The Little Things

Muddy Puppy|Potty before bed turned into a bath after Piper decided to play in the mud (from my Instagram)|

This week I have had major dental issues, but I think it’s finally resolved.  The bonus of mouth pain is you have the perfect excuse to have lots and lots of smoothies and shakes, just one of the little things that made this week a little better. Here’s a few things that made this week a little more fun. What I’m looking for to this weekend: a weekend getaway with my hubs and a couples massage. What fun weekend plans do you have?

|Fresh squeezed OJ from my Grandpa’s tree|

Fruit from the fruit stand |Cherries & Strawberries picked up from a fruit stand|

Lingerie Shower |Polaroid from my friend’s lingerie shower|

Rootbeer float|Root beer float from my Memorial Day BBQ|

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Borderline Nail Trend

Borderline Nail Trend Lately I’ve seen a lot of new nail trends. This Borderline trend is like a reversed French tip and an update to the half moon shape from the 40’s. I am always open to try a new nail trend because it’s an inexpensive way to keep up with trends. I followed this How To by Paintbox. You essentially follow the natural curve of your nail bed.

Here are step by step instructions to create a Borderline Manicure based on the Paintbox and my own tips for painting your nails:

Borderline Nail Trend
1. Brush cuticles with a cuticle oil.

2. Push back cuticles with your nail or cuticle pusher.

Borderline Nail Trend

3. Wash hands and then rub nails with rubbing alcohol or make sure they are oil free.

4. Paint a thin basecoat onto each nail.

Borderline Nail Trend

5. Paint 2 thin coats of a white or cream polish.

Borderline Nail Trend

6. Paint a fun bright color (like essie’s Geranium) following the natural curve of the nail.

7. Paint a topcoat over the whole nail.

Borderline Nail Trend
8. Clean up any polish messes using a angled brush dipped in nail polish remover.

Borderline Nail Trend

9. Paint cuticle oil all over nail and around cuticle to help set the polish and prevent smudges.

Borderline Nail Trend

Baby Back Ribs on the Grill

Baby Back Ribs Since Memorial Day was the unofficial start of summer, it is officially time to start grilling.  My husband and I got a beautiful grill/smoker as a wedding/Christmas gift and now is the time to put this baby to work.  Andrew wanted his first grilling experience to be an all day event, but our Memorial Day BBQ menu was more of a last minute decision.  Andrew followed this Prize Winning Baby Back Ribs recipe.  We used our favorite Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbeque Sauce and it turned out perfectly.  You know it was a successful BBQ when everyone has barbeque sauce on their face.

While Andrew manned the ribs on the grill, I womanned the corn on my indoor grill. I slathered each corn with butter and sprinkled them with salt, garlic powder and dried parsley.  I wrapped the corn in foil and grilled for about 15 minutes.  My mom brought potato salad and Andrew’s step-mom brought a fruit salad.  All the makings of a perfect BBQ if you ask me.  The perfect ending to the meal was a root beer float by the fire.

Baby Back Ribs
Baby Back Ribs
Baby Back Ribs
Baby Back Ribs
Baby Back RIbs

Gluten Free Tart

Gluten Free TartPrepare yourself…  This is the best tart of all time.  Really, all time.  I cannot get enough of it.  I could eat it every single day and not get sick of it.  Last year, my Godmother made this tart for her daughter’s bridal shower and after the first bite I was hooked.  I had to have this recipe. This tart is gluten free which makes it even better because Andrew’s dad is gluten free as are many of my friends.  So I have the perfect excuse to make it all the time.  It looks like I’m being a nice person and making a special dessert for my gluten free friends, but in truth I don’t even want them to have any of it.  I want it all for myself.

I do have a confession to make.  Sorry mom, but I had some left over tart this weekend (basically a whole tart with just 2 pieces missing).  I had good intentions of telling you and letting you have some, but I just couldn’t.  I ate it all myself. 😦

If you don’t get it by now, I love this tart.  Below is the recipe.  If you were smart you’d make it right now.

Gluten Free Tart
Gluten Free Tart
Gluten Free Tart
Gluten Free Tart
Gluten Free Tart
Gluten Free Tart
Gluten Free Tart

Gluten Free Tart
Ingredients:
1 box of “Enjoy Life” Vanilla Honey Graham Cookies (from Whole Foods)
1 cup (4 oz)  pecans
2 tbsp melted butter
1 8 oz package of cream cheese
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
Berries

Directions:
Chill a metal mixing bowl and beaters of an electric mixer in the fridge/freezer.

Crust: Preheat oven to 350. Pulse cookies and pecans in a food processor or crush in a plastic bag until smooth. Add melted butter and mix until combined. Press the cookie nut mixture into a tart pan with a removable bottom. Bake in oven for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool.

Filling : Beat whipping cream in chilled bowl on medium speed until soft peaks form. Set whipping cream aside. In another, bowl cream sugar and cream cheese on medium speed until fluffy. Add vanilla and almond extracts and beat until smooth. Pour the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture. Using a spatula, gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese. Pour mixture over the cooled crust and spread out evenly. Cover and chill for 2-4 hours. Before serving arrange fruit over filling.

Lingerie Card DIY

LIngerie Card DIY I love making my own cards because 1) store bought cards are expensive! and 2) homemade cards add a cute, sweet and personal touch.  I am a bridesmaid in my friends wedding this summer.  The bridesmaids and I are throwing the bride a lingerie shower this weekend.  I made my friend a simple and organic card to go along with the girly and flirty lingerie I got her.

LIngerie Card DIY Supplies: cardstock card & envelope, pencil & sharpie.
LIngerie Card DIY Directions: Draw a line with a thin sharpie for the clothes line.  (I traced one side of a large vase to give the curve.)  Draw panties and bras on the clothes line with a pencil and trace with a sharpie once you’re happy with the drawing.  I added little dash lines and dots to add a little dimension and frilly details.  After you trace, erase your pencil marks for a clean look.  In pencil first, write “blushing bride” in lower case cursive and trace with a thin tip sharpie.

LIngerie Card DIY
LIngerie Card DIY
LIngerie Card DIY