Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What I Wore: Linen Tunic (episode 2)

Y'all.  I know I just posted about my love of tunic tops (see here).  But seriously, I can't get enough.   They are perfect for my long torso, fitted enough, but still breathable and slimming.

Oh, and they are perfect with these shorts...also a fave this time of year.  A funny story about this outfit though.  I wore it to my parents house recently to celebrate one of my sisters' birthdays.  And, when I showed up at home, I realized that the birthday girl and I were essentially matching.  

Great minds must think alike, I guess.  :) 

And, I think this outfit counts for being pretty thrifty, too.  The shorts are Lily Pulitzer, but are a hand-me-down from a friend.  The top is from a thrift store and the sandals literally cost me $5 from Kohl's on clearance, which I paid for with Kohl's cash.  Grand real $ cost of this outfit:  <$5.  Not too shabby, I

The turquoise top came from TJ Maxx as did the shorts, so still thrifty, but not quite as much as the black/white one.  

Anyway, I'm in love with this look for the summer.  

Monday, July 21, 2014

A day at the museum & an Italian dinner

Oh gosh, I have been a little MIA over here lately.  I don't really have a great excuse other than more nights than not recently after getting home, I just haven't cared a whole ton about turning on a computer.

But, I did promise a fun little re-cap of our anniversary weekend, and even though we are 3 weeks post-celebration, I am excited to share some of that with you today!

Our anniversary was on a Monday this year, but we no doubt celebrated on the weekend, too.

We wanted to do something low key and something that we don't get to do often, so we decided to visit our local history and life & science museums.  It was a day packed with learning, fun, and pretending to be kids again.  And it was awesome.

But first, we went to the Farmer's Market for brunch.  I had chicken & waffles, of course, but hubs definitely helped me finish it.  I love that it's fresh, local, and homemade at the Farmer's market.  Not to mention DELICIOUS.  

Our next stop was the museums and frankly, I didn't get nearly enough pictures. It's hard when there are only 2 of you to get good pics together.  And I really didn't want to be the one photographing the whole museum.  
with t-rex
Stopping to take a selfie in the history museum
But, if you'll take my word for it, we had a really fun time.  We spent hours in the museums.  Actually, my favorite part was late in the afternoon at the science museum - we noticed lots of nicely dressed people coming in and realized that they were waiting for a wedding reception to begin on the top floor.  

We actually got to celebrate a rehearsal dinner in the science museum last year, and it was fun to think back to that event.  Museums seem like such a fun venue for a wedding.  *If you're planning a museum wedding reception, please invite me.  It will be fun.  Promise.  ;)

After the museums, we walked around a little more outside and got to visit other historical buildings nearby.  

It was probably one of the most fun days.  

We did go out on our real anniversary too, though.  And we were so fancy.  

Love him to pieces.  

Sunday, July 20, 2014

For he satisfies the thirsty

"Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.  For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things."

Psalm 107:8-9

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What I Wore: Summer in the Office

I am on a roll over here with these outfit posts!  I always get so happy when I am able to be consistent with these.  Clearly, there are no fashion revelations over here, and frankly, I don't even know if you find any inspiration here, but it makes me so happy to find things in my closet that I really enjoy wearing.  I haven't bought any new clothes in a while, and even though I am just itching to get more dresses and fun pieces in my closet, these outfit posts really cause me to take a good inventory of what I have, to be thankful for it and to find new ways to wear it.  

Conversely, they also help me take note of the things I don't wear often so that I can get rid of them or donate them elsewhere.  There's certainly no sense in hoarding them in my closet if they're not being used.  

I wore this one to work.  I work in an office and things are pretty casual in the summer.  (Actually, things are pretty casual year round, but especially in the summer because it is so HOT around here.)

This is one of my favorite, basic skirts from a local thrift store (also seen here as proof that it really works all seasons long!).  It's paired with an embellished tank top from several (at least 3) years ago and a cardigan sweater from my parents one Christmas.  The shoes literally cost me about $2 off the clearance rack at Kohl's last summer with Kohl's cash.
So, I guess that counts as thrifty, too, right?

Monday, July 7, 2014

Yard Work: the one in which the trees get a little haircut

We're cleaning up the backyard...aka doing some major trimming on our evergreens to get them up off the ground around our entire fence line.  I don't have any big news to report about this, yet.  But I am thrilled about it.  

So thrilled I just had to share.  Look at the progress so far!

It's like our yard just grew!  I can see the ground under the trees now!

Literally so happy about this.

Nilla Wafers Banana Pudding

How was your fourth of July celebration?!  We had a real blast over here with friends, neighbors, and family! I'm working on those photos soon to share with y'all here on the old blog.  

Today, though, I'm sharing a fun recipe that I tried for the first time recently - banana pudding with Nilla Wafers.  I don't think I used to like banana pudding, which at this point in my life seems like a very crazy thing.  

This is one of my all time favorite desserts these days, so when I had a bunch of bananas that were getting spotty, I immediately went to the store for some cookies and got to baking.  (Well, I first got to snacking on the cookies, but that's a whole different issue...)  

I used the recipe straight off of the box and altered it only slightly.  I'm sharing it below as is with my own adaptations noted.  

3/4 cup sugar, divided
1/3 cup flour
1 dash of salt (to me, this means just a small amount.  I shook it into my hand to be sure how much I was adding)
3 eggs separated (see photo below)
2 cups milk
1/2 tsp vanilla (I used 1 tsp vanilla, because I like it)
45 Nilla Wafers (about 1/2 the box)
5 bananas sliced (I used 4 large bananas, but you can vary this)

I used 2 separate glass bowls to hold the egg yolks and whites separately

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  
  • Using a double boiler, mix 1/2 cup of sugar, flour, and salt.  
  • Stir in egg yolks and milk. 
  • Cook, uncovered over boiling water for about 12 minutes.  You'll need to stir this often to keep it from sticking.  It will thicken into custard.  Once finished, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.  Spread small amount on the bottom of baking dish (I used an 8X8 square).  
  • Layer nilla waffer, bananas, and custard then repeat.  
  • Pour egg whites into medium mixing bowl. 
  • Blend on high until soft peaks form.
  • Add in remaining sugar and continue to beat until stiff peaks form.  
    • I totally underestimated the amount of time for this.  You'll want to make sure the egg whites are close to room temp and plan on about 10 minutes of beating time for it to stiffen well.  
  • Spread meringue over the custard sealing well along the edges
Bake for 20 minutes or until meringue is lightly brown.  

It's good warm and cold, friends.  The perfect treat.  And look at that meringue...not too shabby for a first attempt, huh?  

For more great recipes with Nilla Wafers, see here.  

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

What I Wore: Linen Tunic

Happy July!!  We are officially in the second half of the year, which is totally crazy to me.  

Nothing says summer to me like bright colors and white pants.  But I think I've said that already.  This little number is from last weekend when we spent the whole day downtown to celebrate our anniversary.  That post is coming soon, but until then, I wanted to share this fun outfit that was perfect for the occasion.   

Both this top and shorts are from TJ Maxx a couple of years ago.  The top is linen and is easy and breezy this time of year.  It is dry clean only though (if you know tips on washing 100% linen, let a sister know...) and wrinkles really easily if you're sitting most of the day, so I don't wear it too often to work.  

But I really just love the green embroidery and the length of this shirt.  I have a long torso so longer shirts are definitely my favorite.  And of course the braided sandals are from Target 2 years ago (conveniently enough, the spring before we were married).  

As a disclaimer though, those cute little  flat sandals are not ideal for walking around all day.  In my mind, I knew that the places we were going were all within a few blocks of one another.  I completely discounted the fact that we would be walking all  day  long.  So, I was happy to get home and prop my feet up at the end of the day.  (If you have ideas of stylish summer sandals that have good arch support, also let me know.)