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Updated: 2012-03-19T22:08:55.112-04:00


Tory Burch.


It's mid-February and clearly I'm dreaming of warmer weather and brighter colors.
Tory Burch, thank you for spicing up my life.


tangerine dream.


In case you were wondering what the hot color of the year is.....

whether your wearing it, carrying it, smelling it, painting it, mixing it or eating it, tangerine is ALL the rage. 
But probably not all at the same time....

orange you glad I didn't say banana? ha. 



2012 must-haves.


The 12 essentials in 2012 according to J.Crew I'm loving the colors! They're so exuberant and bold. I'm so anxious for the weather to match the apparel.  1. classic leather ballet flats  $125 2. the tippi sweather $72.50 3. the tillary purse $148 4. the toothpick jean $108 5. the bubble necklace $150 6. the drea pump $198 7. the blythe blouse $98 8. the featherweight cashmere cardigan $178 9. the cafe capri $118 10. sperry top-siders $98 11. painter tees $34.50 12. chino shorts $45 Bravo, J.Crew. You've won me over again.  Looks like I'll need to invest in a new pair of sunglasses....2012 is extra bright! xo, Katfish [...]

problem: WALL solution: TOO MANY


So we've got this dilemma in our house. It's a ridiculous, shallow problem; one with seemingly endless solutions. But two years later, endless solutions, and still the problem persists. Drum roll please...... It's a large wall. A very naked large wall.  It's almost 18 lonely feet long. Our couch is on the wall, but the massive space above the couch is just sad and pathetic. This drives me insane. In pictures it sticks out and takes away from the focal point.  So while brainstorming about what to write about tonight, I thought how about I write about one of my problems and also solve it by providing my own solutions.  So I've gathered a collection of my favorite possibilities to see if I can pick just one and finally put this issue to rest.  Small, gallery style. Not sure? Maybe too cluttered? Large, black and white. LOVE this. It's warm and personal.  Large map. Great idea, but not my style.  Large art. Makes sense, slightly modern, but feasible.  One large photo. Eh, too much. Plus I would never be able to pick just one.  Probably the most economical choice. Buy from the craft store and paint. Ehhhh. Love, love, love these signs. I have a few already. But above a couch? Mirrors. Great look, but a little to vintage for me. So many choices, but I think I love the large black and white photos. Clean, personal and easy to do.  Guess I better get started.  What would you pick? xo, Katfish photos via Pinterest [...]



Wishes of love, health and wealth  for all of my family and friends in 2012.  What are your goals and resolutions in the new year? xo, Katfish [...]

Merry Christmas.


I am overwhelmed by the love that surrounds me and so blessed to have such an amazing family. 

Merry Christmas to you and yours.







silver and gold.


I dream in silver and gold.  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Because there is no other way to dream.  xo, Katfish [...]

chocolate cheesecake cupcakes.


Oops, I did it again. I baked.... and I cant STOP.Maybe it's a distraction from shenanigans, or maybe, just maybe I actually LOVE it.  On today's menu:Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcakes with Ganache Frosting. mmmmmm...... I actually found the recipe here ----> The Food Network. I tweaked it a wee little bit; omitted the walnuts,  doubled the entire recipe, and added edible glitter.  WARNING: You must be an extreme chocolate lover to appreciate these.  Ingredients1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons butter, softened 3/4 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons 1 egg, at room temperature 2/3 cup milk, at room temperature 3 ounces cream cheese, softened 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons mini semisweet chocolate chips 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts Ganache frosting, recipe follows DirectionsPlace rack in the middle of oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line 12 muffin cups with cupcake papers.In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt, and set aside. Using a mixer, cream the butter and 3/4 cup sugar until pale yellow, about 1 minute. Add the egg and stir until just combined. Gently add half of the flour mixture and stir until just incorporated. Mix in the milk. Add the remaining flour mixture and stir until combined. Set aside.In a small bowl, mix together the cream cheese, 2 tablespoons sugar, and vanilla. Stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts.Fill prepared cupcake liners with enough chocolate batter to just cover the bottom. Add a dollop of the cream cheese filling to each, then top with remaining batter (cream cheese filling should not be visible).Bake for 20 minutes. Let cupcakes stand in the pan for 3 minutes and then remove and allow to cool completely on a rack.Dip each cupcake into the ganache, forming an even layer of frosting. Place in the refrigerator to set, about 15 minutes.Ganache Frosting:3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips 1/2 cup heavy cream 1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder, optional Place a heat-proof bowl over a pot of simmering water, and whisk together the chocolate, cream, andespresso powder (if using). Continue whisking until chocolate is melted and the mixture is thick, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Bon Appetite!xo,Katfish [...]

salted karamel martini.


There is something about the holidays that makes you want to fill your glass with a little extra cheer. In my case, it's usually a martini glass. I'm always looking for unique recipes to try out so you can imagine my excitement when my sister sent me this amazing, new creation!It was created by Chef Keith Brunell, from Maggiano's Little Italy, and yes, it is as delicious as it looks.  Ingredients:1.25 oz. Sobieski Karamel Vodka.75 oz. Patron XO Café2.0 oz. Half & Half.50 oz. Simple Syrup1.0 oz. Monin Caramel Syrup (set aside 1/2  for topping)1 Dash Kosher SaltWhipped Cream Instructions:1. Add ingredients in a mixing glass with fresh ice2. Shake vigorously & strain into a martini glass3. Garnish with whipped cream, followed by a drizzle of caramel and kosher salt Bottoms up. xo, Katfish[...]

scrumptious saturday's: red velvet


 I've always been curious about it; wondered what it tasted like, what it was made of and where it came from. Tonight, all of those questions were answered. I did my research, tested and tasted and the end result yielded perfection. Once in a while I like to dabble in baking, and when I do, I surprise myself. I found this great recipe for red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. I tweaked it to my liking and VOILA! They are AMAZING!  Recipe:  2½ cups all-purpose flour ¼ cup unsweetened Hershey's cocoa powder 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 cup buttermilk, shaken 1 tablespoon liquid red food coloring 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature 1½ cups sugar 2 large eggs  Frosting: 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature 1½ sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract 3 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar  Yields 18 cupcakes Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl,  sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Combine the buttermilk, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed for 1 minute, until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat until combined. With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients alternately. Scoop the batter into muffin cups with spoon. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the centers comes out clean. Cool completely in the pans and frost the cupcakes. Cream Cheese Frosting Place the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and mix until smooth. Slowly add the powdered sugar and mix until combined.  To add holiday flair, sprinkle crushed candy canes on the top! What do you think? xo,Katfish[...]

winter wonderland.


Did I wake up in the Swiss Alps? Nope. Just another Winter in the mitten. 
Happy travels :)



wish list.


Dear Santa, Here is my list of ten things I so wish to see wrapped under the tree this Christmas. I hope I am on your naughty nice list this year :) Kindle Fire. Oh baby.   Stylus - Nerd Alert Vera Bradley makeup bag...awww.  Hunter Boots. Finally admitted my love for them.  Swarovski studs. Almost like the real thing.  Toms. Earthy meets Jersey Shore.   Kate Spade bangles. <3 the colors.  Essie nail polish. Any color will do.  Yorki Poo. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE. I shall name him Theodore.  A stack of Benjamins. Scratch everything else. This will do.  xo, Katfish[...]

guess who's back?


Wow. Its been over two months since I blogged last. I think about it almost daily, I've just been so consumed with work and life that I just haven't gotten around to it. Not to mention I've had absolutely no inspiration to blog. Well, with that being said, I'm baaaaccccckkk. I will be inspired and I will blog as much as possible. It is one thing I can truly say I absolutely love. Things have changed....I changed my look....did you notice?


Fall into Love.


I love weddings. They're happy, full of family, friends, drinks, dancing and fun. Weddings are the best kind of party; a big party celebrating love and the two people who think (or better yet, know) they have found love. AND in case you haven't noticed, I also love Fall. So what happens when you take my two loves and combine them? A whole lotta love.     -Katfish[...]

Get Carded.


The cold weather has arrived, the pumpkins are being picked, and football has taken over Sunday's. This could only mean one thing: it's Fall!! Fall brings all of my favorite things. At the top of that list are  cardigans. Lately, it seems as though they are my go-to business casual pick. Cardigans are versatile, easy to layer, perfect for any climate, and they go with anything. They also go great from day to evening, and from office to weekend. Here are a few of my favorites! French Connection-$128 Kensie- $98 Anthropologie- $88.50 J. Crew- $62 Old Navy- $30 -Katfish[...]

Summer 2011


The highlights and lowlights of my summer captured by my iPhone. Conner's First BBall Game Beautiful sky at the game! Dog Cousins!! Not enough time in the day to explain this.  Or this.  Love the flowers at our house.  OMG I just love Murphy :) Addison's first dance recital!! All of the girls after the recital!! First plane ride ever. Cali bound.  San Fran Bay Sunset.  Happy Hour! Embassy Suites.  China Town.  Trolley Car. So Full House.  Hippy Capital of the World Riding the streets of San Fran. Alcatraz in the background. Me and Jackie Chan.  Beautiful Dhalia. My new favorite flower.  Redwood Forest. So amazing!! and again.  Big Sur. Most BEAUTIFUL PLACE ON THIS EARTH!! Breathtaking.  Just amazing.  Aww. I miss them! Let's see if I can name them....Stella, Sara, that's all I've got.  Yum. Egg cooked in a green pepper! Date night. Enough said.  Waterpark with B and A.  Bad day, so my amazing family bought me these! Ms. Bella. Babysat her while Brandon and Ashley went up north. Crazy girl, but love her.  Alcohol free wine, for my prego friend.  Meritage: my new fav wine! Obsession of the summer.  Mondays at Dunham golfing were awesome! New towels for the bathroom! Redecorated and it looks great!! I <3 sunsets.  Me, Ashley and Jess Train, Maroon 5 and Gavin Degraw ew.  I hate needles.  Martha want to be LOVE martinis! Fun day at the park!! Babysitting the neighb's dog Birthday countdown. Slightly obsessed and luckily my mom knows that so she bought me this.  EMU represent.  Jess, Me, Bff Polar bear exhibit Loved these giraffes Dinosaur exhibit- not very kid friendly Such a fun day :) :) The day I made it to over 500 hits on my blog!! I want a Morkie.  Princess is 5 Funny kid.  Best friend/ best worker/ ice man.  Brudder is home.  Love birds.  Vinyard and pretty Momma.  I WON!! Gambling.... Beautiful-inside and out. Parents :) Twins!! Future up north house. I plan on working hard for my future.  One of my favorite places: Lake Michigan "Nothing seems as strange as when the leaves begin to change, or how we thought those days would never end." I had such a great Summer- made everlasting memories with amazing people. :) -Katfish [...]



I am loving all of the leopard apparel and accessories available  at J. Crew this Fall. Each piece on their own can tie an entire outfit together! Scarf.   Lula Flats.  Tippi Sweater.  Patent Skinny Belt.  iPhone Case. No. 2 Pencil Skirt So many choices, how do I pick? -Katfish [...]

It's Friday.





I felt like a smile child on Christmas morning today. I was full of excitement and had a slight case of hysteria in anticipation of today's event: a visit to the Detroit Zoo. Now, that might sound a little crazy but who isn't excited to go there!? I remember visiting so many times when I was young.... I remember the sights of the grounds, the sounds of the train and the smell of the animal houses. I was so anxious to see if it was exactly as I remembered! Not only was the weather perfect, but so was the company. I was accompanied by my mom, sister, brother and niece. None of us had been there in ages and it was Addison's FIRST visit ever to the zoo. We watched her for the day while her mom, (my sister) dad and brothers all went on a little trip of their own that wasn't 4.5 year old friendly.  When we first got there we rode the train all the way to the back of the zoo. Okay, so far so good,  exactly how I remembered it. I think this is when Addison realized how fun it was actually going to be. We went by some farm animals, I think horses, and her face lit up with excitement. If horses would make her that happy, I couldn't wait to see how she reacted to a giraffe or polar bear. After departing from the train, we started our long walk around. We saw zebras, wolverines, giraffes, warthogs, and rhinos. Unfortunately, it was around nap time for all of the animals when we got there so the bears were all sleeping, grizzly and polar included. Needless to say the Arctic polar bear exhibit was a bust! After some more meandering we stopped for lunch at the Arctic Cafe. Not bad food for a zoo.  After lunch, we went and visited my favorite- the chimps and gorillas. Cute little guys, until they turn around! Ugh....  Next, we went to "Dinosauria." According to the zoo website, the exhibit contains "more than 30 life-like, animatronic dinosaurs that roar, snarl and move are providing a thrilling encounter at the Detroit Zoo’s sensational blockbuster Dinosauria exhibit. It is the most spectacular dinosaur experience this side of the Mesozoic Era."This was probably not the best idea to take little peanut to see this. She was terrified that the dinosaurs were real and were going to attack her. Maybe because they were life like and there were 2 dinos eating a triceratops....I must say, it was very realistic! I felt like I was in Jurassic Park.  We then left Dinosauria, took some more pictures and  made our last animal visit at the Penguinarium, smelling as awful as ever.  I just LOVE penguins, they are SO cute! The zoo gift shop concluded our visit, where Addison bought a mini tiger to add to her obsessive stuffed animal collection. I saw the cool animal masks and pens that we always used to get as souvenirs and was so close to buying something. All in all it was a really fabulous day! We had a lot of fun, and I always enjoy anytime when any of us in our family can get together and do something. The cons about today: no tigers (must've missed them), the lion den was closed, and because of inhumane practices, elephants are no longer at the Detroit Zoo. I feel like those animals make up a lot of my childhood memories at the zoo! I guess times are changing and the zoo isn't exactly what I remember. But I'm so happy we were there for Addison's first visit. There is nothing better than holding hands with her, while strolling around as she sings our little tune "spending the day with Kiki, spending the day with Kiki." It didn't matter that it wasn't exactly how I rememb[...]

Words to live by.


photos via Pinterest[...]

Fall Favorites.


So, it turns out Monday's are not that bad when the previous few days were a blast! I'm trying to make these last few weeks of Summer count by packing as much fun into them as possible and this weekend was awesome. Everyday was full of family, friends and laughter.  But it's Monday now, which only means one thing: back to business. I've been doing some research and after scouring the web, fashion magazines and runways I discovered that rust, mustard and jade make up the Fall 2011 color palette. I put together a little compilation of my favorite handbags, accessories and apparel that fall into those color categories. Looks like it will be easy to throw a little rust on your finger, polish those nails jade and dance around in some mustard. What do you think? -Katfish [...]






Standing in the baking aisle at Target yesterday, I had an epiphany that would forever change my taste buds.  Okay, not really. But I did stand there brainstorming cupcake colors, flavors, ideas, etc and thought of how a chocolate mint cupcake sounded amazing. I passed by a package of Godiva Mint Truffles and thought how cute those would look as a garnish. At further review I realized the price of the truffles....not so cute. I think they were $5.99 for 12, which meant I needed at least 2 packages. So I found a bag of Andes mints, a great minty chocolate alternative for $2.99 and purchased those instead. I also bought a box of Duncan Hines chocolate cake mix and the necessary ingredients (eggs and vegetable oil.) My handy dandy iPhone came in handy as I Googled Paula Deen's (she's my fav) cream cheese frosting recipe. Perfect!! All I needed to buy now was cream cheese and powdered sugar. I was now on my way to a mint chocolate delight!  These were super easy to make, and not very time consuming. End result = light, fluffy and delicious. If you like mint chocolate chip ice cream, you'll LOVE these.  Follow the directions on the box of cake mix to make the cake batter. For the Cream Cheese Frosting:1 pound cream cheese, softened 2 sticks butter, softened 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth. Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy.Frost cupakes after they have completely cooled. As a great alternative to a professional piping bag, I put the frosting in a freezer size Zip-loc bag, made sure all of the air was out of it, squeezed it to one corner and cut a tiny piece of the corner off. This worked great!Garnish with chopped Ande's Mints Enjoy :) -Katfish [...]



Matt Nathanson + Jennifer Nettles = I <3 this song. 

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