Saturday Small Talk

Friends! Countrymen! Let’s drink some coffee and chat.

dream coffee cupIt’s fall. A couple of days ago, highs dropped from the 70’s to the 50’s. At least we don’t live in South Dakota–they got snow this week. I’m counting my blessings.

We have a pretty relaxing day ahead of us. Tonight, we’re heading to my favorite microbrew (Shorts!) to hear one of my favorite bands (The Accidentals!). It’s a brilliant combination. I can’t wait.

If you’re looking for an entertaining video, check out this: 99 Red Balloons (you know, the catchy German song from the 80’s) played on actual red balloons.

A Job Guide for the Anti-9-to-5er. I have a pretty flexible schedule, and I love it. Check this out if you want to escape the rigidness of the 9 to 5.

Iowa Girl Eats posted a list of 16 or her 30 minute or less meals. For weeknight cooking, this is where it’s at.

Donald Miller is glad he’s not the same person he was 10 years ago. “Ten years from now, may we all look back and love who we were while hardly recognizing them.”

I’m on a decorating kick. And don’t have a massive, bottomless budget to work with. Even though I live in a rental, I’m embracing what I’m able to do! Just make sure anything you do has the approval of your landlord or can be put back to its original state when you move out. Here are 15 ways to make your home look amazing for under $100.

Have a great weekend, all!

September Goals


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It’s September? Wasn’t it May a couple of days ago? Wasn’t I recently waxing eloquent about how I’m a summer person, how I love it and want it to be here forever?

As much as I love summer and the warmth it brings,  fall is pretty great. Warm days, cool nights. Colored leaves. Crisp air. Apples. Pumpkins. Cinnamon. Cider. Donuts. It could be worse.

We just got back from our end-of-summer-hurrah to Isle Royale National Park.  In short, it was a wonderful week to disconnect, be still, and enjoy the great outdoors. I’ll write up a post and tell you all about the trip soon!

IMG_1058So, we’re back in the real world. It’s September. And here are my goals for the month.

  • Day hike! Make it happen.
  • Finish canning tomatoes (we’re 11 quarts in, thus far!).
  • Can applesauce and apple pie in a jar.
  • Run 3 times per week, including one long run.
  • Make a pumpkin treat of some kind.
  • Paint the two end tables in our living room, as well as complete a couple of other “decorate with very little budget” projects.

I wanna know: What are you up to this month?



Peach Cobbler


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It’s August in Northern Michigan, which means we have local produce galore these days!

20140810_195559When presented with the opportunity to make a summer dessert, peach cobbler was tops on the list! My mom used to make cobbler when we were kids, and I haven’t had it in years. It was high time!

20140810_195620Peach Cobbler

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You’ll need:

  • 8 peaches–peeled, pitted, and sliced
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. corn starch

For the topping, you’ll need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 6 Tbs. butter, cold, and shredded
  • 1/4 cup boiling water

1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

2. Peel and slice the peaches and put them in a large bowl. Add sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and corn starch. Mix. Pour into 8×8 baking dish and bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.

3. While the peaches bake, make the topping. Mix dry ingredients. Add shredded butter, and mix in with fingertips or a pastry cutter. Add boiling water, and mix until it’s just combined.

4. When the peaches are done, drop clumps of dough onto the top of the peaches. Sprinkle on top a mixture of 3 Tbs white sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon.

5. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

6. Serve warm, topped with whipped cream.


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