Thursday, August 27, 2015

I've Got a Case of the Butterflies!

100% cotton dresses being a challenge to find in my area, I have purchased a few online over the summer. This unbranded boho sundress is my favorite! I've worn it numerous times since I bought it on eBay in June, and found that there were two wearings that got documented in pictures for the blog.

On July 6th, I wore the dress belted, with my white BOC sandals:


 Earrings: Walmart

Belt: thrifted

Bracelet: yard sale

One month later, on August 6th, I wore the dress loose and free, with my new turquoise Vionic sandals (purchased on Zulily.com):



This dress will be fun to wear in the spring, as well. I've got a couple of light-weight sweaters / shrugs that will coordinate with it nicely, and a short-sleeved denim jacket that might work, too. With its breezy white fabric and butterfly print, the dress is not really a fall or winter piece, but that doesn't bother me. I'll wear it at least once more before the autumnal equinox. Then after the cold of winter, those purple, blue, and green butterflies will once again bring a happy smile to my face!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Before Summer Ends...

 Outfit details:  DownEast Basics top ~ thrifted; Spiegel skirt ~ thrifted;
Born sandals ~ eBay; bracelet ~ Walmart.

This is what I wore to church one Sunday...WAY back in June! There are several forgotten outfits from the past couple of months, but I hope to get them on the blog before the end of August. I'm really, REALLY looking forward to fall's arrival! Not that it's been horribly hot this summer, although we have had some whoppers. It's just that fall is my favorite season, and I'm itching to bake, make soup, wear flannel. Ahhh...

I love this breezy cotton top! I bought it at a Goodwill store in Arizona during a visit to family. It was missing a button, but luckily there was a fabric-covered button in my stash that closely matched and I was able to replace it. I can't remember where I bought the Spiegel skirt, but I do recall that it was new with tags. Spiegel makes very good quality garments; my rather snobbish college roommate bought most of her wardrobe from Spiegel. She left behind a soft blue silk top at the end of the year and I wore that thing til it fell apart!


The colors in this top make me think of fall...I'll have to wear the outfit again in cool weather with boots and a cardigan.




Saturday, August 8, 2015

You Bet Your Biscuits!

Remember those sad hockey-puck looking biscuits from a few weeks ago? The ones made with coconut oil?


I suppose it was worth the experimentation to draw the conclusion that no further tweaking of the recipe is necessary.

This, my friends, is what biscuits should look like:



Some Postman had sausage gravy over his biscuits for breakfast this morning; I had mine with butter and honey. So, so tasty!

I've baked biscuits from scratch for so long that I no longer refer to a recipe, and I don't even remember where I found the original recipe. This is approximately how I made today's batch:

2 cups all purpose flour, unbleached
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
6 Tbsp real butter, no substitutions
1/4 - 1/3 cup wheat bran
1 cup buttermilk

Heat oven to 450° F. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter, using a pastry blender. Add wheat bran; stir. Mix in buttermilk just until all dry ingredients are incorporated. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface. Knead a few times to get the gluten activated. Pat out into a circle about 3/4 inch thick; cut out biscuits and place on stoneware. Bake about 12 minutes or until golden brown.

I've done a lot of experimenting with this basic recipe over the years, using whole wheat flour, trying various fats, substituting almond milk. Whole wheat flour tends to make them heavy; adding wheat bran to regular white flour adds the heartiness of wheat without the weight. Butter is far superior to any fat I've tried (shortening, margarine, coconut oil). Almond milk was...okay...but the biscuits didn't get nice and fluffy the way I like them. No more changes! The recipe is perfect just the way it is.

I think I'm going to go nibble on another biscuit now....

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Sneak Peek!

Look what finally arrived today!



Yes! My zulily.com order! Have you ever ordered from this site? I've only ever gotten shoes, except for the one time I ordered a breezy cotton swing dress. I've been pleased every time! Only once did I order something only to have it become "unavailable". (How does that happen??) This zulily box also contained shoes:


Just a sneak peek! You'll see them here on the blog soon. And often. They are all Vionic shoes with Orthaheel technology. I've finally found a shoe that actually enables me to be on my feet without the constant knife-stabbing pain in my right foot. Normally these shoes are quite pricey, but thanks to zulily, I was able to buy two pair of sandals and one Mary Jane type shoe for LESS than the retail price of just one pair! You know how I love cute shoes...thankfully these are fairly cute despite being orthopedic.

It does usually take a little time to receive your order. This is because zulily collects orders for a grouping until a certain date, and then all the orders are shipped at that time. So if you need something fast, this probably isn't the best option for you. But if you're able to wait a couple of weeks, it's well worth it!

I have NOT been asked by zulily or Vionic to write this post or declare my opinion. It would have been nice, but other than taking my money, they really have no idea that I exist. Ha ha! But I really do highly recommend checking out zulily if you're looking for a specific brand of just about anything at a nice discount price (they sell everything for your closet, your kids' closets, the kitchen, the bath...pretty much anything in your house!). If you use my referral link, then I will earn $15 credit. After you become a customer, you can invite your friends and earn credits, too. Not that I'm pressuring you to go shopping. Just sayin'...if you're interested...and you like shoes the way I do. :D