Weekend and Soup Sunday

26 October 2015

Happy Monday everyone! I had the hardest time getting out of bed this morning. Sometimes no matter how many times my alarm goes off or how late I'm going to be, I can not make myself move. The dogs are so cute in the mornings and I think they know the harder they snuggle me the longer I'll lay there with them. Or at least that's my excuse for being 20 minutes late to work every single morning...

Anyway, we had a pretty relaxed weekend. Blake went to Denver on Friday night for a friends birthday and I hung out and watched more TV than I planned. Speaking of, do you guys watch Scandal?? I can't decide how I feel about this season. I'm a little disappointed so far. Anyone agree? 

I did get some work done though and if you guys follow my Instagram then you saw that I finally finished the gold map I was painting on my sewing table! I love how it turned out! I wanted something that I could fold up and move out of the way when I wasn't working on a project. My old sewing table took up so much room that it was hard to use the space for anything else. The room is almost done though and I cant wait to show you guys! 

Yesterday we went for a long walk with the dogs and let them swim in a lake near us. There was a whooole pretty lake in front of us and Teddi decided to jump into this disgusting drainage puddle - of course... Blake was not happy about having to put her back in the car afterward. She's a crazy little lady. She redeemed herself though when she helped me choose some of the places that we want to go next year! We got the coolest book from Blake's cousin for our wedding. Its called 36 hours, you can get it here, and it's a guide that The New York Times put together for visiting cities all over the country when you only have 36 hours in each. It's so cool and I want to go to every one. 


We also have a little Sunday tradition in the fall where we make a new soup recipe every week and this week I made an Olive Garden copy cat of Zuppa Toscana and it was delicious! I love having leftovers to eat during the week for lunch and I'm definitely excited about this one! 


It's so delicious and really easy. I used this recipe as a guide but the thing I like about soups is that you can change it up and its still delicious! 

Here is what I did! I hope you try it and loove it! 

What you need:

1 pound Italian sausage 
4 slices bacon or turkey bacon
1 cup heavy cream (or whole milk)
6 cups chicken broth
2 large russet potatoes cut in bite size pieces
1 yellow onion chopped 
2 cloves garlic 
1 tsp salt 
1 tsp pepper
2 cups kale 

Steps:

  • Brown the sausage in your dutch oven or a stock pot. Use slotted spoon to remove sausage and drain. 
  • Cut your bacon into small chunks and toss them into the pot. Once they start to brown drop in your onions and garlic and saute until the onions are translucent. I added to salt and pepper at this point and let sit for another minute or so on medium heat. 
  • Add your chicken stock. I didn't actually have any chicken stock so I used 3 cubes of vegetable bouillon  and six cups of water. It turned out great but most other recipes use chicken stock. 
  • Add your sausage back to the pot along with your potatoes and let simmer on low for 45 minutes to an hour. 
  • Roughly chop your kale and add it to the pot. Slowly stir in your cup of heavy cream (I used whole milk) and let simmer for a few more minutes and serve! 
As you can tell I didn't prepare very well for this soup. I forgot like half the ingredients when we went to the grocery store by I improvised and it still turned out so good!  
I hope everyone's work week goes by quickly!:)






My favorite graphic tees

21 October 2015

This week Fall officially stopped by! I have been really hoping for the cooler weather we had in the mountains to follow us down here and I think it finally arrived! Here in Colorado, Fall can mean jeans and a tee or your winter coat and boots. You just never know what you're going to wake up to. 
My favorite outfit to wear in the fall is a pair of comfy jeans, a tee shirt, booties and a sweater. 
You just cant go wrong! 

Blake and I have been talking about going on a super long road trip lately and  I automatically jump to what I would pack. I decided to go on the hunt for the perfect tee's so that I  have a consistent and cute wardrobe for our trip. I love shopping with small companies and I always feel like the extra cost is so worth it. You can get a tee that everyone has for $15.00 or a really cool one that supports someones family for a little bit more! 

I have a few of these and others I will definitely be adding to my collection before our trip!



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Happy Shopping!! 

Vacation Recap - Beaver Creek

19 October 2015

Happy Monday..

This was one of those Mondays where I was wishing it was already Friday.  I have some goodies coming in the mail this week and some fun projects I'm working on so I suppose I can't complain too much, althoughhhh - Huckleberry went to the vet today and they told us that he was overweight and needed to have his teeth brushed more often... Teddi is having some weird anxiety surrounding alarm clocks and smoke detectors, I tripped over Teddi and nearly broke all my bones in the middle of the street and Blake walked into the corner of a cabinet and split his forehead open. We all have some work to do on ourselves around here. Maybe by the end of the week we'll be all better?

Anyway, on to more fun topics! I never really did a Beaver Creek Recap here, so I thought I would share a few pics of our three day mini trip! 



 We had so much fun and it was nice to be away for little while. We didn't really do a whole lot while we were there besides eat and drink and go on one little hike to a lake. I was actually a little nervous at the beginning because of all the bear warnings... I know I'm a baby. I just don't wanna get eaten. But it was beautiful and there was a pretty lake at the end which made it worth it. Blake packed us lunch before we left so we sat at the edge of the lake and ate our sandwiches and drank some beers. The weather couldn't have been better and best of all - no bears.



Once we got done hiking I was ready to sit in the hot tub and do nothing for the rest of the day but we walked around town a little bit and wandered into this incredible art gallery. They had these gorgeous petrified wood tables that Blake was practically drooled on. If only we had $100,000 to spend on random furniture.
 I am normally anti movie, I just don't have the patience to sit and watch them very often but our hotel had a little rental thingy and I agreed to sit through one. It would normally take me three days to get through an entire movie but we watched TWO while we were away! GUYS, I finally saw Pitch Perfect 2, and guess what? I loved it! It was so good that I watched it twice. Fat Amy is the best, and so are the commentators. Elizabeth Banks has my heart.
We also watched Mad Max which was definitely entertaining but a little too intense. It was like a two hour chase scene - buuuut Tom Hardy = thumbs up.


The next day we say by this cute little creek in Vail Village and ate a Tiger Butter caramel apple from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. It was heaven and we should have gotten 6. My family didn't really go to the mountains much when I was little but Blake's always went for baseball tournaments and stuff so I think he had fun looking around and remembering all the places they used to go when they were little. A bonus for me was all the puppies and kiddos splashing around everywhere. It was just the most perfect fall day.

On my birthday I spent like an hour curling my hair and getting ready to go out somewhere nice. Blake was jamming out and pouring the drinks pretty heavy so after all the work I put in we ended up singing in the kitchen for about a half an hour before leaving and heading to a pizza place. My hair may have been wasted but it was the best pizza! If you're ever in Beaver Creek make sure you try Blue Moose Pizza. We ate way too much.

I took a lot of video while we were up there hoping to make a fun little video diary of the trip but Im having some trouble with editing. Keep your fingers crossed though because if I figure it out you'll get to see a wonderful clip of Blake singing Beyonce's Drunk in Love and the new Taylor Swift song.

By the time we were headed home I was really excited to see our puppies and get a few things done before going back to work the next day. The end of a trip is always so bitter sweet.

So, its back to regular life around here. Apparently some of us *ahem, Huckleberry* need to go on a diet which is tough with the holidays coming up - poor puppy. Wish us luck and I hope you all have the best week!

Your new skater skirt 3 ways

14 October 2015

Did anyone try the skater skirt tutorial last weekend?? I hope you did! 
I wanted to show you guys some of the ways I styled it for Fall. It really can be so transitional even though it's white :) 

A funny story; I hulked the zipper on my skirt after getting it caught in my shirt like a spaz and broke it right before the last outfit. I was excited about putting on my No Rest For the Rad tee and trying to grab myself a beer while switching into different booties. Note to self, calm down Brit, one thing at a time. 
So, you can't see it but I was being held together by safety pins... whoops. Accidents happen right? Don't let that scare you in case you haven't tried the skirt yet! It was purely user error.  I'm a combination of very clumsy and weirdly strong at inconvenient times. 

Finally, I am by no means a stylist (as I'm sure you can tell by my lack of accessories) but I love all three of these outfits and there is so much room for personalization with each! Throw on your favorite fur vest  instead of the army jacket or a brightly colored patterned top with simple heels. Make it yours! 

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I love the casual look with the army jacket and the graphic tee. I think its my favorite even though the other two are a little more girly and fun. Blake hates, hates that tee shirt, which might actually make me like it more, but it's just more of an every day outfit for me. What do you guys think?

Happy Humpday!

DIY FRIDAY : Quilted "Skater" skirt

09 October 2015

Happy Friday!

This weekend Blake and I are celebrating our birthdays in Beaver Creek. Our birthdays are about 2 weeks apart so it's fun to plan a trip or something for us to do together instead of big gifts... although presents do make things even sweeter ;)  But while were up here we're spending our time hiking, drinking a lot of wine, and eating a lot of pizza. My favorite things!

Today we went on a little picnic in this pretty park, people watched and drank. Juuuust as we were getting comfy and tipsy the sprinklers all went off. That's what you get for tryin' to be cute!

I was getting a little sick of the Van Morrison pandora station Blake chose but it was an abrupt ending to our little trip.

Anyway, while we were out we shot some pictures for this weeks DIY Friday tutorial! I always feel really stupid when people are walking by and I'm posing by a lamp post or something and Blake is taking weird "artsy" pictures through branches. Buuut oh well! Im sure I'll get over it someday.

This tutorial is for the simplest project you'll ever do! This skirt can easily be completed in under an hour. I love this skirt because the texture makes it easy to carry you from summer to fall and even to winter (especially if you've somewhere warmer).

I found this fabric at JoAnn's and knew I wanted it but wasn't sure what to do with it. Sometimes I just walk around carrying the bolts with me hoping the inspiration hits me before I have to leave. I have a rule about buying fabric without a purpose.. it saves me a lot of money. This is a knit but its a little heavier since its quilted. It does make it a bit harder to get though your sewing machine, especially near the zipper but it's nothing you can't handle!

 




Tutorial

Materials: 

1.5 yards heavy knit for quilted knit
Matching thread
6 inch zipper 

Step 1. Follow the formula above to find the circumference of your waist. Mark the center of the fold and measure out from there to get your waist cut out. Measure down from there to make the skirt as long as you'd like. For reference, I cut my skirt 17 inches long.  Use your waist measurement to find the length you need for you waistband. Cut this out as well. 

Step 2. Find the center of your skirt and cut a 4.5 inch slit to allow for the zipper. This also makes installing your waistband easier. 

Step 3. Iron out your waistband and fold it in half hotdog style, iron and then fold the raw edges in about 1 cm and iron again. Now you should have a nice uniform waistband piece. It should be about 2 inches tall when folded. 

Step 4. Pin your skirt and waistband together, putting the skirt piece into the fold and securing. It may start to look a little wavy when you get about halfway through but just try to keep track of how fabric you're pinning into the fold. 

Step 5. Sew along the bottom of the waistband, then hem the skirt and iron everything out again. 

Step 6. Install your zipper! You're done!!

See, so easy!!! 

Be sure to tag me in any photos if you try this skirt for yourself. I promise you'll love it! 

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