Brunch Time – Family Time

Since my boyfriend and I moved in together, we have made a tradition with his family where we rotate brunch once a month at the three houses. This month was our turn and I went a little crazy with food (Hello it involves breakfast food so you knew I would haha). So much so that a majority of my Saturday was spent preparing for Sunday’s brunch. Check out what we made below and comment which treat you would like the recipe for!

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Christmas Cookies in July

It’s Christmas in July at our house and what better way to celebrate than to bake a seasonal mash up cookie. We are combining our tradition around Christmastime (12 Days of Cookies) and a favorite summer flavor – root beer floats. This worked out perfectly! We had made a root beer float cookie back in December of 2013 so a throwback to that Christmas season was fitting. So grab an iced coffee, and if you’re like us at embracing this whole Christmas in July celebration, some Christmas music, and let’s get baking!

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Pie and Beer Day Celebration

If you grew up in Utah or visited around July 24th and asked around about why firework stands were still up late after the 4th of July; you probably already know what day I am talking about… Pioneer Day. A celebration of when the pioneers travelled west and settled in Utah. A more recent addition to the day is a play on the word “Pioneer” to “Pie and Beer”. I’m not sure who started it but do we really need to ask too many prying questions if it involves eating pie? With an apple pie cooking in the oven (I’m drooling here because it smells delicious), cold beer waiting, and a firework show later tonight; I’m wishing you all a Happy Pie and Beer Day!

Fresh out of the oven!
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DIY Summer Wreaths

Summer colors are so exciting to work with when crafting. Between the brilliant greens and the bright shades, it’s almost hard to pick what direction of a color scheme to go with! We went with two different takes of this summer wreath. One focused on the greens while the other embraced the vibrant colors of the season.  We went a little crazy with the florals/greens for these wreaths and love how they turned out.

July 4th Treats

Happy July 4th Everyone! I hope you spent the day eating way too much BBQ and treats (like I did!). Then spending the night watching fireworks to celebrate! As always, my parents made a huge BBQ and it was delicious. I volunteered to make some desserts for the party and brought patriotic cake pops, Rice Krispy treats, and Oreos with candy coating stripes. This was my first attempt ever at making cake pops and I was pleasantly surprised with how well I did. Wishing you all a safe and happy July 4th celebration!

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Patriotic Monogram Sign

I’ve brought it up a few times before but I am a huge history buff. One of my favorite time periods to read about is surrounding the revolutionary war. Too perfect with July 4th tomorrow! While I am writing this, I am thinking about how I should reread the book that got me interested in the revolutionary time period. 1776 by David McCullough. (If you haven’t read it but are interested to learn about the events surrounding the revolution, it is highly recommended!)

I am pretty in love with the monogram letter door hangers that I have seen on Pinterest lately, and July 4th seemed like the perfect holiday to make my own.  Plus, the longest time spent on this sign was waiting for the paint to dry. Actual work time was maybe 20 minutes!

Patriotic Monogram Sign – E & O
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Pina Colada Love Sign

“If you like Pina Colada’s, and getting caught in the rain” I sang this on repeat in my head as I made this sign for the apartment. Even that first line makes me sing as I read along, anyone else? For me, that song screams summer and let’s be honest, Pina Colada’s are summer in a cup. I felt inspired by the Pina Colada I had on vacation last weekend poolside. With the sign being for the apartment, I also wanted to make it a little shout out to love. A walked into the local craft store looking to combine love and pineapples (ironically the same combination for the delicious beverage) and stumbled upon the walnut pallet sign. The hanger was meant to have the sign be horizontal but I knew by turning it vertical I could make a cute pineapple and include my quote. I gathered the other supplies needed and when I got home, quickly began to sketch out the pineapple outline. Wait… where is my Pina Colada while I do this project? Oh well, HELLO SUMMER!

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