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ohhhh, i love these! what a perfect way to entertain your guests at a get together! wouldn’t this be fun at a wedding reception, baby shower or going away party? playing grown up has several chalk board options that each allow guests to write a personalized note on them. set up a photo booth at your next gathering and let the speech-bubble-fun begin!
everyone seems to know that i have a weakness for woodland animals. just this past weekend, a friend of mine saw a deer print at a thrift store and called me over just to make sure i didn’t miss it. i’m not sure exactly what it is about them, but i think these creatures take me back to nature, no matter where i am. especially when they are illustrated as beautifully as these. youareconstance by rebekah garibayfeatures one sweet print after another- from birds and deer to rabbits and skunks!
hello, lovelies! as promised, i have more pictures for you! this time, they are just from around the santa ynez valley. you’ll see photos from both solvang and santa ynez, ca- as they are both teeny weeny towns just 3 miles apart. you can click on the photos above to see them larger.
pictures #1 & 2: this is farm land. with everything from cows to horses to alpacas and ostriches, there’s no shortage of beautiful rolling hills and grazing happy animals.
#3: this very well could become my new favorite spot. bloom yoga, the sign hardly readable from the blossoming wisteria all around.
#4: solvang boasts green open spaces around every corner. this is a public space where you’ll find people reading, napping or playing with their dogs right downtown.
#5: the valley hard wear store. they have already-fruiting orange, lemon and grapefruit trees for only $25. i’ve got my eye on several.
#6-8: the mission. it’s peaceful, serene and full of old charm.
#9-10: solvang is known as the “danish capital of america” as it was founded by a group of danes who traveled west to establish a danish colony far from the midwestern winters. the city is home to a number of bakeries, restaurants, and merchants all offering a taste of denmark and most of the architecture reflects traditional danish style.
#11: the lavender farm in santa ynez. yes, a lavender farm! a little market sits at the end of the drive with bulk lavender and infused goodies of all sorts for sale. we were greeted with olives bouncing off the hood of our car, as the trees that you see lining the property are olive trees that were planted in 1831.
#12: poppies and flowers of all sorts are scattered all over the town. color is around every corner and the whole city seems to be in bloom.
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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 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.
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.
this is the view from our porch. the house sits right on a vineyard and rolling hills are just off in the distance. ahhhh.
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.
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.
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
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!
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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