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  • Never apologize for your own sense of beauty.
    Nobody can tell you what you should love.
    Do what you do brazenly and unapologetically.
    You cannot build your sense of aesthetics on a consensus.
    ~CJ Nicolai

  • Have a seat. Grab a cup of coffee. There's so much to share here. Food. Pictures. Stories. Laughter. Tears. Joy. Beauty. Family. Friends. People I just met. I like to find the magic in the ordinary. I like to make the ugly not so much. This is my life.... come on in!

The Years Come and Go So Fast

The first time I met them, years ago, they had a brand new baby. They were kinda scared new parents. I had a little one of my own at home. And now…they are not scared new parents, they are old pros. And they have two.

We found the most perfect spot for photos. Just a little tiny area in an alley. That’s all I need sometimes, is just a tiny little spot full of color. Sometimes those spots make the most beautiful photos. The boys were awesome. The oldest loves loves math. I have soft spots for kiddos who love math. And the little one, still a little shy, but…those eyes. Man those eyes!

Fuzzy Bloody Mary

I like red beer. I like bloody Marys. So this past week, I decided to mix the two together,  I mean why not? Right? I like the fuzz of a red beer, but I like all the stuff in a Bloody Mary.  It made a great, kind of light version of a Bloody Mary. And really, you only need one of them.

I thought, what a better way to celebrate the upcoming holiday, than with this kind of drink. It has an awful name (I’ve never been fond of it, it kind of reminds me for some reason of the mirror and red rum.)

Anyway, you can make them however you want, I think Bloody Mary’s are pretty versatile as far as stuff you can throw in there, which is pretty much anything. Have fun with it. Do whatever you please.

Gorgeous All Around

First off I have to say, the last week or so has been BEAUTIFUL out there. Just beautiful. And I know it won’t last too much longer, so I’ve been soaking it up as much as I can. I’ve been running around in flip flops. I can’t remember the last time I was able to run around in flip flops at the end of October!

Secondly, I have had the pleasure of meeting some of the most gorgeous, sweet families and kids lately! This family was SO FUN. So fun.  And GOREGOUS. All of them.

You can tell, just by their mannerisms, that they love one another. That they are comfortable being who they are. That they are just awesome. And I instantly connected with them. Which is such a great thing!


Bouquet of Leaves

I’m all about saving cash and still having amazing looking florals in my home. I always have flowers in my house and this is just an alternative to live ones. I didn’t  find a tutorial for this. I just started wrapping them around one another, and they are held together with scotch tape and a little brown floral tape over the top of it. I think these would be amazing as boutonnieres for homecoming (though I know that’s all over here in Cheyenne.)  They will live on my shelf for a while, we’ll have to see how they age.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Honey Mustard Sauce

When I was a kid, I went to a restaurant  with my Grandma Sophie. My Grandma Sophie hardly ever went out to eat. Ever. She was one of the best cooks I knew, and there was no reason for her to go out to eat. Well, I decided to order chocolate pie while we were out (because I normally ordered pie instead of food when I was a kid.)  My grandmother asked for a taste of it, gave me a  big smile,  and then went back to eating. The next afternoon, after a hard day of playing with all my cousins, I came inside and there was a chocolate pie waiting for me.  She of course made it better and tastier.

It’s one of my favorite memories of her.

I do the same thing alllll the time. When I travel, I tend to come home and try to make all the things I loved while I was traveling. Sometimes they come out awesome and delicious. Sometimes I miss the mark, but that’s part of the fun of it.

On this last trip, my friend and I had a lovely little lunch next to the river in her little town. She had sweet potato fries and honey mustard sauce. I ate half of her food. Apparently, honey mustard sauce is big out in Silverton. I noticed it came with everything. Especially with and on sandwich food. Sooo, I came home and made it. Of course I did, because that’s what I do!

Here’s my rendition of what I had I my trip.

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