Monday, October 24, 2011

New Blog Location

My new blog is up and running!  Yay!  After lots of changes, you can check out my new website and blog at

I will no longer be using this blog, so I hope you will keep following me over here.  

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

facebook blogging

Until I resolve my blog issues, I will be blogging from my Ruby Jewel Studio Facebook page.  Be sure to hop on over there and "like" the page to receive menu plans and recipes....and other posts from me!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

oklahoma extremes...

I was going through photos from earlier this year and stumbled on to this one....

It's hard to believe that the pic above was a mere 4 months ago and now we are experiencing triple digits!  Here in Oklahoma we like to take everything to the extreme. 

Monday, June 27, 2011

what's cookin' this week

Sesame Beef Stir-Fry
Chicken Enchiladas & Salad
Some sort of panini sandwich with garlic rosemary bread and provolone cheese...we'll see what's in the fridge at the time
Grilled Chicken with Vegetables & Tabouli

And we are off to a stinkin' hot week....good news weekend is 3 days!  Got to love the 4th of July.  What big plans does everyone have?  Lake?  River?  Any good 4th of July themed recipes????  Send them my way, please!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Yummy PH Day...and the new Starbucks review

I have been such a slacker with my blog lately and it's so frustrating to me!  I am on a mission to get much better....and try to figure out what platform to switch to so that my photos will work.

Moving is my day over at Prairie Hive where you can see our raspberry picking from last friday.  And you can ge a super yummy fruit pizza recipe!

Today I am working at the newly renovated Starbucks down at Utica Square.  I was so excited to see what they changed, and sadly, I'm a little disappointed. 

It just doesn't feel like a Starbucks.  Don't get me wrong, it's really pretty, just not the same feel as before.  Everything is very neutral, cream walls with grey ceiling accents.  Lots of wood, but not the espresso wood like some of their stores now.  It's a dark, more traditional looking wood. 

I do like the floor.  It is a wood plank tile {not wood, just looks like wood} and they laid it in a herringbone pattern. 

All of the lights have changed from the fun, funky colorful shapes to simple opaque white cylinders.  And the backsplash is now a cream 2"x6" {approx.} subway tile.  No glass tiles or marble mosaics.

All of the artwork is sepia toned photos of coffee, in the field, being picked, etc.  Oh, and finally, the furniture.  The tables and chairs are all a cherry wood color.  Only two comfy chairs to relax in and a wall with banquettes.  There are so many tables and chairs that it feels like more like a restaurant than a fun coffee shop.  So not the same "homey" feel as before. 

So there you have it.  My take on the new and improved Starbucks.  They say it's the new "flagship" store...hopefully some changes will be made before all the stores change.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

PH Day, Good Cookin', & Newborn Hudson

You saw on Monday that I was at my grandparent's farm.  Well, check out my Prairie Hive post today to see what I found!

In other news....last night I made up a recipe....Bruschetta Chicken.  And it was super yummy.  Wish I had taken a picture, but I didn't so I'll just tell you about it!  Grill chicken breasts seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic salt.  Once they are done, place them in a casserole dish and top with pesto {you can skip this step if you don't like pesto....sarah}.  Then top with fresh bruschetta {tomatoes, onions, garlic, olive oil, balsalmic vinegar, fresh basil, pepper and salt} and finish it off with grated mozzarella cheese.  Pop in a 350 degree oven until the cheese is nice and melted. 

I served the chicken over farm fresh garlic and rosemary mashed potatoes.  Even myMichael liked the mashed potatoes {he hates potatoes, so that means alot}!

Trust me, it was tasty. 

My blog is still messing up my pictures, but I just have to share a few from a newborn session.  Even if they are small.  Meet Hudson....

We worked very hard to get a shot with daddy's guitar!

happy thursday!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Waking up on the farm...

Today I am at the farm.  I love waking up here.  Beautiful bright, sunshining morning with fresh veggies coming in from the garden.  The first tomatoe of the season!!!!  You can't beat that.

I'm down here to interview for a school job, but I'm also doing some Prairie Hive research.  Grandma has a plethera of antiques that I am itching to snap photos of and get the great stories behind them.  So excited!

As for this week's's going to be interesting b/c once again, I didn't make it to the grocery store on Sunday.  Oh well.  I am sure I will come home with bags full of garden veggies. 

Oh, and can we talk about Pinterest for a minute?  I am in love with all the ideas.  I'm thinking I will do a whole week's menu based on finds from there, get excited!

Hope everyone has a great Monday!
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