an inch of snow is cause for celebration

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Waking up to a winter wonderland  on a frosty Saturday morning was a pleasant surprise for this beach girl.  Not seeing snow often makes it a welcomed friend, bringing out the silly in both me and Lucy.  An inch or so of snow is cause for celebration in my book. 
So celebrate we did!  With snow angles, good friends, cold beer, snowmen, and some of the best homemade pizza ever.  Basketball and snow-day shenanigans kept us entertained for the rest of the day and far into the night.  It was truly one of the best Saturday's we've had all winter.  

there's something about...

Friday, January 25, 2013

.......your mom's pot roast
The classic smell of homey comfort that fills the entire house and soothes even the worst cold or crappy mood.  Perfect on a cold winter night accompanied by a glass of red wine and my personal favorite, fresh rye bread.  And no matter what, her recipe will always be my favorite.

.......a picture-perfect moment
Your two cuddled together peaceful, content and happy. Letting them have their moment, but that secret stolen picture makes for a happy heart and a awesome screen saver.

Preferably lakeside with a cup of hot tea, but I guess anywhere will do.  Learning to be peaceful, ever mindful, and quiet.

.......the largest pizza ever
and sharing it with your family, for days on end.  Nothing quite like a greasy slice of heaven to make you feel at home.

and there's something about a clean house and a steaming cup of coffee on a Friday morning that says, "welcome weekend, I'm ready for ya..."

happy Friday & have a cozy weekend.

no-bake energy bites

Friday, January 18, 2013

Like so many others, I jumped on the "get healthy" band wagon for 2013.  I'm not dieting per say, just changing some of my not-so-good eating habits.  As one of best friends would say, it's a "lifestyle change"; and I couldn't agree with her more.

So lately I have been searching{on Pinterest} for some healthy new recipes to add to my stockpile, and when I came across a recipe for no-bake energy bites I knew I had to try them.
-1 cup dry oatmeal (I used old fashioned oats)
-1/2 cup peanut butter
-1/2 cup ground flax seed
-1/2 cup chocolate chips
-1/3 cup honey
-1 tsp. vanilla extract

Stir together all ingredients in a medium bowl, then chill in the fridge for half and hour.  Once chilled, roll into balls and store in an air tight container in the fridge.  Energy bites will last up to a week in the fridge, but I promise they won't last that long.

Makes about 15-20 balls
Like with most recipes there is always room to substitute different ingredients to make it more to your liking.  For example, replace the peanut butter with anyone of your favorite nut butters (almond, cashew, sunflower seed, ect.).  In addition to the chocolate chips or in place of them the possibilities are rather endless:(chopped dried fruit or berries, chopped walnuts, pecans or sunflower seeds, other chips: peanut butter, white chocolate, dark chocolate, M&M's, ect.)  Also, the original recipe calls for coconut flakes, seeing as I am not a coconut fan I just didn't add them in, but feel free to if you are coconut lover.

These little babies are so delicious and with such a flexible recipe you can make them to fit any lifestyle or diet!


found via
original recipe here

random and peculiar

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Two of my favorite guys, Chris and my brother Andrew, sure do love to hijack my camera.  Going through pictures the other day I couldn't help but notice, they sure do have a an eye for finding some of the most random, peculiar, and beautiful things to capture.....
Random and peculiar shots will always be my favorite; but that sunset, crazy beautiful....

These guys can hijack my camera anytime.

brewing beer

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A first for us on a rainy Monday night.  Our friend Stuart is the pro.  I'm certain there will be many brew nights in our future.  That's the exciting thing about new friends, new experiences.  And man, these guys sure love themselves some beer.  But I truly don't mind it either.

the boots

Monday, January 14, 2013

If you're going to visit Texas you must leave with either cowboy boots or a hat, that was our thinking anyway. So while we were there over the holidays Chris and I were eagerly in search of authentic, made in Texas, cowboy boots!  {Although, I was quickly informed that in Texas they are just called boots, my bad.}  So on our second day in the Lonestar state, after a Texas sized breakfast we headed to a local boot store to shop.  And after a few hours, Chris and I both walked out with our first pair of cowboy boots.
Chris'{on the left} are lizard skin! And mine{on the right} are goat!  Who knew that the exotic skins were the way to go, although pricy, they are made better and  if I do say so myself look super cool; and I kinda love seeing peoples reactions when we tell them what skin they're made of.  But now look, don't go all PETA on me at least I didn't get elephant or hippo skin.
I was a little worried about breaking them in, I've heard some horror stories about how long it can take and painful it can be.  But wearing them every day in Texas and even on our flight back home was all it took to make them the most comfortable pair of boots I own.  Now I don't want to take them off!  Even though we are probably the only people walking around Virginia Beach in cowboy boots, we wear them almost every day. 
These babies go great with anything.  Jeans, leggings, dresses, I haven't tried them with shorts yet, but you bet your sweet cheeks once temperatures rise above 80 degrees I will try to rock these boots with anything, even a bikini.  Not even kidding, I am so in love.  And Chris, well you probably won't see him sporting his lizard skin boots with board shorts, he wears them with pretty much anything else, and might I say he looks darn good in them too.


hi! & I missed you

Friday, January 11, 2013

Hello hello my sweets, I'm backkkkkkkkkk! and I sure have missed you.  Although unintentional, this little blogging break has been good for the soul.  Our holiday was a whirlwind of sorts, with our time spent mostly with family, either in North Carolina or Texas.  A restful and enjoyable break, but getting back home and into the "swing of things" is truly a wonderful feeling.

I sure hope you all had a wonderful holiday, and I can't wait so share with you little tid-bits of ours.  But for now I just wanted to pop in and say Hi! & I missed you.

 As for us, the weather this weekend in Virginia Beach looks divine.  70 degrees in January, I'll take it!  My brain is full of ideas of what I can bribe my husband into doing this weekend riding.....grilling....yardwork.....when the weather is this nice the possibilities are endless!

So until next time, have a wonderful weekend & enjoy the weather!