park. picnic. puzzle.

we had the most perfect summer evening last night.
which included the park for a picnic and some exercise.
and our backyard for a bonfire and a puzzle on the back patio.
the weather was perfect. low 80s and sunshine.

here's our bag all packed up for the park

chris scoping out the best spot for our picnic

our dogs love this park.
they don't have to wear leashes, so they can be wild dogs.

a full and happy hubby after the picnic.

when we got home, we started a bonfire.
had some drinks and put together a puzzle.
by the way, when chris saw this puzzle,
he informed me i need to buy more "manly" puzzles.
what? a field of tulips isn't "manly"?
maybe next time, i will buy a transformers puzzle or something?
sometimes my husband says the funniest things..

it was a great night.
hope you are all having a great week. and getting ready for the long weekend.
happy wednesday!


a fourth of july treat.

i don't know about you guys but when i was a kid i loved bomb pops.
which is why i decided to try homemade bomb pops...
minus all the sugar and artificial food coloring....although it is fun to watch your tongue turn blue.

this first step isn't necessary...

but i was feeling extra patriotic, so i stamped the Popsicle sticks with USA letters.

to make the pops...
all you need are berries, plain yogurt, and honey (or apple juice will work too).
for the red layer....puree some kind of red berries and honey (i used raspberries)
for the white layer.....puree yogurt and honey
for the blue layer....puree blue and/or black berries and honey
the hardest part is being patient while they freeze.
but the payoff is ooohh so sweet.

and ooohh so yummy.

good enough to turn big boys into little boys all over again.

happy tuesday!


look of the day and a weekend re-wind.

happy monday everyone....hope everyone enjoyed their weekends.
chris and i had a low key couple of days. we had a hot, hot weekend. saturday was so hot and muggy, i just wanted to lay on the couch in the A/C and watch the world cup soccer. was anyone else bummed about the game? the US played hard and were clearly a better team, but it seemed to me like Ghana just wanted it more. did anyone else think that, or am i just imagining things?
saturday night, we had date night. since, it was still muggy at 8pm we decided on an "indoor date" which consisted of ice cream and borders book shopping.
sunday, after church we went and saw the movie, "Grown Ups". it was a typical adam sandler movie...but much funnier than i expected. have any of you seen it? what did you think?
after the movie, we went for a walk. picked up some things at the store and headed home.
here is my church/movie outfit.





necklaces...a bunch of them layered.

shoes...leather...f 21

love these sandals. normally i am not a fan for f 21 shoes (no offense), but these are great. they were completely broken in the very first time i wore them.
i am all about comfort these days.
other than that. we didn't do much.
hope you all had a good weekend.
happy monday!


craft...turn your plain white tank into something special.

i'm sure anyone reading this post owns some kind of white tank top.
if you are like me, you probably own many white tanks (aka wife beaters).
hey?! they are comfy and perfect for lazy days around the house, right?

when it comes to fashion, my number one priority is comfort.
so i am always trying to come up with different ways to beautify all-things-comfy.

enter the comfy white tank and this tutorial.

how to beautify your plain white tank.

start with a great patterned fabric cut into circles.
(it's best if the fabric is light weight, but use what you have)

stitch the circles to the front of the tank.

and there you have it.
a pretty fab tank.

super girly
and super unexpected.

happy sunday


recipe: lemon-limeade.

4 3/4 c water
1 cup all natural cane sugar
3/4 c fresh lime juice
3/4 c fresh lemon juice
fresh lemon/lime slices

In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar and 1 1/2 cups of water over moderately high heat; stir to dissolve the sugar. Just before the mixture comes to a boil, remove from the heat. Stir in 3 1/4 cups of cold water, then pour into a pitcher. Stir in the lemon and lime juices and refrigerate. Serve in tall glasses over ice, garnished with lemon and lime slices.

happy saturday


what a great weekend.

as i said in my last blog, chris and i had a great weekend in michigan visiting family. it was a much needed long weekend for chris with his rigorous school schedule as of late.

instead of boring you with a bunch of babble about the trip...i figured i will replace my possible long wind-ed-ness with a bunch of highlights from our trip.

1. arriving at my aunt and uncle's house, after 8 hours of driving.
(their yard and house are beautiful)

2. visiting the university of michigan campus.
it's massive.

{the law school was beyond beautiful---i wish we brought our "real" camera, to take a picture of the ceiling, it was hand carved}
{catching up with my aunt and uncle outside the new business school}

3. visiting the detroit institute of arts.
{chris and i in front of diego rivera's "detroit industry" }
{my aunt and i being served a virtual 18th century 3 course meal. we had never seen anything like this}
{my freaky little face...with freaky little statues}

4. eating at this french restaurant
{my handsome, smart and single cousin glen and his friend sam met up with us at lunch}

5. tigers v. oakland game at comerica park
{the gang excited for the game. please notice who got the most air...me, thank you very much}
{amazing downtown detroit view from our seats. detroit gets a bad wrap...and yeah there are some ruff areas but it's a beautiful city}
{fireworks after the game}

6. hiking the peony garden at the university of michigan's botanical gardens

{glen and i with some tired puppies}
{mr. bolt excited for his walk}

7. brunch on our way home with ericka in chicago here
{ericka and i have been friends for forever. we played softball together growing up. our mom's volunteer together. our dad's drink beer together. it's crazy how we both live in the midwest now? oh....please note we ate next to "the oprah show" studio in the west loop...which we are posing in front of}

special thanks to my aunt and uncle for being such great hosts.
special thanks to charlevoix (my aunt and uncle's 15 year old golden retriever) for not kicking my dog's butts when they got annoying.

what a good weekend!