Friday, September 30, 2011

Thru The Lens Of A Phone Camera

My new favorite snack


Back in the day there was a shop in my hometown called The Heritage House. My sisters and I loved to go there because of the vast array of Hello Kitty merchandise and Spumoni sweat shirts but they also had chocolate covered chips. I think of them often.

Fast foward 21 years:

I won a blog contest of Nikki's favorite things in which she sent me a box full of her favorite things, mostly involving chocolate. One of which was Nutella.



Out of that little jar of Nutella my favorite snack was born...
Nutella covered chips

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Interior Paint Color

I get a lot of emails and questions about my wall color. Up until a few weeks ago I didn't really know the color, but that mystery has been solved!
The previous owners chose the color so I can't take credit. It is a great color sort of a putty, grey, greenish color.

The most recent question about the wall color was in regards to my guest room.
It is hard to get a great photo of the color but this one is still pretty accurate. This photo was taken at lunch with a lot of sun streaming in the room.




This is our living room in the same color. The photos were taken around 5. The color is pretty accurate for the room when there isn't a lot of sunlight streaming in.




claire was begging for a treat


Here is a shot of the breezeway which is painted brick. Two of the walls in this little room are glass so it gets a ton of natural light. This is a very accurate shot of the paint color in here.


Now for the actual paint info...


When we first moved in we had to do some work in Eric's closet and couldn't find a paint can left by the previous owners for the wall color. We had the paint color matched and this is the formula. It is very close to the original paint.






Then fast forward two years to the back yard renovation. We had to empty everything out of the shed to move it and I found a never before seen paint can. I thought it could be the interior walls (hence the ?) but wasn't sure. A few weeks ago I finally got around to stirring around the three year old paint and it is the interior paint used throughout the house. I'm not sure if Beringer is still a current Ace True Value color but they may be able to use the code to get the information or still have the info in their system.







Hopefully that little bit of info will be helpful to those of you that are curious about the color of my walls. If you have any other questions let me know.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Football Door Hanger



I've seen these burlap football door hangers in several shops this fall and decided I needed an Auburn one. I whipped this up in about 10 minutes, the paint was still wet when I hung it on my front door!




It was super simple to make. I used chalk to draw a football on 2 pieces of burlap. Wrote War Eagle in chalk and painted over it. Trace with some puff paint and fill in the rest of the football with brown paint. Stuff with grocery sacks and staple the edges. Yep staple, I did it on a burlap table runner and 3 years later it is still stapled together.

Since I was in such a big hurry the lettering is pretty wonky so I may redo it on the other side, but for now it works. It would be really cute with a big bow or some curly wire instead of my sad excuse of a bow and hanger. Ok looking at this that lettering is terrible, I think I will be redoing it today and fraying the edges.


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a few random thoughts i want to remember


*I still can't believe it is football season. Saturday during the game I said out loud numerous times that I can't believe we are already sitting at a football game. So much of my summer was wished away to get to the next month, hoping not to do that to the fall.


*At Auburn home games we have an eagle that flies around the stadium pre game. This week Spirit got a little confused and flew into the glass window of one of the suites. It was scary then she was even more confused and flew into the stands like she was going to land on someone. She finally came to the field and landed. It wasn't funny at the time, but now it is hard not to laugh when you watch the video.




*AU vs MSU nail bitter. Let's just say I am glad that my husband is the OCD straight line painter he is because if that line had been crooked one inch, dude would have scored.




*It is true, absence does make the heart grow fonder.



Have a great week!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

CFA Nugget FAIL

edit: I guess Pinterest can fail you. I assumed since the pinterest tag said these were just like Chick Fil A they were. But if I had read the recipe it never states CFA, just sweet nuggets. Carry on...


We love being "guests" at Chick-fil-A, it is always "our pleasure" to dine there. Eric has been on a big CFA kick lately so when I saw a recipe for CFA nuggets on Pinterest I was all over it. The only problem you have to fry them. I HATE to fry foods. I have only fried 1 thing since we have been married, and I am sure before that I had never fried anything.


I decided to suck it up for the sake of that awesome and sweet Chick-fil-A flavor and fry the nuggets instead of "oven fry". The nuggets were good...because chicken nuggets just are. But a knock off of the real CFA nuggets they were not. I'm not sure if I needed more confectioners sugar or what but I was disappointed.


Here is the recipe if you want to try. If they turn out right tell me where I went wrong.


Oh and a special shout out to Minnie from The Help. I am sure buried back in my brain I knew that you could fry with Crisco but had forgotten all about it. When I went to cook these chicken nuggets I didn't have enough oil so I did what I saw Minnie do in the movie and used Crisco!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Summer Send Off

I hope everyone had a great long weekend! I could use another day off, this lady is a little too old to stay up until 4 am for a whole weekend. And since I am old, I automatically wake up before 7am even if I went to bed at 4am so I had to get a little nap in during my lunch break today.
beachside dining in the rain, sure why not?

My girls getaway was all that and a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows. (Inside joke)
We had a great time, the only problem was if it wasn't looking like this

it was raining! Thank you Tropical Storm Lee. I have never seen such huge waves. They were breaking at least 6 times before they reached the shore. There were double red flags so no swimming. But I couldn't resist I took my trusty tube into the ocean.


Well since the waves were as tall as me I couldn't really jump them and one good one got me and cleaned out my sinus pretty well. Don't think I will ever try the double red flag thing again.

The closest we saw of the sun shining.





We only made it onto the beach once. The rest of the time we watched football, ate so much seafood and junk food, and went shopping. I guess my tan will have to wait until next year.



Our crew. It was fun and can't wait until next time- oh yes there will always be next time.



So sayonara summer. It is actually cold outside today, in the 70's. We are having taco soup for supper!





How did you spend your labor day?!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Happy Labor Day!

I'm loading up and ditching the first Auburn football game and headed down to the beach with some friends. It looks like our plans for some sun may be squashed by Lee and his 7 inches of rain he is bringing, but I am sure we will have fun anyway.



One last ode to summer. I am so excited for the trip with girls only that I even bought a 12 pack of Sunkist. But another reason for excitement, I left my pillow at the condo on the last beach trip and the office was nice enough to hold it for me until I made it back to the beach so I have been 27 nights without its feather awesomeness. I can't wait to wrap my arms around it.




Me just working on my honey do list:



ok ya got me, it is Raquel Welch. I was born in the wrong era.

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Hoping for sunny skies & an Auburn orange and blue sunset!
 
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