Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day!

After a year of missing all American holidays I was unusually excited for Memorial Day.  My family and I were having an impromptu cook out with all the usual fixins of potato salad, deviled eggs, baked beans, corn on the cob, hamburgers, hotdogs and my special dessert of strawberry shortcake.
 I made it from bisquick and they turned out to be really delicious.  You just cut them in half top them with strawberries and whip cream and eat up!  The recipe calls for 2 1/3 cups of Bisquick, 3 tablespoons of sugar, 1/3 cup of milk and 3 tablespoons melted butter that you mix up.  I used a pastry blender to break up the bisquick chunks.  Then you spoon out enough to make 6 biscuit sized shortcakes.  The oven has to be at 425 F and they cook for 10 - 12 minutes.  I had originally wanted to make a raspberry lemon cake but my mom had already gone strawberry picking and we had loads.

After lunch, my friend Kirby and I went outside to wash our black lab Duke who was pretty smelly after going into the pond.  He wasn't too happy that we were waisting precious swimming time to clean him and whined the whole time.  I swear I have never met a dog that is a bigger baby than Duke.
Once we let him loose he ran straight to the pool to play with our other two dogs, Charlie and Jack who are golden retrievers.  Eventually, my sister and I got into the water too, only to be attacked by Duke, our separation anxiety dog.  Whenever he feels like he can't get to you he freaks out.  So whenever we would be in the middle of the pool he would jump into it and swim over to us.  Cute but not so fun when he starts to paw at you scratching your arms and legs.

Overall, it was a pretty successful Memorial Day.  I even have some plans for the 4th of July to make it a big event!  Did anyone else do anything fun for Memorial Day?  What about plans for the 4th?  I know it's more than a month away, but I'm already excited!  Any excuse to wear red white and blue and eat picnic food makes for a great day!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Coming out Party!

So after weeks of preparing my new blog I'm finally coming out to the world!  *Happy Dance* I've been taking some time to prepare this site to look it's best (I did go through 3 different color combinations, created 3 different banners and basically kept working until I got it to this point and I'm really excited with how it turned out!  I'm also super pumped to be blogging again!  The last year I had a travel blog about my adventures as an aupair you can read HERE or you can click on the button over in the sidebar.

So since I liked blogging so much the past year I decided a while ago to start one about goals I have in my life as well as projects I've been doing around the house.  My hope is to let friends and family know what I'm up to as well as make some blogger friends!  While I was abroad I had lots of time to browse blogs and realized how much I love home renovations / design as well as organizing so I'll blog about that too.  You can read more about this blog by clicking on the tab above.

I'm currently 23 and living back home while I try to find a job teaching music.  You can read more about me by clicking on that tab above as well.

This blog will cover my trials and errors as I DIY things, create, organize, and accomplish goals!  If you'd like to read about it please click to follow me over in the sidebar or you can sign up for e-mails.  If you have a blog similar to this one I'd love to check it out, you can contact me by clicking on the button in the sidebar!

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