Monday, June 11, 2012

my ma's garden

my mom has always had the most beautiful garden. i, however, did not get any of these abilities. at all. i am very skilled however at overwatering, forgetting about and consequently killing every plant i've ever had in my possession. so i take pictures of pretty flowers, that aren't dying, in my mom's garden. that i can do at least...i don' know what any of these plants are called all i know is that they look pretty darn good...

oh this is a poppy...i know that one

this is my mom on her hog...she's pretty proud of it...

and mom my stupid dog bentley
he's so quick, i only got a few good shots of him...
i like how he's kinda smiling in this one

Friday, June 08, 2012

delicious macaroons

these beauties were the desserts at the wedding i went to a couple of weeks ago. they were so amazing i had to pack them up (in the little 'merci' bags...) and then eat them all in one sitting (after i took these pictures...)

cappuccino, rose, pistachio, salted caramel, orange & chocolate, strawberry madeleines, and
a sugar cookie topped with marshmallow and royal icing!

Thursday, June 07, 2012

wedding soul mates

sometimes when i'm on pinterest, i notice how much i have in common with other pinners and i just know if we met in real life, we'd be best friends. creepy enough for ya?...awesome. anyways...that's how i felt when i walked into mr. brack's cousin's wedding! i was that lunatic that walkes around all night with her phone in front of her face. just be glad i didn't bring the big guns...then it would have become all kinds of annoying and embarrassing (for me, because there were professional photographers there, and for my family, because i would be THAT relative...)

i just love the simplicity of fresh cut flowers
in beautiful, mismatched vases...

no, thank you...
more to come on this later

all the white, and then the gold chiavari chairs
elegant and simple

paper frigging straws

italian lemon beverage

why not relax by the lake?

not to take away from the beautiful wedding
ceremony, but this kid (lonely little jude...) gave the greatest
face through the whole ceremony

just type out your message on this awesome
vintage typewriter...
done and done

don't get me started on the desserts 

a whole tree of macaroons!

the best flavours were:
slated caramel
chocolate & orange
in that order

yeah, that's me

melt my heart

also those are now my favourite shoes ever
and that's mr. brack on the beach
checking the temperature of the water...

"it's kinda warm..."

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

fruit pizza

does that sound weird? cos it really wasn't. it was delicious! and super simple which is probably the best part! i took a whole wheat pita and sprinkled it with some cinnamon and ginger and a little brown sugar, followed by a few tablespoons for milk chocolate chips (i'm sure your could used semi sweet, but i like the sweetness...), add some fresh berries (i used blue berries, raspberries and sliced strawberries), sprinkle on some unsweatened coconut flakes, and drizzle some melted peanut butter (i melted it to have equal distribution...!) Bake it at 350 until the chocolate melts and the pita is crispy! Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Monday, June 04, 2012

summer reading list

i am finally done school. for the summer at least. i'm really looking forward to the next three months and all the exciting times they could hold! right now i have a stack of books waiting for me on the nightstand and i cannot wait to dive into them next week!

i think i have a pretty good collection going.

climbing the stairs by margaret powell

a continuation to her first memoir, this is a great peak into the daily life of a servant in the 1920's in london. written when she was in her 60's, mrs. powell is a wonderful story teller. i have to admit that i love downton abbey and edwardian england, so i can't wait to get into this one!

outlaw by susan johnson

everyone need a little smut in their summer time. and since i'm almost done all four seasons of true blood i gotta get my kicks somewhere. the woman at chapters has a special button that says she's the queen of romance and she told me this one was a page turner. i'm interested to see what happens between the 'infamous laird ravensby' and his captive elizabeth graham. all i know is there is a half naked man wearing a kilt on the front...

little old lady recipes

i'm really looking forward to cooking the old fashion way with buttermilk and lard...mixed in with the recipes are photos of cute little old ladies and hilarious quotes like 'don't wear dark lipstick. when it shows up on a man's collar, everyone is going to know it's yours.' thanks grams...

simple country wisdom

this isn't really a novel but i think home economics is a lost art. i wanna learn how to make my home more welcoming, how to wash and fold laundry properly (and how to hang it on the line...) don't get me wrong, i love my technology (i'm embarrassed by all the shit around me right, iPad, camera, tardis usb port...) but i'm really looking forward to stripping it down a little bit...

to marry an english lord by gail maccoll and carol mcd. wallace

i know, i know...again with the downton abbey. basically it's about a bunch of rich american girls that travelled to england to find a husband with a title. i'm intrigued...

birdsong by sebastian faulks

i'm starting to see a theme in the books i've picked out...this one is set in world war i and theres a love triangle and 'unprecedented horrors' and the added benefit that the bbc made it into a miniseries that i downloaded for when i'm done the book!

then again by diane keaton

diane keaton is one of those actor that i've always enjoyed but was never like super into (i want to watch annie hall, but i find woody allen obnoxious...) she writes about her mother and the journals she kept (85 in total). it's amazing to be able to glimpse into someone's private thoughts and to see the daily, little things that might seem so unimportant to most but important enough to them to write it down...

i'm with the band by pamela des barres

a groupie in the 60's and 70's this is the story of her travels and wheelings and dealing with musicians like mick jagger, robert plant and don johnson to name a few.

the company of the dead by david j. kowalski

this is for sure the odd ball of the group. a science fiction novel with an alternate history twist. a man saves the titanic from sinking and thus changes history so that america never enters world war i. then it gets weirder...jfk's nephew lives in present day america which is controlled by the germans on the east coast and the japanese on the west. crazy stuff...kinda stoked 

so, hopefully that will take me through the next three months. since we're buying a house this summer i have to find something that i can do that won't cost me a bunch of money. so stay tuned for a lot of posts! happy summer reading!