Monday, January 3, 2011

Little Things That Make Me Stupid Excited: January 2011 Edition

Hey everybody, it's time to get stupid excited again! Sorry it's a couple days late this month. Love me!

For those of you new to my blog, "Little Things That Make Me Stupid Excited" is a feature I (usually) post on the first day of each month. It's like Oprah's Favorite things - if Oprah was really cheap. And loved to shop at Kohl's.

Now, let me make clear that I am not hawking or reviewing products here. Nobody's paying me or providing me with anything. LTTMMSE is just a little outlet for me to exclaim over and dissect little materialistic things that make me ridiculously excited. Sidenote: It doesn't take much, people.

Grab the button below and link on up in the comments if you want to make your own list! I'd love to read what makes you STUPID excited too!! And if you'd like to see my past lists, they're all linked up here.

Little Things That Make Me Stupid Excited


I've got *TEN* stupid fabulous things for the month of January!  That's right - I'm kicking the new year off right!


Ooooh, I stupid LOVE these slippers.  My sister-in-law Jennifer bought them for me for my birthday and I wear them all.the.time.  Most importantly, they are warm and comfy.  But the MAIN reason I really love these slippers is because they look adorable with actual clothes - not just pajamas.  So let's say on Christmas Day, your entire extended family (including your grandma) is supposed to come over to your house for dinner.  Which everyone typically gets dressed up for.  Well.  Just throw these babies on with tights and a skirt and nobody will be the wiser that you're prancing around the house in your slippers.  Love it.  


If you looked in the dictionary next to the word "Cozy", you would see a picture of this blanket.  It is dang cozy.  I actually got two of these blankets for Christmas  - one fom Scotty and the other from my brother Matt and sister-in-law Jennifer.  (Are you sensing a trend with Jennifer?  She is a good present-giver.  No, you can't have her for your sister-in-law.  She's mine.)  The blanket Scott got me had a rather unfortunate pattern (think 70's cabin decor), so I decided to keep the one from Matt and Jen, which is pictured above.  In fact, I'm snuggled up in it right now and I'm stupid excited about it!!


Homemade Camera Strap Cover from my Friend Megan

Now this is probably unfair of me to put on the list since you can't buy it, but I love love LOVE the camera strap that my friend Megan made me for my birthday.  Isn't it adorable????  And it even has a little pocket for the lens cap!  Methinks Meg may need to open an etsy shop.


Okay, it's no secret that I'm a big fan of desserts.  But I especially heart creme brulee.  It is just so light, so airy and so freaking delicious.  Since Scott and I don't get out much to fancy restaurants anymore, we learned how to make our own creme brulee at home.  Did you know how easy it is to make it???  It takes a few steps, but it's pretty much screw-up proof and just as good as what you get in a nice restaurant.  We have a little kit like the above, that includes the baking pan, wire rack, ramekins and the torch.  Because what fun is a dessert if you can't light it on fire, right?  ;-)

Here's the recipe we use:

Easy Creme Brulee

What You Need:

1 2/3 Cup Heavy Cream
5 Egg Yolks
6 1/2 Tbsp. Sugar
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
Sugar for Sprinkling

What You Do:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Whisk together the 6 1/2 Tbsp. of sugar with the egg yolks and the vanilla extract untill well blended and paled.  Scald the cream (about 190 degrees, or just slighly simmering) and very slowly pour into the egg yolk mixture while whisking.

Place the ramekins into the wire rack.  Skim off any excess foam from custard mixture and pour into ramekins until about 3/4 full.  Set the ramekin rack inside the baking pan.  Carefully pour water into the baking pan until it reaches about 1/2 the way up the ramekins.  Place into the oven, on the middle or lower rack, for about 20-25 minutes until set (no longer liquidy).  Chill for 30 minutes.

Sprinkle the chilled custard with the sugar to coat the top.  Using the torch, carmelize sugar by moving the flame continuously over the surface in a slow, circular motion.


Okay, clearly I am extremely late to jump on the Netflix bandwagon.  But when Scott and I realized you can actually download certain movies IMMEDIATELY via the Wii rather than ordering/returning them in the mail, we signed up before you could say 'Blockbuster who?'.  People, this has changed my life.  I have watched so many freaking movies over the past week.  And don't judge me, but so have the kids.  But they were good movies.  On Friday we watched Annie.  Yesterday it was Up.  Today it was Wizard of Oz.  And I've got about a million documentaries in my instant queue that I think will keep me very busy once Scott starts up with school again in a few days.


Necklace from Material Girl

My mom got me the necklace pictured above for Christmas, and I L-O-V-E it!  Isn't it so beautiful?  I don't usually wear pieces like this, but something about this one just spoke to me. 


Scott and I got ourselves a Flip for Christmas and I am STUPID excited about this thing.  It is soooooooooo easy to use!  Like seriously, there are 5 buttons and they are all totally intuitive.  I'm excited to finally get some videos of the kids that are not of the crappy cell phone variety.  Like this one I got today of Aidan performing Tai Chi while dressed as Buzz Lightyear.


Blue Bunny Peppermint Stick Ice Cream

This stuff is divine.  Crunchy, cold, pepperminty goodness.  Yum.  Available at a grocery store near you.  Or at least near me.



Letter Art

I'm sure you guys have seen those letter art thingies, where you can buy a framed/matted piece that spells out a certain word using photos of everyday objects that look like letters.  Well, I decided to try my hand at making one myself this Christmas as a gift to my brother and sister-in-law.  I spelled out their last name and I think it turned out so awesome.  The picture above isn't what I gave them - it's just a collage of some of the letters I photographed in the wild.  I had so much fun making this I think I might do one for me and Scotty.


Cruzan Vanilla Rum

I have found a new signature drink.  And it is Diet Coke with Cruzan Vanilla Rum.  Holy smokes, that is a nice tasting drink.  And I'm not much of a drinker so that's really saying something.


And that's all I've got for this month, people!  Hope you enjoyed it!



Rebecca said...

That video is too cute! The Flip really does a nice job! #10 is making my mouth water and that's pretty sad considering that it's 7:32 AM!

I have some things I want to share, but I feel like I'm posting too much lately (is that even possible?)...maybe on Thursday??

blueviolet said...

I'm the last holdout in the free world for Netflix then. I gotta do it!

I have a Flip too and I LOVE it!

MommaKiss said...

that's "all you've got?" Holy Cozy, pretty, dancing fun, batman!!

Kmama said...

I got a flip for Christmas too (the exact one you pictured). I love it! I keep it in my purse for the "on the road" stuff that needs to be filmed!

Jen said...

I have to say that I too am stupid excited about this list.

Brandy@YDK said...

fun stuff! love the necklace. and I SOOOO need a lens cap holder dealy. thingy.

Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys said...

Love your necklace!!! So pretty.
I have been thinking about getting a Flip. I didn't know if I would like it.

wonderchris said...

Loved it as always!!!

That camera strap is adorable and I just love the lens cap pocket detail!!! Super great!

Helene said...

I always love your Stupid Excited posts! I'd love to link up but I'm just feeling plain stupid today, with no excitement for anything. You'd think I'd be all happy because the spawn are at school today but I'm having a hard time motivating myself to do anything but sit here and stare at my computer screen.

You know...I have a Flip too but I tend to use my regular camera more for videos because I always hated having to download videos from 2 differen sources. I really should go back to using my Flip because you're right about it being super easy!

Liz said...

I love how colorful your camera strap is!

And that necklace is funky and fun!

Looks like you had some good Christmas booty.

Emily said...

That video of Aidan made me stupid excited. I can't wait for my kids to grow up and do costumed Tai Chi!

Anonymous said...

I love the slippers, the camera strap and the necklace! I will say the necklace reminded be a bit of something out of "The Ring"... but that's what makes it kind of cool!

Natalie said...

I am going to Kohls tomorrow to get those slippers!

JallieDaddy said...

Netflix & Flip both look great. One day when I have some time & money again (Dad of twin babies; I'm sure you understand...)

Great idea, great post :)

Megan said...

Glad you like your strap Meg! Hmmm-I need to try that drink! Is it therapy time soon?

Katerina said...

Hi Megan! I am just stopping by to say that I am giving you the "Stylish Bloggers Award". If you wish to accept it, follow the link to read the explanations for what you need to do next!

Thank you for the networking opportunity!
Have a wonderful day!


Megan (Best of Fates) said...

Netflix on demand is an Obsession with me - seriously, why do people even leave the house now?

Katherine said...

So many great things. We still haven't jumped on the whole Netflix bandwagon, mostly because we keep convincing ourselves that we don't watch that many movies.

I have got to get us a Flip camera. We have our old video camera, and it's just not getting the job done.

Anonymous said...

J-E-A-L-O-U-S that you got a Flip. Begged husband for one. Didn't get it. boo.

And those slippers look so inviting!

I love these lists!

Barbara Manatee said...

I stopped by after seeing this link on another blog. I have to say I LOVE those slippers! and that blanket? I could use that right now...its like only 20 degrees outside and I have to head to work in a few minutes!

And I second what Rebecca it inappropriate to be thinking at 6:20am about that Rum??

Belle n' Kent said...

Scott's going to school? Yay for Scott!!! My husband feels his pain. ;)

Marcia (123 blog) said...

Hi, is this where we link up?

Here's my very late link!

Salt in Suburbia said...

I just found your blog and I must say I L-O-V-E it! I also have three kiddos including identical twin boys. I think your new camera strap os so beautiful and I also just (yesterday) got on the Netflix bandwagon and think it's so great.

Krystyn said...

We love our flip, too...if only to remember to get it out!

And, your camera strap is super cute.

Yay for stupid excited in 2011.

Anonymous said...

Gah, Netflix makes me stupid excited too! And so does that necklace of yours - 'tis beautiful, mama. And holy crap, I have missed you! But I'm planning on gettin' my groove back. (Well, really just reading blogs again, should probably leave the grooving to the professionals.)