Monday, April 30, 2012

The "Other" Blog

Hello, peeps!

 Just realized I have this blog linked on my main blog, but not vice versa!

 So here it is: My Spare Oom.

It's my first blog and thus holds a near and dear place in my heart. It's my little "corner" of Narnia, filled with thoughts about my Faith, writing, tea, books, and being a young woman. 
There's usually some deep, profound, and hilarious musings also. ;)


Saturday, April 28, 2012

Three Things

1. Packing for a wedding is fun. Packing for TWO weddings? Even better.

2. I love this dress with every teensy tiny piece of my heart. And ever time I bring it out, my mother never fails to point out it looks like I have a star-shaped target on my seat. 

Thanks, Mom.

3. Will travel for almond butter. This baby's coming with me in my bag. And I also have a Justin's nut butter travel pack in my purse. Because I'm clearly going to eat half a jar in two days. ;)

4. (Because I can't resist, and I'm hungry, and it's now technically Saturday, so why not walk on the wild side...?)
 I have 6 bars of chocolate in my bedroom, 1 bar and 1 large bag of cookies containing chocolate in the freezer, 2 instantly edible bars and 1 bag of baking chocolate in my cabinet, 1 container of chocolate syrup in the fridge, 1 bag of chocolate Easter eggs, 1 package of chocolate mint Milano cookies, 2 different chocolate protein powders, and 4 different types of hot chocolate mix. Heaaaaalp.

That is all.


Monday, April 23, 2012

Putting the "Sun" in Sunday

Hey, heyyyy...

My precious little sisters and youngest brother made their first Communion yesterday, as did one of their little friends. So, in true homeschool fashion, the families decided to throw a party not just for them but also to celebrate seven birthdays and two baptisms of other close homeschool friends. ;)

That's just how we roll.

                                               Sweet Communion cards for the happy little ones.

Not one, not two - but THREE cakes! One for the birthday celebrants, one for the First Communion kiddos, and one for the adorable newborns!

Le petite cake for the two babies. <3

One of the little ladies of the hour.

Can't. Handle. The. Cuteness!

Schnacks (also not pictured: a towering heap of BBQ chicken, burgers, and hot dogs for the kids). Above are two cream cheese dips ----> pepper jelly on the left and cactus pear jam on the right. Delicious!

At this point, while the food was being laid out and families were arriving, one mom presented a whole wheat loaf to the hostess mom and said, "'s from Great Harvest." At which point I promptly freaked out and started shrieking...heh. What can I say? After reading Kath's blog for two years, it's hard not to get excited. She and her husband Matt own a Great Harvest (franchised bakery). Looking at their amazing breads and sweets on the computer never fails to make me hungry!

(Yours truly, scarily excited to finally taste the amazing Honey Whole Wheat I'd read and dreamed about. Verdict? Thick, doughy, hearty, and so filling. Good taste, Kath! :)

My plate, plus two small slices of Honey Whole Wheat.  And some veggies, leftover guacamole + Mexican tidbits from dinner last night, with feta and scrambled eggs that I brought from home.

Sparkly glitter flats perfect for a sunny afternoon. It was such a lovely buttercup of a day! So relaxing...

The back yard where all the kids happily ran wild, swung, played tag, etc. The main family that threw the party lives out in the country.

After enjoying lunch, I retreated outside to enjoy the shade, breeze, and kickin' back. It felt so good to not think about homework.

A lovely afternoon after a long week....of course, it had it's amusing moments. 

This is what happens when a 4 year old boy carrying a plate of cake in one hand walks by....bless his heart. Oh, well - at least the frosting goes with my shoe! ;)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Things I'm Loving Now

                                                               Mismatched socks

The Lullaby station on Pandora - definitely not just for babies. I put it on every night before I go to bed now; very soothing and relaxing. <3

Lady A - (love her soulful voice. She reminds me of Ella Fitzgerald with her rich, throaty sound and vocal range).

Organic strawberries - did a happy dance when I got these!

                                                                     Naps (Amen.) 

Hunger Games book 2: Catching Fire

Lindsay's recipes at A Pinch of Yum (her Mexican Sweet Potato Skins are especially amazing)

Thrift stores

Sally's words of wisdom and everyday beauty

Avocados (guacamole, smashed on sandwiches, in between grilled cheese sammies, in smoothies, avocado cream). Below is Smashed Avocado and Chickpea Salad Sandwich from Two Peas and Their Pod -----> made it twice so far and inhaled it both times! Make this for lunch tomorrow. 

So what's your favorite new lunch? Book you're currently reading? Song you keep hitting "repeat" for over and over again? I'm open to new suggestions!