Modcloth cats!

I have been keeping my eye on these two items for some time now. And then I get an email from Modcloth about a 50% sale and I COULD NOT RESIST clicking.

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Sadly neither the measuring cups or the sugar bowl were on sale but when in Rome and all that. I also bought a dress but I’m going to post pictures of myself in it when I actually gussy up.

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Could could either of these be cuter, I ask you? Future Cat Lady merchandise.

P.S. Be sure to like (totally typed ‘lick’ first, which is appropriate for this post I suppose) my facebook page!

 

Boom, Pow

Let freedom ring, let the white dove sing

I had such an amazing 4th of July weekend. My office was closed and I spent a lot of time with my boy BFF, his daughter and extended family. We did a lot of running around, ate some food, saw some fireworks, did some shopping and a big of lazing around.

I played with camera settings to shoot the firework show. I was pretty impressed with how my photos turned out.

Let freedom ring, let the white dove sing

Dinner on Monday was four chicken breast, a jar of salsa, a package of taco seasoning and then at the last minute, some fire roasted corn and black beans in the slow cooker. NOM!! It made a boat load of food so that’s what I had for lunch yesterday, along with a tortilla and some shredded cheese. This was seriously one of the easiest and tastiest meals! I can’t believe it took me so long to give it a try after seeing it posted everywhere.

photo 1So how was your holiday weekend? Have you gotten back into the swing of things now that it’s Wednesday?

 

{Book Review} Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting

Clipped Wings

Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting

Publication Date: Mar 4,2014
Publisher: Gallery

An emotional love story that follows the touch-and-go relationship of Hayden and Tenley; two young people who desperately want to love and be loved but are afraid to completely let go of their pasts.

As Hayden and Tenley navigate their newfound but slightly unstable relationship, they want to trust each other, but Hayden is hiding a dark and shameful past that he doesn’t ever want Tenley to find out about. And Tenley has secrets of her own that could make Hayden run away forever. When Tenley asks Hayden to put a beautifully elaborate tattoo across her back, the two form what they thought was an unshakeable bond. But when Tenley’s past shows up on her doorstep, will Hayden stand by her side…or run?

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Golden

Corelle Gold Butterfly

As a kid I remember that EVERYONE had this Corelle pattern. It was everywhere. My mom, my granny, my aunt. One day it just popped into my head and I couldn’t get it out. I needed to own something from the collection. Maybe just a plate or two to hang on a wall?

For those that don’t remember this pattern or what it was called, it is “Gold Butterfly”. Since I’m hoping to get moved soon (soon being sometime this year I hope). I already own 8 place settings of a different pattern but it is stoneware which chips way too easily. Had I realized that I probably wouldn’t have purchased those when I did. But I digress.

I had been thinking about going yard sale shopping for a while, to look for the Gold Butterfly line but haven’t gotten around to it. I happened to be on Etsy one day, looking for something else and I realized “hey, maybe…” and did a search. I came up with (4) dinner plates, (4) luncheon plates, a platter, serving bowl, vegetable bowl, and (4) dessert plates all offered via the same seller. With shipping it was $98. I didn’t think I could beat that, especially for the serving bowl and platter. Everything is in amazing condition and I can’t wait to use it! I’ve already decided I will probably buy a couple more dinner plate, maybe another platter, and possibly the coffee cups.

Do any of you remember this pattern? What other things remind you of childhood and you ‘need’ to own it because of that?

North Cackalacky

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A couple of weeks ago I went to visit my friends in North Carolina. I flew into Charlotte on a Thursday and stayed until Monday. It was the first time I’d seen most of my girls in almost a year, and even two years for one of them. It was a much needed and revitalizing long weekend.

 

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We drove to Wilmington and spent a lot of time on the beach, a first for me in years. One of my sweeties is having a baby in August so we threw a baby shower one night too.

There was some great local food. We even woke up at 5am to watch the sunrise then walked to a place for delish breakfast after. The next day I had the yummiest stuffed french toast!!

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Another of my ladies is on a roller derby team! It just so happened there was a bout (game) there that weekend so we attended. It was a first for me and such a blast! I almost want to get in on the action. Aside from the fact that I’m a whimp.

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It was such a great time! I can’t wait to go back soon.

 

 

cozy eats!

Yesterday when I got home from work I did 3.5 miles on the treadmill. It was my longest distance so far so that made me happy. Nobody wanted to cook so it was either leftovers reheated or make your own. I chose to make my own.

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In the summertime I love salads. I could probably eat them daily and not tire of the variety and combinations. Last nights was romaine, iceberg mix, tomatoes, broccoli, chick peas and balsamic vinaigrette. It was so good I nearly talked myself into making one for lunch today but I decided to be lazy about it. Big mistake.

Or maybe not? I brought a peanut butter on whole wheat sandwich but it wasn’t sounding tempting at ALL. I ate cheese toast for breakfast and didn’t want more loaf bread for lunch. I wandered around the office and asked co-workers had they grabbed lunch yet. Score! Two of them hadn’t. We walked over to a little coffee shop nearby to grab lunch. I had a milkshake there last week and was excited to finally try their food.

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The walk over and back was so nice. It’s gorgeous outside! I ended up getting a turkey club wrap and a strawberry banana smoothie. My wrap was so big I’m saving half for tomorrow. Score! My smoothie was amazing. I could probably have been given a gallon size cup and still want more.

 

Mama’s Day

I don’t spend a lot of Sunday’s at home, not in the last 8 months or so at least. Not since Man Friend and I started spending so much time together. I had dinner with his family Saturday evening and then we played cards until late, to celebrate Mother’s Day. Yesterday I stayed home though. I accomplished a lot but I felt like I did nothing. Isn’t that weird? Does anyone else ever feel that way?

nutella in crescents

I’ve been seeing this whole “a spoonful of Nutella wrapped in crescent rolls” on Pinterest for a while. I thought Mother’s Day was a great reason to try it. Um. You should try it too because it is a-freaking-mazing. Like, I wanted to eat all eight of them and let everyone else fend for themselves when it came to breakfast. I seriously just unrolled these bad boys from  the can, drop a tablespoon-ish of Nutella on the widest part, rolled them up and baked them per the package directions. Heaven in your mouff! Go. Try. And then report back to me how amazing it was. I’m thinking peanut butter and a slice of banana would rock too. I’ll let y’all know how that goes.

strawberry cake strawberry buttercream

The local strawberries have started rolling in and we’ve been buying them like they are the last strawberries on planet earth. Ever. They are amazing and sweet and incredible though. Only thing is, the seeds kill my tummy when I eat too many (which is, let us be honest, all the time). We had some macerated in the fridge and I decided to use them for a cake and butter cream frosting. Pretty much all we do is cut them up and then use an old fashioned potato masher to squish them a bit. My mom adds sugar but these are so good it’s not necessary. Pop them in the fridge and all the juices start creeping out and YUM. I poured it on ice cream last week, then I had strawberry shortcake another night.

ANYWAY, after I baked my Duncan Hines strawberry cake I let it cool for a few minutes. Then I took a wooden spoon and poked holes all in it before spooning some of the glorious strawberry goodness on top. Put the whole shebang in the fridge to chill (I love cold cake, am I weird?). I used Wilton buttercream mix because I’m lazy and we had it on hand. Instead of milk in the frosting mix I used more strawberries. It took more than the usual amount of liquid but lemme tell you– best thing I’ve put in my mouth in a while.  Half the cake is gone and there was just three of us eating on it.

And just so y’all don’t think all we had was sweets yesterday… There was a smoked pork butt and smoked chicken, black bean and corn salad, potato salad, cole slaw, vinegar slaw, baked beans and rolls. It’s just I didn’t take the time to get pictures of that stuff. I was too busy eating.