Monday, August 6, 2012

Pinspiration Monday

It’s been so busy- it’s crazy to me how fast summer seems to fly by! It’s already AUGUST! Well, here’s what’s inspiring me this week. I hope I can get a few more projects done and I have so much to share with you this week!

reading nook perfection

Summer date night perfect look

Bible verse that I need in my office and to read it daily

beach party!!!!

Pumpkin cranberry granola bars- I'm craving fall flavors!

watermelon and melon agua frescas recipe

Source: via Julie on Pinterest

                                                    DIY constellation identification cards

Have a wonderful Monday!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Fun Things Friday

I got a label maker this week (because I am slightly overly concerned with organization and really, really love organized spaces) and just HAD to label my napping husband. Isn't he adorable!? And even better, you now know that he's my hubby because he's labeled. Pretty clever, no?

Happy Friday!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Just Peachy

I ADORE peaches and am so lucky to live in the state that produces the most peaches in the nation. Go South Carolina!

The local farmer's market is so lovely and its great to get out on a Saturday morning and spend some time getting inspired by the fresh fruits and vegetables; I just had to pick up a basket of the peaches- they were staring me straight in the face and making my mouth water!

I got a little big for my britches and ended up going home with 16 of those lovely peaches. The only problem is that my hubby doesn't really care for peaches (crazy, I know) so I had to think of a way to eat them other than straight or in a this basil, peach and red onion salad.

So I started thinking. I saw a recipe on A Cozy Kitchen for strawberries and cream scones. Why couldn't I redo the recipe for peaches? My stomach growled, making it clear that the direction was indeed good. So I started playing with it and cut up about 2 peaches and made this recipe:

Peaches and Cream Scones
Inspired by A Cozy Kitchen

1 cup diced peaches (2-3 medium peaches) peeled works best
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
3 tablespoons white granulated sugar (this amount was perfect for me, not too sweet, but add more if you want your scone on the sweeter side)
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
1 cup heavy cream
1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Place peaches on a lined baking sheet. Transfer the baking sheet to the oven and bake for 30-45 minutes, until the peaches are dehydrated. This will keep them from "leaking" in the scones and making it soggy.
2. Adjust oven rack to middle position and turn oven up to 425 degrees F.
3. Place flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in large bowl. Whisk together until thoroughly combined.
4. Cut the cold butter into small chunks. Mix hte butter into the flour mixture until it looks like a coarse meal. I like to get a little messy and work the butter into the flour by hand, but a pastry cutter will work as well. Gently stir in peaches. Pour in the heavy cream and mix until the dough begins to form, about 30 seconds.
6. Transfer dough and all dry, floury bits to a slightly floured counter and knead dough by hand just until it comes together into a rough, slightly sticky ball, 5 to 10 seconds. Pat the dough into a flat circle about 1 inch thick and cut the scones into 8 wedges. Separate and place the scones on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Beat an egg with a tablespoon of water together and brush the tops’ of the scones with the egg wash.
7. Transfer the baking sheet to the hot oven and bake until scones are light brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes. Serve warm with butter or jelly, preferably on a porch with a mug of coffee!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Life as Normal...

Well, it hasn't been very "normal" around my house- in the last 2 months so many things have happened!

graduated college

watched my man graduate from college

got all dolled up to...

marry this man

went on an awesome trip to the mountains

ate awesome pancakes

and then we moved. and moved and moved. out of 3 places and into our one little newlywed apartment. 

Phew. I'm getting tired just thinking about all of the things that we've done. And starting a new job is pretty exhausting too!

sneak peak of our little bedroom

after the sunset on a lazy Sunday- we have some great lighting in our apartment!

we haven't had toooo many "normal" days just yet but I'm looking forward to settling in and having things calm down for just a little while!

I've missed blogging so I'm also looking forward to more posts so thanks for sticking with me! and if you have any marriage/life advice, we'd love to hear it. But I'll tell you, that 50 days into marriage and we're pretty close to being experts ;) just kidding! 

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

I'm Back! Almost!

Hello! Its been a while since I've posted because there's been a ton going on on the home front, but I can't WAIT to share all of the fun things that have been happening! But its back to (spoiler alert!) busily unpacking! 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Where I want to Be

Its been a busy couple of weeks, and it won't be slowing down until after the wedding but I've been thinking hard about how much I really love my visits home.  These visits have increased since I got engaged and will hopefully be restful in the month to come. While I'm working hard at finishing up my undergrad work, its nice to look at the pictures to remember the calm that I love about the ocean and dream about my trips to the beach in the near future!

I'll hopefully be back with some more of my adventures in the kitchen and I have some organizing posts that I want to do soon, but have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Inspiration Monday

Hello and happy Monday! Its going to be pushing 90 degrees here and I'm not going to lie and say that I'm not excited for the warmth! Here's what's on my inspiration board for this week!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Pinspired! Things I've Actually Created

Shock! I've actually used some of the gorgeous ideas that I've seen on Pinterest! Here's what the actual pictures from the blogs via Pinterest show:

From Top Left:

Roasted Cabbage = amazing way to cook cabbage without that funky smell
(I couldn't get nearly as good of a picture)
way back on Valentine's Day, but don't judge! They were uber amazing also

I feel accomplished having done something I pinned on Pinterest! Have you been up to anything pinspired lately? I'd love to see your work too!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Inspiration Monday

Hello! Its a beginning of another lovely week. I'm starting off a crazy week, but I've got some Pinterest love to share and its motivating me to get my "regular" school work done so I can have fun with some crafty projects and delicious food!

From Top Left:

DIY arrows- may make some in honor of Katniss from the Hunger Games

*sigh*. I wish I had more time to be creative! Well, I hope your Monday is lovely and more posting to come, I promise!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Weekly Inspiration

Good morning!  Last week was Spring Break, so now its crunch time before GRADUATION! But I got quite a few projects done at home, and I'll be sharing them later this week! But here's some wonderful links to start your week off right!

Cute puppy! 
Spring decor inspiration
Memo boards
Chewy lemon cookies
Smores cakes
Lorax quote free printable

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Spring Chic

I'm really excited for the spring weather! This is what I WISH was in my closet!

Spring Chic

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Banana Bread and Getting Back into the Kitchen

Have you ever felt like the kitchen is calling to you but you just don't have the time to make anything? That's how the last few weeks have been because school has gone into crazy-mode, but I took some time to make some banana bread from the bananas that I forgot about saved for banana bread.

I tried to find a good, basic banana bread to add to my repertoire, and this one from Cooking Light actually tasted delicious, was simple and didn't call for any non-pantry items besides plain yogurt. Score!

Well, it made an excellent dessert last night at my Bible study and of course was delicious this morning. Moist and banana-y.  Here's the recipe. Also, they did a bunch of variations on the recipe in the magazine in October 2010:  peanut butter, bananas foster, and banana chocolate walnut.

Also, happy Leap Day! I hope you do something wonderful with your extra 24 hours this year! I haven't decided what my extra will be, but I'll let you know! Have a great day!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Inspiration Monday

This past week was a whirlwind of school work, but I'm going to keep on keepin' on. Spring break is right around the corner, and these are the things on Pinterest that are inspiring me today!

I hope these inspire you! You can follow all of my pins here. I'm kind of obsessive and pin a lot, so you'll constantly see new stuff!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Interesting: Cost of Coffee from Single Brewing Machines

I was flipping through my Google reader this morning and saw this article, $51 Per Pound: The Deceptive Cost of Single Serve Coffee, from The Kitchn pop up: the true cost per pound for coffee made in a Keurig or other machine.  Its crazy how expensive it is!

Take a look- I especially like that it came up now, because I've been debating whether it would be a good idea to register for one or not.

Is the convenience worth it to you? I don't think it would be right for me, particularly because I want to always have coffee available if people come over to visit. What's your side on this issue?

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Weekend Pictures and Wonderfulnesses

So last week, I had my birthday and got to celebrate with my family and some friends at home. And I got to demand some special treatment (and was equally surprised by other special treats!) Basically, there were a few things that I wanted to do in Charleston that I hadn't gotten around to, or wanted to try again, and this was my weekend to eat!

Cory's Famous Grilled Cheese- from a new(ish) food cart downtown
SUPER delish- cinnamon raisin bread, honey mustard, muenster cheese and bacon!

My wonderful fiance nomming a deluxe grilled cheese with bacon

Uber cute Sugar Bakeshop (that's making our wedding cake!) Go visit them.... they are wonderful and have such unique flavor combinations. 

Chocolate peanut butter in the right hand and mini grapefruit vanilla cupcake in the left!

The grapefruit was mine, all mine! And a great balance of the tart with the vanilla. Recommend!

My surprise brownie cake from my future mother-in-law. How sweet! 

I love Charleston's iron work! Outside the William Aiken house.

Stingrays hockey game- just like when I was little! I celebrated my 8th birthday with them too!

Beautiful Sunday sunrise before church

And I could be at home along the intercoastal waterway for the rest of my life!

I hope your weekends were just as lovely- I'm back to the daily business/busy-ness of school!
Thank goodness only a few more months towards graduation!