Fun Stuff · New House

Love Done Gone

The title has nothing to do with the post, other than this song by Billy Currington is in my head today, so I thought I’d share: 

It’s a good day, although I’m recovering from a busy, fun-filled weekend.  

My sweet friends L & E recently finalized the adoption of their precious baby girl, and we had a very festive fiesta to celebration the new addition.  Here’s some of us girls poolside, enjoying sangria and sunshine:

clockwise from left: Claudia, Lilly, Dorian, Jessica, Amanda, Buffy

What’s a summertime fiesta without adult jello?  I couldn’t help but whip up a batch, and I put a new spin on them.  They’re more fun (can you imagine a more fun jello shot?), and, for you tree huggers out there, they’re eco-friendly!  Well, as eco-friendly as jello can get, at least they’re not in plastic condiment cups this time. 

before refrigerating

Yes, folks, that is watermelon jello inside lime peels!  Neat, huh?  I’m quite proud, if I do say so myself. 

For those interested, here’s how you make them:

The limes:  Halve 10 limes length-wise.  Use a small, sharp knife to loosen the lime from the peel, then pop the limes inside out.  Use a spoon or small knife to shave the inside peeling of all lime.  (Save this lime pulp for a delicious fresh limeade or margarita!)  Set lime halves onto cookie sheet so they’re stable and steady (like bowls).  (I think if your deviled egg tray is flat enough, this might also work, but I haven’t tried it myself).

The jello:  Boil 1 cup water.  Add 1 box watermelon jello (or your favorite red).  Remove from stove, add 1 cup vodka (or 3/4 vodka, 1/4 triple sec, if you like it tartier).  Mix jello until all has dissolved.  Pour from pot into a measuring cup (or something with a spout).  Carefully pour the jello into the lime halves until full – the closer to the top, the prettier they’ll be. 

Refrigerate overnight to make them good and jelled.  Cut halves in half with a very sharp knife.  You should wind up with 40 baby watermelon slices of jello shots.  The fruit/color combinations are limitless.  I’d be interested in hearing what concoctions you come up with.  Enjoy!

As you recall, I moved into my new house last July.  I can’t believe it’s already been a year!  For the most part, I’ve been happy with my decorating decisions, but my living room has been haunting me for the past few months.  In May, I embarked on a couch hunt that finally ended with me ordering a couch online.  I never dreamt I’d be okay with making such a purchase sight-un-sat upon, but I had no choice.  I knew in my head what I wanted, I knew in my purse what I was willing to pay for it, and when I found it on (of all places!), I went for it.  Seven and a half weeks later, it arrived.  Behold, my grape sectional sofa:

The delivery guys arrived without warning yesterday morning before 8 am.  Yes, they woke me up, but it was well worth me stumbling around, sleepy eyed in my pajamas while they assembled this purple oasis. 

The whole living room is perked up, don’t you think?  Excluding Maggie, of course.  Like I said, it was EARLY! 
And, special thanks to Vanessa P., the CraigsList user who came to my rescue at the last minute and purchased my Ikea sofa bed that had overstayed its welcome.  Her stronger than he looked boyfriend and his father picked it up at 5 pm yesterday, so all is well and my house is ready for this weekend’s guests. 
Oh, how I love to have a full house!  I’m playing host to what we’re calling the “Friends of Ellen Reunion Tour:  Houston” this weekend.  You see, my dear friend Ellen got married last August.  In July, we all gathered in Philadelphia (where she was living at the time) for her bachelorette party.  Around 15 girls who mostly only knew Ellen got together and had the times of our lives celebrating sweet Ellen.  We decided then and there that sometime, somewhere, every year, there would be a reunion of these girls, and whoever can will gather and have a girls’ weekend together.  I was nominated to host this year, so I’ve been racking my brain to come up with fun activities to do with tourists in Houston in July.  Houston’s a big city, and there’s plenty to do, but did I mention the heat index this week is 110?  Yeah.  Most of the girls originate in the South, so they’re no strangers to the heat, but I’d rather not have us all look like sweaty rats all over town if I can help it.  I’ve compiled a list of things that I’ve wanted to do or see, but haven’t in the 6 years I’ve lived here, so we’ll all get a chance to be tourists.  Only this go round, maybe I won’t need a map. 
Stay tuned to see what shenanigans we get into.  It’s sure to be remarkable. 

3 thoughts on “Love Done Gone

  1. I have Been in search of The exact same sofa but I can’t find it I that color! Could you tell me the name of it, maybe i can google and find it. Thanks!!

    Sarah m Lachman @ gmail dot com


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