Friday, October 11, 2013

High Five For Friday!

Happy Friday! This Friday is extra great because a couple of my old roomies Rachel and Melissa are driving to DC today to come visit me! You've probably seen them in a few of my old posts, so you'll understand when I say I'M SO EXCITED! 

In the meantime, here's what went down this week: 

1. I went apple picking! It was great. More pretty pictures in this post. 

2. On Wednesday, I took a tour of NPR's headquarters downtown. They just moved to the building in April and everything was shiny and beautiful and in my unemployed state I really want to get a job there now. 

Clockwise: The big screen in the lobby scrolling through the day's news. // The satellites on the roof putting out a broadcast. // The newsroom floor, where all the world's news comes in - so much excitement! // The recording studio, where the magic happens.  We saw how they plan out some of the shows like Morning Edition. 

3. After our NPR tour we headed to Eastern Market, but first took a detour by the Capitol. I may not like any of the people inside right now, but it's such a pretty building...

4. While in Capitol Hill, we stopped at a cute little espresso/coffee shop called Peregrine Espresso. The mocha you see here was Eamonn's, and I got tea that was full of happiness. It was a magical place. 

5. Yesterday I made my first homemade angel food cake! This is kind of a big deal, because now that I think about it, I don't think I've ever made a cake that didn't come from a box. And angel food cake isn't the easiest thing in the world to do. Luckily, it turned out beautifully (and thankfully I had help) and it was delicious! So now I just have to figure out what to do with a whole cake. Who wants some? 

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Linking up with Lauren for this post! 

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Apple Picking

This week a few friends and I went apple picking! We went to Larriland Farms in Woodbine, MD. It was a cute little place. The weather was PERFECT, and because we went on a weekday it wasn't crowded. We made friends with a llama and got some delicious apples too! Check it out:

Goats! On the platform! 

Hey there little guy

Look at those lashes! 

It was such a pretty day

Enrique found the perfect apple

Mutsu apples

Red delicious 

Maryland countryside 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

DIY Necklace Holder

The government's still shut down, so I still have time to do all my projects.  This one's been on my to do list for a while. I have some long necklaces and no place to put them, so I wanted to build a necklace holder! I got the inspiration from Pinterest of course, but I never had any of the supplies to make it until now. 

First, go to Home Depot and head to the lumber department. Sometimes they'll give away scrap boards that can't be sold- that's how I got this one. Next, paint it the color of your choosing. I didn't bother sanding mine down first, but if you're into that then go for it. 

While you're in Home Depot, pick up a drill if you don't already have one. Especially if you're a girl., because you are a STRONG INDEPENDENT WOMAN who doesn't need to borrow someone else's drill.  (But if you need to get someone to saw your board in half no one will judge. Not speaking from experience here.) Anyway, you can get a nice DeWalt for a few hundred and it will last the rest of your life, or if you're cheap like me get a little Black and Decker for $60 and call it a day. I don't do any heavy duty projects anyway, so a $60 drill works just fine. Don't forget drill bits. Important. 

After that, head over to World Market or Anthropologie and get some cabinet knobs. I think they're cheaper at World Market and just as cute.  A few example projects I looked at had mismatched knobs, but the OCD in me couldn't handle it. I got 3 of the same type. Pretty, right? 

Next, pre-drill your holes in your painted board.  This took some trail and error for me- I started out making the hole too small and had to go up in size, but it's better than making it too big to start- you don't want the knob flopping around. 

The next part was what I dreaded most: getting it to stay on the wall. Of all of the blogs I read about this project, none of them mentioned how to actually get the board to stay on the wall. So, I held the board with my pre-drilled holes to the wall, put the drill back in, held it very still, and drilled into the wall where each hole already was. I made the holes in the wall smaller than in the board so that the knobs would be tighter.  Then I stuck in the knobs, and it stayed! Maybe it's not the best way to do it, but my necklaces aren't heavy, and it works. 

Did I mention how much I love these? So pretty!

Ta da! Complete with necklaces. I'm really excited about this! And I finally get to give the necklaces a home. I feel like I'll be much more likely to wear them if they're displayed, rather than forgetting about them when they're shoved in a jewelry box somewhere. Success! 

Friday, October 4, 2013

High Five for Friday #Shutdown Style

Happy Friday! It's been an interesting week, to say the least. I mean, America is basically down the toilet because we have no government and therefore I have no job. But not to worry! That gives me lots of free time to do things like blogging! It's been a few weeks, so here's what you missed: 

1. This is not a "high five" but I'm telling you anyway. I learned today that French Toast is a lot harder than it looks! I tried twice and just couldn't get it right WHAT. I mean, I can make a chocolate e'clair with my eyes closed, but I can't make a simple breakfast? I am a darn good cook THANK YOU. I WILL NOT BE DEFEATED! 

2. My friend Caitlin and I walked around downtown yesterday and I got to take some pictures. I've got a roll of film I've been meaning to finish off, and since DC isn't run over by tourists now, I figured yesterday was a good time. We couldn't actually go inside anywhere, but the weather was nice. 

3. I painted this wall! It's "Bayside Blue" I really like it.  The white walls in my apartment were driving me CRAZY.  This is much better.  Next up- curtains. 

4. Step 2 in making this apartment feel more like a home is adding things like rugs and wall art. Here's a rug I got from World Market. It was originally $45 and with coupons I got it for $19. Score! I've been obsessed with this rug for a loooong time so it feels great to finally have it. I put it under the coffee table. 

5. Some of my fellow furloughed friends came over for dinner this week and we made pumpkin lasagna! I was a little skeptical of the pumpkin but it actually was pretty good. It's got normal lasagna noodles, with swiss chard , pumpkin goo for the saucy bit, and parmesan cheese. 

Welp, the government continues to be shut down, so I'm going to continue to be a housewife. You know, baking stuff...probably a strawberry cobbler today. And who knows, I may even get crazy and vacuum! Watch out guys. 

Linking up with Lauren on this one.

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