Gardner Village – Saturday Outing

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Sunday Breakfast

Jen and I met up for breakfast on this snowy Salt Lake Sunday, at The Rose Establishment. I had a hot cup of the daily French Press and it hit the spot. So deliciously perfect. I also had one if their poppy seed scones, sorry I didn’t take a picture – I consumed it so quickly! Jen had one of their whole wheat and spiced apple “Pop-Tarts” and an Americano. It’s always nice to catch up over hot drinks on a cold wintery day. So far, today is great. We’ll keep you posted.

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The Rose Establishment

The Mr. and I took the girls to the Living Planet Aquarium and finished out the day happy.
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Angora Sweater

I’ve had this Angora sweater just sitting in my closet that I had picked up at a thrift store a few years ago.  Every time I clean my closet, you know  “out with the old – in with the new”, I can never seem to part with it.  I’ve only worn it once (just after purchasing it), but I didn’t feel like the style of the sweater fit me quite right.  It’s SOOOO soft, I thought maybe I’d chop it up and make a hat and scarf out of it . . . but I couldn’t bear to.

Then I saw this photo of a Free People Angora Sweater for sale and knew what I needed to do!

I needed to find another sweater and merge the two.  The night before New Year’s Eve I went Thrift Town and found an ugly $2 turtleneck sweater with just the right coloring! I cut off 3 inches of each sleeve and the bottom 3 inches of the torso.  I then cut the peplum off (which I still think is adorable and somewhat sad to see it go!) my Angora Sweater and sewed the turtleneck sleeves and torso pieces directly on.  In less than 2 hours total, I had a whole new sweater!  I wish I had taken photos of the process (very sorry) but I was in such a hurry to get my idea finished!

Free People Angora Cropped Sweater

Free People Angora Cropped Sweater

$3 Thrift Store Find -  Angora Sweater

$3 Thrift Store Find – Angora Sweater

$2 Thrift Store Sweater

$2 Thrift Store Sweater

My Finished Sweater – What do you think?

My version, all finished!

My upcycled Angora sweater, all finished!

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I then wore it on New Year’s Eve!  We were having a little too much fun taking photos of our window reflection – the city lights made great bokeh!

MIYO New Year's Eve

MIYO New Year’s Eve

Salt Lake City in November

Salt Lake City always has something fantastic going on and we hope to see you around town!  Here’s some awesome happenings:

  • Just in case you had no idea – Nov. 6th is Election Day, please vote!
  • The BOB Project by Brolly Arts until the 30th.  Located at the I-15 underpass on 300 North and 700 west, between the Jackson and Guadaloupe neighborhoods of Salt Lake City.
  • Science Movie Night: Never Cry Wolf,  based on the book by Farley Mowat.  Free Admission at the City Library on the 13th from 7-9pm

    Never Cry Wolf

  • Always a band to fit your own tune… such as Minus the Bear on the 6th, and The Devil Makes Three on the 17th at The Depot , FYI – there is always a great line-up at The State Room like Ben Sollee on the 15th and Sean Hayes (SO excited about this!) on the 16th.

    Sean Hayes - Fri Nov 16

    Sean Hayes @ The State Room – Fri Nov 16

  • Wicked-er is playing at the Desert Star Playhouse thru the 10th, then from Nov. 15th thru Jan. 5th it’s My Big Fat Utah Christmas.  This playhouse always does a great job!  Speaking of plays – The Pioneer Theatre Company is putting on A Christmas Carol starting the 30th.
  • We’re still waiting on an opening date from Trader Joe’s . . . hurry please!  They have the best Pearl Couscous mix and Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel bars mmmmm….yum.
  • Life In Color: Salt Lake City, UT – 2012 E.N.D Tour on Sat, November 10th at 8:00 pm in the Great Saltair

There’s something for everyone, so we hope you’ll be out and about in this fantastic November weather while it lasts!

Get Your Costume On!

The spooks will be out soon.  One of our neighbors is already lighting up the night with orange and purple lights.  I find myself browsing the web trying to find the perfect costume for Halloween.  I thought I would share some really awesome wigs that I came across in my search for the ultimate costume… hopefully I’ll decide on a costume soon, but these were fun finds!  If anyone has insight to a great costume, let me know!

Woodland Angel Headdress headpiece

Textured Yarn Wig in Sunburst

Demonatrix headdress headpiece

Marie Antoinette butterfly bird cage sail boat headdress headpiece

Crazy Prehistoric Caveman Wig

Daylilies

My dear friend Cary Peterson LOVES Daylilies.  Once I knew about Daylilies, so did I.  I’ve always loved the Lily, but the variety and beauty that comes from a Daylily is unparralled.  In the fall, Cary gave me my first Daylily as a gift.  I planted it, excited to see what blooms I would get the spring.  That had to be the best part, I had no idea which one he gave me.  Well, it’s first blooms showed this week and it’s heart stopping gorgeous.   I’m still waiting to hear which one it is – but I’m guessing on “Too Many Husbands” .  I can’t wait to get more types to add some color and beauty into my flower gardens!  Cary operates http://www.mydaylilies.com and there is an extensive and fantastic gallery of flowers that you can view or even buy online.  Take a look, they are beautiful.  Thank you Cary!

I took this little blurb from www.daylilies.org to explain a little about the flowers:
“The genus Hemerocallis is native to Asia. Since the early 1930s, hybridizers in the United States and England have made great improvements in daylilies. Originally, the only colors were yellow, orange, and fulvous red. Today, we have colors ranging from near-whites, pastels, yellows, oranges, pinks, vivid reds, crimson, purple, nearly true-blue, and fabulous blends. Many people are familiar with only the common yellow or orange daylilies which are often seen along roadsides. These daylilies are cultivated forms of the wild types of daylilies which have “escaped” and are growing as if they are wild. All the modern daylilies have been developed through a complicated history of hybridization among these and other wild types.”

Here are a few photos I took of my Daylilies first blooms, I can’t wait to print one up and put it on the wall . . .    {A}

Pita Pizza

My husband found a Tuna Melt Pita Pizzas Recipe in a magazine awhile ago and we tried it out today – with our own twist of course.  I thought it worked so well, I just had to share.  I think this would be great for an appetizer as well.  And with the many options of pizza out there – you can get really creative with the Pita Pizza idea and make this is a lot of fun for everyone in the family to make together.  I hand-picked the dill and lettuce from my garden.  It’s great to have the little extras just outside my doorstep!

Tuna Pita Pizza

1 Can solid white tuna in water, drained
2 Tbsp. Reduced Fat Mayonnaise
1/2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1/2 Tbsp. fresh Dill, finely chopped
1 Green Onion, finely chopped
4 Pitas (white / whole wheat)
2 Cups Baby Greens
1/2 Cup grated cheddar cheese (I plan on using Dubliner Cheese next time, we pick it up at Costco and I use it in almost everything!)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 425 F.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.  In a bowl, mix tuna, mayonnaise, olive oil, dill, green onion, salt and pepper.  Place the pitas on the baking sheet, then spread the tuna mixture overtop.  Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top of each pita and bake until cheese has melted, 8 to 10 minutes.  Cut each pita into wedges and top with baby greens.  Enjoy!  {A}

Tuna Pita Pizza

Tuna Pita Pizza

Going Fast, SO Yummy!

Lettuce Garden

Dill

Independence Day

We hope that everyone had a fantastic and safe Fourth of July!


Farmer’s Market Season

It’s Farmer’s Market Season and I’m really excited to have the local artisans food and crafts at my fingertips again!  I’m a sucker for fresh food and hand-made wares.  The most popular Farmer’s Market in our area is the Salt Lake City Farmer’s Market put on by the Downtown Alliance.  Click HERE for more information. Sometimes I just can’t make it there Saturday morning, so it’s so great to be able to go to this one on a Tuesday.  And if your looking for those little gems, some of my other favorite Farmer’s Market’s are:

Murray Farmer’s Market (Friday’s and Saturday’s 9am – 3pm)

People’s Market (Sunday’s 10am-3pm)

And if you’re up for a quick drive… Park City Farmer’s Market …this one is great to go buy some fresh food and hit the trails for a beautiful hike afterwards!

Have fun!