Friday, March 30, 2012

InstaFriday

Happy Friday! Here is my week chronicled in phone pictures...

I am loving this spring weather and everything in bloom. Our neighborhood is so pretty right now. I love getting to walk outside and get flowers for the kitchen table.

Our current problem is that we have a 50 lb dog that thinks she is a lap dog. Never have I known a dog who likes to be so physically close to people at all times. It is sweet, but sometimes I feel bad for our guests.

This week was full of birthday celebrations. Wednesday night we celebrated with my sister and she got these delicious cupcakes.

Little nephew man is pulling up on everything and crawling everywhere! I can hardly believe how big he is getting!

This is what I woke up to on the morning of my birthday. Fletch made me feel so special all day, from the minute I woke up until I fell asleep!

I enjoyed chocolate chip pancakes in bed...delicious! I typically go in to work a couple of hours earlier than Fletcher so he is always still asleep when I leave. It was so fun just to see him in the morning but extra fun for him to make me my favorite pancakes!

It is a blessing/curse to be friends with the pastry chef at work. She knows that cookie dough is my favorite and I came back from lunch to a mixing bowl full of chocolate chip cookie dough. Please note the spoon in the bowl.

For my birthday dinner Fletcher and I ate at a Sushi restaurant in a fun part of downtown. My favorite part was the crab fondue with wonton chips. But the sushi was great too!

I had a wonderful birthday and a wonderful birthday week. Things that I didn't capture - Birthday dinner with my friends from work at my favorite Mexican Restaurant & lunch with Fletcher's mom on my birthday. I ate like a queen and was treated like a queen all week! I sent 23 out with a bang and 24 is off to a great start.


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

DIY Curtains

Before you read this post there are two things you should know about me. I don't know how to sew and I don't iron. Now I know you are all feeling sorry for my husband, but don't you worry about him. He is good at ironing and considering it is one of his only duties/chores (besides taking out the trash and checking the mail), he can handle it. Anyways, back to the curtains. Whenever the subject of curtains came up Fletcher always referenced us making them. In my head I would freak out a little bit thinking...I don't sew, I don't iron. I secretly kept hoping that he would forget about us making them and we would hand it over to a professional. However, that didn't happen. I must say (now that the project is over) that I am really happy that we made them ourselves, and pleased with the outcome. We picked out Premier Prints fabric "Zippy in Cloud/Denton" and ordered it from fabric.com. Once the fabric came we realized we needed twice as much fabric as we originally thought. Also, a portion of the roll we received was messed up. So we were able to make 3 out of 8 curtain panels before the project came to a screeching halt. We went to order more fabric, but the website had run out of the fabric. So this project was on hold for about a month, but we were able to order more fabric in mid march and finished the curtains this weekend. Here is the before:

We used stitch witchery to make the curtains, no sewing involved!

It was simple. It was a bit tedious, but not difficult. We would cut the panel, then iron the sides over just to give ourselves a guide.

Then we would place the stitch witchery between the fold, hold for 10 seconds, then move on to the next spot. We got the curtain rods and rings from Target. I finished the last panel over the weekend and was begging the hubs to hang the curtains when he got home from work on Sunday. I'm so pleased with how they turned out and SO GLAD the project is complete!

No Sew Tutorial found here.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Salmon Croquettes

Hello Monday Morning! It is always sad to see the weekend go. The hubs worked all weekend and I worked on things on the home front. It finally feels like we are making some progress on our many projects, and there is one in particular I can't wait to share this week. But for today...a recipe! The recipe comes from James Farmer's blog. It is a recipe that seems fancy, but is super easy and quick. Every time I make them I wonder why I don't make them more often.

You mix together salmon (canned), mayonnaise, onion powder, panko, salt, pepper, and 1 egg. You have to mix it with your hands and form it into a patty. Then coat each croquette in panko, coating all sides. Fry the croquettes in a cast iron or heavy skillet. Heat the oil on medium high then add the croquettes. Cook about 4 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. I served them with cheese grits and really liked the combo.

Salmon Croquettes
2 cans of Salmon - 14.75 oz. (no bones, just meat)
Half cup of Mayonnaise
3/4 tsp. Onion Powder
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 cups of Panko -1 for mixture, 1 for outside
1 large Egg
Canola Oil for frying

*I cut this recipe in half and it was the perfect amount for 2.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Weekend Recap

This weekend was the perfect mix of relaxation and productivity. I have been a little discouraged lately about our progress around the house. We have so many projects we want to do, or have already started, but it has been hard to find the time to really cross things of the list. But this is the first weekend that we have both been off work and in town in a while, so I also wanted to be able to soak up some quality time with each other. So we decided we would spend half the weekend at the lake and half the weekend at home. Friday after we got off work we headed down to the lake. The weather was absolutely wonderful. Saturday was the perfect day! I woke up before the sun and sat out on the porch drinking my coffee and watching the sun rise.

It was just the kind of quiet morning I needed. We spent the day sitting by the water and got a good dose of Vitamin D. It was so nice not to have anything else to do but relax. This was Lulu's first trip to the lake, and she loved it!

She would sprint around the yard until she wore herself out. Then she would crash. She has been very subdued since we got home from the lake. I think she wore herself out for a couple days...I'm not complaining about that! For lunch we enjoyed chicken salad, pimento cheese, andthis guacamole. I discovered my love for guacamole on our honeymoon and now whenever the weather starts to warm up it is all I want to eat!

Before we left we crossed off another item on the "100 dishes to eat in Alabama before you die"...Durbin Farms Peach Ice Cream. We always go to Peach Park when we go to the lake, but this was my first visit to Durbin Farms. It was delish.

Sunday I spent the afternoon cleaning the house and Fletcher spent the afternoon doing yard work. We didn't end up getting to our projects, but we got caught up on things around the house. Even though we didn't cross anything off our project list, it was worth it to get some quality time together and have a little miniature getaway.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Happy Birthday Ab!

Today is my sweet sister's birthday! Of course coming off of a weekend with sisters I am feeling especially grateful for my relationship with my sisters and so thankful to have their wisdom in my life. Ab's family moved down to sweet home Alabama in the fall and it has been so wonderful. I have always loved talking to her and getting to see her, but getting to see her multiple times a week has been such a blessing!

She has such a servant-heart and I am continually realizing how very much I have to learn from her. She is a wonderful sister, friend, daughter, mother, and wife. She is an encouragement to those around her and her calming personality is the perfect fit for my overly dramatic self. Happy Birthday Ab! I love you and am thankful to be your little sis!


Monday, March 5, 2012

Weekend in Baltimore

Three sisters, three little people, and three days in Baltimore. My heart is so full!