Monday, September 22, 2014

September Pinterest Party

This month’s projects were for Fall. We all had a very hard time choosing what we wanted to do. I think we’re just so excited to work on Christmas projects that everything else is just in preparation.

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I decided to update my front door wreath. I decided on a burlap look and even looked on YouTube to find out how to wrap it. The video I watched was not for a square one though, so I was completely lost. I ended up making it up as I went. What they don’t tell you in any instructions is that you will need 3 times as much burlap as you planned. I ran out 3 times. I like how it turned out, but it was not the quick and easy project I expected.

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Quick Boot Fix

I’ve been very sad that I might have to search for new boots since my favorites had the heel cover peeling off. I looked everywhere online for boots that had a similar style and would be okay for work, but all of the heels were too thin. This is not a good idea when it can be icy outside. I thought about covering the heel with duct tape and actually got ready to do so, until I suddenly considered that my old acrylic black paint might work better. Considering how expensive that paint was for my college art class, it felt appropriate to use it as leather Victoria’s Secret boot paint. I also loved that the high and mighty art students from college would shudder at that. Win, win.

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A quick and easy boot repair that should last me!

September BarkBox

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Another adorable BarkBox. This month featured “Yip Yip Hurray!” and was a wonderful array of goodies for homecoming. Super cute. Gracie hasn’t tried everything yet as she is waiting for her gma and gpa to come over this weekend and show them how well she can destroy.

  • Safemade Pet Barkeley Pennant ($7)- Gracie is going to love this. It’s crinkly and the perfect size to easily destroy.
  • Petsafe Indigo Smokehouse Strips- Bacon ($7)- I feel like BarkBox is doing an even better job of not including chicken products than they did when I specifically asked them not to. Anyway, these are perfect size for a lab to have for a treat when I leave for work.
  • Barkworthies Sweet Potato Steak Fries ($8)- I love these. Gracie and I have actually made our own before and I think she usually like mine more. Another thing about this product is that they break in the packaging, so it’s a little difficult to give Grace a good sized potato.
  • Etta Says Duck Chew ($4)- Perfect for a duck huntress that has not been allowed to spread her wings and hunt ducks in years.
  • Fabdog Pom Poms ($10)- So stinking cute. The picture doesn’t show it well but this toy actually has a tennis ball on each end. Grace is going to love it this weekend.

Overall, another great month from BarkBox.

Monday, September 15, 2014

A Great Hairstylist

Hair 1My hair is now at its longest point, so I’ve been having a little more fun with the coloring. I hardly ever blow dry or flat iron it, so it’s in good condition to play with.

I’m getting very tired of doing highlights because they immediately show with grow out. I decided to finally try a little bit of ombre. They say that this method became more popular with the recession because women didn’t have money to always update highlights. I think it has more to do with women just being tired of always highlighting.

I have to say that I absolutely love it. My hairstylist is fantastic at blending, so it doesn’t look like I have a firm line of color. Love it so much.

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August BarkBox

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Absolutely wonderful BarkBox for August! The theme was “Ahoy, matey!” and it was so spot on.

Jolly Pets Romp n’ Roll ($11)- Gracie has had one of these before that was made for horses and she loves to chew out the rope and then play with the ball. It’s not her go-to toy, but she does have fun with it. Since the rope is now gone, I think I might stick some treats in the ball and see how she likes that.

Pet Rageous Lobster ($8)- When I first saw this I thought it was cute, but not ideal for a lab. Then I found the special note that BarkBox included which said that this toy is meant for water sports and floats. Totally fun. We’re waiting until we go to a lake or play in a pool for this baby.

Bocce’s Bakery Lobster Roll Treats ($10)- I am so excited to see these! Grace has never had lobster treats, so it’ll be great to open these up.

Grandma Bowser’s Cheddar Biscuits ($8)- These are the perfect size for Gracie and she loves them. I’m actually really surprised that they are cheddar because they smell really good. So tempting to try one!

Fantastic box this month with a value of $37.

Brown Sugar and Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin

via C+C Marriage Factory

Ingredients:
1 (2 pound) boneless pork tenderloin (or regular pork loin)
1 teaspoon ground sage
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 cup water

Glaze
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons soy sauce

Directions:
Combine sage, salt, pepper and garlic. Rub over roast. Place in slow cooker with 1/2 cup water. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. About 1 hour before roast is done, combine ingredients for glaze in small sauce pan. Heat and stir until mixture thickens. Brush roast with glaze 2 or 3 times during the last hour of cooking. Serve with remaining glaze on the side.

Servings: 6-8

**8 star- This is a perfect mix for Cole and I. He typically likes spicy recipes, while I like sweet. While this isn’t remotely spicy, it also isn’t like eating a sugar crusted pork loin.