Fests, food, fun and crafts

This was one jam-packed weekend full of pure goodness.

After work on Friday, I headed straight to Maifest(my favorite summer fest) where Brian and I were able to meet up with several friends from different circles. It was one big fun time filled with German food and beer.


I spent some time at the garden on Saturday. We are continuing to get strawberries and kale. Everything else is growing nicely with all the recent rain. This picture makes it look like my garden is full of weeds, but those are just onions growing in the spaces between the other plants. I really tried to maximize my space this year.

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I made a big pitcher of iced tea to sip on all of Saturday afternoon and evening. Brian and worked hard on finishing up some details for the wedding and getting the Save the Dates ready to send out.

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Our hard work was rewarded with some teriyaki chicken with pineapple and cilantro rice(so good!) and a batch of flourless almond butter cookies. They looked a little wonky when I took them out of the oven, but they still tasted pretty good.


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Sunday was another fun-filled day. My friend, Katie had a trunk show at her condo showing off some of her crafting talents. She makes adorable hand-made cards and invitations at a great price. Check out some of her great designs:

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Are you dying to get your hands on some of these? Thowing a party and need top-notch invites? Check out more designs on her Pinterest page: Katie*did Cards. Or email her at katiedidcards@hotmail.com

Afterwards a few of us fun-loving girls headed over to Falafill to get our fill(so delicious):


With a full belly and good night’s sleep, the Save the Dates went out in the mail this morning! Yay!


Pinterest fails

I, like most of you have a little addiction with Pinterest. I pin far more things than I make or do and am skeptical about unrealistic claims under the pictures. I think people just write those things to get more people to pin it. There is no way that one chicken recipe is so good that you have eaten it every day for a year. No. way.

I’ve had several successes from the wide world of Pinterest, but have also had some failures.

Failure #1

Put Sharpie on a plain coffee mug and bake it at 350F for 20 minutes and it become permanent. IT DOES NOT! It scrubs right off.


Has anyone done this and it actually worked?

Failure #2

Soak a not soft t-shirt in a ratio of 1cup salt:1 cup water for 3 days. Wash and it becomes soft. IT DOES NOT! Brian soaked his shirt for a week and it was no less soft than regular washing.

We have become obsessed with really soft t-shirts in our house. Anyone know a fail-proof way of making not soft t-shirts really soft quickly?

Failure #3

Several recipes. Oh well. Recipes don’t work all the time.

What have people found on Pinterest that have been awesome, easy and cheap projects? I love DIY.


World’s easiest breakfast muffins

I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought it had to be too easy to be true.

Healthy and easy breakfast muffins.

Preheat oven to 350F.

Take a box of your favorite muffin or cake mix. I just bought a box of muffin mix on clearance to give it a try.

DO NOT FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS ON BACK. Instead, mix in one can of pure pumpkin until smooth.

Scoop into greased muffin tins. Bake the minis(if you made minis) about 15 minutes. Bake the big ones about 20-22 minutes.

Let cool and eat. They were moist and delicious and didn’t last long in our house.While I used an apple cinnamon muffin mix, the pumpkin flavor was strong. They were good, but I probably wouldn’t recommend it with a blueberry mix.

I can’t wait to try this with a box of Jiffy corn muffin mix. Pumpkin flavored corn muffins? Yum! And I’m always looking for ways to make a healthier version of corn bread.