Thursday, September 29, 2011

Photo Challenge: Stop that Door Stop

Day 8:  Technology

Remington's new nemesis is the door jam. You know, the thing behind doors to stop them so the door handle doesn't put a whole through the newly painted drywall? Yeah, that thing. He barks and bark and barks at it. Then, when it stops making the weird twangy noise, he'll hit it again with his paw and it'll start all over again. Seriously, Rem? This morning, he did it for 35 minutes straight. Yes, I almost pulled out all of my hair.

Day 9: Faceless Self Portrait

Self Portraits are hard. They really are. You have to choose something that can represent you in a good light. I choose scarves and tights. I love them. I hope it doesn't reflect something weird from the psychology world that I am into things that like choking and super tight clothing. That's just weird. Scarves are the perfect accessory and they keep you warm. Tights not only keep you warm but can spice up an outfit - like the coral/orangish colored ones I have on.

Day 10:  Something I made

Don't tell anyone, but I didn't actually take this picture today. BUT I LOVE MY BUTTON PINS! They are super fabulous and so easy! Button + thread + glue + bobby pin = Button Pin. 'Nough said.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

[ Guest Blog: A Croatian Adventure ]

As I have said before, I have some very talented sisters. Sister number #3, Kara, guest blogged on here several months ago about her Minnesotan Vacation. It was fabulous, she has a way with words.

Sister #2, Casey, is also an incredibly talented person. Not only is she musically gifted, being able to pick out the harmony with any tune, she is also a talented artist both in drawing and photography. She has a natural eye.

Today, I am featuring Casey and the pictures she took on a trip we took to Croatia and Bosnia-Hercegonvina a couple years ago. There are many more, so I chose some of my personal favorites...


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Not from Bosnia or Croatia. 
But it's an incredible photo 
capturing the movement of light.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Photo Challenge: Hello Chicken

Day 7: Something New

Honey-Lemon Chicken

It is fab-u-lous.

I got it from Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 Meal Plan.

Here's the recipe:

1/4 cup organic raw honey (I used creamed honey from Canada)
1/4 cup(s) lemon juice
2 teaspoon oil, vegetable
1 teaspoon rosemary, crushed 1 teaspoon lemon peel, grated
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
4 organic chicken breasts, skinless

  1. Combine all ingredients (except chicken) and mix well. 
  2. Marinate chicken in honey-lemon mixture 1 hour in shallow baking dish. 
  3. Broil chicken 5 minutes, brush with pan drippings, turn and broil 5 minutes longer or until juices run clear. 
  4. If desired, bring marinade to a boil; simmer 2 minutes. 
  5. Strain hot marinade over chicken.

I struggle to follow recipes. I really do, so I skipped the rosemary and lemon peel and added San-J's Sweet and Tangy Sauce instead.

I also would recommend allowing your chicken to thaw the night before and soak all day in the fridge in the marinade. It would be a lot more tender. I didn't have time and had to nuke it in the microwave really quick. However, it was delicious.

I also skipped the broil part. My oven doesn't do it very well and I've never broiled anything successfully. So, I cook the chicken for 30 minutes on 350 degrees. It turned out great!

I then served it over rice with some more Sweet and Tangy sauce on top.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Photo Challenge: Green Tomatoes

Day 6: Childhood Memory

I stole the green tomato. I did. I walked over to the tomato plant. Skipped the red tomatoes and went right for the small green ones. Did I mention I was three years old? Maybe, I could have been two and a half. I plucked those green tomatoes. I wasn't the only one who saw those green tomatoes though. Mom have an incredible way of seeing everything, even when you don't want them to. My wonderful mother noticed the missing tomatoes and confronted me. At three years old, do you know what I did? I lied. At three years old. Appalling. My mother has never let me forgotten my green tomato thief days.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Photo Challenge: Clouds Color & Love

I have a thing for clouds. I do. I love sunrises (when I can peel myself out of bed) and sunsets. The reds, purples, pinks, oranges and yellows that slowly fade into a dark mysterious blue enthrall me. I could watch the sky for hours if I had nothing else to do- like make dinner, wash dishes or vacuum. Storm clouds are by far my favorite. Unfortunately, it is the wrong time of year to get some photos of storm clouds, so a beautiful sunset will have to do. 

Day 4: Favorite Color

My favorite color is not red. Technically, it is green but I might be changing it to yellow. Since I am up in the air and really like the color red, here is our beautiful red barn. Yes, I said our. This barn is in my backyard. I have the best backyard. Ever.

Day 5: Something I love

Cheesy, eh? Yup, I love my Hubs and my pup, Remington.
Wanna know why I'm at Day 5? 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Spider Pandemonium

Mornings are becoming one of my favorite times of day. Except for when I'm crawling into bed at night. I love our bed. I know I've written about it before, but our puffy-cloud-happiness-pillow-top mattress is incredible. I love climbing into bed every night, it's fantastic. I'm also starting to enjoy getting up in the morning. I don't always get up as early as I want to. Okay, I don't get up as early as I want to most mornings, but when I do get up, I like it. It's quiet, the cat and dog snuggle in front of the heater and we all listen to some good jams. Something good like The Band Perry or this morning we listened to Frank Sinatra. It's good. It's peaceful. You never know what's going to come during the rest of the day, but mornings generally bring the promise of peace.

For the most part mornings are peaceful, except yesterday when Remington almost ran across the road to tell a little beagle who was boss of this area. The beagle's owner wasn't sure whether to be afraid of the howling little lab or the cars zooming between the beagle and lab - one of them definitely getting hit if Remington had made a new little friend. As I hear the barking begin, I am already running out the door, hopping to slip on shoes and grabbing a coat- AND A MASSIVE SPIDER IS IN THE CORNER. WHAT? Yes, seriously, pandemonium had descended upon our house. I was torn, spider or beagle-eating-lab. I chose the dog. I grabbed a different coat, one that did not have a spider web so neatly and intricately attached to it and ran outside. Commanding Remington to come, he made sure one last time that the dog was walking away, I was safe and he was content to walk inside behind me. Fabulous. Amazing dog, he's absolutely smarter than he looks.

BUT then we got back inside. I just need to add a quick disclaimer: I do not do bugs. I don't mind snakes, mice, bats, frogs and butterflies. I hate bugs. I detest bugs. I loathe bugs. AND THERE WAS MASSIVE SPIDER IN MY MUDROOM. There is a possibility that I am known in my family for exaggerating stories. Family, I am not exaggerating. It was large and in charge. It had yellow, red and black on it. In the animal world, bright colors generally mean bad things. Very bad things. All of these statements are 100% true. No exaggeration here.

So, it was me, Remington and Aruba. I was the only one with opposable thumbs. I was the only one taller than two feet. So, I guess I drew the short stick. The cat and dog beat me in a game of who gets to kill the massive, poisonous spider. I grabbed the nearest shoe, which also happened to be the one I had just worn outside moments earlier to get my beagle-eating-lab (only kidding, he's a sweetheart). I knew I had one chance and it needed to count. I flung that shoe like no one has ever seen a shoe flung. And The Spider was gone. I don't know if I just smashed it THAT hard against the wall or maybe it just self imploded as the shoe hit it with such speed and velocity. It was gone. But the wall. It's there and it bears testimony to the death of The Spider. Shoe print and all. Oops.

Pandemonium had quickly evaporated and the morning returned to peacefulness. However, the memory of the spider had me shake out my coat this morning before I put it on, just in case. Oh, and I keep checking in the nooks and crannies in the house, just in case. Oh, and I felt like I had creepy crawlies on me all day, just because. But, The Spider is dead and I lived to tell about it.

Remington and Aruba didn't seem too bothered about it though, they've recovered well (it's possible that they didn't know anything happened, just saying.)

Here's what my mornings looks like: 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Photo Challenge: Day 2: What I Wore

Scarves are my favorite accessory. They are my favorite gift. They are my favorite cold weather clothing. They are fab-u-lous. I own them from all over the world from London to Croatia to Thailand to Hungary. They are the only thing I collect and so it would be appropriate for day numero dos of the photo challenge to include a scarf seeing as I had to take a picture of what I wore. This scarf is my latest addition thanks to my world-traveling father and mother. This one might be from Hungary. Maybe Austria. Shoot. I have too many to keep track....

Day 2: What I Wore

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Photo Challenge: Day 1: Self Portrait

This is my first post of the 30  day photo challenge. One would think I would be at home, maybe drinking a warm cup of hot chocolate, but no... I'm sitting in 40 mile an hour wind gusts, cheering my wonderful Hubs on as he wraps up his fall softball season. I have no idea what the score is, what inning we are in and if I hadn't just looked up, I would not have known if we were hitting or out in the field...  Oh, and some guy just passed gas as he walked by which was followed by two other fellows simultaneously spitting and belching. Softball may or may not be my favorite sport... You be the judge....

Here is Day 1: Self Portrait

Photo Challenge: Ready. Set. Shoot.

I've never done a photo challenge. 

I saw them frequently on Facebook for a while, 
but it seems to be fading... 

Until I saw a friend, 
which inspired me to do one as well. 

So, started today I'm going to do 
the 30 day photo challenge. 

Of course we'll need some ground rules:

1. The pictures must be taken the day of, 
no using old pictures.
2. That's all I got, no more rules.

Here we go.... 
I'll post the first picture later sometime today. 

Todays Saturday

I woke up this morning completely prepared and ready for today to be Saturday. As the Hubs peeled himself out of bed, and I soon followed to make some strong cups of coffee. I have slowly come to terms with the fact that yes, indeed, it is only Tuesday. As the light but steady rain slowly woke me up this morning with my steaming cup o' joe, I reflected on a couple of things happening in our little family's life right now (family = Hubs, me, dog, cat).

We are at a good place. I've shared before about the journey that we are on as the Hubs looks for a permanent job. It's been a bumpy ride the past year, yet where we are is a quiet place. We have found peace in always being taken care of. We have found joy in being with each other. We have found contentment as we enjoy where we live, in our peaceful little farmhouse. We have found love in living close to the Hubs' family. Life is good. While we don't know what tomorrow holds, enjoying where God has put us for now is an incredible place to be.


Completely unrelated, 
here is a fantastic picture to get your day started off right:

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Camping Weekend

Camping = success. 

We had roaring fires, sticky s'mores fingers and lots of layers on to keep our the chilly wind.  It was the first time taking Remington on a trip, and his first time ever camping. I had a mental picture of him barking for hours at night because he heard people walking around to go the bathroom. His howling, scary-I'm-going-to-rip-your-head-off bark... However, not only did he not bark, he was the best dog ever. He slept 9+ hours a night, let us put him in his kennel when we needed to, did his bathroom duties when he was supposed to. Seriously, best dog ever award.

I had every intention of taking pictures all weekend... every intention... yeah, I made it to breakfast on Saturday and never picked my camera back up. Oops. However, our delicious breakfast of gluten free pancakes and maple sausage was duly documented...

However, after that, I'm afraid that I must admit to you that the only thing I took pictures of were trees. BUT the colors were beautiful! Even though Fall has just arrived, the colors are already fantastic.

It was a fantastic weekend of relaxing, hanging out with friends and enjoying the beautiful outdoors. Now we are back in the full swing of things at home, house-cleaned, cookies baked and laundry started....
How was your weekend?

Friday, September 16, 2011

Inspiration Friday

Happy Friday! 
The weekend is almost upon us! 
Here are some decorating inspirations 
if you have some free time this weekend...

And to wrap up your work week, 
here are some words of wisdom for the weekend:

On that note, hope you have a fantastic weekend. 

We are off to do some wonderful camping and we're bringing the dog for the first time- so I'm sure I'll have loads of stories and picture starting Monday- or even Sunday night. 

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Changing Lens

We woke up to crunchy frost on the ground this morning. Only 5 days ago it was 90 degrees... I love the change. Rarely does change excite me, rarely do I look forward to change. I know this is probably the case for many people. Change is generally hard. Adjusting to something new, something unwanted, something unknown is never easy. Yet, as the weather changes, I look forward to it. I look forward to it with excitement. So how come I can't look forward to other changes? What is it about the weather that makes change okay? Weather is somewhat predictable. It is going to cool down, the leaves will fall off the trees and then eventually it'll snow. But isn't the rest of life like that if we could look through a wide angle lens? Life is going to change, people are going to come and go, the chapters of life are going to be opened and closed. Perhaps it isn't that I don't like change in other situations, maybe I'm just not looking through a wide enough lens. In the end, I'll be taken care of. In the end, I won't be given any situation that is too hard - I've been promised that. In the end, with a little bit of perspective, change is good. It will be good when it's developed my character, made me into a better wife and someday mother, developed patience, kindness and love. Change is good, I just need to take a step back and look through a different lens.

 The view that greeted me when I drove into work this morning

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Card Makin'

Want to make a card?

Here's what I sometimes do...

Get a 4x6 blank piece of paper 
(I prefer colorful cardstock)

Buy some fun stickers or 
scrapbooking stickers at Michaels 
(or your favorite local craft store)

Cut another 4x6 piece of paper so 
it fits only part of the 
original black piece of paper 
and glue it on.

Then, if I am feeling incredibly ambitious, 
I will stamp something fun 
like the first initial of the person 
the card is for or a heart 
before I write their name.

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