Whooo Whooo

When I was at the mall on Friday, it was hard for me to resist going into Anthropologie.

So I didn’t resist it.

I went in.

And drooled over all the amazing merchandise.

So many cute things for the house and home, dinnerware, and it just screams girly, frilly, perfection to me.

After all it was a Girly Mall Trip

All these owl cookie jars made me want to bake cookies just so I could buy a cookie jar.

I haven’t actually used a cookie jar since the mid 1980s but that’s ok.  There’s always a time for new beginnings.

They were screaming buy me! buy me They were saying Whooo Whooo

You probably don’t have to put cookies in them

But I’d like to put a batch of Vegan Coconut Banana Cookie Bites (gluten free)

or a batch of Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies (gluten free) into an owl

When I see anything owl, I think of Janetha (our fearless leader who spear-headed the Great Fundraising Act for Susan).  Janetha loves her owls!

And I love anything in Anthro.

I mean, a hand-painted juicer that doubles as a mini “pitcher” to pour the juice from is ultra practical, right? 

I also thumbed through Donna Hay’s book

It’s stunning.  Her food photography is some of the best out there.

(Not to be confused with my iPhone-meets-trying-to-shoot-quickly-and-discreetly-and-not-look-like-a-weirdo-in-the-store photography)

If you’re not familiar with Donna Hay, she’s what I would describe as an Australian version of Martha Stewart in terms of being a cook, having style and decorating ideas for the home, is the author of many books and magazines, has television shows, but this woman’s photography is out of this world crazy good.  In both her magazines and her books.  Not that Martha’s photography isn’t good, but Donna’s is sublime.

Matt tipped me off to Donna’s amazing-ness during our workshop and I’ve been stalking her site and books ever since but had never actually seen Seasons.

Awesome book but I don’t need to spend $50 on another book.  We talked about me and books and unpacking.

In the end, I left Anthro empty-handed.

And I also walked past LV and left empty-handed.

I posted this one on Instagram

Window shopping is still fun, though!

Not as fun as actual shopping but I’d like to remain debt free.

And I did get a few MAC and Victoria’s Secret trinkets so I didn’t leave the mall totally empty-handed.  Lip gloss and body spray, cheap thrills baby.  Cheap thrills.

I came home and went to town on watermelon

Which totally hit the spot.  But cookies would have hit the spot, too.

And from my freezer stash, I found some No Bake Toffee & Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

Essentially this is Heath Bar & Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.  You don’t have to twist my arm.

It pays to be a dessert pack-rat of sorts.  I freeze everything I make and pull out one or two of whatever I want, when I want it.  You will always have tons of choices if you utilize the freezer storage method for your desserts, i.e. the dessert pack-rat method.

The winner of the Summertime Cooldown Giveaway is:

kelly July 31, 2011 at 12:12 am

My favorite beverage is water but, I also love a stevia sweetened glass of iced yerba mate as well.

Congrats, Kelly!


1. Do you like Anthropologie?  

If you say no, I question your sanity a bit.  I could have a field.day. in that store.   Household goods, clothes, books, sheets, towels, dishes, jewelry, I could go crazy.

Stores like World Market, Pier 1, and thrift store shopping are nice, but I won’t lie, Anthro rocks.

I love West Elm’s look and vibe, but the girly, frilly, cute, sweet, one thing cuter than the next, and just ooh and ahh factor of Anthro makes my heart go pitter patter.

But hey, if it’s not your thing, tell me what is instead.  If you’re one of those people who “doesn’t like to shop”, I do not relate.

2. Do you like animal-themed decor?  Do you have a favorite animal that is just ‘you’?

Some people are really into anything with cats on it.  Or anything with dogs on it and if it has a certain kind of dogs like pugs or chihuahuas or whatever dog they’re into, it’s an automatic hit.

Janetha likes owls.  Some people like ladybugs or frogs or birds or whatever “their animal” is, it’s an almost automatic purchase.

I can’t say I have any animals like that or that I go ga-ga over, but those owl jars are really cute!

3. Best thing you ate or did over the weekend?

I shopped.  I have a few more shopping finds posts.  Hope you don’t mind.  Nothing major purchased but it was fun to browse and shop a little.

I also got an amazing footrub and backrub from Scott while Skylar was telling me “secrets” by whispering in my ear and giggling on the couch.  Love from my husband, love from my child, on the couch with a footrub and backrup.  <– Yep, that was truly the highlight of my weekend!

Housekeeping Notes:

1. I  guest posted on Angela of Oh She Glow’s site on Saturday.  Please check out my post with my 5 favorite vegan recipes that I shared.  Angela is such a doll and a wonderful friend and I was excited when she asked me to guestie on her site.

Thanks to everyone who commented there or who told me here that you saw the and liked it.  Thank you so much!

2. I started the Healthy Cookie & Brownie GiveawayHappy entering!

3. If you’re just catching up on posts from the weekend, here are mine since Friday:

I hope your week is off to a good start.  Mine involves an airport.