Santa! I know him!

First off, thank you all for your kind words about my puppy, Lucy. She was 17 when she passed, so she lived a long life and we have so many good memories of her. I really appreciate all your sweet words.

On a happier note, can you believe Christmas Eve is tomorrow?! I love Christmas. I’m pretty much done wrapping (just need two tiny gifts I ordered my mom to arrive and then I’ll be DONE) and the apartment is all decorated.

I realized I never showed you pictures of my kitchen decorated, besides my cookie cutter craft. How rude of me!

Inspired by Pinterest, I put ribbon on my kitchen cabinets and hung our Christmas cards from it. I love how it looks. It’s fun to be able to see all the cards nicely on display.

The other side of the kitchen is our table, which in this picture is all decked out with alcohol for our party. Usually doesn’t so predominately display our love of wine and spirits…

You’ve seen our decorated living room before, but I figured I’d send you a little reminder.

I have to say, I love having the apartment decorated for Christmas! It’s so homey and warm in here. Why can’t we decorate like this all year long?

Hope you all have a WONDERFUL Christmas! I will chat with you all on Monday. xoxo

Heavy Heart

On Friday I found that out my dog wasn’t doing well, and we had to put her to sleep on Monday. Because of that, I haven’t been in the mood to write on the blog. I’m sad, but I feel relieved that she’s no longer in pain.  Truthfully, I selfishly kept hoping she’d start feeling a little better so we wouldn’t have to put her down, but that didn’t happen. By the end of her days, she could barely walk, cried when you even touched her, and was almost completely blind. It was selfish to keep her around just because we were too sad to let her go.

It’s kind of full circle that she passed right before Christmas, as she was a Christmas present to me and my sister. Lucy was a dog with such a personality, she was like a human. I could tell funny “Lucy stories” all day long. Care to know my favorite?

My family is a bunch of runners. When Lucy was about 4 months old, my dad took her to the running trails about two miles from my home. He let Lucy off her leash so she could run around and chase squirrels (she was a hunting dog, after all!) and after a while, he realized Lucy wasn’t with him anymore. He spent two hours walking around the woods, calling her name and whistling. She always answered to “Swinging on a Star.” He finally decided he needed to go home and break it to his daughters that he lost the dog. As he drove home and pulled into the driveway, trying to come up with a story to tell us, he saw Lucy sitting on our front porch…just waiting for him. She just looked at him like, “Where have you been, buddy?”

That was my girl, Lucy.

To help keep the memory alive of my Christmas pup, I bought both my mom and myself a  glass beagle ornament for our tree. I rush delivered them, so fingers crossed the package arrives before Saturday. I hope so, because I’d love to be able to give my mom this on Christmas.

RIP Lucy. You sure were a great dog. We are all going to miss you.

Lucy wearing her "flower girl dress" the morning of my wedding

She really is a funny girl…

When I decided to finally start this blog, I read a lot of “blogging tips.” The most common? Write what you are passionate about.
 
I’ve noticed my blog posts over the last few months have primarily focused on getting my bearings as a newlywed. Making our apartment a home, learning to cook, and even some emotional high’s and low’s. Those things are 100% me.
 
But those things aren’t EVERYTHING I’m passionate about. If you asked any of my friends or family what I could talk all day about, I think the top answer would…reading (or books). 
 
I’m a HUGE book-worm. I constantly say that I don’t just read books, I devour them.  So I’m going to start talking about what I’m reading here, on my blog.
 
Blame it on Disney’s Beauty & the Beast, but I’ve always identified with dreamer Belle and her “nose stuck in a book.” I dream of a house with a library like the one she had in the castle, or one maybe slightly less grand, but still magnificent, like these:

via Houzz

via Pinterest

via Diary of a Renovation

via Jean-Loup Daraux

 

Don’t worry, this isn’t going to become a book blog. But I figured the blog’s called Lewis in Love, so I should post more about the things I really do love, right?

So stay tuned for some fine-tuning around here,  hopefully resulting in a new “What’s on our Shelf?” page.

Because what’s more homey than snuggling up on your couch, in your [perfectly designed, DIY, and blogged about] living room? I can’t think of much.

Feelin’ Flakey

Happy Friday!

What’s amazing about the blogging world is how there are so many amazingly creative people out there. I’m constantly impressed with the style, creativity and wit of my fellow bloggers.

On that note, I wanted to share this awesome paper snowflake tutorial from Bon Temps Beignet that had me TOTALLY inspired. Not only does Liz show you step by step how to make paper snowflakes yourself, but she will literally blow your mind with her amazing designs. How she managed to create a snowflake with a fluer de lis design is beyond me, but the girl is from NOLA so she must have  built-in skills.

Obviously after seeing her post I had to make some flakes for my own apartment window.

 

Now, I do want to admit that my snowflakes kind of stink. BUT, you only see them from a distance (I’m on the 2nd floor) so I figure it’s okay. Plus, they make me so happy. And that’s all that really matters, right?

Have a fantastic weekend, all! xoxo

Apartment Cheating

Today I am thankful for relaxing nights with my husband. Last night we ate tacos, drank some coronas and watched television. Seemingly low-key but very good for the heart. It’s nights like those that get me through hectic work weeks.

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I’ve been day dreaming about owning a house.

Is this seriously happening after only 5 months of living in the apartment of my dreams?

I feel like I’m cheating on our little home. Which frustrates me because John and I looked so long to find it, and we genuinely love living here. The big, retro-vibe kitchen, the hardwood floors, my walk-in closet… it’s a renters dream space. But the budding housewife in me can’t help but sometimes wish for more.

We keep hearing, “it’s a buyers market” and “now’s the time for you guys to do it,” and we know all that. But it’s just not the right time for us.

I don’t want to wish away this time. We’re newlyweds with no real “life commitments.” Sure, we both have demanding careers, but we have no children to raise, animals to care for, lawns to mow. We can travel the world on a whim. That’s what we need right now.

I struggle with living in the moment. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always been looking to what’s next. My parents always talk about how as a little girl I was never content with what I was doing at that moment. From the other, bigger, better rollercoaster at the theme park or the next vacation we go on, I struggled with being grateful for what I had at that exact moment.

I’m working on it.

I’m a do-er, a dreamer and a planner. I struggle to just let things be. That being said, I am trying.

So, I’m sorry little apartment. I hope you know how much I love you and how much I cherish the memories we are making.

If you need to blame someone, blame Pinterest for throwing pictures of houses like this in my face.

Le sigh

Chock full of Chocolate

Today I am thankful for my friends. I have some wonderfully talented, smart, giving and kooky friends out there that I just love to pieces. Many of them, read this blog and don’t make fun of me TOO much for what I write on here. And for that, you guys are the best.

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I made a new cookie recipe this weekend. I know this is becoming hum-drum around these parts, but I like sweets. Plus I can use this blog as an excuse as to why my pants are fitting more tightly these days.

John picked this cookie out. He’s a choco-holic, so this recipe was calling his name.

The recipe originally called for just bittersweet chocolate chips, but I decided to switch it up (aka they didn’t have those at the store), and I bought a bag of dark chocolate and peanut butter/milk chocolate mix. It’s a chocolate-y jambalaya!

The first step of this recipe is to put a cup and a half of your chocolate chips in a glass bowl and microwave it. Easy enough.

Then, I had to take the three egg whites and beat them to “soft peaks.” This was crazy baker talk to me since I’m hopeless in the kitchen, but I decided to just keep beating and beating and beating, and eventually the egg whites got super fluffy and soft.

Next you take the cocoa, sugar, cornstarch, and salt and mix it all together in a medium sized bowl.

Once you have the dry ingredients together, you combine it with the fluffy egg whites using the electric mixer.

Obviously, I forgot to take a picture of the wet and dry ingredients combined. It made a very pretty light brown color.I’m an awesome blogger.

Once the wet/dry ingredients are combined and fluffy, you combine it with the melted chocolate chips. Isn’t the dark/light chocolate combo pretty?

Once the ingredients are all mixed together, it should be pretty thick. If yours is thick enough, you can start rolling the mixture into cookie balls. My dough wasn’t thick enough for some reason, so I put it in the fridge for about 20 minutes to harden up. When I make this again, I think I will leave it in the fridge for at least an hour. I felt my dough was still a bit too sticky to roll into balls and therefore my balls weren’t as big as they should have been.

Did I just write that?

Lesson learned.

I rolled the chocolate balls in sugar and plopped them on the cookie trays and baked for about 12 minutes.

The finished product?

INSANE CHOCOLATE EXPLOSION.

I kid you not. They are almost too chocolate-y. Normally would say that’s not possible, but I think I rolled the balls too small and the ratio of dough to chocolate chips was off. All I taste is chocolate chips…no cookie!

Also, my cookies didn’t rise as much as they were supposed to. I don’t think I whipped the egg whites long enough. Fail blogger. However, despite being somewhat pathetic looking, they are pretty good tasting!

Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 1 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips, divided (again, I used dark chocolate, milk chocolate and peanut butter in my version)
  • 3 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 2 large baking sheets with nonstick spray.
  2. Melt 1 cup chocolate chips in glass bowl in microwave, stirring twice, about 2 minutes. Cool slightly.
  3. Using electric mixer, beat whites in large bowl to soft peaks.
  4. Gradually beat in 1 cup sugar. Continue beating until mixture resembles soft marshmallow creme. Whisk 1 cup sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt in medium bowl to blend.
  5. On low speed, beat dry ingredients into meringue. Stir in lukewarm chocolate and 1/2 cup chocolate chips (dough will become very stiff).
  6. Refrigerate dough should it not become stiff on its own (approximately an hour if not longer).
  7. Place 1/2 cup sugar in bowl. Roll 1 rounded tablespoon dough into ball; roll in sugar, coating thickly. Place on prepared sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, spacing 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake until puffed and tops crack, about 10 minutes. Cool on sheets on rack 10 minutes. Transfer to rack; cool.

The CLAW!

Today I am thankful for weekends. I had such a relaxing, rejuvenating weekend with John. I actually feel somewhat rested today.

The downside from this weekend? I legit have hands like THE CLAW. As in, Jim Carrey in “Liar Liar.”

I spent the entire day on Saturday writing out thank you cards. You never think when you have a big wedding with 200 people the amount of thank you notes you will have to write afterwards. I’m finally about 4 tables away from being done with this project. Thank goodness. My fingers might never recover.

To add to the insanity, I decided on Sunday that I just HAD to learn how to crochet. Do any of you know how to crochet? Well, let me tell you…I’m terrible. I also apparently don’t know how to hold a crochet hook because I swear my hands are now permanently damaged.

In fact, this blog post just may be too much for me to write with my claws right now.

I’ll be back tomorrow.

Zombies? NBD.

We own a gas mask. And two guns. So obviously when there is a zombie apocalypse, I’m going to survive. Just thought you all might want to know.

Zombies, schmombies. Not in my house, baby!

 

And no, that’s not a zombie alien on my head. It’s just my hair. Stop judging!

 

 

 

Thankfully Friday

Happy Friday, everyone!

I am so thankful it’s Friday. After the stressful two weeks John and I have had, we definitely need some down time.

You know what else I’m thankful for? Making some new friends in the blogging world. I’ve only been doing this since the end of August, and I already have found some awesome ladies on here that I love chatting with via blog comments.

One of these ladies gave me a great compliment today, by passing along “The Versatile Blogger Award” to me! Gee whiz…thanks girl! Brandi at His Shabby and Her Chic has a great online “voice,” and blogs about her life with her main man and two puppies. If you’re looking for tips on how to clean, organize or decorate your home, you found your girl.  Go check her out!!!

Okay, let’s bring this post back to moi!  I’m still astonished people actually read my blog, so this pat on the back made me feel great.

A big part of receiving this title is passing it along to another blogger or bloggers that you think are awesome and are doing a great job. Immediately I knew that I wanted to give this award to Britt, who I just think is a great person. Not only her her little baby ADORABLE, but Britt once had a mullet and on occasion she dresses like a pilgrim. AKA she’s awesome. Definitely check her blog out.

Britt @ KnewlyWifed

The second part of the award is to share seven things about yourself, which should be pretty easy since all I ever do on here is talk about myself. So here we go:

  1. I’m left handed.
  2. I went to Ithaca College and studied Journalism. And no, it’s not where Road Trip was filmed, despite what you may have heard. But the movie was based on my school.
  3. I was once on a game show. I’ll share more details on that at another time.
  4. I’m a theatre junkie. Not pursuing an acting career is my only regret in life.
  5. I’m the aunt to three boys and 2 girls (plus one niece that will be joining us in February)!
  6. I LOVE to read. I love historical fiction, sci-fi and post-apocalyptic stories the most. Don’t you dare try to make me read chick-lit.
  7.  I twirl my hair subconsciously. When I was in 9th grade, a girl named Carla threatened to beat me up because she didn’t like that I twirled my hair. The only reason she didn’t is because a boy threw a pencil at her while she was yelling at me and it distracted her long enough for me to run for my life. True story.

Aren’t you so excited to know those thrilling factoids?!

Have a fantastic Friday and a relaxing weekend!

You’re looking for WHAT?

Having a blog through wordpress is fun. Every day I get a reminder of how many of you are checking out my blog (growing every day — THANK YOU SO MUCH!), what links you click on to get here, and if you are clicking on any of the links I include in my posts.

It also gives me a heads up on what some of you type into Google to find my blog. And well, apparently my blog comes up during the search for:

“Handsome Old Man”

Huh?!

Don’t get me wrong. There are some older gentlemen out there that I consider handsome total babes. Like these fine strapping men:

But those guys don’t live on Lewis in Love (until now I suppose!) and I certainly haven’t posted about my affinity for “handsome old men” before. In fact, the only handsome man I post about is this hunk of meat right here:

And ladies (and gentlemen), he’s less than 3 years older than me…so let’s chill on the “old” wordage, okay??

Regardless of how you got here, though…thanks for stopping by. I’m happy you are here, and even if you didn’t get your fill on “handsome old men,” I hope you stay and come back again!!