Monthly Archives: November 2010

sibling saturday [39]

I’m late. Dangit. ENJOY! J’s online.



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fall + puppies = love.

I come to you today feeling famous. That’s right, famous. Here’s why:

After a year and a half of checking the lovely Katelyn James’ blog obsessively, I’M ON IT. Me, Al, and our furry babies finally got our photo shoot. I’ve been admiring Katelyn’s work since I was in Lauryn and Jared’s wedding last June, and was thrilled beyond belief when I got in touch with her this summer and found out she was available for our big day.

So, last Friday, we strolled around with Katelyn for a couple hours – and HERE ARE THE RESULTS! We had such a blast, and are totally in love with the pictures. I’ve been looking at them nonstop since she posted them yesterday. :)

So, hop on over to Katelyn’s blog – and PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE leave a comment on our post! If we get 100, we get a free large print! We’re at 15 now, so we have a long way to go!

PS: Disclaimer – if you visit her blog, be prepared to visit it again. And again. And again every single day. I’m serious. It happened to me. :)

PPS: Tell all your friends to comment, too! Hehe.



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sibling saturday [38]


Thank you, J! Check him online.

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crafts are awesome.

Let me start by saying that DIY projects really intimidate me. I drool over projects like this and this and this, but I never follow through. Maybe I don’t have the tools or the time or the patience, but I just don’t do the projects – no matter how cool I think they are. I admire them, I wish the finished project were in my house, and I keep up that pattern until I’ve been DIY web-surfing for so long that it’s time to go to bed (aka too late to start a project anyway).

That’s why, when I stumbled across this post, I’m not sure what hit me. I don’t know if it was the adorable outcome, the use of yarn (which is my new best friend these days) or the fact that I had actually seen each and every component of the project at the local craft store, but I just went for it. Out of the blue. I started a project. Granted, it’s a small one, but it’s small and quite lovely. And it is a little time-consuming – you’d be surprised how much of a pain it is to keep tossing that skein of yarn through the middle of that wreath. I seriously think it took an hour just for that part. But in grand scheme of things – hour schmour, right?

Anyway, Danielle lays the process out p-e-r-f-e-c-t-l-y in her post, so I’ll just get straight to the big reveal. Here’s my yarn wreath! A close-up of the flowers:

And the wreath in it’s home on our front door:

As always, I’m apologizing for my pictures, but they really don’t do it justice. This thing is SO CUTE in real life, and anybody can make one! It’s simple and sweet, and will spice up any door or room or nook or cranny. The best part – so affordable! If you’ve got an hour or two and a hot glue gun (which I actually had to buy), it should cost less than ten bucks. And, if you have a few dolla dolla bills (sorry, don’t know what came over me) to spare, why not spring for some buttons or fake berries or some other adorably decorative flair to spice it up a bit?

My wreath was $3.99, the felt was on sale for 19 cents per sheet (I used three), and the yarn was about $2-3. I can’t remember exactly, but I know it was worth it. I was so excited that I already bought materials to make a special Christmas-themed one – you know, to go along with the holiday music I’m already playing. Hehe.

So there you have it – a DIY project that even I can do. And if I can do it, you can too. Try it out! And if you do – I wanna see pictures. :)

Happy Wednesday! xo


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tis the season!

It’s here. It’s really here. The nights are getting colder, the baked goods are getting more fragrant, and the decorations are coming out. That’s right. It’s the HOLIDAY SEASON.

First of all, I should say – I adore the holidays. I mean, I really love this time of year. I love what it means to me, I love what it looks like, and I love how it feels. And this past weekend, it really got started right. Alex and I attended the first of this year’s holiday gatherings on Saturday night at Lauryn and Jared’s house (she’s here and here). Their “Family Thanksgiving” was the perfect way to kick things off – nothing like tons of good food, a beautiful table, and lots of fellowship (including a staring contest) to spread holiday cheer. :)

I also started burning my birthday candles from Kathy – they made my weekend so much brighter (literally and figuratively)! There’s something warm and holiday-esque about them – this isn’t a great picture, but you get the point. Aren’t they amazing?

And yesterday was the kicker. As in – it rocked. Carrie and I went to early church, and then went on a grocery shopping spree. And when I say spree, I really mean spree. We started at Whole Foods, where I bought ingredients for pot roast, vegetable soup, and sweet potato casserole (that one will debut at Carrie’s Thanksgiving feast this weekend) and Carrie got the goods to make my favorite pumpkin bread recipe. After Whole Foods, we had another stop to make. We went to Martin’s, where Carrie bought a HUGE turkey to cook for the big dinner this week, and then we finally made it back home. That’s right – two grocery stores before noon.

When we got back to my apartment, we started putting together this Ginger Cake. I had pulled the recipe from a Cooking Light magazine ages ago and never had molasses on hand to make it. Luckily for me, Al had some stashed away from some deer jerky he made a couple of months ago, and it was the perfect amount. It’s an awesome dish –  and even good for you! (Note flax seed meal and wheat germ.) Even the dry ingredients look pretty:

And you can definitely tell there’s molasses in the wet ingredients bowl:

And then, once everything was mixed together and the smell wafting from the oven had hypnotized Alex to emerge from his studies in the front of the house, we added a little powdered sugar and ta-daaaa! The lovely finished product:

We each ate a piece with a couple of apple slices on top – and it was, as Carrie so eloquently said, divine. It’s unique in that it’s not chocolate-y or sugary sweet, but spicy and rich. The perfect holiday/cold-weather dessert!

Finally, I have to admit – while we were making this cake, I may or may not have turned on a “Holiday” Pandora station. Okay, okay. I definitely did. And it was awesome. I might be maxing out the Pandora account this month! Tis the season, lovelies. And I’m psyched. :)



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sibling saturday [37]

So much coolness here. For real. J’s online.


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keep on keepin’ on.

this is such a busy week. monday i didn’t get home until 9, yesterday until 830, tonight until 7. phew.

friday can’t come soon enough. off early, lunch with marg (!!!), then job #2.

this weekend – galloway thanksgiving dinner. what whaaaaaaat!

next week – a little breathing room, and engagement pictures. cannot wait.

next june – wd oh-eleven (thank you sam). translation: wedding day 2011. just had to add that one in there. :)

keep on keepin’ on, lovelies. tomorrow is thursday. we’re over halfway there.



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