Friday, July 30, 2010

I have been a cooking machine lately.
something inside of me just changed & I want nothing less than a fresh, unique & healthy meal every night.

so far this week we have made jasmine's incredible italian veggie omelette, my uncle's family lasagna, chicken parmigiana, berry crisp, BLTs with tomatoes from our garden(!!!), and Rachael Ray's gourmet white mac & cheese.
(yes, we have a lot of leftovers right now).

our favorite sides are brussels sprouts, sweet corn on the cob, baby red potatoes, and salad with feta cheese & balsamic dressing. & by far my favorite lunch is caprese salad- fresh tomotoes from the garden topped with mozzeralla cheese, basil & balsamic vinegar.


sorry if this post is making you hungry. but for the first time in our 6 years of living together we are finally starting to find a healthy balance of food, work its way into our lives as well as some not-so-ordinary meals. hey, I guess it only took months of unemployment for me to find the time to make it happen.
but regardless it has, and I'm very happy about that.

so far for next week we have planned- greek pasta salad, lemon meringue pie, cheesy chimichangas, grilled salmon, and bruschetta. very exciting.

another thing that I'm really digging about our new system is that I am making trips to the store every week! so we always have fresh produce in the house & I always know what I am making for dinner that night. all of this seems so simple, but I swear if you only knew how we've survived thus far, for some reason this just never came easily to us. we used to grocery shop maybe once monthly, never knowing what we would have for dinner that very night. it gets frustrating & I think you end up eating stuff that you otherwise wouldn't.

so- I'd love to know what some of your favorite dinners are or recipe sources. hook me up! I just started following a couple food blogs that I think will throw a lot of good things my way and have re-read all of my cookbooks! but word of mouth is always where the best recipes are found, so lay them on me.

ps. i think taking photos of food might be my favorite thing to photograph (hmmm.... potential list idea here?)

xo Chelsea

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

leave me a compliment
intended for someone else.

this is for all of the readers who don't comment.
and even the ones that do!
play along!!

I saw this wonderful idea on cara's blog
& I'm excited to see the results.
It can't possibly do anything but make you feel good.

and, GO!
we had a wonderful & very relaxing weekend.
the first one in a very, long time.
it was so nice.

some of the highlights included-
sleeping in; going to the drive in movie theater (possibly my favorite thing); which included Eclipse & Inception*; reading through old love notes between husband & I; a romantic dinner of fondue & wine by the river; & then the obligatory hand-in-hand stroll along the river; convertible rides; grocery shopping; drinks & drum playing with the neighb's; Super Mario Wii in bed; walks for ice cream; true blood; lots of cooking; breakfast in bed; & plenty family cuddles on the couch.

such a very, very nice weekend. but as you may have heard, Iowa was literally flooded with rain over the past week.
creating chaos all around.
we thought we had it bad having to clean up all the water & damage in our basement (yes, it really, really sucked).
but on Saturday our plans to attend a certain concert
were cancelled because the venue was entirely underwater.
it was very, very sad- but even more scary for the residents that were being evacuated from their flooding homes.
(but c'mon it was JOAN JETT!!! and Styx! very sad).
but in the end I was happy to have so much down time.

*Now, as for a little movie you may have heard of...

 Wow. It was, in a word, mind-blowing. Our group was huddled in the pouring rain at the drive-in finishing the movie & we honestly couldn't be bothered by the wetness because we were so engrossed in the film. I really, really enjoyed it. But it definitely was one of those sit-on-it-for-a-couple-of-days-constantly-thinking-about-it kind of movies. And let's just be honest.......

 my undying love for a certain Mr. Levitt might have something to do with this.... yes, it definitely does.

but no really, the movie was epic.
I already want to see it again.

did you see it yet?? thoughts??

xo Chelsea

Monday, July 26, 2010


lots of updates to share, but just not enough time in the day.
too many things on my checklist today.
thankfully dark was the night is getting me through just fine.

I have all the confidence in the world that
the national can make any day better.
they are real and brilliant and life affirming.


xxo Chelsea

Friday, July 23, 2010

i love

the almost-ripe tomatoes in our garden.
(I can't wait to eat them.. nomnomnom)
30 Rock on instant Netflix.
my diana mini.
our absolutely perfect new duvet cover.

bully cuddles.
beauty supplies from the drugstore.
fountain cherry coke with tons of crushed ice.
this sweet little video that I made.
(I am going to do this all the time now because I think they're fun-
need to start actually videotaping more)

the promise of this red velvet cheesecake recipe.
eggs in a basket (you know what i'm talking about).
pictures from OTH season 8 filming surfacing.
(with B.Joy wearing a hat just like mine. score.)

true blood (it just keeps getting better & better).
the name Lux.
late, late summer when it's unbearably hot- because that means autumn is just around the corner!
the beautiful bag that my mother bought for me.

light lavender nail polish.
life unexpected reruns on the CW.
(I'm watching it for the first time- adore it)
the feather ring my sister gave me.
(I wish I could hold onto the feeling of this song forever).

the runaways out on dvd this week.
blush pink. anything in blush pink.
worldwide photowalk on Saturday.
being retweeted by daytrotter.
going to bed with wet hair.
and waking up with soft waves.

and just one thing that i don't love:
a flooded basement.
(damn you Iowa rain!)

:: happy friday ::

xo Chelsea

Thursday, July 22, 2010

i am a very conventional, yet modern person.
i am very open-minded & love new things.
but i am also very traditional.
you honestly can not beat the sense & feel & smell
of a book. especially an old used book.

however, that hasn't stopped me from wanting one of these:


xo Chelsea

Lately, I haven't been writing as much. On the blog especially, but anywhere for that matter. I've just come to realize that I have been making lists and bullets or even just photo posts. Which are great and fun, and very much me, don't get me wrong. But I feel like I am seriously just fooling myself...

I've been going through so much lately and honestly believe that I am just tricking myself by not just putting pen to paper and letting the thought process flow.... by being brutally honest.

Don't mean to scare anyone- there is nothing major going on. Just sort of a culmination of everything lately... still no job, which is getting harder & harder. Loans that were on deferment or forbearance are starting to run out... and still, no job. It's very discouraging and frightening. And of course this issue, just comes barreling down affecting everything else in life.

We aren't where we always thought we would be at this point in our lives. Not that that is a bad thing, it's just different. It's an adjustment. And it's not really something that I can just set and be fine with, it's a decision that I have to make everyday. To be happy with where I'm at.

As depressing as that sounds, I know that I am blessed. I truly believe that I have the best husband of anyone, anywhere. I hope everyone is lucky enough to feel like this. To be this in love. I have amazing friends and family... I feel like everyone says this, but I can't even tell you how true it is in my case. We are all happy and healthy and that is enough. That is all I need or will ever need. I wish I could just stop my brain there, you know? But it doesn't. Does it for anyone??

With that said, It really hurts me that I am such a planner in every aspect of life. I have always known exactly what I wanted, went for it, did it, and moved on to the next. But lately, for the past couple of years- I have not had that. The things that I wanted next didn't happen, and I've sort of been stuck in this lull. But then I think, I'm 25... I'm so young, I have my entire life for these other things like careers, children, travel, cars to call my own, savings accounts. I should just be grateful for what I do have. So a couple days go by, and then I'm back to the lull stage. It's a constant battle. A battle between being blissfully unaware and in denial that my plan isn't a plan anymore and knowing what I am missing and being genuinely happy and grateful. Does any of this even make sense?

And then sometimes I think of the good things that have come out of this lull, so to speak. This time in my life when things just stopped moving, and I learned new things about myself. I love to write and read. I love to photograph anything & everything and have the satisfaction of selling something I took. I love to party and try new things. I love to spend entire days in the sun. I love to plant flowers and grow vegetables. I love to paint and change the entire feel of a room. I love to sit at the coffee shop for hours with a good book. I love a good thrift find & making it something beautiful again. I love to cook and have friends over for dinner. I always knew that I loved these things... but I never had the time, no I never took the time to entertain them. So maybe this was the plan for me all along? Maybe I needed this time to myself to figure things out before I am ready for the next stages in life... maybe the universe knew this before I did.

So again, I am grateful. I am grateful to have had the time to figure these things out and to enjoy myself and my company. If my plan would have gone as I planned, I wouldn't have had this. Yet I still wake up, wondering when the rest of my life is going to start. Wondering when I find a job that suits me.... of which I have absolutely no idea what that will be. When will I be a mother? When will I get the rest of the plan? And maybe I never will... and maybe that is how my life is suppose to be.

I guess this entire ramble is just really me coming to terms with the fact that I can't plan my life. I can have wants and try to attain them... but really, it's not even up to me. It just is. I don't want to spend my days wishing them away, waiting for the future. Everyday is part of my life and my path and I want to enjoy all of it. And I am. I am glad that my life went off course, because otherwise how much of a life would that be? Always knowing what's going to happen next? BORING. My life is full of excitement and love. And while I'll never stop wanting things for myself and our family.. I am no longer considering this lull as just that, a lull. It's not a lull. It's my LIFE. It might not be the course that I would have chosen for myself, but it's been a good detour so far. I'm sure that life will throw me more curve balls in time, and I really hope that I will be more prepared for them next time... and not see them as that, but only as an adventure. A new experience. Another chapter in the book.

So I hope this post wasn't too corny or arrogant or flat-out annoying. But I had to do it for myself. I'm being honest with myself and with everyone. And it feels good. Here's to life's unexpected turns- whether good or bad- and making them good for yourself. There is some good that can be taken from any situation. (And I have to say that I honestly wasn't planning on writing this as an inspiring post... I was actually kind of depressed. It just turned out to be that. How about that?)

I truly believe that I wouldn't feel this good about things if it weren't for the amazing people in my life. So a quick thank you to everyone who has been there for me in any way, shape or form. You have all impacted me so much and I am grateful.

I'd love to hear your thoughts if you've been here or even if you haven't. I hope that you take something away from this as I have.

I have the above print hanging in my house & it's a great... I think everyone should.

Thanks for listening-
xo Chelsea

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

we were lucky to have a weekend full of
great friends. love. one gorgeous wedding. hotel stays. sushi. lots of bar hopping. lots of drunken pancheros.
lots & lots of walking. great, great, great, great times.

our amazing friends clint & brieanna got married in iowa city.
and boy did we celebrate!!

congratulations clint & brieanna.
we love you!

such an amazing weekend.
oh and let's not forget hungover sushi with everyone...

we are so lucky to have such amazing people in our lives.
that is what it's all about.

xo Chelsea

Thursday, July 15, 2010

night time cuddles with this mr:

life is good.

wow. I've had a very, very busy week.
and it doesn't seem to be slowing down any time soon.
even though I am tired.

I don't have much time for an update.
but I will tell you that I have recently
been reacquainted with the color pink.

I despised it for a long while,
but it has worked its magic back into my heart.

blush pink, more specifically.

catch up with you next week!
I have some G cuddles to attend to
before going back to my hectic schedule.

xo Chelsea

{pretty in pink 1 & 2}.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

list sixteen: my biggest fears

01. spiders [for obvious reasons].
02. losing my baby, G.
03. getting a job that I hate [or can't do].
04. airbag deployment [there has to be a name for this somewhere... sometimes when driving I seriously freak out because I am sure my airbags are going to go off for no reason].
05. tight spaces [stemming from a routine tornado drill in the 2nd grade in which I was shoved into a basement bathroom with 20 other children... I freaked out].
06. heights [sometimes even 2nd story malls scare me].
07. sleeping alone [which results in me sleeping in 20 minute increments because I am certain someone is in my bedroom & I wake up to check].
08. hospitals.
09. anyone I love dying.
10. sharks [something I was never afraid of before.... until a late night dip with friends resulted in a very close shark sighting... never again].
11. getting sick [I am always convinced that I am have brain tumors and blood clots... I believe they call that a hypochondriac].
12. not being able to have children.
13. forgetting to blow out candles.

Lucky for me- for each fear, there is always my husband telling me I am crazy. So believe it or not I do actually venture out into the real world, fears in tow. There is just usually someone killing the spiders in my path.

{sixteen down; thirty-six to go}.

xo Chelsea

I can't wait to see this:

looks so good! bring on the tissues.

xo Chelsea

our 4th of july weekend:

pretty amazing. & relaxing.
I love Minnesota.

xo Chelsea

Saturday, July 3, 2010

happy independence day!

from yours truly.

I hope that your holiday weekend is full of love
& everything that you wish for.

xo Chelsea

Friday, July 2, 2010

I am so very excited for this weekend.
4th of July weekend is always the best.
and we have lots in store over the next few days.
And I got to go see Eclipse for a 2nd time today!
{what can I say, my little sister needed someone to take her...}
{her as an excuse is nice, but who am I kidding- like I need one}.
It's even more amazing the second time.

and sadly the summer color week is coming to an end today.
but wow, there was some incredible stuff floating around.
ending the week with a little bit of blue for you.

I hope you have a wonderful, fun, safe, l o v e l y, sunshine-filled looooong weekend!


xo Chelsea

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