Hiking | Seven Bridges Trail

drive to the trail headA few weeks ago Pat and I hiked the seven bridges trail. The drive up to the trail head was beautiful. We passed Helen Hunt falls on the way there.  Helen Hunt FallsThe trailhead starts at the gate to Gold Camp road and the first 0.7 miles of the trail is along this dirt road. The view from here is pretty cool!Seven Bridges View of the roadIt looks down on the road you drive up to get to the trailhead. After the 0.7 miles on Gold Camp Road you’ll come to a trail marker for trail 622, we took that trail and came to this sign.Trail marker

Shortly after this sign we crossed the first bridge. Yes, there are seven bridges total. We counted on the way back! This trail keeps going to Jones Park, we turned around shortly after the last bridge. Seven Bridges ViewWe stopped here to enjoy the view, eat lunch, and turn around. Overall, this hike was really easy and fun, just 4.7 miles round trip! We definitely want to try more hikes in Cheyenne Canyon.


Finding Inspiration | June

IMG_20140524_150321_488Here’s a few things from around the web that have been inspiring me lately.

This podcast about hard work.

Love these curtains.

The way Elise is doing project life this year is SO awesome.

This photo book is awesome.

I need more slow cooker recipes like this one.

This might be our next wood working project.

My First Creative Field Trip

Garden of the GodsAfter listening to episode 004 of elise gets crafty, I really wanted to try out the idea of a creative field trip. Staying home all all the time can get so boring and I need to get out of the house more often. Once I get into a creative funk, its really hard for me to get out of it.

I picked a Friday when the weather was perfect and drove down to Garden of the Gods with my camera and a notebook. I knew a creative field trip would have to include going to Garden of the Gods, because really there is no better place around here to find inspiration. 20140502014

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June Goals

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May just flew by, but I have a feeling that June is going to be even busier. Life around here is going to be pretty crazy this month as we work on getting moved into our house.

My goals for June:

1. Finally finish our patio set! We only worked on this a little bit in May and I really want to finish it and move it over to our house so we can start using it.

2. Move into our house. We have a few projects we’re working on and need to finish before we start moving.

3. Find a balance between house projects/ moving and enjoying our first summer in Colorado.

26 Pizza, Tacos, and Sandwiches | 04 Caprese Chicken Sandwich

2014012200604 Avocado Caprese Chicken Sandwich

Bread: Ciabatta Roll

Toppings: Cooked Chicken (marinated with the balsamic vinaigrette), avocado, 2 tomatoes, small bunch basil, 8 ounces fresh mozzarella.

Sauce: Balsamic Vinaigrette
1/3 cup olive oil
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon mustard
salt and pepper


Note: Since balsamic vinaigrette is a thin sauce, I usually mix the tomatoes, basil and mozzarella in a bowl with a little bit of the balsamic vinaigrette. These sandwiches can be messy, but we just pile everything on the roll.

These sandwiches are one of our favorite dinners during the summer. Light and fresh!

Color Blocked Terra Cotta Pots

20140421027Succulents are my favorite indoor plants! They come in so many different varieties. Ever since I read this post, I knew I wanted some potted succulents in my house. We are moving into our new home soon, and I figured it was time to make this project happen.

Project: Color Blocked Terra Cotta Pots20140419008What you’ll need: Potting soil (cactus blend), fine gravel, 3 terra cotta pots and dishes -varying sizes, 3 small succulents (I bought mine at lowe’s), acrylic paint, paint brush and painters tape. succulentsTime: 2 hours (most of that is waiting for the paint to dry)

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Memorial Day Recipe Roundup

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We are going to Estes Park for an extended weekend, so I won’t be cooking on Memorial Day this year. If I was cooking, these recipes would definitely be on the menu!

Strawberry Kale Salad by gimme some oven

Watermelon Caprese Salad with Balsamic Glaze by lauren’s latest

Blueberry Lemonade by damn delicious

Blackberry Cilantro Margarita by a beautiful mess

Barbecue Pulled Chicken by eat live run

Chipotle Chedder Burgers with Avocado Crema by iowa girl eats

Mexican Corn on the Cob by damn delicious

Ultimate Red Skinned Potato Salad by iowa girl eats

Rhubarb Honey Compote with Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream by family fresh cooking

Lemon Coconut Crumb Bars by two peas in their pod

*I updated my etsy shop and added a few pleated tote bags, like the one in the picture above.

Currently | May

Currently May

hoping… the weather warms up fast from last weekends snow storm

feeling… excited to move into our house

trying… to wake up earlier and get more done each day

recovering…from an awesome visit

reading… The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society  and Die Empty

planning… lots and lots of projects for our home, for the blog, for my etsy shop

cooking… dinners that don’t involve the oven, lots of stove top and crock pot recipes

designing… business cards and new products

finding… inspiration from creative field trips

discovering… how much I love canning