dancing around the world

You’ve probably seen the videos of Matt dancing goofy in some of the most awesome places in the world since they have been tooling around the internet since 2005. But he just came out with a new video and it is by far my favorite.

Make sure to play it with sound. It just makes me happy, so I wanted to share it with you. Check out the rest of his dancing adventures at his website. 

Happy Wednesday!

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B’s birthday treats // what I made

Did I keep you in suspense long enough?! Last week I gave B a plethora of peanut butter possibilities for his upcoming birthday treat. After much deliberation, here’s what he chose:

Peanut Butter Cookie PiePeanut Butter Cup Cookie Pie via The Family Kitchen 

(Sorry for blurryness on the pic, this instagram photo is my only photo of this pie since I made it late at night and it was taken to Brandon’s office early the next day)

I made the pie exactly how the linked recipe says. No need to change something so good!

But wait, I had so much peanut butter baking spirit in me last week, that I made two treats.

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happy monday musings

happy last Monday in June! Can you believe that?! The first *official* day of summer was a mere 5 days ago and already it feels like the season is flying by.

Speaking of summer, Lucy is not a fan.  She does not like the heat and she has allergies that make her very itchy. We’re working on getting her back to feeling 100% with some allergy meds and fish oil in her food every day to help her skin. But that still doesn’t help a dark dog feel cool in the heat! The only cure for that is getting rid some of that extra fuzz. Behold, the new lucy:

lucy's haircut

Every time I pick her up from the groomer, I’m always surprised at how little she looks and how much color variation is in her coat. I think she’ll be much cooler on her walks now with her lighter apparel; now if we can just get the itching under control….

How was your weekend? Do anything fun?

blog awards

I don’t normally post on Sunday, but I’ve received two more blog awards recently, and I wanted to give a big thank you and shout out to the blogs who who nominated me.

illuminating blogger award

BtweenBlinks gave me the One Lovely Blog Award and Thea Morris of Organized Living Essentials gave me the Illuminating Blogger Award. I honestly hadn’t checked out either of these blogs until they informed me of the awards, but both are definitely worth checking out!

I haven’t found too many new blogs since my link list from the Versatile Blogging Award / Leibster Award post, so if you’re jonesin’ for some more good reads, head over there and check out those links!

Enjoy the rest of your evening and I’ll be back soon with my typical Monday Musings!

peanut butter goodies for B

I feel like the blog has been really heavy on the food posts lately. I have a lot of crafty/diy ideas brewing in this head of mine, I just haven’t had time to work on them. But seriously, my task list on gmail is getting so long with fun blog ideas. Craftiness is on its way! But until then, brace yourself for a tasty round up!

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German Potato Salad Recipe

I made this potato salad for the Father’s Day festivities this past weekend and it was a definite hit! Brandon isn’t a fan of mayonnaise, and I when I saw this recipe I thought it sounded so summery and fresh I had to try it out.

German Potato Salad (a recipe from Whole Foods)

  • 2 pounds Yukon Gold or yellow potatoes, unpeeled
  • 1/2 pound bacon
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 2 tbs canola oil
  • 3 tbs whole-grain mustard
  • 6 tbs apple cider vinegar, or to taste
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbs chopped parsley

Boil potatoes in a large pot until tender, 15-20 minutes. Don’t let them get too soft! Drain and cool slightly, then slice. Put sliced potatoes into a large bowl.

Meanwhile, cook bacon in large skillet. Put on a paper towel-lined plate to drain. When cool enough to handle, crumble into small pieces. Drain off all but 1 tbs fat from the skillet and return to medium heat. Add white onion and cook until lightly browned, 7-8 minutes. Add onion and warm bacon to potatoes. Gently toss together.

In another bowl mix together oil, mustard, vinegar, green onions, salt and pepper. Pour over potato mixture and gently toss together until coated. Garnish with parsley. Serve warm or at room temperature. Serves 8.

I made it the day before and let it sit in the fridge overnight. It was still very good. I doubled the recipe since we were having people over but there were a ton of leftovers, partly because there was so much other food. I also think it would have been better with a little less vinegar. Regardless, it was very good. Definitely a keeper!

German Potato Salad Recipe

happy monday

cairn terrior

Happy Monday! Another late Monday post due to a super busy weekend ending with B and me collapsing on the couch watching Lost for the rest of the night. We spent the weekend in Toledo for Father’s day and to fetch our pup who enjoyed a 3-week stint with my parents since we were out of town the weekend before.

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father’s day card :: FREE printable!

It’s that time of year to celebrate dad.  Just like I am so fortunate to have a great mom that warranted a cool mother’s day card, I basically hit the jackpot when it comes to dads, too.  And if there is one thing that my dad loves almost as much as his fabulous daughter, it would be boats. So this is not only a cool Father’s Day card, but it also folds into a great little sailboat! After Father’s Day, the card can live a second life as a boat sitting on your dad’s desk or work bench reminding him just how great he is.

The sentiment inside is quite fitting although maybe slightly cheesy, but don’t worry there’s room for you to write your own personal note as well:

Just download the free printable and follow these easy instructions to make and send the card:

After you give the card, amaze your dad when you show him how it transforms into boat!

Too fun, right?! Click the link below to download the printable and make this fun card for your dad!

2012 Father’s Day Card FREE PRINTABLE

And again, if you share these or post the card on your blog please link back to this post and give credit where credit’s due. Thanks!

featured on My Apricot Hill

Happy Monday everyone! This post is coming a little later today because Brandon and I were out of town celebrating his cousin’s high school graduation and we were so exhausted when we got back yesterday that we spent most of the day lounging around watching Netflix. It was definitely a much needed break, and we both felt more rested today thanks to our lazy Sunday.

Some exciting blog news: my hanging garden tins were featured in an article on My Apricot Hill, a new “practically inspired” lifestyle magazine. Check out the article and lots of other stuff they’re talking about on their website at myapricothill.com

lime what? asparagus lime pie

Yep, you read the title right. I made asparagus lime pie. Don’t ask me why.

Ok, go ahead and ask.

I did it because:
1) I had the ingredients…which maybe isn’t the best reason for putting them together.  I also have granola bars and mustard, but I don’t think I’ll be mixing those two together any time soon.
2) the recipe just sounded unique, and there was no picture so I was dying to see what the heck an asparagus lime pie looked like.
3) who knows, maybe it would be good?

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