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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Reupholstered Chair

I bought this amazing chair at a flea market in Ft.Collins a year ago.
I've had the vision for it since then, and just now got to working on it!
First I sanded it all down
Antique White


A staple gun is a girl's best friend




Voila!



 
Just how I wanted it to look! It's new home is in our office.

This was my first reupholster project...and definitely not my last.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Pizza, Pizza



Jaime and I made the most amazing pizzas! 
One was garlic, ricotta and spinach
The other was mozzarella, parmesan, garlic and mushrooms

Gorgeous crust


Simmer the shrooms

Assemble the second pizza

Just look at that....

Simmer in olive oil, salt and pepper until browned


And into the oven they go! 







We had some leftover raspberries, so we decided to make a vinaigrette for our salad
It was heavenly!




 Ta da! Just plain deliciousness.
 This meal was divine! 

I rarely measure when I cook, but here is a recipe to refer to when making your own vinaigrette.

 Raspberry Vinaigrette Recipe:
  • 1 1/3 cups fresh raspberries or thawed frozen unsweetened raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons course ground mustard
  • spinach leaves
Put all above ingredients into a food processor. And enjoy!



Saturday, August 27, 2011

White Sangria with Jaime

My BFF, Jaime, came to town last weekend!
We had a great time making delicious food and reminiscing on 
good times.

And of course, we had to make a yummy drink while we were hard at work in the kitchen.
White Sangria!

 You can put whatever fruit your heart desires in this drink. 
We opted to use peaches, kiwi and raspberries.











Recipe:
One bottle of white wine (we used sauvignon blanc)
Fruit of your choice
About 3 cups of Sierra Mist (7up or Sprite will do as well)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

My Week

You've probably noticed that I've been MIA for a while, so I thought I'd fill you in.
I am in Greeley, CO this week for an intensive play therapy training with Dr. Byron and Carol Norton. They are the founders and theorists behind experiencial play therapy, so I kind of feel like I'm training with celebrities! Quite an experience!
I've been here since Sunday and have learned an insane amount so far. It's definitely called an intensive for a reason! But I feel so lucky to be having this experience and gaining all of the knowledge that I have so far about play therapy. It will open so many doors for me, and the best part is that I'm passionate about it! I cannot wait to get to work in my practice with kiddos in Sidney.
The other cool thing about spending 6 days in Greeley is that I get to wake up every day to mountains out my window and the crisp mountain air. There's just nothing like it.
I was able to meet up with a good friend of mine, Sara, in Loveland yesterday evening for dinner. It was just perfect! And I'm picking up my BFF Jaime at the airport on Friday! She will be spending the weekend with us!
I have officially decided to go into full-time private practice doing primarily play therapy, but will also work with adults and families. It will be a huge change from the agency world, but it is a very welcome change. I'm energetic about going into the private practice arena and am looking forward to learning how to run a small business and enjoy the freedoms and challenges that it brings.
Overall, lots of exciting things happening now! I have a lot of fun DIY projects I'm looking forward to getting back to as well.
I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the last few days of summer!

Friday, August 5, 2011

The Rodeo Came To Town!

Last week, we hit up the bull riding at the Cheyenne County Rodeo!
I don't remember going to rodeos often as a kid, so everything was new and exciting about it to me.
Of course we ate some fair food, and enjoyed the bull riding, miniature bull riding, and muttin busting.
If you're not familiar, muttin busting is when young kids ride lambs.
It is probably one of the funniest things I've ever seen.
Really, the concept itself is terribly strange,
but that's rodeo life for ya.








We had beautiful weather for the evening (which is one of the major perks of this area).

I have to say that I will really miss small town events like this if we move somewhere larger in the future. So many people come out to the rodeo/fair and just have a good ol' time.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

I turned 25!

I had a wonderful birthday weekend, so I thought I'd
share the festivities with you!
We started by going to the Zac Brown Band concert at
Cheyenne Frontier Days.
We had never been to Frontier Days, so it was quite exciting.
I especially loved all of the horses!




 These were the largest horses I've ever seen in my life.
Some of them were over 2,000 pounds and over 6 feet tall.
Just look at his height compared to the man brushing him!

The concert was great!




We do love fair food! 




We stayed in Ft. Collins that night and went to the Pouder Canyon outside of town.
Definitely one of my favorite places to visit!



 We spent the rest of that day eating at my (our) favorite restaraunts in Ft. Collins and walking around downtown. It's becoming our little tradition to explore Ft. Collins every year for my birthday.

And Eric got me the shoes that I have wanted for a long time!! Yay!


And here is my new baby that I got over the weekend: 


 I've been wanting a DSLR for a long time now, so I took the plunge.
We weren't planning on buying the camera on Saturday, but we found an awesome deal that we couldn't pass up. I'm learning a lot about DSLRs and hope that this will open some doors for me to take professional-ish pictures in town.
Unfortunately, the ion battery charger was not in the box when we bought us (and we didn't realize it until we were an hour out of town), so I haven't been able to even turn the camera on.
Frustrating, but I'm being patient!
I can't wait to start using it!
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