Friday, January 16, 2015

Officially a Grandma

I think I may need an intervention.

This is my newest project.  An embroidery project from Dropcloth Samplers.


Yup, I am just going to jump into this whole "late twenties" thing and start fucking stitching pillows up in here.  Just kidding.

I mean really, how cute is it?  And a damn challenge!  I will have to not only embroider the entire project by hand, but I will have to teach myself all the stitches as I go.  I can basically only do a running stitch from like a few days with the Girl Scouts back at Montowese Elementary School so I may be in WAY over my head.

But we will see. 

I started it last week and it's actually pretty soothing and fun once you get into a pattern and a flow.  A pattern and a flow that was quickly interrupted when I attempted a French Knot.  I think I may need to watch a few youtube tutorials.

Anyone ever taken on a project like this or am I the only old lady around these parts?
Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Wedding Wednesday: 30 Day Arm Challenge

There are less than 6 months left until the wedding.

Having a long engagement (well over a year) is great because you have so much time to get everything done, but also not so great because, well, you have so much time to get everything done.  I may or may not have had a "we have so much time" attitude for the past few months and now WE DO NOT HAVE THAT MUCH TIME.

One thing I want to get in check before the wedding is my fitness.  The way my dress is cut, my back and arms are going to be on display.  And while I would love to sculpt myself some Michelle Obama arms in the next 6 months, I have a feeling that is not going to happen.  What could possibly happen, however, is me starting and actually finishing this challenge:


I particularly like this challenge for two reasons:

  1. It has a few different exercises that I will have to complete which, hopefully, will provide for a more in-depth workout.
  2. It has a built-in rest every 4 days.  Which makes it MUCH more manageable if you miss a day, you can just make it up the next day and not throw your entire schedule off.

75 unbroken push-ups by the end of the month?  Probably not.  But I will try my hardest. 


Anyone want to join me?


 
Saturday, January 3, 2015

Top 5

So now that it is 2015 (wow!), I thought I would take a minute and take a look back at 2014.

I saw Kimberly from Kimberly's Chronicle recap her top 5 posts of 2014, and I loved the idea of looking back at not only the year, but the year as seen through my blog.  So without further ado...

Wayfarers and Worksheets Top 5 Blogs of 2014

1. Wedding Wednesday: Engagement Photos -- Honestly, I am not that surprised that this was my #1 post of 2014.  Our photographer was unbelievable and really...the FiancĂ© and I have never looked better.  Sometimes I just go back and look at the photos for fun #sorryimnotsorry

2. And If You Can't Be With the One You Love...  -- Kind of shocked this was #2.  I guess I am not the only one around these parts that enjoys a nice classic rock concert.

3. Salad Club -- I knew at least one of these babies was going to be a recipe.  This chicken salad was delicious, I don't know why I haven't made it in so long.  

4. Break it Down Now -- A how to on how to break in a new pair of Jack Roger sandals.  Everyone has a little prep in them I guess.

5. Practically Perfect in Every Way -- My Halloween post!  I guess Mary Poppins was a hit! 


So, what did I learn from this?  You guys are just about as random as I am.  And you really like pictures...good thing 2015 will have our WEDDING PHOTOS coming in hot.


Anything you want to see more/less of around these parts in 2015?  Let me know!

 
Thursday, December 4, 2014

Get on the Road

When I woke up on Saturday I knew I was in the mood for an adventure. Luckily, I was able to convince this other guy that not only would an adventure be a great idea, but that he should drive. (I win!)


We decided to head out to Solvang, Ca.  It is a town about 2 hours north of Los Angeles and it is a really pretty silly place.  It has this crazy theme around Denmark and one of my friends even called it "The Epcot of Wine Country".  Basically, its a town where you can eat, drink wine, look at windmills, and eat Danish pastries.  


We started the day at Andersen's Pea Soup.  This is a California travel icon!  An inn and restaurant known for it's pea soup and silly decor.  The soup was actually pretty delicious, and the entire experience was kitchy and silly...which is basically what our entire day was!





We walked around the town, wine tasted, and ended the day with a few beers and this charcuterie plate that must have been handed down from the angels, because really...have you ever seen anything more beautiful?



If you are in the mood for touristy goodness with enough booze to keep you buzzed for hours...than Solvang is the place for you.  We will be back soon enough...


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Cheers to the Bride to Be

This might make me sound #basic, but I enjoy a good shower. It's always  nice to get together with friends and family and I like almost any party that revolves around pretty dresses and glasses of champagne...so really, what is not to like?

A few weeks ago, I was invited to the shower of my friend Ana at the Chado Tea Room.  The tea room is at the Japanese American Museum downtown and the experience was lovely.  I don't think I have been to "a tea" since my mom took me to the Plaza Hotel when I was 13 years old.  Needless to say, I can't believe I haven't had more tea in my life.  It was such a fun place to get together. 




Don't mind the lipstick mark on my tea cup. #classy

The tea itself was delicious, but the best touch was the little trays that they placed on each table.  Each tray had assorted finger sandwiches, scones with creme, and little desserts.  Nothing like personal desserts to start a party.



It was so nice to celebrate Anna before her wedding in January.  And I heard there are lots of Groupons for the tea room...who want's to go for a cup?!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

It's 1950 Up in Here

Sometimes I really like to honor the tradition of the "Sunday Night Dinner" with something super traditional for dinner. That is why when I was meal planning Sunday morning and came across this recipe on Skinnytatse for pork chops I had to make them!  

Making pork chops for dinner made me feel very June Cleaver.  I should have put on a frilly apron and oven mitts.

The recipe was easy, quick, and delicous. I can't say that I am normally a pork chop person, but these will be making an appearance in our kitchen again in the not too distant future. It was a winner for sure.


Oven "Fried" Breaded Porkchops

Ingredients:


  • 6 (3/4-inch thick) center cut boneless pork chops, fat trimmed (5 oz each)
  • kosher salt
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup panko crumbs
  • 1/3 cup crushed cornflakes crumbs
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/4 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper

Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray a large nonstick baking sheet lightly with oil.
Season pork chops on both sides with 1/2 tsp kosher salt. Combine panko, cornflake crumbs, parmesan cheese, 3/4 tsp kosher salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder and black pepper in a large shallow bowl. 
Place the beaten egg in another. Dip the pork into the egg, then crumb mixture.  Place on the prepared baking sheet and repeat with the remaining chops.

Directions: 

Lightly spray a little more oil on top of the pork and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I Won! I Won!

Like any blogger, I like to take my chances in a nice giveaway now and then just to see what can happen.   I admittedly never win, but it is always fun to check out new products and new blogs.

But this time...I ACTUALLY WON!

Alissa over at 33 Shades of Green hosted a giveaway for a $200 gift certificate to Minted and I won!  Minted is an amazing site with the nicest cards and prints and the gift card came at the best time...Christmas card time!

What's funny is, the day before I found out I won I went to the Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland.  The gardens were beautiful, and in one of the pavilions they had a small cup of sticks.  The directions had you shake the cup of sticks until one fell out. The sticks all had numbers on them and the number matched a drawer in a small chest that the cup was sitting on.  And low and behold...look what my fortune said...


Prosperity is right! Nicest Christmas cards ever coming to a mail box near you this holiday season!  Thanks again Alissa!

 

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