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Fall Lusting

[Insert huge rant about everything going wrong. I originally had 3 paragraphs of a rant here but it all seemed so petty after re-reading it. Funny how sometimes you just need to write out your problems to be reminded how good you really have it] What's a girl to do when she feels like all the little things seem to be going wrong? Take a deep breathe..and notice the s[...]

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Morning! By the time this is posted, I will be off exploring the Pacific Coast. I'm writing from an airplane (woohoo for wi-fi) where I am watching the Southwest desert pass us by and consuming obnoxious amounts of soda water (but am refusing to let myself have to pee on this trip). Anyhow, I hope to have some wonderful photos to share of my journey when I return, but[...]

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Searchable Saturdays – Edition 26

        1. CRAVING /// Have you seen this Roasted Apricot Buttermilk Ice Cream with Almond Streussel from Reclaiming Provincial?! Yup - dayummm! Summer fever has hit me hard and I have began a ridiculously large collection of ice cream and popsicle recipes.. 2. CREATING /// The Vanilla Bean posted some wonderful pictures of making lilac suga[...]

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...And we're back! After almost a month long break from 'Searchable Saturday's'! Is everyone geared up for the long weekend? I'm already (hopefully) halfway to Wisconsin by the time you guys are reading this (Thank you, wordpress scheduler) and will be spending the weekend in the woods exploring. What are you doing for the long weekend?       1. CRAVING /// Rhuba[...]

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    1. LOVING /// Tomorrow marks the first outdoor Farmer's Market of the year here in Bloomington. I am sure there won't be much produce yet but lots of delicious local food, plants, and live music. The first market is what I always consider marks that Spring is officially here. 2. CREATING /// Baker Bettie is hosting her annual Cookie Wars. I was the winne[...]

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The posts were a little sparse this week. Things got busy and I mostly relied on leftovers from a big pot of Black Bean Chili for my meals. Things should start to calm down this weekend and I will hopefully have more delicious recipes coming at you soon! Although I lacked in cooking this week...I still managed to find time to decompress in front of the computer and f[...]

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Hello Weekend! The sun shining outside is tricking me into thinking it's warmer than 20 degrees out. Oh spring - where are you??! Ah well. Here are some inspirational links from the week..   1. CRAVING /// I am starting to feel the spring cleaning urge coming on but refuse to do anything until it's warm enough to open my windows and let the fresh air in. More[...]

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I woke up to the strangest thing just a few minutes ago. My boyfriend was not still sleeping next to me. I went into the living room and he wasn't putting around on his guitar. I went into our studio and he wasn't recording anything. I decided he must have left to go get deep fried donuts at the donut shack a block away. What a meanie - didn't even invite me. And then[...]

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Searchable Saturday

     1. Puppies on the mind. We are still on the hunt for an adorable french bulldog to be Tuko's new playmate. We've been going to the animal shelter to look for lovable options but I've found it much harder [emotionally] to go there than before we had a dog. Perhaps now that we have the sort of connection with our own pup, it's hard to see all those dogs no[...]

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        1. ADVENTURING /// I've had a bit of the winter blues this week so Wyatt demanded that we take a lunch break at the greenhouse on Thursday. I was totally against the idea because it felt more stressful to find parking, pick up a sandwich, walk to the place, AND get back to work in an hour than it was worth. But that all changed when we got t[...]

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Hellooooooo, Weekend! What to do with you? I'm planning to turn our heat and humidifier way up to pretend like I'm in Florida. Or maybe I'll embrace the cold and build a fort / drink gallons of hot cocoa? Hmmm, choices choices! Anyhow, here are some inspirations from the week...      1. Vacationing has been on the mind. I've already started planning all of o[...]

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Mixing up the format again for Searchable Saturdays...because I can. Let me know what you think. Cool? Cool.       1. I'm constantly looking for inspiration in new forms and ordered this quarterly publication this week. I LOVE low-fi photography and cannot wait to get this in the mail! Ordered their summer issue but the winter one is on sale right now for 11[...]

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Searchable Saturday – December Edition

A few inspirations from the week... 1. Have you ever wondered how much gingerbread it would take to build a life size gingerbread house? Yeah, me neither. But it's still kind of fun to read about. 2. Pickled cherries? Talk about a snazzy way to jazz up those Shirley Temples and Tequila Sunrises! 3. Simplest homemade body butter ever. I'd add a little lavender oil[...]

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Oh man, I have not been this excited for a free weekend in a long time. This week was super exhausting and I can not wait to spend today getting my life back in order and (of course) cooking up some delicious things in the kitchen. Here are a few links I found inspiring this week... 1. Making some holiday treats for friends? Here are some adorable gift tags to jaz[...]

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Okay, let's try something different. So I'm a visual person and there is a good chance that you are too. I resisted using photos in my Searchable Saturday's posts for a long time because 1. I feel uneasy about using other people's work and like to try to keep it strictly original around VV and 2. I am very particular about all the photos being uniform and the same s[...]

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Good Morning! Do you have big weekend plans? We are hosting a Friendsgiving this evening so I am planning to spend the rest of the day cooking, baking, photography, and cleaning [when did I become so domesticated?]. Anyhow, here are a few links I found to get my creativity going this week: 1. I have been developing a mood board to better try to understand what VV's p[...]

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Heyyya! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend planned! After this post, I am planning on taking a walk down to the Farmer's Market to pick up my first winter CSA share (!!!) and then spend the afternoon cooking! There is also a new dog park in town so we'll probably be taking Tuko to socialize this afternoon followed by seeing Wyatt's band play a show tonight. What ar[...]

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1. Using balsamic vinegar AND peppercorn in a cocktail? I'm intrigued. 2. David Lynch has been in my life a lot lately. We recently started rewatching Twin Peaks (it's one of my favvvs) with some friends and have been selling through his limited edition Eraserhead LPs like hotcakes at work. This means it was no surprise that I was highly amused by this recent intervi[...]

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We made it! It's the weekend! I don't know what it is like by you but it's GORGEOUS today in Bloomington, Indiana. I am going to keep this short because we are getting ready to head out for a day hike///picnic (could be one of the last ones this year!). Here are a few inspirations from the week: 1. A fantastic tutorial on adding borders to scenery pictures which tri[...]

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Tuko//Teekee//Taco and I waiting outside while Wyatt picked out a movie earlier this week. (ps- follow me on instagram: shellywest) And here are a few things that inspired VV from around the web this week: 1. Made these tofu tacos for dinner the other night and they were FANTASTIC! The tofu was so flavorful and the avocado cream was smooth and filling! 2. This cute[...]

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Insta-portrait with Tuko. Yes, that is right, I am the most annoying dog owner ever and always want to take pictures with Taco/Teekee when he is sound asleep (I can't help it! That is when he is the cutest!) And here are a few inspirations that I came across this week.... 1. As anyone who has read my blog this summer knows, I have been crazy about coming up with coc[...]

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A picture of Tuko & Lake Monroe from our dinner picnic. We went on a hike/picnic Wednesday night which was the perfect cure for the mid-week blues. Morning, Morning, Morning! Here are a few inspiring things I stumbled upon while enjoying my morning cup of chai: 1. My two favorite things have finally come together in a beautiful monthly package (and receiving sur[...]

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photo from our camping trip last weekend at Lake Michigan And here are a few of my favorite web links from this week... 1. I have been doing the yoga journal fitness challenge and it has been a great motivator! It's pushed me to wake up early every morning and do one of their work out videos (which gets sent right to your email!). 2. My friend, Kristin, and I have[...]

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Picture of Tuko from our hiking adventure on Tuesday. And.... here are a few favorite things that I stumbled upon this week: 1. Don't think I've ever been so excited to shop as Target as I am for the new Curiosity Shoppe line coming to stores August 9th. 2. Cat sweaters. Need I say more? 3. I made this Baked Orzo with Eggplant and Mozzarella from Smitten Kitchen[...]

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Farro Salad with Roasted Veggies (recipe coming soon!) Heyyya Heyyya Heyya! Hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend. Here are a few things that inspired VV this week: 1. Funkytime magazine came out with their online summer edition! So inspiring! I want to make the sharpie lamp shade. 2. I have so so so so so so so much eggplant in my house right now. We got bu[...]