My Favorites This Week

The idea of sharing my favorite finds from around the internet (or interwebs as the people at 8,000 feet like to call it) is really a cool idea for me. I love being able to tell you about what other people out there are doing and doing well.  I hope you find it fun too!



Christmas || Aka Design + Life is getting me in the Christmas spirit! As far as I’m concerned, any time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is fair Christmas game!  And now I’m getting excited 🙂



Blog || Maize Hutton is that blog that has had my attention this week.  There are such cute designs and ideas here.  I absolutely adore these ornaments and her Antropologie inspired mistletoe (I really want to make this for Christmas) but the whole blog is pretty cool.



Home || Picture frame on Pinterest — I love the idea of using an old window as a picture frame.  And, luckily for me, I have one at home!  Now to just find the wall space to put it up…


Acorn Squash

Food || Avocado & Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash from Jeanine Love & Lemon looks absolutely amazing doesn’t it?!?!?!  She is a vegetarian, which is just fine by me, but Nate doesn’t believe you can have a meal without meat and dairy.  I saw this and thought it would be a perfect post-Thanksgiving meal… and for my carnivore hubby… add some leftover turkey and top with cheese.



Fashion ||  The Berry has a ton of cute fashion ideas in this post. This one looks like it would even be great for winter.  Cozy and comfy, just my style!



Happy Thanksgiving!


I hope you are having an amazing day with your friends and/or family!  And I hope you have many, many things to be thankful about on such a food-filled day!

There are so many things I am thankful for every day but to list a few here:

  • I am so thankful for Nate who I love more every day and who I can’t believe I’ve been married to for almost a year.  Its been one great year!
  • I’m so thankful that I live close to my brother and sister in law.  Its been great getting to know them more and getting to do life with them so often.
  • I’m so thankful for wonderful parents who love and support me and who will be moving so close to me soon!!
  • I’m so thankful for my Cambodian family who I miss every day!
  • I’m so thankful for friends [even the ones I hardly get to see] all over the world. I’m so thankful for Facebook so we can stay in touch.

And, I’m thankful for Cranberry Relish from Zehnders [and that they have the recipe online].  You know I’m eating some today!

Easy Slow Cooker Swedish Meatball Recipe

Our oven is currently broken.  I didn’t think it would be a big deal, I mean, how often do we really use it??  Often, apparently!  Luckily we have great landlords/friends who are at our house measuring the location to get a new one soon.


But in the meantime, Nate and I wanted to make something that didn’t require a stove.  And then I started to think about the Swedish Meatballs that we used to make at my Dad’s old restaurant.  They sounded delicious.  So I jumped online and Six Sister Stuff came to the rescue with their Slow Cooker Swedish Meatball Recipe.

And they were delicious!

Nate and I paired them with some noodles and cooked carrots.



Update on the Baby Blanket



As I thought in my previous Baby Blanket post the weather was not very nice this weekend… so I got to spend quite a bit of time turning my circles into squares and I’m pretty excited about the way they turned out!  Now I just need to crochet them all together.  If the weather stays the way it is I’ll have plenty of time this week!

Cowboy Cavier

Every time I make Cowboy Cavier I think of my Aunt Dawn, she was the one who introduced me to this delicious dish a few years ago.  I just joined a book club at work where they do a pot luck lunch.  I thought this would be the perfect dish to introduce myself with.  And people loved it!  I can’t say I’m surprised 😉

cowboy-caviarl has the recipe I used.

Looking online, a few other people added avocado to it… maybe I’ll have to try that next time!


My Favorites This Week

I love when I see different blogs that post some of their favorite this through out the week.  So why not do that here too, right?!?!

melt crochet

Blog || OneSheepishGirl has so many cute ideas and pretty pictures.  I spend *a few* hours reading thru everything she has on her site and I was so inspired.



Strong || This Painting on Etsy made me thing of someone with so much strength.  On days I don’t feel so strong its a beautiful image to go back to.


Funny ||  I couldn’t stop laughing at this. Seriously… Hahahaha!



Food to Try || Half Baked Harvest has a recipe for Butter Chicken.  I haven’t had that since Cambodia (I know, the irony) but it sounds so good! Doesn’t it just look delicious.


Baby Blanket

Well, its been some time since I last checked in and I have to tell you I didn’t mean to leave you hanging with my story about fly strips… I’m so sorry!  But now I’m back and I wanted to let you know that I have figured out how to crochet!!  It only took a few YouTube videos and a few small patterns and I was off, ‘hooked’ as Nate has told me!

I’ve made a few different things so far (pictures hopefully to come soon) but what I’m working on right now is a blanket that I found from Pinterest (don’t you just ❤ Pinterest).  Three Beans in a Pod was the one who made the pattern so I have to give her credit for the cool idea.



So far I only have the about 3/4 of the circles made but this weekend we are supposed to be getting a blizzard so I have a feeling I’m going to have some time to work on the blanket.  The circles are turquoise, yellow, and brown.  I had to really contimplate if I was going to use the yellow I have at home or buy some… mostly because the yellow came from my Grandma Poll’s collection before she passed away.  But, in the end I decided that yarn left in the drawer was being well used.

Before you get too excited about me making a baby blanket, its for a friend of mine who is pregnant, not for me!