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Monday, October 15, 2012

Fall is Here!

I don't know about you, but fall is exciting to me. It's such a wonderful time to reflect on God's beautiful creation as the seasons change and a variety of colors spread across the landscape. The air starts to get a little crisper and if you live in the Northwest, it starts to rain more frequently. I don't know about you, but I love the smell of rain-- and the sound is so relaxing.

via Verizon Mobile

It's also that time of year when you reach for your warm beverage and hold it close (if you've never done this, you really need to try it. It makes your warm beverage that much better). Chai lattes, pumpkin spice, hot cocoa.. yum!

Let me know what your fall favorites are!

Also, if you're feeling the fall check out this blog called OneYoungLove. She has a special fall give-away!!!

Happy Fall <3

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Idea #13: Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate

So I found this recipe on Home and Hearth and thought it was worth a share. I don't know about you but nothing quite gets me excited for fall like pumpkins. Anything pumpkin and my ears start to perk up and I'm intrigued.

So it's not surprising that as I fumble along through pinterest (yes, a guilty pleasure), I'm stopping and pinning everything pumpkin. I even made a board called "pumpkin"...

Enough about pinterest..

This recipe looks delightful and it surprisingly doesn't even look that bad for you (can you say a guilt-free dessert/beverage?!) I even wonder, to make it a little more guilt free if you tried it with dark chocolate instead of white.

Let me know if you give it a try! I'll most likely be making one this weekend :o)

from Home and Hearth

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Idea #12: BBQ Chicken Tacos

Last night we (my boyfriend and I) were planning on having burgers for dinner. When we got home from work, we realized that the beef was still in the freezer. If you're like us, you're ready for dinner and looking for something quick, and not having the meat defrosted puts a damper on that. We took this opportunity to look at what was waiting to be eaten in the fridge and pantry.. left overs, sandwiches, cereal, etc.
I discovered 2 defrosted chicken breasts just waiting to be cooked. I took this opportunity to be a little adventureous. If you know me, at least lately, I've been glued to recipes, especially new ones, and feeling a little lost in the imagination of cooking. I've been nervous to experiment with mixing ingredients together on the account of "what if it tastes aweful and we're stuck with eating the rest of it for dinner" -- a little negative, I know.
We'll last night was different. I decided to have a little fun and hope for the best..
Here are some other ingredients I tossed in:
1/2 green pepper
1/2 red onion
1 lime
1/4 cup cilantro (guestimate)
1/3 cup BBQ sauce (of your choice)
I started by adding about 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and the diced red onion to a skillet on medium heat. While I was waiting for the oil mixture to heat up, I sliced the chicken breasts into about 1/2 inch strips (so that they were easy to put into tacos AND cooked faster). I added the chicken to the skillet and squeezed the juice from the lime on top. Once the chicken was browned on both sides (about 7 or so minutes), I added the diced green peppers, cilantro, and BBQ sauce to the chicken mixture. Once added, I covered the skillet until the mixture was boiling. I then reduced the heat to low for another 5 minutes.
While this was wrapping up, i gathered together some toppings. I diced a small tomato, chopped up some lettuce and pulled out some cheese. We also heated up our tortillas by wrapping them in a damp paper towel individually and microwaving them for about 20 seconds.
And that it!! I think it turned out fantastic and my boyfriend even told me that it was really good.. even without me asking :o)
Let me know if you give this a try and let me know how yours turns out!!
Happy Tuesday!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Idea #11: Sweet Potato Hummus

I love reading Kayla Danelle's blog! I'm always either inspired, learn something new, and/or find something interesting to think about. I think her blog was my first real inspiration for things Paleo and got my wheels turning. I'm also LOVING the book that she suggested.. more on that later.

Today she posted about her weekend and linked to some of her older posts of recipes that she had found. I'm totally going to give them a try but one in particular I'm going to have to try tonight! It originates from SpoonForkBacon.com called Sweet Potato Hummus! Something tells me I'm going to love it!!

I'll let you know what I think and maybe even have some pictures to follow!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Eating Clean

Let's face it.. eating healthy isn't always fun. It can also be very time consuming; especially when what's quick is a drive through (sometimes that's even too long). But once you've consumed that very delicous food, it sets in and you feel gross. At least I do if I'm honest with myself.

A couple months ago I started doing some research about the "Paleo Diet". The concept seems great and very inspiring. I've even been trying to cut out the processed sugars and some carbs -- full Paleo would be a huge jump for me. My problem is that eating plain chicken and veggies is boring. I like to spice things up, but when it comes down to dinner time and I'm staring at my defrosted chicken thinking "what am I going to do with you"....

nothing seems to inspire me at that moment.

Today I was checking out a tweet from Heath Magazine (@goodhealth). I clicked on the link and found 8 ways to boost flavor! I know the ideas are simple but they can be the starting point to something better.. and a great source of inspiration.

What are some of your inspirational ingredients or go to spices and herbs?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Staying Cool

Today (here in Salem) it will be over 100 degrees! In my apartment we have no air conditioning so staying cool is a problem. Here are some ideas to think about for today (and tomorrow):
  • Homemade Popsicles (try this recipe from Craft Berry Brush)
  • Ice Cream
  • Swimming in a pool
  • Coast (or beach for those of you in Cali)
  • White Water Rafting
  • Floating a river
  • Water skiing

There's a short list to help get you thinking!
Happy Thursday!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Idea #10: E-reader Sleeve!

So this last Christmas, I got a Nook Simple Touch as a present. I was so very excited about it (and am still excited about it) but I wanted to make sure I had a super cute cover for it. I looked online at pre-made ones and none of them were super exciting or said "This is Lindsay". Being the crafty one, I decided to look for the perfect pattern and fabric!

Almost 8 months later... still no e-reader sleeve or cover :(.

This last weekend, however, I took the Sleep in Your Own Bed Retreat with Sweet Treasures which meant that I would need a pattern. It was time to get serious and find a pattern! Looking through pinterest (one of the greatest inspirational sites ever-- also EXTREMELY addicting) I found this pattern from Birdiful Stitches! It was relatively easy to follow and I got the whole project done in one day!

Here's the finished product:

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I hope you feel inspired for your next project!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Idea #9: My Hero

I stumbled across Beth's wonderful reminder today on her blog Epiphany. She was talking about who our hero really is. You can read her story here, which I highly recommend.

It's funny how when we feel like there is something missing in our lives, we look everywhere else to find what we can do or use to fill it; it can be a person, thing, or even a hobby. But the reality is, God wants us to be apart of Him. I challenge all of you (including myself) to spend more time in His Word this week getting to know your hero better.

Let me know how your week goes!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Beginner's Quilt

Here are the most recent pictures of my quilt! The only step left to do is bind the edges but  I wanted to let you all see it!

I had sewn together the blocks and had my quilt sent to Loretta at Osborn Specialty Quilting who then did the beautiful sticking across the top!


(Laying on my bed)


I am still deciding on the fabric that will make up the binding but it will be one of the fabrics in the middle. I will post final pictures once the binding is completed :o) -- maybe even take some better quality pictures too!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Idea #8: Coffee Cozies

So I found this free pattern from Crafty Staci through pinterest awhile ago. They are wonderful coffee cozies that I made for my whole office for christmas as well as some friends and family! They are a wonderful small gift for your loved ones and friends :o)

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Hair Tie
11" of 2 different kinds of fabric

They are even reversible and totally washable! Just don't forget to take it off your cup before you throw it away..


A Weekend of Events

So tomorrow, bright and early I will be making the long trek from Salem to Idaho for my brother's graduation! I am very excited to be apart of this very exciting milestone in his life and get to spend some family time.. even for a brief weekend.

Goal for the long drive: Work on my crochet scarf that I have been working on for the last 2 years.. yes, WAY too long. The goal is to get it even closer to completion so that come fall I can actually wear it :o) It is a very fun fall orange color. I'll share pictures at the end of the weekend.

For those of you sticking around the Portland/Salem area and looking for something exciting to do, you should check out Oregon Trail Rally! The first day is at the Portland International Raceway this Friday starting at 6 pm! It is something exciting that I'm sure you will not want to miss! Saturday and Sunday will be in The Dalles and have designated spectator sections. Hope some of you can make it!


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

My new throw :o)

So its been awhile.. a long while since I've made a post. The big project that I have been working on lately is a quilt designed by Terri Staats at Sweet Treasures Quilt Patterns. It is an awesome beginners quilt that teaches you some of the basics of quilting (and sewing). She has other awesome patterns too that are for all the crafty folks out there (and if you're in the Salem, Oregon area she even teaches classes).

With that said, I was going to attach a picture to show you but my camera isnt wanting to cooperate right now. In the next week I will post you a picture of my almost completed quilt. It will go wonderfully on my bed as an accent blanket :o)

For all you adventureous crafters out there, you should give the art of quilting a try. It's pretty fun!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Idea #7b: Monogrammed Collage picture

So previously I had shared my christmas idea that I gave to my sister and for whatever reason the picture wasn't working... so here is another attempt for posting the picture :o)

Hopefully it works! New project soon.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Idea #7: Monogrammed Collage

First Christmas project:
So (again sorry about the poor quality picture and lack of detailed steps with pictures) I made this for my sister for christmas and it was quite easy.


All I had to do was find fun pictures (i just printed them in black and white on normal printer paper) and modge podged them to a canvas. I modged podged underneath the picture before placing it and then over the top to seal it. Once it was dry, I applied another coat of modge podge.

I also wrapped my pictures around the sides for a more completed look.. so once I had modge podged my second coat (and it was dry) I snipped the corners so that there wasn't a pointy corner.

For the button look, I bought 2 packs of buttons from JoAnns but you could easy just use ones from around the house if you have enough or pick out several of your favorites. I used 2 different sizes for depth.

Before applying the buttons, I had placed them on the counter to make sure that I had enough buttons and that I had them placed the way I wanted before gluing them down on the canvas. The buttons were applied with a good amount of tacky glue. Don't be afraid to have a little too much glue because it will dry clear.

Once buttons are placed, glued, and dried, YOU'RE DONE!!!

Another project well done!