The Modern Wreath

One of the newest trends that I have been keeping my eye on is the modern wreath. So here is my first attempt at a cheap, but chic modern wreath.

The Modern Wreath

This wreath cost me about $25 to make. All of the supplies came from Hobby Lobby. Of course you have to buy each item when it is on sale to get a good price – so it may take you two weeks and separate shopping trips to get all of your supplies on sale.

I used gold jewelry wire and gold spray paint that I had at home from previous crafts. The only other supplies you need is a steel ring (approx. $4) to form your wreath and your choice of flowers!

This is a great and easy DIY to make that will brighten up the look of the inside or the outside of you house!

Fall is in the Air

With the change in the weather (its been about 70 degrees and breezy during the day, 50 degrees at night here in Ohio) and the leaves beginning to change color, my fall senses have been tingling. Naturally, I made my way over to Hobby Lobby to craft and welcome in the season! Now i know some of you are probably saying we still have several weeks to go of summer, but that can’t stop my love of fall!

One of my favorite crafts are wreaths. I love a good homemade wreath because it can to really spice up the entrance into your house.

My favorite thing about fall is white pumpkins, hence our wedding, which was white pumpkin themed! So I decided to incorporate white pumpkins into my wreath this year, along with white sunflowers to keep the theme rolling. To add a pop of color and sparkle, I threw in some burgundy and orange leaves with a few acorns and pinecones.

Finally, on each and every wreath that I make, I always put our metal S on it. This was the first item that I had purchased for both Austin and I and I that had to do with our last name. I absolutely love that it always sits on the front door, welcoming everyone to our house.

welcome to our home

Early Riser Breakfast

I am someone who gets up at bright and early every morning because my workday typically starts at 6:30 am.

I love mornings, but getting up for them can be tough enough without having to cook a good meal to get me through a ten hour shift. Over the last year, I have been experimenting with ways to eat a healthy breakfast without having to sacrifice my time for it. I have tried everything from fasting (lets not do that again), to meal prepping baked eggs in a muffin tin, or even just drinking a primer protein drink that mixed into my coffee. But this recipe for a early riser breakfast has been by far my favorite easy meal for the morning. This meal keeps me full all morning long, taste absolutely delicious, and I can even eat it in my car or at work.

  • 1 c rolled oats
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 tbs brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 c – 1 c coconut milk
  • 1 tbs peanut butter
  • 1/2 or 1 small banana
It’s not the most eye pleasing, but my belly sure appreciated it!

I mix these ingredients up in a sealed container and place in my fridge overnight. All you have to do in the morning is grab a spoon and go! And don’t forget your coffee!

The Market

Austin and I love love love fresh groceries, but then again who doesn’t! Most people will say that its too expensive to shop healthy and fresh, but Austin and I have found a loophole to this problem, farmers markets. We are lucky that we have almost always lived within a few minutes of local farmers markets.

Every Thursday, Austin, Goose and I head over to the Perrysburg Farmers market to get our fresh groceries. This happens to be one of Goose’s favorite activities. We never take more than $20 with us and we always end up more than enough delicious, fresh, locally grown food to last us throughout the week.

yum!

This week we picked up some homemade jam for Austin’s breakfast and sometimes we even use it for our dessert! Our favorite flavors right now are blueberry cloud and strawberry rhubarb.

We also bought:

  • sweet corn for grilling
  • peaches for snacking on
  • the most delicious zucchinis to make bread out of and to eat as a side with spaghetti
  • these beautiful bell peppers that we will use to mix and match in our evening omelets (breakfast for dinner is a household favorite here) or with chicken and rice for lunch!

Go check out your local farmers market!

Quick & Easy Cookies

Happy Sunday, readers!

I had a little bit of a sweet tooth today, but didn’t want to totally crash my diet, so I whipped up some 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies. Yes, you read that right, only THREE INGREDIENTS! These peanut butter cookies take about 15 minutes from start to finish to make. And they really are a mess free cooking project if you enjoy not having to clean up on your lazy Sunday like me.

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Set the oven to 350

Mix together:

  • 1c of peanut butter (creamy, not chunky)
  • 1c brown sugar
  • 1 egg

If your mixture seems too runny, set in the freezer for 10-15 min to let it firm. Then simply place on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper, use a fork to press each cookie down and pop them into the oven for 10 minutes until they are golden. This recipe should make 12-15 cookies depending on the size!

enjoy.