A Handpicked Bouquet // #100DaysOfHappy

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The other day I was really wanting some beautiful spring flowers on my table, but I didn’t really want to have to spend money on them. (what with all the wedding planning!) SO, I walked outside and picked some of these beautiful flowers!

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I loved them so much I counted it as my happy moment for the day. I am sure you have heard about the #100DaysOfHappy challenge. I heard about it from one of my favorite blogs Lenoa Lane and instantly decided to join. You can follow along with me on instagram at @dusty_road with the tag #HappyDaysWithDusty.

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 Have a Happy Day!

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Wedding Planning // Please Bring Pie

For the our wedding Brian and I wanted to shake things up a bit. Neither of us are very big “cake people” (unless you are talking about the Chocoletyest (yes, I am aware that it’s not a word) Chocolate Cake Ever with the BEST Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting! for that cake I will be a cake person all day!) so instead we chose to have homemade pies at our wedding. But there is no way we could do that all on our own, so we asked for help!

please bring pie on kraft cardstock with gold washi tape can you please bake us a wedding pieI love seeing the way people choose to word invites and requests like this. It can be hard sometimes, so here is how I said it in-case you need some inspiration!

The wedding is just over a month away and we have a favor to ask,

Can you please bake us a wedding pie?

Our bellies and hearts will be forever grateful!

And, let’s be real, wedding pie is way better than wedding cake.

If you are able To bring a pie (or two, or three)

please Text or call me at

###-###-####

to tell us what kind and how many you are able to bring.

The more the merrier! We have a lot of people to feed.

(Two pies would be the perfect amount, we are asking several people to bring some)

With all the love we have,

Dusty & Brian

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If you are doing something similar at your wedding, or even a birthday party or event feel free to copy and paste the text above and enter in your own information. I used the (free!) fonts Skinny Caps and Jellyka BeesAntique Handwriting for these please bring pie requests along with all of the other wedding stationary. (I used a different font above for the purpose of this post.) 

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The Best Chocolate Cake + Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting. Ever.

chocolate cake creamSeriously guys, this cake is AMAZING! I must admit, I am not much of a cake person. But for you Chocolaty Chocolate cake, I am definitely a cake person!

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Doesn’t this look amazing!?

I found the recipe here, but I changed it up a bit. I also didn’t much like the frosting recipe that was with it, but I found one here that I love! It is a chocolate cream cheese frosting and it is SO yummy!

Chocolate Cake Ingredients

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling coffee (brewed strong)

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.
  2. If you are making the cream cheese frosting recipe below then be sure to take out the cream cheese and butter so it can warm up to room temperature.
  3. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling coffee (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.
  4. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.
  5. One Pan Cake: Grease and flour 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 40 to 45 minutes. Cool completely.
  6. (I place a piece of bread on top while cooling down to keep the cake extra moist. Works like a charm!)

keep a piece of toast on your cake to lock in moisture

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups sifted powdered sugar (increase or decrease for desired thickness)
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder

Instructions

  1. Mix cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy.
  2. Mix in powdered sugar, one cup at a time.
  3. Mix in cocoa powder.

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I made this adorable cake topper bunting out of thin ribbon and washi tape. All I did was fold over washi tape and cut the bottoms. Don’t get carried away and fold it too quickly! Otherwise you get expensive, beautiful tape everywhere. I learned that lesson learned the hard way….

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Lately // The Storm is Coming

Just a few weeks ago I posted This is my calm before the Storm, but guys, the storm is getting closer! In case you haven’t noticed I have been a little more than absent of late. It is just as I predicted. The wedding storm has arrived. It’s gettin’ crazy around here!

Only 4 days until my bridal shower! Only 39 days until the wedding! Yep, I told you, crazy. I’ve been working out the last-minute details and finishing (or starting) DIY projects for decorations. I also picked out our flowers! Because our wedding is right before Mothers Day (mistake!) it was CRAZY hard to find a place that was willing to do flowers for us. SO, I looked online at my wholesale options and Blooms by the Box was by far my favorite and had the perfect combination of low prices and a fantastic selection! I am so excited to be able to put all the arrangements together!

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Herb Container Garden

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I have so many dear memories of spending hours outside on a sunny day digging my hands into the earth with my mother. These precious memories are some of my most treasured ones. Gardening brings me such joy and happiness. I particularly love a good herb garden. And this year I was finally able to make it happen! As I do not have a place to build an actual garden this is year, container garden it is.terra cotta pots all lined upterra cotta pots from goodwill1I bought all my supplies at either the Bark and Garden Center (a local nursery I adore), GoodWill and Ross. I bought all of my starters at the Bark and Garden Center and had such fun perusing through all of their choices! At GoodWill I bought several small terra-cotta pots for my indoor herbs.And if you have a Ross near by, then quickly leave your couch, jump in your car and buy some of their mega adorable planters! I got most of mine from Ross and spent only $24.00 on three medium-sized, beautiful ceramic planter pots! So happy with them.

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rosemarry2 rosemarry1 munstead english lavender Lemon Balm english wedgewood Thyme cilantro cilantro leaves apple mint dark leaf oregano herbs diagonally

It is safe to say you can expect much more on this topic of container gardens as I lean and experience them along the way! For now, I am making lots of perfectly seasoned omelets with my fresh herbs.

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Becoming an Early Bird // #becomingearlybird

If your mornings are straight out of a Disney princess movie then I think we can agree you are definitely a morning person, me, not so much. I started my own little morning challenge to bring some sort of pleasantness to my mornings. I must be honest though, I am sorry to say I have been slacking big time. Big time. But, that is what challenges are for, right? They are for learning and growing, messing up and starting all over until you get it right! So, I am starting all over. I am going to get it right.

This time I am going about things a bit differently, I did a little research and found a women who had a similar mission as me on fitness magazine. I learned a lot of things from her article How to Become a Morning Person and I plan on using a lot of these tips! My favorite tip is establishing a night-time and morning routine to prepare my body and mindset for either sleep or waking up. I am pretty excited about setting up and creating my own bed time and morning routine. 

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March 14, 2014 (and a general review)

Asleep // I have gotten to bed later and later each night, primarily because I just can’t seem to fall asleep! But mostly because I am sinking back into old sleep patterns. Last night, 1:00 am.

Out Of Bed // This time has also been later and later, probably because I keep getting to bed around 1;00 am!

Emotion // I have been a bit frustrated with myself, I have seriously been slacking on this self-imposed challenge. Here’s to stepping it up!

Breakfast // I have recently found out (though I am not surprised) that I am slightly anemic, so I am working harder at eating a good, balanced breakfast. And I seriously notice such a difference when I take the time to do that. Especially when I eat my favorite steel cut oatmeal!

Accomplished // As I have been a slacking on this challenge a bit (a lot!), mornings haven’t had much accomplishment for me. Unless you count hitting snooze 10 or so times an accomplishment, in that case I am well accomplished!

Bloglovin’ // There are so many great bloggers out there guys! I just want to soak up all their knowledge!! I just recently found this great blog called, Henry Happened, and I LOVE it! It is packed with natural remedies, natural cleaners and the other natural living solutions! 

God Time // While I have a lot to work on I must say that I am a bit proud of the time I have spent in the word. I am so grateful for it! With Brian and I realizing just how close the wedding is, how close our marriage is, we sat down and evaluated our relationship with not only each other, but also with our father. We want so desperately to make him proud! That is why we have both been taking our relationships with God so much more seriously. As we should! We have a been doing this study together called Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married by Gary Chapman. Brian and I are enjoying it. We have done pre-engagement counseling a while ago, but this is a very welcome review. In addition to this we have been reading Ephesians, which compliments it nicely. 

As for my own studies I have been reading this passage like a maniac and intend on doing a full series on it here on the blog soon. I have also been reading Ecclesiastics and this prayer and study guide called The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartin. I am so enjoying this time of study and conversation with my creator!

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Lately // This is my calm before the storm.

 

The last month or so has been a crazy one, I must admit. I am genuinely soaking this time up like a sponge! While it has had its busy times, overall it has been a fairly smooth month. This is my calm before the storm. With the wedding only 56 days away I have a LOT of planning and making to do! I can’t believe it has been a two whole months since I got engaged. Time really flies right by. Since then I have chosen our wedding colors, made my own hand drawn engagement part invitations, taken a bazillion photos of my beautiful ring, made a few delicious recipes, spent valentine’s day Seattle, changed my blog name, had our engagement photos taken (by my mommy!) and seen God’s pure blessings so clearly!

(and I updated my About Me! click my name (below) to see it)

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