Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Script is An Awesome Band

Need further proof?




I first wrote about them in a previous post here. They are amazing! I love the lead singer's sultry vocals, and he's not too bad on the eyes, either! Men take notes - this is romantic. You're welcome!

Until next time,
Miss Chicken Wing

Monday, January 18, 2010

Decking the Halls - Christmas Decor

One of the things that make the holidays the holidays is the surroundings you put yourself in. Some people need to be in a place that has a ton of snow. Some folks have to migrate South for the winter because they want nothing to do with the cold. For me, wherever I am, I am most happiest when I can really deck the halls and transform my residence into Holiday Town! :) Yes, while it does look like Christmas threw up in my house, and while my electric bill does tend to increase due to the extra lights, for me, it makes me happy every time I walk through the door. And, most of my friends say the same, so I think I'll keep it going.

I'm going to let the following photos speak for themselves, so enjoy, Peeps!





















So, as you can see, I love Christmas and I love the process of creating Holiday Town in my house!

Until next time,
Miss Chicken Wing

Friday, January 15, 2010

I Love Patterns - No Really, I Do!


This post is dedicated to a majorly SICK obsession that I have.

She can be colorful. She can be regular (but still oh-so-classy) black and white. She is curvy, and just too sexy.

What is she? Who/What is this thing that I love (that obviously must be a pattern)?



Get the LOVE photo here.

Yes, folks, damask is her name, and royal elegance and fun are her games! For some reason, I stumbled across this pattern sometime over the past year, and I don't know why I never paid her much attention before - after all, she's been around way longer than I have!

So, I decided to share some lovely damask (pronounced (dam esk - the "a" is short)) inspiration with you, and then, in a later post, I will show you how I've chosen to personally introduce this pattern into the Casa de Chicken Wing.
First and foremost, you can see the outside edges of this blog! There's a gorgeous example of damask and this blog background speaks to my essence - damask, fuschia, and diamonds - yes, yes, and yes!

How about in fashion???








Source

Okay, you want to see some damask for the home? Absolutely - I can deliver! :)




How about a lamp? Source

A good memo board is hard to find. This one would be worth the wait! Source



Have mercy! This is a sassy chair, and it can be found at Pier 1! Source

I just died a glorious aqua-colored death over this wallpaper/chair combo! Seriously, that is absolutely gorgeous wallpaper, and I was not a fan of the "impossible to remove" stuff until I saw this photo! Source


And finally, the damask inspiration pictures that just stake you through the heart - "How would one incorporate damask into their wedding or party?," you ask. "Like this," I say.



Through a gorgeous, colorful invite! Source

Or an incredible tablescape, complete with damask runner, favor box, and menu. Source


Or one of the most stunning cake designs I've ever seen! Source


So, as you can see, once you find something you like, it's pretty easy to find inspiration in the land of the internets! :) I like to become obsessed with something, search for inspiration, let my mind run wild, and then rein myself back in and focus on whatever project comes out of it!

I can't wait until I find my next obessession! If you have any that you think I'd be interested in, please feel free to let me know! Now, you'll have to excuse me as I wipe the drool from my keyboard.

Until next time,
Miss Chicken Wing

Get Yo Pants Off The Ground!

Okay, American Idol is one of my reality television weaknesses, and this week marked the start of Season 9. General Larry Platt is a normal, 62-year-old citizen who auditioned for American Idol on their stop in Atlanta, Georgia, and he decided to introduce Simon, Randy, Kara, and guest judge Mary J. Blige to his original composition, "Pants On The Ground."

I think he is absolutely adorable, the voice isn't horrible, and the message is great! General Platt was fed up with the "youngsters" who don't have any idea what a belt is. So, he created this song, and it absolutely gets stuck in your head! So, of course, I wanted to share it with my Peeps, just in case you haven't seen it, or if you'd like to see it again.

I do not own the rights to this video, the lyrics, or any part of it.

Pants On The Ground (Danny Diggz American Idol Remix) (Jordan Laws Video Mix) from Danny Diggz on Vimeo.

So, I hope you enjoyed this 5-Minute Mental Health Break, and good luck trying to get "Pants On The Ground" out of your head!

Until next time,
Miss Chicken Wing

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SNOWSTORM POST PART IV

This is my final snow post, with some additional recap vlog entries, along with one of my favorite parts of snowstorms - the popular-where-I'm-from snow cream!

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Okay, so what about this snow cream bowl? What is the big deal? Well, Peeps, when it snows, you get the opportunity to create your very own wintry version of homemade ice cream! Cleverly named snow cream, it's extremely easy to make, and you only have to have a few ingredients on hand.

Those ingredients are as follows:

1. Milk (usually, I use 1% or 2%)
2. Sugar
3. Vanilla extract
4. Snow

Yep, that's it! I do wish I had exact measurements for you, but unfortunately, I don't! It's one of those "a little of this, a little of that" type of mixtures! But, it's still really easy to do. In order to further help you along the way, I've included pictures! (This way, you can sort of gauge whether or not you're close!)

First, put some milk in a bowl. Then, add some vanilla extract, and stir. When you've added enough, it should be a very light taupe color. Add in a little bit of sugar, and stir to give it some pre-snow sweetness.

Exhibit A.

Then, go outside and retrieve your designated snow cream bowl, and bring your treasure inside! :)

Exhibit B.

Next, add in the snow until it's pretty chunky. You need it to be thicker than you think you would like it because obviously, snow melts pretty quickly in the house. When you've got a good snow-to-mixture ratio, it should look something like this.

Exhibit C.

You may have to add a bit more sugar once you get to this stage - you want it to taste sweet like ice cream. Then, all that's left to do is put your snow cream bowl back outside if you're planning on making more the next day, and then enjoy the delicious treat that is sure to give you a massive brain freeze! Owies! But, as you can tell, the good definitely outweighs the bad!

In other words, it's completely worth it.

I hope you all get the chance to make and enjoy some snow cream. This is one of my fondest snow memories from my childhood, and I can't wait for the opportunity to share this memory with any future baby Chicken Winglets I'm blessed to have. :)

There are only a few Christmas posts left, so stay tuned!

Until next time,
Miss Chicken Wing

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Thank You, Britain!

I wanted to (possibly) introduce you to a saying that has great history, and can also serve as a personal mantra. I'd seen posters, and canvas artwork, and vinyl wall clings that showcase the graphic I'm about to show you, so I hope you like it!


The reason why I titled this post "Thank You, Britain!" is because this is a motivational poster that was created in Britain for use during World War II. The crazy thing about it is that the creator is unknown, and the poster was never even used! How did I come to know about it, then??? Someone rediscovered it in 2000, and since then, it's become insanely popular, and WHY NOT? It's fabulous! This really spoke to me, because I am someone who is often too anxious - I am a worrier (sometimes I could even be upgraded to minor panicker). I've found this graphic to be both soothing and good advice, and therefore I have it framed in my home office.

Here is a fantastic passage from Wikipedia.com that shares a little bit more of the history of this great saying:

"The poster was initially produced by the Ministry of Information in 1939 during the beginning of World War II, and was intended as a "last case scenario" to be used only should the Nazis succeed in invading Great Britain, in order to stiffen resolve. Two-and-a-half million copies were printed, although the poster was distributed only in limited numbers." Source

So, I hope you find it helpful and cool, just like I do!
Until next time,
Miss Chicken Wing

"This Is My Winter Song To You..."

We briefly interrupt the snowstorm posts to bring you a song dedicated to the month of winter and to give you a great quote to chew on until the next post!!!

Video/Song to Watch/Listen To:


Winter Songs from Crush Design on Vimeo.



Quote to read while listening to above song:

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”
―Edith Sitwell

I hope you enjoy these selections, and can't wait to post to you again with more snowy goodness!!!

Until next time,
Miss Chicken Wing

THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SNOWSTORM POST PART III

Welcome to the first official "vlog" post!!! (For those of you who need reminding, vlog = video blog). I will keep my words super short and sweet, and I will let the videos do the talking. This may take a while to load, as it is content heavy, and I am sorry if the videos come over sideways - I have no idea how to fix that yet! I'm still learning, so bear with me, Peeps!

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Will there be snow???

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10:22am - Mr. CW gets in on the action!

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Slip-up, and "But, Momma, I ain't no quitter!"

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"Who's the gunner now, sucker?!?!?!"

So, I hope you've enjoyed this post, full of my newfound love - vlogging! Hang with me because we are almost done with the snowstorm posts, and then I can finish recapping Christmas for you!!! I'm so happy and excited to share these awesome experiences and memories with you!

Until next time,
Your Newly-Vlogging-And-Loving-It Chicken Wing

THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SNOWSTORM POST PART II

Okay, so I must admit I've been a bad blogger recently - seriously, Miss Chicken Wing...eleven days without a post - who do you think you are? You've officially been put in TIME OUT!

Okay, so I've been bad, but I have a really good reason! You see, what had happened was...LOL! In all seriousness though, you'll notice that my last post was on Christmas - my very favorite holiday. I was absolutely blessed again this year, and I was able to take a WHOLE WEEK OF VACATION! Since Christmas came on a Friday this year, I was able to have the weekend directly following it, and then I decided to take the next Monday - Thursday off since New Years Day is a holiday for us at work. To me, it just made sense, and it was a well-needed break!

I can't wait to update you on the Christmas posts, because they are super fun, so that should be occupying my time in the very near future. As of right now, I have to finish telling you about the super awesome snowstorm that happened! :)

When I left you, I was showing you the progression of snowfall, and I let you in on the fact that we received about 17" of snow when all was said and done - talk about MAJOR SNOWAGE.

The next part of the equation is fun had in the snow, and so that's what this post is all about. Enjoy it, Peeps, as this will be a photo-heavy post!


Snow MuChi - photo by Little Sister Chicken Wing


Snow CiCi - Photo by Little Sister Chicken Wing


Until next time,
Your "Snow Documentor" Chicken Wing


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