Monday, September 29, 2014

TWTW - first official one of fall

1. Friday night involved Brother's Pizza, purging bins and baskets, trips to Marburn Curtain and AC Moore, washing window treatments, and some more decor updates (plaque & vases from The Magnolia Market - thanks for the intro Lauren- and Philly neighborhood typography from Paris Photo Shop).
2. Saturday morning errands - car wash, Target, groceries - and some more stuff around the house while Geege stood guard.
3. Weekly food prep: sausage/egg/cheese muffins for breakfasts, veggie noodle soup for lunch, greek yogurt/celery/red peppers for snacks, homemade meatballs and a pot of sauce for dinner with pasta/garlic bread/salad, baked salmon with steamed veggies and sweet potatoes (will make mid-week). Oh, and delicious brownies from scratch. See them here in all their glory tomorrow.
4. Amanda's 35th birthday celebration at Pinsetters in Merchantsville. She was kind enough to share her cake with other September babies - Russell, MFD, and Debbie.
5. Sunday involved hellish yard cleanup beginning at 9:30 a.m. This included shed purging, furniture rearranging, major stick cleanup, slip sliding away in dog poop the dogs dropped like a mine AFTER I cleaned up the rest of the poop, and my favorite: discovery of a spider hotel housing adults and babies and 2987428384 resultant spider bites. I was like a woman possessed with a shovel trying to get them the hell away from me. The dogs were tired like they did the heavy lifting and bending and spider war waging. Then I read magazines, re-hydrated, and itched my bites for an hour before finally heading inside at 2:45.
6. Last minute invite to dinner at my Mom's with some family. It was a nice night to sit outside, share a meal and shoot the shit.

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On Mondays I'm doing a picture linkup called Picture Practice with Kelli at Just Beachy. If you'd like to participate, here are the prompts through December. Share on your blog, or if you don't blog on Twitter or Instagram every Monday with the hashtag #PicturePractice. This is my photo for the prompt what makes me happy. It was hard to choose, because I could make a mile long list of the things that make me happy. So many things, friends. So many things. I hope you can too. So I'll choose one of the things that makes me the happiest, yet is also one of the simplest - relaxing at home with MFD and the dogs. We're going and doing and working and all the things all the time, so I really appreciate time down time I have at home. Preferably in a clean house, because I can't really relax in a dirty one.

Today, my cousin Tyler's birthday. Happy happy! Tomorrrow, baker's one bowl brownies. Today is also National Coffee Day, a day they made up for us who obsess about coffee. Anywho DD is giving out free medium iced or hot dark roast coffees. I got one because free is for me! You should too if you like coffee and free things. Tomorrrow, baker's one bowl brownies.

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Linking up with B Loved Boston for Weekending.

28 comments:

  1. I love that animal print cardigan, lady!

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  2. We had a very similar weekend! Yard work is the worst but glad it got done!

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  3. ok that spider hotel and the fact that you declared war on it? i would have surrendered and ran away to get the calvary aka my husband and his can of bug be gone or whatever that is. at least you cleared out the yard!

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  4. I really like your photo wall by the stairs. I should've made meatballs & pasta for this week. I've been craving meatballs for awhile but I decided that despite highs being in the 80s all week I really wanted soup.

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  5. You were in my hometown the other night!!!!! I used to spend many a teenage nights at Pinsetters back when it was Maple Bowl. My parents live less than 5 minutes from there! Happy HAPPY Birthday, Amanda! Aman-duuuuuuuuh!!!! LOL, wow. I'm OBSESSED with that Philly typography sign, Ive always wanted the one that's shaped like Philly with the neighborhoods in the correct locations. You may have inspired me. Veggie noode soup looks amazing. Love your picture perfect photos!

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  6. Looking forward to reading more about your weekly meal prep and yes, a clean house makes me happy too. Inexplicably so, even though I hate to clean it. I love the Philly typography print, seriously makes me miss home.

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  7. I need to get better at meal prep for the week for lunches - I'm good for like two days and then it just goes down hill! The birthday party looks like so much fun!! Hope you have a great Monday!

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  8. Your brownies look so good!! Love homemade brownies. I need to get better at preparing my meals for the week. You save so much time and energy doing it. Happy Monday.

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  9. Lovely impromtu dinner last night. Love that pork loin on the grill, fork it, oil it, rub it and grill! Nice sitting by the pool
    before closing on Wednesday. Thanking the universe for this superb weather!
    Happy Monday!
    Love, your Momma

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  10. 1. The brownies look amazing. 2. I love that philly typography art! So cool! 3. I love that your mom signs her comments, "Love, your Momma". :)

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  11. The words "spider hotel" make me quiver. Spiders are absolutely disgusting. I would have run screaming and done whatever I could to annihilate that hotel. Because nope.

    I am terrible at meal prep lately. I need to start getting more efficient because I have no weekends left until November. Taking a day during the week would make everything so much easier (and help with the wallet watch).

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  12. Man oh man - We've been neglectful on our yardwork - but after this weekend - I'm sure we'll get back into it.

    I love your leopard cardigan and the picture of the PUGS! Squishy cutie faces!!!

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  13. I saw the IG pic of the dogs who were clearly SO wiped from all the help they offered in the yard; sooo cute! Happy coffee day, indeed! I'm drinking up, yo'

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  14. jeepers you had a really busy weekend! i did next to nothing and it was amazing. i agree, nothing better than relaxing at home especially when everything is nice and pretty and clean.
    no more spiders please. blech!

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  15. Do you watch Fixer Uppers on HGTV? They did some wall decor with that same good day saying.

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  16. I got crafty this weekend too, I need to remember to brag about it in my Seashell Chronicles Friday.

    Stepping/slipping in dog shit is the worst, this little puppy is like a shit machine! I don't know how he can poop so much and still be alive.

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  17. That cake is gorgeous! But dog poop and spider bites. Ick, ick, ick. I kicked ass this weekend, and my house is super organized and cleaner than usual - which then made the downtime Sunday afternoon all that much better. So I'd probably answer "what makes me happy" the same way as you.

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  18. The breakfast muffins look amazing! Looks like a fun and productive weekend. That's the best kind of weekend.

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  19. Looking forward to that brownie recipe! I also thought there might be pictures of said spider bites. :)

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  20. Spider hotel???? Dear God, I would have ran screaming like a little girl...YIKES! Hopefully they are gone for good! And bowling birthdays are the best...tell me you kicked everyone's butt! :)

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  21. Can't wait for the brownies! Gah... I am itchy just thinking about those spiders. And don't even get me started with the dog poop... and I only have one dog! Yuck. Shouldn't it just zaporize or something? =)

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  22. I really wish I could plan my weekly meals in advance, let alone cook them. Those sausage and egg muffins look divine!

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  23. It has been too long since I've had pizza... I think that needs to change. And I'm all skeeved out by the spider hotel... yipes!

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  24. I spent half of Saturday in my yard too. Ughhhh I hate yard work! And your pugs look about as helpful as Mac and Gracie. Rude!

    Mmmm northern pizza. I miss real pizza. Boy do I miss it! And dont even talk to me about brownies. You shut your face!

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  25. I would like that pizza. Looks amazing.

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  26. I like free things but not coffee. So lame of me. Last minute dinners/events always end up being the best. Looks like a majorly productive weekend.

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  27. I've been eating the SHIT out of soup lately... that veggie noodle one looks yummy!
    I love that your friend shared her cake like that - how cute!!! :)
    Did you really slip in dog shit? I would've paid good money to see that. But not after Oct 1st.

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  28. That looks like a great weekend except for the yardwork and spiders... yuck. Yardwork is on my agenda this weekend!! Time to cut everything down for fall!

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