IVF Diary #1: Getting Started

This is my official coming out. My name is Shannon, and I'm having IVF. Ok so maybe it's not the first (or the only) coming out I've announced, but it's the first of many stops I'll make here telling you about how I'm gonna get a baby put in me....more

Trashy Makeover #1 - DIY Chevron Chair

 I'm a sucker for trash....more
its also a satisfaction for me to make beautiful and useful things out of unused or worn out ...more

If you've ever had a unilateral laparoscopic cystectomy, you know exactly what I'm talking about.

If you’ve been unlucky enough to never have experienced it, let me fill you in on how it goes: The day(s and weeks) leading up to the surgery, you are very anxious. Let’s face it, you have to be held down and muzzled when you get blood taken. The thought of a needle entering your skin and removing healthy portions of your valuable fluids really gets your goat, and you’d rather just live with whatever unforseen tragic condition it is they’re trying to cure or diagnose than let them steal from you....more

How To Make Pesto, Family Style

I learned how to make pesto from a woman named Bunny. She's a cool ol' broad who built a log cabin with her own two hands and makes biscuits by putting her hips into it. She's tough as nails and warm like butter, and she's left a mark on my kitchen that goes deeper than the kitchen sink. ...more

Fast Food: Peppercorn Steak w/Heirloom Tomatoes & Summer Corn Salad

There's nothing like eating summer when it's summer. This is a quick little ditty I whipped up last night in 25 minutes flat. Go! Ingredients List:1 NY Strip Steak (1" thick)1-2 large heirloom tomatoes1 ear of corn1 can black beans, rinsed & drainedHandful of arugula1 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro (substitute basil for you cilantro soap-tasters)...more

Design Inspiration: Speaking of yellow, if I were you . . .

 Oh, but there's more! Click over to see the rest of my mustard inspiration!      ...more

DIY: Easy, No-Zipper Pillows

This is how it usually goes:Ooooh! I love this fabric. Well... I'll just get a yard, that's all. Just enough for a pillow, no harm here! Oh, and maybe just a yard of this one, too. And some contrasting fabric, that's all. Just a yard of this, a yard of this one and this one, too. See, it's not that much and out of all of this, we'll have all new pillows....more

Strawberry Coconut Cake For Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Guess what I had for breakfast.  Ask me how I guilty I feel. ...more

New Rule: Four-Mile Loops From Now On Or I'll Break Your Face

                       What. Are. You....more