Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lately

The weeks are flying by at rapid pace around here and in what seems like an impossible time warp, it's already the end of July. And although I'd like to drag the warm days of summer out for as long as possible, I can't say that I'm sad to see the beginning of August as we are only eight days out from our vacation in Bar Harbor, Maine! I have spent the last seven months taking very little time off of work to save my days for this vacation and the fall & winter holidays, so believe me when I say that I'm more than a little ready for some R&R. All that being said, I've still been finding time to appreciate the small moments that comprise the hours of my regular days. Here's a little of what I've been up to lately...

[mantle decor]
I managed to score some white hydrangeas free of charge the other day and was inspired to create this all-white mantle. It might be my favorite look yet. 

[roasted veggie pizza + summer fruits]
Amy's Kitchen came out with this roasted vegetable pizza and it is sooo good. Paired with some cherry tomatoes from my mom's garden and some sweet summer strawberries, it makes for the perfect lazy-man's dinner.

[gold rush]
I mentioned yesterday that I've been really loving gold lately and here is further proof: golden sandals from Target (on sale for $6) and golden studs from J.Crew Outlet (on sale for $9). I may never take those earrings off.

[1:30 AM wake-up call]
For most of my life I've been incredibly lucky when it comes to sleep. But lately (and by lately I mean the last three months) I wake up almost every night between 1:29 and 1:33 AM. To try and ease the ill-effects of sleepless nights, I've been sprinkling this lavender oil on my pillow before bed. It's relaxing and makes me feel hazy (in a good, 2 AM kind of way) and comfortable.

[pool-side]
My boyfriend's apartment complex comes with a pool, so we've spent two afternoons (so far!) lounging with magazines and radio and bottles of cold water. It's the perfect way to spend an almost-too-hot afternoon.

[pool-side reading material]

[Little Buffalo]
And speaking of being pool-side -- this past Tuesday all of WeThree were in town, so I took the afternoon off of work and we spent a few hours at Little Buffalo State Park with the wee ones and our mom! Little Buffalo has a super fun pool and splash pad that is perfect for younger kids. Tommy loved riding the water slides and Annabel & Sommer loved flying through the fountains.



[side-walk chalk]
After getting home from the park we grilled up some cheeseburgers and ate corn-on-the cob & watermelon outside. Tommy helped me make this pretty design on my parents patio while we were waiting for the charcoal to heat up.

[a great impromptu visit!]

[yoga]

I am still on a bit of a yoga kick and have been really been enjoying the benefits of the practice. Brig went with me this past Saturday, and snapped this photo and the one below of the beautiful studio at Simply Well. I can't recommend it enough.

Can you think of a better way to start Saturday morning?

What have you been up to lately??

In Case you Missed it:

Select photographs by my mom and Brigid. Thank you for sharing your photos!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Golden Alphabet

There was a shift, sometime around the year 2000 (or middle school, for me), when silver became more popular than gold. Suddenly, twenty-four carat gold was out, and sterling silver was in, especially when paired with the ever-popular baby blue spaghetti strap tank top. I'll admit that I went with the trend at the time (in fact, I'll have to share my seventh grade school photo on here someday which features that exact look); however, I've always loved gold more. So, now that I'm an adult and embracing my fondness of the lesser-loved precious metal, I decided to incorporate it into my home decor a bit.


It is not often that I will attempt to recreate something I've seen on Pinterest (we all know how those projects tend to fail), but this one seemed so simple: 1. purchase magnetic letters, 2. spray-paint gold. And really, it was. I laid the letters and numbers on a slab of cardboard, and sprayed on three layers of paint, allowing time for drying between each coat. They turned out really cute and are filling the giant void we had for refrigerator magnets perfectly. And as an added plus, it's pretty fun to leave weird messages for your roommate to wake up to on same-old/same-old work mornings.



Try it yourself!

In Case you Missed it:

FYI: Letters were purchased at Toys 'R Us for $3.00. I hard a (surprisingly!) hard time finding them!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

how does my garden grow

Time for a July update on our little patio garden.

 Our tomatoes are doing so fabulously!  I am so excited that they are actually producing something...and not just one something but lots of little 'matos!

 We love the sungolds and find that they are especially delicious straight from the vine and warmed by the sun!

 Geraniums starting to pop up!  We started the geraniums in June and have been anxiously awaiting their debut.  Can't wait until they bloom!

 Our lettuce has been, from the start, our best producer (thanks Aunt Shelley!).  It is nice to have around for quick salads and also has been a confidence booster for me as I have just ventured into gardening.

 A box full of homegrown lettuce! Doesn't get much better than that!

 Our 3 little flower pots are also doing pretty well.  Nothing is blooming yet but everything is looking good!

 First fruit from our tomato plant.  Sommer was so excited to finally pick one!  I imagine in her little 2 year old life the time it took for this little guy to go from green to yellow seemed like an eternity.  Everyday now, we go out to check on our other tomatoes and she encourages them to turn yellow soon!

Monday, July 21, 2014

the best Italian Dressing

This past January, when I found out that I have Celiac Disease, I resigned myself to making everything under the sun from scratch since there's so much out there that has some form of gluten in it.  Although I've found several ready-made gluten-free products in the natural foods section of my grocery store that I absolutely love, I've really enjoyed trying to make certain things on my own at home.  A couple years ago I picked up a copy of Alana Chernila's The Homemade Pantry and although it's not a dedicated gluten-free cookbook, I can substitute gluten-free all-purpose flour and oatmeal for regular in many of the baked goods and there are several sauces and dressings that are already gluten-free.  Win! 

I started making her Italian Dressing last summer when I had fresh salad greens and radishes coming out of my garden, and seriously, it's the best Italian Dressing I've ever had.  I almost always have all of these ingredients on hand or growing somewhere around my house so it's easy to pull together in a few minutes.  I hope you'll give it a try!


Italian Dressing
Recipe by Alana Chernila in "The Homemade Pantry"

1/2 C olive oil
1/4 C white wine vinegar
1/4 C fresh lemon juice
4 TBSP chopped fresh parsley, or 4 tsp dried
4 garlic cloves, finely minced
2 TBSP chopped fresh basil, or 2 tsp dried
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp salt
black pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a jar and close the lid tightly.  Shake for 10 seconds.  If using dried herbs, let sit for 15 minutes so the herbs can rehydrate.  Store in refrigerator for up to two weeks.  You'll have to shake it to re-emulsify it before serving.

Notes:  It will look like a ton of salt, but add a full teaspoon - it really pulls everything together and brings out the flavors of the herbs.  I go a little light on the red pepper flakes and garlic for my taste.  It's perfect on a salad or even on top of grilled chicken.  Enjoy!



P.s.  Happy Birthday, Robert! :)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Photo Friday!

Happy birthday, Chels!!  Love you and I hope you celebrate yourself today!
Thanks for reading this week, everyone.  Have a happy weekend!
xo Dana


I've been enjoying this delicious summery oatmeal all week, and it is delicious. Happy Birthday to our oldest. :) We love you! And have a great weekend, readers! xoCarrie

We've had a fun week spending a TON of time outside in the cooler-than-average temperatures.  Looking forward to a fun weekend with my parents here for my birthday!   Happy Weekend!
-chelsey

Thursday, July 17, 2014

that one week in july

There is this one week in July (8 days actually, but who's counting?) where our family is inundated with exciting celebrations.  We are in the middle of that week right now and although I don't get to celebrate in person with everybody, I love thinking about each of them everyday!

July 14:
On Monday we got to celebrate our dad.  The first guy to steal our hearts; he continues to pass on his love, wisdom and great sense of humor to all three of us.  We love you, dad!

July 15:
On Tuesday, one of our great friends, Molly B. celebrates a birthday.  Although she isn't officially a Krohn, she will always be considered family.

July 16:
No current celebrations on this day but you never know what the future holds!

July 17:
 Today we celebrate these 2 lovebirds. ;o)
10 years ago they tied the knot and I would say the past 10 years have been pretty good to them...

July 18:
 Tomorrow, we celebrate our big sister Chelsey!  You are the best, Chels and really where would we be without our big sister.  We love you so!

July 19:
 Saturday I get to celebrate 6 years of marriage with this guy.  
I love you, honey! xoxo

July 20:
No celebrations here either.

July 21:

On Monday, the newest addition to our week of celebrations: Robert.  We hope you have a happy, happy birthday, Robert!  We are all so happy to celebrate you but none of us happier than Carrie. :)

We are one lucky family - will you celebrate the great blessings in your life this week as we celebrate ours?!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

a walk

One of my favorite things to do on well-lit summer evenings is to go for a walk. Sometimes (and especially if Brigid joins) the walk is a brisk one, almost like a slow run, is four or five miles long and leaves me hot and tired, with curlier than usual hair thanks to the PA humidity. Other times, the walk is an introverted one, time set aside for exercise, yes, but also thinking, daydreaming and observing the pretty houses and well-manicured yards that line the shady streets. And every now and then, the walk is a short one, a quick jaunt up the road to drop off rent or mail a letter; just enough time to really savor the warmth and smell of summer that seems to come and then go so quickly as the evenings grow shorter.

On one such walk a couple of evenings ago, I happened to notice a little streak of blue sidewalk chalk leaking out from underneath a rain barrel that serves, up the street from me, as a source from which to water plants.


And then...


It may sound silly, but happening upon this was like happening upon a small treasure. It was an unexpected burst of happiness and creativity on an otherwise mild evening. And it made my day.