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Monday, August 29, 2011

sweet little girl...

over the weekend, my cousin got married, so we got to see her sweet little girl! awe... she is such a cutie!! i love these photos... anyway, i will be sharing the wedding photos soon... i was the "official" photographer! so fun! :)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

today's verse & new blog buttons...

...just a verse i am meditating on this morning
with another photo from last weekend...

& by the way, here are my new buttons for you to share on your blog, if you'd like...

on the brightside...

on the brightside...

i hope you all have a lovely saturday!
i will be going to my cousin's wedding this afternoon...
hopefully, it will be a beautiful day!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

{style inspiration} keri russell...

I came across this old article (from the Jan 2009 issue of InStyle) while searching for new hairstyle inspirations... The article features Keri Russell, who stars in some of my favorite movies... The Magic of Ordinary Days, Waitress, and August Rush. Also, she will be playing in the upcoming movie, based off the book, Austenland... yay! She is a great actress & I love her style... these photos are so lovely & I think these looks would be perfect for fall!

In the article, she talks about renovating her Brooklyn home with her husband... so I also had to include these beautiful photos of their completed home, that were featured in Elle Decor. It is a light & beautiful home. I especially love the contrast of the white walls & the rustic touches of the dark woods & plants...

Sunday, August 21, 2011

{over the weekend} mountains...

Sunday, after church, we drove up to the mountains for the afternoon! There is just something so amazing about fresh mountain air... it was cool & wet from rain & it smelled 
so good. We had a little picnic & walked around the lake. I love being by the water on a 
summer day! Such a fun day! :)

Friday, August 19, 2011

my life, lately...

lately i am happy about...

...being outside, just soaking up what is left of this summer. it has gone by so fast! there are still a few more fun summer activities coming though... water park, the fair, my cousin's wedding, etc... yay! cute new index card book. i am using it to write my favorite Bible verses. it's great to have something that will keep them all together so nicely. a great find at office max!

...exercise! i did pretty good this week. i went for two walks, played tennis, & did yoga/pilates twice. it feels so good to have accomplished that! hopefully i will keep it up. love for all things Jane Austen!! i am currently reading "Emma". i finished "Austenland" by Shannon Hale this week, which was a fun, quick read. & i picked up "A Jane Austen Education" by William Deresiewicz from the library, which i am looking forward to reading, too! oh, i love reading!

...Ghirardelli dark chocolate squares with caramel... they are pure bliss!

...& of course, my doggie's cute face!

life is beautiful...
i hope you have a happy weekend!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

fresh cucumber water...

the one thing that we've had in abundance from the garden this summer is cucumbers. i love to snack on cucumbers... they are so fresh, crisp & healthy. yumm! so, i thought it would be fun to use one to make cucumber-infused water. i had never tried it before & i was curious...
turns out it really does give water an very refreshing flavor!
all you do is slice a cucumber & put the slices in a pitcher of water.
& it's best if chilled in the refrigerator for a couple of hour before served.
perfectly refreshing on a hot summer day...
yumm! :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

{recipe} blueberry lemon bars...

i spotted this recipe on kelly's blog, the pretty bee (except her recipe is gluten free)
they turned out so good!! they are best served warm, with vanilla ice cream... amazing!

blueberry lemon bars

crust and topping
3 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups chilled butter, cut into cubes
zest of two lemons

berry filling
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
2/3 cup sour cream
juice of 2 lemons
1/2 cup flour
pinch of salt  
3-4 cups of blueberries (i used frozen berries) 
(i didn't have sour cream so i used 3/4 cup of buttermilk and 1/3 cup butter instead) 

preheat oven to 350 degrees. grease a 9x13 pan and set aside

zest two lemons. measure out the sugar onto a clean work surface, then rub the zest into the sugar with the back of a spoon. this will create a lemon scented sugar.
combine lemon sugar, flour, salt and butter in a mixer with the paddle attachment. beat the ingredients on medium speed until it looks dry and crumbly. reserve 1 1/2 cups of the crust mixture to use as the topping. press remaining mixture into the bottom of the pan.
bake crust for 12 to 15 min, or until golden brown. let cool for 10 min. while you make the filling.

for filling: whisk the eggs in a large bowl. add sugar, sour cream, lemon juice, flour, and salt. gently fold in berries. spoon the mixture evenly over the crust. you may have to distribute the berries evenly around. sprinkle reserved crust mixture evenly over filling. bake for 45 to 55 min, or until top is lightly browned.

enjoy! :)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

giveaway winner & golden hour photos...

it's time to announce the WINNER of my chevron bracelet giveaway... yay!! first of all, thanks to everyone who entered... i love all of your color choices, so pretty! :) 
anyway, the winner is...
Congratulations Kandice! 
{visit kandice's blog: here we are}

i will send you an email with more information soon!!

also, i wanted to include a couple of photos from my walk yesterday evening... i don't usually take my camera with me on walks, but i was glad i did... the golden light was so perfect!

Monday, August 15, 2011

{over the weekend} nature center

over the weekend, i ate lunch at a little restaurant at the nature center. after lunch, i walked around for a few photos... it was lovely! & that's all i have from my weekend, for now...
have a happy monday! :)

{time is almost up..}

Friday, August 12, 2011

inspired by: pretty hammocks...

i definitely wouldn't mind spending my weekend laying outside in a cozy hammock, with a glass of iced tea & a good book! i will probably be daydreaming about these beautiful spots all day long... 

* all of these photos were found on pinterest
for more pretty hammock inspiration.
i hope you have a wonderful weekend!

& don't forget about my...