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Archive for April, 2011

Guest Post: Quiet Like Horses

I’m so excited to start the week of with a delightful guest post from my sweet bloggin’ buddy, Sobrina. She has a lovely blog, Quiet Like Horses. We first connected through blog post comments and I’ve been a fan of hers ever since. She’s super talented and adorable too, I mean who throws cute blog re-launch party like this? Take it away Sobrina!

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Spring is one of my favorite seasons. For one thing, the colors this time of year are so fresh and lively. If I could choose one cookie to represent all that I love about spring, it would be a macaron. It’s wonderfully delicate and comes in a myriad of Easter-basket-worthy colors, from pistachio greens to petal pinks to lovely lavenders. I wanted to surprise friends with something sweet to celebrate the season and decided these would be perfect.

The key was to find really great macarons which can be easier said than done. Luckily for me, Nicole Lee Fine Chocolates makes some of the best macarons I’ve ever had, and they offer free local delivery if you live in San Jose.

I created these simple cards, printed them out on cardstock, and cut them out with craft scissors.

I filled treat boxes with matching crinkle cut paper shred to make sure the entire package would brighten even the roughest Monday morning.

Tied up with a purple ribbon, the packages were really pretty and even my macaron-skeptic cousin loved them.

Thank you, Krista, for having me on your lovely blog! Happy spring everyone!

Posted 4/18/11, Topic: Blog

Splash

Well folks, I’m signing off for the weekend and the entire next week. Headed down to the Gulf of Mexico with the fam. I’m ready to kick back and dip my feet in the ocean. The white sugar-sand beaches are calling me and I’m pretty sure there’s a fruity drink with my name on it!
I’ve got some fun stuff planned while I’m gone. A full week of guest posts here on Blue Eyed Yonder! Get excited kiddos, you’re in for a real treat! From awesome vintage goodness to a hip DIY, you’re not gonna want to miss it. 

Posted 4/15/11, Topic: Blog

Elvis

Elvis, Elvis, let me be! Keep that pelvis far from me!
They didn’t call him “the king” for nothing, not only could he sing a mean tune, that boy enjoyed some pretty snazzy sandwiches. His classic – fried peanut butter, banana, & bacon sandwich. Whew!
This sandwich is not quite as over-the-top as the king’s and adds a little bit of local goodness – honey! The honey not only adds a sweet, rich element to the sandwich, it also helps fight allergies. (I think we could all use a little relief during pollen season. Ick.)

Smother your favorite bread in creamy peanut butter, add a layer of sliced bananas and drizzle-drizzle with honey.

Uh-huh-huh! (In my best Elvis voice.)

Slice that sucker in half and smack it up. Delish! Next time I might be brave and slap some crispy bacon on it. I actually think the salty taste may balance out the sandwich nicely.

Photos by {Blue Eyed Yonder}

If you make this or if you’ve had it before, let me know what you think. And I’d love to know your favorite Elvis song while we’re at it!

Posted 4/14/11, Topic: Eats

Crushed

I can’t chomp down on a piece of crushed ice without thinking about my Dad. In fact, if you ask anyone in my family, they’d say the two go hand in hand.

For as long as I can remember, my Dad has been a huge crushed ice fanatic, dare I say connoisseur. He always knew what kind of ice each restaurant had; which ones had the “good ice” as we call it. For a while, he had a little arrangement with a local barbeque restaurant, he’d pay them to let him fill his cooler up with their ice and we’d have crushed ice at every family gathering. No one even bothers to go to the fridge for ice; the rumbling and churning of an ice machine is not a sound heard in Dad’s house. Nope, everyone knows to go out on the back porch, you see, that’s where the “good ice” is kept. Since then, my Dad has gotten a crushed ice machine of his own; a big beauty that pumps out the most beautiful, white crunchy ice. So there’s never any question, when we get together… Dad’s bringing the ice.

All this talk about ice reminds me of a funny story. When Mr. Blue Eyed Yonder and I got engaged, we had a little party in South Georgia to celebrate with friends and family. Of course, we wanted the “good ice”, so Dad packed up a huge cooler of it and drove it 4 hours south for the party.

At the end of the night, as things were winding down, I went out to the garage to get an ice refill. To my horror, I found the cooler empty! Yes, completely empty. Frantically I looked all around in the dark garage. Where in the world could it be? There’s no way we plowed through a 100-quart cooler of ice in a matter of hours. Then something caught my eye. In the driveway I saw something sparkle in the dark. Nooo! It can’t be!

Yes, the entire ice chest had been dumped out. In an effort to start cleaning up, my uncle decided the ice should be the first to go. Poor Uncle Guy, guess he had no idea how nuts my Dad’s side of the family is about our ice. I walked like a zombie back into the house. Everyone was laughing and carrying on when I blurted…

“Umm, someone dumped out all the ice.”

The room got deathly quiet, you would’ve thought they’d all just seen a ghost. “What’d you say?”

“Someone dumped out the ice.”

The room erupted into chaos. People jumped up out of their chairs and got all in a hubble to see what was going on. (You see, most parties end when the beer is gone, in our family, the party ends when the ice is out.)

Several of us went outside to the scene of the crime. “It’s all in a pile. The stuff on top still has to be clean, let’s save it!”

So, like a bunch of loons, we started shoveling the ice from the driveway back into the cooler. You might laugh, but we saved enough ice for the whole gang to get one more icy fix that night.

All I have to say to Dad is, “remember when Uncle Guy dumped out the ice?” and he gets on a roll, laughing and re-telling the story over. It’s one of those that never gets old. Good times.

Posted 4/13/11, Topic: Eats

Easy Backyard Flower Assembly

Nothing freshens up a room more than a bouquet of fresh flowers. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate display, sometimes just the simplest handful will do the trick.
Don’t think that you have to spend a lot or any money for that matter. You’d be surprised what you can round up in your own backyard. Let’s break it down…

Don’t be afraid to experiment. Just take a quick walk outside, you might be surprised at your findings.

Photos by {Blue Eyed Yonder}

Posted 4/12/11, Topic: DIY

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