The next phase

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

 (from our Anniversary in Park City at the restaurant Handle)

We are down to our last few weeks in Austin!  I can't believe how quickly these last few months have gone.  I realized a few days ago that I never told you where we are moving to, so I figured, I ought to mention it, before we head out in June!

Adam got a job in UTAH!  Hooray!  Actually, I am more happy that he has a job than where it is (he applied to jobs all over the place and I feel like we could have been happy anywhere), but we feel really great about moving to Utah, and he is super stoked about the job itself, so I am happy we are going.

(he was so tiny last summer! And his feet got so dirty on that floor, no matter how often I mopped!)

We will be much closer to his parents, much closer to my family (including my sisters!!!), and my brother lives in Utah, right now, so I am pretty stoked to be going back!

I have been surprised at how much I have missed seeing my family, because we are currently the furthest away.

After I graduated from college and moved to Texas, I found myself missing Utah far more than I had ever missed Las Vegas.  Not that I didn't miss my family (who lived in Las Vegas) when I lived in Utah, but the place itself I never missed.

But I really missed the mountains in Utah, and the snow at Christmas (to be clear here, I hate snow in February-June, but I love it at Christmas), and the gorgeous Spring/Summer/Fall weather.  I am seriously thrilled to be going back!

Wish us luck as we pack up our apartment and drive 1200 miles with a 2 year-old!

Homemade Croutons

Friday, May 19, 2017

I hate throwing away food.  So much.  I remember as a kid, my dad always talking about not wasting food.  As a seven year-old, this point kinda went over my head, but as an adult, I totally understand why I shouldn't be wasting.

I have found a ridiculous number of ways to use up odds and ends, but this DIY is one of my favorites.

Adam was a crouton hater, prior to my making homemade croutons, and now he will eat them straight out of the pan.  And I can't blame him.  They are SOOOO good.

Below, I have photos of two different batches, but I wanted to show you that you can make croutons out of almost any savory bread.  Challah, French, Baguettes, Whole wheat, Multigrain, Rye.  You name it, you can probably make croutons out of it.  Just don't use sweet or quick breads. They won't taste good on a salad. 

Homemade Croutons: 

4 or 5 slices of bread, diced into 1" cubes
2-3 Tbs olive oil
1/4 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper, to taste

Turn your oven on to a low broil.  On a large cookie sheet, spread out your croutons, and sprinkle with olive oil, garlic powder and salt and pepper.  With clean hands, mix the croutons until they are all coated in olive oil and spices.  

Put in the broiler for 2-3 minutes, or until they are getting toasty around the edges.  Remove from the oven, and flip them over with tongs or a fork, and then toast the other side for 1-2 more minutes.  Remove when crisp on the outside.  

Serve immediately on soups or salads.  


The all-purpose wrapping paper

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A few months ago, I used up the last of my fancy wrapping paper, and a few days ago, I was looking for something to wrap a baby gift in, and realized that my roll of brown paper was all I had for wrapping.  THEN, I realized how perfect it was for wrapping gifts.  For every. single. occasion. ever. But really.

Here are a few reasons why I am planning on keeping mine around for the long haul (whether it is trendy or not):

1. It's Recyclable - If you have read any green living post on this blog, you know I am all about reducing waste.
2. It's good for every holiday known to man - Super convenient, right?
3. It is extremely versatile - Seriously, you can put almost any type of ribbon or bow on it, and it will match (yep, even the ugly Minnie Mouse ribbon).
4. You can give it personal touches - Let your kids color on it, give it a cute pattern with a stamp, or draw stripes on it.
5.  It can double as packing paper for a move (that is most likely what will happen to the rest of my current roll).
6.  Mine was $1 at the dollar store, and had way more than the 2 feet of wrapping paper that most rolls hold (does anyone else hate how little most wrapping paper rolls have on them? $7 for a roll, and it is gone in 3 gifts. Bleh)
7.  Your gifts will all match each other under the Christmas tree or on the birthday pile (this is a big deal to me)!

Have you ever used brown paper to wrap stuff?  Or are you all about the fancy patterned paper?

Raiding My Sister's Closet: Trying out the Embroidery Trend

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

I tend to avoid super trendy clothes, because they seem so fleeting.  They show up for summer, and by fall they are old news, and something new has taken their place.  Not great for someone who buys clothes pretty infrequently, and tries to get them to last as long as possible (which is why my closet is filled with black and white stripes and white button downs).  

I almost always love trendy clothes, because attractive people with amazing hair and gorgeous smiles wear them and show up all over instagram and the blogging world, making the latest trend look fabulous, so who wouldn't think they looked great?  

Despite trying to avoid them, occasionally, I fall for some trend or other, and end up with a piece or two from that season.  I was not a huge fan of embroidery until I saw this top.  I couldn't stop thinking about it, and since I had some store credit to their online shop, I had to get it.  I love it even more in person than online.

One quick amusing story about this outfit.  Janssen sent me these gorgeous gold earrings a few years ago for my birthday, and I wear them quite often and love them.  Last week, I wore them to an event with Adam, and another guest there told me they look like potato chips.  I can't stop laughing about it! 

Hope you are having a good week!  

top: Bohme (sadly, it looks like it is sold out, but a few darling options here and here)// pants: madewell via thredup ($10 off your first order)// shoes: DSW// earrings: Nickel +Suede// Bag: Fossil 

I can't wait to see what Janssen and Merrick are wearing!  You should check them out, too! 


Sailing into Summer + A Video

Friday, May 12, 2017

Some of our best friends here in Texas bought a sail boat last summer while we were in Utah.  I remember being surprised, because even though the husband of this couple loves sailing, it seemed like a big purchase for a hobby.

Then they invited us out on it.  And I totally changed my tune.  It was seriously amazing.  First off, I think being around water is super relaxing (well, unless you have a toddler... it is slightly less relaxing then), but the waves lapping against the boat, and going wherever the wind wants to take you is kind of a magical idea.

Also, few people get great service out on the water, so having your phone out all the time, isn't really an option (especially if you are like me and are paranoid of dropping it into the water).  Which makes for real quality time with family and friends on the boat.  It was great to actually be able to talk without everyone pulling out their phone (except to take photos), every three minutes.

I also love the idea of being able to teach your kids valuable skills about how to problem solve, take a sail up and down, be responsible with an expensive piece of property, and how to not fall off the boat.

It is also a great way to just be together.  Our friend's boat is 30 feet long, which is a big sailboat, but small enough that you really are forced to spend time together, which is really great.

I like speedboats, but there is a totally different feeling when you are on a sailboat.  It doesn't go fast, you can't do water sports (except tubing), off the back, and it just feels very relaxed.  Totally my kind of water outing.  I am pretty terrible at water sports, so sitting on the deck, and occasionally steering is just my idea of a perfect day out on the water.

I did a little video about it below.

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