Thursday, September 30, 2010

Etsy Shop of the Week: upup creative

Each week I’m going to pick an Etsy shop to feature that I’m obsessed with.  This week I’ve selected upup creative, who sell under the name upup.  upup creative sells stationery, invitations, cards, and other paper goods that are eco-friendly and very fun.  I’ve ordered several things from them, and have always been pleased with how quickly I’ve received the items, and how friendly the seller, Julie, is.
I used these personalized cards as my daughter's thank you notes for her birthday presents.

Love these gift tags - I never have a card when I need one!

A great hostess gift for all those holiday parties!

Lovely, simple wedding invitations.

I seriously love this poster, and am not sure why I haven't gotten one yet.

upup also has all these "crazy true cards" that I think are hilarious.

There are so many other products that I wanted to share, but you really should just go check upup creative out.  Julie also has a blog you can read here.

What are your favorite Etsy shops?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Herbs de Provence

I was over at the Layla Grace Backroom blog the other day and ran into this recipe and pictures.  Oh my

courtesy of Jamie Beck over at From Me To You

In honor of the crisp Fall air yesterday, I decided to make this delicious looking chicken for dinner last night.  The recipe is from Molly Shuster, who collaborated with Jamie Beck for the beautiful pictures.  

Herbs de Provence Roast Chicken
  • 1 4lb roasting chicken
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons herbs de provence
  • few sprigs of fresh herbs (thyme, rosemary, lavender)
  • salt

Preheat the oven to 400.
Wash the chicken inside and out with cold water. Pat dry and place in a heavy bottomed roasting pan. Rub the chicken all over with butter. Sprinkle the herbs de provence evenly and season with salt. Place a few springs of fresh herbs in the cavity of the bird. Tie the drumsticks together with kitchen twine and place any veggies along the sides of the roasting pan.
Bake until the bird is cooked and juices run clear, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes before carving.

Instead of purple onions, I roasted mine with carrots and potatoes.  I also didn't have any sprigs of fresh herbs, so I left those out.  My chicken was also a bit smaller (those Farmer's Market chickens often are), so it didn't take as long to cook.

So, how did it turn out?  DELICIOUS!  I tried to take some pictures, but they don't hold a candle to all of the gorgeous ones over at From Me To You.  You should check out the rest of them.

So what are your favorite Fall recipes??  Please share!  I'm always looking for new recipes.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Is it finally Fall??

Welcome!!  For my very first Blog post (I'm so VERY new to this), I just had to write about the lovely cool air this morning.  You see, we folks here it Atlanta have been suffering through nasty hot days, even now that it is September.  So, after having to wear a sweatshirt during my morning walk, I checked the weather forecast.  HIGH of 77!!!  Not in the 90's at all today! 

Anyone who knows me is well aware of my JCrew obsession.  It just wouldn't be right for me to not include them in my very first post (their feelings really would probably be hurt)!  In honor of the lovely weather this morning, I may have to go get this sweater....and maybe the boots - love them!!

photo courtesy of

What do you think?  Or maybe this one:

Hope you all are enjoying some Fall weather wherever you are!!!


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