Last week I tore down the photo wall in our room. I've kind of been HATING it. So I feel better now. I'm wondering what to do with all that blank wall. I was leaning towards just a couple prints I adore (not an easy choice) in gigantic frames. (possible frames).
Most of the solids are Kona purchased at Joann's. I would have preferred to use all solids, but it just wasn't possible with the local selection. So I found what I could to make the gradient.
My favorite detail is the corner of khaki (bottom left). It's metallic and so pretty. Unfortunately, it wasn't really reading in photos. The fabric is Fairy Frost Glitz from the Princess Collection by Michael Miller. Also not as pretty online as it is in real life. Kind of smitten with that little detail though.
I have a hate relationship with sugar cookies. Too much work and they never turn out for me. But when my mom bought me the Cookbook I thought I would give them a try. Totally botched these by melting the butter. I don't know???...I had a brain freeze. And they do NOT bake when you melt the sugar. It was gross. I was really grossed out. The hate relationship continues. Will someone please tell me the secret to fab sugar cookies? They are usually so dry and boring. I will try this one again. In hopes that not melting the butter will make all the difference and I will suddenly love sugar cookies for the first time in my life.
update: made a second batch. they are a great basic cookie. I love that you can decide on a crunchy or soft cookie based on thickness and cooking time.
I also tried the Quick and Easy salsa from their book. It was not good. I adore salsa and have a couple terrific recipes. So this one really didn't do much for me. But I do like that it made such a small batch.
Cooked on our Foreman Grill (which I looooooove). I was so excited to try the spice in this one. I think ground beef needs a little something, you know. But I wasn't blown away. Probably won't make it again although it was good. My favorite part of this recipe was the grilled onions (also cooked on my Forman Grill) and the mozzarella balls inside the burger. Yeah, baby. I'm glad I came across this one because I think it will lead to burger experimentation. Nice.
This was good, but I think next time I'll make it with mushrooms only. Red pepper is a strong flavor and it takes over (not surprising). The hubs and I loooove mushrooms and I want to taste them. Also, I had tons of ricotta mixture leftover and veggies too. Not sure what that was all about. I even reduced the amount of yellow squash by half. So judge accordingly.
Best DIY. Ever. Chandelier here and here. I do believe I'll be making one.
5. Took some cool snaps while cruising the photo friendly areas of the museum.
6. I can't find it on their website, but the MOA is bringing an African quilt exhibit this summer. Eeee! Em and I are so there.
7. I love my new bangs, but can't always style them the same as Heidi. 8. Human planet. Oh my goodness. Breathtaking. Awe inspiring. Wow. Kind of blown away by it all. The living bridge....!!! 9. Had an important conversation with my parents. 10. Taking a break from starting new quilts to sew some Oliver + S for the girls. Like this one I just received. And I still want to make this.
11. M is really talking. Saying so many words. Repeating everything we say. It's awesome.
12. Jeff and I managed to avoid catching pink eye from the girls.
13. Bro-in-law cooked some killer steaks on the grill.
14. My mom bought me the Our Best Bites cookbook. Eeee!! I've marked about 900 recipes to try. My mom and I fell hard for Brazilian Lemonade. It's so, so, so good.
15. The hubs avoided an accident at work. I'm grateful. I worry all the time about that.
I really loved the olive oil flavor coming through in this dough. (can't believe you can taste it above all the spice in the Pizza Sauce). Yum. Our pizza was ready in 11 Minutes (a little bit under recommended baking time which I had to dig to find in the comments). I was worried about the center of our pizza being undercooked, but it was perfect.
The tops of these get a little crunch that is so good. Such a great contrast to the warm smooshy inside. This recipes makes WAY too much crumble. I really like that this only makes 12 muffins. I do not like leftover muffins. It's fresh only for me.
Had an idea to coat fresh mozarella using the same method as Panko Crusted chicken bites. It was good. Would be awesome on a sandwich. Or with a slice of really good tomato. Try it.
Remember me mentioning that photo group I'm a part of? Every week we are given a challenge. I'll be posting the results.
I'm not claiming these are mind blowing, but I did love this challenge. I've only photographed snow one other time. I learned what shutter speed captures FALLING snow. And that it doesn't matter if you have a fast enough shutter speed to freeze it because you won't see white snow unless there is something dark behind it (duh!). And discovering that new little tidbit for myself makes this a successful challenge. I'm also thrilled about seeing new pockets of light around our house (see previous post). Priceless.
1. Trip to Hobby Lobby with my mom. Wow. Coolest store ever. And the most helpful employee.
2. I love good customer service. 3. Jeff stayed with the girls while my sister and I went out with my parents. 4. Was able to spend time with an aunt/uncle I haven't seen in a while. 5. Lab finished my enlargement order in record time. 6. Even called to double check some of the details which I really appreciate. (more great customer service). 7. I'm so excited to add to the photo ledge. 8. Jeff stepped in during a late night tantrum. Oh the horror. It's not good when L and I are BOTH really tired. The hubs has amazing patience. 9. I'm happy about technology because I was really distracted during general conference last week. 10. Picking up the camera and photographing our life makes me really happy. 11. My brother in laws greasy tacos are so deelish. I try to invite myself over whenever they are being served.
This is the one photo I took of our visit to the BYU MOA. They don't allow photography in their exhibits. One word: LAME. If Boston (with much more copyrighted artwork) allows photography throughout their museum I'm not really getting why the cougs don't. Anyhoo....
I've got a camera that draws a lot of stares/attention. I prefer to fade out from the scene and do my own thing quietly. I could tell by the look on faces people were utterly confused (which happens all. the. time). Double their confusion when I pointed that camera at the front desk. Especially when the rest of the masses were flocking to gigant-o Carl Bloch sign. I can't deny THAT PART brings me great satisfaction. The best photos are rarely the obvious ones peeps. I happen to love this one I took.
Don't you think that girl makes this photo? Wouldn't be the same without her.
So let's talk art.... the reason we went to the MOA was Three Mormon Towns. Love to the tenth degree! The portraits were amazing. I went back to stare at my faves three and four times. Love! Just go. and check out the original layout.
Breezed through their permenant collection which was mostly western landscapes. B to the ORING.
And then there was Carl Bloch. Not the reason for our visit, but certainly not going to miss it. Do not go on a Saturday. I plan on going back in the middle of the day in the middle of the week when I can move freely, at my own pace. I can see how you could have a moment with this one. Those paintings are stunning in real life. Especially compared to the reproductions we have all grown up with. (Ensign covers, poster prints....bleh). They are so full of light. Just awesome. And the exhibit is put together so beautifully. Unfortunately, it was just too crowded. I don't do well with crowds. Nightmare.
Helps me see the beauty, so I'm not overwhelmed by all the rest.
I can't live without air conditioning or clorox wipes. Beautiful light thrills me. I want to wear stripes every day. Large crowds freak me out. I prefer the dough over the cookie. I love the sound of the dishwasher and live in my skinny jeans.