Long Time with No Posts…

I realized this morning, as I was washing my hair (seriously, some of my best laid plans are hatched while I’m washing my hair…there’s something so soothing about the hot water, the smell of the shampoo, the peaceful quiet of the morning where anything is possible…but I digress) that it had been quite some time since I had posted on my blog.  I had told myself at the beginning of the year, that I would try harder to not neglect my blog…that I’d post at least once a week, even if it was just a mindless dump of the random happenstances in life.  Sure enough…didn’t happen…obviously.  Which is why I’m now apologizing (somewhat verbosely) to all you readers for my slacking.

Let’s see…what’s been going on?  Not a whole lot, to be honest.  We’ve been keeping ourselves busy throughout the adoption wait, even though it feels like it’s been forever.  It’s been nearly 3 months since we went “live” with our agency, and nothing so far.  I thought I’d be ok with the wait once the home study was signed off on, because everything would be out of my hands.  Wow…was I wrong.  This wait is HARD.  Some days I don’t think about it a lot, other days it’s all that is on my mind.  But, overall, it’s moving along!

The house is coming together, somewhat slowly, but surely.  We’re working on the basement…the pool table room is finally painted (first time it’s been all one color in over 2 years), and we’re ordering the ceiling shortly.  Thankfully, not a TON needs done in that room after the ceiling…a few tiles need replaced, then do all the trim work, but that’s about it!  Then we can mount the TV, pull back in the exercise equipment, and call it a day!  Then, we can focus more on the nursery stuff, which has taken a backseat to other home remodels.

Otherwise, work is going well.  Same stuff, different day.  J and I have been trying to make more of an effort to exercise and get outside while the weather is nice, so that’s been really good.  We both bought kayaks, so we try to get out on the lake or the river at least once or twice a week…it’s something we can do together that we really enjoy, plus it’s super relaxing!  We don’t really have any major trips lined up, at least not this summer.  We’ll be doing a roadtrip in the fall to visit a friend in Connecticut, so that’ll be really fun!  All things to look forward to, which is nice.

And that’s about it!  Life has been moving on, steadily, this past month.  I haven’t been crocheting much (too hot outside and I haven’t really felt the impulse to create anything), so that’s been put on hold.  I’m sure once the weather cools off, I’ll start in again, probably another baby blanket for the adoption.  We keep hanging on and hanging out, and hopefully soon you’ll be seeing an update that we’ve been matched!

Much love,
K.

Easter Vigil, One Year Later

While I don’t talk much about my faith journey on my blog, I was reminiscing the other day about how it has been a year since my baptism and conversion to Catholicism.  The year has been full of learning and growth, and I’m forever thankful for the change that has come to my life since joining my Parish.  The people there are amazing: loving and kind, supportive and helpful, and full of a heaping dose of reality if you get to be too big for your pants.  I adore them all, and love to help out wherever I can.

Which brings me to this post.  A few weeks back, right before we left for Alaska (which is a blog post all unto itself), the Adult Faith Formation leader, Kathy, shot out an email to the RCIA class from last year.  Apparently, each year, the RCIA class from the year prior helps stock the food for the following class’s Easter Vigil.  Always up for an excuse to cook, I quickly volunteered to help set up for the vigil, as well as provide a few dozen deviled eggs for the party.

Now, there’s a story to deviled eggs.  Growing up, it was the ONLY dish I was allowed to help with on the major holidays.  My mother ran her kitchen like a General runs his military unit.  Everything had a place and a place for everything, and God help you if it wandered under your watch.  Needless to say, deviled eggs became my speciality, and I was pleased to be able to share the with everyone this Easter!  However, I needed something with a bit more “oomph” than just regular old deviled eggs.  So, after a little bit of thought, a quick bit of research, and a short trip to the store, I had everything I needed.

DYED DEVILED EGGS.  That’s right…why serve any boring old, white deviled eggs?  This is the 21st century, folks…the land of Pinterest!  Why be inspired when you can be PINspired?!  (Lame, I know…feel free to express your groans)  I quickly set to work, hard boiling my eggs and peeling them to get started.  As a fair note, I have tried every trick under the sun to get my eggs to peel easily.  So far, hasn’t happened.  I’ve damn near given up and just accepted the fact that my eggs look like they escaped from a leper colony (no offense to any lepers reading).  But, nothing a little dye wouldn’t fix, right?

picstitch 2I peeled and cut up my eggs, disposing the yolk in a bowl, and set to dying.  I wanted the colors to be super vibrant, so I bought two dye packs and used 2 tablets per one dye cup, just so the colors would be ultra saturated.  I also used vinegar, though not as much as the packet said, because I didn’t want my deviled eggs to taste pickled.  Because that’s just gross, I don’t care who you are.

The eggs dyed up really well, and I let them dry over night in the fridge.  This morning, I whipped up the filling, and grabbed my icing piping bags to fill them.  I thought that I had some icing tips around here somewhere, but apparently they’ve disappeared (or I never bought them, either is entirely possible), but none the less I made do.  I left out the pickle relish in the filling, as I’ve recently been told that some people don’t like pickle in their deviled eggs (THE TRAVESTY!), and instead opted to cut a sliver of pickle and stuff it in the middle of the filling as a garnish on half the eggs.  Problem solved!

Here are my Easter Dyed Deviled Eggs!  Hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them…it was a ton of fun!

Much love,
K.

Week Four: Crochet Challenge

blanket week 4Week four is complete for my 2015 Crochet Challenge!  I am so happy with how this blanket is coming along, though I’m pretty sure J is going to kill me because I ordered more yarn.  LOTS of yarn.  Oh well…it’s a life skill, right?

I actually worked ahead this week, primarily because I was tired of just having a long line of squares connected.  So now, I’m on my second row, and I can finally see how this will all take shape!  Also, since I’m doing more than 104 squares, I need to work ahead somewhat, so that I still finish up at the end of the year.  I’ve put together an excel spreadsheet so that I can try to plan out the work, but I’ll still leave the color choices up to whim if another color strikes my fancy.  It’s structured, but not too much so.  Just how I like it!

As always, if you have any thoughts on colors to add, I’d love to hear them!

Much love,
K.

Week Three: Crochet Challenge

Week Three CrochetIt’s hard to believe that the third week of January has come and gone!  Before we know it, we’ll be into February, and that’s already a short month, so soon it will be March.  I remember, as a child, thinking that time moved so slowly, and I couldn’t wait to grow up.  As I’ve grown older, I find myself wishing that I was a child again!  I guess the lesson in all of that (sorry for the tangent!) is to take each day as it comes and live in the moment.

Ok, enough of that…now for why you’re really here!  I’ve finished up six squares so far, and the blanket (first row) is now three feet long.  It will end up being nine squares across, and thirteen squares long, so I’m nearly finished with the first row!  I’m definitely liking the connect-as-you-go strategy to granny squares, and since each square is only one color, there’s only two ends to weave in for each square!  This is turning out to be my easiest project yet!

I want to add a few more colors to the blanket, but I’d like some suggestions.  What am I missing…any thoughts??  I’d love to hear your opinions, so please let me know!

Much love,
K.

Week Two: Crochet Challenge

Week Two CrochetWell, we are two weeks in, and four granny squares complete!  I tried to keep up with doing a one of my squares out of the pattern book I have, but after realizing it would be a complete pain to attach as I go, I decided to squash that idea.  So, for this challenge, it’s all granny squares, which means it’s boring for you guys.  Sorry about that!  But, as a consolation, I’ll post photos as I go, and you can see the progression of my blanket!  I also might start throwing out options for my readers to pick the next two colors, once I’m a little further along.  I like it, sort of “Choose your Own Adventure” for my readers!  (Yes, I’m lame, I realize that)

Here’s my blanket so far…four squares out of 104 (actually, based on my measurements, it’ll be 117).  That’s a little over 2 squares a week!  J is gonna kill me, because I get the feeling that I’m going to need more yarn colors…

Much love,
K.

30 Days of Blogging: My Happy Place

happy placeIt’s the final question for my “30 Days of Blogging” Challenge!  It took much longer to complete than I initially anticipated, but sometimes the best things in life aren’t the easiest.  I feel like even though I knew the answers to all of these questions, quite a few of them really provoked a lot of thought for my response.  And introspection is a good thing to entertain, every now and then.

My last question is probably the hardest.  “Where am I happiest”…a good question, to be sure, and one that really made me step back and think before answering.

The truth of it is, I struggle to be happy.  I’m a pretty content person, and have a wide range of emotions (with quite of lot of emotional instability), but it’s hard for me to pinpoint when I’m truly happy.  I will say, when I think back to all my “happy” moments, the vast majority have included J.  He’s my rock, my emotional stability.  He’s my perfect north on a compass.  When I’m with him, I feel like I’m the most “ME” that I can be.  No matter where we are, I feel like it’s home, because he’s there.

So, in reality, I can’t pick a place I’m happiest.  With J would be my answer.  The place doesn’t matter, just the person beside me.

 

Much love,
K.

30 Days of Blogging: Guilty Pleasures

guilty pleasureEveryone has a guilty pleasure, it’s just whether or not you’re brave enough to admit it.  I have several, I won’t lie.  I love karaoke and singing at the top of my lungs while driving my car.  I love getting a Lindt truffle bar at the Target check-out line.  Hell…TARGET is a guilty pleasure unto itself!  But…my biggest??  Prepare yourself, folks…it’s a doozy.

 

My Guilty Pleasure?   Sitting at home, having a Twilight movie marathon while eating take-out sushi…ALL.  NIGHT.  LONG.

 

Much love,
K.

 

 

30 Days of Blogging: Favorite Board Game

board gameI’m not a huge board game player.  I enjoy them from time to time, but overall they’re not normally my “go to” for entertainment.  All that changed once I discovered the game, Ticket To Ride.  It’s a board game by a German company, Days of Wonder, and it’s a BLAST!  My dear friend in the Netherlands introduced me and J to this game, and I’ve been hooked ever since!  The game is basically a bunch of train stations, and you have to make connections between one city and another in order to win the game.  There are several offshoots for different countries, including Europe.  We have both the US and European games, and I downloaded the European one on to my phone so I can play it during long car/plane rides.  It’s super easy to catch on to, and a ton of fun to play just between 2 people, or in a large group.  I’d definitely recommend it if you like board games!

Much love,
K.

30 Days of Blogging: Favorite Seasons

fallI realize I’ve been a bit lax on my 30 Days of Blogging, and even though it’s 2015, I’m bound and determined to finish what I started!  I only have a few left, so everyone should just hang in there with me.

My favorite season is fall.  Part of that is because my birthday is in September, but also because it kicks off the trifecta of my favorite holidays:  Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas!  Fall has amazing colors, great produce, awesome recipes, and three holidays where the whole point is dressing up, eating awesome food, drinking fabulous concoctions, and exchanging presents with friends and family.  What is there to hate about that?!

Much love,
K.

30 Days of Blogging: Color Palettes

I absolutely love looking at color palettes.  I search for inspiration in them, and dream of what I can do with each and every different color, and all the craft projects I could make to showcase different accents.  When I was a kid, each year at the start of school, my biggest level of excitement was when we’d get a new box of crayons.  I always begged for the 96-crayon pack, and by the end of the year they’d be worn down to then nubs (even the “ugly” colors…no discrimination here).  I’d fill coloring books up, page to page, and would draw constantly (though not well).  I just adore color…it’s so inspirational and makes me happy!

So, with that said, of course I couldn’t pick just ONE color palette as a favorite!  Here are a few of the ones that I’m currently loving.

1.  Provence Palette

ProvencePaletteI absolutely love the bright, vibrant colors of this palette.  If we have a daughter, I’d really like to decorate the nursery in these colors, because I feel like they’re bright and cheerful enough to carry on from baby to child, maybe even adolescence (depending on whether she wants to keep it).  It doesn’t scream “baby” to me, which I really like.  Plus, there’s enough neutral in the palette where you can paint the walls in the neutral grey, and use the other colors as accents throughout the room.  I like to keep the walls neutral, so that you don’t have to repaint them as often, and you can change-up accents whenever you want, creating an entirely new look for the room, fairly easily.

 

2.  Leeked Tones

Leeked TonesThese colors just remind me of freshly cleaned kitchens.  No idea why, but I see them and think of sunshine and sparkling counters, bowls of fruit and cooking.  I love the grey blue color for the walls, with bright white cabinets, and maybe butcher block countertops.  Plus, you could incorporate the lime green color in plates and accents throughout the kitchen (artwork, even), and maybe as accents in a back splash.  We need to remodel our kitchen, and I’d love to incorporate these colors into the design when we do it!

 

3.  Moroccan Hues

moroccan huesEvery time I see these colors, I think about our time spent in Morocco.  It was such an amazing vacation, and we had a fantastic time.  We’ve already incorporated a great deal of this color palette into our spare bedroom downstairs.   The walls are the orange color, and the duvet on the bed incorporate several of the colors in the photo.  We’re going to have some of the photos we took in Morocco blown up on canvas to hang, which would really tie it all together.  I’d love to put in really dark hardwood floors to complete the look, but we’ll have to wait on that for a bit.  I love the colors in this palette, mainly for the memories that they evoke.  Walking into the room always makes me happy!

 

I could go on forever with more colors that I’d love to put in our home, but that would be overkill.  For now…these are some of my favorites!  What do you think…any other colors you would add?

 

Much love,
K.