Sunday, March 17, 2013

Where are you springtime?

I am ready for spring. 
I am sick of the cold.
I thought maybe if I decorated for spring, it would encourage Mother Nature to bring warmer temperatures.
Last summer I made a chalkboard from a thrift store frame and plywood, and I love switching it up to reflect the season. I also found smaller frames at garage sales, flea markets, etc. that I switch out as well.

Below is what I used for spring inspiration.
Photo on the left from The Lilypad Cottage. Photo on the right from Simply Klassic Home.

Friday, March 15, 2013

100% Chance for a Run

Tom and I are running the St. Patrick's Irish Tradition 5k around Lake Como this weekend. I came across the pin above, and thought it was fitting. Do you want to know what else there's a 100% chance of? That it'll be f&$% cold, and snow will still be on the ground...I looked up the forecast today and it's supposed to be 28 degrees with possible snow flurries. 
I distinctly remember last year being a hot and balmy 79. What happened? Last year we did the Securian Winter Run which is in January. We decided to forgo the race this year, and wait for it to warm up. Because I was curious, I looked up what the temperature was on the day of that race. Guess what - it was 20 degrees. 

A mere 8 degrees colder than the race we're going to be running in two days...two months later.

I love you Minnesota, I really do. But sometimes I seriously wonder why I live here.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Pin to Present - Rose Cake (and a valuable lesson)

Let's start off this post with a key takeaway I've learned recently:

Never try a new recipe the night before. Ever.

I know this may seem like a "duh" concept to many of you (and trust me when I say I know better), but for some reason I seem to think that if I try a new recipe, it will come out perfectly glorious on the first attempt.

I was in charge of making the cake for my great-grandma's 101st birthday. I'm going to be honest - even though I love to bake, I've never actually baked a cake from scratch before. Looking back, at least I had the sense not to try that...I'm sure it would have been an absolute fiasco.

Anyway, I had pinned this cake design months ago, so all i needed was a recipe. The week of the party I kept seeing Pinterest pins on how to make boxed cake mix taste homemade. Immediately my mind thought "AWESOME - this will be soooo easy!" Very rookie mistake my friends. Even though I found great suggestions on blogs like One Good Thing By Jillee, 366 Days of Pinterest, and even the Huffington Post, I had trouble finding an exact recipe that would work for the cake mix I had purchased.