13 Random Facts About Me

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I read a lot of blogs. In almost all the blogs I read every author does a blog on random facts about them so I thought I would join in on the fun! If you know me at all, most of these won’t be new to you, I am a very transparent person, what you see is what you get. If you don’t know me well…..enjoy!

1. My full name is Katie LeWare Humber: But my maiden name is Hayes. I didn’t keep it. Not because I don’t love my family but because LeWare has been a middle name in my mother’s family for years so I wanted to keep it

2. Pink is not just my favorite color: It’s kind of a lifestyle for me.

3. I’m a born again Christian…………….who supports gay marriage: Yep, we exist, you’re reading one’s blog right now.

4. I am actually doing what I always wanted to do: I had a few career aspirations, I intended on being a pastry chef at one time (see #5) but my long-term, lifelong goal was to be a mom. I am now and I love every single second of it.

5. I am a trained chef: Even if you do know me well you may not know this! I went to culinary school. I intended on becoming a pastry chef…..until I took baking and hated it. I never wanted to work in a restaurant so the whole “chef” thing really didn’t work out but I do cook all the time and love it!

6. My husband is a doctor: Not a medical doctor but he has his PhD in Math and teaches at William and Mary. Cary is one person I know (and I have not found many) who truly loves what he does. He is so happy teaching and really has a passion for math. Even if they didn’t pay Cary, I think he would still stay and work.

7. I drive like an old lady: I didn’t always! I had a lead foot from the time I was 16-21 then I got a ticket and for some reason it scared the pure crap out of me and I just don’t speed anymore.

8. I hate, HATE, cilantro: I mean seriously, the stuff tastes like dirty feet.

9. Hoke is our second baby: We lost our first child in 2011 during our second trimester. This is very, very rare so please don’t be scared if you are entering your second trimester of a pregnancy while reading this. Once you are past 12 weeks you are typically out of the woods but not in our case the first time. It was, and still is, the hardest thing I have ever gone through. It changed me for the rest of my life.

10. I can fish: This may surprise even those who know me well because I’m quite the girly girl, but I can fish and I can fish well!

11. I was proposed to in a Pez Dispenser: Yep, Cary placed the diamond in a pez and offered me a candy. Even after I saw the diamond I didn’t know what it was for!

12. I’m an only child who never wanted siblings: Until I saw my husband with his siblings and now I wish I had them. Luckily they seem to like me enough that I just call them my brother and sister.

13. I HATE SPORTS: I really do. I don’t even try anymore. They bore the mess out of me, I seriously don’t get it, any of them.

So there you have it! Me in a nutshell.

Hard Life Choices

photoIt’s precious isn’t it? It’s our home. It’s our first home together that we literally put our blood, sweat and tears into (well more Cary’s blood and sweat and more my tears) but still, it’s our home. But it won’t be for long. Very soon someone else will be calling this beautiful little house their home. It is going on the market next week.

Cary and I bought this home in 2008. We began looking in 2007, a year and a half after we got married. We were so excited but realized very quickly how little money we had and how little was available. We don’t like the cookie cutter, starter houses. Don’t get me wrong, they are cute and what is best for most first time home buyers but if anyone knows my husband they know, he doesn’t do what’s normal, mainstream or even makes sense sometimes. We probably looked at 30 houses, no joke, over about 4 months. My best friend’s dad called me one day and said “hey, do y’all want to live on N. Main” (a little background if you aren’t from Wake Forest, NC, N. Main is the “main” street, all historic homes and breathtakingly beautiful!) I said “ummmm of course but I have told you how much we have to spend, that may buy us someone’s shed out back.” He said nope, I have a house for you. Now I’ll be honest, my very first thought was “please don’t be the little white house, please don’t be the little white house…..” it was the little white house! The house had been neglected, rented out, and just left behind. Long story short it needed ALOT of work!

Well, we went to see it. I had a stomach ache the whole time, it wasn’t even livable. I smiled through the walk through and thanked him so much for showing us just sure we would get in the car and say “gosh, I feel bad he wasted his time” but we got back in the car and Cary was grinning from ear to ear and said “I LOVE IT!!!” so then it began……

We gutted it, to the studs……we lived with my parent’s for 6 months, got a great dane puppy AND gutted a 70 year old home all in our second year of marriage…..yes I should write a book. We were able to live in the house for a year and a half until Cary was offered a job in FL and we moved but we kept it all this time and rented it out. We never really got to enjoy the house finished. We came back often and did small things and recently had it completely painted for the sale.

It’s bittersweet. Yes, the house is too small for our family and our tastes have changed. We do still love old homes and would still love to have one, but not in a neighborhood, we want to have land. But it’s our home and we will miss it terribly. It’s so hard being an adult sometimes. This goes up there with buying tires on your car and washing clothes, no one wants to do it but you have to if you are responsible. We can’t just keep this house forever because it means so much to us.

We have moved soooooo many times in our 8 years of marriage, all rentals but this, but each place we have made our home because it’s us and I love us! I have to remember that when I feel myself gravitating towards feeling sorry for myself or Cary that yes it is our first “house” but it’s not our home really, WE are our home. I think about this beautiful little cottage and how badly I would love to live in it again but would I really want to without Cary, without Hoke and without Peju? No I wouldn’t. I would think it’s cute and charming but it would just be a house. It was us that made it a home and wherever we are, that is our home, so that is what gets me through and helps the process……………but I will probably sulk a few more times over the next few months, I’m only human.

So if you are looking in Wake Forest for a charming 2 bedroom 2 bath home with an amazing kitchen check MLS listings next week! And keep checking, I’m working on a blog with pics of all our work!!!

Tasty Tuesday

margherita toast

 

Margherita Pizza Toast

4 vine ripe tomatoes

salt and pepper

2 tbsp. olive oil

2 balls fresh mozzarella 

bunch of basil

2 large slices of italian bread or focaccia 

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Slice the tomato very thin and place side by side in a baking dish. Sprinkle the tomatoes with salt and pepper and drizzle with the olive oil. Bake for about 20 minutes until the edges brown and curl. 

2. Slice the bread about 2 inches thick. Place the cooked tomatoes on top and drizzle the remaining olive oil from the cooked tomatoes on top. Top the tomatoes with sliced mozzarella and bake under the broiler until the cheese starts to melt. Once the cheese is a bit melted, take the pizzas out of the oven and place the basil leaves on top and put back under the broiler until they are crispy and the cheese is bubbly.

3. Let the pizzas cool a bit before serving.

Love these quick and easy pizzas. The caramelized tomatoes are what makes it, they are so sweet and just melt in your mouth! I think adding spinach would be great as well or some caramelized onions………may need to get back in the kitchen!!!

Weekend Re-Cap

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WooooHoooo! Sift hair ties are now available on Sift with Style. That was the bulk of my son napping part of the weekend. Cary was back in NC again working on the house (praying to have it listed this week) so it was just Hoke, Peju and me taking on the town. On Saturday Hoke and I walked around CW (that’s what we locals call Colonial Williamsburg). It’s so nice on Duke of Gloucester St. with a toddler. There are no cars, only pedestrians and it’s mostly families. We spent most of the afternoon chasing horses and yelling “NEIGH NEIGH” but I was able to catch a few pictures.

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Please don’t ask me what anything is. I do know the second picture is the Governor’s Palace and the third is ACTUAL horses, but other than that, no clue. I will ‘fess up and say I didn’t pay attention much in history class. Now, if you want to know how to get to the Kate Spade outlet, call me, I’ll get you there the quickest way possible. But I will say, we are very blessed to live in such a beautiful city, full of history (that Cary will teach our son).

Sunday was rainy and gross so we stayed in. All in all it was a mostly uneventful weekend but fun!

Banana Cinnamon Toast

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Is your mouth watering yet? I mean come on the sugar is actually caramelized on top of the bananas!!! I found an old blog by the queen herself, The Pioneer Woman, a few weeks ago on Cinnamon Toast the Right Way. For the complete instructions on the world’s most perfect way to make cinnamon toast please refer to her link…..she is the queen. But for today’s purposes I’ll show you what I did.

First off, I eat sprouted grain bread so that was the base for our toast. I also use turbinado sugar but other than that the rest of the ingredients are the same……other than my addition…….BANANA!!!! (see it hiding in the corner?)

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She explains how the best way is to make a paste with your butter, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon. This was difficult since it tastes like cake batter and it took a lot of will power to make it off that fork onto the bread and not straight in my mouth.

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Next, I spread half the “paste” onto the bread. Please ignore how old my sheet pan is. Sadly, we received it as a wedding gift but we cook soooooo much it has had a lot of mileage.

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Next I sliced the banana very thin

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And then I added the bananas to the bread and spread on the final layer of sweet, perfect, sugary glaze!!!

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Her directions suggest cooking on 350 degrees for about 10 min. and then cutting on the broiler for the last 1-2 min. I did it exactly how she told me to and let me tell you, it was wonderful!

Try it, let me know what you think, or better yet, try another fruit……strawberries, peaches, blueberries!!!!

Best. Book. Ever.

 

 

valley of the dollsI read a lot. I wouldn’t say I’m a bookworm, and was by no means one as a child, but I love getting wrapped up in a book. So I have read a lot of good books, well in my opinion good books, and year after year I have never found a book that compares to Valley of the Dolls. I don’t know what it is about this book that I love so much. Is it the striking pink cover (sure that helps) is it the old feel and look of the book, the font in my copy is even like an old typewriter? Or maybe it takes me back to Sophomore year of college when I devoured it in less than a week. Whatever it is, it is and always will be my favorite.

The author, Jacqueline Susann, won the best dressed woman in television 4 times during her career. It is rumored Susann typed the book on a hot pink typewriter and she was also well known for dressing in Pucci clothing almost every day……….not only would be be BFF’s I think she is my soul mate.

This book isn’t for everyone! It is flooded with drugs, alcohol and sex but maybe that’s what makes it oh so interesting! What I do love, behind all the darkness of the book is the message, all the material things won’t make you happy. In the end they had to be true to themselves to overcome…….life.

Have you read it? Do you love it like me? Do you go back and re-read it like I do? Do you want to re-decorate your entire house to feel like you live in the book? Oh wait that’s just me! But Jonathan Adler helps!

 

Tasty Tuesday

Rigatoni with Bacon, tomatoes and peas

Rigatoni with Bacon, Tomatoes, and Peas

3/4 pound rigatoni or other short pasta

4 slices bacon, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, chopped

salt and pepper

1 pound tomatoes, cut into bite-size pieces

10 oz. package frozen peas

1 oz. parmesan, grated (about 1/4 cup)

Cook the pasta according to the package directions, reserve 1 cup of the cooking water; drain.

Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until beginning to crisp 6-8 minutes. Add the onion, garlic, and 1/4 tsp. each salt and pper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft, 6-8 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 8-10 minutes. Add the peas and cook until warmed through, 3-4 minutes.

Add the pasta, parmesan, and 1/2 cup of the cooking water to the sauce and toss to coat. (Add more cooking water as needed to loosen the sauce.)

Serve topped with additional parmesan. 

This recipe was in the June edition of Real Simple. When I saw it I knew it would be great for a quick dinner night. This ended up being one of the best pasta dishes I’ve made in a long time. It was simple, tasty and best of all quick. Note: I made this with turkey bacon but pork bacon will be even better I’m sure!

Weekend Re-Cap

I had a lot of fun writing about what was going on in my life last week. I don’t use Facebook much, other than for Sift, and mostly keep my personal life private but it was fun going through the highlites of my weekend so I thought I would share what we did this weekend as well!

You saw last week, how unbelievably glamorous our house is, well this weekend won’t disappoint (do you catch the sarcasm?)

hoke new shoes

First and foremost, Hoke and I started the weekend right by shoe shopping…..for him of course, those days are over for me. Our wonderful, sweet, perfect son has grown 1.5 shoe sizes in less than 2 months, note I didn’t say cheap. So off we went to Stride Rite and came back with these awesome big boy shoes! He couldn’t care less, the paper and the box were cooler but at least he has shoes that fit now!

Williamsburg Vineyard

I did do something very special this weekend and that was get a sitter and go out to lunch with my very good friends. I don’t do this……………EVER! But we decided we were going to bite the bullet and go celebrate a new baby boy coming. So we had a very nice shower for my dear friend at the Williamsburg Vineyard. We had lunch at the Gabriel Archer Tavern and it was perfect! I had an entire meal without telling anyone at our table not to throw food on the floor or having to feed any of them when they put too much food in their mouth, it was unreal! I even enjoyed a nice glass of wine.

bracelet set

Cary was out of town this weekend putting the final touches on our home before we list it. I had some time to myself Friday night so I decided to play around with some of my beads and made this cute new bracelet set! It’s available now on Sift with Style.

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And last but not least, Hoke got his very first set of legos this weekend. We had such a busy weekend with friends, sitters and running around that I thought we would lay low Sunday afternoon and get a new toy. We went to Target and picked out a huge bag of jumbo legos and came right home to make this dinosaur and dog……..you see it right??!!!

I joke I know, that my life is super glamorous, but in all honesty it’s the perfect life for me and I just love sharing it! It really is the little things that make you so happy, family, friends, love……….and wine!

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