Vacation Globes

I’m not sure who else got a ton of snow last week, but here in Northern Virginia, we got more than we have in probably 4 years. Although it doesn’t count as a blizzard by any means, we got enough to keep us cooped up inside for a few days. It was also enough for Jason and I to have a snowball fight, make a snow angel, and attempt to build a snow man. It’s crazy to think we got that much snow less than a week ago, yet today it was over 60 degrees outside. Basically, we’ve got nice soggy ground EVERYWHERE.

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This is what I was greeted with when I opened my front door last Thursday.

Maybe it was all the snow, or because of Valentines Day, but I was a complete junk food junkie last week. I basically gave myself a free pass to be lazy and eat chocolate all week.  The rationalization went kinda like this:

– It’s so rare to have so much snow, so I should just enjoy it and eat chocolate.

– Since it’s snowing we can’t go get real food, so I’ll just have a little more chocolate.

– Valentines day is coming up, it’s an unwritten rule to eat chocolate on this day.

-Well, Valentines day has arrived, I’m going to celebrate by eating all the chocolates I have.

Luckily the chocolate craze has ended and I’ve gotten back to eating greens, grains, and all that other good stuff.

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Between gorging on chocolates and watching the Olympics (I just love the ice skating portions) I fit in a crafting project that turned out pretty fabulous.

For the past few years I’ve been collecting sand and shells from all of mine and Jason’s vacations. I always told him I was going to do something creative one day to memorialize our trips. A trillion pounds of sand later, I still hadn’t come up with a fun way to display it.  I originally thought I would make mini “Message Sand in bottles” with labels for each location, but it was darn difficult to find the perfect little bottles. So all these coffee cups (you know, the kind you get at hotel rooms) filled with sand and shells continued to take up space in our basement for way to long. It was time to take action!

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I found this DIY project over at the YoungHouseLove blog and decided to give it a try. I’m really glad I did, because these things are great conversation pieces, and they look stellar. I’ve done four so far and plan on displaying them in our guest room which is decorated in a “Beach Cottage” theme.

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I know, my painted lettering could use some work:(

Luckily, I was able to find a mini tube of silicone caulk at Home Depot. I would have had a huge mess on my hands if I had to use the caulking gun.

-Now i’m off to start my weekend. See ya later.

 

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The Vitamix Has Landed

Happy Friday!

I figured I should recap last weekend before a new one gets here! Jason and I had a fun filled weekend full of Krispy Kreme and a visit to the Washington Auto Show. I’ve really been trying my best lately to watch my sugar and junk food intake, but how can I say no to Krispy Kreme? The closest location is about an hours drive from our house, so I figured I may as well take the opportunity to enjoy my favorite “Chocolate Iced Kreme filled” donut.Krispy Kreme-0476

Then it was off to the Auto Show where we walked around for nearly three hours admiring 100’s of cars. But, it was fairly packed when we got there, making it difficult to see into most cars.  Towards the end of the night we decided to do one last round and found the crowd had thinned out quite a bit making the whole “viewing” experience much better.

I was thoroughly hungry on our way home and knew I wouldn’t be up for cooking when it was already close to 10:00 p.m., so Jason and I opted for one of our road trip favorites – WAWA sandwiches! Anytime we embark on a long drive we stop here for sandwiches, drinks, and snacks to keep us satisfied for the trip.

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Vitamix Professional 200

I can’t tell you how long i’ve been pinning over this blender. The Vitamix took the gold as my dream blender a long time ago, but it also came with a gold worthy price tag. Well, I finally took the plunge and bought a Vitamix Professional 200. And you know what… This thing is AMAZING!!! I knew this was basically the Ferrari of blenders, but didn’t realize just how nice it would be having one in my kitchen. I’m a huge smoothie fan, and the Vitamix powered through my concoctions in a fraction of the time it would have taken my old blender. Not to mention how much ‘smoother’ my smoothies actually are now. I also don’t have to stop midway through and shake the container to avoid traffic jams, because the Vitamix comes with a tamper to push food/ice into the blades.

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I’ve mostly experimented with smoothies, but have also whipped up soup, ice cream, and hummus. And I must say, I was quite impressed when it ground my oatmeal into a fine flour for my “Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie” smoothie. The only not so great thing about this blender is the noise. When it’s turned onto the ‘high’ setting the noise is loud enough to leave me covering my ears. But I guess it’s expected when you’ve got 2 horse power and 240 mph blades going to work, right?

 

Thats about it this time, have a fantastic weekend.  My agenda has ‘sleeping in’ right at the top!