Sunday, July 26, 2015

Daily Life: Summer Sights

A highway sign I pass on my way home from work :) 

My favorite silly hippie pajamas and an even sillier caricature of Mr. Blue Sky and I.

Painesville's Party in the Park - Ohio's largest free music festival.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Daily Life: Hillbilly Food

Butter-flavored grits (with toast, please!)

Salted cucumber spears, hot dog cheese roll ups, cole slaw, baked beans, and peppers with onions.

Neopolitan icecream sandwich.

Let's start with the word "hillbilly."  It usually refers to a simple country dweller, a member of "the common folk."  Some may use it as a derogatory word to imply an awkward, uncivilized, or poor person (typically from a mountainous place).  However, we who use it among ourselves see it as a lighthearted and humble term.  It's meant to be silly, a word used to lightly tease a person. My Dad's side of the family is from West Virginia, so growing up it's something I overheard occasionally.  It turns out that country folk have not just traditional words, but foods, too (that vary according to location and family preference, of course!).  In my family, these things were some of our summer time staples.  The grits, however, I've just started liking recently! 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

What I wore: The Gatsby Wedding

Lilac sequin dress: Asos
Silver flat sandals: Saltwater Sandals

Tiny holographic purse: Target

So, everyone knows weddings are great! At my cousin's wedding, we had a great time chatting with wedding guests, taking in the glitzy theme decor, and exploring an old factory turned wedding venue in Cleveland.  About this look: I wish I had gotten more photos! This gown is actually an Asos original and I couldn't be happier with it.  However, it is a size too big, but honestly I'm always happy to have a little room in my clothes!I hope you get the gist of the dress: lilac, floaty skirt, sequin and pearl flower embellishment and.. that's it.  I decided to keep it super simple with the dress to let the bodice be the focal point, so I paired it with clean silver accessories, a summer tan, and a wine glass.  Happy wedding season!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Daily Life: True Happiness

I'll cherish this photo of my parents from a Gatsby themed wedding forever, I'm sure! 

A kind gift from a stranger, which I plan to pass on. 

Mr. Blue Sky performing a labor of love by staining this dresser a swampy green for us. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Daily Life: Food Snaps

Homemade guac with multigrain tortilla chips.

Box mix strawberry cake with homemade strawberry buttercream frosting.

Spiced pan-fried cod with lemony rice.

Well, I'm not exactly a food photographer, but I sure do enjoy preparing, eating, and chatting about it! I had the meal in the last photo three days in a row because fish is easily my favorite meat and I don't buy it as often as I'd like to.  As for the cake, it was tasty, but now I dream about making one totally from scratch (and improving that icing texture, yikes!).  I made a chocolate cake for a friend last month also, now that I think about it.  And oh, poor non-photogenic guac - you were delicious, too!  What's the best thing you've eaten this summer, what should I make next? And...any cake recipe suggestions?