Saturday, June 26, 2010

Vintage + Camping

I've got camping on the brain these days. Today I was looking for a few little camping supplies and started to find all kinds of goodies. If these lovely finds don't make you want to go camping, I have no idea what will :)

1. 1960s-70s Floral Carafe - $18.00
11. Vintage Owl Camping Lights - $31.00 (current, Ebay)
13. 4 Vintage Camping Chairs - $19.00 (current, Ebay)
If that wasn't enough cuteness, here's some camping photos to make you drool. (all via weheartit)

Friday, June 25, 2010

Did you hear?

My good friend Morgan is preggers! So happy for her and her husband Justin. And uber jealous of their cute little family. I love you! :)

You should definitely stop by her blog and congratulate her if you haven't already!!!



Monday, June 21, 2010


I had such a great long weekend. I am thinking the fact that it was extra long (yay for 2 days off work!) made it much greater :) Some highlights:

I found a super cute deer in a local antique shop that was an awesome deal (I saw it for $30 more on ebay!).

I got baby fever, again.

One of my very very bestest friends, and one of my oldest, got married! YAY! They got engaged the day after Chris and I :)

I hope yours was as good as mine :)

Friday, June 18, 2010

Feeling Lovey

This song came on and now I'm listening to it over and over, love the lyrics and they are oh so true. So I'm sharing :)

Thrice - The Weight

There's many who'll tell you they'll give you their love,
But when they say "give" they mean "take."
They"ll hang 'round just like vultures till push comes to shove.
They'll take flight when the earth starts to shake.

Someone may say that they'll always be true,
Then slip out the door 'fore the dawn.
But I won't leave you hanging on.
Another may stay till they find someone new,
Then before you know they'll be gone.
But I won't leave you hanging on;
No, I won't be that someone.

And come what may, I won't abandon you or leave you behind
Because love is a loyalty sworn, not a burning for a moment.
And come what may, I will be standing right here by your side;
I won't run away, though the storm's getting worse and there's no end in sight.

Some talk of destiny, others of fate,
But soon they'll be saying goodbye.
But I won't leave you high and dry.
Because a ring don't mean nothing
If you can't haul the weight,
And some of them won't even try,
But I won't leave you high and dry;
I won't leave you wondering why.

And storms will surely come,
But true love is a choice you must make
And you're the one that I have set my heart to choose.
As long as I live, I swear I'll see this through.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

200 + Yellow

So this is my 200th post! Ah! I wanted to do something exciting, but I haven't come up with any brilliant idea yet, but I will! Soon! I just had about 3 other things I wanted to blog about and didn't want to wait :)

Anyways, I haven't talked about wedding stuff lately, mostly because not a whole lot has been going on in the past few months. But now, we have 4 months to go and we need to start working out the little details like decor and such!

What I really am struggling with is finding the perfect shoes. I want yellow shoes! At first I wanted just flats because I am totally not a heels person, and I wouldn't be comfortable wearing them for hours. But, I think I want a tiny bit of a heel because I am already the shortest person in the wedding party and I know the other two are going to have some sort of heel = awkward :) I have found a lot of cute stuff, but I am not sure I have found the perfect shoe. What really bugs me is when I see photos of an awesome/perfect shoe but have no idea of the brand or anything, this makes me cry.

Anyways, here is some yellow wedding shoe inspiration for ya'll (oh hai, I am apparently from Texas today).

Are you dying of cuteness yet? Omygawd, so cute I may just puke.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Quick Important Update!

Hey guys! Just a couple things I wanted to update you all on. I've been pretty busy lately doing this and that (and by that I mean buying too many vintage deer figurines and attempting to garden in the 95-degree heat), and hopefully I'll be able to do some more exciting blog posts in the upcoming weeks :)

My good friend Steph is hosting an online raffle to raise money for breast cancer research, as she is participating in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer this summer. The perks (other than donating to a good cause, of course!) are winning free, a GAP gift card and super cute accessories from a few very talented people, including a few items from my Etsy shop :)

Please please PLEASE go here and read her blog post and details on how you can enter to win one of the lovely prize packages, all of the stuff is super cute!!!

And in related news, I have been adding some new designs to my shop the past few weeks as I've had time, here are some of my new things:

I have about 5 billion others ideas for new things in the workings, so hopefully I can find some time to work on them and share with you guys :)

Hope all is well, have a good week! I am looking forward to a possible extra long weekend and one of my bestest friend's weddings (yay!), as well as Father's Day & a little family reunion, hooray!

*Ohhh, I just realized this is my 199th post...maybe I"ll have to do something exciting for my 200th! What do you think!? :)

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Try This: Salted Caramel Cupcakes

You know how sometimes you see something delicious and you just need to eat said item asap? This is one of those. I saw these amazing Triple Salted Caramel Cupcakes from Sprinkle Bakes and I was just waiting for a time to make them. While I didn't try to make mine quite as extravagant (well really, I didn't want to spend any extra time baking), they tasted AMAZING. I highly recommend you try and make them, the most tasty part is the yummy frosting. Just the right amount of saltiness and really, not a ton of sweetness over all in the cupcake. But the other awesome part? A dollop of homemade caramel in the middle of the cupcake! Ohhh yes! I also opted to not make the pretty salted carmel decor for the top.

I'd do a step by step baking instruction, but I kind of forgot to take pictures of some of the steps, and she does a really good job describing everything on her recipe, go here to check it out! It's definitely as good as it looks :)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

I Bake: Monkey Bread

Have you guys had monkey bread before? The first time I really had it was on one of our many trips to our cabin at Shaver Lake. They have a sign that says something about their monkey bread being famous, but I'm sure most places say their food is famous (like, "world's best pizza!", etc., I think that's so funny - when you go to a big city you see a dozen of them :D ). Anyways! This bread is to die for! So yummy and fun to eat, not so happy for your gut but happy for your mind and tasebuds!

I randomly saw a recipe while browsing The Pioneer Woman's recipe gallery, and it was SO easy that I could not believe it and was thinking about it nonstop for days. I ended up making it this weekend when I was on a random baking spree, and oh my is it good! Here's the recipe

Monkey Bread
Recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman

The ingredients:
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 sticks of butter
2-3 tsp. cinnamon
3 cans buttermilk biscuits
1 cup sugar
Bundt pan
*Options: chopped pecans or other nuts of your choice

Now that you have those few little things, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Open your cans of biscuits (does this scare the poop out of anyone else, I have so much anxiety opening those popping cans, hah!). Cut each biscuit into quarters.

Combine 1 cup of sugar with 2-3 teaspoons of cinnamon (depending on how much you like!).

Now, if you're "with it" you will have a large zip-lock bag. Pour the sugar/cinnamon mixture into the bag, along with all of your little biscuit pieces and shake it to coat.
However, if you are like me and forget said bags, this is easily done by mixing in a big bowl :)

*If you're adding any nuts to your bread, you'll want to put them in the bottom of your bunt pan NOW, before you put your bread in the pan.

Place the coated biscuit pieces in your greased bundt pan. My pan was either small, or I had really big biscuits, so they came way close to the top of the pan. I don't recommend this unless you want drippings all over your oven :)

Alright, put that pan to the side for now! In a small saucepan over mediun-high head, melt the 2 sticks of butter with 1/2 cup of brown sugar.

Stir stir stir until it is fully melted and combined. Also, sorry for my bad kitchen lighting, it was kind of sucky at this time of evening.

Now that your super healthy sauce is done, you can pour it all over your biscuit pieces that are awaiting you in the bundt pan. Mmmmmm.

Now, place the bread in your preheated oven for 30-40 minutes (mine took 40). Take it out, and take a whiff, yummm. Let the bread cook for a while so the "juices" thicken up a bit - you want all that yumminess to stick to the bread, trust me. After that, flip your pan over on a big plate and voila!

I added yummy pecans to the bottom of my pan before cooking :) You can also mix them in the whole bread if you wanted to.