Sunday, July 10, 2011

m is for montana..

so if i haven't mentioned it, i'm in montana for the summer!

totally having a blast hangin' with my sister and her hubby.. and of course my super rad nephews! plus i've met some really cool people and am getting to spend some quality time with my girl katie..

basically.. it's the best summer i've had in a really long time!

on thursday i decided to climb the M (here in town there's a giant M on the side of the mountain with a trail up to it).. anywho. i brought my camera with and had a loverly time. although it was a tad harder than i remembered and i think i misjudged my level of in-shape-ness. haha. i was out of breath the whole way up. maybe i'm just not used to climbing stuff..

here are a few shots i got along the way..

it's the M..!

the babies that got me up this mountain =D

it was gorgeous.. as you can see. i'm looking forward to the next time i climb it..!
xoxo mandie

Thursday, May 19, 2011

fruity pebbles treats.. gluten free!

ooh!! i was at the grocery store tonight picking up some ingredients for a recipe (which i'll share with you later) and i came across these bars. i of course had to try them, since fruity pebbles are one of my favorite cereals! these bars are fun and really pretty tasty. one of the best parts is they're packaged and great for on the go. sure, they're not exactly healthy but hey, you gotta let yourself have some "fun" foods sometimes and i'm always excited to find a new gluten free snack!

i'd give them a 4 star rating..

gluten free, 90 calories and only 9 grams of sugar!

xoxo mandie

Monday, May 2, 2011

brown polka dot quilt..

i'm excited about this one =D

it's been a while since i posted.. life's just been really busy lately i guess. anyways.. finally i had some time and wanted to share this baby quilt i made for a friend. i know we're supposed to be all humble and everything but i can't help it.. i think this is just about the cutest thing ever! i was really happy with how it turned out! and i hope you like it too..!

the fabrics.. i'm in
love with polka dots! especially the big ones!

the plans =]

i was really proud of how beautiful the
back looked! i had to take a picture to document.

tah-dah!! finished!

i LOVE all the quilting!

all wrapped and ready to give!

xoxo mandie

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

outfit inspiration: kim kardashian

i am loving this outfit.. i don't usually care for kim's wardrobe choices but this is totally something i would wear! i like how casual and easy it is but put together at the same time..

i love the sandals and the pants together.. the big watch. love.
and the sunglasses really pull it all together and make it super cool.

xoxo mandie

Friday, April 15, 2011

pretty smellies..

without fail, one thing that will always make me happy is my perfume collection.. not only are the bottles pretty but they smell heavenly too! i keep all my perfume on my window sill and there is nothing prettier than the sun shining in on them on a nice day!

perfumes from left to right: chanel chance eau fraiche, abercrombie & fitch 8, nollie live, nollie, and juicy couture viva la juicy

i love all of them but my faves would have to be viva la juicy and chanel chance.. what's your favorite perfume?

xoxo mandie

Friday, April 8, 2011

ikea shopping spree..

on tuesday i went to ikea with my mom, my sisters molly and julie and my niece and nephew.. we had a ton of fun walking around and looking at all the beautiful displays! and it only took us around 3 and a 1/2 hours to get through it all! we all came away with lots of goodies and ended up spending around $650 dollars (yikes!) between the four of us!.. actually five (our sister in montana had us buy some stuff for her since she doesn't have an ikea there). here's what i came home with..

kassett dvd boxes
these are going to be perfect for keeping my collection
of dvd's organized and looking beautiful!

ekby bjarnum wall shelf
i have been wanting to put a shelf up in my room for about two
or three years now.. a place to hold all my make-up
and once i install the mirror i purchased right above it,
putting on my make-up in the morning is about to get
a whole lot more fun!

glenn bar stool
i'm soo excited about this gorgeous chair. it's comfy
and looks fabulous and pretty in my room.
it goes with the shelf.. a place for me to sit while
i put on my make-up every morning. i love it!

xoxo mandie

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

aunt l'von's salad..

so, i never used to eat salad.. or anything green for that matter! haha. like most little kids i was picky.. but i was really picky.. more picky than your average kid.. and it lasted until i was about 18 or 19 years old! haha. yes.. that old.

i am happy to say though, that i have branched out and grown my taste buds quite a lot in the past 5 or 6 years. and now.. i'm pretty much in love with vegetables (within reason of course, i don't know about any of that eggplant or brussel sprout business.. we'll see.. my tastes may continue to grow)..!

salad is one of those area's where i am still growing but i have found a few salad recipes within the last year that i really like.. my aunt l'von made this salad for dinner, last summer when i was visiting her.. i fell in love with it and asked her for the recipe. it is absolutely amaaaz-ing and i love it to death.. i am going to share the recipe with you (aren't you lucky.. no really. you are!)..! i make it a few times a month.. at least!

aunt l'von's salad

here's what you'll need:

for the salad..
1 head of romaine
1 head of green leaf
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup cooked and crumbled bacon
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted (i used chopped almonds in the salad above because that was what i had.. both work!)
1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
1 apple chopped (i like to use fuji or braeburn)
1/2 cup dried fruit like craisins or dried cherries (optional.. i don't like it in mine)
sliced chicken tenders (optional.. i like to place mine on top.. it makes it look really gourmet and pretty)

directions: wash and tear lettuce. put everything in a big bowl.. add the dressing and toss!

for the dressing..
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup honey
2 tablespoons of grainy mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup vegetable oil

directions: put vinegar, honey, mustard, salt and pepper into mixer. mix on low speed and slowly add the oil. mix for a few minutes to really get the flavors incorporated. (you can use this dressing right away, although the flavor is better after it sits a day or two)

i hope if you give this recipe a try, you will love it as much as i do!
xoxo mandie

Friday, March 25, 2011

friday night fun..

we have a treat tonight!

ruston, (one of my FOUR adorable nephews =D) gets to spend the night with us. his mamma and daddy had a wedding to attend tonight and instead of coming back to get him at 11pm or so they decided to let him spend the night.. which is of course, super fun for me!

i had to get some photo's..

look at that adorable face =]

we played this game where we count to 3.. and when we get to 3 we "go crazy" shouting and laughing and jumping up and down. it was REALLY fun! ruston totally got into it =D

teddy graham!
and of course we had to eat treats! (don't tell his mama :o)

i hope your friday night was as fun as mine!
xoxo mandie

Sunday, March 20, 2011

coffee craving..

tonight after church i was really craving starbucks! so we stopped in on our way home and i got my usual =]

tall iced coffee with milk and white mocha
it's delish-e-icious!

what's your drink?

xoxo mandie

Monday, March 7, 2011

ducky duck duck..

i crocheted this little guys several months back.. he was initially intended for a niece or nephew but i never got around to giving him up.. i think he's funky and cute and i like him.

his beak's a little crooked but
i think it gives him character =]

and he's got jingle bells inside!

xoxo mandie

Saturday, March 5, 2011

me, my camera and the sun..

today was an unexpected ray of sunshine.. literally, the sun was shining! it was a nice change of pace from our recently stormy seattle weather. well, the sun was making me so happy and i had to get out in it! so, i decided to go adventuring.. all by myself! i grabbed my camera, sunglasses and lipgloss and headed out to see what i could find to do! i ended up at alki beach (a favorite of mine) and had fun walking along the shore and taking pictures.. and of course i stopped in at starbucks for an hour or so. it was a gorgeous day and i quite enjoyed spending it with myself =]

here are some shots i got today. the black and whites were my favorite..

i really like this one.

xoxo mandie

Friday, February 25, 2011

gluten free flourless double chocolate pecan cookies!

oh my goodness! you are in for a real treat with these babies. i got this recipe from an issue of martha stewarts everyday food.. these cookies are moist chewy and oh so chocolatey! and the best part is that there's no fat in them, so you can sit back and enjoy these cookie's without.. well too much guilt =] seriously though.. these are hands down the best chocolate cookie's i've ever eaten!

  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • 3/4 cups cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 5 ounces semi sweet bakers chocolate, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans (or other nut), chopped
  • 4 egg whites (room temperature)

#1. whisk together sugar, cocoa and salt.


#2. mix in the chocolate and pecan chunks.

#3. add the egg whites and stir just until incorporated (be careful not to over mix)

#4. with large cookie scoop, scoop out cookie dough 3 inches apart on baking sheet.

#5. flatten your cookies with the palm of your hand and place in a 325 degree oven. cook for 10 minutes, rotate pan and cook for another 10 minutes.. until tops are dry and cracked.

#6. let cool on pan for a few minutes. move to wire rack and let cool completely.

mhmmm! make them..
you won't be disappointed.

xoxo mandie