May 31, 2011
May 30, 2011
Bridesmaids (sooooo love Melissa McCarthy), grilled beer can chicken, sat around a campfire, played Shrek Operation (crazy fun), had burgers & shakes from Steak 'n Shake (which was founded here), got a super short but still sweet visit with my best bud at her baby shower (cutest pregger ever, by the way), & went on a country cruise with my sister (on our way to the airport) on which we sang our ever-loving hearts out to Alison Krauss's new album (which I have become obsessed with) & considered but did NOT break into a huge scary mansion just to see the inside. If I only had $500k to buy it and another $200k to fix it up. Excellent weekend.
May 26, 2011
bestie's baby shower! It was a mix of 2 rainbow quilt sets I got from Red Velvet last year....I love the hot pink binding! I asked Coco to help me on a few rows...he got so into it he asked to see it through :) I ended up adding 2 rows later when I realized I had done my math wrong, then I did the actual quilting & binding late one night. I always want to skip things like - ironing and pinning - but have had my fill now of ripping out seams so I will be a good little girl & follow the rules!
in Labels: Arts/Crafts
May 25, 2011
Wildlife Prairie Park. We are hopeful that the weather will cooperate and the ceremony can take place outside, which will be followed by dinner and dancing on the Hespell Deck. Above is the save the date I have ordered from Hello Lucky. I plan to get invitations and RSVP post cards in the same design - it really suits the colors we have already chosen as well as the venue & season!
May 24, 2011
One of the new techniques I am using to reach my fitness goals is to set more reasonable expectations for myself so that I can actually succeed! It's sort of like playing mind games with yourself, but hey whatever works right? I have not been exercising much the last few years, so my goal this week is to do something active at least 4 days - it doesn't matter whether it's taking the dogs on a walk, doing a P90 DVD or walking with a co-worker over lunch break. And when I succeed at reaching this smaller goal, I'll be proud of myself & even more pumped up to set another , more difficult goal for myself!
May 23, 2011
3/4 cup softened butter
3/4 cup shortening
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder (this is not a typo, use full tablespoon)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups all purpose flour
Cream butter and shortening, then add sugar, baking powder and salt. Beat to combine then add eggs and vanilla. Mix in flour 1 cup at a time. Cover and chill for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350, roll out dough, cut and bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges are starting to get golden brown.
3 ounces pasteurized egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups confectioners sugar
Combine the egg whites and vanilla and beat until frothy. Add sugar gradually and mix on low speed until sugar is incorporated and the mixture is shiny. Turn up speed to high and beat until mixture forms stiff, glossy peaks. Add food coloring if desired and spread on cookies.
I. Love. This. Recipe.
in Labels: Food/Recipes
May 20, 2011
|goal clipboard from decoylab|
|snack stations from real simple|
|fridge snack station from real simple|
|pillows from shop dirtsa|
Last year was shitty & this year, I live in Paris. So if you're having a hard time, cross your fingers for luck & put your head down & work.
-Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day.