stuck in a rut

Friday, November 30, 2012

Happiest of Friday's my sweet friends!  Saying goodbye to my favorite month of the year is always a little bittersweet.  I'm looking forward to December and all its festive glory, but November and all her pumpkin spicy goodness is where my heart truly resides.

{pink skinny's:target, black flats:DSW, stripped top:francescas}

Looking forward to a fun weekend at home.  Another oyster roast is on the agenda as well as picking out a Christmas tree!  We've been stuck in a oyster roasting rut the past few weekends.  It goes something like this: friends come over, I make way too much food, bonfires are made, lots of fun is had, and bushel upon bushel of oysters are eaten!  So I guess if you're going to be stuck in a rut, that is surely the one to be stuck in.  I wore this outfit a few Saturday's ago {at another oyster roast}and loved it. It was the perfect amount of comfy and cute, topped off with a scarf.  The bad thing about putting together an outfit and loving it, is wanting to wear it all the time.Which is something you just can't do when all your oyster roasting guests are the same friends who came over last weekend...... So I'm hoping to find something as equally fun in my closet to wear this Saturday.


Oh, and did you notice?  Life as we know it has gotten a whole new look!  Melissa, over at Melissa Rose Design did a fantastically fabulous job! I love every single ounce of it.  She was wonderful to work with, ever so patient with me, professional, friendly, and girl sure knows blog design stuff! I would recommend her to anybody who may be looking for a little blog facelift or design.  Thanks again Melissa!


I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  Do something festive!


& part 2

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

When you have a part 1 of something, you normally have a suspicion part 2 is lurking somewhere around the corner.  Over the Thanksgiving holiday with our new camera in tow we captured some pretty great, enough to make two blog posts out of, moments.
skim sesh (should be read in coolest beach bum voice) of my brother and some of his friends on one of the best beach days in November.   Our favorite boat at the flotilla this year was the swan, perfect for the little historic town where this annual event takes place, Swansboro, NC.
The half lit Christmas tree and gas fireplace were gathering spots almost all weekend.  Whether watching football games{go Buckeyes/Redskins!} or chatting over heavily creamer-ed coffee; both of these places were enjoyed to the fullest.
Our annual birthday/Christmas get together with friends was once again a blast.  You know those people who make your life seem all the better when you're around them, well these people do that to me. I love them, end of story.  Cupcakes, self-timing pictures, tasty drinks, and present opening made for a festive evening.  My only wish would have been for the night to last longer.
Do you know how difficult it was to just select a handful of photos from the 600 we took over the weekend?! Pretty hard, my friends, pretty darn hard.  You're just lucky I'm not doing a part 3....

the miscellany of a new camera {part 1}

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Our only Black Friday purchase resulted in something I have had my eyes on for quite some time now.  I've needed* a new camera for a while, seeing as my little Canon power-shot is almost four years old and was dropped on a rock in Jamaica (by my husband) a week after we bought it.  So on a whim this past friday we headed to only one store and picked up our new Canon Rebel T3i.  Yes the deal was good, and probably one of the reasons why we decided to spring for it, but really, my husband is an amazing man, and I am one lucky girl.  Although, he did play with it for a full 48 hours before I even got my hands on it, the truths of marrying an engineer.  

The rest of our Thanksgiving weekend went accordingly, but now each and every random moment was photographed; although very sorry we missed out on capturing Thanksgiving day itself.  

So this my friends is what you get when you have a new camera plus three eager, budding "photographers"....

Pardon my appearance in the last picture, but yes if you must know I was going for the hotmess look.  Besides Chris and I, my little brother Andrew, snapped his fair share of pictures.  I was impressed, but I don't know why, he shines in most everything he does; a very proud sister right here.

Over 600 pictures in a span of 3 days isn't too shabby for this baby "photographer".  Watch out world.

*I don't ever need anything.  

a birthday/thanksgiving purge

Monday, November 26, 2012

As we walked into the arctic tundra that was our house last night after being in North Carolina for almost a week, we were ecstatic to be back home.  Crazy that Virginia Beach has taken on that name, I truly never thought that would happen.  So as Lucy rubbed her sweet little face on the soft carpet and creamy couches, I couldn't help but smile.  We're home.  

I'm feeling the need to recap.  Activities from my birthday and the holidays that ensued are taking up space in my head and thus not allowing any more memories to be made until I share them with you! (sadly, this is how my brain works..) So not blogging about some of my favorite days of the year would be like committing blog treason, so if you will, a purging of sorts...

Its pretty amazing what the power of hearing "happy birthday" thousands of times over will do to you.  It made me giddy.  So yes, I guess that means I'm still 5; but if loving the hundreds of "happy birthdays" and reveling in your one "special day" of the year makes you a kid, then I never want to grow up.  I felt the amazing birthday love,  but the one too many birthday margaritas didn't feel so good the next day....... all in all, a successful birthday that I dragged out for an entire week!  #typical

Still feeling the haziness & relaxation that a week at your parents house will do to you, or maybe it's the after effects from the ample amounts of turkey I ate.  Our Thanksgiving was filled with just the right amount of holiday-ness = awkward pictures, stress, eating too much food, naps by the fire, sibling joking.... there was green-jello salad, oysters, and cranberry sauce too. Truly a successful holiday when you bring home an army of leftovers and vow that next year, "we're simplifying!".

Black Friday, to me means waking up late and lazily drinking coffee while flipping through hundreds of adds and seeing the "fantastic deals" you can only get if you wake up at the butt crack of dawn and fight your way through the crowds.  (Holiday spirit and capitalism at its finest, folks.)  Instead we ate leftover turkey sandwiches, took the dogs for a walk and put up the Christmas tree.  But to be totally honest, we did do just a tad bit of shopping on black Friday.
I'm silly excited about our purchase, but guess who has played with it more than me? Chris.  Hopefully he will let me use it sometime this year ;)

I'm happy to be back home, pumpkins are coming off the porch and Christmas lights are going up. The garage will be busy this evening as we unpack those special boxes that grace our presence this time of year. Christmas music is on, dishwasher is humming, and I am ready for the calm chaos that the holidays are so popular for, to begin.

happy holidays


Monday, November 19, 2012

No truer or more perfect words for me, especially today.

 Today is my birthday, I am 25.

And although I may not be where I thought I would be at 25,  I am happy and proud of the woman I am becoming; and I think that's what truly matters.

So I'm excited to keep on celebrating.

I love birthday's, and although it sounds snotty, mine is my favorite! :)

So......Happy Birthday to me!! ;)


happy saturday

Saturday, November 17, 2012

a happy saturday indeed!

.......I can almost hear out of right ear again! {holla!} birthday is in 2 days!!

....I found pink skinny jeans at Target for $13! {say what!?} is the perfect fall day for an oyster roast and a small party with friends!

So much to be happy and thankful for.  I'm in giddy birthday mode already, and it has only just begun. I plan on dragging this out as long as least a week.....anybody else do this too?

I hope you have a happy saturday & a wonderful weekend.


get well soon

Thursday, November 15, 2012

 1. I am on pain meds.  2.This post is in no way a sympathy post.  But if you are so inclined to feel sorry for me and send Get Well wishes my way it would be totally appreciated ;)

guys, I'm sad.  I absolutely love this time of the year, like I've said before, November is my favorite month.  So much to see, to talk about, blog about!!  And I'm oh so sad because I am just not doing her justice. See I had big plans for this week; more pumpkin recipes, a romp in the leaves, birthday present shopping, a nice long run in the cool air and falling leaves, things one can only appreciate in November.

But nope.  I have been walloped with the worst ear infection of my life!  Ok, I think this is the first ear infection of my life, but still, totally utterly & completely the worst.  I never thought ear infections could be so painful and debilitating.  Guys, I can't hear a darn thing out of my right ear.  I am in so much pain I have been prescribed Vicodin.  I am not a big "pill popper", being on the petite side, these babies hit me hard.  So yes, they take the pain away, but I am also loopy and asleep most of the time.  Four days of ear drops, antibiotics, and cotton balls, and there has been little improvement.

Of course I've hit the panic button a few times.  Thinking and over exaggerating, wondering if this is something more, and thinking I don't have much time to live. Ok that's a little extreme, even for me.  But the thought has crossed my mind once or twice that I may lose my hearing in my right ear. A scary thought, but it helps put things into perspective.  Its just my ear, and I will be ok.{hopefully}

And on a superficial note, the only times I have been able to appreciate the gorgeous leaves our city is rockin  were on my two trips to the doctor.  And nothing productive has happened this week, no baking, running or leaf jumping.  Well, Lucy got a bath and I made a pot roast, but other than that, ......nothing.  The week before my birthday is always exciting.   I look forward to over planning and of course dragging out my birthday as long as possible, but this ear thing has put my overly excited heart{and ear} on hold.  I guess I can only hope to celebrate my birthday this weekend and next week.  oh well ;)

Golly, that sure is enough complaining for the next two weeks.  I just figured I'd wallow in my sorrows and let someone other than my husband hear my sob story.  He's heard it already.

Here's hoping you have had a better week than me!
And I'm off to the couch....

and that's all my iPhone had to say about that

Monday, November 12, 2012

new addition. lazy. happiness. lunchtime view.

or really, that's all Instagram had to say.

So after three weekends in a row of out-of-towning with a grand total of 32 hours spent in the car, it is safe to say we are tired.  Amazing weekends, but none the less tiring. So with hundreds of pictures to download, an embarrassing pile of mail to open, and a dog that desperately needs a napping partner I have a only an ounce or two of energy to devote to blogging.  But I really wanted to say, "hi". I hope you all had amazing weekends as well, and I am so looking forward to sharing our recent adventures with you.  Until then, happy Monday and remember to give a Veteran a hug.

Baking therapy {& a recipe}

Thursday, November 8, 2012

I am in love with anything pumpkin so when I found this recipe a week ago I couldn't wait to try it out.  So yesterday, when I needed something, anything to lift my spirits, I decided it was the perfect time to put my apron on and get in the kitchen.{that just sounded so 50's housewife... I kinda love it.}  I know there are a lot of pumpkin recipes out there right now but I promise, these cookies will not disappoint. I absolutely love them but even better, they are husband and dog approved!

Oatmeal Pumpkin Pecan Cookies 

2 cups all purpose flour
2 & 1/3 cups old fashioned oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice OR 1/4 teaspoon cloves & 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter; softened
3/4 cup dark sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 large egg
1 cup chopped pecans (omit if you don't like nuts)

- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Combine flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, salt and pecans in a bowl and mix thoroughly. (I use a wire whisk.) 
- Cream butter, honey and sugars in large mixer bowl until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Add pumpkin and egg. Mix well.
- Add dry ingredients gradually and stir until just mixed.
- Cover bowl with saran wrap and refigerate for a half hour.
- Place on cooking sheet in 1-inch diameter drops.
- Bake 14 minutes

Cream cheese icing

6 tbs of butter; softened 
2 oz of cream cheese; softened
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 cup powered sugar

-Mix together butter, cream cheese, & vanilla in electric mixer.  Add powdered sugar gradually to get the right consistency.
-Drizzle onto warm cookies to give them a glaze instead of a blob of icing.


Now tell me, what are some of your favorite pumpkin recipes! I would love to hear.

just a few thoughts...

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

in no particular order....
....welcome November, you're my favorite you know...filled with falling leaves, birthday's, and cozy scarves. A time when you can eat your fill of anything pumpkin, listen to Christmas music, and spend precious time with friends and family just being thankful.  I find November to be calming and peaceful; and extremely beautiful.

....our trip, our wonderful, relaxing, chilly, and invigorating mountain vacation was perfect.  I can't wait to share with you the pictures from the Blue Ridge parkway, Christmas tree farms and the surprising mountain topped with snow.  a sneak peak of the wonderfulness....

...... its voting day, didn't you know?  And I'm actually very excited to stand in that line and cast my one and only, but very important vote.  I hope you get out there and do it today too, or if you already have, I tip my hat to you friends.  No matter how you vote, I just hope you get out there and exercise your civic duty, your American right.  If you love this great country of ours, you will do her justice and vote.  happy election day!

.....I am my grandmothers, granddaughter, I read books like they are going out of style.  After finishing possibly the best book series of all time{harry potter...duh.}a few weeks ago; I have literally felt lost.  I don't know which direction to go! Suspense, mystery, love stories, how-to?  I need a good book like my life depends on it, so please friends, let me know what you can't put down or whats on your nightstand beside that delicious cup of tea. much to look forward to and even more to be thankful for.  My happy and fall-loving heart is beyond excited to  bake, craft and photograph this beautiful time of the year.