Wednesday, September 9, 2015

What Would You Do With. . .Apples?

I think I've said this before, but if each month had a fruit or vegetable mascot, September would have to be the apple.  Last fall I blogged a yummy crockpot apple sauce and today Aubrey and I are telling you what we would do with apples this month!
So last Sunday Olivia and I made baked apples!  I didn't use a recipe, just my favorite ingredients.  I cut the apples into quarters and dolloped cinnamon honey butter (2T butter, 1/4c honey and how every much cinnamon you want.  At Olivia's request we added a bit of nutmeg.  She loves fall spices) Then I couldn't help myself to drizzle a little more honey and sprinkle some cinnamon on top.

After 15 minutes I pulled them out and flipped all the apples over.  The honey and butter had melted and pooled on the bottom of the pan so I wanted the cut side of the apples to soak in that goodness.  I think I baked them at 350 for 45 minutes.

We pulled them out of the oven and then went on a walk around the block.  They're hot like lava, so they were still really warm when we got back 30 minutes later.  And you cannot buy a candle that will make your house smell as good as these apples.

They would be AMAZING with ice cream but we just ate them alone and the kids could not get enough of them! (I'm really trying to watch my junk food intake now that I'm feeling a little better this pregnancy.  Trying and mostly failing but not this time!)

Do you have a killer apple recipe??  Link up below!  And join us next month when we tell you what we would do with the color orange! My husband has informed me that he's going all out with Halloween decorations so he might just do the whole project for me haha!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

What Would You Do With . . . Paint??

Another installment of What Would You Do Wednesday with Aubrey and myself!!

I don't remember which one of us suggested paint for August, but I knew right away that I wanted to paint one of the rooms in my house.  I tried to use our "gold" theme last summer to get Olivia's room painted (it will be white with a gold design on one wall. . . I think!) but it didn't work.

This month I planned to paint the Saturday before What Would You Do Wednesday.  And I was bummed when our day got too busy to paint.  Another month of phoning it in, I thought.  Then I realized I was looking at the wrong Wednesday!!  Hahaha I still had a week and a half.

So I did it!!  I painted my kid/guest bathroom Aloof Gray (by Sherwin Williams, but I had Glidden at Home Depot color match it)  I should probably be the spokesperson for Aloof Gray.  I love it so so so much.  It's a gray that definitely doesn't turn blue when you put it on the walls.  And it's really calm.  You might not even notice it's gray unless you see it next to some bright white, which is why I decorate with so much white :)

(excuses excuses:  This bathroom gets zero natural light and is super tiny so it's hard to get a good angle!  Okay enough of that)



With about $30 at IKEA and Joann Craft I got some new accessories and now I just really love this space.  The pictures just don't do it justice (pretty much I can only take pictures in perfect light) I need a couple of awesome art pieces to go above the toilet and towel rack, but other wise I'm happy with it! 

What would you do with paint??  Link up your post below!

Next month is APPLES!!  If every month had a food, I think September would be apples.  It's just the perfect way to kick off fall.  :) 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

What Would You Do With. . . a fancy drink???

It's that one time a month I still blog!  Aubrey and I are talking about fancy drinks for summer.  Neither of us drink alcohol and so I know for me, I sometimes feel left out of the fancy drink group.

But since I'm pregnant, not a lot sounds good to me right now,  so I'm going to fall back on one of my favorites, my frozen lemonade.

I love making this in a magic bullet because the recipes is for an individual serving (I was single for a looooong time) and the magic bullet is perfect for that.  That way everyone can personalize their own (adding berries, not adding berries. . . ).  But I made it for years in a regular blender and its still awesome.

1/3 c lemon juice
1/4 c sugar (a couple tablespoons more if you add strawberries)
1/4 c water
2-3 strawberries (optional)
as much ice as it takes to get thick. . . like 4-5 cubes?  It just depends of the size of your ice.  You can always add more if its too liquid.

BLEND!  Enjoy!

What do you love to make in the summer?

(Next month we're talking about what would you do with . . . paint!  Join us!)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

What Would You Do With. . . .Red, white and blue??

I always think of the time between Memorial Day and Independence Day as the patriotic season.  And since I've moved to Utah where the 24th of July is celebrated (when the Mormon pioneers first came to the Salt Lake Valley) it goes on even longer!  So Aubrey and I decided it would be fun to do some projects with red, white and blue to show our patriotic side.

I've never been one for holiday decor, except for Fall and Christmas.  So instead of making something for my house, I made something for my kids!  (And your kids if you want! ;) )

Photo credit: Her Threaded Needle

I love that having two holidays in July means my kids will get good use out of these, but honestly they're so cute they can be worn any time!  All of these items are for sale in my shop starting July 1 (I'm on summer break right now!) That wont be in time for July 4, but you can still rock it all of July!!  :) 

Next month we're doing a fun summer drink!  We don't drink alcohol and so I always feel left out when it comes to pretty fancy drinks.  Let's change that next month!

And August we're doing a paint project.  Any kind of project that you used paint with!!

Don't forget to link up your red, white and blue posts today!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

What Would You Do With. . . Strawberries???

It is time for another installment of What Would You Do with my girl Aubrey, also known as the only time I ever blog any more.
This month we're talking STRAWBERRIES.  You guys.  This is my favorite food of all time.  Except when my favorite food is perfectly ripe freshly picked peaches.  But according to the Miss Lancaster Pageant 2001, my favorite food is strawberries, so that's usually what I tell people.

So of course, I have SEVERAL recipes I want to share with you today.

First, my strawberry lemonade slush.  I wrote this frozen lemonade recipe when I was in college, but it was my friend Tiffanie that came up with the idea to add strawberries.  She's a genius.

1/3 c lemon juice
1/4 c sugar (you can do 3 T if you like it less sweet)
1/4 c water
2-3 strawberries
as much ice as it takes to get thick. . . like 4-5 cubes?  It just depends of the size of your ice.  You can always add more if its too liquid.

BLEND!  Enjoy!

Second, low calorie strawberry shortcake.  I made this recipe soon after Olivia was born and I was working to lose some baby weight.  I have found that I lose the most weight when I avoid all processed foods regardless of calories.  But if you like to count calories or maybe induldge in a processed food treat on occasion, here is a recipe for you ;)

Cupcake: (I broke down a cake mix into a smaller portion, because you KNOW what happens if you have extra cake lying around the house. . . and you're hungry. . . )
1 c Betty Crocker white cake mix (put the remainder of the cake mix in a Ziploc bag and back into the box)
1 egg white
2 T sugar free applesauce
1/3 c + 1 T water

Mix all ingredients, beat on medium speed for 1 1/2 minutes. Spoon into 8 cupcake liners. Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes. I let them cool, kept two for our dessert and put the rest in the freezer for another day. Because of the applesauce, these cupcakes will go bad faster than regular. I guess I could have made an even SMALLER batch, but I just didn't want to figure how to break down 1 egg white.
Cupcake: 100 calories

Strawberry topping:
2 cups fresh strawberries cut in half or fourths
2 T sugar (I'm going to try just 1 T next time)

Place strawberries in a bowl and sprinkle with sugar. Use two knives working like scissors to cut the strawberries into smaller pieces. The sugar will help draw out the strawberry's natural juices and make a really good topping.
1/2 c of topping: 45 calories

Whipped Topping:
1/2 c evaporated milk
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 T powdered sugar (must use powdered)

Place milk in a mixing bowl and place in the freezer until ice crystals form around the edges of the milk. (Consider freezing your beaters as well) Mix with a hand mixer on high for 1 minute until frothy. Add vanilla and sugar gradually. Mix on high for 2 more minutes until stiff. Serve immediately. (This can only be used on cool or cold desserts. It will melt on anything hot or warm) Makes 2 cups.
1/4 c whipped topping: 25 calories 

Next month we're doing the colors red, white and blue in anticipation of Independence Day!!!

Make sure you link up your strawberry posts!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

What would you do with . . . a floral print?

Hi! Welcome to the one day a month I still blog!  You can always follow me on instagram at @shopolivethethings or @olive_thethings if you totes miss me.  I post a lot more there :)
Aubrey and I are asking you (and each other!) "What would you do with a floral print?"

I don't have a lot of florals in my closet, but I do love them for spring.  I needed (still a work in progress actually) a wardrobe overhaul soooo bad.  So I headed to the thrift store for some floral print fun.  Check out @thedailymer on instagram to see my awesome friend Meredith and her thrifting genius.  I was hoping to have some of her luck/fashion sense when I went shopping.  

I think I did pretty good!  This was my only floral print item haha!  I have like 10000 pajama pants but these were so soft and I love the color.  Maybe I could make them into a maxi skirt?  Or more likely I'll just keep them to lounge in.

This is my "look at how flat my stomach is getting" pose.

And this isn't really a floral, but the pretty coral color and ruffles make it feel like a floral to me :)

I feel like this picture looks like me, how I imagine I really look.  I know it's weird that it's blurry and I'm in the middle of saying something.  Maybe I just wasn't made for high def cameras and face forward shots!

Next month we'll be doing strawberries!!  This is my favorite food, so I'm really excited!

Now go check out what Aubrey did with florals!  She always has the best outfits!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

What Would You Do with. . . Gold Glitter??

Happy March!!  Can you believe how fast the year is going!  And I thought last year went fast.  Every year is faster, I tell ya.

This month Aubrey and I are playing with gold glitter!

Initially I wanted to get some really cool gold glitter fabric and make a limited edition item for my shop.  But I took a babysitting job, agreed to judge an FCCLA competition and got the MOST wicked flu ever.  So I'm. . . kinda cheating :(  (again!)

My very first Olive the Things outfit was these gold glitter leggings and glitter onesie.  And they're still in my shop while supplies last!  I love using spoonflower for my printed fabrics, but I love using fun metallics I find at the fabric store as well. 

So sorry I didn't do anything new!!  But I do want to see what gold glitter projects you have going on!  Link 'em up!  Even if they're not new, we'd still love to see them!

And our upcoming months are!!!
April: Floral print fashion post
May: Strawberries