I didn't think I was any good at picking out things to go together for an outfit, but I must say, I wish so bad I had this outfit!!!
Black and White romance
make the olive garden's zuppa toscana soup at home. love soup season :) UPDATE: I've never had this soup @ Olive Garden so I didn't really have anything to compare to, but, it sounded good so I gave it a shot. I halved the recipe and used spinach because that is what I had. Baking the sausage is a must! It turned out really good (& spicy!!) and was perfect for a cold, rainy day.
10 Things Not to Say to Your KidsThe Kid Counselor ™ | The Kid Counselor ™ ...Sometimes we do not even hear ourselves or think about the things we say to the kids... this gives some really good and concise reasons for what to not say and why. Things I wish I had known when I was raising you or your spouses!!! Love you!
Gifts for Friends and Family
Shell Heart Jewelry Box.. I had this! I think we got it at a yard sale or something. So cool to see the little things you had as a kid but had forgotten about for so many years. :)
I bought this SUPER cheap set to use for toys/games/puzzles. I didn't think there was any chance it was BPA free at such a cheap price,
Dorito Chicken and Cheese Casserole-This was my "go-to" one dish meal for a very long time years ago (I didn't put corn in mine), but I must make this again soon, along with so many other "forgotten" dishes.
5 Things I Didn't Think About Before Picking a Baby Name (That I Wish I Did!)
OMGoodness!!! This is A-maz-ING!!! I must have!! so wish crocheting was my think, but not :(
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Chicken Dumplings for the crockpot. This was very easy to make and had good flavor. I warmed up a mix of frozen veggies and added it in at the last minute. It was a very heavy meal so I won't make it often but for a once/winter kind of meal, it wasn't half bad
Food and Cooking
I HAD THIS BOYFRIEND THAT I WAS WITH FOR ABOUT 6 YEARS & HE ADORED ME, COULDN'T GET ENOUGH OF ME BUT LIVED AN HOUR AWAY. IN THE FIRST YEARS HE WAS ON POINT BUT AS THE YEARS PAST, HE SEEMED LIKE HE WAS SO IN LOVE WITH ME WHILE HE WAS WITH ME BUT AS SOON AS HE LEFT IT'S ALMOST LIKE A SWITCH WENT OFF & HE SEEMED TO BE ABLE TO SEPARATE OUR RELATIONSHIP FROM BEING TOGETHER TO BE ALONE. SO I ASKED & I WAS RIGHT. HOW CAN SOMEONE ACT SO IN LOVE. SAY THEY DON'T WANT TO LEAVE TO BEING OK BEING SOLO. ANO…
This is SO FUNNY! I didn't think it was going to be but I started crying from laughing.:-p
I adore Billie Piper, and have been wondering if this "Mansfield Park" adaptation was any good. I know the older one is less faithful to the book, but it was so good, I didn't care. Anyone seen the new one?
Check, oh but it freaked me out, I was to light, so I got stuck at the wood part, so I had to lean and reach for them!!
Gnomes and their homes
I loved my Nintendo DS. While mine was also pink, it certainly didn't look this cute, but I used to play it quite a bit when I was in high school. It was a fun way for me to wind down and relax, and I had a lot of games that required brainpower, so I was learning at the same time.
If it wasn't Charles Ingalls, then it had to be Mike Brady- but he was gay. I think my ex-husband was too, so one out of two ain't too bad!
Mediterranean Flatbread Pizzas- I wish that I was eating one of these right now. I think I had one for at least three days in a row, I loved them that much! I have just been craving fresh tasting food and flavorful veggies lately, and this has quickly become one of my favorite healthy and delicious meals! Another bonus is they are so easy to make and hardly take any time to cook.
Where We Belong: Emily Giffin. I love her books! Personally, I wish this one had at least 2 more chapters to it, but that's the mark of a good book: you wish it was longer.
Books Worth Reading
Rosalind Robertson (The DIY Couturier) says: "Depression is serious – debilitating, often dangerous... It leaves you to fend for themselves. It’s bad enough without people ramming Happy Tips at you through facebook... A friend suggested I write something because, surprisingly, I manage to give an outwards impression of having my shit together. I was shocked to hear this, but I see her point. I’m functioning. I’ve adapted. I’m surprisingly okay. I think the medical term is “resilient”..."
Greek Yogurt Cookie Dough...so delicious! I added a little cocoa powder and actually used vanilla Greek yogurt cuz that's what I had but I think plain would be even better! I was planning on saving some to freeze but that didn't happen :) I think it'd be really good frozen though!
Just made this tonight. Quinoa mac-n-cheese. I used asiago, and it was so good! Not too bad for you either. I left out the egg though, and didn't bake it.
yum yum YUM
Cinnamon Candy Popcorn from Food.com: Someone made this for our getaway and it was SO good. I didn't think I would like it either because of the cinnamon flavor but was so wrong. She said she cut the amount of red hots down to 6 oz and did use microwave popcorn. She also threw in candied pecans...mmmm.
IVE BEEN WANTING TO DO THIS FOR SO LONG X3 this is curieux! I've been wanting to do the glass legs with liquid in them for the LONGEST time and I've just drawn it out. So I drew an alien girl. I didn't have much at a backstory because I'm not good at backstory but I thought that the liquid in her legs and arms would be like how air is to us :3. (Laurel Bresser)
A La Maison
Making this for dinner, but with considerably less spice. Wish I had some chicken to add! But beans are good.
"I've done things I don't want to talk about. I regret the action, but not the intent. Some things just had to be done. Good things, bad things, things. Desperate times called for desperate measures. I just wish they could call them back."
I didn't think I'd ever wish that again, but here I go... Thanks, Matt, for making me believe again. <3
So bad for you, but it looks sooooo good! I have to try making this :)
Restoring teak furniture What You Need: Rubber Gloves Two Brushes Medium Grit Sandpaper Soft Bristle Brush or Steel Wool TSP (a cleaning agent) and a bucket of warm water Teak Oil Polyurethane Instructions: Clean: If you are dealing with teak turned old and grey you will be surprised at how this step alone will begin to transform your piece. Using a soft bristle brush or steel wool, thoroughly scrub the wood with warm water and a detergent like TSP. This gets rid of the oxidation and dirt that has built up and given the wood its silvery patina. Depending on the state of your teak this step can take quite a while and require some serious arm work. If you're starting out with some really weathered teak you will begin to see some serious transformation here as the wood's true color starts to make its appearance. Sand: You'll need to get some medium grit sanding blocks and sand your teak by hand to even out the top layer of wood. Try to get the color as even as possible. Dry Time: If you're like me this is the hardest part. I am so impatient that once I start I just want to keep going till it's finished, but I assure you this step is really important. Your newly cleaned teak needs a few days of drying time so that the oil you will put on in the next step can fully saturate deep into the wood's pores. Oil: These next two steps are very toxic so make sure you are in a well ventilated area before you start applying these chemicals. Now that the wood is good and dry you are ready to apply the oil. Go get some good quality Teak Oil, a brush and some rubber gloves and lightly brush the oil over all surfaces three times each. You must do this a minimum of four rounds with an hour in-between allowing time for the oil to fully saturate the wood. Apply as many times as needed until you get the desired color of wood. Seal: At this time your teak should be looking as good as new. After all the work you've put in you may be tempted to call it quits, but you still have one more step. You have only restored the teak's natural oil at this point but haven't protected it from further damage. That's where the polyurethane comes in to seal in the oil and protect the surface. Paint on a few coats and let dry for a few days, and you'll be ready to sit back, relax and enjoy your newly restored Teak furniture. Store: Going from Los Angeles to Seattle I completely failed to do this step last winter so I thought I would throw it in. I used to live outside and never had to give a second thought to my outdoor furniture so upon moving to this new climate I was a bit stubborn and naive about the correct upkeep. So if you don't live somewhere that has year round summer then you should either cover your furniture or bring it into an unheated garage. I say unheated because temperature changes and excess heat can crack your wood. MORE TEAK RESTORATION ON APARTMENT THERAPY: How To Care For Teak Furniture
French bread- I will never buy store bought French bread again, this was so simple and easy to make and it was amazing. The recipe was for a bread machine but I didn't use it and it turned out awesome!
Craft Ideas and Tutorials
Be selective in your battles. If ever a quote has hit home, this one does, especially right now. I thought I needed to be right, when what I really needed to do was shut up. If I could go back, I'd be wrong all day if I had to be; being right didn't feel as good as today feels bad.