♥ This is, hands down, the best baking contest EVER invented. Now who wants to come over and dream up a killer cake with me?!? (Thank you, Megan, for the heads up!)
♥ Speaking of female food things: Engagement Chicken: A History of Romantic Culinary Bullsh*t.
♥ Thank heavens I’m not the only one who wants to Skip the Wedding, Stalk the Hashtag. #whew
♥ Top on my list of fall-y things to make this weekend: Apple Peel Bourbon and DIY boot socks.
♥ As someone who lost two Grandmas to Alzheimer’s disease, this poignant and love-filled mini movie had me crying in my cube.
♥ It’s been a month since I read this woman’s story, and my thoughts still keep coming back to her.
♥ On a lighter note: Bob Weir and Jerry Garcia’s AIDS PSA blooper reel. I die.
♥ I have a file going of prints to hang in my fantasy kitchen. These beauties by Amy C. Evans are officially on the list.
Well that’s it for now. I’ve got a full day of work ahead and then I’m heading to Rollie’s in St. Cloud to see Mr. Moe Bandy perform. If you’re unfamiliar, listen to a few of his songs while you check out this round-up of his album cover art. He’s an under-appreciated gem of ’70s-era country, if you ask me!
Photo: Goldie Hawn in 1974 c/o Ladies of the '70s.
It’s my opinion that the best road trips leave you feeling equal parts exhausted and exhilarated. After a quick out-and-back to Nebraska for the Harvest the Hope benefit, my brain is pooped, but my soul, soothed. The full day of music and wonderful company deserve kudos for much of that, but so do the miles of rolling scenery I enjoyed from the cushy comfort of the passenger seat. The picturesque prairie sunsets and acres of crispy farmland reminded me of a beautiful passage of the Stegner masterpiece I’m currently making my way through, so much so that I had to share it here, with you.
“It was very big; she felt she could see a long way, even into the future, and she felt how the world rolled under her. After she had watched the summer plains for a long time, and the smarting under her lids passed, a meadowlark sang sharp and pure from a fencepost, and she began to think that the future into which this new world of her choosing moved with her could hardly be unfriendly, could hardly be anything but good.”
Ugh, Wally, you just get me/it/everything!
Be back soon to share a few of my small-town Salvation Army finds. I scored some really cute stuff!
I took today off work to run some errands and get organized for a long weekend up north. My goal is to spend loads of time there this summer/fall, so to make all the back-and-forth as easy as possible, I’m bringing some essentials to leave up there, allowing me to pack light week-in, week-out. Since it’s such an inspiring, beautiful place, of course I had to assemble a little craft kit, so if a rainy day hits, or I find myself up too early (or late), I’ll be able to work on some projects.
Here are a few crafts I’ve been eying that require a minimal number of supplies and that can rely on, or benefit from, the abundance of natural materials surrounding the cabin. The best part is most of them would be handy to keep up there!
Clockwise from top: birch bark canoe by Lil Fish Studios // god’s eye DIY via Free People // twisted turban headband via eHow // spray-painted lids via Yadira’s Craft Adventures // pine cone garland via I’m Not Sure Where
If you have ideas for projects that’d be good to tote up north, please do let me know. Now, back to packing!
It’s been a busy, tiring, stormy Monday, but I had to stop in and share a few photos from yesterday’s Shooter Jennings show. On a whim, I took my “real” camera and here are a few snapshots from the day…minus any crops, filters or editing ’cause I’m plumb tired.
I’ve gotta admit, seeing Shooter perform his dad’s songs, on Father’s Day, which also happened to fall on Waylon’s birthday, which also happened to be a beautifully blustery, sunny summer day, was all-around pretty magical.
If you know me at all, you know that Thanksgiving through Christmas, glittery party nails are my jam. And today over on Beauty Bets, I had the opportunity to share my stoke for SUPER FUN holiday party-nail polish combos with Bets’ readers. You have to check it out!
Photos by: Sara Montour
Huge thanks to my pals Ellie, Angie, Dana and Meggie for literally lending me their hands. Y’all battled sleep deprivation, hangovers and hand-insecurity (or was that me?) to make this happen, and for that, I owe ya big time. Last but not least, major props to my ultra-talented friend Sara Montour for capturing it all so perfectly on camera.
Disagree all you want, but I believe that spring break is a state of mind. And today, on this random Tuesday, as flurries and freezing rain fall outside my window, I’m taking a mini break to go see a singer I love, Lynn Anderson. My friend hooked me up with a pair of tickets ages ago (thanks Meg!), and while I certainly wish it was little more spring-like outside, I’m not letting any sleet-storm silliness dampen my enthusiasm for seeing this legend! Unfamiliar with Miss Anderson? Let’s fix that! Here are a few performances from the ’60s you might enjoy.
After the show, I’m hoping to fit in a bunch of thrifting, making this an all-around wonderful day. Here’s hoping yours is just as magical!
P.S. Album cover artwork featured above was sourced from the eye-candy filled blog, Country Covers.
This month’s tablecloth isn’t actually a tablecloth, but a curtain I found at the Target basement in the downtown Salvation Army store. (Sheets, curtains, tablecloths…a rectangle of fabric’s a rectangle of fabric right?) And since we’re on a big rummy/Phase 10 kick over here, I’ve taken to just leaving the cards and a notebook out in a bowl the table so they’re always handy. And the clementines…well they are just plain delicious.
I hope your January’s are off to wonderful starts so far!