Tuesday, December 11, 2012

December


So far this month the weather has been so warm. Up until the past few days it was normal for it to be around 60 degrees everyday. Now we are down to 40 degrees. I am loving it. It didn't feel like Christmas time when it was so warm. 

Fletcher and I have been doing our Advent calendar activities every day. He even helped me come up with half of them. We've gone on a fondue date, baked cookies, watched lots of Christmas movies and some other super fun stuff. This is my absolute favorite time of the year. It's so magical. I've got most of my Christmas shopping done. I just have a couple more things to pick up and I'm waiting on a few things to come in the mail. 

I hope you are all enjoying the season so far!!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Holiday Wish List: Black Box Dessert Club

Hey there everyone! I'm back! I've been super busy crafting and getting a little photography business going but I didn't forget about you! 

I'm back with some awesome and yummy gift ideas for the upcoming holidays! Of course you all know that I loooove Christmas. It is my absolute favorite time of year and if you ask me it just can't start early enough. So, here's my first recommendation for those foodies and sweets lovers on your Christmas lists. 

Black Box Dessert Club is a dessert of the month club run by one of my dear friends, Leti. Basically, she searches and finds fancy sweets and treats and helps spread the word about them with different boxes she puts together. Here is a little peek at the new holiday boxes. Everything in them looks sooo good! They are definitely on my holiday wish list. 

gourmet food gifts
Cookies, caramels, chocolates...who wouldn't want to get that in the mail?! Especially during the crazy holiday season. It would be so nice to just curl up with some hot cocoa and nibble on a cookie or some chocolate and relax.

yummy food gifts
Pumpkin Spice chocolate!! I think I'm in heaven. There is nothing that screams holidays better than pumpkin. I love pumpkin everything so I can only imagine how delicious this chocolate bar would be. Oh, I couldn't forget about the Peanut Butter Trance bar either. The hubs would go crazy for that. He loves peanut butter as much as I love pumpkin. 
handmade food gifts
 How darling are these gourmet food gift boxes!?
gourmet food gifts
This popcorn from 479 Popcorn would be fun to experiment with and possibly make some caramel drizzled popcorn or even make some popcorn balls with. Holiday baking is my favorite thing about this season. You could also use the Vegan Coconut Java caramels to add some pizazz to the Marzipan Rye cookies too! So many possibilities! Of course you can always just enjoy each thing separately but sometimes it's fun to try new things. 
delicious food gifts

gourmet food gifts
all images courtesy of Black Box Dessert Club

These gift boxes would be perfect for almost anyone and guess what! I have a little surprise for you!

If you decide to order a subscription for a friend you can get a $20 gift card from Black Box Dessert Club
or
you can get $10 off and free shipping if you want to order for yourself!

All you have to do is:
- Leave a comment on this post telling me what you love about dessert. - 
- Follow Black Box Dessert on Facebook -
and then just shoot them an email and let them know you saw the promo on Honey & Thread! Just head over to their website and click the contact link to send them a message! 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

4 & 8

4 years ago today I married my best friend and 8 years ago today we started dating. The past 8 years have been amazing and I can't wait to see what the future has in store for us. I don't know what I'd do without my love. He makes me smile and laugh every single day. He's the best. Here's a cute little painting/drawing I did of us. It was inspired by a cute card from Target. I totes framed it. :)
Happy 4 & 8 babe!


Monday, July 2, 2012

fireworks

This video is super short but I just had to share it. I quickly got out my phone and started recording and I guess it didn't have time to focus so the video came out like this. I thought it was pretty cool so I thought I'd share. :)
video

Road trip: Day 4

Day 4 we spent the majority of the day in NYC. I absolutely loved it. I can't wait to go back.
I woke up on Tuesday and went and got myself a bagel for breakfast then we all got ready really fast and headed into the city. We stayed in New Jersey so we had about a 45 minute drive to NYC. We went through the Holland Tunnel to get into the city which was kind of weird. I've been through tunnels but never an underwater tunnel. It was fun. First thing I saw when we got through the tunnel was the NYPD station. Then we drove down Broadway in lower Manhattan. Driving in NY was an experience in itself. Well, I was riding but I was in charge of the gps so I had to navigate us around to our parking garage. That was kind of intense. We also passed some sort of protest or strike. We couldn't figure out what they were yelling about but they were blasting some old school Madonna. The first thing we did was ride the ferry to the Statue of Liberty. 

We didn't actually get off the ferry to go to the Statue since you couldn't go up in it due to construction. We also opted out of getting off at Ellis Island so we could go walk around the city for a while. It was pretty cool being able to be so close to the Statue of Liberty. Something we see on tv all the time and honestly I couldn't have imagined I would have been in NYC anytime in the near future so it was an amazing experience. Once we got back on land we took some pictures in front of this cool fountain and my brother chased a pigeon...He's goofy.

Then we walked down past the NY Stock Exchange and headed to the 9/11 memorial. Our plan was to get hot dogs but we saw this pizza place and just had to try it. Who could resist NY style pizza?? Especially a family of pizza lovers. It was seriously the best pizza I've ever had and I'm sure there are some crazy good pizza places in NYC. I can guarantee that my next visit to NY will consist of eating lots and lots of different pizza. It's my favorite. After our awesome pizza stop we headed to the 9/11 memorial and talked to some guy trying to sell us books about 9/11 for a while. He was pretty cool even though he was determined to sell us stuff. He answered a ton of my brother's questions about the twin towers and 9/11. 

The whole trip up there we were listening to Maroon 5's Pay phone so Ashley had to take a picture at a pay phone. Haha! We didn't actually ride the subway but it was still pretty cool to see the entrances and exits like you see all the time on tv. I was having a great time taking pictures with stuff. I got some pretty cute souvenirs too! 

After we left the city we decided we wanted to go visit Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken, NJ. We were hoping we'd be able to go in and maybe see a glimpse of the Cake Boss himself and try some of his yummy treats but sadly there was a ridiculous line to get tickets to get in and it was not moving so we opted for Rita's italian ice instead. Rita's did not disappoint! 

We saw the world's sketchiest smoothie cart made out of a shopping cart as we were leaving Hoboken and saw the last few glimpses of the city. Oh, and let me say that the weather the whole time was absolutely wonderful! We couldn't have picked a better day to go. It was fairly cool and not humid at all compared to the crazy humidity we have here in Oklahoma. Our first NYC visit couldn't have been better. 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Road Trip: Day 3

The majority of day 3 was spent at Chocolate World in Hershey, PA. It was so much fun! Not only did we get to eat tons of candy we did some other pretty cool stuff there too. After Hershey we headed towards New Jersey so we could spend the night and get up early to go to NYC the next day!
We got the Chocolate Enthusiast package so we could experience everything that Hershey had to offer. I highly recommend a visit to Hershey. It's delicious! ;)

Please ignore the blurriness of some of these photos. I didn't take my Canon in so I was just using my iphone. The first thing we did at Hershey was take the "Factory Tour." It was like a Willy Wonka type ride that you take through a fake Hershey factory but it was so neat and kind of magical! 

Our next activity was a chocolate tasting class. We all sat in the very back row and my brother and I joked around the entire time while the lady was up front talking about cacao (Portlandia anyone?) It was hilarious...to me. I was the only person who has seen Portlandia I guess. Ha! Anyway, my brother and I goofed off the whole time and only liked 3 out of 5 of the chocolates we tasted. I'm not a big fan of Hershey's Special Dark or the Scharffen Berger? They were weird. 

Next up was the 3D movie! It was pretty funny and it was the closest thing to actual 3D I've ever seen. Good job Hershey!
Next was the Trolley Tour around Hershey, PA. We got to drive by the real factory, Milton Hershey's home, the schools and some other important buildings from Milton Hershey's life. In case you were wondering Milton Hershey is the inventor of Hershey's chocolate (that's kind of a given) but did you know he actually was a caramel maker first? Yeah, crazy!

Our last event for the day was to make our own candy bars! Sounds super exciting huh?! Well, it was pretty cool but not as exciting as we would have hoped. Basically, you take your ticket and walk up to a computer screen, scan it and then pick your ingredients. I got white chocolate with almonds (there weren't many choices). Before you do that though they make you wear these aprons and hairnets. Ashley and I also had to wear rubber gloves because we had nail polish on. This made us think we were really going to get to work on our own candy bars but no...we just watched behind the glass as our candy bars rolled down a conveyor belt so I think the gloves were a bit unnecessary but oh well. 
Once you pick your ingredients you go into the room where the bars are made and watch them go down the line and see your ingredients being added. Once they add those they all get coated in milk chocolate. So, basically I made a giant Hug with almonds. It was pretty good and you could tell the chocolate was super fresh! The last step is to design your own packaging. I opted for a simple design and each bar comes in a souvenir Hershey's tin! 
After we made our candy bars we saw these guys walking around and my brother was so excited to take a picture with them. He got more excited than anyone I think! Haha! He's just a kid at heart. 

Of course, Davy and I had to buy a big box of Jolly Ranchers since they are our favorite and let me tell you they were the freshest Jolly Ranchers I've ever had! Most of the chocolate tasted about like any other chocolate we get at home but the bars we made and the Jolly Ranchers were the best!
We left Hershey and headed toward New Jersey to find a hotel and to meet with the couple who my brother was picking something up from for his friend. We realized we were going to beat them to their house so we stopped at this beautiful walking trail and walked down it for a while. It was so pretty and there was a stream right next to us that followed the path. The weather was perfect too. It was between 65 and 75 the whole time we were in PA and NJ. Lovely!

This is the farm the couple owned. It was amazing!

On our way to the hotel my brother saw a sign for Davy's Hot Dogs and since his name is actually Davy on his birth certificate and you don't see many places called Davy's he had to stop. It was a huuuuge disappointment. None of us liked the hot dogs. The only thing that was good was the italian ice Ashley got. That's where she fell in love with italian ice. Ha! My sister-in-law was excited about Davy's because she saw a picture of the Von Trapp family's grandkids that had visited Davy's. She loves sounds of music so she got excited that she had been somewhere that their family had been.

These flowers were the highlight of the Davy's stop for me. Ha! We saw these orange flowers all over PA and NJ. 





Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Road Trip: Day 2

Day 2 was spent driving. We drove through Ohio and Pennsylvania. Our destination was Hershey, PA.  We drove on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and went through 4 awesome tunnels!




Monday, June 25, 2012

Road Trip 2012: Day 1

Hey everyone! I'm finally home from the road trip I took with my brother and his family. We had a blast and visited so many cool places. I took a lot of pictures so I'm going to share some from each day of our trip. There is a mixture of iphone and canon photos so here we go!

Day 1: 
Springfield, MO.
Lambert's Cafe
Wild Animal Safari
St. Louis Arch


Their first Krispy Kreme experience!

Davy and me at Lambert's.

Davy, Alicia & Ashley at Lambert's.

Davy, me & Ashley at Lambert's.


 Drive through zoo!
She wanted to feed the giraffe so bad but the people before us fed it a bunch. :(

 Goofy girl.






This guy followed the car for a while. He was Davy's best friend.


Stupid emu bit Davy's finger. They were scary! 


 We got bored waiting to go up in the arch...can ya tell??


 You can definitely tell that's her daddy.

Family photo at the arch!


 Davy & Ashley.

 Ashley and me.

Ashley & Alicia.

 View from the top.

 View from the other side of the top.

Ashley in the elevator at the arch. 




St. Louis.