My name is Ashley McLaughlin and this is my blog, Edible Perspective. To learn more about my journey head on over to my about + FAQ pages. I'm thrilled that you stopped by. Enjoy!

  


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Friday
May202011

the best surprise ever

While maybe a few of you knew, due to my excited tweets over the past few weeks, I just arrived home in Cleveland, OH!  My plan was to surprise my mom for her 60th birthday, which is today.  It went off without a hitch!!  Well, except for when my dad almost blew it the other day!!  My operation surprise planner himself!!  When talking about where to eat for her birthday dinner, he told my mom he checked with the chef at the restaurant to make sure I would have something to eat [GF + veg]!  However, somehow he was able to back track and have her believe it was for a trip home I was planning to make this summer.  I threw her off more by saying things like, “why would I come out right now when you’re coming next week to Colorado???”  and “How could I possibly come home with all the house stuff going on here!!”  She bought it!!  What she also found out last night is that now she gets to fly back WITH me to Colorado and get two full weeks of mom/daughter time. :)  Happiness all around!  So here is how things went down last night.

Flight departure: 7:05pm

Flight arrival: 12am [3hrs + 2hr time gain]

Flight delayed due to weather: 8pm

Real flight arrival: 1am + 1hr car ride home – My very kind brother picked me up from the airport!

2AM – Me at the front door, called my mom and obviously woke her up! 

me: “HI mom!!!”

mom: “HI…” confused

me: “I just wanted to call and say happy birthday!!”

mom: “oh…okay…thanks” still confused because of how late it was

me: “What are you doing?”

mom: “sleeping…”

me: “Oh, well do you want your first birthday present??”

mom: “umm, okay..” tired + confused

me: “COME TO THE FRONT DOOR”

mom: “WHAT!  HUH???”

me: “Come to the front door!!!”

mom: “What??? You’re here?? NO…you can’t be here…HOW could you be here???”

me:  “Come to the front door and check!”

mom: “WHAT?? Huh?? No way!!  How did you get here???”  confused + excited voice

me: RINGING DOORBELL for proof!!  Dad has video camera on mom in the bedroom!

mom: “WAIT you’re here??? For real??? Oh SHIT!” drops phone..puts robe on [my mom is not the swearing type! haha]

Mom walks out, dad is video taping!!  Lots of gasping ensued!

mom: “ohhhhhhhh my gosh!!!!!!!! How did you do this?? I’m so confused??  You were coming all along??  You really tricked me!!  I really believed you weren’t coming since I’m coming next week!”

…and then it went on from there.

There was some squealing from the mom, and some mother/daughter dancing that always happens when I come home.  It’s sort of like a waltz/polka and involves funny singing noises.

Then she starts talking about my comforter dilemma!!! Hahahaaha

When she finally went back to the bedroom to go to bed [she’s a speech pathologist and had to get up early for school!] I could hear more squeals of excitement to my dad and her saying “but there’s nothing she can eat…I don’t have any gluten food!” :)

Too cute!!

But mom…you had just what I wanted.  Steel cut oats!!  I also found quinoa pasta!! :)  There were lemons, for my daily lemon water and even some local eggs to mix into the oats.  Don’t need much more than that!

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I wasn’t sure whether to eat breakfast or lunch because I wasn’t up until noon, EST.  I was up last night until 4am trying to fix my blog again.  It crashed due to a CPU problem.  Again!  Fingers crossed that the problem was solved this time! 

I went with breakfast….obviously. :) 

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Pecans are DEElicious!!!  It’s been too long since I’ve had them.  One of my favorite nuts!

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1 egg mixed in, cranberries and a nice big glob of PB! 

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Feels good to be home!

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Do these photos look familiar??? :)

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My parents hung some of my Etsy prints in the kitchen!!  I just saw them hanging for the first time.  Pretty cool!! :)

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I couldn’t be more excited to be home for my mom’s birthday and to see the rest of my family.  The only thing that would make this better is if Chris was here with me!!!  Okay and maybe the crazy dogs. :)

 {happy birthday to my mom}

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Thank you.

For all that you do.

All of your support.

All of your love.

All of your advice.

Your hugs.  Your phone calls.  Your cries.  My cries.  Our laughs.  Our silly kitchen dances.  Your pouting every time I leave Ohio.  Your thoughtful care packages.  Your backwards smiley faces (:  Your still not being able to send a text message. ;)

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I love and appreciate it all and feel so incredibly lucky!

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You are loved by ME, more than you know.

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HAPPPPPY WEEKEND!!!

Ashley

Thursday
May192011

not as expected

Remember the other day when I had you help me pick out a comforter for the spare bedroom?  Well, as I told you, I chose option #5.  It came yesterday [not available in stores] and was not as I expected.  At all!

Well, the pattern was what I expected, but the colors were different than on the photo.  In the Target photo there is way less black on the comforter and more gray. 

See here!  Way more “yellow” and the yellow is nice and light.  Part of the comforter is folded over, but it looks like gray is peaking out of the left corner, not black.  There is only 1 black squiggle.

Product Image DwellStudio® for Target® Orbit Comforter Set

Here we have 2 HUGE black squiggles and the material is shiny.  Really shiny!  The light gray, looks silver! 

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It’s completely overpowering in this room.  The photos actually make it look better than it actually looks in person. 

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I’m definitely not digging all of the black or the shininess.  OR the fact that the yellow is mustard, not light yellow/green.  How annoying!

Oh…I almost forgot!!!

Like my stripes??? :)

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The stripes won’t be changing, so I have to find something that matches.  I’ll have a post all about the stripe painting soon!

New option #1!

It’s a quilt, not a comforter.  However, it’s very heavy and extremely soft [100% cotton]. 

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This is also part of the Dwell Studio line, but you can’t find it online at Target. 

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I’m not positive I love it with the stripes, but I think with pillows and a few things on the, it would all come together.

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Also, it cost $70, which isn’t too bad.  However, it didn’t come with shams and they are $25/piece!!  I think that is outrageous considering the whole quilt was $70.  The shams are the same pattern, and I think they would really bring it all together.  I was thinking of getting solid gray, but I’m not sure that will look right.  Maybe if they are quilted?

For this option, I’m thinking of a burnt orange/red accent color.  I just love this modern vintage look!

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Here is option #2, also from Target.  I love the colors + the simplicity.

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It looks a little better in the photos than it does in the room.  The shams are really cheap looking and just look like typical pillowcases.  The major plus of this comforter is that it only cost $30!  The shams were an extra $10/piece.  I like the design, but quality is lacking.

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The other downside of this comforter is that it’s 100% polyester, which is most likely why it’s so inexpensive.  It feels pretty soft, but in the past I’ve always bought 100% cotton comforters + sheets.  I don’t want my guests sweating!! :)

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With this set, I would stick with the bright green for the accent color and maybe a darker charcoal grey.

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If they both cost the same, I would pick option 1.  However, with the price difference, I’m still deciding.  I think they both work with the stripes, and will look much better once the bed is fully made and with a few decorative elements. 

I’ll mull it over for the next day or two…

Just wanted to share the latest with the spare bedroom progress!

Ashley