Sunday, January 29, 2012

Reworking the Blog

I'm working on updating and changing the look here- please bear with me! It might a little funky for awhile but I promise it'll lead to a cleaner, "more me" blog. Thanks and have a fantastic rest of your Sunday!
xoxo, Kate

Friday, January 27, 2012

Some Weekend Recipes for Trying…If you're anything like me.

This week, it has been terribly grey and rainy, with the exception of one nice, 57 degree day! I mean, 57 is a big deal around here in the middle of January. I spent it painting indoors, and have no pictures to show you of our hard work, because it was in someone else's house. All you need to know is sage green and J. Bieber purple. BUT I did do several other things this week of TERRIBLE importance. I got accepted to Western Governor's University! I decided that going to school almost two hours away from anything interesting was really not my style, so now I'll be online working on my BA in Early Childhood with Teacher Cert. I also went to Target, one of my very favoritest stores, and bought 3 shirts, some jeans, a Patriot's Jersey ($7.48? I'll take it.), and some lovely green totes to organize all of my old greeting cards/mementos/pictures that I can't bear to part with. The REALLY interesting part of my week is when I finally made two cookie recipes from my Pinterest account:

I got this bad boy over at Divine Baking. Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, but no butter and no flour? They're practically a health food. I'm joking. Kinda. But they're AMAZING! Definitely undercook them, because you want that gooey-ness you see in the picture. If you overbake them they're still good but a little hard and chewy.

I got these at LDS Living. They're Lemon Crinkle Cookies this time, but with butter and flour. Very soft, very lemony (but I added more juice and leon zest than called for. Okay, let's be honest, I didn't measure the zest or juice. But I used a lot.). These are an underbake or overbake choice- The overbake produces a crispier cookie and the underbake, well, I'm sure you can figure it out. I also added a little lemon confectioner's sugar glaze.

I didn't take any pictures of either cookie, because they were gone too fast. Yes, they are that good. Go make them! NOW! Or don't, and enjoy this lovely quote I found while cleaning out my desk yesterday.

"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer" -Albert Camus

Have a fantastic weekend full of homemade cookies and summery thoughts!
xoxo, Kate

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

Some thoughts for this week...

Hello lovelies! Just wanted to share with you a couple things to think about this week. My friend Jessica from Four Plus an Angel shared an amazing story about a family who is being threatened with deportation. This is a heart-breaking and I sincerely hope you'll check them out over at Our Simple Lives. Please make a call or write a note to Senator Robert Casey and/or Secretary Janet Napolitano, and tell them that this family should not be split up. I don't typically put things on here like this, but I was so touched by this story that I had to tell you about it. I'll leave you with this quote:

No government has the right to tell its citizens when or whom to love.  The only queer people are those who don't love anybody.  ~Rita Mae Brown

Love and kisses, Kate 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Blast from the past-"25 things" Senior year edition

Hi Everyone! I am not deceased or otherwise grievously injured, just got caught up in the holiday bustle and did a lot of traveling (and subsequently left my laptop charger in Atlanta for a week and a half). One of my New Year Resolutions is to blog a LOT more- if I'm absent for more than 3 days, I expect one of you to tweet/comment/facebook/send smoke signals my way and tell me to get writing! Anyway, instead of boring you with how my holidays went or what I got for Christmas (not to worry, I'll do those posts soon), I'm posting my own version of something Ali over at My Suitcase Full of Tricks posted. If you haven't checked her out, seriously...go now, and minimize my post for later. She's that funny....
okay, are you back? Because of Facebook's new timeline thing, you can see things you posted from the day you joined. Do you remember that "25 Things About Me" note that was going around? Well Ali posted some things from hers and it inspired me to look back from mine. Boy, was I rewarded. This is unedited, brought to you by my senior year of high school self. Brace yourselves, children. This might not be easy to read. No, but seriously, it's hysterical.

1.) I want to bring sexy back to the library by being the hottest librarian of all time
(This is what I originally started college for- I wanted to get my degree in Library Science)
2.) I've never had a crush on anyone the same age or younger than I
(This may explain why Handsome is 7 1/2 years older than I)
3.) I have an extremely eclectic taste in music (everyone looks at me in confusion when my phone plays "Back in Black" "Hey Jude" and then "My Girl" in succession)
(now it's different pieces from the 5th Harry Potter movie's score)
4.) I am positively addicted to Grey's Anatomy.
(not anymore- after the shooting finale, I just couldn't handle it. It's so sad now!)
5.) I secretly love taking family pictures, because I like looking back at how far we've come.
6.) I love all seasons, but if I had to pick, summer would be my favorite, because all of my best memories seem to happen then.
(Also, still!)
7.) I seem really sweet, but I'm tougher than you'll ever know.
(How dramatic of me)
8.) I've played the saxophone for 8 years.
(Well I guess you could say 12 now?)
9.) My favorite movie is Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
( Don't tell anyone okay?)
10.) I'm a proud godmother to 2 1/2 year-old Jonathan, the smartest boy that has ever lived!
(They haven't revoked my godmothership yet)
11.) Some of my life goals- become an impeccable shot, go skydiving, hang gliding, learn to surf...the list goes on.
(Haven't done any of those yet)
12.) I'm kinda a Harry Potter freak (Harry will always be my first love)
(I've already told you that one)
13.) I have a big butt, and I'm proud of it :)
(Nothing I do changes this)
14.) My best friends are related to me ♥
(Also, still!)
15.) I tell it like it is, so don't get offended. If you ask me if you look fat in those pants, I'll tell ya. Hey, you asked! 
(I'd like to think I'm a little more tactful now)
16.) I have really small hands. Seriously, they're tiny.
(I wish they would grow- I should post a picture on here someday- my mother calls them elf hands)
17.) I have a small love affair with the beach. And by small, I mean it eclipses breathing (I can see it from my bedroom window...I know, you're jealous)- Still!
18.) If I could have a superpower, it would be to teleport myself. (Abso-freaking-lutely!)
19.) I have several big brothers and sisters, but none of them are biological. That I know of. Dad?
(bahahaha- "Dad?" )
20.) I'm actually really good at throwing a frisbee. Catching it, well, let's say 75% of the time.
( Have probably gotten worse than I was)
21.) One of my favorite things to do is to listen to my ipod in the halls in school, pump up the volume really loud, and dance on the inside while picturing what people would do if I actually started dancing. 
( I can't say I've done this recently...but I still harbor fantasies of performing in some kind of talent show and blowing everyone away with my singing/dancing abilities)
22.) I love to travel, and I'm not fussy about things like running water or sleeping on the ground. 
(Have gotten a lot worse at sleeping outside- mostly because any kind of excess noise bothers me)
23.) My favorite smells are the salt of the ocean, freshly-mown grass, and melting chocolate.
24.) My favorite holiday is actually not Christmas. It's the 4th of July!
(Again- yes! Refer back to my 4th of July post)
25.) And finally...
I have a thing for bagpipes. Actually, anything Scottish in general.
(The bf is Italian and Portuguese with some Scottish thrown in, so it's okay I guess.)

Anyone have more of these out there? Tell me what you think of mine!

xoxo, Kate