Just a few nibbles to tide you over, until I decide to write a real post.  Whenever that may be.

  • This weekend, I went into the danger zone.  A “stunk” got caught in the raccoon trap, causing all sorts of stinky mayhem.  Country girls can survive, that’s all I’m say’in.  On a side note, skunks are a lot prettier up close than I thought they would be.  Also, they smell even worse than I ever imagined.
  • The She Reads Truth app has finally launched and it is great!  They have some free studies, some lightly priced ones, plus free scripture lock screens and more.  It’s a great way to get your daily Bible reading in and learn along side a wonderful community of gals.
  • I am fascinated by Tsh’s capsule wardrobe for their upcoming world-wide tour.  She and her family are hitting the road for one whole year of travel and she has her very limited wardrobe all ready to go. I don’t know if I could pull that off!
  • I desperately need these sticky page flags!   I might need these as well.  And since we’re add it, might as well throw these in too.
  • I wish I had never discovered this, because now I want to spread it on everything.
  • I just finished Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.  Through the first couple pages I was thinking, “I don’t know about this…”.  Then I got sucked into the vortex and when it ended I was screaming, “Nooooooo!!!!!”  It’s that good. (warning: it contains language and some dark (but real) subject matter; parents preview it before letting your teens read it.)
  • Every weekend I intend to rent a movie.  But then I start strolling through my Netflix queue, watch 5 documentaries and never get around to picking a movie!  I need some recommendations!

Seriously, I need your movie suggestions so next weekend I don’t end up watching 15 Secrets of the Vatican.


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Here are some left-overs from the past few weeks:

  • As you can see from the above photo, the raccoons are back.  Dirty little thieves.
  • I added a board to my Pinterest called Color Love.  A theme is becoming increasingly clear…. I might be mildly obsessed with shades of blue and green.
  • In the summer, all I want for breakfast, lunch and dinner is popsicles.  I think this one sounds dee-vine.
  • Everyone is talking about the tragic loss of Robin Williams.  Some kind words, some not-so-kind words.  Grace people, grace.  Also, we lost Lauren Bacall who is one of my all time favorites.  She was tough & elegant, sultry & smart.  One classy lady.  The world feels a little duller without them both.
  • My sister started a mobile spray tanning business this summer.  All organic, paraben free, etc.  The color is amazing and fades very nicely. You can see her FB page here.
  • Another sister, niece and I went to see the musical Brigadoon at the local round-about theater.  We had so much fun!  It always makes me laugh when people are standing 2 inches from each other’s faces and belting out show-tunes.  Try doing that in real life.
  • Although I can only have dairy about once a week, I have a new favorite yogurt.  I’m not sure what “French style” means except yummy.
  • Mandi over at Vintage Revivals is over-hauling a little camper and I can’t wait to see how it turns out.  She has added that blue/green penny tile that I love so much.
  • I’ve been burning through the books this summer!  I’m in the middle of Where’d You Go Bernadette, Your Personal Paleo Code, Nom-Nom Paleo and Practical Paleo.   Yes, I am feeling a little better since switching to *mostly* Paleo.  You can find some of my other read and to-read lists over at Good Reads.
  • Can you guess which one I want?  Although, they are all darling.

That’s it for this week, I hope you enjoy your weekend.  I’ll be out trapping raccoons.

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pesto jars

Just a few crumbs from my past week.

  • LeiLani and I went to the Chico Nighttime Farmer’s Market this week.  Shopping for produce in the dark is a little strange, not totally sure what you’ve bought til you get home.  We also were there near to closing, prices were getting slashed, so I walked out with a gorgeous $6 bouquet of flowers and 2 huge bunches of basil for $1.  Yes, you guessed it.  I made pesto.  Another 6 cups worth of pesto for the freezer.  My goal is at least 2 more batches.
  • I’m sure everyone on the planet has seen this video that nods to Jane Austen.  I saw it for the first time last week and I can’t stop laughing.  It’s making want to watch Jane Austen Book Club.  OrHoneysuckle. It’s almost the same color as my natural lip, but gives them the slightest sheen and even color. Get ‘ya some.
  • I signed up for Melody Ross’ new online course: Soul Comfort.  It begins on Tuesday but there’s plenty of time to sign up!  In Melody’s words: “This course if full of beautiful projects to fuel your creativity in very simple and easy ways that are meditational and relaxing , beautiful comforting things that will have your soul infused into them so that you want to keep them forever.” I have taken all but one of Brave Girls Club’s online art courses; they are so fun and really, it’s not about the art.  Art is simply the vehicle Melody uses to teach her message of bravery, hope and encouragement.  If you’re interested you can sign up here!
  • I think I’m about 90% through this darned site migration.  It has been h-e-double-hockey-sticks. Seriously, never doing that again. The good news is that all of you email subscribers got transferred over this week, didn’t lose a single one of you!
  • Last but not least… I have been working like crazy to get this year’s 31 Days Of series ready and with one week to go I’m ready to reveal the topic: 31 Days of Surviving Chronic Illness.  Doesn’t that sound fun?? OK, it may not be a fun subject BUT it is such an important subject, especially if you suffer from chronic pain or mystery illnesses.  My goal is not to wallow for 31 days about how horrible chronic illness is but rather, give you some strategies and tips to getting through the bad days, finding the help you need and some inspiration to keep you focused.  I’m still writing the posts, lordy I hope I can get it all done in time!  Keep your eyes pealed, it all begins October 1.

1.  Jake picked out this shirt.  I’m just kidding!  His mommy picked it out.

2.  My sister pinned this brilliant idea.  If you have a toddler who has discovered how to shut themselves in the bathroom, you need to do this!

3.  I have seen these little chalkboard spice jars before, but after looking at the photo, I realized my measuring spoons are on one side of the kitchen and the spice drawer is way on the other side.  It makes more sense to keep them closer together, right?  I’m going to have to fix that….

4.  There are so many great makeup tutorials on the web and all over Pinterest these days but I stumbled on this gal and I can’t stop watching her videos!  I even tried the No Makeup-Makeup one this weekend and loved it!

5. Aren’t these felt fortune cookies so darling?  And way easier to make than real fortune cookies, trust me!

6.  I waaaaaay prefer pencil highlighters to the traditional pen highlighters.  They are hard to find but this site has lots!

7.  Guess what Carey is buying herself for her birthday?!  Squirrel!

8.  I just booked a trip to Myrtle Beach!  I have no idea what is in Myrtle Beach!  But I know what isn’t there…. work!

And don’t forget….

Today is Twitter Tuesday, hooray!! I have no idea what we are going to talk about today but I can guarantee it will be wacky!  Follow us on Twitter with hashtag #careyandbree

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Here are the leftovers  from last week:

1.  George Strait is on his final tour and I had the privilege to go this past week.  I have been listening to George Strait practically my whole life and it was a little surreal watching him and realizing that I would never again hear him live.  He sang about 1,000 songs, all chart toppers and it was grand.

2.  I think I must be the last person on the planet to jump on the This American Life Podcast bandwagon but the past few weeks I have really gotten into it.  This last week’s podcast on Surrogates was fascinating, especially Act 2 which was about a family who adopted a grown man who had served time in prison for the violent murder of his parents.  How’s that for a Monday morning? I know it is terribly morbid and ugly, but the story is told by one of the daughters of that family and is more about their dysfunction than the ex-con.  It’s fascinating, oops I said that already. But it is.  Surrogates | This American Life.

3.  I don’t know what happened but lately my Pinterest traffic has just about quadrupled and all because of my recipe for my Great Grandmother’s Oil Pie Crust.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled!  But I didn’t realize how popular granny’s recipe would be!

4.  Buttermilk Greek Yogurt Herb Dressing.  I like all five of those words.

5.  I have been looking for a quick and easy tutorial on sketching the human form.  I just always seem to get the proportions wrong.  I stumbled on this YouTube tutorial and she does such a great job of putting all into plain English, and concisely. There are 3 parts.

6.  In celebration of the upcoming Valentine’s Day, I did my nails like this.  It was so easy, too! I didn’t do glitter, just a red heart on a gray base.

7.  One of my hair stylists (yes, I have several.  This mop takes many hands to tame it) told me about this nifty appliance by Fagor that not only is a pressure cooker, but also is a rice cooker AND slow cooker.  I’m so curious…..

And in case you missed it, I shared this recipe last week:

Also, tomorrow don’t forget the Tuesday Twitter Party with #caryeandbree!  She doesn’t know it yet, but tomorrow we are going to write a song!

cracker jack popcorn

Here are a few “crumbs” I missed last week:

  • I know, I missed our Friday Recipe, so sorry.  The last few days of the week just got away from me.  But I worked this weekend on a fun recipe from my childhood (above) and I should have it ready for this Friday.  Fingers crossed!
  • On the way to/from work I listen to The Splendid Table Podcast.  This episode on olive oil was so informative on what makes good olive oil good and what makes bad olive oil bad.  And we’re in luck, one of the inexpensive-yet-quality olive oils recommended originates right here in California, California Olive Ranch.  And while we’re on the subject, my favorite olive oil is also from California but is just an hour or so up the road from me: Lucero.  I buy mine at Whole Foods in the bulk section.
  • Ann Voskamp’s 25 Point Manifesto for Sanity.  Thanks,  Anne.  I needed that.  My favorite (I think) is #4: Your work is art, it needs a soundtrack. Find your music. Play your music.  Sing your music.
  • Usually when I get a sore throat I make a mixture of lemon juice, hot water and honey and it usually does the trick. It’s both soothing and seems to speed up the healing.  But I saw this recipe for a clove-coconut throat soother and I think I might try it next time the need arises.  Which hopefully won’t be for a long, long time.
  • This show is old, I caught up on it on Netflix.  I have to admit, I’ve watched both seasons twice because it is so darn interesting.  You have to be some kind of crazy to do what these people have done.  Or dead, as sadly is the case at times.  It gives me a whole new perspective on Everest.
  • This “hello” shirt is officially on my wish list.  I have always adored retro football tees, and someday this will be mine.



And don’t forget:

Today is Twitter Tuesday with #careyandbree!  It’s the day that we have a little Twitter party with our friends (you!), talking about all sorts of craziness.  We would love to meet you, drop by anytime tomorrow, the party begins at 8am PST and ends when we finally call it a night.  Join us by following hashtag #careyandbree

Just a few leftovers from my week:

  • I think whole chickens and Cornish game hens are funny food props.  I like to make them sing and dance, even if I’m the only one in the kitchen.  True story.  Last weekend I made a simple dinner of game hen, marble potatoes and carrots, similar to this recipe. I trussed it and everything. 
  • Wonder Twin pinned this idea and I think it’s brilliant!  Instead of buying a bed skirt that slides all over and is impossible to put on straight, upholster the box spring with a staple gun!  Now I’m in search of the perfect fabric.
  • My Great-Grandma Pat used to sing a nursery rhyme to me when I was little, but it was in Polish so I never understood a word of it but it had hand motions, similar to “This Little Piggy Went To Market” and I remember it was about birds leaving a nest.  Somehow I stumbled on this explanation of the poem and now I know what she was saying!  I wish I knew someone who could say it still.  Jake would get a kick out of it.
  • Isn’t this forest animals print adorable?  I might need it.  And not just because there are dancing squirrels.
  • If you watch Downton Abbey you MUST watch this clip from Jimmy Fallon!
  • Aren’t these linen tea towels wonderful?  I am a sucker for a tea towel.

…and don’t forget…

Today is Twitter Tuesday with #careyandbree!  It’s a Twitter party with myself, Bree and some of our best buddies, where we talk about… whatever crosses our minds!  Recently we decided that Bree’s favorite animal is a fox which set off a whole chain of fox-finding-fun.  Who knows what today will bring!  Join us on Twitter by following hashtag #careyandbree!

A few crumbs from my week:

  • Yesterday I juiced a few blood oranges for this recipe.  Yes, they do stain your hands.  Totally worth it.
  • I’ve been working on a swatch that has all the colors I would use to describe myself.  It includes a lot of colors that look like this.
  • Last night I was excited to make this hot toddy from, then I realized I didn’t have any bourbon.  Drat!
  • Downton Abbey is back!  Season 3 began last night, but don’t tell me anything, I won’t have a chance to watch it until tonight.  Oh how I have missed Dame Maggie Smith’s snarky little remarks!
  • Earlier this week I was so honored to be able to participate in this project from Brave Girls Club.  Founder, Melody Ross, is taking a trip over to the Philippines to teach girls who were rescued out of the horror of human trafficking.  She will be teaching them how to use art to heal their battered souls and make artwork items that can help supplement their income. Melody will be distributing the truth cards that many of us Brave Girl Art School veterans created just for this trip.
  • Thanks to the new “Communities” function on Google+, I stumbled on this incredible foodie website.  So many inspiring recipes and stories!
  • Did you see Les Miserables yet?  I just love that story, a story about redemption.  Oddly, after about 15 minutes, you forget that they are singing the entire script.

Don’t forget….

Twitter Tuesday is tomorrow!  Bree, myself and some of our buddies will be discussing all sorts of outrageous topics at our Twitter Tuesday Party.  The party begins at 8am and will run all day long.  Stop by and say “hello” using #careyandbree, we look forward to meeting you!

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Here are a few “crumbs” from my week:

  • This weekend, I spent an hour or two going through my great-grandparent’s photo albums.  The above photo is of my Polish Great- Grandmother, Annette.  I believe that is some sort of swim dress she is wearing.  She was an excellent cook and I had many wonderful years with her.  The holidays always make me miss her and the others who have gone on. 
  • I love this idea of using old fashioned book covers and converting them to  journal covers or a spot to save your holiday cards.  I’m definitely going to try that one soon.
  • Have you seen these Air Swimmers?  My brother-in-law showed me this new product and it’s so clever!!
  • This year I have done something I have never done before: I have been watching all those corny Hallmark and Lifetime Christmas movies.  Some of them have been painful, bad writing and even worse acting.  But I really enjoyed one from ABC called “12 Dates of Christmas.”  It’s cute romantic comedy but not over-the-top saccharin.  Or maybe I’ve watched so many that I’m totally desensitized.
  • We drew names for Christmas Eve and as a result I had to buy this movie as a gift.  Definitely drew a guy’s name.  Definitely.
  • I am IN LOVE with these recipe cards from 1canoe2.  They are the perfect mix of whimsy and function.  I first spotted them in a little shop in Nevada City-CA, not far from where I live.  Now I’m regretting that I didn’t buy them….
  • It took us a few weeks but we finally got LeiLani from Hello Glam to join mine and Bree’s Twitter party.  Don’t forget to drop by tomorrow and see what #careyandbree are up to!  The answer is no good, we are always up to no good.

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Here are a few crumbs to tide you over:

And in case you missed it…

  • I shared and easy and inexpensive washi tape storage solution.
  • Today is Twitter Tuesday! Bree and I host a party on Twitter with some of our other buddies and anyone else who stops by.  Join us by following #careyandbree !