Friday Finds

1. This asparagus tart with walnuts and parmesan caught my eye.  I think this would be delicious with an easy salad or some cool gazpacho. Speaking of, anyone have a great gazpacho recipe?

2. I’m re-reading Anne of Green Gables for the umpteenth time (summer reading comfort food) and day dreaming about our one-day trip to Prince Edward Island. I started poking around and came across a ton of information about bike tours of PEI and this one stood out.  PEI bike tour, consider yourself bucket listed.

3. This is a quick post about using baking soda to exfoliate your skin.  I’m all for inexpensive skin treatments…although I’m still not ready to start brushing my teeth with baking soda.

4. My agent won’t allow me to confirm or deny that we may be thinking about Walton 2.0 round about the time that the pumpkins start getting harvested, but just in case that happens, and just in case it’s a lil lady, I’ve been collecting sewing patterns, and I love the simple ease of this apron dress.

5. The picture pretty much says it all.  Class up 4th of July cookouts with a simple blueberry and watermelon salad.  (My watermelon problem is in full effect.  I may or may not have eaten half of one on Wednesday night).

6. This post for a great and simple tea recipe to beat the summer heat and a nice reminder that not all tea in the south has to be laden with sugar.  Full disclosure: the writer is my awesome aunt Vicki, check her out!

We’re spending the weekend with friends, Drew and his buddy are starting another batch of beer, tomorrow we’re hoping to tackle some organizational projects around the house and head to the sprinkler park to cool off.  It’s supposed to be in the 80s all weekend, there’s fun to be had.

Friday Finds


Here’s a list of some things that I’ve been thinking about this week from around the web…

1. Ruffles and Stuff posted this tutorial for re-purposing an old shift dress into something that one might actually wear.  I see these dresses in thrift stores all the time, but mainly I liked the reminder to take a second look at things that I might be giving away to see if I can re-purpose a second life into them.

2. Speaking of sewing, Embroidery Rocksea has great easy-to-follow embroidery tutorials (with pictures!) that are inspiring.  I have pillow cases that I have been planning on embroidering and this site got me excited about picking that project back up.

3. This recipe is for Strawberry Cream Cake kebobs with a strawberry glaze. Yes. Please. (Although to be honest I’m kind of a cream girl when it comes to cake and strawberries…I could easily omit the glaze for a bowl of cold cream to dip my kebob in.  Just a thought.)

4. This DIY herbed soap tutorial is very easy to follow and is on my must-make list.  The soap pictured is made with basil, rosemary, mint, orange, and lemon, although I really want to make it with rose geranium.  My stepmother Ruth always had rose geranium in her garden and it is one of absolute all time favorite summer smells.

5. I am hoping to finish this book, My Name is Mary Sutter, this weekend.  Set during the Civil War, the book follows midwife Mary Sutter in her quest to become the first female surgeon.  There are too many things that I like about this book to list, but briefly I will say that it seems to be exceptionally well researched and the story is captivating.  I highly recommend it.  Penned by Robin Oliveria.

6. This frozen chocolate dipped banana bites recipe just might save me from my usual summer-induced ice cream cravings.  Maybe.  I’m actually not much of a banana fan these days (pregnancy fall out?) but these look intriguing enough to give it a shot.

We have plans to beat the heat by the water this weekend and I’m looking forward to hanging with my parents tonight while Drew is at work.  I’m also tentatively thinking about tackling the couch dyeing project, but that all hinges on how courageous I’m feeling.  Have a great weekend!


Friday Finds

Happily, I do quite a bit of internet perusing (especially now that Drew is working nights) and read some really amazing stuff out there in the wild wild web, so I am going to start sharing some of my favorite finds from the week.

These three posts about experiencing our children grow and how bittersweet and rad it is made me think, choked me up, and made me smile all at once:

Ashley’s post on her oldest daughter loosing her first tooth and how much that is taking Ashley back.
This lovely post about bed time and children finding their voices.
This post from a great food blog about motherhood, baking brownies and birthdays. Definitely worth a read!

I want to make these bacon-chocolate-caramel turtles immediately.  And then I want to eat too many of them.  I can’t get enough of sweet and salty together.

This link teaches you how to DIY wax luminaries with a water balloon.  They’re surprisingly elegant.

These mustache pacifiers are going to be a go-to baby gift, because babies with mustaches are funny, duh.

And some thoughts from me:
Drew and I are celebrating our 6th wedding anniversary tomorrow, and noted in April that it’s been 10 years since our first smooch under a streetlight.  More to come on that, but for now I’ll say that I love that man, I love him so very, very much.

We bought a new couch this week in an effort to create more space in our smallish living room.  The couch is very comfortable, very functional, and very white.  It’s slip-covered, and I’m already thinking about dyeing it.  I knew going into it that a white couch was wildly impractical, so save your breath there, but I’m surprised that I don’t like it more.  I’ve always dreamed of white furniture and have admired it in other homes, but it’s not the right fit for us.  (Says the girl with a sherbet colored house.  Amelia, do you not know yourself at all?) Anyway, I’m sure that the dyeing process is going to be a bit of an adventure so I’ll keep you posted.

My peonies are blooming.  I mean, all peonies are blooming, but specifically the ones that I transplanted two years ago that had yet to produce any flowers since being relocated are blooming.  I have a few stems in a vase with the bolted broccoli flowers.  Might sound funny, but I actually think it’s really beautiful:

And finally, I’ve been having this smoothie every morning:
1/3 c. coconut milk
1/3. plain greek yogurt (Fage 0%)
handful of blueberries
6(ish) strawberries (from our garden!)
1/2 a banana
generous dump of cinnamon
2 TBS of essential greens powder
3 ice cubes

I’ve never really been a smoothie person, but this is really doing it for me.

I think that’s it…my parents are generously keeping Asher tomorrow night so that Drew and I can enjoy our anniversary without having to get a babysitter which is an awesome gift (thanks guys!) and Mom even sweetened the deal with a bottle of champagne.  Moms are the best.  Let me know if you’ve come across anything this week that I should see!