Thursday, February 28, 2013

Cheers To Good Health

I'm gearing up for some big changes 

(I will share the news next week!), 

and instead of stressin out and going straight for

a bag handful of chocolate chips


a bottle large glass of wine,

I'm turning to fruit smoothies!

Yeah for me!

My husband usually makes the smoothies in our household

(the kiddos prefer his concoctions over mine!),

but I couldn't wait for him to get home from work 

so I just experimented, and both myself and

the kids thought this combo was 



2 bananas

1/4 cup frozen raspberries

1/4 cup frozen blackberries

1 cup fresh strawberries

1/4 cup Honey Vanilla Greek Yogurt (we love Greek Gods brand)

1/4 cup Coconut Milk

2 Tbsp honey

2 Tbsp protein powder

Blend together and enjoy!

Here's to good health!

Stay tuned for exciting news next week!



Thursday, February 21, 2013

Trip of Treasured Finds

My husband and I just returned from a quick

trip down the Washington-Oregon Coast,

where I not only found some great loot

for my space at Faded,

but also managed to stumble

upon what just might be the most

beautiful places in the Northwest.

 First up...just along the Columbia River past Camas, Washington.

 Cape Horn

 The lookout was a small spot, but attracted many gatherers,

all of whom were in awe of the vast view of

the Columbia River.

 Travelling along side the Columbia River, on Hwy 14, you will

stumble upon this...

the third oldest bridge on the Columbia

Bridge Of The Gods

 This bridge links Washington to Oregon.

 The views to each side of the bridge were


After crossing the bridge into Oregon,

we headed towards Portland and ran into

one of my husband's "must do's"

for our getaway...

Multnomah Falls

 Those who know me well realize

hiking was NOT on my "must do"

list for the weekend, but

with much encouragement and husband got his way!

And, I admit, it was well worth it!


Next, it was onto our hotel...

McMenamins Edgefield, Troutdale

 After checking in, we were off to

explore the grounds and enjoy a bite to eat at

Fire Station Pub



a dip (okay...a long soak)

in the outdoor salt water

soaking pool. (We waited til dark and enjoyed it


We ended our evening with a sit down movie in

their theater.

We watched "This Is 40" and laughed

throughout the entire thing.  So funny!

We woke up refreshed and after a quick breakfast we were off

to do more junkin! 

This is how we travelled home!  Thank goodness we didn't

have the kiddos with us!

Here's how I made it all fit at

Antique wooden yarn spools

Adorned yarn spools

Rusty tin pail

Antique children's rocker

Rickety white picket fence upcycled into coat rack

For my coffee luvin' friends...a coffee filter lamp :)

An assortment of large painted frames

A fun collection of antique travel cases.

We wrapped up with weekend with our

kids, my parents,

and this lovely view of the mountains

and Lakebay.

Cheers to being surrounded by such beauty!

Have a terrific week!


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Winter Weekend Getaway

Just returning from a quick trip down the Coast with my husband.

It was a good balance of sunny winter days,

cooler misty mornings...

a bit of junkin',

some yummy new restaurants, 

a whole lot of beautiful sightseeing,


much needed time with my partner in crime.

More pics to come!

Have a great rest of your week!



Friday, February 1, 2013

Sweet Treat for February

Happy February!
Sharing this super yummy
recipe today in hopes it will sweeten
your day...
White Chocolate Raspberry Muffins    
2 1/2 cups flour
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, 1 stick
2/3 cup sugar
3 eggs
2/3 cup buttermilk
(I didn't have any, so I did this here)
1 rounded cup white chocolate chips
1 cup frozen raspberries


Soften butter and mix it with sugar, salt and baking powder.

Add the eggs and buttermilk and mix well.
Last, add the flour.
Hand mix in the white chocolate chips.
Add raspberries and gently fold into batter.
Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.
Thank you to Susan and Marilyn for the recipe!