Oops!

Alright friends….one more thing… (hopefully!) I’ve been trying to work out all the kinks with the new website to make sure I stay connected with everyone I’ve met on here, and realized I forgot to mention that if you currently follow me on bloglovin, that you will now have to follow my new blog in order to receive posts, since I won’t be posting on this website anymore and would love to stay in touch with you all!

Also, if you subscribed to receive emails to this site, you will have to re-subscribe at the new site.

Again, my new website is http://www.musingsandoats.com.

 

Yeesh. So many details. Thanks for bearing with me as I try to figure this all out! You are all so great!

PS. I finally got around to posting about our Paris trip on the new blog. That city was uh-maz-ing.

–Ashley

Saying hello!

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Contrary to what you may think, I did not quit blogging. About two weeks ago my computer decided to bite the dust. Woo wee was that a sad day. It’s crazy how much I rely on that thing…and maybe even a little sad? I even thought about (more than once) sneaking into the Mac stores here, and taking advantage of the many laptops lying around to write a quick blog post/ start designing my new website. I decided against that, though, because one, I am not sneaky, and two, I would probably have a panic attack if someone caught on to what I was doing. I may be a little paranoid :)

So I just wanted to stop in and say hello! This little break made me realize how much I do love blogging and talking/getting to know so many wonderful people through it! Fingers crossed that next week I can get back to it….but for now this little post with a picture of these cute macaroons from our trip to Paris, will have to do :) have a great day! –Ashley

a little heads up…

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There are a few reasons on why this week is going to be lame….in a blogging sense that is.

1. My laptop recently just went all lights out on me….and it can be pretty tricky to write an entire post on an iPad….especially when the finger cramps set in!

2. This one is an exciting reason….I currently just bought my domain after much talking with the hubs! It has been something I have been thinking about doing for awhile now, and since my love for blogging has grown, I figured I would loosen the purse strings just a little :) New beginnings are a wonderful thing. So this week I will be spending a lot of time trying to set up/ get things rolling with the new blog. Unfortunately, this relies greatly on fixing problem número uno.

3. We are leaving for Paris in a couple days!! Oh man. Oh man. I cannot begin to tell you how pumped I am or how many macaroons I plan on eating :) it’s going to be a great trip for sure and I am just so thankful we get to go!

Yep. So that’s that. Lots of good things going on. But I didn’t want to just drop off the (blogging) face of the earth. Hopefully I will be back soon (on my new site)!!! Yay! Thanks for following along!–Ashley

The Goods #3// Nightstands

Thegoods2Whoever thought of putting a small table right next to the bed was brilliant. My nightstand is home to probably more things than it should be. Books, a lamp, lotion, pens, bobby pins, iphone, stationary, maybe a bedtime snack, sometimes a ball of yarn for nighttime knitting. Occasionally I think it’s ridiculous how much I can make one little table hold. And then I look to Nathan’s side. Perfectly neat and organized with a clock his watch and his wallet. And then I look back at mine.

No good.

Anyways, I am in major need of new nightstands for a few of reasons:

1. because I have had them since I was in highschool which was like 8 years or something ago. yikes.

2. they have an awful paint job which I attempted to give them before I got married. I tried to choose a more manly grey/blue color to mask the fact that they had engraved flowers on them. Just lookin out for Nate.

3. they have little engraved flowers on them

4. they are pretty small and don’t hold anywhere near the amount of bobby pins I need them too :)

And that sums it up. I figure though, instead of buying them that this could be a problem I could fix with a little DIY magic. So I scouted out some of my favorite ideas and hope to put one to good use when I get home.

thegoods-nightstand1Not only was I so excited about how cute these old wine boxes looked as a nightstand, but I was also pumped at the fact that I found a new blog to love at Lark & Linen! It was a good day :)

thegoods-nightstand2Everyday Lovely nailed it. Stacked suitcases would be adorable as a nightstand. Just run to your local antique store and you should be able to stock up!

Oh, and please notice the yellow bed. love.love.love.

thegoods-nightstand3The Finicky Designer was so smart and made these two guys from an old desk! They turned out great and the best part is, look at how much storage you would have! That should make you very happy :)

thegoods-nightstand4If you are tight on space then you should definitely try out these mounted shelves from Shelterness! Easy to make and look awesome!

nighstand-4Never would I have ever thought about using an old trash can as a night stand! But look how pretty! And I have a feeling you would be the only one of your friends with a garbage can nightstand. I love it so much and am so glad I found it at Fresh Home.

That was a fun post to write! I am so ready to start some DIY projects and am sure I will be able to pick a good nightstand from these lovelies.

Happy weekend!– Ashley

Mediterranean Chicken Sandwich

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To think I was not a “toppings” girl once is absolutely crazy. Like what in the world was going on in my head. I was a just cheese, eat my hot dog plain, no tomatoes, or lettuce or onion or anything kind-of-girl. But thankfully, now that I am officially a grown up (25 is grown up, right?), my taste buds can’t get enough toppings. And that’s a good thing because this sandwich is full of them.

And boy, is it good. I am not kidding. I could see it in the hubs’ eyes. He was impressed. And that made me a happy camper :)

Like always, my recipe is a little “loose”. Feel free to adjust the toppings to your liking. Adding more here. Subtracting a little there. It will be great!

This recipe serves 4. You will need:

8 slices of bakery bread

2 cooked chicken breasts. Butterflied (or sliced in half long ways)

1/2 small red onion. sliced thin.

12 cucumber slices. sliced thin.

8 slices of feta cheese

8 sundried tomatoes. chopped

handful of spinach for each sandwich

olive oil

oregano

If your chicken breasts aren’t already cooked, you will need to do that first. Preheat your oven to 400. Place chicken on a tinfoil lined pan. Drizzle both sides with olive oil and salt and pepper, and let bake for 30 minutes.

M&O 007editWhile chicken is baking you can start choppin your ingredients

M&O 039editYou will need to cut 8 slices of fresh bread. On four of those slices (the ones that will be placed in the oven) you will stack the sundried tomatoes, onions and feta like so…

M&O 011editAfter doing this, you will place all 4 slices on a lined cookie sheet. When the oven has about 5-7 minutes left, stick them in to finish cooking with the chicken.

You should have 4 more slices begging for some toppings. So we are going to give them what they want and stack the spinach, cucumbers and the hot chicken, when its done.

M&O 037edit Put the sandwich together when the tops make their way out of the oven. Drizzle some olive oil on the each. And then sprinkle with a good dose of oregano.

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Oh. my. goodness. It is so delicious. Cook up some fresh veggies for a side and you’ve got yourself a good lookin (and healthy!) meal!

Hope you enjoy!–Ashley

Seeing Switzerland (again)!

Another great weekend in the books…so that means another post coming your way :)

The weather was beyond perfect this weekend. We’re talking in the 60’s and sunny people! It was great! We spent the entire weekend soaking up some sunshine and walking around like crazy. Saturday was spent back at Old Town where we grabbed some sausage and enjoyed the meal sitting on the steps by the river. There were a bajillion people out doing the same thing, so that made it even more fun.

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Pretty, huh?!

On Sunday we decided to do what everyone does on Sunday. Brunch. Which was delicious and of course involved a whole lotta bread and cheese, but I am not complaining.

Afterwards, we decided to take a hike up Mt.Uetliburg. This was one of my favorite hikes ever. Nate and I had so much fun, and even though we made a couple of wrong turns, we eventually made it to the top of the mountain. Which was hoppin’, I might add.  Picnics were being had and pictures were being taken everywhere you looked. There was so much to see, and the view was awesome. It was pretty easy to waste some time up there.

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The Goods on Friday #2

Thegoods2We have made it to Friday yet again! I don’t know about you but the beginning of this week was full of rain, rain and rain. And coldness. Which means a lot of quality time with my friend, Pinterest, many episodes of Friday Night Lights (which I am currently loving and can’t believe I never watched) and lots of reading, organizing, blogging. The usual. But thankfully, the sun has decided to come out and play and the past two days have been beautiful! Definitely can’t complain.

What I can do, though, is show you what all my time spent on those rainy days led to. And that is wreaths. WOAH! I know…this is exciting stuff :) When we get home from Switzerland it will be just getting into summer time. One of the first things I want to do when we get back is paint. Paint it all. Including our front door. I am thinking a light blue to go with the grayish exterior of the house…and when I finish it I hope to smack a big and beautiful (and handmade) wreath on the front of it. So, after a bit of searching, here are my favorites:

wreath_1First up is this beauty, from one of my very favorite blogs, Annapolis & Company. Isn’t it wonderful?! And so fluffy and pretty. I love it!

wreath_4If you are needing some color, what about this one from Everything Etsy… I never even thought about using felt like this but it looks great!

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If you have some butcher paper hanging around you should definitely make this pretty thing from AlisaBurke. Definitely. Such a great spring/summer wreath!

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Love the chalkboard sign The Crafted Sparrow added to this! The bright colors in this are the best!

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Finally, maybe you are feeling something a little bit different. Maybe you’re not a circle girl. Maybe you’re kind of more like a hexagon girl. If that’s the case you should learn how to make one with this easy tutorial from Lines Across! Then you could have a beautiful wreath like this!

So many pretty things! Makes me so very excited for spring time. I like winter, but just for about a week and then I am over it :) Have a wonderful weekend friends! –Ashley

Nutella & Peanut Butter Banana Panini

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If you are needing a snack, you should make this. If you are needing some breakfast, make this. If you are just needing a pick me up, make this. Whatever you are needing….make this. You will lick the knife, lick your fingers and probably even lick the plate…and you will wish you had ten more in front of you. I don’t even lie.

I try to eat as healthy as I can for the most part. You know, no processed foods. Lots of veggies. Lots of fruit. Good sources of protein. And I love it…..but once in awhile I get a craving. And sometimes it is good to give into those cravings simply because it puts a smile on your face.

Enter this lovely, ooey gooey sandwich.

The hubs and I made it on Sunday when we cooked brunch together. So much fun, by the way. He whipped up the healthy portion of the meal. Sweet potato hash and fried eggs, and I took on the wonderful duty (or privilege) of making these bad boys. They are easy peasy, and you will love them! The key to making these is to be generous. With everything. Peanut butter. Nutella. Bananas. Butter. All of it. There are no measurements needed. I will leave that up to you :)

First, preheat your oven to 400 degrees (if you don’t have a panini maker).

Switzerlandmonth2 036editAfter cutting 2 slices of fresh bakery bread, butter one side on each slice and place facing down on the plate. Then, smother one piece with peanut butter, and one piece with Nutella.

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Then place in the panini maker, or in the oven for about 7-10 minutes.

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Switzerlandmonth2 055edit yum.yum.yum. Making this was one of my best decisions! Enjoy! –Ashley

Seeing Switzerland

Oh my my my. Last week was a good one.

My brother-in-law and sister-in-law spent most of the week with us, and we had such a great time doing some more exploring. There are just way too many cool things around here. Memphis definitely needs to get itself a mountain or two.

One of my favorite days from this past week was when the four of us rented a car and drove to the pretty city of Lucerne. I had been told by many people that this was one place we needed to visit, and I am so glad we listened to them because they were right!

The views were beautiful. Mountains peaking over the clouds. Cafes and shops lining the river. Buildings full of character…each one so unique. Bridges overlooking the water. Bah! Take me back!:) Prettiest city ever.

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