What I’m Looking Forward To.

Summer is my favorite. And I do still think I’ve got a few weeks left to enjoy the warmer weather and the long (enough) sunlight hours.

But it will not be here for much longer than that. Autumn is just around the corner. And while I’m not interested in “Pumpkin Spice Latte Season” (though, I really did used to love them), there are some things that the autumn season brings with it that aren’t half bad. Here’s a short list of things I’m looking forward to.

Knitting.

Drinking chocolate.

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Even though I’ve worn them all summer, my scarves will become seasonally appropriate again.

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Pumpkin picking and carving.

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Decorating.

Candles.

Baking.

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Eating dinner or sipping drinks on the balcony. This summer has been a little too hot out there.

Having bonfires and nights curled up by the fire inside.

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That’s what I’ve come up with so far. I’m sure I’ll find more as the days go on.

It’s been a great little week here so far. Happy Tuesday.

project life 2014: week 14.

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This is week fourteen of project life 2014!

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Week 14: March 31 – April 06.

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What happened this week: P. and I took a Friday off to have a lunch date. I made a DIY food journal, I played with my crazy paper trimmer. We picked my brother up from the airport and got to see my niece. We went bowling!

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About the pages: More and more, my weeks are getting pretty color coded. I love it. This looks so… green on its own, but with the rest of the spreads in the album, I think it works.

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This close up is still pretty washed out, but you can see it better than in the full layout. The photo ended up being in the spread twice, but I loved it printed as a square, so I just went with it. I wanted to set it off somehow on the plain green background, and I do not own a sewing machine. So quick drawn dashes worked good enough for me.

And that’s week 14! I am still caught up with my album, with about two weeks of printing to do. I need to figure out how I want to share all my layouts. I might start doing monthly catch ups like last year, or choosing my favorites.

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About Project Life | Project Life is a memory-keeping system created by Becky Higgins. I choose to document life weekly. You can see all my Project Life posts here, and details about my album here. I am using the Jade core kit this year and Design A pocket pages. My favorite tools for getting it done each week are my Canon Pixma Pro-100 printer and my 15″ Rotatrim paper trimmer. They’re massive but awesome.

Cream Cheese Peach Squares

So how about that dessert I mentioned yesterday?

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One of my coworkers brought this for a celebration a few months ago. We all raved about it, and he laughed and told us how easy it had been to make.

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Slightly adapted from All Recipes.

Ingredients

  • 2 cans crescent roll dough
  • 2 packages reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 16 oz can peaches
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Directions

  • Preheat over to 350*. Spray a 9×13 pan.
  • Press one can of crescent roll dough into the pan.
  • Mix together cream cheese, 3/4 cup sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Spread over the crescent roll dough.
  • Drain the peaches, cut into thinner slices, and pat dry. Layer them into the pan.
  • Top loosely with the second can of crescent roll dough.
  • Brush with the butter. Combine the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon, and sprinkle on top.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes until the top is golden brown.

In the photos, I had used a full stick of butter. It was overkill. With the change, it’s obviously still not health food, but it was great to take to a summer party.

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Enjoy!

labor day in photos.

I took two days off work and gave myself another five day weekend! It was amazing and felt much needed.

Thursday, I drove down to the shore to meet my parents for a beach day and a boardwalk night.

It was a beautiful day in Sea Isle. We relaxed, and I read and journaled and took an awesome walk.

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Love those little birds that chase the surf.

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I had a little ladybug that hitched a ride from the water back up to our blanket.

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And then we showered up and headed to the Ocean City boardwalk.

We got Mack & Manco’s (obviously), and my dad tried his first Chickie’s & Pete’s crab fries.

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Later that weekend we had our Labor Day get-together. It was low key this time, because only half of us could make it, but still another great day of sunshine.

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I had another bug trying to hang out with me. I kept my distance from this one, though.

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Made cream cheese peach squares for dessert!

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Recipe coming tomorrow.

september 2014 goals.

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September. September…

Around here, September still means beach days and pool parties. It used to mean school supplies, and I’m still sad it doesn’t require them any more. But it still means nice warm weather, and a little bit of the best of both seasons. So I’ll try to take it pretty well.

In August, I fit in some more pool time and another beach day. I also started keeping great track of what I’m eating (still working on being mindful, but I am tracking).

I took a lot of photos.  I made a few healthy meals, and a few unhealthy meals…

Single tasking, bedtime, and patience are going to require more than a month. I am a work in progress — I’ll always be, for sure — but they’re still on my list.

This month, I want to have more balcony time, I want to read, I want to blog.

I want to stay in the kitchen and work on getting healthier things out of it. I want to remember to drink plenty of water, and aim to get in more steps each day.

I’m also thinking about decorating. I have a grown-up apartment and it could be decorated for the fall! And then for the holidays! It’s exciting and a little bit too much to think about. I’m still thinking about how to decorate in general. Like, the base layer before holidays come along.

But it’s still pretty exciting.

Happy September. Here’s to enjoying it.

Linking up with The Nectar Collective today.