Dave has been working on business cards for The Wedding Format today. They are going to be beautiful and all the more reason I am adding this to my birthday list. I know its not for a few months, but it is the only time I get to ask for things I would never buy myself. Mom, are you reading this? :)

I am open to other gorgeous options, but I don’t like carrying things in my purse that I don’t enjoy looking at. Am I alone in this? I like to feel inspired by the simple, everyday things… like a business card case (haha). I have seen other metal cases become ruined from bending because they weren’t that sturdy, but this one does not fall into that category. Clearly this is an indulgent want, but its a wish list right? When I was little, I loved looking through the Sears catalog around Christmas. I would circle things I would like and put a star (and a circle) next to the things I really wanted. I knew I probably wouldn’t get many of the things, but I was never short on ideas for my parents.

When the cards come in, we’ll be posting a picture for sure! Here are a few wooden cases to get you drooling. I don’t think they would be practical for me with all of the clunking around my purse does but eye candy nonetheless.

found here

The last two both found here

Roasted Cauliflower

I tried the Roasted Cauliflower with Goat Cheese and Lemon recipe from the September edition of Everyday Food. I must say, it was pretty tasty, but I actually like cauliflower. I try hard to figure out ways to make Dave enjoy vegetables he wouldn’t otherwise eat. Don’t get me wrong, we eat vegetables and a good(ish) variety, but neither broccoli nor cauliflower do it for him. He told me this was good, but he didn’t want anymore than the bite or two that he had. Oh well, some things I just make for myself I guess.

It was really simple.

In a bowl, toss the cauliflower with a drizzle of olive oil and a dash or two of salt and pepper. I roasted it in my toaster oven on a baking sheet set to 425 for about 20 minutes, but feel free to use your oven. (We use our toaster oven a lot; it is a nice alternative to our oven to beat the summer heat!) After the cauliflower is tender and a bit browned in spots, it is ready! Take it out, and allow it to cool for about five minutes. Go ahead and use the bowl you mixed it in before, and add one tablespoon of fresh chopped parsley, one tablespoon of crumbled feta cheese (or goat cheese), and a teaspoon each of olive oil and lemon juice. Mix to combine, and feel free to add more salt and pepper if you like. Martha, or her team of associates, recommends you eat this warm or at room temperature. I agree.

Vacation 2011 // part 6

I’ve been putting off posting about our trip because we still haven’t developed our film. Here you’ll find a few digital and Polaroid photos to tie you over. (Oh, and Dave was going to straighten and clean up the lines from scanning these before I used them, but I couldn’t wait any longer. Hope you don’t mind!) If you missed parts 1, 23, 4, or 5, check them out!

This is the sad part, our departure. McKenzie had me pretty convinced we could stay just one more day and it wouldn’t really disrupt our schedule :) I really wanted to stay, but I knew leaving would be hard regardless. It always feel good to be home after a long trip, but we had such a good time!

Before McKenzie had to work, we stopped for one last hurrah. Dave has fond memories of a little donut shop in Kentucky from past road trips, and some how by complete accident, our gps pointed us here. He was overjoyed. McKenzie doesn’t actually like donuts much, so this all just makes me laugh.

And then we were off.

Well, almost. We were so close; how about one last adventure before sundown?

We bought this “coon skin” cap at Glacier because it was size XL. You should have seen Dave’s face! All his life he has wanted one (Davey Crockett=childhood hero), but never has there been one to fit his big ‘ol skull. Who was I to crush his dreams?

So this is really it, the end of our vacation journey. When we do finally get our film developed, I’m sure I’ll post a few more pictures. Peace out.

Vacation 2011 // part 5

I’ve been putting off posting about our trip because we still haven’t developed our film. Here you’ll find a few digital and Polaroid photos to tie you over. (Oh, and Dave was going to straighten and clean up the lines from scanning these before I used them, but I couldn’t wait any longer. Hope you don’t mind!) If you missed parts 1, 23, or 4, check them out!

After Hamilton, we headed east to check out McKenzie’s stomping grounds in Bozeman, MT. I’m kind of in awe of all of the space she has, and there is inspiration outside every window.

One view from McKenzie’s.

McKenzie had to work so we headed to Yellowstone to see the sights. There were some really cool things to see, but there were a lot of people. You have to do a lot of walking on narrow boardwalks to see some of the hot springs, and when there are people everywhere, it could be kind of frustrating. At one place I was all lined up to take a picture with my Holga and a man stepped in front of me to focus his camera. I waited until there were hot springs coming out of my nostrils, and then I just had to leave. His grown grandson was nearby and could tell I was agitated. He kind of gave me the sweet face of, “hey, I really feel your pain, but grandparents you know.” I got over it and myself. Regardless, we did get to take some pictures at Yellowstone. I have not yet mentioned that most of the Polaroids you see  (forever and always) were taken by Dave. A few of them are mine, but it is a safer assumption that Dave took them.

Vacation 2011 // part 4

I’ve been putting off posting about our trip because we still haven’t developed our film. Here you’ll find a few digital and Polaroid photos to tie you over. (Oh, and Dave was going to straighten and clean up the lines from scanning these before I used them, but I couldn’t wait any longer. Hope you don’t mind!) If you missed parts 1, 2, or 3, check them out here, here, and here!

A Decemberists show in the mountains? Could life be any more lovely? The weather was perfect, and the set was perfection. Aside from a kid passing out in front of us, it couldn’t have been a better night!

It had been about four days since a shower in this picture. not proud.

McKenzie’s brother and sister-in-law graciously allowed us to stay at their place in Hamilton a couple of nights. It was nice not to have too long of a drive after the show, and I was so relieved to sleep in a cozy bed and to shower! I hadn’t been doing so well on our “self-inflating camping pad” (don’t want to name any names). We also slept one night (well, two if you count the way home) in the car.

During the daylight hours in Hamilton Dave fished, and McKenzie and I chatted it up. A good time was had by all… for the most part. There was also this swamp incident and a massive sunburn, but Dave told me if I wanted to sleep in our bed, I wasn’t allowed to tell it :) I love him. That day tested my patience, but I love him.

And then super nachos with guacamole for dinner, complete with Pepsi and a couple of movies.

Vacation 2011 // part 3

I’ve been putting off posting about our trip because we still haven’t developed our film. Here you’ll find a few digital and Polaroid photos to tie you over. (Oh, and Dave was going to straighten and clean up the lines from scanning these before I used them, but I couldn’t wait any longer. Hope you don’t mind!) If you missed parts 1 or 2, check them out here and here!

We camped at Glacier for a couple of nights. We couldn’t stay too long because something amazing was waiting for us in Missoula, MT.

We enjoyed hiking some of the trails and fishing, a lot of fishing. Dave fished. I read/contemplated.

The evening of day two at Glacier, McKenzie came to join us! That night and in the morning we were met with some unfortunate rain, but we managed to have a good time and a hearty breakfast anyhow. I know there is a picture of our make-shift covering somewhere… We opted out of our planned hike since we didn’t have any rain gear, and both Dave’s and my tennis shoes had gotten wet in our tent the night before. It was a bummer, but it also meant more time for thrifting before making it to the Decemberists show.

Vacation 2011 // part 2

 I’ve been putting off posting about our trip because we still haven’t developed our film. Here you’ll find a few digital and Polaroid photos to tie you over. (Oh, and Dave was going to straighten and clean up the lines from scanning these before I used them, but I couldn’t wait any longer. Hope you don’t mind!) If you missed part 1, check it out here!

We pick up on our third day of travel. We’re heading north to Glacier Park and the weather is feeling nicer by the mile. Though I specifically remember reminding Dave to pack something warm, we both forgot. We looked for thrift stores and eventually found a trading post where we bought Dave a thermal shirt and a flannel jacket. We spent the next few days cuddled up in them.

By the time we were entering the park, it was extremely windy and misty, and I, donned in tank top and shorts, was extremely glad we had stopped for the extra sets of long-sleeves. We drove across Going-to-the-Sun-Road and got our first tastes of Glacier. I had looked at so many photos and done as much Glacier research as I could, but nothing had prepared me for how beautiful it really was. It was stunning! I was wrapped in awe of the glory of this place and couldn’t help but reflect on its Creator. Are you ready for this? :)

Vacation 2011 // part 1

I’ve been putting off posting about our trip because we still haven’t developed our film. Here you’ll find a few digital and Polaroid photos to tie you over. (Oh, and Dave was going to straighten and clean up the lines from scanning these before I used them, but I couldn’t wait any longer. Hope you don’t mind!)

Usually I’m all about going to the ocean. I don’t so much care which ocean as long as it is warm enough for swimming. This summer, considering I’ve been missing my dear McKenzie, we headed west! I’ve been a lot of places, but I had never been to Montana. We had a lot on our to-do list and accomplished most of it. I would still like to float down a river sometime before summer is up. If anyone has any suggestions as to where or would even want to accompany me, they would be welcome! So first things first: The Badlands.


We stayed in the Badlands late and enjoyed the sunset. Dave did some attempts with his 4×5 Graphlex, but if I remember correctly, none of them turned out. Being in the Badlands after dark was a bit eery, but it was kind of awesome all the same. This day was really hot, so it was so nice to enjoy the cool evening.

Day two was a lot of driving.

We stopped in Bozeman, MT for dinner with McKenzie and her mom who was visiting. From there we continued north to Glacier National Park. More to come!

First time

I have managed to mend and tailor many a garment, but I have officially made my first piece of clothing! PUMPED. While in Montana I snagged this skirt at a thrift store specifically for this project. My sister-in-law, Leslie, made a couple of them this summer in about 30 minutes a piece! I knew it would be a great first project. The cut of the original skirt was pretty awful on me; I can’t pull off all that gathering. It was plenty of fabric for me to play around with though. It took me a little longer than 30 minutes, but definitely quick and definitely easy. I could wear this everyday; it is completely comfortable. I’m sure I’ll be whipping up a couple more in the next couple of weeks.

Summer Food

I don’t always love everything about summer; it can be so hot and humid in Iowa. There also tend to be more creepy, crawly critters around. (Side Note: We have never had too much trouble with fruit flies. However, they can often be a problem this time of year when you have a lot of fresh produce around and live in an old apartment! We have been having good luck reducing any potential pests by leaving out a small dish with apple cider vinegar and a drop of dish soap. The apple cider vinegar draws them in, and the soap keeps them from leaving! Essentially, they drown. Sorry, I know, this is kind of sad/gross, but I try to remind myself that swarms of fruit flies would be MUCH GROSSER then sending them off.) Let’s get back on track. Summer brings energy (all that day light, you know) and good food. I feel more inspired to eat food that is fresh and in season. Here are a few things I’ve been eating.

Please note that immediately following this photo, I proceded to drop my camera into my food.

This last photo was taken while camping; more about that soon! We call these “Seth Wraps”.

What are you eating this summer?