Hello! Thanks for all of your thoughtful comments on yesterday’s post! I’ll try to respond to them tonight! I love hearing your personal opinions and stories 🙂
How is your Tuesday going? We were awoken this morning with the sounds of more rain, thunder, and a
snoring whining pup. I think I could have slept the rest of the day if I had been given the option!
Yesterday, right around 4:45 (aka time to get off work), a huge thunderstorm swept through downtown Little Rock. I’m 99.9% sure I saw a lightning bolt strike a parking garage. We made it home safely, and luckily it calmed down enough for me to head out for a quick run to commence half/full marathon training! Nothing major, but yesterday especially, a 3 mile run in the light rain was just what I needed. (Who doesn’t like running in the rain?) With the temperatures in the low 80’s, if even that high, and a constant light rain, my run felt fantastic, refreshing, and made me excited to get back to the grind. I didn’t take my phone, or my Garmin, but opted for my plain jane watch so I’d be sure to get home by a certain time so Adam wouldn’t have to worry. Based on how I felt I’d guesstimate a pace somewhere just under 9:00/miles. I doubt I ever went over a 9:00, but I have such a hard time distinguishing between 8:30-9:00’s unless I have my gps with me. I think all the speed work I did earlier this summer has really paid off. I have a feeling if I had taken my Garmin I would probably be surprised at my actual mile splits. Can’t. Wait. For. The. Fall!!
Truckee’s actual foot is basically the size of mine. Maybe we’ll start sharing socks. She’s a horse, and that’s all there is to it.
Since several of you commented on the graham cracker toffee bars from yesterday, I thought I’d post an actual tutorial so you too can make them!! I asked Adam to whip together another batch for a photo session and he happily obliged. So, if you were looking for a super easy, sweet and crunchy dessert, here you go!
How To Make Easy Graham Cracker Toffee Bars
First, gather up all of your ingredients and pre-heat the oven to 350. You will need…
-1/2 cup sugar
-1 stick margarine
-1 stick butter
-handful of pecans
-handful of mini chocolate chips
Break apart the graham crackers and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Then, sprinkle the pecan pieces on top.
Next, combine the sugar, butter, and margarine on top of the stove. Stir until everything is melted. Bring to a boil, then set the timer for 3 minutes. Continue to stir.
It will eventually turn almost foamy looking. Then, pour out over the graham crackers. Smooth with spoon to make sure everything is covered.
Lick the spoon.
It will look delicious, and smell heavenly. Put in the oven for about 10 minutes. Once you take it out, sprinkle on your optional chocolate chips. Place in fridge to cool.
Try not to look into the sad, sad eyes of your dog. She will make you feel like a big fat jerk for not giving her a bite. She will track wet pawprints all over the floor and swear up and down that they aren’t hers.
Give them about 15-30 minutes in the fridge, or just until they are dry and hardened, and voilia! Simple, easy, and delicious. I guarantee you will eat half the pan in one sitting.
What do you think? Easy? Yummy looking? Going to try it??
I also posted yesterday about my crafts from Saturday night, and I snapped a few photos of them last night to show you.
Open Frame Bill Organizer
I’ve seen versions of open frame crafts all over the internet, but it wasn’t until my teacher friend showed me one she made for her classroom that I realized it would be the perfect way to organize our bills in the kitchen! We’ve desperately been needing something to get our bills and important memos off the counter with. I tried a cute little basket from the Container Store and tried hanging it with command hooks. Fail. Command hooks and I have a hate-hate relationship. This frame was super easy to make, matches a lot of the other frames in our house, was cheap, and can always be altered! The jute was leftover from wedding decorations, and the mini clothes-pins I found at Hobby Lobby, along with the frame. It literally took 5 minutes to make. I cut the strands of jute, then hot glued the ends to the back of the frame. I angled my strips more slanted and zig-zagged, instead of straight across. Wham-bam-done!
Easy Canvas Art
Our guestroom has kind of been my personal project in the house. The rest of our house has a pretty obvious rustic, earth-toned, cabin-y feel. But, my inner girly-girl has been dying for some bright, happy colors so I made it my mission to bring that to the guest bedroom. At least for now! The walls are a dark grey, and the bedding is all white. At first I thought I wanted an ALL white and grey room, but figure I could always go back to that. When I found these orangy-coral curtains and pillow at Target I thought it would add a fun pop of color rather than the typical grey and yellow color scheme. I had still been needing a coordinating focal piece for the wall above the bed, and knew I wanted to either invest in more bright colored pillows, or find another way to add more colors. So, I remembered a project I did a couple years ago with canvases and fabric and thought this would be perfect. I just bought a large blank canvas, a yard of fabric, hot glued the fabric to said canvas, hung it up, laid the leftover swatch under my glass table, and ta-da!
So there we go! Crafts and sweets. Happy day.
Have you done any fun crafts lately? What did you think of mine? Are you on your way to buy ingredients to make toffee bars now?
In case you need a good laugh, check out the 40 Greatest Dog GIFs from the always reliable, Buzzfeed.