Desk re-do

When we first moved to our condo in May we decided to hold off on upgrading our desk since we knew we would get money back from Jordan’s furniture to buy a new one. We bought all the furniture for our condo at Jordan’s furniture and it just happened that they were having a special deal. Jordan’s had a huge sign up in Fenway Park and if someone from the Red Sox hit the blown up baseball on that sign, we would have received all the money back that we spent. If they didn’t hit the ball by the end of the season, we would get 20% of what we spent to use at Jordan’s in the future. The sign was never hit (since it is almost impossible) so we received 20% back to spend on things we needed at Jordan’s. We ended up getting a new desk, file cabinet, desk chair and a rug for our room with the money.

Here is a picture of our old desk that I had as a child. We just put the desk in our media room until we bought the new one. As you can see we were in desperate need of a bigger desk since our computer took up most of the counter.

Below are some pictures of the desk area after we got our new desk and file cabinet. We also bought some silver floating shelves to hold more desk stuff and for decoration. Those white pails we found at Ikea, they were supposed to hold kitchen utensils but I thought they would look great in our desk area and would hold pens/markers/ scissors. We also bought those cork circles from Ikea, they were supposed to be pot holders so I superglued some extra ribbon we had from our wedding and made some tacks and now we have a place to put post-its and other reminders.

Here are some close up pics of the shelves. I put a candle and flowers in the painted vases I made and got some storage folders/boxes.

The calendar in the above pic was made by one of my friends, Lauren. She and my friend Amber make them and I was lucky enough to get one as a gift a few years ago. So cute! I also put some pictures from our wedding, our cake topper, and the little jar of well wishes from our wedding on the shelves.

I still have a few more things I would like to add to the space but I love it so far! I hope you do too!

– Katy

Graduation Party!

After 2 long years of going to grad school part-time, I am FINALLY done!!! I had my last graduate class on Thursday night and now I have my Masters in Human Resources.

Nick threw me a party to celebrate this weekend and we had a blast! Here is a pic of all the booze we had (we didnt even get close to finishing it all)

My sister Heather even flew in from Philly and surprised me!

My mom also ordered me a cake from Sweet Tooth on W. Broadway, it was delicious and so pretty.

 Here are some other pics from the party.

All of our neighbors came too! We love them so we were happy they could celebrate with us 🙂

Amber also made me these adorable graduation hat desserts.

 I will leave you with this pic… I love my sis haha

S’mores bars

I made these bars recently when we had some guests over and they were the hit of the night. They are so gooey and the perfect amount of chocolate and marshmellow yummm.

I got the recipe from my friend Jess who also had them at a dinner party and asked for the recipe. Thanks Jess!

S’mores bar

1/2 cup butter, room temperature

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

1 large egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/3 cups all purpose flour

3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

2 king-sized Hershey’s milk chocolate bars (if you want a more subtle chocolate flavor use regular sized chocolate bars; enough to fit) 1

1/2 cups marshmallow creme/fluff (7 1/2 oz jar)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.

2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and both sugars until light. Beat in egg and vanilla. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt. Add to butter mixture and mix at a low speed until combined.

3. Divide dough in half and press half of dough into an even layer on the bottom of the prepared pan. Place chocolate bars over dough. 2 king-sized Hershey’s bars should fit perfectly side by side, but break the chocolate (if necessary) to get it to fit in a single layer no more than 1/4 inch thick. Spread chocolate with marshmallow creme or fluff. Place remaining dough in a single layer on top of the fluff. This part can be tricky. I made little disks with the dough and formed them into a sheet on some parchment paper then transferred it over. Spread it around gently.

4. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool completely before cutting into bars. Makes 16 cookie bars.