Dad’s Corner

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It seems like after every family celebration I get to write a post about how I surprised so-and-so with a visit. Sadly, this isn’t one of those posts. I didn’t buy a plane ticket home for Father’s Day even though I really, really wanted to! I’m trying to save up for future visits and such and I had just been home a month ago. I got to feel semi-included though with a FaceTime call and a group text convo complete with picture updates. Dad got a special meal, of course, but as always, the ‘puppy brother’ tends to take over everything. I tried to keep this balanced though and limited the puppy pictures to just two!

I mentioned last time I was home that there has been a casual competition to ‘make the blog,’ which I think dad has already won with his enthusiasm alone! SO, in honor of dad, this is Dad’s Corner. I missed a good meal! They barely had time to digest all of this before my mom and dad were off to ALASKA the next day! I’m so glad they got to go on a trip they’ve been dreaming of for so long to celebrate a very special anniversary. Us kids are so fortunate to have great parents that have taught us that it’s important to work hard and do great things but also how equally important it is to have a sense of humor and see as much of the world as possible! Oops, mom kind of snuck in on Dad’s Corner somehow! I hope dad can deal with that…I really wanted to include a picture of his famous (and probably record breaking) soft serve ice cream cone towers. The only one I could find from my own camera is the first one we ever took and it looks pretty wimpy. Since then, he has really perfected the art. Uh oh, I smell a Dad’s Corner part 2. 20130623-140616.jpg

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I had to throw in a cool picture from another past anniversary (I think) in honor of the most recent one! All you need is love. : )

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This is our puppy brother taking over the whole phone chat and looking right at me! haha! 20130623-140630.jpg

And here he is getting ready to be shipped off to visit me. Why so sad? No overnight shipping for this pup. : P

InstaBeps :: Puppies, Cookies, Repeat

20130224-230519.jpgThe past couple weeks truly have been all about puppies and cookies. I certainly can’t complain! Despite that, it’s somehow managed to also be an incredibly stressful couple of weeks. One day in particular was so hectic that it literally made me sick. Ugh! I think things will be getting back to normal very soon though! I know that I tend to post a lot of puppy pictures on here…I don’t even have a puppy of my own, unfortunately! I usually walk just a few dogs during the week for some extra cash and for fun.  I helped someone out for a few days recently and met sooo many dogs. This explains why there might be a bit of a puppy overload here for tonight. I’m guessing you all won’t mind that too much. I also ate/bought an inexcusable number of cookies. Some I made, some were gifts, and some were just on sale, but very few were shared. Oops.

PS I’m stealing the ‘Insta-name’ title from a post I saw from Sincerly Jules! I thought it was too cute not to. 20130224-230710.jpg

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I don’t think I’ll get used to stumbling across this view. A pretty wonderful Valentines afternoon. 20130224-230840.jpg

Took me a while to fashion a vase. I was so surprised and excited to receive these pretty roses! 20130224-230905.jpg

I could have posted way more cookies pictures…I’ll stick with this one to reduce embarrassment. 20130224-230919.jpg

Awesome guy! 20130224-230928.jpg

Clam chowder cravings are pretty easily satisfied around here. 20130224-230940.jpg

Weekend hair projects…20130224-231134.jpgI nearly let these strawberries go bad! Turned them into a delicious quick bread.

Insta What?

20130210-141839.jpgI don’t usually have such a hard time coming up with post titles. It’s hard for me to even start writing a post if I haven’t come up with a title first. This is an Instagram post…there are lots of ways “Insta” can play into a title phrase. Too many. I like rhyming, I like alliteration, I like cheesy. So many opportunities, but none of them seem original. What do you think? If you were titling this post, what would you choose?? I would love to know!

It’s been a week mostly dedicated to organizing, preparing for a blizzard, and using said blizzard as an excuse to eat like a child. I was pretty busy the first half of the week with school/work things. The weekend has been very slow and relaxing, which I don’t mind at all! I’ll be continuing the laziness by watching the Grammy’s, snacking all day, and possibly tending to my hair…Have a good night!20130210-141854.jpgAw, she is getting so big! Do any of you remember her from my New Year post?? She’s not mine, but I take her and her sister for walks every week. They give me a good dose of Golden Retriever while I’m away from home! 20130210-141913.jpgWhen you don’t have to worry about driving/digging out your car, a storm is just a good excuse to lounge and eat junk food. 20130210-141921.jpgGood morning, Nemo. (More snowy pics to come) 20130210-141936.jpgCraft store shopping. 20130210-141947.jpgMixing up a honey and soy sauce pork glaze. #InstaCOOL #eyeroll.

[EOTW] Treats of the Week

20130120-223925.jpgStill no kitchen this week = more take out! I don’t mind, but I am looking forward to some kind of kitchen project soon. This week’s pictures are all about sweets and treats. The most special treat was the Magnolia cupcake that my sister brought back from a trip to NYC! Hmm I have a feeling my kitchen project will involve sugar! 20130120-223931.jpg

A pre-movie bear claw at Panera. We saw Zero Dark Thirty and I thought it was really good! 20130120-223943.jpg

Used a Starbucks gift card the next night! I ❤ cheesecake + brownies 20130120-223959.jpg

What I ate almost every morning while the kitchen was inaccesible. I call it sunshine bagel. : -p20130120-224004.jpgSnacked on truffle fries and nachos while watching the Patriots tonight. Luckily I’m not a dedicated fan!

Eats of the Day :: Manhattan Sausage

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I’ve done an Eats of the Week post every Sunday since I started this blog. Well, silly me, I already shared most of my eats in separate posts this week. Today I don’t have a collection of photos from the week, but I couldn’t break the streak, so I’m cheating a little. These are my eats of the day instead. (Pretend I remembered to take a picture of my Dunkin Donuts bagel this morning.)

We spent today in Manhattan, KS eating and spending some time with family. We always go to a place called Hibachi Hut when we’re in town. It’s a place that my parents ate at when they went to school here and we’ve all grown to love. I feel like my posts lately have gradually been revealing 1) my love for sausage and 2) my state jumping history. I lived in the south as a toddler (LA, GA) and have held on to my Cajun eating habits ever since. It’s always a treat to eat red beans and rice with homemade sausage when we visit. For dinner we went to Famous Dave’s. I had never been to one. Everyone was telling me that the one in Manhattan is much better than the one closer to our home. Once again, I had sausage. I didn’t even think twice about it, but I would justify it by saying that one was Cajun and one was BBQ. Totally acceptable, right? The side of jalapeno Mac & Cheese was awesome! I am super stuffed now and debating making a trip to the hotel fitness center…

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Instagram Travels :: A Night in Kansas City

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Today has been a long, tiring, fun, filling day. I woke up at 5:45 this morning to start my trip from Boston to O’hare and finally Kansas City. I grew up mostly in KC before moving to Colorado before high school, so I have lots of great memories and family here! The boys came to go to a basketball game and the girls came to shop and eat cupcakes on the plaza. We started the afternoon together with what else? Ribs! We were all starving. Then we shopped and anxiously awaited the beautiful plaza lights to come on. Some years growing up we drove to the big city for a slice of cheesecake as big as our heads and a ride on the Cinderella horse drawn carriages. I was so happy to see they were still there and with glittery hooves this time! I am so ready to go to bed now. Off to spend some time with more family and sports tomorrow in Manhattan!

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:: the Cinderella carriages!! ::

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:: First stop Houston’s. Dad’s prime rib looked pretty good! ::

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:: this guys was cool. He decorated his bagpipes for Christmas! ::

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:: all of the lights ::

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:: Loot from Cupcakes a la Mode. A hit! ::

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:: I picked amaretto sweetie. I love almond anything ::

Store Snaps :: Dreaming of Tutus

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I take iPhone pictures when I’m out shopping all the time. I like to remember things I saw that I either want to buy (like, when it goes on sale), want to make, or just thought was funny/interesting. These are some of my favorite store snaps from the past couple of months. I saw this tutu at Anthropologie actually back in October and thought it was so beautiful! I’ve made tutus before and this one is major inspiration for my next tutu project! I’m pretty sure these are still available in stores if you are interested!

20121210-235318.jpg:: These cute outfit combos make me feel like I would actually wear a tutu during the day ::

20121210-235332.jpg:: Such a cute display at West Elm! I thought this would be cool for something like a classroom reading corner decoration ::

20121210-235405.jpg:: A guys shirt on sale at Urban Outfitters… ::

20121210-235417.jpg:: Super cool sneakers at Barney’s. I’m definitely a sneaks girl ::

20121210-235429.jpg:: Another cool find at Barney’s. I went back and tried it on and really want to get it $$ ::

20121210-235439.jpg:: So Christmassy – I ❤ grilled cheese ::

20121210-235447.jpg:: WOW Trader Joe’s couldn’t be more prepared for potato latkes season ::