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Fashion on Friday – January 17, 2014

A couple of catch up outfits today from our cold snap a while back. I’m not sure what happened to our winter, it seems to have passed us by for now, but I’m hoping it will come on back and stay for a spell.

I love this dress I got from ASOS. I love ASOS as I’m sure I’ve mentioned before. They have quality, fun, stylish clothes. Anyway, this is a very comfortable dress that will work right into Spring.

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Outfit details: Dress – ASOS, Tights and shoes – Forever 21, Headband – ?

This outfit is a bit of a uniform for me. I love a cute dress, a cardigan and some fun leggings. I wear a lot of variations on this outfit. And this dress – I seem to always have a little, black, casual dress in my wardrobe that I wear a lot. At the end of last Summer, my previous dress gave up the ghost and I found this dress. I’m not sure this one will last as long and it’s got me a bit worried.

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Outfit details: Dress – Torrid, Shrug – Ross, Leggings – Forever 21, Boots – Lane Bryant, Brooch – Vintage/thrifted, Ring – made by me from a vintage, clip on earring.

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Tasty Tuesday – Ham and Corn Soup

Over the holiday season I stocked up on a couple of hams when they were super cheap – 99 cents a pound? Yes, please. That means that when I cook one up, we’ll pretty much be eating off of it for a week. We had the ham when I first cooked it and then we had breakfast a couple of times and then I made some ham and corn soup. I found this recipe on Pinterest.

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I made a few changes to the recipe and wasn’t very careful in following exact measurements. I also used a slow cooker so it was cooking all day long. I think this recipe would be great if you cooked it on the stove in a short amount of time, but I love the depth of flavor that comes from all day cooking. I used onion instead of green pepper. I didn’t use parsley, simply because I didn’t have any and I only used canned corn.

I got a Ninja cooking system for Christmas and I love it. One of my least favorite things about crock pot cooking is having to brown meat or vegetables in a pan on the stove and then transfer it to the crock pot. With the Ninja, I can do it all in one pot. Love it! It also claims on the box that I will rule the kitchen – I’ve always wanted to try out this royalty thing.

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I garnished my soup with a bit of shredded cheese, some French fried onions and some green onions. It was so tasty and comforting and satisfying. Yummo!

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I served biscuits with the soup and we made homemade butter as a family. It’s so easy. We put some heavy cream in a jar and just shook it until it goes past the whipped cream stage and suddenly, you have butter and buttermilk. I drained the buttermilk, rinsed the butter a bit and added some salt. It was lovely.

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On New Year’s Eve, I made the mistake of trying to make butter using only full fat milk. I looked it up on the interwebs and they said you could use regular milk. I shook and shook and shook and we never got any butter. I shook that jar for hours! I also had the worst sore muscle pain I have ever had, it was awful. Nearly crying awful, pain meds not touching it awful. So we’re going to stick with heavy cream from now on when we want to make butter. Of course, as my husband said, we can always just use the stick of butter that is in the fridge.


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Fashion on Friday – Party Frocks

One of the things I love about the Christmas season is works dos. Both Colin’s company and my work have fun parties that are suitable for dressing up. We live in a very casual town so there aren’t a lot of opportunities to truly dress up.

Both of the dresses that I wore are from ASOS. The first one that I wore to my work party I wasn’t too sure about when I saw it – it’s not a color that I gravitate toward, but it was on a super clearance so I thought I’d give it a go. I love it!

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It’s super comfortable, easy to wear and has a lot of whimsy. I loved wearing the vintage style, three-quarter sleeve jacket with it as well. I felt very early 60s glam. The brooch is blue aurora borealis and totally gorgeous.

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Outfit details: Dress – ASOS, Jacket – Ross, Tights – Forever 21, Shoes – Target, Brooch – vintage/thrifted, Ring – made by me

The next outfit I wore to Colin’s work party and I am so totally sad that I didn’t take more photos of it. I don’t know how it slipped my mind, but there you go. I’ll get more photos when I wear it next. I feel like it’s a dress that I can wear not just to fancy events.

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This is one of those dresses that I saw and absolutely fell in love with. The silhouette, the fabric, the whole design. I was smitten. It wasn’t particularly cheap, though not outrageous either, but I bided my time until ASOS had a sale and then I snatched that baby up. I am so glad I did. This is a garment that truly brings me joy.

Sadly, in this photo that was taken with my phone, I look like I’m in a lot of pain and you can’t see my amazing shoes! And apparently Colin has a light shining out of the top of his head. Nonetheless, I love this dress!

Outfit details: Dress – ASOS, Tights – Forever 21, Shoes – Torrid


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Thankful Thursday – Growing Up

I’ve often said that being a grown up is hard work. There’s a lot of adulthood that’s not much fun. Not that it’s bad or tragic, it’s just that it’s hard work. Paying bills, making wise choices (or trying to), making sure the kids are fed and watered, tidying the house (everyday – can you believe that? Doing it once, even really well, is not enough), insurance, driver’s licenses, putting gas in the car, you get the idea. It can be tedious, boring, and what’s the opposite of fun?

At the same time, there is something amazing when you feel your character actually changing. It hurts sometimes, it is uncomfortable, it is a challenge and yet there is joy.

There are things about being a child that are wonderful – the freedom, the joy in the present, the simplicity of life. At the same time, children tend to be selfish, they see everything in black and white, they don’t have a lot of patience with the shortcomings of others while being very good at ignoring their own.

Ah, the simple days.

Ah, the simple days.

I feel like I’ve been growing up a lot recently in my thinking, in the way that I look at others. I’m looking forward to sharing more about it, but it’s tough on me. There are deep-seated thought patterns and judgements that are being challenged and changed. It’s good though, did I mention that? It’s really good. Being a grown up is hard, but there is a different kind of freedom, a deep joy and you can find simplicity in the midst of our complex lives. I am thankful today that I’m a grown up.

I hope I don’t stop growing. I’m thankful for the grown ups in my life who are blazing the trail. I’ve got a long way to go and I’m going to enjoy the journey.


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Make It Monday – Post-Christmas Wrap Up

I wanted to share a few things that I’ve made over the last couple of months – mostly things that were made  in preparation for Christmas.

I didn’t do as many handmade gifts for Christmas this year as I usually like to, but I enjoyed making the few things that I did. As always, I hope to be more prepared this coming year and start making things sooner. We shall see.

Anytime I get craft supplies out, my boys want to join in and start creating. In November I did a big craft clear out and got rid of heaps of stuff that wasn’t being used and organized the rest. All of my crafting supplies are stored in the garage since I don’t have a craft room. While I was organizing, the boys saw my jewelry making supplies and were asking repeatedly to make jewelry with me. So one evening while Colin was out, we set to it. It is so fun creating with my boys – I love to see what they come up with.

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I also made a new crop of my repurposed vintage earring rings. My church has an annual Christmas Tea and Boutique and I make rings to sell at the boutique. I love making these rings. The designs are so beautiful and interesting.

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For Jude’s first grade teacher, I had Jude making a drawing with a note and then I traced it on to fabric and then embroidered it for her. I think it’s a fun, simple and meaningful gift.

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For my sons and my nephew, I created silhouettes along with the meanings of their names and then printed onto book pages. I framed them and I love how they turned out.

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I did another printing on book pages project for some friends. They are fox fans so I printed a simple fox onto a book page and then hand painted it with watercolors. Then I wrote their name in calligraphy.

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That’s my post-Christmas creation round-up. Here’s to a creative and more handmade 2014!