Saturday Small Talk

Confession: my weeks are full of good, life-giving things, but the weekends are where it’s at! We’re celebrating a wedding this weekend, and it promises to be a good time with dear friends. I see lots of food, merry-making, and outdoor time in the next 24 hours. Bring it on!

The internet is so fun. Here’s what I bookmarked this week:

Travel habits we all need to adopt.

The math behind VanGogh’s “Starry Night.”

Making art is the trendy way to meditate.

Are the kids back to school in your world? Here are some dinner ideas.

Maybe being successful doesn’t require you to work 24/7.

Is being content all it’s cracked up to be?

 

So much of our lives are spent around people our own age. Is this doing us a disservice?

I love the look of these ear cuffs!

Emily recommended Penelope Trunk to me. I love her blunt, no-nonsense style! Check out her Blueprint to a Woman’s Life. It made me laugh. And cry. And shake my head. And mostly…not sure what to think.

Does making your bed in the morning make your happier? It just might…

Enjoy your weekend!

Saturday Small Talk

What are you up to this fine, August Saturday? We started our day canning tomatoes, have a cookout planned for later, and might even squeeze in a campfire. All in all–a perfect summer weekend!

In case you missed it….I made the most delicious and unhealthy cookie dough dip.

You may drink as much coffee as you like.

Single tasking is the new multitasking. Make sure you watch this video–it’s hilarious.

Frozen hot chocolate….mmm, good!

If you’re bored, go for a hike.

Being sarcastic is good for you!

Story tellers unite! Arranging your life into a narrative is good for your brain.

Rescue your photos from digital oblivion. Join the #preserveproject!

I want to try this DIY face cleanser.

A simple phrase will  help you live a happier life.

Enjoy your weekend!

Easy Cookie Dough Dip

Last week, my baby sister came over for a sleepover. Our sleepovers tend to include unhealthy snacks and a movie, resulting in my staying up way later than I normally do. This one held the course. We made cookie dough dip, watched a Harry Potter movie, and I didn’t get enough sleep. Sounds like the perfect sleepover, no?

This dip is so easy. Mix it up, dip something yummy, and enjoy. It’s rich, sweet, and oh-so-delicious. If you have the foresight to make it a couple of hours early, you’ll thank yourself. Chilling it was totally worth it. Even though it tasted great the night we made it, it tasted even better the next morning. It’s a totally balanced breakfast, right? Not.

Cookie Dough Dip

Cookie Dough Dip

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbs. sugar
  • 1 Tbs. molasses
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth.
  2. Add sugars, molasses, and vanilla. Mix.
  3. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Chill for 1-2 hours (or longer).
  5. Serve with graham crackers, pretzels, vanilla wafers, and/or animal crackers.
http://www.balanceandblueberries.com/2015/08/17/easy-cookie-dough-dip/

Recipe based on this buzzfeed video.

What did you do this weekend? Anything fun?

If you’re interested….my favorite chocolate chip cookies and the most lovely spice cookie.