Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

via pintrest

via pintrest

via pintrest

via pintest 

Even more ♥,


Monday, February 13, 2012

So in love...

 I like the idea of being crazy-head-over-heels-can't-sleep-at-night- in love.

and I really liked these.

Picture one
Picture two
Picture Three
Picture four
Picture five

Lots of ♥,


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Vintage Valentines

all photos in post by Rapunzel
I had a lot of fun with stamps and old sheet music...I love Valentine's Day ♥

Lots of ♥,


Friday, February 10, 2012

From the ♥

After a lot of trial and error, I finally made a dozen of successful heart shaped cherry chocolate chip cookies. It really is a hit and miss idea, but turns out so cute of you have the energy for the experiment.

by Rapunzel 
by Rapunzel 

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies
(which high altitude adjustments)

Wet Ingredients:
2 cups softened butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs

Dry Ingredients:
4 1/4 cups flower
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoon salt
4 cups old fashioned oatmeal

1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup cherry chips
1 cup milk chocolate chips

Cream the butter and sugar together. Add the other wet ingredients into the butter and sugar mixture. Mix well.

In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients a little at a time and mix in.

Stir in chocolate.

Line the cookie sheets with parchment paper.

To create the heart shape, take a small (it needs to be really small if you want it to work) heart cookie cutter. Pack cookie dough in tightly, then place the heart on the cookie sheet.

Bale at 375 for 8-9 minutes.

For a gift, wrap in cling wrap and tie with baker's twine
via pintrest 

I found this recipe on Pintrest. If you want something easier to try this is probably it. I think its adorable. I plan on trying it...someday.


Lots of ♥,


By lines...

I am not perfect on by lines. What I mean by that is crediting where the photo is from. I realize that as I use internet photos as well as some of my own this is a problem.

In  the future I will improve on this. I owe it to you as my readers and those who have created the photos.

I am going to go through old posts and mark which ones are mine...and in the future I'll mark where I found the internet ones. Thanks for your patience:)

Lots of ♥,


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Breakfast Cookies

I found this really awesome recipe via Beth Ann of Genuine Beauty, which originally comes from the blog Blueberry Girl.

I loved it!

Below I have included a copy of the recipe, along with my edits. Hope you enjoy!

No Sugar (well almost none) Oat Drops

1 1/2 cups regular rolled oats
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 cup of almond meal
1/2 cup mixed nuts,finely chopped(
I didn’t put these in)
1 cup dried fruit(
I used white chocolate chips and craisins. Raisins and chocolate would be good too. I didn’t do exact measurements, about  ¾ fruit to chocolate ratio is goodJ)

3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. 

In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, almond meal, mixed nuts and coconut flakes. Stir in allspice and cinnamon. Add dried fruit and stir until well and evenly mixed. Make sure the dried fruit do not stick together in big batches.
In another bowl, combine canola oil, mashed banana and vanilla extract. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and stir until well combined. 

Take a large cookie cutter and press spoonfuls of the batter into it. Remove cookie cutter. (
I just used a large cookie dough scoop. They don’t expand. The size it is before you bake it is what you get.)  Bake for about 20 minutes or until edges are golden brown.

I wrapped mine in wax paper and froze them flat in a freezer bag. Warm for 30-40 seconds and instant breakfast!

Yield- About 17

Lots of ♥,


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A Corner of the Universe

Hattie lives in a boarding house.

Its's exactly where she wants to be-

her corner of the universe.

And then Adam comes, and they fit together,

like they were meant to be.

But he won't stay,

or maybe it's that he can't stay.

Either way, Hattie will have to learn how to fit back into her world without him.

I enjoyed this book. The ending really caught me off guard. Although, I should have seen it coming.
The book is children's fiction, however, I think it is better understood/appreciated by an older audience.

I really liked this book trailer, but if you want the ending to surprise  you DON'T WATCH IT!

Lots of ♥,


Monday, February 6, 2012

Hearts are in!

I have a growing obsession with holiday banners. Since January is over, the old one  had to go. But the space above our bay is too empty without it, so it was time for something new and festive.

- Basic pink card stock
- Valentine day stamps
- 2 corresponding pink stamp pads (one lighter and one darker)
- Letter Stamps
- Large heart cookie cutter
- Craft Sponges
- Pink Curling ribbon
- Tape
- Rectangular hole punch

1. Trace 15 hearts onto paper with cookie cutter. Cut them out.

2, Stamp Valentine stamps on the hearts, either with the lighter or darker ink, depending on the look you want. ( I did both throughout my banner.)

3. Stamp the letters on top of the background stamping, with the darker ink.

4. Smear your sponge in the ink, and carefully brush the edges for a vintage look.
5. Put two holes on either side of each heart.
5. String the hearts on the ribbon, put a piece of tape on the back to hold the heart in place.
6. Hang on the wall, curl the ends of the ribbon, cut to desired length.

Lots of ♥,


Friday, February 3, 2012

Ten Miles Past Normal

Janie thought living on a farm was a great idea...

when she was in fourth grade.

Now she is starting her first year of high school, and has new feelings about it.

It hasn't been winning her any popularity points so far.

Like when she ends up going to school with goat pop on her shoe.

Or the boy who charges her five dollars to drive her home because gas is expensive and its out of his way.

Something has got to change.

And it does when she meets Monster.

He doesn't care about the things everyone else does.

He likes Janie because she is...Janie.

And for once, she doesn't have to blend in.

I liked this book for a lot of reasons. The setting was defiantly one of them. The farm was a refreshing and fun place to read about it.

Janie's feelings are very universal to most teenage girls, which made the book relate able. Being able to relate to the book and care about the charters it a huge selling point for me.

And, it was funny:)

Lots of ♥,