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Current Inspirations- Terrariums

One thing I’m currently inspired by is..

I haven’t been sucessful in making any of my own yet. I had one going well for a while, but then my cats opened it up one night while we were gone and strew the plants around the living room. They survived.. Barely… But then I over-watered them and they rotted. 🙁

I am determined to have a beautiful terrarium one day though! But for now, here are some lovely inspirational terrarium photos.

This one is so delicate.

Love these cube containers

An orchid in a terrarium is so pretty!

Looking pretty and killing flies at the same time!

My cats would love batting these hanging terraiums.

Hopefully sometime in the future I will be posting about my own terrariums. 🙂
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What I Wore to a Wedding

My best friend got married on March 8, and we had a freak ice/snowstorm the day before! Luckily it warmed up to about 60 degrees that day so all the snow melted by the end of the day and it was a lovely wedding. My mom did all the decorations and you can check them out on her blog.
 My husband agreed to take some outfit pictures of me before we left, and man was it bright out!

Outfit Details
Dress: Forever 21
Cardigan: Target
Shoes: Forever 21
Necklace: A gift from my Grandma!

Thanks for all the sweet comments on my last outfit post! I’m always very critical of photos of myself and I’m trying to get over that.  I’d like to make outfit pictures a weekly thing someday 🙂

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Pittsburgh Trip- Day One

On our first day there the temperature was a lovely 10 degrees!  So we decided it was a good day to check out the museums.

We were standing in an awesome gemstone room surrounded by mirrors!  But my cell phone camera could not pick up the awesomeness, sadly.

I thought this huge wall of pinned insects was so neat

 After the museum it had warmed up to 20 degrees, so we ate lunch at a cute Asian restaurant and walked to a neat used book store.

Okay so I knew Pittsburgh was a big city, I knew it had more bridges than Venice (according to Wikipedia!) but it was still surprising to see it all in person, even though I had spent an inordinate of time exploring the city on google maps 😉 I had no idea there were so many giant hills in that city! The thing that took me off guard the most was that there were roads on top of roads! It’s like the city had layers, and it was very hard to tell from the 2D map what road you were on. Needless to say, many wrong turns were taken on the trip!

 I do love seeing all the cool winding interstate bridges though, intertwining with each other and wrapping around the buildings. I wish I could have taken more pictures of them while we were there. Wow who says that?!
 We drove around and found this old forgotten walkway at the top of a very tall hill that had a pretty good view of the city.

 I don’t think I’ve ever seen skyscrapers this tall before. My city has a couple tall buildings, but Pittsburgh makes them look quaint.

I think this photo is the very definition of a happy accident. My camera didn’t know what to focus on and I love how it turned out!

We ended the day by vegging out in our hotel room watching TV, and then went out for a late night pizza! 
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Cat Photos Friday #5- Strange faces

A good portion of the cats’s night is  dedicated to sitting on the coffee table and making strange faces at us.


I figured there must have been a bug on the ceiling or something, but no.. She was just looking up.

I was so mad when I saw this was out of focus!  But I think it actually makes it pretty creepy that way

I like to imagine this was Jeeves’ reaction to the above picture.

Happy Friday!
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Bean Chili/ Bean Dip Recipe

I wanted to share this super easy recipe for bean chili/bean dip! We intended it to be vegetarian chili, but when we were done it ended up being more dip-like. Which ended up being awesome!

  Steven and I made this on the big snow day, and it was a wonderful thing to smell this delicious meal bubbling away on the stove while watching the snow fall outside. 

You can basically choose any bean combination you want- we went with two of our favorites plus chili beans because it seemed fitting. 😉

Two cans of diced tomatoes

One can of corn

One pack cream cheese
Drain off most of the water in the cans and dump everything except the cream cheese into a large pot.
Mix together and let simmer on low heat until the beans are soft. I cooked it for about an hour, but 30 minutes or so probably would have been enough.
Remove from heat and soften the cream cheese in the microwave.

Cut the cream cheese into small chunks and stir into the beans until completely incorporated.

Add your favorite spices/seasonings, as much or as little as you like.

And it’s ready to eat!  It tastes great by itself or with tortilla chips. 

 The great thing about this meal is that you  don’t have to be exact while making it. If you don’t like corn, don’t put it in, if you really like tomatoes, put in three cans! If you can’t decide on just three types of beans, use five types! (This almost happened to us!) 
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Pittsburgh Trip- The Drive Up

We are back from Pittsburgh! The main purpose of our trip was to go see the Frank Lloyd Wright house, Falling Water, and we decided we might as well check out the city for a few days while we were up there. It was an exciting trip, we’ve never been anywhere that neither of us has been to before, so it was completely new and different! 

I probably took over 1000 photos.. So I will be splitting them up into many blog posts integrated with my other posts. I’m sure no one wants to read about my entire trip in one sitting, and I don’t think my computer would like me editing a mile lost post!

I actually like going on long car rides, and I especially love taking pictures the entire way there. Maybe that’s why my photo count is so high?! 😉 I actually kept having dreams before we left that I had forgotten to take any pictures on the trip up there. What a nightmare!!  Anyway for my first Pittsburgh post I will share my favorite photos from the drive.

It rained almost the entire way, so I kept myself entertained by taking silly raindrop pictures.


It took me off guard how quickly we got to Virginia so I almost missed that shot! It also started snowing right as we got into Pennsylvania, so that was exciting..

I’m not sure I’ve ever traveled through the mountains in the winter, at least not that I can remember. I thought the yellow grass with the blue sky was really pretty, since it’s usually green when I see it.

There’s always interesting things to see along the way!  Someone had a bonfire going in the first picture.

I scoped this place out on google maps before we left and just knew that’s where we were going for lunch. It was a crazy place and they still had their Christmas tree up, but the waffles were good!

There was an option to take a scenic highway for part of the way, so we did it. However, I maaay have mis-read the directions to get back on the interstate and ended up getting us lost in the backwoods of West Virginia with no cell phone reception. But we made our way out eventually and we definitely got our share of scenery!

There was a neat lookout you could walk to, to view the bridge we had just crossed. Pretty crazy looking!

Between stopping a few times and going on our little “detour” it ended up taking us a lot longer than expected to get there. So boy were we happy when we saw this sign!

Well that’s all for now, plenty more where that came from!
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Cat Photos Friday #4- Cat Grass!

Last spring I bought some fancy variegated cat grass for my cats. Thinking it would either distract them from my houseplants, or backfire and give them a taste for greens! 

I should have known a certain orange cat would rather dig the dirt than eat the grass! 

Jeeves got bored after a while and decided he’d rather run off with my broom!

They pretty much destroyed the grass in about 10 minutes so I never really found out if it would keep them away from my plants or not. Oh well!
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My Veggie Garden- Fence time!

We built our vegetable garden fence!!

 We finally had some pretty nice weather the other week. Saturday started out cold, but by the time we bought all the fence materials and started building, it had warmed up.

We found lots of weird stuff while digging. Including a giant root!

It’s not completely done, we still have to trim the fence posts and stain it.
I can’t wait until it’s warm enough to start planting things!

It’s been a super busy week so I haven’t been on here a whole lot. We had an ice storm, my best friend got married, my camera broke :'( I had an obnoxious take-home test to finish, and tomorrow we’re going on a trip to Pittsburgh! But I’ve got lots of good blog posts planned so stay tuned! 🙂