Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Hurry up September!

September is only 1 short day away and I can hardly wait! Like so many of you I absolutely love fall! Not just because my Birthday is on September 20th, but because of so many more things. Here are a few things I love about fall:
*The leaves changing color*
*The air getting cooler*
*Wearing sweaters, jackets and boots*
*Crisp, cool mornings*
*The smell of apples, cinnamon and cider*
*Time for kids to go back to school*
*Baking yummy treats*
*Football games and marching band*
*Harvesting the last of the summer goodies*
*Hunting season*
*Lot's of apples, squash and pumpkins*
This is a picture of the building where I am now working. This is the first building that was built when the college opened in 1891. The college campus that I work on is very small so you walk everywhere. It is a beautiful campus with so many trees. I cannot wait for the leaves to start changing color and falling to the ground. I will definitely have to start bringing my camera to work so I can take some beautiful pictures!
One thing about working at a private college that is no fun-you have to work on Labor Day. Sad face. But you get other days off that others don't, like the day after Thanksgiving-that is my favorite day to have off anyway. Since everyone will be at work on Labor Day, I think I am going to bake them an apple treat this weekend. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
Doesn't this look so delicious? It is Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars and I can't wait to make it...better yet, I can't wait to eat it! I will be sharing the recipe and some pictures with you later!
What is your favorite thing about Fall?
Have a wonderful week!
*Photos courtesy Google Images*

Friday, August 19, 2011

Very Vintage Toys

Most people have 2 grandma's, but I am lucky and have 3! Of course there is my mom's mom and my dad's mom, but my Grandma Red is a very special grandma. She was the secretary at my dad's office long before I was born. She had red hair and so she has always been and will always be Grandma Red to me and my brother and sister. She was probably a better grandma to us than my real grandma's in all reality! We loved going to her turn of the century home. We would run up the stairs to the playroom and play with all of her amazing toys. She had a whole bunch of Fischer-Price toys. A barn, a house and a hospital, as well as all he little people, cars and accessories that went with them. I have some of the best memories of playing with them. My Grandma Red's husband passed away about 3 years ago and she finally made the decision to sell her home and move in with her daughter. It was sad news to my ears-I loved her house and all the AMAZING antiques that she had. She had one room called the "Pink Room" that was floor to ceiling Pink Depression Glass. I so wish I would have made it over there to take pictures-truly swoon worthy! Grandma Red decided to get rid of her toys since all of her grandchildren are grown up, so I jumped and asked if I could buy her Fischer-Price toys. She gave them all to me! The first thing I did when I got home was set them up just like I was a little kid. It's amazing how the memories came flooding back to me!
Here is the inside of the barn, complete with sheep, rooster and tractor. When you open the barn doors, it moos!
This is the back, complete with a poster advertising a circus!
The front of the barn...picture perfect!
This is the inside of the house. Lot's of beds and other furniture, as well as cars, playground equipment and the family dogs!
The back of the house, perfectly landscaped...don't you love the shutters!
And the front of the house. You can even ring the doorbell!
Here is the inside of the hospital. My favorite pieces are the X-Ray machine and the scale. You can also go up and down the elevator!
Back side of the hospital with a cute little pup playing by the bird bath.
The front of the hospital full of lot's of happy kids!
Here they are all set up in a row. I am so glad that I got these toys from my Grandma Red. They are in such great condition. The earliest one is the barn-1967, the house is 1969, and the hospital is 1976. I plan on keeping these things forever and maybe when I have my own kids, and maybe if they are lucky, they can play with them too and make their own memories with some real toys!

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Monday, August 15, 2011

I got a job!

I have some very good news to share with you all...I got a job! I will be working in the College Relations department at my alma mater, The College of Idaho. Although the job pays about $15,000 less a year than what I was making, it will be so much better in the long run! I know this is a step in the right direction, even though we may struggle for a bit in the beginning. I am totally starting over in a new career, but I am confident that this is the place that I am meant to be. We will probably be short selling our house because there is no way we can make a payment now, but I think everything will work out the way it is supposed to and we will be happier and a lot better off! Thank you everyone for all your thoughts and prayers. I truly believe that every little one counts! Your friendship amazes me all the time!! My first day is August 25th, so that means I have a week and a half left of my "vacation"...maybe I should get some things done that I need to so that I can share it all with you!!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Tiffany & Co. Inspired Cookies

Today I am meeting my best friend Kyla for lunch in honor of her Birthday! There is nothing Kyla loves more than a frosted sugar cookie, so I made her some very classy cookies!
I found a recipe for Sugar Butter Cookies that is super simple and very yummy. Here it is in case you want to give it a try!
Sugar Butter Cookies
*2 cups flour sifted
*1 cup softened butter
*1 cup sugar
*1 tsp vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Cream butter, sugar and vanilla together.
3. Slowly add sifted flour to butter mixture.
4. Using a cookie scoop, drop balls of cookie dough into sugar and place on a cookie sheet. Before putting in the oven, smash the cookies just a bit with the bottom of a glass.
5. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool for about 10 minutes and then remove from pan. Let cool completely before frosting.
Now Kyla may not LOVE Tiffany & Co. as much as I do, but I know she will love these cookies! I love Tiffany Blue so much, I don't even have to look at anything to get my color just right...and I think it is perfect. I piped on some pretty white ribbons and they are totally Tiffany & Co. worthy!
I placed them on a plate, wrapped them in cellophane and tied it up with a Tiffany Blue bow. I kinda want to keep these for myself because they are just too pretty!
Perfection! I just had to show you these adorable cookies before they get all gobbled up! I better be going, I don't want to be late for lunch!

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Lot's of time on my hands and lot's to do!

Thank you to everyone who left such warm, heartfelt comments on my last post, as well as all the emails to check in on me. I am doing pretty good, still a little stressed and a tad bit depressed, but good. I have had several job interviews and have met with lot's of people to help steer me in the right direction. Next week I have a final interview for a position that I am in the top 3 to get it. Wish me luck!

With all this free time I have on my hands, you would think I would be busy crafting, creating, decorating, thrifting, etc. But to be honest with you, I haven't really been myself lately and haven't done much in those areas. I think I am finally coming around because I have recently had the itch to get back into the game! I have gone to a few yard sales, some thrift stores and been browsing things on Craigslist. Here are a few of my recent finds!

I have had my eye on this gate for years. I drive by it everyday and was just waiting to see someone taking it down so I could ask if I could buy it. Apparently they did it this weekend when I was out of town. Lucky for me, I saw it at a thrift store last night and told myself that I would go check it out and if it was still there, I would buy it. It was there today and I snatched it up! I just love it!

It has some great patina to it and doesn't need anything done to it. It is very solid and sturdy. Now if I could just make my mind up as to what to do with it! Any suggestions??
My next great find was found on Craigslist. This cute little shadowbox was only $10. It is perfect just the way it is and it even came with some pearl head pins to tack things up with. Can't wait to hang it in my craft room and start filling it with treasures!
When I found this travel case at a yard sale, my hands were so full that I couldn't unlock it. So I blindly bought it hoping the inside was in good of shape as the outside. The inside is like brand new! It even has the original tags. Two dollars was more than a steal for this American Tourister Tiara travel case!
My brother in law gave me this neat little vintage-looking wine carrier. The one side is insulated and holds a bottle of wine. The other side holds 2 wine glasses, the wine opener and a napkin. I can't wait to go on a little wine picnic with my handsome hubby!
This little foot stool holds all your sewing needs! I didn't oringally plan on buying it when I saw it, but in order to get the old and very cool aqua mason jar full of vintage buttons that was in it, I had to buy the whole thing. When the lady told me she wanted $10 for it, I said yes as fast as I could in case anyone else was around!
It is full of spools of thread in every color imaginable, even some vintage wood spools. There are beads, tape measures, patterns-I am finding new things as I go through it! The outside has a very gawdy gold vinyl that I am definitely going to redo...but other than that, it's perfect!
So you see, I have lot's of things I could be working on. There are many things not shown here even! I just need to get the motivation to do them and I better hurry. I have a feeling that I will be employed again very soon!!