While we were at a conference last March, we looked at brooches in antique stores, trying to gain inspiration. It was a lot of fun getting to talk about and explore ideas for her wedding over lunch. After she moved, she sent me these beads and brooch that she found, and I started out on creating a similar look to her David’s Bridal favorite.
You may remember our Super Bowl tradition of doing prop bets, some they bet on in Vegas and some we make up. We’re continuing the tradition this year and are looking forward to it even more because we’re playing with friends for the first time. We crafted our list of bets last night, so if you’d like to play along by yourself, with a friend or as a whole party, just print out the below and make your predictions!
The second best part of watching the Super Bowl is the food. Our favorite thing to bring to parties as munchies are the Rush’s famous sausage balls that are ridiculously easy and always a favorite.
Cheesy Sausage Balls
- 1 pound mild sausage
- 2 cups shredded cheddar
- 1 1/2 cups Bisquick (we’ve tried knock-off brands, but Bisquick is the best)
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Mix ingredients together in a bowl, adding more Bisquick as needed. Roll into balls and place evenly spaced on a lightly greased pan. Bake for 20 minutes.
For added flavor, do 1/2 pound mild sausage and 1/2 pound hot sausage, a different cheese or mix of cheeses and/or add a minced garlic clove.
Where have you been AGAIN you might ask? Living life!..and being sick. I’ve been sick pretty much non-stop since starting this job at a museum, which is unsurprisingly a breeding ground for every germ, strain, and sickness known to the germiest little ones. But I believe I may have finally developed this immune system of steel that they keep telling me about. *fingers crossed*
I’ll give you the highlights of life since my last post, and then I’m going to move on, all the while pretending like I haven’t been absent for the last few months. :D Here’s to a New Year!
I bet you’ve been dying to see our Halloween costumes. (If this is true, I adore you.) I went as Dora for work and unfortunately didn’t get a picture. It didn’t turn out as well as I wanted, so before trick-or-treaters came and we went to meet friends in Raleigh, I threw together things around the house to go as…*dun, dun, dun* MARY POPPINS! And Matt dressed as Al from Home Improvement. (I’ve got him being all crafty too. He made his apron!) I was delighted when pre-teen girls trick-or-treating knew that I was Mary Poppins and were super excited about it.
At a Halloween party the next night, we went as Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson as planned. I freaking loved it, and Matt was incredible! He brought a coffee mug to drink whiskey out of and a pound of freshly cooked bacon. While standing around at the party, he would rest with his hand inside the lip of his pants and his chin pulled back like in the picture below. On point! Love him. Love Ron Swanson.
We spent a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend in the mountains of Western North Carolina with family skipping rocks on the lake, hiking, and playing Settlers of Catan, of course.
I really wanted to set a nice Thanksgiving table and enjoyed putting one together using nature and things laying around the rental cabin. (I didn’t think it would be hard to find pinecones, but all I could find were tiny ones!)
December was filled with a wonderful trip to D.C. and decorating and celebrating the holidays in our new home and with family in Asheville, but more on that later.
Feels good to be back!
You may notice that something’s a little different. ;)
I’ve been working on updating the blog (about time right?) because it’s been two years! The problem is….decisions, decisions and daylight savings always does me in this time of year. My body does not appreciate the lack of sunlight. With it getting dark so early, I’m sleepy and unmotivated before I even leave from work. So I’m determined to do yoga more often this winter to stay active. It’ll keep the dogs active too because they love that we’re down on their level, especially Bella who is content to lie in the floor beside us. To entertain you in the meantime, here’s an adorable video of people trying to do yoga with their interrupting pets. It delights me every time because it’s so true. Even better, check out this 3D animated x-ray of a body doing yoga. Too cool.
So bear with me for a few more days until I decide on a new theme and get everything into place. I’m really looking forward to the changes ahead. Stay tuned!
|Front Porch Boards and Bats|
|Foam Board Tombstones|
|Festive Buffet Table|
|Spooky Gallery Wall|
P.S. Thanks to my friend, Amanda, who gave me the burlap pumpkin door hanger last year!
2. Hilda Crystal Flower Statement Necklace $42
3. Level 99 Patrick Chino Pant
4. Skies are Blue Haldis Roll-Tab Henley Blouse $58
5. Margaret M Emer ‘X’ Print High Waisted Cropped Pant $98
P.S. Here’s my referral link if you want to give Stitch Fix a try!
We’re always looking for good Netflix recommendations because it’s so much better than TV! It goes through phases of new additions and periods of hum drum, but there is always a TV show or movie to watch (without commercials!). If you’re gearing up for a night in, check out one of five recent favorites. What do you recommend?
|The Giant Mechanical Man|
|In a World…|
|Thanks for Sharing|
We still haven’t decided what to do with the space between the nook and the back door that is currently housing the dry erase calendar you can see. We’re making the whole space around the back door a mud room and multi-functional open area, so we’re trying to figure out what we want that to look like.
Making decisions purposefully and figuring out your style is no easy task, but it is fun! More reveals to come.
P.S. Last weekend, we completed a DIY project out on the deck that I’m looking forward to sharing with you in a few weeks.
In the last three months, we have slowly curated our style and begun making our house a home. Of course, it’s not quite finished, but here’s a preview of some of the reveals to come.