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Friday, April 10, 2015

random shit friday.

hey happy friday!
i think it's safe to say spring is here. 
she's pretty slow to show herself in this part of the world. 
the trees are juuuuuuust starting to bud out. 
really no flowers yet.
a week ago we had a pretty good chunk of snow fall on us.
thankfully that shit is gone.  



other than the weather here's what's been going on for the last few weeks. 
the husband came home SICK from his last business trip. 
he spent twelve days in a bathrobe on the sofa.

he really thought it was only 4 days.
i had to show him a timeline. he didn't believe me.
how fucked up is it when you lose that many days from ''a little flu'' and can't get your head around how many days had passed. 

there was 3 trips to the hospital an abscess and a procedure that included a scope through the nose. 

his bug had complications and shit got real.
i'm still shuttttttering and it wasn't even me. 


every time i had a little cough or sneezed i was sure i was going down too.
knock on wood i seem to escaped it. 
we leave next week for the surprise (i don't know where we are going) anniversary trip so i refuse to get sick dammit!!!  



i busted out several quiet time projects during the flu from hell. 
i've been hoarding a stack of fabulous high quality wool felt 
from this shop  for a few years. 

i wasn't sure what i was going to do with it but this spring wreath project is what it became.



easter was a bit of a shit fest because of the flu. 
tom had toast.
i had 2 gin & tonics and bowl of popcorn. dinner is served. bam.
that wasn't the worst holiday i've ever had by a long shot! 
i hope yours was better than mine though!

now that our little world is back to normal i made
this butternut & red lentil soup so good! 
this cinnamon white blondie and
this banana cake for a birthday man-boy. 

no idea but this word has been stuck in my head all day...
D├ęcolletage
it's such a sexy word. 
i told you this was random shit friday. 

okay then it's about time for one of those gin & tonics for me as for the rest of you.... 
take out your party tit and enjoy the weekend! 
x+o 
tracie

Thursday, March 26, 2015

shit talk'n on the month of march

taking stock.

making : myself a poncho. i love how it turned out. i haven't hooked in 30 yrs. i'll show you the finished product later. 


cooking : warming up some most delicious vegetable soup for lunch.

drinking : tea. i drink pukka brand tea it's my very favorite. what's yours? 

reading: really nothing right now. anyone have a good book to throw my way?! 

wanting: to see some spring flowers in bloom.

looking: out the window the snow from yesterday is melting away.

playing: some cooking music. kacey musgraves 'same trailer different park' cd
THIS SONG. shit yes.

follow your arrow .... 
''you're damned if you do
you're damned if you don't.
so you might as well just do whatever you do.
make lots of noise. 
kiss lots of boys.
or kiss lots of girls if that's what you're into. 
when the straight and narrow gets a little too straight
roll up a joint. 
or don't.
just follow your arrow where ever it points.''



deciding: what my next house project will be... thinking about tearing up something in the kitchen.

wishing: for warmer weather. spring has half ass sprung herself.

enjoying: my curls. i have been using 'mixed chicks' shampoo and deep conditioner for 4 months and i LOVE it. 
curly girls know when we find what works we do not deviate from that. ever.

waiting: to get on a plane in a few weeks. the destination is an anniversary surprise from husband. i'll let you know where we land!

liking: the sky this month. the northern lights and eclipse. 
if you don't visit the beets+birch  FB  then you missed the dick in the sky picture over finland. that shit is real. 
you're welcome.

wondering: when i should make an appointment with immigration. i need to renew my visa. 

loving: that tom came home yesterday after being gone to london for many weeks! 

pondering: nothing too deep. i'm still working on that whole not over thinking shit.

considering: starting a book club. want to come over :D 

watching: all over the place on netflix in the last month. old movies. stand up. series. 
being the greedy twats we are we gobbled up the new season of house of cards over a few nights. then were depressed when it was over. 
then i binged 'new girl' on my own. 

hoping: for the best. i broke down and am trying a new super low dose medicine after seeing the dr again for my cholesterol. trying it out for 90 days.  

marveling: had tea with my friend alyce this week. her baby is getting so big. 

needing: not much. i'm pretty simple.

smelling: the lingering scent of baked apple bars.

wearing: comfy clothes. i wore jeans twice this month, that was enough. 
i just don't like jeans.

following: lisa thompson live... it's about life. lisa is a smart, funny, thoughtful writer that tackles some big relationship stuff through the community she's built. 

noticing: the days are getting longer. 

knowing: i am loved. 

thinking: about my girls and when i'll see them next.

admiring: free thinkers. 

sorting: winter clothes that i haven't worn in 2 winters. that shit has got to go. 
thou shall not hoard.

buying: this cup. it's on it's way! i will laugh for years. 
when i die my children will say... that was my mother's favorite mother fucking tea cup.

getting: excited for easter. i don't really know why there's no little ones here. 
no easter bunny coming. i just like easter. how about you? 

bookmarking: recipes. 

disliking: seasonal allergies. annoying.

opening: the blinds to let the sun in.

giggling: actually flat out laughing at ''chelsea handler uganda be kidding me'' (netflix). 
she's my kind of dirty bitch. 

feeling: pretty good these days. 

snacking: sparingly'ish on these  apple bars it's what you do when you have a load of apples on their death bed. 'i made them for the boys' because i shouldn't be eating them. because 2 blocks of fucking butter! 
it makes a huge pan and they freeze up well. 

coveting: some new spring clothes. my wardrobe is a bit pathetic. 

wishing: for a good night sleep. i keep waking at 4am. lay there. lay there. lay there. 

helping: by just listening. 

hearing: birds singing. 

okay kids that's a wrap on march!
keep shit real. 
x+o
tracie

*thanks goes to pip at meet me at mike's for the taking stock series. 
follow link for master list.
everyone is welcomed. jump in any time.


Sunday, March 22, 2015

bedroom makeover.

slacker shit blogger here. sorry. 
i suck some times like that!
  
wanna see what i've been getting myself up to? 
this has been my big project around here since january.
i'm ready to say good night to this and move on

so here we go.... 

before. 
white.white.white.
for the last 5 years. 

next pic. the wall to the far right: 
some asshole painted over the wallpaper. 
twice.
who does that!


so that's what we started with.
and now the pretty much finished project...
we are makers so we made the headboard.


and bits of the folk quilt i made.

corner of collected things from travels 
and my art work in different mediums.
oh yes and the floor was painted. 
new baseboard too.
that's 'figgy smalls' the fiddle leaf fig tree




and the cupboard doors were painted. 
yes you can paint over shit laminate with the right paint.
not saying it was fun or easy but it was so worth it.


 light fixture/mobile. 
more on that here if it pleasures you.

we are loving our new bedroom.
loving.
i hope you enjoyed the tour.
x+o
tracie

Friday, February 27, 2015

having a little fun in the bedroom...

as promised here's one of the projects in our bedroom renovation.
we had just a little bit of sun today. i ran to get a snap.  

so here's one of the fun things in the room... 
it's a mobile that secretly doubles as a light fixture! 

i wish you all could come lay on my bed. 
i'll pull the shades and light candles.
let's get wrapped up in the big fluffy down comforter and quilts.
we'll whisper and watch the mobile's shadows dance on the walls and ceiling. 

with just the slightest air flow it softly twists and turns and turns and turns. 
it's magical and soothing and makes me sleepy. 
i highly recommend a mobile if you have trouble falling asleep. 




it's a magpie's stash of tchotchkes that made up the mobile.
there's numbers, letters, hearts and butterflies from my collections. 

a glass heart from a trip to tuscany. 

are your eyes getting heavy? 

it's about the size of a big bushel basket so it's quite substantial for the size of the room but still feels light and airy.

yes indeed that is the painted entry getting up into the pic.



i'm having such fun with this room! 
happy friday!
x+o tracie

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

shit talkin on february

i'm behind on my writing lately i'm
still working on our bedroom renovation around here. that's my reason. period.
every single day there has been painting or sewing or details.
the rest of the house has gone to shit because of it.  

but i am loving how it's coming together..... looooooooooving. 
i'll be doing some posts about the different projects that went down in there. 

meanwhile this month is about in the can so it's time for another edition of 
(cue game show music and applause sign)

"TAKING STOCK"

making: still stitching on the new bedroom quilt

cooking: oatmeal. a lot of fucking oatmeal these days. we'll get to why later.

drinking: pomegranate tea michele brought me from turkey! 
it's delightful!!!!! 

also drinking: red wine it's my pleasure nectar however 
as we are setting up our bar cart which is actually a shelf. 

so it's not a cart at all and it has no wheels. 
that made me laugh hard. man i'm really fucked.

so anyway... gin tonics are becoming a thing around here. 
gin tonics yeah!


source


reading: 'thug kitchen. eat like you give a fuck' 
i love this fucking cookbook! 
i laugh and laugh and then i cook up some good fucking food.




wanting: very little. 

looking: at design inspiration for making our headboard. 
we are makers. i see very little that i like in the stores. 
make your own shit that's what i say.

playing: beck's new album 'morning phase' 
in love with every single song. 
i'm glad he won the grammy. so talented. 





deciding: on the artwork for bedroom.

wishing: for more sunshine.

enjoying: life. it's good shit even when it gets yucky.
keep swimmin you sparkly mofos. keep swimmin. 

waiting: for new season of 'house of cards'.a few more days!

liking: that i got out and hiked almost every single day this month even when i didn't feel like it. in the rain. in the snow. on the ice. in the cold wind. 
high five bad-ass self.

wondering: will the construction ever stop in our building! it's been 6 weeks of pounding, drilling, jackhammers. they start some mornings at 6.45am. 
the concrete drill sounds like chewbacca. 
not even kidding.

loving: our new bedroom. yes i'm telling you that again dammit.

pondering: nothing too deep. i made a pact with myself that february was a month of not spinning myself out on bullshit or fucked up fucking fuckers. winning!  

considering: what kind of soup to make this week.

watching: i gave in to 'downton abbey' 
this is one of my mannnnny
''i'm being a dick because everyone likes it so i don't want to like/watch/read/listen/eat things''. 
it's the whole kale thing all over again. 
love downton abbey and kale. oh fuck me i just do! 

hoping: i can bring down my cholesterol. 

it's ridiculous high still so i'm back to eating a fuckton of oatmeal. 

marveling: at my bad-ass women friends. 
we throw our hearts up in the air and all yell in unison.... 
FUCK THE HARD SHIT LET'S ROLL ON!!!

needing: very little.

smelling: i'm super sensitive to scents. 
i bought a new shower gel. 
smells so good in the bottle. 
smells like rotten granny vag spray on my actual skin.

it made me so nauseous i had to take another shower and scrub the 
rotten granny vag smell off. 
it's my chemistry apparently.

wearing: ha! you know it's yoga pants. 

following: talented artsy blog: girl fifteen clare is a multi medium artist with mad skills in photography, jewelry design, sketching and lots more. 

noticing: new growth on my fiddle leaf fig who's name is ''figgy smalls''. 
i can talk on my green babies long and hard.

knowing: my life is damn good!

thinking: i'm damn lucky!

admiring: my husband inside and out. such a good man.

sorting: through art pieces and little treasures. 

buying: some plane tickets soon. destination to be determined.

getting: my shit together. spring cleaning started today. 

bookmarking: well more like pinning a lot of things lately. 

disliking: FB less than i did 1 month ago. 
i did a FB enema implementing the drop and block unfollow and unfriend options. 
it did wonders for my zen. i highly recommend it.

opening: my mouth. using my words. 

giggling: tom with a gin and tonic. shit that man makes me laugh until my face hurts. 

feeling: happy.

snacking: on a tangerine everyday. boring. i know. 

coveting: a little nap. 

wishing: that the little girls wouldn't scream in the courtyard. 
little girl screams. worst. 
a nap will not be had. 

helping: myself. you know that health testing bullshit you put off. yea i'm doing all that this year.

hearing: rain hitting the window. dreary cold day. 

okay that's pretty much a wrap on february!
keep shit real! 
x+o 
tracie

*thanks goes to pip at meet me at mike's for the taking stock series. 
follow link for master list.
everyone is welcomed. jump in any time. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

that time we smoked pot in amsterdam and had pie


this weeks cooking challenge. dutch apple pie.
tom's been asking for my pie bwhahaha... an apple pie. 
it's almost valentine's day, we are celebrating a little early this week. 

i make a mean apple pie but it's not a recipe challenge if i make the same kick ass apple pie i always make.
i gotta keep the man guessing!

i came across this recipe and i laughed. hard.
i laughed because the last time i had dutch apple pie was in 
amsterdam. 

the reason dutch apple pie is so funny... 
i was properly toasted on ganja in the land of the dutch. 
wandering the streets i yell out
HEY DOOBIE BROTHER I MUST HAVE DUTCH APPLE PIE NOW!

when the munchies hit the dude abides.



we ducked into the first pie joint we came across!

we had coffee and dutch apple. 
we pounded that shit and bought a whole fucking pie to go.

we forgot to ask for forks. 
we ate the whole pie in bed.... with our hands. 
truth.
damn that was good pie. 

go to amsterdam for a holiday. 
the shit you left behind will still be there when you get back.
enjoy your fucking life. 
make no apologies.

buy dutch apple pie. 
smoke reefer.
eat pie in bed.
laugh a lot. 
sing to each other. 
make the sweet love.
take a nap.
repeat. 

or just make a dutch apple pie at home 
serve it up with some vanilla ice cream and watch netflix in your underwear. who cares. 
it's your fucking pie.





dutch apple pie
serves 8 or 
2 fried out fuckers


ingredients.
1 deep dish pie crust.

5 1/2 c peeled cored sliced cooking apples. 
**use your favorite baking apples. i always cook with 2 varieties
i used 4 granny smith.
plus 4 golden delicious apples.


1/2 T lemon juice
1/2 c white sugar
(i used 3/4c because of the tart apples)
1/4 c brown sugar, packed
3 T flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

crumble top:
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
60 g or 1/3 c butter room temp.



fit crust into pie plate.

toss sliced apples with lemon juice.






mix both sugars,flour,cinnamon and nutmeg.
toss it up into those apples.
pour into crust.

topping instructions:

with a pastry blender or a fork
mix flour, both sugars and butter until that shit is coarsely crumbled.

sprinkle that crumble evenly over apples.
bake that sweet fucker at 190/375°F for 50 minutes.

check at 40min
if it looks too dark cover top with aluminum foil. 

made pretty much to the letter from this recipe at 
bunny's warm oven.




amsterdam......damn i love that place. 










x+o
tracie


*thank you reannon over at she who rambles  for hosting the recipe challenge! 
everyone is welcomed, jump in any time! 
LET'S EAT DAMN GOOD FOOD! YEAH!