Thursday, May 31, 2012

Iced Coffee

Thank heaven for iced coffee!  I wish I could tell you I was one of those people who wakes up bright eyed and bounds out of bead, I'm not.  I wake up, stare at the walls for a few minutes, then I make a bee line for the coffee pot.  

Days like today with the heat slowly rising I am so thankful for anything cold.  With coffee ice cubes and milk anything is possible today.  Although, I have been drinking coffee for the last three hours...maybe it's time to switch to decaf.  What's your morning beverage, any summer coffee suggestions?

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Trivia Night

Mac had a delivery to do yesterday evening so I tagged along and I have to say deliveries with Mac almost always end up being an adventure.  I never now who I'm going to meet or exactly where Mac is going to end up taking me.  

Our first stop was to pick up a bookshelf that ended up being owned by an artist who gave us a tour of his studio and shared all about life in Venice Beach in the 1970's.  I have to say that I love creeping in other people's homes, so many good ideas for decorating.  We made one more delivery, where we met an a-dor-a-ble little boy, then headed to Bigfoot Lounge.  After circling the area for about 10 minuets we ended up parking in front of a house that was giving away an old solid wood dining room table, exactly what I'd been looking for to put in my new craft room.  Providence, I think so! Then we caped off the night with Tuesday Trivia (cuz we're really cool people) and a champagne cocktail.  All and all a totally unexpected but wonderful night!

Thursday, May 24, 2012


Darlings I don't know about you but every now and then I need a little extra motivation when it comes to the whole gym/eating healthy routine.  I do normally workout 5-7 days a week but it can also be really easy to find excuses not to.  In the past I've used upcoming trips to Europe, pool parties etc. as motivators to loose those last five pounds this time though my motive is eating an onion blossom.  

We've all seen them on the "worst foods" list and because of this I've never eaten one and have always wanted to.  So yes, to get my butt in motion (and make my pants a little looser) I'm motivating myself with one evening of greasy food.  Sad right? 

Don't get me wrong, I love my body the way it is.  I have finally come to that place in my life where I 100% love and accept that I will never be a size 0 and 5'9", but I also know less cheese and more fruit smoothies probably wouldn't hurt.  

Anyone else looking to tone up?  And for that matter who's had an onion blossom, are they as good as they look?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Just A Smidge...

Well as you can see we've had a banner change around here.  When I started the blog a year ago a lot of the posts were inspired by Mac.  You can probably tell from yesterday's Lavender Shortbread's mostly about me now.  So the time has come the walrus said to update our banner.  A lot of my friends from childhood call me "Smidge" so "Just A Smidge..." seemed perfect.  For the time being though, we'll still show up in you feed as the Fleming Files.  Thanks for watching the blog grow over the past year.  XO!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Lavender Shortbread Happiness

What better to do on a sunny afternoon then make fresh lavender shortbread?  There are a few lavender bushes around my apartment and with the smell wafting in my windows I just couldn't resist the temptation of making a batch of cookies.  They are absolutely delightful with tea and so, so simple to make.  Give them a try, recipe below!

 Beautiful fresh lavender chopped and ready to go.

 This stand mixer is the second love of my life!

 Love the look of the lavender in the rolled out dough.

 I prefer to use a floured water glass to shape my cookies.

I couldn't resist dipping a few in dark chocolate, I mean why not?

Lavender Shortbread:
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup(2 sticks) butter at room temp
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1-1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2-2 1/2 tbs fresh minced lavender (can substitute dried lavender as well)

Preheat oven to 350

Combine flour, salt, and lavender set aside.  Beat butter until pale and fluffly then beat in sugar.  When combined add vanilla extract then slowly beat in flour mixture.  

Roll out dough on a floured surface to about 1/4 inch thick and cut out with water glass, cookie cutters, whatever you have on hand that makes ya happy.  

Place cookies on baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 8-10 minutes until bottoms are slightly golden.  Allow to rest on the baking sheet for a minute or two to avoid crumbling and you're all set to eat as they are or dip in chocolate.    

Grab a cup of tea or glass of champagne and enjoy!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Ready For Summer

Can you tell someone is ready for summer?  It is by far Mac's favorite season and the way the weather has been lately I'm all ready too.  Last night we made kobe burgers and a big spinach salad and Mac finally got to break in his vintage barbecue tools. With his beer in hand he was ready to take on the grill and I must say he did an amazing job!  

We're keeping our hopes for warm weather going this weekend by sailing with my brother and his wife.  I am so excited to get out on the ocean, feel the sun on my skin, and completely relax!  Anyone else have fun weekend plans?

Thursday, May 17, 2012


Darlings my latest project craze is to work on a tufted chair or ottoman.  I fell in love with the chair from my last post and have decided I need something tufted in my new book nook.  Mac actually brought home a great mid-century chair yesterday that would be perfect to reupholster and tuft but I have the feeling he's not going to sacrifice it. Anyone ever done any DIY tufting?  I found these little tips from Little Green Notebook as a starter.  

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

In The Swing Of Things

After a lovely visit with my parents for Mother's Day, I'm back in Southern California and back at my desk.  While it does feel nice to get back to my routine I'm already missing my runs along the coast, our champagne afternoons, and waking up in the pines.  But I guess we all have to get back to reality at some point.  

And what better way to get back in the swing of things than with a new project.  It looks like Mac may give me the back room at his place for a project/craft room!  Anyone with DIY office ideas throw them at me and keep an eye open this week for office inspiration to come! 

P.S. how great is the office space above?

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Pops Of Color

Darlings I am having an Etsy day and looking for little pieces to give my place pops of color.  After my paint chip art and checking out my friend Kerry's blog I have been inspired to add more color to my little place.  But that's just the rub, my little place. So I turn to Etsy and thrift stores for cute accents to add some color, with out a big investment and without taking up a lot of space.  I love adding new pieces that you can change and swap!

clock, lamp, phone, bowl

Monday, May 7, 2012

A Little "Me" Time

Well loves, I'm back!  I spent last week cat sitting for my brother and his wife while they relaxed on one of Hawaii's smallest islands.  How amazing does that sound?

So this week I'm ready for a little "me" time, cuz really who doesn't need that?  I am ready for some beach runs, iced coffee, reading in the sun, and of course blogging!  
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