Hey I finished a project!

Yard sales are good for the soul, and for the house. I should have one every month. My mom is having one next week and I cleared out so much stuff that I was hoarding to prepare for the sale. Because of that, I found a bunch of fabric that I love and can’t wait to work with, and a lot of my old concert and band tees that I wanted to make a quilt with long, long ago. That dream is a little dead now…but I have a few ideas for what I want to do with them.

I also finally finished my chalkboard project, and actually baked something. I got an oatmeal cookie recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction and they turned out so wonderful and moist! I substituted the raisins for blueberries since I was out of raisins, and while her recipe says to bake for 10 minutes, I had to bake for 15 since my oven is a little funky.

10538681_1389727607938469_1318935655_nSo, here’s how I made the chalkboard:

IMG_2497First, I took a simple frame I got from the thrift store for $1. Then I painted it with some acrylic paint that had been left in my car for wayyy too long. So, naturally that exploded everywhere. Luckily, I happen to buy a lot of teal paint so I had some back-up and after A LOT of cleaning, I was able to resurrect my project.

IMG_2555Since the frame had an indented line on it already, I used a gold paint pent to do the line and left one side blank to add some fancy stuff to it. Unfortunately, the paint pen was too thick and not I couldn’t simply wipe it when I made a mistake. So, I painted over it and chose to do a yellow line. The yellow ended up not working since it was so light and I had to paint multiple coats, which made it look thick and chunky…not the look I was going for.

IMG_2561So, after I cleaned that up a little…I found a sort of salmon pink that I liked, and covered the yellow with that. I chose to do little diamonds on the side I left blank. They are by no means perfect, but they will do!

IMG_2652While that was drying, I used a few coats of chalk paint to paint the backboard. And ta-da! It’s a chalkboard!

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This Week at the Weekly Treat

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So this week’s inspiration was pretty easy to come up with…4th of July! With this heat and Cecilia’s cousin on the way, we will probably not be able to BBQ this time around, but I’m pretty sure I will be eating yummy treats, no matter what happens.

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Image belongs to Eating Well

Mini Berry Cream Pies from Eating Well – This recipe uses whipping cream, nonfat greek yogurt and frozen phyllo cups. It says the recipe only takes about 15 minutes to finish, so it should be relatively easy to get done, and no baking is involved! Perfect weapon against this insane heat.

I have to admit something. I HATE greek yogurt. Crazy, right? I used to tolerate it until I got pregnant and then the smell nearly doubled me over, and I could no longer partake. So if I do go with this one, I’ll have to use regular ol boring yogurt. Womp womp…

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Image belongs to Love from the Oven

Red White and Blue Ice Cream Cupcake Cones from Love From the Oven – Whoooa. I can’t even explain how amazingly delicious these look right now. It’s literally a scoop of ice cream, a cupcake and an ice cream cone. I’m not normally a fan of ice cream cones, but I am a fan of anything that holds cupcakes. I would have to say that my sprinkling would definitely not come out like this – or anywhere close to this, to be honest – but hey, it’s worth a shot!

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Image belongs to Cupcakes and Cashmere

Chocolate-Dipped Pretzels from Cupcakes and Cashmere – If you are like me, and love a little salty to be mixed with your sweet, then you are also swooning over these pretzels! They would also be cute treats to pass around if we end up at the hospital on 4th of July! (for Cecilia’s cousin of course, I’m not planning on any injuries)

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Image belongs to Twig & Thistle

Chocolate Dipped Rice Krispie “Popsicles” from Twig & Thistle – Apparently I’m on a serious chocolate-dipped kick right now! Which isn’t a bad thing at all. Except for that whole pesky diet thing. But like they say, holidays are designated cheat days!

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Image belongs to Sally’s Baking Addiction

Tye-Dyed cake from Sally’s Baking Addiction – Now, I will have to say that I’m not usually a fan of making cake different colors. Don’t get me wrong, I will tye-dye the heck out of anything. Except baked goods. But once I saw that Sally did it on my most favorite baking site in the whole wide world, I figured it was OK. This might be something fun to try when Cecilia is a little older. I’ll probably like dying cakes a lot more when my baby is old enough to enjoy it.

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Gettin fit: journey to the skirt/ 365 days of yoga

Current weight: 154

Goal for the week: No fried food/ yoga twice a day

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So, last week wasn’t as successful as I thought it would be. We were running low on groceries and since I don’t drive, I have to wait until my very busy boyfriend has time to go grocery shopping. Or I sweet talk a friend or family member to take me, but I try to avoid that until it’s necessary!

So, we ended up with a lot of fast food, and pizza…which is not helpful when you’re trying to get back into that skirt! I did keep up with doing yoga once a day, and sometimes I even did it twice! I did end up having a couple soft drinks since we were out of tea (gasp!) and I needed a little pick-me-up. I didn’t use any butter for my cooking, and followed this Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction to substitute pumpkin puree for butter in my cookies.

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I’ve made these cookies before, and they are my favorites to make! Now, I just need to figure out how to use something different for the sugar and they will be pretty darned clean!

I also found my favorite yoga challenge and instructor, she’s Erin Motz from Do You Yoga’s 30 Day Yoga Challenge. I really dig her style because she’s laid back, and I’m pretty sure she does all the challenges from her living room. She’s really down to earth and isn’t afraid to share when she’s has any yoga mishaps.

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Image belongs to Do You Yoga

I’ve only missed one day of yoga in the last 20 days and I like coming back every day for a new challenge. I’ve literally been trying the crow move for a few days now, and still can’t do it, even though my boyfriend could do it on his first try. Whatever…

Battle wound from the crow pose

Battle wound from the crow pose

So, I’m focusing on continuing practicing yoga and trying to fit in a night practice. When I did do night practice, I fell asleep so much easier and went to bed relaxed, not overwhelmed. I really believe that looking online right before bed can cause insomnia. Especially if you’re looking at Pinterest. Don’t look at Pinterest before bed. You will find yourself waking up at at 2am to turn your old milk container into a planter.

I digress. I’m going to continue with my yoga practice and try to stay away from fried food. Like I said before, I don’t use butter in my own cooking and baking, but I run into trouble when I get fried food while we are out. I can’t say I will stay away from fast food completely, but I can stay away from fried food.

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