fall feels

foggy fall morning

There’s something truly magical about a foggy fall morning; we were lucky enough to experience just that this past weekend and took advantage of it with a nice, long walk in our neighborhood. When we started our walk, the fog was thick and heavy, but by the time we got home it had started to lift. Here’s a brief video I took along the way.

Fog
by Carl Sandburg

The fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

foggy fall morning

foggy fall morning

fall feels #doglife #dogsinleaves #bordercolliemix #bordercollie #greatlakesbordercollierescue #glbcr

by Valerie | 11.07.17 | Around our home, Around town, For Funsies, Marvelous Maddy | No Comments »

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween 🎃

Happy Halloween! We put together this fun sign stand with chalk paint and carved up this cute little foam pumpkin to serve candy from so that trick-or-treaters can help themselves to candy on our front lawn. As our 1-year old, rescue, border collie mix pup, Maddy, can be reactive and likely wouldn’t do well with strangers (dressed in costumes at that) ringing our doorbell or knocking on our door most of the night we thought this would be a nice alternative. We’ll set it up on a pedestal with a blinking light inside to illuminate our jack-o-lantern tonight. Hope your holiday is frightfully fun!

by Valerie | 10.31.17 | Around our home, For Funsies, Holidaze, Marvelous Maddy | No Comments »

fall feels

fall y’all #fallleaves

We’ve had cool, rainy weather here this last week – definitely fireplace weather, which I love! After a hectic work week and coming home from travel, I was especially happy to enjoy some downtime. There is no better place to be on a cold, rainy night that my home by the fire…and I think Maddy agrees.

there is no better place to be on a cold, rainy night than my home by the fire #findyourhappyplace

The other thing that I find myself craving, when the weather turns like this, is a nice, hot, homemade bowl of soup. Ryan put together a delicious tomato-based soup – with animal shaped pasta noodles thrown in no less – which he dubbed “soup for grown-ass adults”; this “grown-ass adult” gives it two thumbs up (check out the close up of the crocodile shaped noodle in the photo below)!

soup for grown-ass adults

soup for grown-ass adults

by Valerie | 10.29.17 | Around our home, Around town, For Funsies, Marvelous Maddy | No Comments »

weekend haps

Sunday afternoon feels #apartmenttherapy

I had one of those perfect moments on Sunday afternoon, sitting in the front room of my home…cool, fresh air blowing in through the open windows, sunlight ducking in and out of the clouds, listening to the leaves blowing in the trees outside…finding my happy place and just enjoying it. The front of our home faces west and the afternoon/evening light in that room can be spectacular – the cool, fall air certainly didn’t hurt either. Maddy did her best to help Ryan with catching up on some emails on Sunday too (lol); I can’t get enough of these two!

my loves

by Valerie | 10.16.17 | Around our home, For Funsies, Marvelous Maddy | No Comments »

weekend haps

fall fields

It still doesn’t feel like fall in Michigan, we had high temps in the 80s over the weekend; but it certainly is looking like fall here which is nice. We spent all afternoon on Sunday raking and picking up seed pods that have fallen out of our locust tree and leaves in our yard. We also planted our rose bush in the backyard, which I hope will do well over the winter and bloom again in the spring/summer next year. It was nice to spend some time sprucing up the house, both inside and out, and put out a few decorations for Halloween. And with Halloween in mind…

Maddy will just close her eyes through the scary parts. 😉

#doglife

by Valerie | 10.09.17 | Around our home, For Funsies, Garden, Holidaze, Marvelous Maddy | No Comments »

weekend haps

ummm...

Maddy’s antics never cease to amuse us (and, let’s be honest, sometimes drive us crazy); the image above is of one of her rubber squeaker toys which she’s dropped into the toilet all by herself – we fished it out and properly cleaned it off…but it did give us a good laugh! She’s got that “Border Collie stare” down pat and her curly tail is the cutest. We enjoyed a relaxing weekend at home with Maddy, lots of long walks in our neighborhood (the crisp, fall temps we had were much appreciated!), and we made this Blue Apron meal and used up about half of our garden basil to put together a quick pesto sauce for a pasta dinner Sunday evening.

there was a little girl with a little curl...

by Valerie | 10.02.17 | Around our home, For Funsies, Marvelous Maddy, Recipes | No Comments »

buffalo plaid

buffalo plaid

buffalo plaid

buffalo plaid

You can read a bit about the history of buffalo plaid here and here.

by Valerie | 10.01.17 | Around our home, For Funsies, Marvelous Maddy | No Comments »

chili, college football, & diy pillow cases

Getting our pre-game on & ready for some Red Raider football tonight! On the left: Wolverine Oktoberfest. On the right: Homes Brewery "Bang Down" Oat Stout. @wolverinestatebrewingco @homesbrewery @texastechathletics

Although we still have some highs in the 80s here, it is cooling off and there are signs of fall everywhere…changing leaves, cooler nights, an abundance of Michigan apples, and college football. This Texas gal will never get over how truly breathtaking Michigan is in the fall! We recently made our first batch of veggie chili at home and watched our first Texas Tech football game of the season on TV last Saturday (TTU 52 – ASU 45). We paired two excellent, local beers with our college football experience last weekend too: Wolverine Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest and Homes Brewery “Bang Down” Oat Stout. To top it off, we enjoyed watching the game while relaxing on our DIY pillow cases; we found some beautiful wool fabric at an estate sale which we bought for next to nothing and managed to sew 8 pillow cases from out of 2 different fabrics (4 euro shams and 4 standard shams). Happy fall!

#apartmenttherapy #diy

by Valerie | 09.19.17 | Around our home, For Funsies | No Comments »

homemade dog treats

pb, pumpkin, grain-free homemade dog treats #diy #grainfree #dogtreats #homemade

We decided to make Maddy some homemade dog treats, following this recipe, today and she seems to love them. It wasn’t difficult and went pretty quickly (the most difficult/time consuming step was getting the treats to come neatly out of the cookie cutters and onto the tray without breaking) and it’s good to know exactly what goes into them as we made them ourselves. We used various cookie cutter sizes and shapes and, pictured below, Maddy waited patiently at our feet while we put these together. I’m sure we’ll be making more and trying some different recipes out in the near future; here’s to happy, healthy pups!

pb, pumpkin, grain-free homemade dog treats #diy #grainfree #dogtreats #homemade

pb, pumpkin, grain-free homemade dog treats #diy #grainfree #dogtreats #homemade

by Valerie | 09.10.17 | Around our home, Marvelous Maddy, Recipes | No Comments »

peachy keen

peaches

It’s peach season in Michigan and there is an abundant supply of juicy, ripe fruit available at our local farmer’s markets – or if you’re lucky enough to have a friend who has peach trees and is willing to share, from friends too! We were inspired by our friend Jennifer, who recently made and shared a beautiful peach crisp photo, and our friend Laura, who generously gave us a bag of peaches from her yard, to make our own peach crisp and it did not disappoint; we used this recipe as a guide (thank you, Jennifer!) and Ryan did a bit of tweaking using what we had available in our pantry (we added oats and cinnamon and left out the garam masala).

While we aren’t growing our own peaches, we are growing our own tomatoes, zucchini, strawberries, peppers, and herbs this summer and our tomato plants are producing some beautiful fruit; just look at this heaping bowl of tomato (there’s a zucchini hiding in there too) goodness! As our ripe tomato count is rising, we’re considering what do with them all…pasta sauce, salsa, etc. I couldn’t resist snapping a quick photo of them all piled up in this beautiful bowl by Abigail Murray Studio on top of this tea towel by MirDinara.

garden goodies #grewitmyself

We also took some time this weekend to use the laser cutter at Maker Works to make a custom-etched dog tag for Maddy; what we ended up with was 100 times better than what we were able to get from the machine at the pet store too. DIY for the win!

custom, laser-etched dog tag @makerworks_a2

by Valerie | 08.14.17 | Around our home, For Funsies, Garden, Marvelous Maddy, Recipes | No Comments »

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