9.26.2013

Dog Scarves

I recently saw online that you can buy these little handmade dog scarves. Since it is getting cold quickly now, we have started thinking about how much long fur Louie has and how Buck (we are thinking of renaming him Hank) does not. I don't want  Buck to be too cold this fall and mess up his potty training. So, I thought I should start practicing crocheting some dog scarfs in my spare time. It seems silly that it only covers their neck, but they sure look cute and are really easy to make if you want to save some money.

I think Buck is going to need a sweater to go with that scarf sometime and I might try to find a crochet pattern for that. Louie really likes having a buddy that is his size to play with. It seems ever since we got Buck, it has helped Louie to learn how to play with toys and get exercise playing chase.


 

9.18.2013

Fall Apple Crisp

Apples are now in season which means I can make one of my favorite recipes for autumn. My husband and I went up to our college campus to pick some organic locally grown apples for this treat at 50 cents a pound. You can find many different recipes for apple crisp, but this one is my favorite... it's my mom's recipe.
Apple Mixture:
6 Large baking apples, such as Granny Smith
1/4 cup apple juice or spiced cider apple juice
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt

Topping Mixture:
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup rolled oats or old fashion oats
1/4cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 cup cold butter, cut into pieces

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, lightly butter a 9x9 or 8x8 baking dish.

Apple Mixture: Peel, core, and slice the apples. Place the apples in a large bowl and add apple juice, sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and salt. Mix together and transfer to the prepared baking dish. Scatter the crisp topping evenly over the fruit.

Crisp topping: Stir flour, oats, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Using a pastry blender or two forks, blend in the butter until it is pea-size pieces. Scatter over apple mixture.

Bake for 40 minutes. Served warm with ice cream or whipped cream.

6.14.2013

Dandelions

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined."
-Henry David Thoreau

This week I saw a field with the largest Dandelions I have ever seen. I think this goes perfect with this quote. I have it hanging up so that I can remind myself everyday that I'm working towards something.

6.11.2013

Tiny Pink Flowers

Went on a walk today to this cute vintage house that I adore everyday, to get some shots of the wind tousling the wild flowers around it and realized when I got there that I didn't have my camera card in. Then walked home, put the camera card in and turned around to come back. Took one picture half way to the place and the battery died. Talk about bad luck. However, I think that picture I took before my final destination turned out quite beautiful. I would say it was worth it. You can see all the cotton fuzz that these tiny flower clusters caught in the wind today.

6.09.2013

Today's Inspiration

I'm glad to be back and have had some much needed time to transition back into school. I am happy that I finally found my passion for what I would like to get a degree in and have been completely consumed with it of late. I am going towards a Bachelors in Communication with an emphasis in PR and advertising. I wish to start another site as well for my professional portfolio that I would love to share with all of you as I learn from my experiences. Here is a little piece of inspiration in my life right now. Our garden has produced its first fruits and vegetables. I love the pattern of the bowl with the texture of the strawberries and smooth pea pods.





4.03.2013

Taking A Break


I'm taking a break from blogging for a while. Best of luck to you and your beautiful lives!

3.03.2013

Seattle

Last weekend we had a couple days off work and jumped in the car to take a much needed road trip...our destination, Seattle. It was about 12 hours each way for us and it only left us about two days to wander around the city with Jesse's sister and also see my brother and his wife. I wish we could live close to them and meet up in the city every week! 
Do you remember at the end of the movie The Avengers how Iron Man was talking about eating at Shawarma? Well, we were experiencing taking the bus in downtown Seattle with Jesse's sister and I had to use the bathroom so bad we jumped off and ran inside her favorite restaurant  only to come out and see it was a Shwarma haha! We also visited a few other places too...
I was having so much fun getting inspiration and seeing all the creative design around. There is also something about cheap good food from the street that is an experience all on its own haha!
Alright, I think that's enough pictures..I understand haha! And if there is any family reading this, don't worry we intend to come visit you too. We just need to save up some mad money for another trip sometime! 

2.20.2013

A Birthday & A DIY Lib Scrub Project

Last week with Jesse's birthday and Valentine's day right next to each other, we had a pretty fun two little days.  There was lots of NY cheese cake, pizza, chocolate strawberries, and two late movie nights. We also made a stop to one of his favorite stores so he could get some supplies for the custom orders he is working on from his leather business.
I even had some time to fit in a little DIY project for Valentines day. I work with a bunch of girls so I made everyone a little tiny container of winter lip scrub. I was thinking it would also be a great idea for party favors! Use equal parts brown sugar and honey and just a touch of everything else! I found the tiny containers at a craft store named Porter's.