Archive | March, 2011

Lovely Ladies #1

25 Mar

Sorry it’s been so long. I was out in the boonies with no internet! So I’ve decided to start a section of my blog titled Lovely Ladies. Spotlighting some I know very well, and some I’ve never had the privilege of meeting. Such as my first Lovely Lady.

Audrey Hepburn

I think Audrey defines loveliness! She’s the Queen of Class. She oozes cuteness, elegance, style, beauty and kindness in an effortless way. My general rule when picking out clothes is “would Audrey wear it?” haha! Here are some of my favorite Audrey ensembles.

Look how cute!

I love this dress from Sabrina. It’s actually a deep red.

Ahhh the style of the early 60’s! It’s so simple and becoming.

And of course the classic Audrey…

I love all her outfits in Charade, especially her coats.


Here are some of my favorite hairdos of hers.

This one with the cowl neck sweater is actually one of my favorite outfits, but this is the only picture I could find.

Even in a T-shirt or working in the kitchen (I’m sure this is staged :)), she’s looking fabulous!

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” -Audrey Hepburn


Wattle Fence

12 Mar

Wattle fencing is so pretty looking. I’m hoping I can put some low ones in our backyard this year. I just need access to some saplings and branches that need cutting down (anyone?).

The fence is made by putting small stakes in the ground for your posts, then weaving the flexible sapling branches in between.

Pretty cool!

Ahhhh Spring

11 Mar

I’m very excited to be heading to Marble Hill, Missouri and then to home to Tennessee. I get to spend a whole week with my mom and family and friends! I’m VERY VERY excited about Tennessee’s typical 70 degree springtime and fields full of Daffodils. Yay Springtime!

I love love love daffodils. They’re such a happy flower! I’m attempting to help Spring along in Dubuque by putting away our coats, hats, scarfs, and gloves (we each get to keep a coat out. I’m not that dumb). It seems to be working. Our forecast for the next 10 days is looking good!

Anyway, the reason I’m going home next week, other than visiting with family, is the Ladies Retreat at Horton Haven Christian Camp. One of my favorite places!

Lovely 🙂

I haven’t been able to go to this retreat yet, so I’m excited. Then mom and I will be headed back to booming Marble Hill for some hang out time with family, and hopefully a much needed horseback ride with my Grandfather. Bingo needs some exercise!

My big baby!

A Country Vet

9 Mar

These books are very beloved to many including me. I could read them over and over and over! They’re hilarious and heartwarming. If you haven’t read them, get to it!

Anyway I have never really wanted to travel overseas much. Don’t get me wrong, if the opportunity arose I definitely would. But I have always wanted to go to Yorkshire and ramble around where James Herriot (pen name Alf Wight) did his rounds. Darrowby is a fictional place, but it is based on three real towns and villages. Leyburn, Middleham, and Richmond. Thirsk is Wight’s actual hometown where you can visit “The World of James Herriot”.

Yorkshire Dales



Easter Cake

7 Mar

Last year for Easter I made this cake for our family dinner in Marble Hill. I believe it’s still around (in my Grandma’s freezer!) because my Grandma wouldn’t let me cut it.

Thankfully the plan was to cover it in gumpaste flowers because my fondant work wasn’t very pretty on this one. Thanks for the pictures Graeme!

This year we’re planning on being down there again. Hopefully my Aunt and Uncle and Cousins from New Hampshire will be coming too! Aunt Debi wanted me to make a cake with Annie, so that got me thinking on what to do. I also want to make macarons to go with the cake and this is what inspired me. Something more geometric and modern this year.

French Macarons

I love these bright bold colors. Spring doesn’t have to be pastel right?

I love the circles too, so i think that is going to be the theme of the cake. Here’s my inspiration so far.

Or I could just load the cake with Macarons

Yum Yum

6 Mar

Here are two things i LOVE to eat.

I’m kinda a chocolate snob. No milk chocolate for me. It’s got to be 70% or more. This is my favorite bar so far.

Green and Black’s organic 85% is so silky smooth and rich. just a little goes a long way.

Kalona Supernatural is a company local to Iowa. I am addicted to their yogurt. the strawberry is so good. The ingredients are as follows: organic milk, organic cream, and strawberry puree. It taste like summertime to me, and it’s not too sweet like most yogurts. Give it a try!

Oh and I love General Tso’s Chicken from Great Dragon 🙂


4 Mar

I started some seeds for my garden today. Lots of lettuce and spinach for my soon- to- be gutter garden, some squash, and a few chives. I love planting seeds and seeing them sprout the next day! It’s so so cool! I will probably get the rest of my garden as small plants. Also I’m thinking of starting an asparagus bed this year.

Forgot to put this Compost Bin on my list of things to build this spring

I found this cool countertop composter for $5.00 at a garage sell last spring

And now if I only had a bigger back yard, a much bigger backyard…

Our neighbor growing up had a Jersey cow, and she would share her fresh butter with us. It was so bright yellow! Jersey milk and butter is a little stronger than a Holstein’s and takes some getting used too, but it is delicious! Aren’t these girls beautiful? Maybe someday…