Thursday, August 30, 2012

Awkward / Awesome Volume 63

Awesome: An impromptu visit from Madre and The Littles for a beach day

Puppamoth came too...

Awesome: When I took a picture of Puppamoth at a concert to send to Boyfriend-Fellow, some strangers were intrigued and wanted to pose with him.

And corrupt him...

Awkward: Trying to take a discrete iPhone photo of a stranger and having it go * CLICK! *

Awesome: Going to an outdoor movie night event.
 Awkward: Being stranded at an outdoor movie night event (Boyfriend-Fellow's car broke down).

Awkward: This dude... He is definitely in it for the long haul.
Awesome: I found this amazing-smelling flower on my run awhile ago and now I try to always run by the same house to get a whiff.

Awesome: Candid shots of The Littles

Awkward: Posed shots of The Littles
When will I learn?

Awkward: I now have carpal tunnel syndrome...
Carpal Tunnel is like a sports injury for nerds...
Awesome: I kinda like the way the brace looks

Awesome: Cute notes on my desk from Boyfriend-Fellow

Awesome: This sweet gate!

What's been fantastic and/or funny about your week?
Let me know in the comments below or link up your own 
awkward/awesome post. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Vegan Banana Bread

So, remember when I made bread for the first time with my friend?
Well, this is my first foray entirely on my own and I am purdy darn happy with the results.

The recipe comes from Catherine's blog (as have all of the recent recipes I've posted on here). This bread is not only just amazingly delicious on it's own, it also boasts no refined sugar, oil or dairy. Oh, and it's whole-wheat. Soooo, booyah.  So don't feel bad about licking the bowl.

I only had whole flaxseeds but the recipe calls for ground flaxseeds (and I quickly learned that you can't substitute whole flaxseeds + water for eggs. It HAS to be a powder to make the right texture). Fortunately, Google saved the day and I found out I could use my coffee grinder to acquire ground flaxseeds.

Vegan Banana Bread
Original recipe here

The actual page from my recipe book...

2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour (I used regular whole-wheat flour)
2 cups very ripe mashed banana
1/3 cup Medjool dates - finely chopped
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp ground flaxseed + 6 tbsp water (I used 3 Tbsp)
1 Tbsp sesame seeds

1) Preheat oven (300 degrees).
2) Mix ground flaxseed with water and let sit (stirring occasionally until it makes a sticky, goopy mess).
3) Mix all dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon) in another bowl.
4) Add banana (mashed), dates (chopped), and flaxseed goop to the dry ingredients and make a dough.
5) Lightly coat a baking pan in nonstick cooking spray.
6) Pour the dough into the pan with a dash of sesame seeds on top.
7) Bake for 55-60 minutes* until edges are golden and a toothpick comes out clean.

*I baked it longer than 60 minutes and it was still marvelously gooey on the inside while perfectly toasted on the outside.


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Awkward / Awesome Volume 62

It was almost time for dinner with Boyfriend-Fellow's family.
I was sitting next to Boyfriend-Fellow's new step-grandmother and her little dog (i.e. her world).
We were having a nice chat then Boyfriend-Fellow's mom called us to dinner.
I stood up.
My dress was wet.
I glanced back.... The couch was wet.
Right next to the little dog.
"What's wrong?" Someone asked.
"Um... my dress... is wet."
Step-grandmother: "Oh, how strange, I wonder if someone sitting here before you spilled something."

I had to attend the fancy-schmancy dinner (we're talking crystal dinnerware, people) with a freshly dog-peed-upon dress (when I smoothed my napkin on my lap, it got soaked through).


But hilarious.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Anyone who has interacted with me for more than an hour knows I'm OBSESSED with tiny things. ...And drawing.
...And crafts.
Did you know there's a craft that combines drawing and tiny things?! The perfect trifecta.

I feel like the universe has been hiding this from me.

I never heard of Shrinky-Dinks growing up and by the time I saw them, I kinda figured they'd be a project that turn out kinda home-made looking (with 'dink' in the title, come on!).

But I went for it anyways and I am hooked.

My favorite thing to do is trace the bare-bones of an image and then fill in the details and the color to make it my own style.

So, some of these are traced and some are free-handed.

Here are some of my creations...

For one of Boyfriend-Fellow's sisters...

For another of Boyfriend-Fellow's sisters...

For yet another of Boyfriend-Fellow's sisters...

For Boyfriend-Fellow himself...
 Boyfriend-Fellow and his dog

For Boyfriend-Fellow's grandma....

 For boyfriend-Fellow's new step-dad

For Pops McGee (aka Faja)...

For Brutharrr...

This was for my mom but I want to do something cooler for her now...

For Deanna...

For Autumn...

For my friend Sus...

For no one in particular yet...

NOTE: For all of these, I did sharpie on the front, coloring on the back and 
then had to put some clear tape on both sides so it didn't rub off eventually.

Have you ever done Shrinky-Dinks before?

Sunday, August 19, 2012


So, I flew to the East Coast on Monday to hang out with 
Boyfriend-Fellow's family and attend his mom's wedding.

I don't feel like it's appropriate to post pictures of anyone else besides Boyfriend-Fellow
 since they don't know about my blog so I'll stick to pictures of food and decor.
Boyfriend-Fellow's mom looked AMAZING! 
She has beautiful taste.
The ceremony was on Friday 
There were only 14 people there... 
I was one of TWO non-family members present.
 We took a limo to a cute little town 2 hours away for the actual proceedings.
 That's right... Two HOURS in the Limo. Awesome.
After the ceremony, we went to a nearby inn for fancy-schmancy drinks and horderves.

Followed by some delicious dinner...
The tastiest thing was the pesto mashed potatoes

There was cake of course

And ice cream

Saturday was the actual 100+ guest reception.

We spent the morning and afternoon decking out their amazing house with all the trimmings.
We put up tons of country-cozy decorations like 
watering-can bouquets, lanterns and candles hanging by twine,  
pictures held up with clothespins and lots of sunflowers.

 The reception was so much fun... 
Lots of family, friends, lawn games and a bit of dancing.

I'll definitely miss the east coast.

Saturday, August 18, 2012


Apologies for the silence.
I've been on the east coast this week for Boyfriend-Fellow's mom's wedding.

Pictures soon...

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Awkward / Awesome Volume 61

It's that timmmeeee....

Awesome: Joining Boyfriend-Fellow on his east coast vacation
Awkward: Being in the last boarding group for my flight to the east coast.
Awesome: Snagging an empty aisle seat at the front of the plane!
Awkward: Sitting next to a crying baby for 5+ hours....

Awkward: Breaking the seat-tilting handle off of Boyfriend-Fellow's grandma's car...

Awesome: The pretty decoration my Boyfriend-Fellow's parents put out for us.

Awesome: Crafting with my friend.
Awkward: Leaving evidence of our crafting in the form of spray paint on her lawn... Ooops...

Awesome: The entire bill from eating out with my friend (and having leftovers!) was less than $8!!!

Awesome: Boyfriend-Fellow's 16-year-old brother is sun-drying his own tomatoes!

Awesome: Cooking with Boyfriend-Fellow's mom...

Awkward AND Awesome: Dating this guy....

Tell me the notable moments from 
YOUR week in the comments below...