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our new california home!

April 11, 2011

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our new california home! hello, lovelies!! guess what. WE FOUND A HOME!! let me tell you, it is magical here. however, the rental scene is pretty grim here in santa ynez, california. we looked and we looked and not only are there no rental signs posted anywhere (i mean, not even one), but the cost of living is as expected, pretty outrageous.

after a hard afternoon and a long prayer, the nifty craigslist app on my phone notified me of a new listing. a converted barn, in our price range that included EVERYTHING on my wish list. God is good.

our new california home! our little piece of heaven is a vine covered renovated barn with a trellis front and a screen door. a front and back yard for toaster, mature shade trees and several perfect spots for veggie gardening. fruit trees surround the property and it’s just over a mile from david’s work.

our new california home! they were doing a little bit of construction so the inside pictures aren’t quite the best, but this is our view looking out from the living room and open kitchen. it’s a one bedroom, one bath with a full kitchen and a loft for guests to sleep in. we’ll be looking for an old ladder to set up as access to that, so the local thrift stores will be seeing me very soon.

our new california home!

our new california home!

this is the view from our porch. the house sits right on a vineyard and rolling hills are just off in the distance. ahhhh.

our new california home! and this is yet another little gem that’s on the property. the house is only about 1000 square feet, so we’re really excited to have some outdoor living space. i’m thinking an old table with mix and match chairs could make this the perfect outdoor dining area. what do you think?

tomorrow i’ll be sharing with you more of the town so you can see just what kind of place this is. it’s full of lavender farms and strawberry stands. you’re going to love it.

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I really like scones as a little treat with coffee, or to serve when family stays overnight, as ours did last weekend. I made them on Friday and kept them air-tight until Sunday morning – they were perfect for breakfast! Scones are so easy to customize and there are so many variations. This recipe in particular is great for breakfast because there is almost as much oatmeal as flour, and not a lot of sugar. You can even substitute the dried cherries for another dried fruit or nut of your choice.

Adapted from Martha Stewart.

ingredients

1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup old fashioned rolled oats

1/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp course salt

1 stick of butter, cut into pieces

1/2 cup dried cherries, other dried fruit, or nuts

1 egg, beaten

1/4 cup soy milk ( or skim milk, or even buttermilk, as Martha suggests – I preferred soy)

1 tsp vanilla extract

sanding sugar for sprinkling on top

directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet, or just line with parchment paper if you have it.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, oats, sugar, baking powder and salt; add butter pieces. Use your fingers to incorporate the butter into the dry mixer (or use a fork to mash the butter really well). At this point, the mixture should be very course; add the dried cherries.

In another bowl, stir together the egg, milk, and vanilla. Add this to the flour mixture and stir well. The resulting dough will be a lot like cookie dough. I sandwich the ball of dough between two pieces of floured wax paper. I found that this reduces the dough sticking to the rolling pin, as you roll the dough out about an inch thick. You can roll it into a rectangle, cutting out eight equal pieces, or roll it into a circle, cutting out eight wedges, like a pizza. Brush each slice with a little milk and sprinkle with sanding sugar.

Place your cut dough pieces on the greased or lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, or until browned on top. After removing, sprinkle with sanding sugar again. These are best served if they’re a little warm – but I love them room temperature as well!

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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the sea is calling

April 8, 2011

Posted by in handmade

sea

i can hear the sea calling my name..

1 :: take me to the sea by katie daisy

2 :: rosario fedora

3 :: striped cover up

4 :: sailor tote bag by bayan hippo

5 :: starfish cuff

6 :: door country by f2 images

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colorfully retro

April 8, 2011

Posted by in home decor

amanda johnson

amanda johnson

amanda johnson

amanda johnson

amanda johnson

as we head out to house hunt today, looking at other’s spaces seems to sink in a little deeper. i think i’m somewhat addicted to envisioning spaces, what i would do with them and how our lives would intertwine with them. though my tastes change from year to year and even month to month, today i’m loving amanda johnson’s space. it’s colorfully retro yet simple and peaceful. visit her blog see even more of her darling style.

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around the map

April 7, 2011

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map {us map}

if you remember the trip we started a few weeks ago, we’re.still.going! 16 states in 3 weeks means that i’m seeing more of the country than i ever have before. i guess you could officially say that we are road warriors! next on the list is sunny california. ahhh. we’re leaving today with our dear friends christy and kirk to go visit the place we’ll all be moving to at the end of the month! we’ll be there for about 5 days and while david and kirk will be working a cycling camp, christy and i have one mission: find a place to live.

so i’ve been in deep thought about what i hope to find. pickings seem to be a wee bit slim for this small town (and our small budget), but i’m having faith that we’ll both find what we’re looking for. at some point during the many hours i’ve been in the car, i jotted down the top ten things i would really love to have in a place. i know i won’t get all of them, (or maybe even half?) but i’m hoping for as many as possible. here’s my new home  wish list:

wish list oh, and i forgot! a little place for a few chickens. :) wish us luck! i’ll try to keep you updated with the options we find on twitter, maybe you can help us make a decision! xox, bonnie

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30 under 30

April 7, 2011

art {surrender in progress by artsyville}

hello, lovelies! did you know march was national craft month? (how did i miss that?) in honor of crafty souls everywhere, splashlife just released there list of 30 emerging artists all under the age of 30, and i have been so inspired by each of their stories! you might even find someone you recognize on the page four (wink wink). head on over to 30 under 30 to read the stories of these amazing handmade crafsters, from jewelry makers to cake top designers!

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among the trees

April 6, 2011

Posted by in photography

katya horner slight clutter photography

katya horner slight clutter photography

katya horner slight clutter photography

katya horner slight clutter photography

katya horner slight clutter photography

there’s just something about being among the trees. don’t you think? when is the last time you were surrounded by trees? no bustling traffic, no smog, not even your cell phone. just the rustling leaves, slight breeze and chirping birds. i think we all need to make some more time to be surrounded by the beauty of the earth. if you can’t make it into to the woods today, maybe you can take a virtual stroll through the trees by enveloping yourself in katya horner’s beautiful shop.

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marco suarez

April 6, 2011

Posted by in photography

marco suarez

marco suarez

marco suarez

marco suarez

meet marco suarez. not only do i feel a deep connection to his work and the passions he has behind it, but living close to my hometown, many of these shots are taken of the great smoky mountains of which i miss so dearly. in his words, his work is a testament to the intelligence of creation’s balance and composition. i don’t believe it could be put more beautifully that that.

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