Sunday, September 30, 2012

something cool...

i know i've chatted quite a bit about my super awesome friend tammy t here on this blog because she's always telling me about cool stuff or i'm sharing photo shoot sneak peeks of her cute family or she gives me ideas for a neat photo shoot so then i beg her family to test it out with me etc, etc. you get the idea right? tammy t is super cool. she's a fun, creative girl, with great style and a knack for knowing about all the fun "new" things.

so i have good news, tammy t has started her own blog! she claims she's still working out the kinks but i think it's already pretty awesome so find it here, tammythiele.com, you don't want to miss it!

xo,
carly

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

montana

i've been a little behind on the blogging lately and i realized that i never shared our trip to montana.

my husband has family in montana and i think most of his fondest childhood memories come from his summer trips to visit them. this was only my second trip and here's what i think about montana so far...the people are really nice; you have to do a lot of driving (wide open spaces); and so much beautiful scenery, which in my case is a mixed blessing because nature is not my friend. i'm allergic to every tree & grass indigenous to washington state and i'm sure if they tested me for montana trees & grasses, the results would not be favorable. i was muddling through my allergy sniffles like a champ when i received a little bug bite that turned into a massively swollen and bruised ankle, seriously it hurt to walk. you would have thought it was a bite from a radioactive, comic book bug. and in that case, i want super powers and not just a swollen ankle. but anyways, i majorly digress...

i'm not a nature photographer. i feel like these are a little incomplete without my family but my montana loved ones are camera shy. the photos that would really have captured this trip for me would have been my husband laughing with his aunt, his aunt and grandma playfully bickering and all of us sitting around a dinner table. next time, and until then i have these...



xo,
carly

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

a crush...

i have discovered the most beautiful food & photography blog, and while all you savvy people might already know, i'll share anyway, always with butter. julie marie, the creator of this amazing blog, has some awesome photography skills and her recipes look so heavenly! in fact, her recipe for blueberry cupcakes with honey buttercream looked so fabulous that i had to try it.

now this recipe involves first making blueberry preserves to top your cupcakes with, and i ask you, what kind of fool decides to make preserves for the first time just for a cupcake? well i just couldn't help myself! i didn't do too badly, though my preserves cooked a bit too long and came out a little more like jelly. and next time i will take julie marie's suggestion to add less sugar because my beautiful farmer's market blueberries were already so sweet!
preserves in progress

naked cupcakes

xo,
carly

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

silver sateen

there is a lovely old wooden dresser that has been knocking around our family for quite a few years. from what my mom can remember, it was left behind in a college apartment and given to my dad by the landlord when he was a student. i remember it in our house when i was little and it was a serious, dark wood stain. then it became my sister's and somewhere during her tween years my mom tried to win her over with a bedroom makeover that included the lovely shades of bright blue and lime green you see here.

during my sister's angsty teen years, i think the poor dresser ended up in a closet. then a abandoned in a spare room for years, now it's mine and it's time for a makeover. well actually for now it's my husband's dresser so we had to compromise on a few things like paint color but at least we agreed the blue & lime green combo had to go!

so after more than a few hours of stripping, sanding (oh the sanding,) and painting here is the dresser in it's beautiful new color, silver sateen.

complete with new drawer pulls and matching keyholes (thanks to shaun's ability to mix & match metal paint colors), i'm kinda in love. i would have done a bit more distressing but since i was compromising, i gave the edges just a light sanding.


one last summer project crossed off the list!

xo,
carly

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

cookie #5: lemon crinkles

i chose to try lemon crinkles because i had some lovely meyer lemons on hand and i also loved the recipe note in the cookbook:
"From Mrs. Alfred T. Neilson of Council Bluffs, Iowa, who prefers simple and easy recipes that leave her time for her hobby of making hats."
i'm a crafty girl so i have to appreciate the work of other crafty-hat-making-girls.

recipe:
-1/2 cup shortening
-1 cup brown sugar (packed)
-1 egg
-about 1 tbsp grated lemon rind
-1 1/2 cups flour
-1/2 tsp soda
-1/2 tsp cream of tartar
-1/4 tsp salt
-1/4 tsp ginger
-granulated sugar

heat oven to 350 degrees. mix shortening, sugar and egg thoroughly; blend lemon rind. measure flour by dipping method or by sifting. blend dry ingredients; stir into sugar mixture. roll 1" balls; dip tops in granulated sugar. bake on ungreased baking sheet 10 to 12 minutes. makes about 3 dozen cookies.

my notes:
i used butter not shortening and i forgot the cream of tartar but my cookies turned out a little flat but fine. and i love the delicate lemon flavor of these cookies! i was hoping for a more distinct "crinkle" on top so i roll my 2nd dozen in powdered sugar but it pretty much all melted away too. oh well, they still tasted great!

xo,
carly

Monday, September 3, 2012

just one more reason i love him...

my adorable husband decided he wanted to make pickles. he's never made pickles before. and neither of us had ever canned anything but we went to the farmers market and picked out some cucumbers, dill and peppers. and now we have a batch of really good spicy dill pickles. he's pretty fabulous and i love that he gets these crazy ideas in his head.

hope you're all having a great holiday!

xo,
carly

p.s. we're making more pickles!