Remember this twirling photo? It’s one of my very favorites to ever appear on this here blog. It was taken on a beautiful stretch of highway next to the Trinity River in Northern California. And lucky me, this week I’m back up there on a river rafting adventure! Sadly that means I’ll be taking a little blogging break. There’s no internet on the river. But I’ll be back soon with lots of lovely photos for you! Have a great week!
Hooray it’s Friday! Or as I’d like to call it, Fruitday! With so many awesome fruity treats floating around the web, I thought I’d share my favorites. Now I love all the real fresh fruit found in summer; the berry pies, ice creams and sorbets. But I cannot get enough of these sugary fruit impersonators. There’s something downright adorable about a cupcake pretending to be a strawberry. Silly macaron, you’re not a kiwi!
Holy moly guys. Last Sunday, our babies turned one! It feels like yesterday when we brought them home, so teeny tiny they could fit in the palm of my hand. Over the year they have grown to be the sweetest cats with such amazing distinct personalities. Puddle is a total goof who chases her tail and Toaster is an adventurer who loves to jump onto our backs! Boy do I love ‘em. Like a lot.
So we had to throw them a little birthday party to celebrate their transition to adulthood. I had a lot of fun with this party. I turned four cans of tuna into a colorful layered birthday cake, DIY coming soon. I wrapped up some new toys in tissue paper topped with feathers ribbon and bells. And because all cats, including ours, love boxes, I made them a birthday box decorated in wrapping paper and a giant bow. Watching them tear apart their presents was just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. They went nuts and it was adorable… as you can see. Here’s hoping this dose of cuteness is enough to get you through the week, or at least over the hump.
Who says you can’t have cookies for breakfast? Not I! These healthy breakfast cookies made with oats, applesauce and cranberries are the perfect way to jumpstart your morning. And they’re more or less guilt free. Definitely better then chomping on chocolate chip cookies at 8AM. Whip up a batch of these Sunday afternoon and enjoy a quick and easy breakfast-to-go for the rest of the week. Not having to think about what to eat for breakfast…well that’s a win in my book. You can even get a little crazy and add a handful of chocolate chips or nuts. Just remember, the more chocolate you add the more these healthy breakfast cookies morph into vegging out on the couch guilty pleasure cookies. So beware!
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 2 eggs
- 1 T. vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 cups oats
- 1 cup dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 325F. Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl. Add applesauce. Mix in eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Add flour mixture to batter. Stir in oats and cranberries. Scoop balls of batter onto greased cookie sheets. Bake for 12-15 minutes until light brown. Cool. Serve and enjoy!
Another day, another dot. I really do prefer my dresses dotted, especially in the summertime. Polka dots just seem to accompany summer activities so well. Take this particular look; wouldn’t it be perfect for a county fair or a picnic? We attended a local Watermelon Festival this weekend and you better believe I wore polka dots. It just felt right. I also tend to favor hats with my dots. Likely another reason I associate them with summer. Dots and hats and flats- my summer outfit. What about you? What prints do you find yourself in, this summer?