Pinning Away….

Things I’ve stumbled across this week that I’m loving. Pinterest and I have a love hate relationship, lately it’s a loving one.

it’s like new clothes for your phone, since I’m not getting the iPhone anytime soon I feel like changing up the screen makes it feel new. there are lots of awesome options here!

this living room feels so cozy. I want to create a gallery wall and have a couch filled with gorgeous throw pillows.

the light! the sink! I want these things in a kitchen in my future house.

I love sushi. how can you not love this baby sushi?! we did something like this as a couple five years ago and won a few awards.

hello gorgeous. I adore those latte bowls from anthropologie. might have to find a way to add and add and add to my collection!

yes! I’ve been looking around for a way to display my instagram photos, I’ve got one corner with some hung up but I like this idea for a main wall in the house.

fall is officially here. this could definitely be my go to outfit all season long.

 

have a great weekend!

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Life Lately…

my life in pictures lately…can’t believe that we’ve been here a month. finally beginning to learn my way around and feel settled. looking forward to getting the rest of our things to NJ soon!

 

Fall Is Here!

Fall Is Here!

Lobster In Asbury Park

Cotton Candy Skies Out Our Back Door

Candy Color Houses On Long Beach Island

October Beach Day Long Beach Island

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Homemade Pizza Night

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I Found Starbucks! PSL For My Road Trip

Verrazano Bridge. Hello NYC

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Mom’s Apple Cake!

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Meal Planning. Coffee. Sunshine. Cake.

We Went To A Party!

Found This Little Guy Antiquing

Stopped By The Beach On My Walk

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Storm Is Rolling In. Can You See The Rainbow?

Clouds Over The Ocean!

 

happy Tuesday!

 

 

treats, treats and more treats!

Did you know it’s National Dessert Day? Thank goodness for social media or else how would we keep track of all these fabulous “holidays” 🙂 I’m currently trying to decide what to make later today but here are a few goodies that sound irresistible!

** These little chocolate salted shortbread bites sound so yummy!

http://www.doughmesstic.net/2011/12/22/dark-chocolate-and-salted-caramel-topped-shortbread/

** Caramel + apples + cheesecake? Has to be a winner in my book!

http://goboldwithbutter.com/?p=1790

** I’m not a brownie lover (gasp! I know!) but blondies speak to me. These sound so so good. They might be the winner today as I bet I have all the ingredients!

http://www.shutterbean.com/2012/chocolate-chunk-blondies/

** These are by far the BEST chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made. Probably because it uses brown butter. Make these. Make these now! Also I can’t WAIT to get my hands on her new cookbook! The cake on the cover? Swoon.

http://joythebaker.com/2014/05/the-best-brown-butter-chocolate-chip-cookies/

** Then this cake. I mean seriously?! How gorgeous is it? This is one of my new blog finds and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorites!

http://mynameisyeh.com/mynameisyeh/2014/9/funfetti-cake

 

Are you making anything for National Dessert Day?!

Half Way There

Happy Wednesday!! We’ve enjoyed some gorgeous days here lately. The taste of spring is making me excited about the possibilities that spring holds. I also know that there is the potential for more crazy snow here in colorado for a few more months. Oh well! At least there’s a lot of sunshine.

This year I’m participating in a photo project on Instagram called #my_365 Each week there is a list of prompts and I try to follow along. If I don’t follow the prompt they suggest I’m still snapping a photo. So far I’ve taken a picture every single day this year! Today marks day 42, the prompt they’ve given is door. You can get as creative as you want which is fun, some prompts open the window to lots of creativity. The gallery of photos from the people who are participating has some truly gorgeous pictures. Go check it out and join in if you’re so inclined! I’m also using the hashtag #mns365 to document my pictures for the year, although I haven’t been great at remembering to do so, I only have 27 pictures under that. Oops! Are you on Instagram?

Another reason I am enjoying this project is that it is helping me find creative ways to snap pictures of the everyday which I can then use in my project life album. My pictures for January are finally on their way so I’ll blog about what I’m doing this year soon!

Here are a few of my photos from this year so far.

 

Prompt: In The Air

Prompt: In The Air

Prompt: Red

Prompt: Red

Prompt: Lines

Prompt: Lines

Prompt: Bubbles

Prompt: Bubbles

Prompt: Daily

Prompt: Daily

Prompt: Name Begins With

Prompt: Name Begins With

Prompt: Enjoy

Prompt: Enjoy

Prompt: From Where I Stand

Prompt: From Where I Stand

Prompt: Cozy

Prompt: Cozy

Happy Friday {ahem, Thursday…}

It’s my Friday today! Although I’ve been sick all week so technically I’ve had a week full of Fridays. Luckily I’m on the mend today because we are jetting off to San Francisco tomorrow for a 4 day getaway. I am so excited to explore a new city, especially this city since it is full of amazing food. Yep that’s right I’m excited about all the food. I have a list as long as my arm, no actually longer, of places that I want to eat. That would mean eating every hour during our 4 day getaway so I know we won’t hit everywhere but that also means we will have to go back. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram expect a bazillion pictures because I’ve taken none this week and it’s making me nutty.

Have an fabulous places that we must eat at/drink at/see? Leave me a note! We only have set in stone plans for one night. Oh and plans to go to Tartine at least twice. Yep twice.

On another note…

I am intrigued by the blogging world. I am not an expert blogger, I post infrequently and it’s beyond random. I do however spend the first 20-30 minutes of my morning catching up on my reading via Google Reader. I enjoy reading a number of blogs and am fascinated by the projects other people complete, the photos that they take and the food that is made. I love it. I love how friendly everyone is and it’s fun to “catch up” with “my people” every morning. I’ve come to look forward to reading about everyones adventures. I recently emailed Jackie over at Marin Mama Cooks because she lives outside of San Francisco and I thought maybe she’d have some recommendations about where to visit while we were there. She sent me back the sweetest email and this further fueled my desire to continue to build my blog and maybe find some direction. Seriously, the people out there who are blogging are inspiring! If you haven’t met Jackie I recommend going to visit her blog and making some of her recipes…they are delicious! I love that she posts a weekly menu, since I do the same thing at our house.

Want some more awesome blogs to check out? Below you’ll find a few of the ones that I visit every morning. {they have no idea who I am but I enjoy reading their blogs and finding new and delicious recipes to try out or learning new things.} Go give them some love!
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—> Tracy over at Shutterbean takes gorgeous photos and her food looks delicious. I’m a new reader over there but I haven’t found something I don’t like yet. I can’t wait to break out our pannini press and try out some of her sandwiches. Have I mentioned how beautiful her photos are? The light is stunning. Go take a look yourself!

—> Taza over at Love Taza has the cutest family I have ever seen. I love looking at their beautiful pictures and making an ever growing list of places I need to eat at when I get back to New York City! Go take a peek, it’s a fun blog to look at!

—> April over at Life and Style of April Kennedy blows me away. She is inspiring and I love reading her posts. She is fostering two of the cutest babies ever not to mention she already has two beautiful children. She is definitely a blogger I would love to meet in real life! I love reading about her experience with fostering babies, it is probably one of the hardest things someone could ever do!

—> Kristin over at Iowa Girl Eats is awesome! I love her recipes and that she’s also a midwestern girl. Her most recent post about Brownie Mix Truffles looks amazing and I need to find a reason to make them. She’s got a great recipe index with everything from sweets to healthy salads and in between. Go find something delicious to put on your dinner table.

 

My list of blogs is waaaaaaaaaaay longer than these 4 lovely ladies but I’ll share more in another post. perhaps it will be a weekly edition (or monthly knowing myself.)

Happy {almost} Friday! Enjoy your weekend

January 30

I am feeling stuck. I have a long list of things I want to do and an even longer list of things I need to do but I can’t seem to find the motivation to do any of them.

The one thing that I do seem able to do? Cook. Not a bad thing I suppose since it’s helping us eat healthier and eat in. I’ve been trying to cook new things from all the cookbooks I’ve earmarked over the years. This week on our menu I have two new recipes: mustard pork chops with apples and onions from Dinner: A Love Story as well as balsamic + beer braised short ribs with parsnip puree from Smitten Kitchen. Both of the women who wrote these books have amazing food blogs and tell stories which I love.

We had the pork chops last night and they were delicious. Will definitely make it onto our rotation of meals (love that!) I of course didn’t take any pictures while cooking. What is wrong with me?! One day I suppose. One day. I served the pork chops with a simple green salad and sauteed rainbow chard with garlic and pine nuts. Pretty delicious, fed three adults plus enough for left overs for the boy, ahem the husband to take for lunch today. The best part about the meal? Everything was on hand, the meat came from the freezer and the chard was in the fridge (I may have forgotten about it…) Cost of this meal?

Pork Chops (King Soopers) under $5.00 for 6 chops

Rainbow Chard (Whole Foods) $2.00

Garlic (King Soopers) $0.25 and that is for the whole bulb

Pine Nuts (Cosco) No idea but it’s a giant bag and we probably used a portion that would equal $0.50

Salad Stuff (King Soopers) $3.00

Assorted oils, butters and dressings used in the meal we’ll count at $2.00 (I’m sure that’s high but whatever)

Total for our meal that served 3 adults and 1 leftover lunch? $12.75

Proof that eating in is waaaaaaaay cheaper and clearly healthier. $3.18 per person? That rocks.

Hmmm. Now that I’ve broken up the cost of our meal I think I want to do that more often and see how it works out. Especially since I have a weakness for Whole Foods. Perhaps a post on how to shop there since I’ve learned tricks (things there can actually be cheaper than elsewhere! It’s true!)

Short ribs are up tomorrow night. If I am not overly exhausted perhaps I’ll remember to take pictures.

Time to eat a grapefruit, all this food talk has made me hungry!

Hello 2013

Happy New Year! I feel so excited about a new start and have a million things I want to do this year. I don’t make resolutions but like to make a list of things I want to do for the year. Same thing I suppose but I like lists and being able to cross things off of them. I’ve also seen a lot of talk floating around about choosing a word for the year. I haven’t invested the time to figure out where this started or what it entails but I like the idea of choosing a word to embrace in 2013 so I’ve chosen one. Create is my word of the year. I’m thinking that I can createmore opportunities to help my photography grow, I can createa healthier me {cutting things out of my diet isn’t me at ALL. things in moderation are good. I love fruits and veggies to begin with so I know this can’t be difficult. The one thing I am cutting out? Soda. It’s terrible. I can drink it by the gallon and it needs to stop. Water? yes. Iced Tea? yes.} I’m also excited to createa Project Life album. I know that this will be a big project to undertake but I already know it’s going to be awesome. I’m going to take more pictures. I’m going to be in more pictures. And things will get printed which will make the boy (ahem, I mean husband) so happy. I’m also looking forward to createa new space in our room. One that shows off all the awesome pictures that we take, the places we go, etc. Not sure how that’s going to happen but it will.

My 2013 List

  • Take at least 2 trips this year with the boy (ahem, I mean husband) that don’t involve going to visit anyone. We love our friends and family and I know there will be plenty of visits but this is something we need to do for us! I’m excited to note that we’ve already planned our first adventure–San Francisco! I’ve never been and am giddy at the thought of traveling.
  • make. the. bed. every single day. I hope that this will create a more organized feeling in our bedroom.
  • I’m writing one line (ok maybe more like 5) in a gratitude journal. Nothing fancy, just a little notebook that I’ve decorated but I’m going to take note of my days and the things I’m grateful for. Each and every one.
  • Get back to running. I like working out. I love how I feel. I am just the least motivated person on the planet. And I plan on staying that way for the next six weeks while everyone hits the gym to keep their resolutions. Then I’ll get moving again and feel good. be happy. and look good. YAY. {and MAYBE run a half marathon in May. That is a big fat MAYBE}
  • Pick up my camera more often. Not just my iPhone because it’s convenient but also my big beautiful camera. Take pictures and document our life. Attempt to complete a Project 365 which will be helpful in also completing Project Life. And yes that does include food pictures. Probably a lot of them. I like to eat. I like to cook. I like to feed people. There will be lots of food 🙂
  • Be IN the picture. Not every single one but lots of them. Take self portraits, whatever it is I need to do. I want to be documented!

I’m sure I’ll add to my list throughout the year but these five things are the basis for my year which is going to be awesome.

The boy (ahem, the husband) and I at the Cherry Cricket.

The boy (ahem, the husband) and I at the Cherry Cricket.

 

Happy 2013!

Thankful

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is just a few days away.  This has been a challenging year but I have so much to be thankful for. Forgive the extra long post but there are so many people I am thankful to have in my life. It wouldn’t be the same without any of them

this boy…who I now can call my husband • this family whom I love dearly (including the two monkeys whose faces didn’t make the picture) • old and new friends (is there anything better?) • best friends that are scattered across the country. we’ve been around for a lot of milestones together. love these girls • new sister! • did I mention my husband? • our Denver crew,  minus a few, with an additional face that we love • oldest friend. ever. and my sister • second oldest friend out there. and summer wedding ‘sisters’ • this family plus an extra monkey who mean the world to me • did I mention both my sisters?!