Monday, July 30, 2007

Join The Fun!!

My friend Carrie and her sister Monica are hosting a Sisters Shoebox Swap! See either of their websites for details and email them at if you want to join the fun! Seriously, these two are quite a crafty pair and I am so glad they are hosting this fun endeavor...spread the word!

Vacation Time!!!

7 more hours until vacation time...yippee!!! I love vacation days, especially when they are taken during the summer when I can enjoy the great weather here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest! I have an east coast friend coming out for a week so we are going to grab our cameras and hop in my car to explore amazing places throughout Oregon, Washington, and Victoria BC...Yay!

If you have never been to the NW, stay tuned as I will post our adventures so you can see the lovely sights with us and get a feel for how truly amazing this corner of the world is!

And after the great NW adventures, it is off to Palm Springs for me where I will join my crazy and fun loving mom and aunt under the palm trees on their annual pilgrimage to the pool! It will be divine!!

My Loves...

This auntie cannot start a blog and not brag about her niece and nephew...they are simply amazing and bring so much joy to my life! Love you Eli and Lily-bug!!

Lily - Sweet baby girl who likes to cuddle...ah, my heart melts...

Eli - 3 years old and all boy...totally makes my day when it is spent with him!!!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

"Once" in awhile your heart and soul is moved...

Do you ever see a movie that just stirs you to the core? I saw Once a few weeks ago and my mind is still returning to it and the message it speaks. It is a beautiful representation to connecting with someone on a level that is so true to who you both are and together moving the other forward...amazing! There are so many other messages of the movie as well so I hope you get a chance to see what it speaks to you! The music is simply beautiful, you just won't want any of it to end!!

"Plant the thought, and let it grow. Wind it up and let it go..."

Method Madness

I am trying to be the best friend possible to our environment and want to switch over to all Method cleaning supplies here in the Berry Bungalow. I just tried the multi-purpose surface cleaner and LOVE IT! The smell is amazing and it is a great feeling knowing that it is made from all natural products and completely absent of all abrasive materials that make you feel like your hands could melt off after cleaning!

Go Method...keep the products coming!

Strawberry Goodness

Earlier this summer I organized a Strawberry Picking Party for friends at Kruegers Farm and together we picked about 50 pounds of strawberries! We divided up our berry stash and most went into freezers for making jam but of course some had to be used right away for Strawberry Shortcake and other yummies that make summer the sweetest time of the year.

I made Strawberry Coconut Scones and here is the recipe...enjoy!!!

2 1/2 Cups Flour
1 Tbs Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp Salt
8 Tbs Butter
1/4 Cup Sugar
2/3 Cup Milk
Strawberries (washed and cut) and Coconut to your taste
*I think I threw in about 1 cup of strawberries and about 1/2 cup of coconut

Mix dry ingredients together, cut in butter and mix with pastry mixer or hands.
Add milk and mix until blended.
Divide into two balls and flatten. Add berries and coconut and gently knead to mix (over mixing will break down the berries and turn your dough pink).
Cut into 8 pieces and bake for 10-12 minutes at 425 degrees.

Let me know what some of your favorite recipes are for Fresh Strawberries!

Hello Blog World!

Hi Everyone! I spend way too much time looking at people’s blogs but I just love all the inspiration I get from your ideas, recipes, craft projects, photos, and so much more! I’m hoping my blog will be full of as much inspiration as I have received and a place to build community out in the blog world :) Get ready for some good times from the Berry Bungalow!!!