We’re getting a head start on Christmas this year. Call us (well, maybe me, because it was my idea) crazy, but we set up our Christmas tree in October. Don’t hate. We needed the extra light in the living room. Or whatever excuses you’ll take, I’ll give them to you.
We made this bark a few months ago. I was craving mint chocolate and so we made some! Luckily Mr. Pribs was able to take it to work the next day so we wouldn’t consume it all ourselves and gain 50 pounds over the next week. One of his co-workers mentioned that it would make a good Christmas treat….almost as if to tell us in a sneaky way that we shouldn’t be making this stuff yet. Whatever. He ate it, so…that’s kind of giving us mixed signals there.
12 ounces dark chocolate, chopped, or chocolate chips
12 ounces white chocolate, chopped, or white chocolate chips
1 cup mint m&ms
1/4 teaspoon mint extract
1) Melt dark chocolate and pour into a square baking dish lined with aluminum foil. Place in freezer for 10 minutes…or until frozen.
2.) Melt white chocolate and stir in the mint extract. Pour on top of the frozen dark chocolate and scatter the M&M’s on top. Place in freezer until frozen.
3.) Remove chocolate from pan and cut until random pieces.
Just thought I would post some photos that we had taken a couple of months ago. I realize I’ve been non-existent recently. In my defense I tried posting a couple of weeks ago and the photos wouldn’t load. And what’s the point of a post without pictures? Exactly – nothing.
We recently celebrated our two year wedding anniversary, so I decided it was a good idea for us to have pictures taken (without our dog). All photos taken by Steve Torres.
Also, if you’re getting your pictures taken, I suggest you plan out your outfits well in advance. Otherwise you’ll keep yourself up the entire night before trying to come up with outfits that go together. Not worth it. At all.
The other day I was able to play fetch with Cooper for 30 minutes and he did NOT try to demolish the ball. He’s growing up. He also lets us pet him without trying to tear our hands apart. It’s really nice.
Mr Pribs started his full time job last week and we are starting to get “normal” around here. Whatever that means.
I’ve been working on a new product line for my business. It’s my goal for this new line to simplify things for me a bit and lessen my work load. You’re probably wondering how more products will lessen my workload. Just trust me…it will.
I keep hearing that Fall is officially here. California hasn’t gotten that memo yet.
I’m really into “oldies” songs lately. This one is at the top of my list…I put it on repeat and listen to it for hours upon hours upon hours.
Being in a new place is fun. But the one thing I can NOT stand about being in a new place is answering the SAME old questions 100 times over….”What do you do? Have any kids yet? Why did you move here? blah blah blahalhahahaahalllaaaaaaa” I’m considering just typing out a “life resume” and handing it everyone we meet.
It’s officially been ONE year since I started this blog. It started out as a split between a food blog and personal blog. Then, I decided to smash it all together and make it an everything blog….partly because I had packed away most of my cooking supplies, my dog was way too cute NOT to show pictures of and I had joined the Project Life creative team, which meant lots of scrapbooking posts were in store…..and I could say more, but I don’t want to make this TOO long of a run-on sentence (it’s my blog…don’t hate on my writing style)
So, this morning I received an e-mail informing me that my URL was going to expire soon if I didn’t renew it. So, I did. I hope I did everything correctly. If you try to visit my blog in a few days and it suddenly isn’t there, you’ll know I did NOT do everything correctly to keep this thing alive.
After I renewed my domain, I decided to look at my blog stats and see what everyone’s favorite posts were.
These are the top FIVE most visited posts.
1.) Braided Spaghetti Bread – who DOESN’T want to braid a piece of dough?
2.) Single Serving Red Velvet Cake – now you don’t have to invite tons of people over to help you eat your freshly baked red velvet cake!
3.) Red Velvet Cookies - holiday party coming up? need an awesome treat to take with you? done.
4.) Homemade Chocolate Chip Waffles – someone (anonymous) commented on this post that there wasn’t any sugar in the recipe – they even threw in a frowny face to make it clear that they want the sugar. Well you can take back your frowny face because there’s not SUPPOSED to be any sugar in my waffles.
5.) Homemade Hot Chocolate – probably one of my favorite recipes I’ve made on this blog (I’m so glad the rest of the internet seems to like it too)…perfect to make on a crisp cool day!
So, to those who read my blog regularly. I know you’re there. I see you in my stats. Thank you for being so loyal and coming back time after time…especially during the last few months where I haven’t been as regular in my posting. You’re awesome and that heart biscuit below is for YOU and YOU only. Enjoy!
I don’t usually do DIY/home decor posts, but this one was too good to pass up. It’s no secret that mirror frames are “in” right now. You see them all over Pinterest (even if you’re not looking for them) – there are tutorials everywhere. I never really thought to put a frame on our mirror until we finally settled down in California. Apartment mirrors all have something in common – they’re tacky. It’s simply a slab of mirror with plastic tabs around the edge holding it to the wall – not very welcoming and warm. So, I thought, HEY, I’ll just look up a tutorial on Pinterest and my husband and I can put up a frame! Easier said than done.
Most ALL of the tutorials are for PERMANENT frame DIYs. In other words, they’re not for apartment dwellers who (unless they want to pay major money when they move out) need a solution that can easily be reversed. The great thing about being married to an AWESOME loving Engineer is that whenever I want something done and I don’t know how to do it, I just have to tell him about it and he’ll spend hours trying to find a solution.
And in this case, he did.
We used the following key supplies for our project (all of which you can find at Lowe’s):
- Miter Box & Saw
- Black Spray Paint
- Elmer’s Wood Glue
- Flat Washers
- Command Velcro Strips
First we measured our mirror and cut the wood at 45 degrees to give us four pieces that would fit together nicely to make a frame. We made it so that our frame lines up with the mirror – there’s no overlap.
Next we lined our deck with trash bags and sprayed the wood with our black spray paint. We let the moulding dry for an hour and then we turned it over and sprayed the other side. We almost didn’t do the second spray, but when you hold the wood up to the mirror, you can see the back side.
Once the paint had dried, we glued the pieces together and let it dry outside for about 30 minutes – we didn’t use a clamp like the bottle suggests.
Back in the bathroom, we took off the plastic tabs that were on the mirror and replaced them with flat washers. This allowed the frame to lie flat against the mirror -much easier solution than carving indents into the wood where the tabs would’ve been.
Once the wood glue had dried we bought out our commander strips and stuck two pairs of strips to each side of the back of the frame, removed the paper to reveal the sticky tape and then stuck the frame to the mirror and held it there for 30 seconds.
And this was the result! Whenever we’re ready to move, we’ll “un-velcro” the frame from the mirror, pull the commander strip tabs off, replace the plastic tabs on the mirror and everything will go back to the way it was!