3.26.2015

My Newest Obsession

On Monday, in my hopes & plans post I talked a little bit about my newest obsession: Interior Decor.

So to be 100% honest, this is not really a new obsession, I have been interested in home decor since I can remember. My junior year of college, two of my friends and I moved into the cutest apartment and I spent the summer before collecting pieces for my room, but my interest was really spiked once Logan and I were married and started attempting to decorate our home(s). 

In the last couple of months, I have finally narrowed down my style and what I am looking for and found a happy medium of my style and Logan's style. I am taking advantage of my newly found free time to read about interior decor, secrets and tips to decorating, and collecting inspirational pictures.

Rather than plan based on a house, I am picking things that could work anywhere because, lets be real, we'll be moving a lot and I want our decor to go with us and work in any house. I hate have to buy pieces specific to that home that you may or may not be able to use in your next home.

I have found a lot of inspiration for the kitchen and the bathrooms and it has been fairly easy to find pieces to bring that inspiration to life. However, I am finding our bedroom and living room to be difficult. I am working vigorously to get through the part of my external hard drive where home decor images may be living. Then I can sort through all the images I do have, collect more if I need to, start making shopping lists, and start shopping!

 Here are a few images I am currently inspired by!

Do you have an interior decor style? Favorite stores? I'd love to hear about it all!

3.25.2015

Baby B

I think it is safe to say a good portion of my followers are people I know if real life. I say that to say I think most of you know my best friend Camille recently gave birth to the cutest baby boy in the world! If you didn't know that, you can read about her pregnancy journey {here}. Camille and her husband are stationed in Germany making it difficult to celebrate such a joyous time with them. Instead, I had to mail sweet Benjamin's gift. Now that Camille has finally received his gift, I can share it with all of you! 
We picked out a collection of sentimental gifts, along with practical gifts that every baby needs. And of course, what kind of Auntie and Uncle would we be without a Tennessee themed gift?

I also really wanted to wrap Ben's gift, but lets be real, mailing a wrapped box all the way to Germany would probably not turn out too well. I decided wrapping the inside would be the best way to go. It was surprisingly easy and I think it turned out pretty well.
Conveniently, all I had to do was measure one side and use that piece as a stencil for the other sides.
And everything fit in the box perfectly! I hope Kevin, Camille, & Ben enjoy the gift as much as Logan and I enjoyed shopping for it and putting it all together!

3.24.2015

Cinnamon Roles

Way back when... in January, while we were still in North Carolina, Logan had a weekend jump and I had the house to myself. What better time to try out a crazy recipe? If it sucks no one has to know, and if it is great you can eat it all yourself, win win if you ask me! 


Ingredients
1 box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ yellow cake mix 
2 1/2 to 3 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour 
1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) regular active dry yeast 
1 1/4 cups water 
1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
1 container Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy cream cheese frosting 
 
Directions
  • 1 Grease 13x9-inch pan or 2 (9-inch) round cake pans with shortening or cooking spray.
  • 2 In large bowl, mix cake mix, 1 cup of the flour and the yeast. Add water; stir with wooden spoon until dough forms. Add the remaining flour 1?4 cup at a time, stirring after each addition, until soft dough forms. You may not need all of the flour. Cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • 3 Gently punch down dough, and then reshape it into a ball. Let rest for a few minutes. Meanwhile, have melted butter ready, and in small bowl, mix brown sugar and cinnamon.
  • 4 On lightly floured surface, roll dough into large rectangle about 1/4 inch thick. Brush with melted butter; sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Starting with 1 long end, tightly roll up dough into a log. Cut into 12 rolls.
  • 5 Place rolls in pan(s); cover with plastic wrap. Let rise about 30 minutes while you heat oven to 375°F.
  • 6 Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 5 minutes; spread with frosting. Serve warm or at room temperature.
 
 
I did save some for Logan, but I'd be lying if I said this pan lasted through the weekend.
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