I’ve been blogging my weekends and not-so-much my weekdays to help keep these recaps shorter. Lately, my weekdays have been consumed behind a desk, and haven’t been very blog-worthy. When it gets warmer out, I’ll have a lot more to share. You’ll find me out on the neighborhood trails, gardening, and hopefully spending less time behind the desk (unless I’m blogging!)
If you are here reading today, come and say “hi” in the comments. I’d love to meet the silent readers, and connect with those stopping by! It always makes my Monday’s a whole lot better when I see your comments and get the opportunity to meet you. I mentioned this briefly on twitter the other day, but it feels like so many people have stopped commenting on blogs and have moved towards reaching out via Instagram or direct messages. Even though that’s great, and I love seeing you there, blogging becomes a little less fun when most of my time is spent connecting on Instagram. It’s a great platform, but I put more of my heart over here. I get about 30+ DM’s a day on Instagram and don’t get to read all of them. Comments on my blog? I see every single one of them and will always reply back. I fear that the art of blogging is going to be taken over by other platforms, and the content you once read will mold into evergreen content that is better for Google searches. I truly love this space, but the art of blogging is slowly fading in the shadow of social media platforms, and I just wanted to put this message out there.
now on to the recap 😊
I know I said I wasn’t going to blog much on the weekdays, but this last-minute french toast decision was picture-worthy.
I used the Canyon Bakehouse gluten-free bread with egg, sprinkled cinnamon and syrup on top, and then cooked the blueberries and bananas with a little maple syrup and vegan butter to give them a crispy finish. 😋
After working on Monday, I spent my evening eating leftovers and watching the Bachelor. I hate this season, but can’t look away.
I haven’t had the chance to share this recipe yet, but it’s all Kyle and I have been eating. I usually cook half of the batch and roll the other half up into balls to freeze for cookie dough treats. I promised myself this would be the last time I make them because we cannot stop eating them. They’re delicious, especially in the afternoon with coffee.
Fast forward to Valentine’s Day! 😊 How awesome that it fell on a Friday this year?
After finishing up work early, I had my avocado toast and chicken maple sausage from Applegate with breakfast. And yes, I do eat the kiwi skin. It’s the best and healthiest part of the fruit. I had this exact breakfast Tue through Sun, and now I need to go to the store to pick up the same ingredients! I’m waiting for the day to come where I get sick of Trader Joe’s Everything But The Bagel Seasoning, but it’ hasn’t arrived yet. It honestly makes anything taste amazing.
I spent Valentine’s day out at my parent’s house. Even though it was super cold out, the sun was shining, and I thought it would be great to let the dogs run around in the backyard. My mom made the cutest valentine’s day gingersnap hearts, and we watched a movie together. If you haven’t seen Instant Family yet, you need to. It’s one of my favorite movies, and it’ll have you crying and laughing off and on for two hours.
When I got home, a gorgeous bouquet from Kyle was on the porch. The pink roses had me excited for spring, and I couldn’t stop staring at the perfect blooms.
I gave him his Valentine’s Daybook, the one I make for him every single year! He loves it, and it’s so neat to have these memories from our year put together in a book. They take a while to make, but it’s so worth it. The quality is incredible, and Mixbook always has excellent discount codes. A lot of you asked for me to do a blog post on how I put the books together, and I definitely will do that soon!
Kyle and I headed to Crate and Barrel to pick out a few things for the house followed by Reids in Southpark for one of our favorite meals, chicken caesar salad with truffle fries and brussels sprouts! We come here a lot because the food is so darn good, there’s always seating, and we like picking up a gluten-free cake on the way out. We ended up watching a movie on the couch and cuddling up with the pups.
On Saturday morning, I couldn’t stop staring at the gold lamps on the table. They have been so out of place, especially since I’m changing the color of the gold mirror above the couch. I thought about buying new ones but then decided to paint them black and see if that would help. Well, this fifteen-minute makeover turned out pretty good! I didn’t have to buy new lamps, and the paint from my table project did the trick! They look much better since we currently have black kitchen cabinets.
On a side note: I had a lot of people asking why Kyle and I are looking for a new couch when we just purchased this sectional a year and a half ago. We are not going to get rid of this couch; it’s just going to be going upstairs in our loft. Our downstairs is set up completely different than our living room now, and this couch will not work in the room. We have to get two 7 ft couches to fill the space, so that’s why we’ve been on the hunt. 😊
Lunch on Saturday was a turkey sandwich and a La Croix! Yes, Grumples got a bite. 😉
We headed over to the house to look at the backyard with my dad. He’s going to be helping us with some leveling and landscaping, so we needed his opinion on a few things. I brought over our new floors so I could see what it would look like in the lighting, and it’s safe to say that I’m obsessed!
When we got there, we were so excited to see that our cabinets had arrived!
Sometimes cabinets get delayed, and it was awesome to see ours had been shipped early. They will be getting installed today, and we’ll have our exact closing date by the end of this week!
Keep up to date on the home build and get the latest news first here —> @cottagestory
I hope you’re ready for some cooking tutorials in this kitchen! The lighting in here has been a dream for me. The kitchen we have now is super dark, so I never want to shoot photography in there. This is going to make my job so much easier 😊 I won’t have to carry all of my ingredients over to the window.
Here is what our floors look like in the model house. We went with the Durham white cabinets, white backsplash, and white quartz. It’ll be pretty blinding, but with the black hardware, black doors, and other decor pieces, I have a feeling it’ll look pretty good!
We decided to grab dinner with my parents at Napa in Kingsley. There’s a new spot in Fort Mill, SC (right outside of Charlotte) that has grown so fast, and it’s awesome to see all the businesses added to the city. When I first moved to Charlotte, Fort Mill was almost all woods, but that’s not the case anymore. It still has a warm small-town feel, though. My dad and Kyle split a sausage and pepper flatbread pizza while my mom and I enjoyed a glass of malbec.
I ordered the pan-seared salmon with roasted carrots, broccoli, a parsnip puree, and fingerling potatoes. I knew it was going to be dangerous living only six minutes from this spot because HOLY MOLY was this meal delicious. I look forward to coming here in the summer and having lunch outside by the water.
We headed to my parent’s house on Saturday night to have popcorn and play Fibbage. These are the perfect activities for cold February nights.
On Saturday morning, I don’t know what got into me, but I decided to make a vanilla gluten-free cake (came from a box) with vanilla vegan frosting! I added some roses to the top, some edible pearls, and put it on a cute floral antique plate I bought at a thrift store a few years ago. I saw a rose garden cake on Instagram, and I think it definitely inspired my Saturday morning cake baking.
On Saturday afternoon, I picked up an almond milk cappuccino and headed to Dolce Lusso to get my hair done. I’m so happy they opened a location in my new town! I won’t have to drive 30-minutes to get there anymore. I had two inches cut off, and a few layers added. I want to get the red tint out of my hair, but I’m trying my hardest not to die it for a while. The blonde from last summer is coming thought, making it red, but I’m going to try to embrace it for a while.
And if you thought baking a garden cake was out of character, I ended up pulling out the paints and started painting our new house. I want to paint the house and surround it with all kinds of flowers. I’m going to put it in the downstairs guest room in the new house. Cross your fingers it turns out! I have about nine more layers of details to do. 😆 Cheers to trying new things, I guess!
Questions for you!
- Did you do anything special for Valentine’s Day?
- How do you spend your cold winter nights on the weekend?
- Have you tried anything lately that was entirely out of your character?
Thank you for stopping by today! xo xo