Milkshakes and Onion Rings

Well this weekend came and went. All of our plans ended up being kinda spur of the moment with a lot of down time, which was welcomed with open arms. Friday after work, Ryan went fishing while I took a nap with Boone, who is known as the best cuddler ever. Then, Ryan and I went for a dinner date to Applebee’s. We got a gift card from his parents a while back and decided to use it. Beers and sharing appetizers, it was pretty good.

 

Applebees dinner

Saturday started for me with a long run, 11 miles. It was actually a perfect day for running. The sun didn’t come out until the very end, so I stayed cool the whole time. Ran about 11 minute miles and felt pretty good afterwards. Happy to say, there’s no sign of foot pain anymore!

11 mile run  

The run was quite relaxing. The flowers are starting to bloom, which makes it quite beautiful. Also, the water fountains are on! No more running with a water bottle in hand. And check out that squirrel. Hilarious.

running sights

After a quick shower, Ryan and I got on the road to a baby shower. I wore the dress I won from PinkBlush a while ago. It is soooo comfy. I kinda made a promise to myself to wear more dresses this summer. Also, check out Boone trying to steal the spotlight. This dog is ridic.

Pink Blush Dress

Baby shower sweets for the win!

Baby shower

After hanging out with our friends for a while, we got back on the road home. Ryan stopped to get some food and I went with the best combination ever: milkshake and onion rings. Sooo good!

drive munchies   

Back at the house, I got into some scrapbooking, or at least tried to since Boone was requesting more of my attention.

attention getter 

Once it started raining at night, Ryan went out to get himself some worms for fishing in the morning. Gross.

worm hunting

While Ryan went fishing Sunday morning, Boone and I went on a walk. The vet said to keep him walking to keep his muscle mass before and after the surgery. He actually does pretty good on a short leash.

flower walk

The rest of Sunday was spent scrapbooking some more and watching movies on Netflix. I watched Labor Day and The One I Love. I really liked both of them. Keep them on your to-watch list.

scrapbooking

Then we ended the day with a quick trip to Walmart to get Boonie a big nice pillow for his recovery. He laid on it right away in the car, so I think he approves. Although as I write this, he is laying in the middle of the living room floor one foot away form the new bed.

new bed

All in all, nothing extraordinary happened and the rain kinda changed some of our plans, but I do love relaxing weekends.

Hope you have a good week!

Blueberry Cream Cheese Galette

Another week is almost done! This weekend I’m hoping to get going on some projects I keep procrastinating on, and maybe even help Ryan’s parents with a project of their own. We’ll see how it goes! One thing I know for sure is how happy my puppy is. Seriously, just looking at him makes me smile. I can’t imagine the pain he’s in with his ACL tear, but he still manages to smile, play and wag his tail when we’re with him. He’s just too sweet.

Happy Boone

Another thing that’s sweet? This dessert I’m sharing with you today. I have a deep love for galettes. They’re just enough sweetness without being too overpowering, plus the almost intact fruit in them is always amazing. I’ve had this recipe from Food Network clipped for a long long time and finally decided it was time to make it. I must say, I was pretty pleased with the results. To note: I cut the recipe in half, so proportions from original might me a bit off.

Blueberry Cream Cheese Galette ingredients

To make the crust, you combine 7/8 cup of flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar and a pinch of salt. Use a pastry cutter or food processor to mix ingredients together.

Blueberry Cream Cheese Galette dough

Next, add 1/2 cup of diced cold butter and blend until crumbs start to form.

Blueberry Cream Cheese Galette butter

In a separate bowl, whisk an egg with 2 tablespoons of water and add half of this to the dough. Mix until dough starts to stick together. Form into a disk shape, wrap in plastic wrap and place in fridge for about an hour.

Blueberry Cream Cheese Galette eggs

Roll cold dough out into a disk, about 8” in wide. Place on a baking dish prepared with cooking spray.

Blueberry Cream Cheese Galette disk

Meanwhile, make the filling. Mix 1 cup of blueberries, 1/6 cup of sugar, 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice and 2 teaspoons of cornstarch in a bowl.

Blueberry Cream Cheese Galette blueberries and sugar

In a separate bowl, whisk 4 ounces cream cheese, half an egg yolk, 1 tablespoon of sugar and a pinch of nutmeg. Spread half of this mixture on the center of the flattened dough, leaving a border.

Blueberry Cream Cheese Galette cream cheese

Top with blueberries and fold the edge over.

Blueberry Cream Cheese Galette blueberries

Top with the rest of the cream cheese mixture, I put it in plastic bag with a corner cut off and squeezed in a spiral. Refrigerate for another 30 minutes.

Blueberry Cream Cheese Galette swirl

Brush remaining whisked egg over crust.

Blueberry Cream Cheese Galette brush

Bake on a 425 degree preheated oven for 20 minutes.

Blueberry Cream Cheese Galette warm

Let cool a bit, and serve warm.

Blueberry Cream Cheese Galette recipe

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Blueberry Cream Cheese Galette

Blueberry Cream Cheese Galette

Ingredients

  • 7/8 cup of flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup of diced cold butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 1/6 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons of cornstarch
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • half an egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • pinch of nutmeg

Directions

  1. Make crust: combine 7/8 cup of flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar and a pinch of salt with a pastry cutter or food processor. Add 1/2 cup of diced cold butter and blend until crumbs start to form.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk an egg with 2 tablespoons of water and add half of this to the dough. Mix until dough starts to stick together. Form into a disk shape, wrap in plastic wrap and place in fridge for about an hour.
  3. Roll cold dough out into a disk, about 8” in wide. Place on a baking dish prepared with cooking spray.
  4. Make the filling: mix 1 cup of blueberries, 1/6 cup of sugar, 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice and 2 teaspoons of cornstarch in a bowl.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk 4 ounces cream cheese, half an egg yolk, 1 tablespoon of sugar and a pinch of nutmeg. Spread half of this mixture on the center of the flattened dough, leaving a border. Top with blueberries and with the rest of the cream cheese mixture.
  6. Fold the edge over and refrigerate for another 30 minutes.
  7. Brush remaining whisked egg over crust.
  8. Bake on a 425 degree preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  9. Let cool a bit, and serve warm.

Blueberry Cream Cheese Galette how to

Floating Canvas Frame

How’s it going?!?! Well, it’s been quite a beautiful week here and I am definitely enjoying the extra sunshine. Plus, slowly but surely, flowers are starting to bloom. After work today, I’ll be taking Boone in to get his blood work done for his surgery next Friday. Poor guy. Hopefully his recovery is a quick and successful one so he’ll be running out in the grass by the middle of the summer. Maybe even get some water time in.

Run Magnolias

So, the project I bring to you today is the final product of the Artist Inspired Canvases I shared with you a couple weeks ago. The process might look a little complicated, but as long as you’re not afraid to use some power tools, you’ll be alright. For materials, all you need is some scrap wood dowels (mine were 1×1), twine, wood glue, acrylic paint, sand paper, miter saw, a drill and, of course, the four canvases.

Floating Canvas Frame how to

First up, get all your dowels ready. Cut 3 pieces 12” long (these will be the horizontal pieces) and 6 pieces 5.5” long (vertical pieces). Measure and drill a hole through the middle of each short dowel (at 2.75”). The longer dowels will get two holes, 3.25” in from each end.

Floating Canvas Frame dowels

Next up, drill a hole though the middle of each canvas edge. Make sure the hole you’re making is just a tad bigger than the twine gauge. Also, you might need to remove some staples from the canvases to do this.

Floating Canvas Frame canvases

Lay out the dowels on a flat surface. Use a T-square if necessary to align properly. Dab wood glue (love Gorilla glue) on each end of the short dowels and put in place. Use clamps to hold frame together while it dries, If you don’t have big enough ones, place some twine around the whole thing and tie tightly.

Floating Canvas Frame glue frame

Paint the frame in color of choice. I went with a predominantly white frame with some splashes of blue. You can be as sloppy as you want on this.

Floating Canvas Frame paint

Once completely dry, roughly sand the edges to give is a worn look. This is why I don’t mess with sanding in the beginning. No use in doing it twice.

Floating Canvas Frame sand

Get ready to assemble the whole thing together. Layout and plan where you want the canvases to go and turn the whole thing around, you’ll be working on the backside. To make it easier to work with the twine, cover one end with tape.

Floating Canvas Frame canvas group

Make a knot at one end of the twine and thread through the top of the bottom right canvas. Next, up though the middle piece of wood and onto the top right canvas, making knots along the way to keep them in place. Make the knots strategically so the canvas floats in the middle of each frame section.

Floating Canvas Frame thread twine

Leave some twine loose along the top of the frame to use as a hanger. Tie another knot before threading the twine back down though the left side canvases. Pass through the bottom right side and tie a knot to finish. Cut off the excess.

Floating Canvas Frame twine loop

At this point, your canvases should spin around on the twine.

Floating Canvas Frame spin

To prevent that from happening, Use twine once again to thread the canvases though the sides and frame. Tie and cut off excess twine. You basically make two big loops with the twine, one through all the vertical holes, and one through the horizontal ones.

Floating Canvas Frame second loop

Now all your canvases are securely in place and they’re ready to hang.

Floating Canvas Frame

I finally have some art decorating my sun room!

Besties in town

Good morning and happy Monday! Well, this weekend went by fast. Ryan and I had our best friends stay over the weekend and it was great catching up and just hanging out with them. I say any weekend when you get to spend time with your friends is a great weekend.

Friday though, it started with some bad news. I took Mr. Boone to the vet to get his leg checked out again, and it turns out that he has an ACL tear. So, surgery is on the cards for him. We were pretty bummed out, but at least he’ll be good to go after the surgery. Poor guy.

Boone at the Vet

Then, our friends Kayla and Max came over with their baby boy. Apparently, it’s really hard to take a picture of a baby who has recently learned to run. We just caught up and hung out on Friday. Perfect end to the week.

fast baby

Saturday started pretty early for me. I had a 10 mile run planned, so I wanted to get it done early enough to have the rest of the weekend free. At first, I expected to just shorten it by a bit, but the day was so nice, that I just decided to go ahead and do the whole thing. Also, some of the super early bloomers were popping out. Seriously gorgeous morning.

10 mile run and flowers

If you’re wondering how Boone is with kids, well he’s not quite sure what to think of them. He never kept his eye off him and followed him around all over the house. Sometimes, he went on a kissing rampage and didn’t let the poor kid breath. M dog is quite special.

eye on the kid

While the guys went golding, the girls met up for lunch. We went to Cheddar’s and ordered salads. They were pretty good.

Cheddars lunchtime

Then, it was back to the house to relax for a bit before the afternoon dinner party.

Boone is cool

We had everybody over for dinner. We chatted and hung out outside because, again, the day was gorgeous. The boys enjoyed their time outside as well.

Saturday hangout

Sunday called for a long morning in bed. Boone didn’t mind.

Sunday bedtime

Then it was back to Boone and the baby meeting each other and hanging out. Can I just say, babies in the mornings are the best. They’re so happy!

testing grounds

Unfortunately. the gang had to head home, so then I had to go back to the real world and run some errands. By the time I was done, Starbucks was the only thing that could keep me going for the rest of the night.

Sunday errands

Remember when I said Boone kept following the baby around? Well, he was soooo tired afterwards. All he did Sunday after they left was sleep, sleep and sleep some more.

Pooped doggie

When dinner time rolled around, Ryan and I cooked some pasta. It was amazing, It’s our relationship anniversary ritual, which we hadn’t done because we were travelling last weekend. Eight years strong. The rest of the night was spent drinking some wine and watching TV. Last Man Standing to be exact. It’s so good.

peppers for dinner

Hope you had a great weekend and an even better week ahead!

Groutable Vinyl Tiles: Part 2, Baseboards and Trim

It’s Friday! Yey! I’m super excited because we have friends staying with us this weekend,  Max and Kayla. He was Ryan’s best man in our wedding and she was one of my bridesmaids. Plus, they have a super cute baby who’s staying over as well. Also, today is National Siblings Day! It’s time to celebrate the special ladies in my life who I shared rooms with, laughs and tears, who I miss most dearly and the girls that can go from loving each other to full on arguments in the blink of an eye. Gotta live my sisters, they’re the best!

Sibling Day

On Wednesday, I shared with you how Ryan and I installed groutable vinyl tiles in our bathroom. Today, I’m going to show you an overview on how we finished the job. We reused the same baseboards, but bought new quarter round from Menards. After a light sanding of the baseboards, we gave them two coats of paint.

Vinyl Groutable Tile paint baseboards

We used a flat white paint from Lowes that we had bought for some ceiling touchups. To be specific, we used Valspar’s Signature paint and primer in Swiss Coffee.

Vinyl Groutable Tile paint

To adhere the boards to the wall, we used molding and trim nails.

Vinyl Groutable Tile nails

Once the baseboards were completely dry, we nailed them to the wall with a nail in on each side and about every 8 inches.

Vinyl Groutable Tile baseboards

Ryan also decided to caulk the top and bottom, again to prevent water issues, plus I think he got excited about the whole caulking thing. Boys and their tools. Finally, we touched up with paint over the nails and any hammer scuff marks.

Vinyl Groutable Tile caulk

We bought primed quarter round, so all we needed to do was measure and cut it. Quarter round is pretty affordable, and since ours was so beat up, it was an easy choice to buy new one. Measure and cut in a 45 degree angle for corners and when it dead ends. BTW, Ryan doesn’t recommend the saw used in this pic. A regular miter saw might work better.

Vinyl Groutable Tile quarter round

Once it’s measured and cut, go ahead and paint, let dry and nail in place.

Vinyl Groutable Tile nail quarter round

Touch up any surfaces with paint. Once again, Ryan decided to caulk the joints…

Vinyl Groutable Tile touch up quarter round

You are done! We also did our entry way. This setup was a little different due to the space and how the house was built aka weird drywall dimensions. In this case, we just painted the walls with the same paint and placed only the baseboards. No quarter round and no caulking. The caulk is really not necessary and we won’t be doing the same when we redo the rest of the house.

Vinyl Groutable Tile entryway

Hope these tutorials have helped. Have a great weekend!