Weekend Wrap Up

Hi Lovelies!

Mmmmm…it’s a dreary Monday here. I’m sitting here in my bright yellow chair listening to the rain hit my windows. I love that tink tink tink sound! It’s so soothing.

This weekend has been crazy! But so good :) My heart is full and my cup runeth over. Friday was such a fun day! Several of my friends and I are doing a bible study called Keep It Shut. I must confess learning to zip my lip is becoming quite a challenge. I’ve discovered there is some icky stuff in my heart I’ve gotta get rid of. I’ve also discovered the less rested I am, the “witchier” I get. Note to self, sleep more, talk less.

Friday night was crazy! My dad and I installed my washer and dryer at my house :) It took us a minute but we finally got the hot and cold water figured out. No thanks to the contractor who put two blue knobs on the water lines…Dear sir, hot water line should be red always!! But alas…we figured it out by process of elimination.

We ran to Hibachi to grab some dinner because no one felt like cooking. It was a nice dinner with my parents. And I seldom say no when sushi is involved :) Afterwards, we ran into Lowe’s and of course my mom found some poor plants on the brink of death that she thought she could revive..and sent three home with me. I’ve got a darling little baby peace lily that has spruced up since I started watering it. A dear friend told me I should put it in an aquarium with a Betta fish (WHICH I LOVE!!!! I had one for 4 years..and my sister may have killed it…but we won’t go there..). I think I might go fish shopping after work tonight…

Saturday was fun! Matt and I met up with his sister and her fella (aka Matt’s best friend!) for breakfast at one of my favorite breakfast spots. Can I just say how much I treasure this sweet guy? He picked me up again, and I love it. I absolutely love it. I can’t begin to explain how much little stuff like that means to me. It’s absolutely amazing. I ordered my usual blueberry waffle with an egg. I know..I’m boring. But have you had a Belgian waffle with fresh blueberries? Ummm…delicious!

Breakfast was fun! I was nervous but his sister put me right at ease. Meeting the sister is always a tricky thing to me. I am a sister, I know how scary we sisters can be to the “new girlfriend”. Sometimes we’re secretly plotting your demise..sometimes we’re sweet…it’s a delicate thing. It was hilarious to watch Matt during breakfast. I think he turned seven shades of pink and red…too cute :)

After breakfast we ran back to my house for a quick study session with one of my MBA classmates. Then Matt suggested we go pick up my mirror since it was on sale and hit the thrift shop. (BE STILL MY BEATING HEART!!) A guy that loves thrift stores…this is bliss. We tooled around the thrift store and stumbled across some vintage cameras. I thought he was going to have to drag me away. I found a Brownie Hawkeye in working condition :)

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Little nerd history about the Hawkeye! It was introduced by Kodak in May of 1949 and was discontinued in July of 1961. The 1950-61 models have an amazing flash attachment that connects to the outer left side with the HUGE bulb bowl.

It’s by far one of the most popular cameras ever made. Still fairly popular with photographers because of the unique image size 2.25×2.25..hummm kind of like Instagram…The one I bought is in great shape. I ordered some film from B&H and we’re gonna try this baby out soon :)

While we were thrifting, my mom called. We had a family emergence situation and I had to leave. Matt was so sweet :) I started apologizing for having to cut our day short and he simply said, Family comes first. Ahhhh….It’s so nice to have a special guy who completely understands that and lives by that.

My mom and I headed to Charleston to help. It was a hard weekend, but one that held a lot of healing and love. We came back Sunday night and I went over to Matt’s to spend time with his sister and her fella while cooking for the Super Bowl. We made Buffalo Chicken dip and Spinach Artichoke Bites (my all time fav!). MB’s sister made a really yummy salsa dip too! Matt brought us all a treat from work. He worked a double again this weekend, but thankfully they cut him early Sunday so I got to spend a few more hours with him.

He works at Longhorn Steakhouse on the weekends and they have the most amazing dessert called a Chocolate Stampede. Now I can’t really explain how awesome it is without a visual…

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Sheer bliss….

To tell you how awesome it is…they sell over 1 million of these babies each year. It’s that good folks :) I found a recipe for it this weekend. Whether I’ll be able to make it and it taste the same remains to be seen, but I’m always up for a culinary challenge.

We enjoyed splitting our chocolate stampedes while lamenting over the ending of the Super Bowl. For you Patriots fans…yeah yeah…congrats or whatever. For those of us pulling for Seattle…what was that last pass? Hello…

It was a really fun night getting to know Matt’s sister and watching the two of them interact. Too precious :)

So that’s a wrap of my weekend!

What was your favorite weekend moment?

XoXo,

One Chocolate Stuffed Lemon

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High Five for Friday!

IT’S FINALLY FRIDAY!!!! I’m excited it’s the first Friday of 2014! That means it’s time for the #HF4F link up with Lauren Elizabeth! Here’s my High Five for Friday!

1 • Coffee Dates :)

I have loved meeting up with my friends new and old this winter over a cup of coffee. I’m a huge Starbucks fan and simply go because I love their staff. Several of the students from the university where I work are baristas there and I enjoy catching up with them while they fix my coffee. Over break I had a great time catching up with one of my former classmates, RJ. He’s currently in med school and its a rare treat to get to see him in person. We talked and talked until both our coffees were depleted and the temperature was so cold we were both shivering.

2 • Organizing my life

Do you ever wake up and realize your organized life is not so organized? Over Christmas I’ve been preparing to move into my first house. I’ve been reorganizing, going through stuff, giving away stuff and re-purposing things. As a graphic designer, my desktop occasionally turns into a junktop. I found a great pin on pinterest the other day and decided to make it my own.

3 • Awesome Uncle

I love projects :) RJ gives me the hardest time about my projects but they’re too much fun. While working a yard sale a few months ago for my aunt, I saw an amazing little chair frame that in my mind had huge potential. (To understand this you must know I have a chair obsession..I can’t leave them beside the road I have to stop and pick them up…If they’re cheap I buy them..I currently have 7 chairs to my name hanging out in my parents house..) I knew I didn’t have time to strip it, refinish it and that my mom would probably shoot me for bringing home another chair. On Christmas Eve, I got the best present ever. My uncle had gone back and gotten the chair. He took it home, sanded it down by hand, carved extra pieces for it and completly refinished the whole thing! I was in shock :) He even put polka dotted fabric on it! (& brought me enough to make pillows to match!) Sometimes the best Christmas presents aren’t the ones you get from a store :)

4 • Crafty Time

I love to craft..I feel as if I don’t ever have enough time to do all of the projects that I want to do! Over break I challenged myself to get my brain thinking. I tried new things..painting with my sister, cutting wine bottles, re-doing old ornaments and sewing new ornaments for my tree.

5 • New Friends

I am always excited to make new friends! It’s officially been a little over a year since I started blogging! I can’t believe how many amazing people I’ve connected with :) This map shows a little bit of where my lovelies as I love to call you all are from :)

XoXo!

One Organized, Crafty Lemon

A little bit of Momma..a lot of yummy :)

There are several fall traditions at our house. Watching White Christmas while drinking mom’s spice tea, making pumpkin cranberry bread and putting up the Christmas tree the second weekend in October. But my favorite is momma’s pumpkin cranberry bread. My momma has been making pumpkin cranberry bread since I was old enough to lick the spoon. Several years ago she taught me how to make it. It’s never quite as good as hers though for some reason :) My sister was home from college this weekend and we decided she couldn’t go back to school without us making a batch. We had a good time laughing as she bumbled her way through making her 1st pumpkin pie while I made PCB :) So I thought I’d share one of my favorite fall treats with you. Warning..it’s completely not Paleo or gluten free. HOWEVER! I’m currently working on one that is :)

What You’ll Need..

  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup Libby’s Solid Pack Pumpkin
  • 2 1/4 cups Self-Rising flour
  • 1 tablespoon Pumpkin Pie spice
  • 1 cup chopped cranberries ~ If you like tangy use the whole bag :)

Directions

PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease and flour two 9 x 5-inch loaf pans or a muffin pan.

COMBINE flour and pumpkin pie spice in large bowl. Slightly beat the eggs then add in sugar, pumpkin and oil in large mixer bowl; beat until just blended. Add pumpkin mixture to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Fold in cranberries. Spoon batter into prepared loaf pans.

BAKE for 60 to 65 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Recipe makes two loaves.

At our house we like to make a double batch :) With everyone running in and out and ball players dashing through one batch just doesn’t seem to last long!

So what is your favorite fall tradition? Any favorite fall recipes?

XoXo!

One Full Lemon :)

Yoga with Style :)

My sister and I spend an insane amount of time at the gym. You could call it our home away from home. We recently had a flash of inspiration while doing yoga one day. I realized that if we could monogram everything else in our lives why couldn’t we monogram our yoga mats? We headed to a local shop in town to see Mrs. Penny. Mrs. P is the master of all things monogrammed. If it has space, she is going to figure out how to monogram it one way or the other. Her prices are wonderful and her turn around time is between 1 – 3 days. She loves to see us walk in the door :) She laughed when we brought our yoga mats in. Of course it’s possible, she said! Two days later we had our mats back and were headed to yoga :) It’s a fabulous exercise routine for this retired swimmer and her retired softball sidekick!

XoXo!

>Kat<

PS: Since then, 4 other girls have taken their mats to get them monogrammed..we’re trend setters!