Friday, July 29, 2011

Weekend List

On one hand, I can hardly believe it will be August on Monday. Umm... excuse me, Fall? Who said you could come so soon? No one invited you to be here early.

On the other hand, how slowly has this week been going by??? Is it just me? Goodness gracious it felt like time stopped while I was sitting at my desk.

But on the other hand (because evidently now I have 3 hands), I've also felt like I have so many ideas bursting out of my head for DIY projects and no time to do them.

It could be that all my spare time is being spent crocheting and boy, is that slow going. I might give up just because I'll be 50 by the time I'm done and won't even know what a swimsuit cover-up is. Maybe it won't be too late by then to turn it into an old lady sweater with shoulder pads and sparkles.

But let's look at the bright sides, shall we?

This weekend my husband and I will be making a little day trip to San Francisco to see the sharks.

Just kidding. I don't think there are sharks there. Not man-eating ones anyway. Ask my sister. Maybe they'd just nibble on your toes to scare you. What were we talking about again?

Oh yes. San Fran. Home of the Giants whom I would loathe for all eternity (being that my blood runs Dodger blue) except that I married a man who plays baseball, lives in Nor Cal and not only that, but because he was a pitcher (and a closer for that matter) he's a fan of The Bearded Brian Wilson. Could he be a bigger Giants fan?

What, you haven't heard of the "Fear the Beard" that's swept the nation? It's only because they won the World Series last year or something like that so now everyone loves them. (I actually typed Superbowl instead of World Series. I should've just left it because that would've shown how much I truly care about it.)

I'll never sell out. Doyers for life! (That's the Mexican in me...)

Anyway, back to my story (rabbit trails anyone?). We're going to meet up with some friends from LA who will be passing through on their way back from Oregon. An hour and a half to see a dear friend is MUCH easier than 6 hours to see a dear friend so I jumped at the chance.

Oh and an hour and a half in the car = 1 inch crocheted on my sweater. Yippee!!!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Sweater Update

by Steph

Last night I crocheted til my fingers fell off.

Well, obviously not literally otherwise I wouldn't be typing this.

I crocheted about 3 inches worth. Not much, I know. My poor fingers were so stiff that I'm sure by the time I'm finished with this thing I will have arthritis. How do old women knit/crochet all the time?!?!?!

Now it only took so long to do so little because after crocheting about 2 inches of ONE SIDE of my sweater, I realized that I was doing a stitch wrong and also that the pattern I was following either had a typo or was wrong. Either way, I had to undo all my work down to the foundation chain and restart.

For some reason, when I pull out stitching it really REALLY bothers my husband. He hates it. He can't stand watching me undo all that hard work I just did. Me? Well I think it's just as fun to undo it as it is to do it. That's a lot of 2 letter words at the end there.

Now usually when I get to that point of something, I give up. If it becomes too hard, it's not worth the time. "Just go out and buy something similar and save yourself the heartache" I tell myself.


I can't just go out and buy something.

I am DETERMINED to make this sweater work and by golly, I'm going to finish it! And if it ends up looking like a reject from the Goodwill Grandma Sweater Section, who cares!

Well, I'll care. And then I won't wear it. And all that work will be for nothing. So let's hope it turns out. For the sake of my fingers.

I suppose this sweater making business is going to take awhile so don't expect to see me modeling it anytime soon...

UPDATE: After I posted that, Google was kind enough to show some ads for "Signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis". Thanks Google, for helping me become a hypochondriac.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


by Steph

Guess what!

I'm getting the hang of Pinterest. Yep, I'm joining the throng of people who spend way too much time on that website.

I still get tired after a few minutes of scrolling through pictures so I'm still not "obsessed" level but it's helped with some inspiration for our bedroom.

I've decided that with our dark furniture in our bedroom, I'd want everything else to be whites, neutrals and grays. I do NOT plan on having a bunch of stuff on the walls or pillows on the beds but I'm going to use these ideas as a jumping off point to do a few small details here and there in our room.

Source: via Stephanie on Pinterest

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


by Steph

I'm sorry you guys have to deal with my unoriginal post titles. I just don't usually know what I'm going to write about so my post titles are always something horribly boring. Like "It's Monday". (Thank you Captain Obvious)

Anyway, today I'm doing an outfit for Maui which (if you'll scroll down) includes a sweater. Now, I know what you guys are thinking. A sweater??? In paradise???

Hold your horses.

I couldn't find something similar to what I'm currently crocheting, so I had to pick this.

That's right, I said currently crocheting.

I've crocheted before, but nothing fancy. Only scarves and potholders. When we were at the State Fair, the Sacramento Knitting/Crocheting Guild was there. Picture 5-7 older women who were all sitting around knitting and crocheting. I was inspired.

To knit and crochet. Not get old.

But only because (rewind a few weeks ago) I saw this girl at the pool wearing an open neck short sleeved crocheted sweater as a swimsuit cover-up. It looked adorable. I coveted.

Since I don't shop anymore, I decided I'd try to make it. I found a pattern and this sweater shown below is similar to what I'm making, except mine will have short sleeves and look more holey (since it's to be worn over my swimsuit. )

I'll let you know how it turns out.


Theory boat neck shirt, $170
Old navy shorts, $15
Forever21 braided sandals, $15
Forever21 studded bag, $27
Forever21 hoop earrings, $1.50
Dolce & Gabbana dolce gabbana sunglasses, $315
Fedora hat, $20

Monday, July 25, 2011

A Secret (read: Forgotten) Garden

by Steph

2 weeks ago, we were at Lowe's buying some paint for our new (to us) tv stand and lamps. As we were walking in, I noticed their rather large display of herbs and vegetables.

"Ooooh.... I really really want to buy some herbs and plant a little herb garden!" I gasped to my husband.


Just like that!!! I didn't even have to whine or coax or convince him that it was a good idea. But when it comes to healthy stuff, my hubby is pretty into it. Which usually doesn't work out for me (or my craving for cookie dough) but this time it did.

This is a picture I took with my phone but it captures the beauty of my little garden, I think.

We purchased (from left to right) basil, rosemary, oregano and thyme.

I was so excited to plant them. I've never had a garden before and any plants I've ever had have died a slow horrible death.

The first day we got them home, I lovingly watered and picked all the flowers off of the basil plant. (I googled it - if you let the flowers grow, they actually take away from the taste of the leaves!)

Then 3 weeks later, I remembered them.

Luckily for me, my husband has been diligently watering them every few days.

If this is any sign how I will be as a mother, well... that's concerning.

We've lovingly nicknamed them "the Precious's". But saying it all raspy and creepy like Gollum in Lord of the Rings.

Before I had my little herb garden, I had all these grand ideas of the things I would cook with my fresh herbs.

And then I looked at my recipes. One required fresh herbs. One out of all the recipes I had.

So I turned to P-dub. Of course...

A few nights ago I made Grilled Chicken with Lemon Basil Pasta.

From Pioneer Woman
 She says that if you need to, add the pasta water. This is not optional if you follow her recipe, its mandatory. The pasta will become a bit chalky if you don't. So do it. Do it NOW. NOW. Okay, just kidding.

But it was delicious and super lemony and cheesy which I loved! AND the best part is that my husband loved it too so my basil plants will not go to waste.

Now to find a use for those other herbs...

Friday, July 22, 2011

A Friday list

by Steph

This weekend I will be...
  • I'm so excited. I keep breaking out into song "Our state fair is a great state fair, don't miss it, don't even be late!!!" which my husband LOVES. I've never been to one. Brian and his family have been going for years and when he found out last year (after it had ended) that I'd never been, he said he'd take me. Fast forward to a few nights ago, he was telling me that his family was going to the fair that night. I gasped. "YOU SAID YOU WOULD TAKE ME!!!!!" He started laughing. He does that often with me... He assured me that the fair was not over and that we could go this weekend when they're having the demolition derby show. *Phew... I will be eating fried foods, seeing lots of animals and weird people, and watching cars destroy each other. Whoo HOOOO!!!
  • A side note: years ago, Brian and his family actually raised animals to show at the state fair. Can you believe that? I mean, people actually raise chickens and geese and ducks to show off and try to win prizes. For fun. I wasn't sure what to think of that, but the more I find out, the more I think my husband might really be a hick... But its ok. I'll balance him out with my city ways.
  • Relaxin'? Probably not. FYI, I'm goin' to type out the rest of this here post like I'm a country gal. Gotta get geared up for that ol' fair. Ok maybe not. I can't mimic country drawls. Valley girl? Absolutely. Like totally. *smack gum*
  • Making more belt/headbands! I think I'm gonna crack out a few more of these since I already have all the supplies. You can check out my Etsy shop to see pictures of the prototype...
  • Date night with my husband. Please see KendiLea's Better Off Wed for our date night standards. I swear this girl has my life but in Texas. Her husband's name is also Brian but Bryan. And she pretty much has the same standards for date night: any meal that I don't have to cook/clean up = date night. Any time we leave the house for a meal = date night. Any time Brian has showered and I'm still wearing makeup = date night. Yes Kendi, there is another couple in the world with the same low standards as you.
  • Church on Sunday, more volleyball on Sunday night, back to work on Monday, 6 WEEKS LEFT UNTIL MAUI!!!

Thursday, July 21, 2011


by Steph

Phase #2 of the crafting: sell my stuff on Etsy! Click here to view my Etsy shop and please, tell your friends! :) Also, I will be adding an Etsy page to my blog soon so keep an eye out for that...

Thursday Things

by Steph

I have NO patience for DIY projects. Seriously. We had to do another coat on the lamps and you should've heard me whine. "Whyyyy??? I want them to be doooooone... Whyyy is it taking so loooongg-uhh?"

My husband's response "Wow. That sounded really whiny. Put your mask on." (For painting, I don't wear masks around the house. Usually.)

So we painted a 2nd coat on the lamps and this time, THIS time they will be done. I hope.

My husband is all "You'll care when they start peeling, you want it to be done right, blah blah blah." {Okay, I know he's right but my instant gratification side wants to see results people!!!}

Remember how I said he had patience and I didn't? Ha. Is it obvious now?

Secondly, Alexy (the second shooter at our wedding) is marrying Marianna (one of the coolest girls at our church). I love these 2 people! They have become such sweet friends and I'm so excited for their wedding! Also, the photographer for their wedding is the photographer for our wedding and she's pretty amazing if I do say so myself... :)

Click here for their engagement shoot and if you're curious, click here for a few pictures of our wedding...

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Arts 'n Crafts

by Steph

The day has finally come. I sat my butt down and loaded all these artsy craftsy pictures onto a flash drive and REMEMBERED to bring it!!! Please enjoy as this probably won't happen again. Okay maybe it will...

Craft Phase #1: Use up all the felt flowers from my sister's wedding. 3 months (or so) ago I was making felt flowers like a madwoman. I had a serious deadline to work with: my big sister's wedding. Remember those days when I wasn't blogging as much? Anyway, I wasn't concerned about getting pictures of the process, I was concerned with getting it DONE.

3 months later, I'm still finding scraps of felt in our couch cushions.

I finally decided to grab a few wreaths at Joann's and get crafting. These flowers need to be upcycled. {I've heard that word used and I think it works here.} These were easy since all the flowers were pre-made (by me of course). It took about an hour to knock out 3 wreaths at a time, except for the yarn one. I experimented with that one but I decided that I like branches better. Not because they're easier, but because I'm obsessed with woodsy rustic stuff these days.

The 2nd to last pictures are of a headband/belt that I made for a special request from my sister's co-worker/friend/my friend. She's been patiently waiting several months for it and I hope she's pleased with the results. :)

The last picture is one my husband took on the 4th of July. I figured since I didn't actually post any of those pictures, you guys could at least see the one that was my favorite.






Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Some things...

by Steph

I'm just going to give it to you straight.

I don't think I can be a DIY (or decor or crafting) blogger.

Yesterday, we finally got around to painting those lamps. We removed the shades, the light bulbs and were just about to tape when I gasped "I forgot to take before pictures!!!" So we quickly took before pictures but they're not true before pictures mostly because we're lazy.

Then my husband painted away. I forgot to take pictures of him painting because I was making dinner.

Then he started painting a basket we found at Marshall's for $14 and proudly showed me the (almost) finished result.

"Did you take before pictures?" I hesitantly inquired, somehow knowing the answer.


My sweet husband knew I wanted it painted, so he did just that. Luckily for you people, we bought two of the baskets so I can take pictures of the other one (which remains unpainted since we ran out of spray paint) and forget this ever happened.

Here's a new dilemma. I actually started looking for things around our apartment that I wanted to paint. I found: a corkboard that I want to re-do the trim on, a birdcage, a drawer-stand-thing, a few bottles and vases and some candleholders.

"Obsess much?" (said like Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura)

Also, I bought some muslin at Joann's to do a project for a friend and decided to replace one of my pillow case covers. Yes, once upon a time in a galaxy far, far away I made 4 pillow case covers and guess what? I didn't take pictures of the whole process. Although, to be fair, that was in the early stages of my blogging life and I still was so new to all these rules and stuff.

Please don't leave me guys.

If anything, keep reading my blog for all the witty comments and movie quotes, yes?

Monday, July 18, 2011


by Steph

Guess what! I survived camping! It was actually much more fun than I anticipated and I didn't even have to sleep on rocks or smell like smoke (that much). I did get to relax, hear some good sermons, watch my husband play volleyball (I decided to sit out unless there was a group of Jr. High Girls playing) and enjoy time with our church family.

Guess what else! 7 weeks left until Maui! Now that the rest of our summer vacations are out of the way, that's what I'm focusing on 100% now.

Guess what else! I don't know what else to write about today. Something about an upcoming audit and writer's block that doesn't help blogging so much. Also, I literally had no ideas for the title of this post. So I was just super original and creative with it.

I think I'll just stick to what I'm good at. Online shopping.

Note: I just love that charm bracelet. When I was little ALL I wanted was a charm bracelet from Disneyland (which are RAGING expensive) and I never got one. Not that I'm bitter... but I still do have a special place in my heart for those charm bracelets. And this one is fun because its all sailor-y and nautical which totally jives with the dress.

Yes, I did just say jives.


H M stripe dress, £13
American Eagle Outfitters strap shoes, $15
American Eagle Outfitters messenger bag, $20
Forever21 bezel jewelry, $20
H m jewelry, £5.99
Forever21 braided jewelry, $3.80
ASOS red shades, $21

Friday, July 15, 2011

Party people

by Steph

Last night right after dinner, my husband left for our church retreat (I'm joining him after I get off work today). That was the first night that I've spent alone in our apartment.

I slept with the hall light on and left a movie playing on my laptop.

"Can Tracy pick them or can't she?"
"Well, if you're asking me--"
"I'm not."
(Name that movie) UPDATE: The Philadelphia Story

So because my husband was gone I decided to par-tay. "P-A-R-T-why? Because I GOTTA!" Name that movie! UPDATE: The Mask

This is how I party:
  • trip to Joann's for more crafty supplies
  • pop in Emma (the Gwyneth Paltrow version)
  • grab a tub of cookie dough
  • craft for 5 hours
  • accidentally stab myself with a hot glue gun
I know, guys. It got caaarrrraaazzzyyyyy.....

Just for the record... I do not like living alone. Shadows, I've discovered, scare me. Although sometimes my husband also hides and scares me so I'm not sure which is worse...

We do this weird thing where we like to scare each other. One time he scared me so bad I started crying. And yes, I was PMSing. Thanks for asking.

This weekend I will be.....
  • camping. Like real camping. Like outdoors in tents and sleeping on the ground. For the first time ever in my life. The closest I've come is when we went to Yosemite and we had to sleep on the back porch of a house in a tent. On an air mattress. Don't judge me guys... I just don't have the opportunity! And also, it's not exactly...desirable. "Hey wanna go sleep on a bed of rocks in the cold and smell like smoke for a few days?" "Why, sure! That sounds fantastic!"
  • catching a few more volleyballs with my face. I'm not sure why, but our church loves to play volleyball. I think we've discussed in length my ability to play sports. I usually have one or two shining moments and the rest are opportunities for God to humble me. Or humiliate me....
  • Hearing lots of sermons on Numbers! Don't get to hear that book preached on very often...
  • sleeping on a bed of rocks in the cold and smelling like smoke for a few days. Yay.
  • plotting my life as a crafting fiend. A FIEND, I tell you! More on that later...
Alright darlings, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and don't forget: fish are friends, not food.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The third day

by Steph

I've been debating whether I should tell you or not what happened yesterday. I wouldn't want to cause jealousy and envy but I also don't want to leave you hanging.... so here goes.

Yesterday, I....
  • Actually worked all day at work. So annoying when they make me actually do work at work.
  • Went home, fell asleep for an hour, had dinner, then crafted. Boy, did I ever craft. I was on a ROLL. I'd say pictures to come, but that'd just get your hopes up.
  • Turned into one of those bloggers I envy {you know, the ones who have all these adorable shoes and purses "courtesy of (insert designer name here)"}. Get this: not only was my mom's BFF able to get me those D&G glasses (!!!) {courtesy of a generous benefactor}, she was also able to order a pair of Ray-ban Aviators (seen here) AND a pair of D&G's for my hubsy. When she text'd me, I almost peed my pants from excitement. I mean, it's not the first pair of designer glasses I've ever had - she's usually able to hook us up with a pair from time to time. However, since moving to Sacramento, being 300 miles away and all makes it a little difficult to stop in for an eye exam and walk away with some new sunnies. BUT lo and behold, God is GOOD. I didn't have to rob a Sunglass Hut after all.
  • Discovered that unlike the rest of the world, I am not a fan of Pinterest. It takes too long to load a page (which tries my patience) and it's just very unorganized (which tries my OCD tendencies). I'm not giving up on it yet, but I have an inkling that I might not be "Pinterest" material.
  • Procrastinated...yet again... painting 2 lamps I found at Habitat for Humanity.
  • Found 2 new blogs. I haven't decided if I will keep following them but I realized that I am OBSESSED with all white home decor. It's just lovely. I want everything white and natural wood and galvanized steel with pops of colors like yellow or green. {I don't really know what galvanized is but I've heard it said before and thought I'd just throw it in here.}
  • Here's some of the ideas/inspiration I found...

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Today's Outline

by Steph

  • I decided I'm going to stop giving you false hope. I will not have any of my own pictures on this blog. {This way, if you have really low expectations, you'll be overjoyed when I do post pictures and it'll be a treat instead of some ridiculously high expectation.}
  • Seriously, whose idea was it to start a blog with no internet at home? Not mine. Well, it was mine but I need to find someone else to blame it on.
  • I need to figure out how I'm going to get those sunglasses. The ideas so far are: rob a Sunglass Hut, sell a kidney, ask my mom's BFF if she can get them at cost (she works at an optometrist's office). I'm going with option C for now since we're still 2 months away from Hawaii and I have time, but if you happen to read a story on the news that says some crazy woman held up a Sunglass Hut for just one pair of sunglasses... it wasn't me. Let the scheming begin.
  • Yesterday I added some finishing touches to our new (to us) tv stand. Too bad you guys will never see it. Remember? Low expectations? Building character and all that what-not?
  • Today I'm hoping to get around to painting some lamps that we found at Habitat for Humanity. They're a brassy gold color right now and you can tell by how old the plugs are that they've been around longer than flare jeans. Let the spray painting begin!
  • I'm running into design issues for our apartment. See, my husband has lots of...stuff. Not junk. Stuff. Like a super old radio with ginormous speakers from his grandpa's house. How does one incorporate that into a design scheme? {Seriously, someone tell me how because those things are going nowhere. I tried. He's stronger than me.} "Where you going?? You're goin'....NOWHERE!" Name that movie!!! UPDATE: The Boondock Saints
  • Speaking of strength, we had to move our 600 lb TV a few nights ago. Don't ask why because then I'll have to tell you about the new (to us) tv stand that I don't have pictures of. Now my husband was.... umm... skeptical about my abilities to lift my end of the TV about a foot up to get it on top of the stand. He asked me about four times if I had my hands in the handles. He said if I couldn't lift it to tell him - not drop it. All that worrying made my hands sweaty so the first time around I panicked and yelled "No! Wait! I'm not ready!!!" (even though he asked three times if I was ready). The second time around.... I DID IT!!!! And yes, I absolutely rubbed it in his face that I was able to lift my end of the 800 lb TV up 2 feet to get it on top of the stand. {I mean it was really like a thousand pounds.} Never mind the fact that I strained my wrist (which I'm 90% sure has carpal tunnel already) and it throbbed the rest of the night. Never mind that part. Let's just focus on the part where I gloated and proved to my husband that these noodles I call arms are capable of something!
  • On that note... (featuring... of course... those sunglasses)


Old Navy t shirt, $20
Old navy shorts, $25
American Eagle Outfitters strappy sandals, $15
Zara leather messenger bag, $40
Gold ring, $15
Forever21 hoop earrings, $3.80
Dolce & Gabbana dolce gabbana sunglasses, $315

Monday, July 11, 2011

Sunglass love

by Steph

Will someone please tell me how I can get these for free?

There's no way I can pay $315 for a pair of sunglasses so I'm hoping someone wants to give me a very early, very expensive birthday gift.

Any takers?

Lovely Jen

by Steph

Today's post is going to be about Jen.

Jen is my friend.

Her birthday is one day before mine.

We met in college.

She's one of the most creative people I know.

She was the one who designed the original template of my sister's wedding program.

She also did all the paperie for my wedding.

She is one of the few friends that I've kept in touch with since college and I'm so glad for that.

I'm also glad for Gmail chat and the fact that we both have desk jobs where we can talk all day long everyday.

The great thing is that we are both fast workers so we can chat and work at the same time. Oh the joys of being a woman. Multitasking is just something we do, right? :)

My lovely friend Jen is the topic of my post today because thanks to my obsession with blogs, she has decided to start one.

So please head on over and see her house, her backyard and her husband. And visit her Etsy shop because I'm her friend and I can unashamedly plug a promo in here.

Friday, July 8, 2011


by Steph

Have you ever stepped into one leg of your underwear and gotten your foot stuck and then had that momentary panic as your foot tries to find the opening but your hands refuse to let go of the underwear? And you start to dangerously lean to one side because your other foot wasn't prepared to hold your entire bodyweight and stay upright?

You haven't?

Oh. Me neither...

Except that's a lie because it happened to me this morning.

It's okay, I didn't topple.

Only because the dresser was in the way. Instead I just banged really hard against it and bruised my elbow.

This weekend I will be...
  • Finally going out to dinner for my husband's birthday. I've been looking forward to not cooking/cleaning up a meal all week!
  • Crafting! Hopefully I'll be able to get some stuff done this weekend. We shall see...
  • Garage saling with my favorite person in the world: my husband. We've got some shelves to find. And maybe some cool stuff to hang on our walls. Our sad, bare, empty, lonely walls.
  • Laying by the pool? There's a question mark because sometimes I have aspirations to go to the pool and then I decide that sitting in my cool, air conditioned apartment is better than laying by a pool in the hot sun with kids running around and screaming. Don't even get me started on the pool water.
  • Shopping!
  • Ha... gotcha. I won't be shopping.
  • Well, I will. For groceries. Yay.
  • I mean YAY!
  • "I don't want to hear that defeatist attitude! I want to hear you upbeat!" Name that movie!!! UPDATE: 10 Things I Hate About You
  • Church and then hanging out with church people at the park and hopefully catching a few volleyball's with my face again.
  • I'm just going to be honest with you guys - I'm not the most athletic person ever. Seriously. I consider it exercise when I have to run to my car in the rain, and even then, it's a light jog. I occasionally enjoy a Turbo Kick Box class at 24 Hour Fitness here and there but if you're thinking I'm one of those girls who's super sporty - well, you couldn't be further from the truth. Here are some examples.
  • Every time I go to 6 Flags Magic Mountain, I nearly pass out from having to walk uphill in the heat. I'm not even kidding, I've passed out 4 times now. I've been there 4 times. Never fails.
  • When I was in high school, I played volleyball, soccer and softball. And by played I mean sat on the bench. And by sat on the bench I mean was only on the team because it was a small school and the coaches needed bodies to make it look like we had a good team.
  • I get winded after 30 seconds on a treadmill. It takes me 13 minutes to go one mile.
  • Remember the 5 hour hike in Yosemite? I was right next to the 60 year old woman with bad knees. And she was still beating me.
  • Wasn't this a Friday list? Well, once again I've been distracted. Have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Mashed Potatoes

by Steph

I make mashed potatoes about once every other week. I know, super healthy right? But they're just a good side dish for any grilled chicken or steak and they're super easy to make.
This picture was taken by Ree aka P-Dub of course. I didn't exactly follow her recipe of mashed potatoes but I did steal a secret ingredient.

Cream cheese.

I promise you, it makes the potatoes creamy and delicious and yummy and gone within minutes. You wouldn't even know it was there.

Let me back up...yesterday, my husband made PW's pot roast.

Yep. My husband cooked. All by himself with hardly any help from me. THAT is a testament to how amazing Ree's recipe instructions are. Not that he's incapable, but the fact that I only got one text asking me where our Kosher Salt was (to which I replied, we don't have any - use regular salt) is well, amazing. The only thing my husband really cooks all alone is steak and that's because he doesn't trust me. He usually helps with other stuff but this was his very first time flying solo.

Aren't you proud of him? I am.

Now normally, he doesn't cook dinners. But when I told him we'd be eating late because the pot roast takes a few hours and I wouldn't be able to start it until I got home, he volunteered to make it. I have a sneaky feeling his stomach was like "HOURS?!?!?! NOOOOOO!!!" and the thought of making it early by himself was much more acceptable than waiting until 8:30 to eat.

Anyway, he threw the pot roast (not literally) in the oven right before I got home from work and a few hours later it was perfectly done. Let me just add here, if you grill everything like you're supposed to, it does make a difference. {Yes Jen, you told me so.} So don't be like me -- follow recipes like you're supposed to.

At the end of PW's Pot Roast recipe, she adds that it must be eaten with her mashed potatoes. And when Ree says something, you do it.

You can click over to PW's recipe to see what she puts into the mashed potatoes. (which is very similar to mine) but I use non-fat milk instead of half 'n half and I use regular salt instead of Lawry's seasoned salt.

If it were Thanksgiving, I'd use half 'n half and maybe even throw in some grated cheddar cheese because I wouldn't care about gaining multiple pounds from eating these delicious potatoes. However, in real life, eating fatty potatoes every week would not be good for the husby and I. Or our arteries.

The end result was yummy deliciousness and I promise our plates looked just like this. (Seriously, we have reddish orange-y plates that look just like that...)