Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Simple red-wine vinaigrette

Hi friends!

I'm on day two of a healthy eating cleanse...which is progress for a girl who loves to eat! Today, I thought I'd share my go-to salad dressing that really makes me look forward to eating all those pretty greens.

This is a recipe my best friend shared with me in high school and has been one of my favorites since. I'm a very picky salad dressing eater, so this one has stood the test of time. Tangy, garlicky and delicious. Enjoy!



Simple red-wine vinaigrette

1/2 c. red wine vinegar
1/2 c. vegetable oil
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. sugar or Splenda
4 gloves garlic, crushed but left whole

In a mason jar, mix ingredients in order of list. Shake well and pour on your favorite salad. Refrigerate for up to three weeks.

Yum...I'm enjoying that salad above as we speak. Love those yellow cherry tomatoes too.

Do you have a secret ingredient that makes healthy eating simpler?

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Stitch therapy- Hand-stitched embroidery hoops

Hi dear friends. Today, my love moved across the state to begin his new job. This will be the longest we've been apart...ever. Boo! So, I've thrown myself into making new things for the arts & crafts shows I'm planning to sell at this summer. Nothing like a little old hand-stitched embroidery to take your mind off some things! This was my first shot at it, and it's surprisingly therapuetic.
 
In my first project, I used the Bible verse from our wedding (Ruth 1:16) which is so apropos to our wanderlust style. Since we don't know where we'll be living, I threw in a cute little travel trailer for some wishful thinking. 
 
 
 
 

I also stitched a little reminder to keep me company for the next month or so. I love the way it looks with the doily! Shappy chic and so my style.
 
 





 
Although I'll miss my main man, I'm {secretly} excited to get some time alone to focus on my next steps and do some soul searching. Plus, making a lot of cute things to pass the time won't be so bad either!

What is your favorite craft to make when you want to relieve stress?

Thursday, February 21, 2013

{Selling my} Home Tour

Hi friends! I'm taking a little blogging break to focus on my last days in Nacogdoches and sell our CUTE little home! If you've been following me for a while, you know that we bought our first home under the Texas pines and spend the last year making it pretty. Now because of a job change for D, we are making the move across Texas which means selling our first place. It's bittersweet, but I'm sure that someone new will be so happy here, too. Take a look:


  

















If anyone in the Nacogdoches area is looking for a new place to call home, email me at kaylihead@gmail.com or see the listing here. For the rest of my friends, prayers please as we move on to our next adventure!




Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Taking a load off



Hi friends,
 OK, DEEP POST ALERT. You've been warned. No sunshine and butterflies today.
Well, my life is currently flipped upside down in an exhilarating way. Derek begins his job 250 miles away in a week and a half. We are selling our home we just bought a year ago. Our future is unknown, uncertain, and brimming with possibilities. In short, it’s beautiful chaos.
So part of the big move is getting a handle on all the crap we’ve acquired over the years. Some back information on me: I’m a ruthless declutter-er. I’m not too sentimental and I am able to buy and sell things without care.
So why was this time so difficult for me? I looked around the house at the daunting task of minimalizing our belongings to just the bare minimums (in hopes of fulfilling my Airstream dream of living in an RV) and felt overwhelmed and overcome with emotion.
We just got married a year and a half ago, registered for all the pretty “necessities” that comes with it. We got boxes full of beautiful things from lovely guests to wish us well for the life we were supposed to live. And now, I almost feel burdened by it all. Is that an awful thing to say? Isn’t this what all newlyweds dream of…the new home full of pretty things, a handsome husband on their arm and a baby on the way? Am I crazy that a beat-up truck, old-school trailer, open road and simple love just sounds a hell of a lot better?
One thing I've learned for sure is to be very cautious of what I bring into my home/life. I'm seeing the difference between necessity and luxury in a whole new light. 
Our “living estate sale” is this weekend. We’re selling most of our things. It’s both liberating and terrifying.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Barn remodel update & Ranch Weekend

Hello friends! While we are packing up our cute little house and moving west, I'll share some pictures from a recent ranch weekend for D's birthday. 

The barn remodel is coming along! It's now livable and has oh-so-cute true vintage charm. We've come along way from this. The floors were sealed and it made such a huge difference. And check out the cute kitchen! Love!

 



More pictures of the loft and such to come. This may just be our place of residence until we figure out where home base will be. 

Then, it was time for a little fun. We had 20 friends and family members down for a rowdy time in the woods, shooting guns, camping out, having biggo bonfires. It was a blast. I can't wait to live closer to this little place in Texas that has stolen my heart. 



My inner redneck coming out.
Fishing with my little bro
Birthday boy & Brother

Exercising our second amendment

Some of the "Dead Head Society"


Lola had a little too much fun

 Bear with me as I declutter, pack and move on to our next little adventure!

Kayli