Monday, August 27, 2018

The Best Banana Bread and more fall baking!

Happy Monday!  Last week the weather in PA was so nice.  It was much cooler and less humid.  It has made me sooooooo ready for fall!

I have a confession...I LOVE fall.  Really, really love fall.  I love the weather, I love the colors, I love the decor, I love the fashion, I just love it all.

And, fall makes me want to bake.  Over the weekend I made my favorite simple Banana Bread.  This recipe is seriously so good and so easy!  Check it out:

Cream butter and sugar

Add wet ingredients
Mix until combined
Add dry ingredients and mix until combined
Put batter in a 9x5 loaf pan
Bake at 350 F for 1 hour
My trusty sidekick :)
Let cool slightly before removing from pan

Serve warm with a pad of butter and a glass of milk

Easy right??  Are you going to try it?

Cinnamon pumpkin muffins are on my mind for my next baking day! This will be a new recipe for me.  I'll keep you posted on how it goes.  Are you trying any new recipes for fall?? Let me know in the comments!



Monday, July 30, 2018

Things I Think I LOVE!

Hey everyone!  Happy Monday!  Did you all have a good weekend?  We had a picnic at my parents house and got a bunch of small things done around the house.  It was all around good. 

Today it's time for another Things I think I LOVE!  It turns out I think I love a lot of things.  Ha.  I'm surprised I'm not broke by now.

1. Wishbone necklace - Nate got me this necklace for Christmas last year.  I wear it almost everyday!  It comes in a few finishes.  I have the silver.  It's just so cute and every time I wear it and see my Nephew he makes wishes on it (usually for hugs from Aunt Heather, that wish always comes true!)

2. X rated hot dog fork - Nate and I got these for my dad for his birthday this past weekend.  They are so funny.  I found them on Etsy.  Some people are so creative!  He and my mom had a hot dog mania picnic so it was the perfect gift!

3.Swim Coverup - Last summer I bought a new swim cover up.  I like my coverups to have longer sleeves so I can control the sunburn.  This one is nice and light weight.  Plus I love the print.  Mine is the same style in a different color.

4. Wall art inspiration - Sarah from Life On Virginia Street refreshed her mudroom and the results are so inspiring!  I took one look at the large painting on the wall and thought "I can do something like that".  I love finding paintings I like and recreating them(with my own spin).

5. Slip on Sneakers - I ordered these slip on sneakers last week.  They are so cute and comfortable!  They can take me from summer to fall, which I love.  I refuse to buy clothes and shoes that I can only wear for a few weeks.  Plus these are a perfect neutral.
What are you loving right now??



Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Things I think I LOVE!!

Hi everybody!   I hope you all had a good weekend!  We went Kayaking on the lake near our house and got burned to a crisp!  I don't know how I made it 32 years and still don't remember to put on sunblock.  Maybe this burn will make me remember in the future!

Today I am sharing all the things I think I love this week. 

1.      Newsies on Broadway –When I was a kid Newsies was one of my favorite movies.  It’s such a good story and Christian Bale was the best.  Plus it’s a musical!  That being said, the Broadway production might be even better.  I really love the movie, but watching the Broadway version I was seriously torn!  I think I still love them both but just in different ways.  My sister said it best…”I spent the first half of the Broadway production wanting to watch the movie and the second half wanting to start it over and watch it again!”  It doesn’t hurt that Jeremy Jordan is a total stud.  Either way I suggest checking it out.

2.      Nutcracker – I bought a bag of mixed nuts.  When I got home I realized we don’t have a nutcracker!  I have been looking at different options and at first I was just going to go with the standard run of the mill nutcracker.  Then I saw this…       It looks so much more interesting.  If I am going to be leaving it out on my bar I want it to fit my design.  This is definitely on my to buy list.

3.      Eye Mask – Nate has been talking about adding a monitor to our bedroom.  So when he wakes up in the middle of the night he doesn’t have to go downstairs to check out the cameras.  I don’t know about you but light disturbs my sleep.  At first I gave him an outright no, but as I was thinking about it more I realized I can get an eye mask and we can both be happy.  This will help keep the sunlight from waking me to early too.  Win win!

4.      Hyperbole and a half – My mom gave me this book to read.  I couldn’t put it down.  The stories are so funny and relatable.  I love how honest and open she is.  Definitely one to put on your reading list.

5.      Succulents – I love the look of succulents.  However, I cannot keep plants alive.  When I found these faux succulents at the dollar tree I could not pick them up fast enough!  They are actually really good looking and for only $1 I couldn’t be happier.  Now I just have to figure out where I want to put them.

What do you love??



Friday, June 29, 2018

Junk Drawer Organization for $3!!

Howdy boys and girls!  I am in a great mood you want to know why? 

That's messy junk drawer. 

I have been feeling so lost on my organizing journey lately.  I opened this drawer looking for a screwdriver (do you see any?  There were 6 in there.  Insert eye roll here.)  I had a plan to get this organized and today was the day. 

It's a nice small project that only took about 15 minutes and $3.  Can you believe it??  Why do I put these things off?  This was just what I needed to get myself back on the right path.

I started by emptying the entire drawer.  (actually I started by putting the dry dishes away so I had room on the countertop.  We need to get  moving on the kitchen update, but that's a story for another day)

Next I went though everything and organized into piles.  Pens with pens, batteries with batteries, etc.

Then, I tried out different configurations in the drawer. 

This one was good, but i didn't like that little space above the right wire basket.

I really liked this layout, however the small amount of space in the back of the drawer would be totally wasted. 

This is what I went with.  No weird spaces and enough bins to hold all my stuff. 

After pulling all the garbage out, I got rid of the things that don't need to be in this drawer...

Not too much! 

Extra tape and rubber bands should both be in the office.  Electrical tape and box cutters should be in the basement, and watch batteries should be in my jewelry box. 

How did all these things end up here?

Once I got rid of all those (and all the expired coupons) I put the organized groups into the bins.  The final layout was perfect for what was left. 

I put the bins back in the drawer and tada!  This was what we had

So much better!  Now I can easily find screwdrivers...and pens and tape!

I am so happy with how this is working for us now. 

Have you done any organizing lately?  How did it turn out?  I would love to hear about it!



Monday, June 25, 2018

Dollar Tree haul

Hi everybody! 

I'm checking in today because I hit the Dollar Tree and came up with a few projects to do. I'm sharing what I got and what I plan to do!  Here we go...

1. Cooling racks - Heather at Southern state of mind made an adorable earring holder out of cooling racks. I have been brainstorming new storage for my jewelry and it is perfect.  I will be sharing a mini series of all the different storage options I DIY for cheap!  See Heather's here.

2. Burlap ribbon - to go with the cooling racks!  You'll see how it comes together soon. :)

3. Tea light holder - This will be another part of the jewelry storage series.  There are a couple different heights available.  I got the shortest for this project.  I'm thinking bracelet holder.  Something with a paper towel tube.  I'll let you know when I figure it out...

4. Canvas bins - I am working slowly but surely to organize every part of my house.  My linen closet is on my to-do list and I think these bins will be great.  They come in a couple different sizes and colors. They will be perfect for nail polish, hair accessories, and first aid supplies. 

5.&6. Wire baskets and plastic baskets - my junk drawer has gotten on my nerves for the last time.  With these bins I am going to finally get it sorted out.  Hopefully it'll stay clean if everything has a place.  I'll be sharing how it turned out later this week!

7. adhesive hooks - I have been searching for a place to hang my aprons and when I found these hooks it just came to me... duh, the inside of the pantry door.

Now off to do my projects! 

Have you found any inspiration lately? Share in the comments!