October 26, 2011
October 25, 2011
This is my new favorite braid.
It's an upside down braid so you tuck each strand under the others as you braid and you only braid in the top and not the bottom. So the hair closest to my forehead isn't being brought in, only hair from the top is. Does that make sense? It's like a half french braid. Anyways, I am loving the look because it's different from the standard and it's gotten easier and easier each time I've done it. Go try it.
After finishing the first Hunger Games I raved about it so much I begged and pleaded with AJ to read it. And he did. In one day. He stayed up all night finishing it. I was so surprised. It's seriously that good. So if you haven't read it yet, run your little legs over to the library and grab it. Everybody's doing it.
Quote of the Day:
Me: "I had a dream last night that I had a baby."
AJ: "What color was it?"
October 24, 2011
What'd you do over the weekend?
I read. I read every day all day. That's all I did.
I went to the store and read down the aisles, through the crowds, and waiting in line.
I went to the mall and read it between the clothes, along the sidewalks, and at the cash register.
I read while laying in bed, sitting on the couch, and during husbands movie.
Just kidding. But really, I read a lot. I heard the Hunger Games was a good book and let me tell you. That is the understatement of the century. The Twilight nonsense can't even light a flame to this book. Not sure what that means but I've heard it before.
Team Jacob or Team Edward? No, no, no, Team Peeta. This book was thrilling, amusing, charming, suspenseful, engaging, comical, exciting; full of adventure. I laughed, cried, and cheered my way through this book. I couldn't put it down. I was so anxious to read what was going to happen but not wanting it to end at the same time. I didn't just read my entire way through the weekend but when I wasn't reading I was thinking about how much I wanted to keep reading. As soon as I finished it, I screamed in angst wanting to know more! I immediately had to have the second book and even now can't wait to keep reading. I am such a nerd. That's what my old roommate would be saying.
Once I was talking to said roommate about either an accounting or marketing textbook that I had been reading and I was telling her how much I had enjoyed reading it and then I said to her as that thought came to my head I began thinking "I'm a nerd, I'm a nerd, I'm a nerd."
Going on then. I bought some gourds. Yes gourds. No I didn't know that was a word either. But that's what the receipt said. Gourds. I gorged on gourds this weekend. Bought some, decorated with them, took some pictures of them. Good times.
We also did some family pics. Loving them. They turned out great. Coming from a family of ten it was strange to look at our family pictures and see just two adults. Just two. Plus a dog. That wouldn't look at the camera. Too preoccupied by the kids playing. *sigh.
Lastly, I finally got a car. I've never owned a car that was this expensive and as a result had extreme anxiety every time I drove it. I was so afraid I was going to crash it or wreck it or damage it. It's subsided a bit and now it's just a car. Mostly, I love the automatic transmission and the automatic windows and the fact that it tells me the time and the temperature. Ha, just shows how old my other car was.
How was your weekend?
October 23, 2011
Do I look like a boy?
Hmm. maybe not. This is my take on the tomboy style. Okay okay it's more lumber jack style. I feel like I'm going camping or something. So much so that I flipped the vest the other way so it was furry. Fur is girly right?
Sometimes when I ask AJ what he did earlier in the day he'll say he was out chopping wood, in cutoffs, and a flannel shirt. Cuz that's the manly thing to do.
Our fireplace is electric.
October 20, 2011
F21 jacket; H&M blouse; leggings unknown; Topshop socks; Franco Sarto boots
Since getting my hair done I thought maybe I could do an outfit post. Quite honestly though I realize my hair's still the same as it always has been. Have you noticed that for yourself? I once heard that even if you get your hair cut and styled a new way you'll go back to how you've always done it within three days. It only took me one. I guess I'll just stick with this style for the rest of my life.
These boots. I bought them when it started cooling off and found them on piperlime. I have a pair of heels from Franco Sarto and thought I'd love their boots as well. I'm still warming up to them.
What about you? Do you have a favorite brand that you always stick to?
October 12, 2011
I love baking ten times more than I enjoy cooking. I could bake sweet treats all day long. Everything doesn’t always work out but these were one of the few things that did and they were beautiful.
They didn’t get cooked too long and were the perfect texture. I’ll be honest. The first time I ever tried a pumpkin cookie I was 21 years old. Basically I didn’t eat any kind of dessert that had the words zucchini, carrot, or pumpkin in them. Those foods had no right being in any kind of dessert in my book. But, here were two of my cute roommates cooking up a batch of pumpkin cookies *gasp! so I thought if they liked them then they couldn't be that bad. So right. These are one my favorite cookies now and I always look forward to them when Fall rolls around.
1 cup shortening
2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground nutmeg
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the vanilla and pumpkin until well blended.
Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg; stir into the pumpkin mixture. Mix in the chocolate chips. Stir in the walnuts if desired. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until edges begin to brown. Allow to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheets before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
Here is the headbraid as promised!
I hope you find it useful and it makes sense :)
Apparently I'm a big talker because I talked my whole way through this tutorial. So in an effort to cut off 4 whole minutes! my
October 8, 2011
October 5, 2011
I was hesitant about the sour cream part but I couldn't even taste it.
Sadly, the bread got overcooked so when I pulled it out of the oven I was really afraid that I had ruined it. I decided to try a slice anyways and found that the combination of a course crust and gooey middle really complimented each other and I quickly swallowed up two slices.
I halved the recipe because there's just the two of us so it only made this small loaf. It also didn't rise and I assume because all it had was an itty bit of egg whites and no baking powder. I also substituted butter in for the flaxseed meal since we didn't have any of that lying around.
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup flaxseed meal
- 5 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1/4 cup skim milk
- 1/4 cup low-fat sour cream
- 2 teaspoons egg whites
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the sugar blend, flax meal, bananas, milk, sour cream and egg whites until well blended. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; stir into the banana mixture until moistened. Spoon into prepared loaf pan.
- Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the crown of the loaf comes out clean.