Monday, July 28, 2014

Farmville Part 1


This weekend we packed the Rabbit and headed to Farmville for a few days (#43: Freebie). Our friend Ryan's parents live on more than 40 acres of land, with a 13-acre lake and we spent the weekend enjoying every aspect of the property. I always forget how much I miss the country until I'm out there, breathing in the fresh air and not worrying about one thing besides having fun with my friends. 






This is truly the house that Craigslist built. Ryan's father, Tom, found most of the materials through the site, the kitchen cabinets for $200 and a lot of the wood was found on the property or through local means. The house we stayed in, The Pine Chalet, was built less than 5 years ago. The Oak Chalet, which his parents are currently vacationing to, is more than 30 years old. And, the main house is more than 250 years old. 




Fresh flowers from Brawny's (Ryan's mother's) flower garden. 


Each meal was hosted by a different couple staying the weekend, and let me tell you we ate like royalty. Pizza, omelets with fresh veggies from the garden, a Mexican feast, cinnamon roll breakfast casserole and more! We spent some time playing games & relaxing on the porch (#29), then Mike maintained the camp fire and we made smores (#22).




And who couldn't forget the "motorbikle" that kept the boys entertained all weekend while the girls were able to cook, chit-chat and drink wine!

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#20: Guest Room Artwork


It's only taken us a year to get these up. But I love them. On the left, a hand-stitched textile Emily brought me from Panama. Centered, a vintage typeset drawer I bought at Barrett's Antique Mall last Winter. On the right, my most favorite photo I took in Thailand. All said and done....$35! Now I just need little trinkets to help fill the drawer. Donations accepted.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

#68: Garage Sale




Mission Accomplished. Held my first garage sale in Virginia. I was able to clear out some unwanted stuff from the basement, organize a bunch of craft stuff and donate the rest to the DAV. Plus, made a few bucks in the process. I guess that means I can start collecting more trash :)

PS. The desk is still for sale is anyone is looking for a refinished vintage piece. The top is a chalkboard, which would be perfect for a little girl's room!!

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Monday, July 21, 2014

#31: Banana Cake


I wasn't really thinking about the wedding diet I should be doing when I put all the delicious and fattening items on my 92 Days of Summer list. However, this one is well worth it...and maybe even a potential for a wedding dessert! The process was easy and I actually halved my recipe so I could use my mini bundt cake pans.

What you need:
for the cake
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 stick better, softened
1 egg
2 very ripe bananas
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

for the icing
1/2 stick butter
2 cups powdered sugar
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
splash of milk

What you do:
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease your pan with butter, then sprinkle with flour. Shake the pan until it's evenly coated.
2. In a mixing bowl, place butter, sugar, yogurt and the egg. Beat until creamy. Note, this mixture is very runny, but that's the way it's supposed to be!
3. Mash the bananas into the mixture. Add the vanilla and blend. The mixture will be a little lumpy.
4. Add the flour, baking soda and salt and mix on medium. Spread the batter in the pan and bake for approximately 30 minutes. Depending on what you bake, you may only need 20 minutes, so keep an eye on these babies.
5. Start the icing when you remove the cake from the oven. Melt the butter on medium heat until it starts to barely boil. Take away from the heat and add the powdered sugar, vanilla and splash of milk (only if you want it a little runnier). I waited about 30 seconds for the mixture to thicken, then poured over the cakes. Note, this made waaay too much icing for my needs, but I wanted more of a glaze than a full-on icing.
6. Serve warm or chill and eat later. Either way, it's yummy!

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

#55: The Beach



The Beach. How is it mid-July and we've been less than five times?



However, I did have my fill of ice cream for the Summer today.


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Friday, July 18, 2014

#33: Eat Candy


Sometimes you just need to eat candy for lunch. And for the following week.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Backyard Get-Together

#65: sidewalk chalk 

It was the perfect reason to get together: Tara's 35th Birthday! We gathered up 20 friends who each brought a dish, including bacon ranch dip to chocolate chess pie (which will be at our wedding!), olive tapenade, spinach and artichoke dip, kale & Brussels sprouts salad and so much more. We even managed to start a fire (in our fire pit #50) with our soaked wood, which probably also smoked out our neighbors.

Of course I was feverishly shopping for some cheap patio furniture and since all of it is mostly gone for the season, we made due with a few folding tables and chairs. However, I'm already plotting what this backyard living room will look like this time next year...and it's amazing.

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