Over the last few months I have become glitter obsessed. Glittery items should probably have their own board on my Pinterest account. However, since I don’t, they get mingled in with everything else- therefore, every area of my “dream” life is covered in GLITTER.
How do you incorporate glitter into your life? I have tried to be somewhat conservative with the glitter since I live with one heck of a hunk, but I haven’t completely been banished from using glitter yet. So far glitter has invaded two pairs of shoes and a set of cardboard letters in our living room. I would say I am still practicing at least a little bit of self control.
I didn’t know a thing about cooking when I got married a year and a half ago. I loved the Food Network and eating, but I couldn’t do a thing in the kitchen. But I was determined to feed my husband incredible food.
The summer we got married I learned a lot about life, and a lot about cooking. One of the first breakfast dishes I learned was Pioneer Woman’s Fried Potatoes. I loved the crunch of the slightly burnt potatoes and the sweet taste of the burnt onion mixed within.
Since that summer I have played with her recipe a bit to make my own version– Spicy Potato Hash.
Spicy Potato Hash
3 russet potatoes, chopped
1/4 cup yellow onion, chopped
1/4 cup red pepper, chopped
1/4 tsp onion salt
1/4 tsp Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 clove garlic, chopped
- preheat oven to 400 degrees. spray cookie sheet or foil with cooking spray, or olive oil.
- bake potatoes, onion, and onion salt for 20 min. stir once after 10 min.
- heat skillet to medium high, saute garlic until golden.
- add potatoes and onion, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, red pepper. fry for 10 minutes.
- stir every 3 minutes. let potatoes rest in one spot so they get crispy
- serve with toast
I’m a wimp. A real weany. I’m also a bit of a cry baby.
When hubby asks for a a night away with the guys I’m more likely to offer steak for dinner for a week than say yes. I don’t like to sleep without him. (interpret like as I will cry for hours and hours and not eat and live off lattes if I have to go a night without him.)
Well… Thursday I told him he could go have a little man’s retreat for a night this weekend. Tough choice. I’m working on the whole self-less thing. I decided it was time to grow up. Put my big girl panties on and let him go. He left this morning.
I knew in order to survive his night away I would need a plan. A really good plan. One that would keep my mind and body occupied for 36 hours.
The plan was to go to Target, Barnes & Noble, and JoAnn’s to shop and browse to my hearts content, all the while holding a steaming vanilla latte in my hand.
What actually happened? Well… I did a little homework. Then tried to put myself together to go to the store, tried to bribe my mom with Cheesecake Factory leftovers to come see me, text my man, try to drown myself in Pinterest. All around fail.
Plan two. I think this one will do the trick.
Survival Guide Staples:
Leftovers from the Cheesecake Factory. Cheesecake, pasta, and fried mac & cheese balls. All are necessary.
Starbucks. Lots and lots of Starbucks. The festive cup helps too.
Magazines. Helpful for aiding your mind in wandering away from the lack of husband at home. I just pretend I can decorate my home how ever I want and lose myself in that.
Favorite chick-flicks. Highly necessary. Even if they only serve as background noise to some crying.
The last staple- my mom. I guess my bribing worked. My wonderful mommy is coming to stay with me for the night because a night alone just sounds unbearable. Mom’s know how to fix things. I think she also gets out of working too… that may or may not have been part of her plan.
With my staples in hand, I think I can make it through the night. Wish me luck.
I love brownies. They’re rich and gooey and just plain fabulous. Amen?
Last night we decided to have a small dinner party. It was kind of a “enjoy your Christmas break-see you in a month-just because we can” kind of dinner party. We told them to dress up.
The boys looked like gentlemen.
The girls looked classy.
The table was cheery.
The food was satisfying.
The company was delightful.
Yesterday was my birthday. I turned 21. Woo. Hoo.
First of all, I have the best, most incredible loving people in my life. I can’t get over it.
Second of all, I am completely and utterly lame. I did not take a single picture. So I will result to the next best thing after pictures- lists.
- fabulously sassy new pencil skirt from Anthropolgie from my momma.
- massive piece of Turtle Cake from Cafe Latte with lovely ladies
- one night stay in Stillwater with the love of my life
- 3 beautiful pairs of tights & 3 canvases from my bestie back home
- 83 “Happy Birthday” notifications on Facebook
- endless phone calls and texts and cards from family & friends
- pretty nest message board & lovely zip-up boots from my wonderful daddy & step mommy
- and Chinese take-out for lunch.
It was a fantastic birthday. So much love. God has blessed me with so much.
This was a project I did for one of my art classes.
My body has been craving pumpkin like crazy. PUMPKIN PUMPKIN PUMPKIN! Like seriously, I can’t get enough. I see a recipe that calls for pumpkin and I am instantly trying to decide if I have time to make it. Usually the answer is no. However, I did find time to play with two pumpkin recipes in the last week.
I am leading a freshman girl Bible Study this year, and as part of that I am in charge of bringing a treat every other week. So regardless of how little time I have to bake- I will be baking at least every two weeks. Hopefully.
The pumpkin party in my kitchen last week included Pumpkin Cookies with Pecans and Pumpkin Muffins sprinkled with Cinnamon & Sugar. Both of which were A+ choices.
Here is the deal with these beautiful little mounds. They are super light and fluffy and soft and melt in your mouth. I ditched the frosting and opted to just shove a few pecans on top of each cookie instead. Lovely nutty addition. Excellent choice. They aren’t as good after a few days, so gobble them up fast, which you will have no problem doing. This recipe made about 2 dozen cookies.
These guys. Oh my. Adorable. Love that Smitten Kitchen added cinnamon & sugar to the tops. It was a nice way to bring a little extra sugar into the muffins. Her recipe was a little weird at the bottom when she added her additional notes (I did 1/3 cup oil and 1 cup sugar). In place of pumpkin spice I did 1/4 tsp of the following: cinnamon, ground ginger, and nutmeg. They were lovely. And super cute. Pair them with a cup of apple cider and you’re set.
Both of these recipes were super easy and perfect for fall. I hope you are enjoying this beautiful fall weather still. I certainly am.
I know, I know. I just posted like 3 hours ago. But I couldn’t resist.
I have the most adorable little sister in the world. She will be 4 next month.
Go check out my step mom’s blog to see about her first day of ballet class.
Too cute. My sister is the crazy red-head.
Cutest little lady ever.
I don’t have a recipe of my own, or a do-it-yourself project today. I haven’t had time. I do, however, have time to day dream about fall. And you can bet I spend my moments doing so.
Fall Food Cravings
…here are a few recipes I would love to try this fall.
baked pumpkin doughnuts
So if this cool weather leaves you craving pumpkin, spices, and all things cozy, give any one of these recipes a whirl and let me know how it goes. I hope you’re enjoying the beautiful beginnings of fall!