Martha Stewart Halloween

Happy Friday and have a BooFabulous Halloween Weekend.

Can’t help but end with some great Martha Stewart Craft ideas if you still need some help for that Halloween bash you are throwing.

{ Martha Stewart Crafts

30th, 2009 / Danielle

Birthday Wishes

A few days ago I celebrated my 26th birthday with cake, presents and my whole family. I had a blast hanging out, eating and telling everyone “it was MY birthday”, of course making sure to emphasizes the MY part. The ironic part of the whole day is how you always say you are older, wiser and better. I happened to think the same about myself until there came said knock at one said door.

Opened front door.

“Hi, is your mom there?”

I paused, thinking to myself. Well yes she is here. I wonder why they are asking for my mom. Does she know this women? I don’t know this women? Light bulb comes on.

“Yes she is, but I am the owner of this house.”

Women pauses, “OH. I am so sorry! You look like you were one of the young women in our ward (Church).”

I, of course just nod while this is going on after which I promptly ask what I can help her with. She ended up dropping off a birthday gift from the Relief Society Program in our church. (Which if she ever ends up reading this, THANK YOU! ) I shut the door to find my family laughing and calling me “mom”. I guess the whole getting older thing isn’t happening as fast to me as some. And I will yet again continue to look like a teenager that just happens to own a home, be married and have a college degree.

Here’s to another great year and many more to come!

30th, 2009 / Danielle

Big Ben

In our joint living room/dining room area we have vaulted ceilings that has a fairly large alcove opening that was calling out for something large and in charge to be housed there. For months now I have been eying up a certain London, England wall clock that with out a doubt needed to be placed on my wall. I kept pushing it aside because there are so many other things that we need or I wanted first. But yesterday I was completely floored to find my parents had gotten me the clock that I had been drooling over for months. My husband crawled up the later, hung the clock and I proudly watched the minutes ticked by while getting ready for work today. It’s like my own personal Big Ben right in my own home. I’m loving the touch of England.

{ Sweater Clock $368.00

{ John Lewis £100

{ George Nelson Sunburst Clock $385.00

{ Vitra Nelson Sunflower Clock $1,085

29th, 2009 / Danielle

Guest Bathroom

Slowly my husband and I are moving through our house renovation project. I can confidently say that we have almost mastered the Kitchen, Laundry room and soon to be office. We have yet to get out active little hands on our bathrooms, but have plans to start the demo very soon. Of course, my hang up with getting started on this very need junk room is simply that I don’t have a plan. Plan for design that is. I mean, I guess you could say I have an “idea”. But who when designing doesn’t have some idea about something really. The bathroom is on the smaller side, which means some of the design elements I am going to have to make sacrifices on, simply because it just won’t fit. Oh, how that saddens my soul.

So now I sit here. Wondering what will become of this little bathroom that is screaming out, SAVE ME! And maybe one day I will do just that. Save her. But until then, she will collect my cleaning supplies, hold some paint swatches and WISH she had the kick butt tile we just put in the Laundry Room beaming on her very own floors. Oh little bathroom, until that day just know.. I truly am trying to find what your voice will be in our house.

28th, 2009 / Danielle

Cafe Rio Homestyle

If I would have known such a place existed as Cafe Rio and Bajio, I assure you I would have moved cross country in much more haste than I previously anticipated. Don’t get me wrong, the East Coast has many wonderful places to wine and dine. And without there fine food, and of course my mothers exceptional cooking, I truthfully wouldn’t be here to tell my tale.

For those of you privileged enough to live within the reach of these places you all know what I am talking about. I cannot help but try and pressure my husband ( Ok, he loves it as much as I do ) into making our weekly stop at our local Bajio. I wait in line patiently prepping myself like the Soup Nazi episode of Seinfeld. Making sure to speak clear, fast and then quickly slide to the left when complete. All to much pressure really. Pressure that can all be avoided simply by making my beloved dish at home. Yes, folks. I am now going to make my very own yummy Cafe Rio at home.

Ingredients: (Recipes below)

Cafe Rio Rice
Cafe Rio Black Beans
Cafe Rio Sweet Pork
RomaineLettuce (Romaine)
Pico De Gallo (Diced tomato, onion, and cilantro)
Guacamole *optional
Sour cream
Tortilla Strips
Parmesan cheese
Cafe Rio Cilantro Ranch


1. Buy the aluminum deep-dish pans for starts. Lay a tortilla in the bottom of the pan with sprinkled cheese on it. Put in the oven at 375 for about 5 min or until the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven.

2. Add beans, rice, pork, then lettuce and a little scoop of pico de gallo, guacamole & sour cream. Add crushed tortilla chips, a shake of Parmesan cheese, and top with a few cilantro leaves. Serve with the cilantro ranch dressing and feast!

Sweet Pork: (Thanks FavFamilyRecp)

2 pounds pork
3 cans Coke
1/4 c. brown sugar
dash garlic salt
1/4 c. water
1 can sliced green chilies
3/4 can RED enchilada sauce (I used Old El Paso brand, medium spiciness)
1 c. brown sugar

1. Put the pork in a heavy duty Ziploc bag to marinade. Add about a can and a half of coke and about 1/4 c. of brown sugar. Marinade for a few hours or overnight.

2. Drain marinade and put pork, 1/2 can of coke, water, and garlic salt in crock pot on high for about 3-4 hours (or until it shreds easily, but don’t let it get TOO dry). Remove pork from crock pot and drain any liquid left in the pot. Shred pork.

3. In a food processor or blender, blend 1/2 can Coke, chilies, enchilada sauce and remaining brown sugar (about a cup, you can add a little more or less to taste..). If it looks too thick, add more Coke little by little.

4. Put shredded pork and sauce in crock pot and cook on low for 2 hours. That’s it!

1 c. uncooked rice
1 tsp. butter or margarine
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
1 can (15 oz) chicken broth
1 cup water
1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tsp. sugar
3 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro

1. In a saucepan combine rice, butter, garlic, 1 tsp. lime, chicken broth and water. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook on low 15-20 minutes, until rice is tender. Remove from heat. In a small bowl combine lime juice, sugar and cilantro. Pour over hot cooked rice and mix in as you fluff the rice.

2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/3 c. tomato juice
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. fresh chopped cilantro

In a nonstick skillet, cook garlic and cumin in olive oil over medium heat until you can smell it. Add beans, tomato juice, and salt. Continually stir until heated through. Just before serving stir in the cilantro. (**NOTE** we added a can of corn, drained, to the beans with a dash of cumin and chili powder, it was AWESOME! We recommend doing this even though it’s not “traditional Cafe Rio”)

1 packet TRADITIONAL Hidden Valley Ranch mix (not BUTTERMILK)
1 c. mayonnaise
1 c. buttermilk
2 tomatillos, remove husk, diced
1/2 bunch of fresh cilantro
1 clove garlic
juice of 1 lime
1 jalapeno (we like it SPICY so we kept the seeds in it, if you like it mild, just remove the seeds)

Thanks to for all the help. Go visit the site to check out all the other great things they have to eat and share! Although, I am pretty sure I’ll be stuck on this Recipe for awhile longer. Happy Cooking!

28th, 2009 / Danielle

Merry Poet

After awhile there are those certain type of things in my life that just start to eat away at me. Dirty dishes in our sink, dust on our hardwood floors & a blog design that still isn’t complete yet. Designing for one self is by far the hardest design task I have ever had! I have had some picky and obnoxious clients in my day, my no one.. I repeat NO ONE compares to Madame Danielle. I admit I am picky, and probably cannot even  identify what I “like” even on a good day Danielle day. But over time, and by time I mean 25 years of time I was finally able to identify what my favorite color is, sea foam green. I wish, however there would have been some sort of tool ( perhaps like Identifont ) to save me 20 some odd years of lying to all sorts of art teachers, college professors and in fact my own parents about this so called “favorite color”. Regardless of my past history of color lies, I look forward to the launch of Merry Poet’s new blog design. I cannot say for sure when she will be ready to make her grand appearance, but it will happen oh so soon.


27th, 2009 / Danielle

Olga Ert

Unfortunately I was slammed with a asthma infection for the past few days that put me on 80% bed rest. My web absence was not something I planned, but I will admit it was a nice break from the technology I find myself on for far to many hours of the day. Because of this I thought it most appropriate to showcase the illustrations of Olga Ert. More specifically her piece entitled, “Sick“. For those of of you looking for a visual of my past and current state, this illustration, minus the scrapped knees and red hair, fits idyllically. Olga’s sense of color and character composition comes alive in her story like illustrations. Making even something as terrible as being sick seem almost bearable.


{ Olga Ert

27th, 2009 / Danielle


For all of you Utah home dwellers that are looking for a new place to hit up this snow season for all your winter needs, look no further. Wasabi is the answer to all your dreams come true. ( coming this winter season 2009 ) This unique power adventure website lets you plan your perfect winter holiday from the ease of your home computer. Find your ideal spot from any one of the earthly wonders all around the globe. ( Whistler, French Alps, Swedish Mountains & etc ) Plan who will come with you, what you will be doing & how to kill your time on some killer slopes. And don’t worry about keeping all of us unfortunate friends out in the cold, when you get back you can upload pic and thoughts on all the fun you had via the handy-dandy interfaces that leaves me in awe. What I learned from this all is that I think I am going to take up skiing* this winter on our fine Utah Slopes.

*Update: After much thought, and wise advise from my husband. I have decided to take up sledding this season. Truth be told, I don’t handle the whole ski lift idea very well. :)

wasabi logo

wasabi map

{ Wasabi

21st, 2009 / Danielle

Dear Mrs. Booth

I would like to thank you for creating something truly special for all ages to enjoy. Your collection of prints, books and goodies inspires me to simplify my busy life. To take each and every item in my life and make it worth while. From the wall art I pass by on a busy early morning, celebration cards that get sent to a friend during the day and even cold evening nights spent with a enchanting book. I am glad that you have my life covered, and most especially glad they are “made with love”.

Yours Truly,

Merry Poet


{ Mrs. Booth

20th, 2009 / Danielle

Shinzi Katoh

I never dreamed I would compare myself to the Rebecca Bloomwood from Confessions of a Shopaholic, until one fine Sunday morning while browsing in bed with my husband I cam across the most enchanting lunch boxes I have ever seen. I was sure right then and there I was going to empty our bank account and buy anything and everything Katoh’s Zakka art had to offer me and my home. We are talking tote bags, bottle holders, trays, glass ware, pencils and my favorite of all… the beloved lunch boxes.

I was the lucky kid in school that had the privilege to carry the over-sized thermador construction mans lunch box around with me. It was big enough to be mistaken as a weapon, and I am sure on several occasion was used as such to gain ground while standing in the lunch line.

Parents, all I ask is that your kids not be the thermador lunch box holder in your school. Let them make a statement. Let them have this lavish Japanese designed lunch box that will ohh and ahh the teachers and kids alike. Let your knowledge of good design be passed down to your little ones.


{ Shinzi Katoh

19th, 2009 / Danielle