1. I have turned the teacher planner forms I mentioned a couple days ago into PDF's...
2. Probably shouldn't discuss it too much, but my neighbors and I have been working with a federal investigator for a couple of months about some mail theft and it was solved today. The investigator said he was going to get us commemorative badges. You can call me Deputy Griffin from now on.
3. When I've not been busy fighting crime, I've been scrapbooking. Using my Studio Calico June kit to get caught up on stuff before we leave on our road trip and I'm taking a 100 photos a day for 17 days straight.
4. I also made my blog banner for August...pretty excited to use some wildlife on it in honor of the week I'll be spending at my in-laws where it's not unusual to see this kind of stuff...here's a peek...
6. I think he might have been worried about losing his former Oregon resident membership card or something.
7. As for the other person in the house, he turns 14 next week (14!) and has requested a surprise party. Because that's the way surprise parties work, right? You ask for them. Well he's getting one someway, somehow and it's torturing him.
8. And it's kind of torturing me not to talk about it.
9. Here's one more layout...
10. I have plans to go to Ikea tomorrow. Danger. Danger.
I liked this weekend...granted it was pretty full, but it was all good stuff.
The house became even more colorful with the great paint debate of 2010. It seeped into other areas of the house as the colors were carefully considered and narrowed down. Colors even ended up on the porch...can you see them tucked under there? I'll admit with a friend's suggestion purple even was briefly considered...it didn't make the cut, but it did remind me of one of my favorite children's books.
I can't tell you how much I appreciate all the input I received when I asked...one of the very best aspects of having a blog is what an amazing resource the people who read it are. And all the yellow votes made my mom very happy. The color is officially decided and I was about to spill the beans, but then it occurred to me to wait for a big reveal. I will say though that some might think boring won out in the end. Hopefully I'll be sharing this week.
Speaking of this week I'll have a couple of projects up on the Cartwheels blog...sharing a little something tomorrow...
And later this week the next installment of my Happy Everything article with a big travel project...
Other projects this weekend included designing various elements of a teacher lesson plan book with a family friend. The cuteness almost had me wanting to be a kindergarten teacher instead of a community college professor...almost. If you're interested in it please let me know and I'd be happy to share what we came up with.
Last night was a BBQ with friends which meant more potato salad and baked beans. And a champagne toast to celebrate new babies, engagements and graduations...I may have enjoyed my own glass and stole Sean's too.
Then we spent this morning helping my brother organize the new room he's renting in a pretty prime location down by the beach. I resisted the temptation to put his t-shirt collection in rainbow order, but he officially has a spotless room and just maybe a new appreciation for his super annoying older sister that always used to get upset when he made a mess...maybe.
The weekend finished up a with Sean's summer league basketball game and onion rings...we have to stop at Portillo's if we're in a five mile radius of the place. Then there was a long walk when we got home.
Hopefully we can follow-up this weekend with a good and productive week.
1. Nesting Dolls Baby Shower, 2. Wednesday Inspiration, 3. Garden bouquet, 4. Alvhem, 5. Whit's Knits: Woven Flower Necklace, 6. an 'ordinarily extraordinary' blanket..., 7. Summer Time Pom Poms, 8. inspired
Here's all of the recent favorites...
The multicolor look has been up for just over a day. Thankfully our neighbors haven't stopped to ask, "What the heck are you thinking???"
The "color specialists" are in agreement with Sean and I that green seems to be the front runner...however one of them is still surprising dedicated to yellow (my mom). I've been teased that we just have to paint all the vinyl a darker gray to get it to really work.
I thought it'd be fun to ask what you think...I've numbered the five choices...
Color sample #6 (Lincoln Cottage Black) will be going up tomorrow before the final decision.
When I had my first blog garage sale it didn't really include rubber stamps...and we all know I have an obscene amount.
They are all packaged up and ready to be sent out to new homes.
1. Summer status could not be more official around here because of one thing...paint.
2. It annual painting season...something around the house has to be painted. But this is the first time that something truly HAS to be painted...the thirty-six other times was just because I wanted to.
3. When we got vinyl siding several years ago we left some wood uncovered on the house so we could change the color if we wanted to. Well now the wood is looking worn and dingy so it's time.
4. We have had two rounds of consultation with color specialists (a.k.a. my mom and her best friend). Here's the pile of rejects from today...
5. Round three will consist of prospective colors being painted onto the wood up by the 2nd story windows since that wood needs to be replaced altogether.
6. My color specialists and I have narrowed the choices down to blue, green, red and yellow.
7. Which pretty much sounds like a preschool classroom.
8. As I told the color specialists today I am willing to do ridiculous things inside (for instance I'll move bedroom furniture into the dining room...create numerous painted squares and rectangles...and now even hang a chalkboard in the living room) but outside is a completely different story.
9. Which is why I'll be worried when my neighbor's see a romper room's worth of paint samples going up.
10. But I can't wait to take a picture of our (temporary) technicolor dream house.
Thankfully this post won't be the most boring ever because I never shared my minor living room rearranging project.
Although maybe talking about yet another rearrange IS the most boring thing ever.
I mentioned in this post that we purchased our home from original owners who were both teachers...they left a few things behind, one of which was the chalkboard hanging in the garage. It stayed right there for ten years until I got a typical crazy idea.
I decided it needed to hang in our living room.
Other crazy ideas included the need to gather the collection of globes I've amassed over the last several years (a blatant copy of so many of my favorite Flickr photos) and to tuck our bookcases of albums perfectly into the corner.
It felt like a whole new room for free...just one of the many reasons I am hopelessly addicted to rearranging.
This week's favorites...
1. Here are the phone calls I made this morning...called school to double check that that I am not required to pay an extra professional fee at $200 a unit--crisis averted...called Canada border patrol about the proper documentation for Mac since we need permission from his dad...and called to book a water slide for July 4, 2011.
2. Here's next year's water slide...
3. The one phone call I received was a request for Sean to be a substitute teacher tomorrow...I may have told the person calling that Sean would be thrilled because he has been almost depressed that he doesn't get to work this summer.
4. I made this for dinner tonight...it's officially on my list of favorite meals.
5. I really want to make a yellow and gray blanket with this yarn even though I have no reason to.
8. Okay another recipe...Toffee Bars...if you like butter and brown sugar as much as I do then these are for you.
9. Thanks for your comments last week...Mac officially has a password protected blog...
10. And speaking of blogs...I'll have my first Nice to Greet You article up tomorrow on Cartwheels.
The 4th was a long, fantastic celebration...it included lots of water sliding, the world's longest basketball game, an obscene amount of food and a hootenanny that my mother arranged with our family friends...
At one point Mac went down the slide in his jeans, I went down in my pajamas (no, you are not getting photos of that) and Sean took my niece and nephew numerous times. We had baked beans, potato salad, a strawberry/blueberry trifle, and dill dip. There were homemade pompoms hanging in the kitchen, which was an utter-disaster by the end of the night.
Thank goodness for today...there was perfect cool, cloudy weather...time to clean the house, pack away party supplies and relax. Sean napped while I watched Food network and crocheted...meanwhile Mac could be heard dancing around to music in his room...so we were all doing some of our favorite activities.
Now we're ready for the 6th of July. :)
This week's favorite stuff...
1. A highlight of my day was having broccoli cheddar soup in a sourdough bread bowl...thanks mom.
3. A third highlight was finding 48 ounces of ketchup for $1 at Target. I bought three since I've been obsessed with making my own barbecue sauce lately.
4. Soup, wrapping paper, and ketchup...it's been a good day. :)
5. I also bought 100 sheets of paper bag cardstock today...that should last me awhile.
6. I never shared photos of Mac in his play this past weekend...they did a review of musicals to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the theater group. I won't bore you with all of them, just my favorite one...
7. This also happens to be one of the three photos that weren't blurry out of the 72 I took during the performance.
8. Speaking of Mac, he and I made a baby rattle shaker card yesterday for a family baby shower he's helping host at his Dad's house next weekend. He's very excited to show you, but his mom hasn't gotten the photos off the camera yet.
9. He also mentioned wanting his own blog so I have been googling internet safety and thinking through the pros and cons. I think with lots of mom-monitoring it might be a good idea...some encouragement to practice writing beyond texting "thx", "k", and "idk". Any thoughts are on the topic are welcome.
10. Have you ever heard of a church birthday? I learned about it at the Godparent class I had to take for my nephew. They suggested celebrating your Godchild's baptism each year as a church birthday. I thought it was the cutest idea...then I got distracted as the class teachers went into a unsolicited infomercial about natural family planning. Anyways, I have celebrated three church birthday's now...this year it was with coloring books about Jesus and the Apostles. I made a tag with this kit...and even found abible verse, which is a feat for a heathen like Auntie Nora :)
Our plans for this week include getting ready for the big 4th block party next weekend...I keep coming up with ideas so we'll see what I can pull off.
So it's Sunday night and tomorrow "the schedule" starts...my overly dramatic title for the plans Sean and I have each morning while Mac is at a few hours of summer school. It's just some exercising and school work type stuff...Sean will be working on developing math curriculum while I get a couple of hours of reading done. This way when Mac gets home we can all have some fun.
Sean and I are settled in at home tonight...he's catching up on the soccer game he recorded earlier today and I'm crocheting...we went for a walk and are going to watch a movie...I commented about the action packed life we lead...and we both agreed that we'd like to be teleported to Iowa tonight for Sean's brother's 30th birthday party.
This was the card we sent earlier in the week...trying to go along with with all the World Cup excitement that Sean and his brother are continuously texting about pretty much everyday.
Okay time for the movie, but first the drawing for the banner...it goes to #7
Carrie K said...
congrats on the cartwheels gig...i was thrilled to see you over there :)
love that banner and since im sewing challenged i'll cross my fingers for the win :)
cant wait to see the upcoming well wishes cards!!
June 25, 2010 at 10:49 AM
Good stuff from the past week...
Oh has this week been all about catch up and keep up...and I did a borderline decent job of it all.
I didn't get around to Well Wishes this week (or last week), but they will be back next Wednesday since I already have the cards for the next two weeks created and the kits made.
I did get my first article finished for Cartwheels about all things 4th of July all done. As you can see from the photo of my current computer screen background (with a photo collage from last year's block party) I am super excited about the upcoming holiday.
If you check out the article you can learn a little bit more about the banner over the mantle. I had plans for a third row, but we couldn't get it to work properly and had to trim off a piece just over six feet long.
I have the piece to share if you'd like it...just leave a comment and I'll post a winner on Saturday night.
Another "Starred" post tomorrow morning...I was saving all kinds of good stuff tonight...
1. I was going to title this post, "The Sunday night post on Tuesday" since I never posted anything on Sunday night. However it occurred to me that since it's Tuesday that means it's time for a list.
2. I last had the stomach flu about 13 years ago...I still remember laying on the hand-me-down couch in my cinder-block apartment by myself and wanting to die.
3. That was until yesterday.
4. I lost an entire day of meaningful existence...it was replaced by an inordinate amount of sleep and pathetic moaning.
5. However I also lost four pounds...a silver lining on that deep, dark cloud of nauseousness.
6. If I had posted on Sunday night I would have excitedly shared this...
7. We spent time in the newly arranged backyard after we had a little Father's Day dinner for Sean.
9. The backyard is my new favorite room...I had planned on spending a couple of hours on the longest day of the year out there, but we all know what happened to that idea.
10. Okay...back to work...I have my first article to prepare for this week.
I went back and put together some stellar Griffin family portraits....2005 through this year.
We're really starting into the thick of it now...this whole parenting thing. I have to admit we spend a fair amount of our days reminding each other to have patience and compassion. Yet through it all we work to our strengths and are trying to raise someone to know that we love him endlessly. Thank you for every last thing you do for Mac and for our family. There is no one I would rather be a parent with...through thick and thin. Happy Father's Day.
To the moon and back...
Okay we're getting caught up this week with the favorite stuff from the beginning of June on...
I have noticed people taking last day of school photos and decided I needed to do it too. Except I wasn't home when Mac got back from school today so I asked Sean to make sure it was well documented. Here is Mr. McIntosh O'Kane Jordan before and after his 6th grade year...
In all seriousness though he has worked incredibly hard this year. Everything is an effort with him. Even a simple spelling test takes hours of preparation, yet he plugs along. Sure there were meltdowns, but every single time he came out of the haze of stress and frustration and got the job done.
He is the type of person who is trying to get Thursday's work checked off the list by Monday. I am continually amazed by his work ethic and am dedicated to doing every last thing I can think of to preserve it.
Now it's time for summer. Sure there will be a little school so that he can review and maintain what he has learned, but then there will be the good stuff too. Annual Griffin family water games, the return Fun Fridays, a 14th birthday and a big road trip.
Cannot wait for lots of summer fun.
1. Thank you for the garage sale success...so happy to have sent those packages off in the mail today.
2. I am about five years late, but I finally read this book. I took Mac to school and climbed back into bed to finish the last 150 pages while bawling my eyes out.
3. Since I was the laziest person on earth reading this morning I figured why not go all the way and make myself a little brunch. I really wanted to try making carbonara after seeing this breakfast episode of "Best Thing I Ever Ate" (a total favorite show) so I found this recipe and made about 1/8 the amount for a perfect little meal. I was really living the life this morning.
4. We watched "500 days of Summer" over the weekend and I officially fell in love with it. I had iTunes gift cards from my birthday burning a hole in my pocket so I bought the soundtrack and the movie. The soundtrack will be on repeat until further notice.
6. The other thing that's been inspiring me lately (as I mentioned over the weekend) are good color combinations. Today I needed to finish Mac's teacher gifts and saw this...I had already picked a similar blue cardstock as a background for the little recipe books, but didn't know where to go with it. Within 30 minutes this was done...
7. This gift is a blatant copy of a teacher gift from 2008.
8. Here's the other thing I've made so far this week...
9. Mac and Sean are done with school on Thursday. In July Mac will go to half-days of summer school, but Sean will be home since his school district pretty much eliminated all summer programs.
10. I received the e-mail telling that our patio furniture is ready to be picked up. Party in our backyard on Friday. :)
Everything has already been packaged so that I could try to properly estimate the most cost-effective shipping.
However since each item is packaged separately I cannot reduce shipping costs if/when multiple items are ordered. Also, I am only shipping within the United States. Sorry about that...darn shipping.
So there is lots of stuff to check out...
I was also wondering if there would be any interest in large flat rate shipping ($14.50) boxes filled to the brim with patterned paper that I would sell for $6. If there is please send me an e-mail and I will set up a custom order for you.
Thanks for going along with me on this crazy idea. :)
Sean participated in the Pendleton Mud Run again this year. He finishing time was pretty much exact to last year...although his number bib thing came off in the last mud pit so it was not official entry...which he was less than thrilled about (especially since he would have placed 6th in his age group).
So after I pestered him for post mud run documentation photos he showered and changed while I updated his mom via text message...the conversation went like this...
Nora: "I'm waiting for him to change and enjoying the physique parade...but if you tell him I said that I'll deny it. :)"
Ellie: "Tell him what...wink, wink"
Nora: "Seriously I think you need to fly out for this next year...it's quite something"
Ellie: "I would love to"
About this time Sean walks out to me and asks what his mom and I are talking about. I cannot wipe the sheepish grin off my face that lets him know I am up to no good. It's like he administers truth serum every night when I'm sleeping making it virtually impossible to ever hide anything from him.
Therefore I cannot help but fess up to the "physique parade" comment...and I have only been teased about it 104 times in the last 35 hours.
So if you ever hear Sean referring to the "physique parade" you know the story...however he has embellished it saying I was slack-jawed and moon-eyed taking in the sight of his fellow competitors. He has even offered me tips on how to discreetly check someone out.
I'm off to bed now...surely my dose of truth serum is waiting somewhere.
Because I had a couple of Saturday posts in May I am behind in sharing favorite links...but we'll get a little more caught up this week...
I pretty much have no balance, flexibility, or the slightest bit of athleticism.
However now I am officially doing cartwheels since I have been asked to join in over at Cartwheels in my Mind. It's a new web-based art magazine that is growing by the day and will be full of all kinds of creativity.
Here's a favorite new layout I shared today...
I'll be writing two monthly articles, "Nice to Greet You" about making cards and "Happy Everything" about seasonal projects...looking forward to crafting up some new stuff!
Mac walked in as I was taking photos of a recent layout...
He wanted to show me the graduation cap card he was working on for his cousin and insisted that I put it on the easel for photos too. I then insisted on getting photos of him with his creations (including a few little duct tape roses like he made me for Mother's Day)...
I am lucky to have a partner in crime when it comes to being crafty.
1. There was a state primary today and my sister called this morning asking if I would be canceling out her vote today. Apparently my nephew was fascinated by the whole process and had numerous questions. After the political explanation he arrived at school and told his teacher that his mama is an elephant and Auntie Nora is a donkey.
2. And of course I went and canceled out my elephant sister's vote.
3. Made this for dinner...it's been a family favorite since last fall.
4. I'm pretty sure Mac thinks I'm a good mom today...this is because I took him for frozen yogurt after his parent teacher conference this afternoon and helped him buy five songs for his iPod.
5. I finished up a layout last night and spent a moment thinking about how much I like scrapbooking...
6. The layout is about forgetting Mac on Easter...it'll be shared soon.
7. The other recent crafty project involves my school binder from this past year...it's been re-purposed for the summer...
9. I invited Sean on a "date night" tomorrow night...it involves running about half a dozen errands and maybe getting some dinner. So romantic.
10. Okay it's time to watch the Glee finale...can't wait.
At my niece's 2nd birthday party this afternoon my sister asked me to head inside the house and catch a photo of her opening presents all by herself...
It's blurry, but I love it.
It's also indicative of how I feel tonight...like I'm getting caught...I was having fun this weekend when I was supposed to be getting some stuff done. Oh well that's what Monday is for, right?
Here's the weekend fun...
Fabric shopping with Mac since he wants to make a graduation gift for one of his cousins...we actually liked the same ones which is increasingly rare.
Going to afternoon tea with a friend and deciding that since we've tried half a dozen tea different places by now that next time we're going for pot roast instead. (at a favorite restaurant my family calls Schmugenlaugens).
Sean and I watched Up in the Air which I loved.
Of course my niece's princess party...I am so lucky to be a part of three more themed parties a year... especially when my sister makes this amazing Bacon Bacon dip stuff.
And we did a little major shopping...getting a patio set. Which has me dreaming of adding a couple fancy pillows and really needing strings of globe lights so my backyard can look like the set of Parenthood.
It's been awhile since a Starred post so here are some favorites from a few weeks ago...
1. So happy about this announcement...I am super lucky...and even more super excited.
3. We're going on another big road trip this summer and a week of it will be spent at my in-law's house in Oregon. I may have expressed concern about what we're going to do for a whole week in a town with only one yellow blinking light. Besides spending time with my amazing sister-in-law who will be reading this and thinking, "Wow, thanks a lot."
4. Sean had suggested one of the things we do is go to Multnomah Falls which I was kind of snotty about since I'm not the biggest fan of that outdoorsy hiking in the middle of nowhere stuff. Then I saw this today. Um, yeah okay I'll go...and not just because they have hot honey wheat bread a restaurant that's there.
5. Speaking of restaurants...I saw this today too and spent $5 for a $25 certificate at two different restaurants...that's an amazing deal.
6. Okay scrapbooking...here's the latest...
7. I really love that tree mask too much.
8. As I'm writing this it is 2:47pm and Sean will be home in just about 13 minutes...after a school year of a 100 meetings and coaching three separate sports it is finally time for the 3pm arrival...cannot wait to hear the garage door open.
9. But when he walks in Sean will discover I am still in my pajamas which is pretty shameful.
10. Being in my pajamas is indicative of how much my level of productivity continues to sink on this daily summer vacation basis...I really need to get my act together.
Sean and I are usually more than happy to stay at home, but every once in awhile I get an idea of where we need to go (for instance the picnic a couple of weeks ago).
When I heard that Love, Loss ad What I Wore was playing in Los Angeles I knew it was time to get out of the house. It ended up being my perfect graduation celebration with Sean. We split a quick lunch before the play's matinée on Sunday afternoon. The play was beyond wonderful...hysterical and poignant and astoundingly engaging considering it was simply monologues. And I sat mesmerized by the fact that I was mere yards from Rita Wilson up on stage.
Afterward we went to one of my favorite restaurants, Lawry's. Any place that's defining feature is a rolling cart of beef is a piece heaven to me. At one point during the dinner I may or may not have tears of joy in my eyes.
It was pretty much a dream day...a fantastic end to what has been an amazing month.
So I went back to a year 2000 calendar and saw that the date was actually May 26th, but that year the 26th was the Friday of Memorial Day weekend. Therefore I am counting today, the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, as the anniversary.
Ten years ago today Sean and I had signed some papers and went to have dinner with my mom...chicken strips for me because I am a major chick strip aficionado. For instance what did I have to eat right before my wedding? Chicken strips. What was my lunch that delayed the semi-emergency c-section with Mac? Actually Taco Bell, but I probably wanted chicken strips.
I digress, it's just that chicken strips are really good.
So while eating I get a phone call...and when I answered it I found out they accepted our offer...we were officially in escrow for a house.
To say I was excited was probably the understatement of the century. I won't bore you with all the details, but suffice it to say my father's pre-nuptial agreement resulted in us getting to shop for a house at the young age of 24 and 22 years old (this time of year I have to endure having a husband that is two years younger until the end of August).
We found this house at the end of a day of searching and not really finding anything. On our way back to our apartment we saw one last "Open House" sign and decided to stop.
We walked in the door just starting to look at the downstairs and stopped to meet the realtor. She explained that the home was owned by two teachers that were retiring to move Oregon. Two teachers and Oregon...Sean and my eyes met as that was said and somehow we just knew this was our home.
We hadn't even seen anything else, not even the upstairs and yet we knew. As we wandered around I called my mom to come check it out (after all as Sean has measured she lives only seven tenths of a mile away). I watched my mom walk into this house and saw her face change too.
This was our home...the place we would live forever...or at least until we are two teachers that retire and maybe move to Oregon. Six weeks later when the keys were in my hand for the first time I drove over here, sat in the driveway and cried I was so happy.
Since that phone call ten years ago told us that this place was ours, every single moment of getting to be here has been an immense blessing.
We love this home.
If you know Sean & Nora you probably know that Sean is the baker in the family. He grew up with a mom who makes wedding cakes as a hobby so I consider his baking prowess to be hereditary. It might also have something to do with his aptitude for activities that require patience and precision...unlike his ironically perfectionist, but thoroughly inexact wife.
So when I set out to bake yesterday it was fairly momentous...heck I even separated an egg. If you've seen the disaster that is me trying to simply crack an egg you'd know what an immense accomplishment the separation task was.
I have to admit I utilized Sean's help to figure out the rolling (thankfully we had this) but everything else I did...oh no wait, I totally lied he measured out the flour while I manned the Kitchen Aid...I wouldn't want him reading this and seeing that I didn't give him full credit.
Today I packaged up some to send to work with Sean (to share during the 15 meetings he had scheduled). I also made a little thank you bag for my mom because the recipe came from one of the pile of cookbooks she recently gave me.
I posted the recipe (and a PDF you can print out) here.It's just the beginning of a summer of cooking...who knows what's next.
Actually I do know, I volunteered to make BBQ chicken for a neighborhood get-together this weekend so next is figuring out how to make a good homemade BBQ sauce...I have a pile of recipes ready so I can pull from them to concoct something myself...happy to make something with a little of this and a lot of that after my foray into have-to-measure-carefully baking.
This recipe from the Salty Sweets cookbook my mom recently gave me for my birthday. These were such good little bites...sweet and citrus-y, and buttery too which is always important in a cookie.
Lemon Sugar Cookies with Zesty Lime Salt
Makes about 30 cookies
2 coups all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon fine sea salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg yolk
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Zest of 1 lime
1. Combine the flour and ½ teaspoon of the salt in a medium bowl and mix well.
2. In a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment cream the butter for 1 minute, then add ¾ cup of the sugar and beat on medium-high speed for 3 minutes, until mixture is light and fluffy.
3. Add the egg yolk, lemon juice and lemon zest and beat for 2 more minutes. Slowly add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until the dough comes together.
4. Combine the lime zest, the remaining ¼ cup of sugar and the remaining ¼ teaspoon of sea salt in a shallow dish or on a plate (for rolling).
5. Roll the dough into logs 1½ to 2 inches in diameter, then roll the logs into the lime zest mixture. Wrap the logs in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
6. Preheat the oven to 350’F. Line baking sheets with parchment.
7. Slice the chilled logs into ¼ inch-thick circles and place on baking sheets. Bake for 9-11 minutes, or until just lightly browned on the bottom. Let cool on the baking sheets for about 1 minute, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. The cookies will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
It's probably because I am on vacation, but I am craving all things summer (except the heat).
Here's a super simple card to help celebrate...I guess I could have done more to it, but I didn't want to cover up the white woodgrain cardstock.
I thought it might work with a end of the year teacher gift or in my case it will go to Mac with some little "happy summer" gifts.
1. Day one of summer vacation was kind of ruined by a headache...here's hoping for a better day two.
2. Sean saved the day and cooked up some of these for dinner which were really good.
3. But we used panko bread crumbs which are my new favorite thing since I love all things crispy.
4. Before the annoying headache I finished updating the various things I've made in the last six months
5. You can see everything by clicking the "Making Stuff" box to the left.
6. Have I ever shared that I really struggle with right and left? For instance I had to take a moment to be sure that the link was actually on the left hand side of the blog. I have to use that left hand L-shape trick way too often.
8. I am also making egg salad sandwiches to take out to her tomorrow since we both love tea sandwiches.
9. Speaking of cooking the first summer recipe I'm trying will be from this book...sugar cookies with zesty lime salt.
10. And since I haven't made anything yet here's the last bit of craftiness from my Girl's Loft guest design...
I forgot to mention last week that this kit was so chock-full of stuff that I have an envelope leftover to share...please leave a "Pick me" if you'd like it...
Okay please humor me with one last graduation post...just sharing a little bit of yesterday.
My plan for the last couple of years was to not walk for my bachelor's degree, but all the Women's Studies classes changed my mind. There was the wonderful faculty, the enthusiastic fellow students and the e-mails asking for photos and a song to play while you received your diploma.
Anything that involves photos and music together sounds like a good time to me.
This meant a good hour long conversation with my mom to choose a song to pair with the few photos I was asked to provide. Considering both Mom and I would be hard pressed to choose just a hundred of our favorite songs it took awhile to come up with the one that felt just right for the day...
It was a perfect little celebration...my very favorite part was getting Mac into the cap and gown just like we did eleven years ago...except this time he was able to joke that now that he's graduated from college he doesn't need to go to school this week.
And that officially completes all (or at least most) school discussions until late August. Thank you again for all of the congratulatory wishes...every single comment has meant so much to me.
Now it is time for summer vacation...and cooking...and reading...and sitting on the beach every once in awhile...and of course all kinds of crafting.
It's my turn.
Eleven years ago I stood by as Sean graduated.
I should have too, but we all know that story.
He took Mac with him up on stage for me...symbolic of our new little family since we were getting married in just a couple of months. He took Mac because if I had been graduating I would have taken Mac...just like my mom took me all those years ago when she graduated with her master's degree.
Today, I am taking Mac.
My super cool teenager agreed to walk up on stage with his old mom...and it means the world to me that he did.
Next time you read this blog a college graduate will be writing it.
I'm posting from my phone since we're home from getting Mac new shoes (always an undertaking since he has to wear two different sizes due to his brace) and then had a late dinner.
I have to admit I have been compulsively checking my school e-mail account waiting to hear if my grad school application will be reviewed.
I just saw an e-mail from the professor I have been working with and here's what it said...
"You have been accepted into the Sociology Department MA program"
I am pretty much spinning with relief and immense happiness and wanted to share my good news with everyone because of how much I appreciated all your support when it was bad news...so thank you, thank you, thank you.
The new grad student :)
It was all planned and we were out the door in less than forty-five minutes.
Somehow flipping through a magazine and seeing prosciutto piled on top of a baguette had me thinking that Sean and I should go on a picnic for dinner.
I managed to quickly spend $24 on bread, meats and cheese at the grocery store. Sean packed up our old wagon with our picnic table, cooler and blanket. This might be a good time to explain that our picnic blanket is a light blue satin comforter with dark blue embroidered roses...a wedding gift from one of Sean's great-aunt's. I have to admit it never quite made it onto our bed, but it's our park and beach blanket with lots of sentimental value.
Sean and I walked to a park about a mile and half away and we sat under the shade of the trees eating and talking while my little iPod player had music going for us. This picnic was a good idea.
Then we began to notice the various gaggles of young teens scattered about. Then we saw a fight break out complete with people egging it on and taping it on cell phones. By the time two guys walked by us with an obvious bag of alcohol and handed it over to kids who couldn't have been more than fifteen Sean and I started to pack up and head out.
The picnic was a good idea, just not for Mr. Griffin the junior high teacher and Mac's mom who easily loses sleep thinking about the pitfalls of the teenage years.
But you should really try a little prosciutto with some pear and brie on a piece of baguette. That's always a good idea.
1. Tomorrow I take two finals and that's it...I am a college student for five more days...and then who knows.
2. One of the possibilities still remains being a grad student. I have been extremely fortunate to have had a professor ask to have my application reviewed again and put her endorsement in saying she'd be happy to work with me since my research interests align with hers. I've been waiting to hear from the department.
3. Last week as Sean and I were exchanging text messages I likened this waiting to the Darby debacle...we had to wait then too...all the while we knew in our hearts that it wasn't going to work out, but we had just enough hope to kind of torture us. Granted this is a much less severe situation, but it feels uncannily similar to wait it out.
4. Okay happy thoughts and happy opportunities...I got to guest design this month for The Girls Loft (it's what I alluded to the other night)...I made four layouts and a set of four cards over the last few days...here's a couple of the layouts...
5. Here's the set of cards (made with one of the cutest pieces of patterned paper ever)
You can see much more here.
6. Because school is almost done I am making the grandiose plans of everything I want to do with my newfound freedom...like cook a recipe every day from my stack of new cookbooks, update things around the blog, and more Etsy stuff.
7. One of the other things I want to do is organize the digital kits I've collected over the last year...does anyone have any good tips on the best way to do this...is there a good program to use maybe?
8. Speaking of organizing...I have put the s'more basket to good use lately.
9. Okay one more layout from the kit...
10. Okay I have to get going since I have a "date" to watch last week's Friday Night Lights with Sean...every time they say "Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose" I'm usually in tears.
It does not feel like the usual Sunday night...somehow this whole weekend has been so relaxing. Like catch up on tv shows, don't care if my pajama shirt is on inside out (or that I was in pajamas all day), and eating popcorn for dinner kind of relaxing.
One of those things was trying to take photos of the branch decoration I made a couple of weeks ago for my make-n-take table. Of course today was my favorite kind of day, cool and cloudy, which is not so good for the picture taking...
See, I told you bad photos.
Oh well moving on...it's going to be a good & busy week around our house...but somehow I want to make time to try this, play with this, and work on the blog garage sale idea I mentioned almost two months ago now.