New Year Blog Party: Linkup

Hi Team -

Today is a very very special day.

Last month I signed up for a blog party, hosted by Casey, Alycia, and Danielle.

So yesterday... I get this FUN gift in the mail from Brenna over at Wonder Brenna. She is a SUPER cute Mom with a really awesome family and story. you should go check here out!!!

Here are the awesome gifts that Brenna sent, after we chatted back and forth and shared a bit about eachother with eachother :)

1 | A letter explaining why she put everything she did in the box - So cute
2 | A regifted scarf - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - So Thriftary!
3 | A tiny New Testament - Perfect for my goal of morning prayer - No matter where I am!
4 | Mexican Gum!
5 | Some classics to read and a blank journal (also in my 2012 goals)
6 | Treats for ol' Mace Face!

Brenna was so thoughtful in everything she included. I am so glad to have a new friend in blogosphere!!


I Just kept Runnan....

Name that movie :)

So I have exciting news today folks...
It's true. Kind of. I am running the half.

However, for a lady who has never run more than a consecutive 4 miles in her life... This is a huge deal.

I am so excited to keep you updated on the journey to my INSANE INCREDIBLE FITNESS.

Before you know it, me and this girl will be BFFS...

Photo | Credits

Gross. Probably not. But that would be funny, right?

Anyways - Keep me in your prayers. The date is May 20th. AAAAAAAAAAAAAH!


Salmon Burger Dinner

It's the weekend already? Yes!

Well do I have a treat for you to try out on a hot date with your hunny this weekend.
This is a healthy AND tasty recipe that I stole from the Weight Watchers website (say that three times fast).

And when I say stole, I mean they have them on there for me to use, and that is what I did!

So here are the deets. Enjoy! And be sure to let me know how it goes over in your household because Burley LOVED this meal, and Macey LOVED licking the plates :)


1lb uncooked pink salmon fillets, skinless!
(This is important. You will make quite a mess of yourself if you purchase salmon with the skin on and then try to fillet it yourself with a dull knife. I don't know this for a fact but I'm sure it has happened to someone at some point....)
2 medium uncooked scallions, minced.
3 Tbsp fat-free egg substitute
2 Tbsp ginger root, fresh, peeled, minced.
1 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 spray cooking spray (or olive oil)

Cut the fillet into four pieces, then place it into a food processor.
Pulse a few times, until the salmon is finely ground but not mushy (take it slow, no one likes mushy salmon burgers).
Scrape the salmon into a large bowl.
Mix in scallions, egg substitute, ginger, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sesame oil.
Spray your grill or grill pan down. These burgers are delicate :)
Separate your salmon mixture into 4 burger patties.
Over medium hate, cook the salmon patties until lightly browned and firm (turning once, this takes about 8 minutes).

You now have four gorgeous salmon burgers!!!

I made mine on a bed of spinach salad, that I topped with my own version of an asian vinaigrette (2 parts EVOO, 1 part toasted sesame oil, 1 part lemon juice, garlic/salt/pepper to taste).

On the side, I sauteed some broccoli (EVOO, salt, pepper, broccoli, garlic if you like) which is always a hit, in my belly.

I also made a scallion/lemon aioli for the burger, which is just an egg yolks, about a tsp of scallion and lemon juice, salt, pepper, and process it with some EVOO until it is a mayo like consistency).

My mouth is now watering and I want to go back in time and eat it again.

Maybe I'll scrounge up some salmon for tonight...

Now I'm rambling.

Have a great weekend everyone!

This first picture is my secret to not eating dinner as I cook. Inevitably, I am always hungry while I cook. So I leave a healthy snack around as my goto... Instead of eating 2 salmon burgers while I cook the other two.
You don't have to pay me for this advice.


Holy Bird Mobile

Whoooooooooooooooooooooooooa guys. Prepare yourself for cuteness.

My sister sent me an email today, with an idea to have each lady kind in our family make a bird or two for our new baby niece... to be made into a mobile to hang in her new baby room. I just want to say baby so many times because I am so obsessed and in love, and I can't wait to meet her. Read about her story HERE.

So back to the birds. Are you dying yet? I don't know what it is about these precious little creations, but they just get me. I mean, I am a little overexcited, but just go with it. You know they are precious.
Gorgeous Fabric.

Everything is better with a bird on it.... At least that's what Fred Armisen makes me belive...

If you don't watch this show... You are WAY missing out.

Anyways, Heretoforetothither.... Here is the scoop.

You can get the pattern HERE
You can check out the AMAZING artist, Laura, over at Spool HERE

I'll be sure to update you once this project is complete!

Get pumped. Get REALLY pumped.


Mission: Second Hand

Wednesday. Some may say "hump day." I say awesome day.

How was that for inspirational?

As I have told you guys, I am not buying any first hand clothes in 2012. It is only January, and this test has proved to be way harder than I anticipated. I mean on a scale of 1 to important, clothes are like a 0, unless you are giving them to someone who has no clothes, then they are a game changer. But I digress...
Nonetheless, I'm starting to think that I was semi addicted.
For example, I went into Anthro this week to pick up a wedding shower gift, and I nearly had a seizure. Not that I ever have even purchased clothes from that super expensive/heavenly store before, but still, just knowing that I COULDN'T made me angry. It could have been the fact that I was shopping without having dinner first, but either way, I want to forget that experience altogether (minus the fact that I went with a VERY cool friend... and when I say very... I mean VERY).

But I digress again.

I picked up the pattern below from Fancy Tiger here in Denver. Again I will say, if you haven't been there and you are in the area... What are you waiting for?

The pattern is by Colette. You should go check out their site, because it is super inspirational. A lot of patterns I find seem a bit.... dated. Theirs are really satisfying and gorgeous.

Long story short... here is why I am making a dress with this pattern.

You may think to yourself "Maddie - why don't you just thrift a dress? It's cheaper and way easier!"
Well, I would say to you "Great question! Here's why, ol' chum"...

One of my very best BFFs is getting married in April (YAAAAAAAAAAY!).
I am in the wedding (Double YAAAAAAAAAAAAY!)
She has requsted that all of us lady friends pick out a dress in a specific color/feel (Difficult to THRIIIIIIIIIFT!)

So I have decided to venture into making my very first garment.

So... with no further ado... Here are my thoughts as I begin my journey on making my very first dress!

You excited? I am!
Stay tuned... I will keep you posted on my progress.
I remember when I was younger and my mom was teaching me how to read a pattern. I loved learning and doing, but I remeber tapping out mid-project all the time, and today I can't remember why.
Or I couldn't before I started cutting out the pattern for this dress. What a pain! #priveledgedgirlproblems.


Catch Up: Life Lately

Since yesterday I hopped right into catching you up on my hair news (riveting) I thought I had to make sure that today, I catch you up on life in general!!

Here is life in weeks two and three of 2012...

1| Our best friends moved out west. We tried to convince them to stop through Colorado (a mere day trip out of the way). After much persuasion (AKA this pic of Macey) we got them!
2| My 2012 goal brainstorm
3| Have you read the Hunger Games? No? READ THEM!
4| It snowed
5| This was the morning after our buds got here. Breakfast and mimosas and BFFS. How am I so blessed?
6| The aftermath.
7| Working on my first blog design for someone other than myself (AKA my sister)
8| Dog park evening - I love these.
9| My new journal. Must. Keep. Dreaming.
10| My Family. They are goofy.
11| Book Club - Hunger Games. Duh.
12| Fabric shopping for Sara's first quilt! Thanks Fancy Tiger. You are heaven.
13| Sleeping pup. My favorite.
14| The final quilt choices - Go Sara!
15| Salmon Burger Benedict w/o the sauce. YUM.
16| Ginger.

That should do it folks! This week is shaping up to be a doozie too, so stay tuned...


Code RED: Alert

Hey Party people! It's MONNNNNNNNDAY!! Welcome to a brand new week.

A very exciting thing happened this weekend.. I went red.
See.. here is proof:

Embarassing self-portrait in 5.....


Because of that, I decided to treat myself (as if geting my hair done wasn't a treat enough) to some brand new cheap makeup from Walgreens. I really wanted to see what kind of color combos I could pull of with my new do.

So naturally, I am sharing the results with you. Duh.

1| Wet and Wild - Mega Liquid LIner in Violet 864
2| Wet and Wild - Color Icon trio in I Dream of Greenie
3| Wet and Wild - Mega Liquid Liner in Black 861
4| Wet and Wild - Color Icon trio in Silent Treatment

I am super excited to test the waters some more, but am very pleased with my new found ability to sport purples and greens. Who would have thought?

So... Did you do something exciting this weekend? Any huge life changes, like a hair color (can you sense my sarcasm?)

Happy Monday Thriftarians.


Honey Whole-Wheat Bread: Homemade

It's Fridaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

I feel like I'm starting to get that 15 year old girl giddiness back in me, when it comes to the weekend. I love it. I feel the sun shining in my office... I can't wait to get outside... I usually splurge and buy a coffee... Gah. There's just nothing better.

Last week I shared some photos of my first venture into baking, with my brand new Kitchen Aid (that still gets me excited. In the mornings when i'm pouring my coffee I just stare at it and swoon.)

Today I wanted to share the recipe that I have been using/tweaking to get the perfect loaf of bread. I'm not there yet... But I'm getting there!

2 pckgs dry active yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup butter
3 Tspn. Salt
2 1/2 Cups very warm water
4 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 3/4 all purpose flour

- In a small, separate bowl, mix yeast in warm water and set aside
- In a large bowl mix honey, butter, salt, and very warm water. Let cool for 5 minutes.
- To cold mixture, add in 3 cups of whole wheat flour on low speed. Scrape bowl as you go.
- Beat in remaining 1 /12 cups of flour and dissolved yeast.
- Add in more flour until the mixture pulls away from the side of the bowl.
- Knead dough with remaining all purpose flour for 5 - 10 minutes.
- Place in a greased bowl w/ towel over top for 30 minute.
- Deflate the dough (punch that stuff!). Then, divid into two parts. Shape it and place in loaf pan.
- Let the separate loaves rise for another 30 minutes.
- Cook bread to 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes more.


There she is. A true beauty. I have made a few loaves now and am REALLY loving the results... Though I have to give a lot away so I don't bread bloat... Don't act like you don't know what im saying.

Have a great weekend guys! I know I will.

And seriously... Thanks for reading.

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