No matter how much I like what I do for a job, I’m always so happy to see Friday. Can I get an amen?! It’s nice to have a few days where we’re not in the regular work and school routines. It also helps that this weekend will be sunshiny and 60+ degrees… in February… in Iowa. Thank you Mother Nature!

And now, My Five:

1 | Baking Debacle – A few times a year I have an absolute baking fail. As much as I love to bake, I should also know by now that I lack patience for complicated or delicate things. I’ve been wanting to attempt to make French macarons for a while now. I had time on Valentine’s Day, so I spent about 3 hours making them, all to have 8 cookies turn out semi-okay. Here are the fruits of my labor, as you can see one set turned out baby poop color instead of a pretty lemon yellow.

French Macarons

The rest turned out pretty misshapen since my batter was a bit too thin and I didn’t get enough of the air out so they collapsed. I’m not sure if I’ll attempt again or just leave it for the bakery.

macaron fail


2 | Speaking of Fails
– if you missed it, check out my round up of my favorite Valentine’s Pinterest Fails.

Valentine's Day Pinterest Fails


3 | My Loves – We were pretty low key on Valentine’s Day. We made a nice dinner with shrimp, spicy risotto (recipe to come soon), some steak for Todd, and a great bottle of wine. As often happens, Todd and Carter were dressed similarly. Todd says it’s coincidence. (I know better than that!)



4 | Through the Years – Carter and I spent an afternoon last weekend with my Granny B. I always love our visits. She’s 96, still lives in her own home and is sharp as a tack. She’s been following the political debates pretty closely, so it was fun to get her perspective on the candidates. Carter is working on a class project where he needed to interview someone from another generation. Granny B entertained us with her stories of growing up in a family of 12 kids. I’m so very lucky to have had her in my life so long.



5 | Workout of the Week – I’ve been really making an effort to try to get back into a regular workout routine.  I haven’t quite figured out what my “thing” is. I tend to like classes or boot camps to keep me motiviated, but with starting a new job recently, I’m not quite ready to commit. I made it to the gym a few times last week and just hit the treadmill. This week I did a few kettlebell routines on Youtube. I love that kettlebells give you both a strength and cardio workout.


If you missed it, check out my new project post – Vintage Inspired Chalkboard Train Depot Sign.

Cheers to a great weekend!

Linked Up At: High Five for Friday; Five on Friday; Oh Hey Friday


1 Comment

  • Emily
    Posted February 21, 2016 4:18 pm 0Likes

    I’ve wanted to attempt French Macaroons, too, but am scared!! I love to cook, I’m just not much of a baker! The ones in your picture looked great, though! I hope they were just as tasty!! I’m glad I found your post through the link up! Have a great week!

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