Monday, March 31, 2014

monthly favs: march 2013

Lovely blouse (from TJ Maxx) for work but fits so great I can't wait to wear it around for casual Spring days

March has been quite the month for me.  I moved out and moved several states away from the place I have lived for near 12 years.  While it still hasn't completely sunk in I feel a lot more settled now than I did last week.

Keep reading to see some of the little things that have been making the big changes just a little bit easier.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

project: date jar

The first project from my Project List I wanted to accomplish was originally the dresser make-over, however my inability to find a good dresser has put that one on hold for awhile.  Instead I decided to move on to the classic Date Jar.

I have been on Pinterest for a few years now and one of the first things I pinned was the Date Jar.  The general concept is to fill a Mason jar with various popsicle sticks, all of which have a different idea for a date written on it.  The last few years our relationship was that of the long-distance variety, so a Date Jar was a little pointless.  Moving in together seems like the best time to start trying it out.

More photos and explanation after the break

Monday, March 24, 2014

exploring + funfetti

It has officially been over a week since my move.  While I feel like not much has been done in that time, other than packing, I still feel pretty accomplished.  I have been using the spare time I get to explore the local area and getting to know where everything is.  I have already found a dentist I like as well as figured out the best ways to get to the shopping centers I am interested in.  I figure these are the little victories of independence and adulthood.

Next weekend I am hoping to venture North to the small town of Zionsville.  It seems small and quaint, the kind of cute place I love to explore.  In the meantime I am focusing on finding a job, getting to know the places closer to me, and cooking new things.

Since I am in the apartment most of the day it seems like the perfect time to practice new recipes.  Veggie soup, chicken noodle soup, and roasted chicken are all on the menu for the near future.  However, today I made something a little sweeter, Funfetti Cake Truffles.  I found the recipe through Pinterest and instantly knew I had to try it. I did end up making well over two-dozen so I would probably recommend it more for a party or gathering situation, not sure how just the two of us will eat them all but we will try. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

welcome, spring.


I haven't really done much since the move, mostly just job hunting.  I haven't even finished unpacking yet, not having a dresser to put the remainder of my clothes in.  

However, today being the first official day of Spring, I felt the need to celebrate a little.  I knew I wanted to bake something and it, somehow, had to be light and fun.  French macarons were the perfect option.  I have only made them two other times on my own so I knew it would be a challenge.  I used this recipe for the shells (very detailed and easy to follow directions for any beginners) and then just made a simple raspberry butter cream for the filling.  The final result was probably my most successful attempt yet.  The texture and look all turned out near-perfect.

I look forward to enjoying them after dinner with Josh, who has never had French macarons before.  I hope mine are a good first impression.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

the move

Yesterday I finally made the long-awaited big move.  We woke up early in the morning to start out on what became an eleven-hour drive.  The drive was long but the weather was nothing short of perfect.

Ohio, one of the few states we drove through.

I only drove the few hours before the sun came up so I spent the majority of the trip watching mountain sides turn onto flat farmlands.  I find that even when a road trip is long it never really feel too bad if you arrive at the destination early enough in the day.  Our 3:30 pm arrival time left us with time to say "Hello" to family members and settle in to our new place.  Even managed to unpack most of my items that very first night.

Indiana Farmlands

What I really enjoyed was putting things away and thinking about all the possibilities for our little space.  That actually inspired me to create a project list page for this blog.  On that page I will write down projects I hope to complete and then link to posts about those projects.  The first big thing on my list is revamping an old dresser.  Hopefully I will get started on that as early as this week.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

boston + connecticut

Before I left for Indiana I made it my mission to visit the New England area one more time.  My dad recently moved to Boston for work and a large portion of my family lives in Connecticut so seeing all of them would make me feel like any loose ends were tied before I moved.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

farewell dinner

 There was no shortage of bee-themed items.

One of the things I knew I had to do before leaving was to have a sort of good-bye dinner.  Invite some of my closest friends out to dinner to just spend some time together where we would eat good food and just talk.