo! It was a Hoot!!!
This should be titled Megan's Tuesday Banter... but the alliteration is far too much fun...
OK... so... let me start off by saying that I am well aware that I have been slacking on "Megan's Picks". I haven't done it in a few months, but I plan on doing a big one in June... So watch out for that because there is a lot that I am loving right now and I think I might have to make this one a big one to make up for the last few months.
So let me address my alliteration starting with #1:
Where is she?
I am going to need some photos pronto of what is going on in England because I live and breathe by her wardrobe... and I am going through withdrawals. I am not normally someone who is a real avid US Weekly reader... but put her in a new frock walking out for Fortnum and Mason on the cover and I will sign up for a subscription...
I need a little wardrobe inspiration right now and I as much as I love Rachel Zoe... her style is too boho for me...
Who has been watching the Bachelorette??
I am not even close to being a man hater. Love my father, love my boyfriend, but give me a break. Who is this guy?? I get that he wants to go on the show to promote his business. That, I forgive him for... he wouldn't be the first person to go on the show for the wrong reasons. However, the things that he was saying about Ashley on national television were down right cruel. Screwing with her head for fun, saying things that were so out in left field about how he felt about her, its like he did it for his own amusement. I get that its a TV show... but that was no fancy editing.
What a sociopath!!!
Now for something really rough...
Oh man... The thing I said I would never do in a million years, I have decided to actually do. I waited till I was a little bit into the process before I wrote about it to make sure it was something I was actually going to try and accomplish...
I QUIT COFFEE!!!
I dont know how I have managed to go this long, but I am on day 12 and I haven't broken yet! To ease this rough period I have swapped out my Starbucks for a mocha flavored protein shake in the morning and one in the afternoon. The first 5 days were really hard. I had really bad caffeine headaches and It was weird adjusting to not having that jolt on my way to work. However, after the first 5 days, I was sleeping better, I found that my stress level was actually going down, I don't ever feel sluggish in the afternoon, and I have more energy after work than I did before.
Today I would like to share a recipe! I am making this recipe on Saturday for my friend, Vanessa's baby shower. They are quick, easy, and are a total of 4 ingredients...
Megan's Salmon Puffs
8 ounces of smoked salmon
16 ounces of whipped cream cheese
2 sheets of puff pastry (1 box)
Thaw puff pastry in refrigerator overnight. Cut up puff pastry into 1 inch squares. Lay onto a cookie sheet and bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown (note- this is for Pepperage farm puff pastry... if you go with another brand just follow their instructions on the box). Let cool.
Meanwhile in a food processor whip the salmon and cream cheese until very smooth- you want as close to a mousse texture as possible, though it will be heavier. Scoop the salmon mixture into a pastry bag with a wide pastry tip (the wider the better to prevent clogging, you can use any kind of style tip... in the photo I used a basic circle, but a star or a flower would be very pretty!)
As soon as the pastry puffs have cooled "frost" the pastry puffs with the salmon dip, add a small sprig of fresh dill as a garnish and voila! You have an easy and elegant appetizer! not to mention these aren't too horrible on the waist line if you eat them in moderation!
It looks really ugly... but It feels much better. Thanks everyone for the kind words yesterday!! :)
So my job can be challenging (not Pearls and Pears, thats a side business. I mean Pillow Talk)... but most of the time it is just a lot of fun. Like any other job it has its ups and downs... today I have had both.
The upside- we picked up 2 new lines, I finished all the monogramming before 10AM, and the new retail website is ahead of schedule!!!!!
The downside- I might have broken my hand this morning... I keep all of my embroidery tools in a giant lilly pulitzer tumbler (I am a girl... what do you expect??). I was looking for something on the floor below where I keep all my tools. The tumbler tipped over and the biggest wrench in the bunch landed on my hand. OUCH!
Its funnyin an ironic sort of way... because I have never broken a bone in my whole life. I played sports, I ran around as a kid climbing on everything, even survived 4+ years at the #1 Party school in the united states, and here I am in one of the girliest industries, Loved by grandmothers and housewives alike... and I break my hand!
So in honor of this ridiculous day and my very funny, ridiculous, and always eventful job...
Here are some hilarious pillows that I have found... because being in pillow manufacturing business isn't always so "Fluffy".
for the scrabble fan...
the chinese food enthusiast...
This is only funny if you love the move "The Godfather"... which I do... so I think this pillow is HILARIOUS!
For the Social (network) butterfly..
For the Lonely girl... aka "the boyfriend pillow"
For those obsessed with their iphone/ipad...
When you want to be camping...
Motivational... I could actually use this pillow!
Hope these ridiculous bits of home decor have brought you all a laugh!