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Things We Love: Christmas in a Small Town

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Baby tree at one of our favorite breakfast spots

One of my favorite things about the little town where we live is how over the top they go on Christmas decorations. Every store, every restaurant, all down Main street, is full to the brim of Christmas spirit. There’s a huge tree in the middle of the town square, and lights everywhere. They never fail to make me happy, even on the gloomiest of days.

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Simple Pleasures

Instead of complaining about how much I hate Monday’s I thought it might be nice to focus on life’s simple pleasures. So here’s a few I’ve been enjoying lately.

– The beginning of fall!
– Homemade coffee creamer
Homemade pickles
– A cool morning
– Switching summer for fall clothes. It’s like gaining a whole new wardrobe, only one you picked out and already love.
– Porches
– Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl

What have you been enjoying lately?

Things We Love: Unexpected Visitors

For the past few days, Josh and I have had a visitor.

Meet Minerva McGonagall:

She’s a super sweet stray who seems to have adopted us. We think she’s about 2-3 months old, but we’re not entirely sure yet.

I have never ever been a cat person, but this cat is so cute and cuddly that she’s already wormed her way into my heart.

Josh is calling our landlords today to see if we can get permission to break our no pets policy in our lease. Since we don’t have any carpet in the house, and we’ve been great tenants for over a year, I’m hoping they let us bring her inside!

Anyone else have anything exciting happen this weekend?

 

Things We Love: Anniversaries

Yesterday was our wedding anniversary.

A year ago this morning, I woke up with a new last name and a husband beside me.

Everyone gives you so many warnings about your first year of marriage, how hard it is, and that if you can make it through, it’ll be (relatively) smooth sailing.

Let me just say, if the first year is supposed to be the hardest, then the rest of our lives will be an absolute breeze, because it has been the best year of my life.

I love you to the moon, baby! Can’t wait for the next 70 or so years! I have high hopes.

Things We Love: Cheap Thrills

Last week, Josh and I both took time off of work to recharge. We went down to Atlanta for a few days (more on that later!), and then spent some time at home. It was seriously an awesome week. So very needed.

While our trip was our big treat, I did still buy a little happy after we had come home. I saw a blogger that I follow post a picture of some shoes from Target on instagram (I’m sossawoman if you want to follow!), so I decided that we needed to go to our local Target so I could try them on before they ran out of my size. It happens.

Behold, my sweet new purchase:

So fun! I’ve been wanting to buy a pair of menswear inspired shoes, but since I don’t know just how much I’ll wear them, I hated spending much. I think under $20 makes it justifiable. Plus, they have pink soles. Done.

You can check them out here.

Anybody else buy anything cute recently? Even though it’s crazy hot here, I’m still starting to gather things for fall!

Things We Love: Wickles Pickles

I am, and have been my entire life, a die hard dill pickle girl. I find bread and butter pickles absolutely revolting.

This weekend though, I made a massive batch of Pioneer Woman’s Macaroni Salad (with homemade mayonnaise. Oh yeah) and she said to find a sweet and spicy pickle to add to it. I was a little skeptical, but decided to keep my trust in PW, so I went to the store and started looking. Many of the commentors on her recipe mentioned Wickles Pickles, so when I saw a jar, I decided to give them a try.

Hello, new favorite pickle! Sweet, spicy, crunchy… it’s pickle nirvana. It’s also the perfect addition to any sort of salad. If you ever find a jar, grab 7! Hoard them, holding them tightly.

If Josh is lucky, I’ll let him have a few.

Here’s a link to help you find some of your own!

Iced Coffee

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As it gets rather hot here in the summer, I like to switch to iced coffee for my morning caffeine intake. I prefer not to drink beverages that induce sweating in the summer, just as a general rule.

Bryan, my husband, is the coffee maker in the house and he previously has made my coffee just like his (in the french press) and then poured my share over ice. I know this isn’t the correct way to make iced coffee, but it’s worked for us as it hasn’t involved any further steps or preparation from what we were already doing. Sure, the ice melted and was a bit watered down, but I wasn’t complaining. As long as there is caffeine, I’m happy.

But then at the end of last summer when I started researching proper ways to cold brew. I was interested, but not interested enough in making my own coffee. As of yesterday, my husband is traveling again with work (he’s a sales rep so he travels seasonally) and I was faced with having to make my own coffee in the morning. I figured this was the perfect time to try cold brewing.

A friend wrote down his method for me step by step. I love this method because I do all the work, not that it really is work, the day before. So in the morning all I have to do is pour and stir. Which is way easier than waiting for the water to boil, then the grinds to steep before making my morning cup.

Iced Coffee (french press method)

Combine your coffee grinds with cold water in your french press (however strong you’re used to making it is fine) and let sit for 3-5 minutes. Then stir. Cover your press with saran wrap and refrigerate for at least 12 hours.

When ready for coffee, take out your press, stir and then press. Fill your glass 2/3rds full and mix in your sweetener (if you are like me and need things sweet) then cover with ice and add cream. Stir and sip!

Happy Monday!