Well it happened. Summer is over for all intents and purposes and fall will soon be upon us. Like a broken record, I am constantly saying how quickly time is going. And it just keeps going faster. We took a trip to Chicago for our cousin’s wedding this past weekend which was lovely but too quick (as those weekend trips always are.) Also, our trip to Ireland is just around the corner. A couple of months ago I got my act together (mostly because Corey was like, um, are you going to plan our trip?) and created a rough itinerary of our trip as well as booked all of our lodging and flights. So now I know the cities/towns we are going to but I don’t know if I will be figuring out a detailed list of things to do in each place. I would love any tips if you guys have them.
We fly into Dublin and are staying with some friends for a couple of days who live in the city (lucky ducks!) I know we are supposed to see Trinity College and the castle and the world wants me to drink Guinness even though I can guarantee that I will find it to be disgusting. Then we will leave Dublin and stay overnight in Kilkenny mostly as a stopover on the way to Dingle but also to see the Rock of Cashel.
After Kilkenny, we will drive to the Dingle where we will drive the Dingle Peninsula and the Ring of Kerry and take lots and lots of pictures. I don’t have a whole lot of specifics for this area other than we are supposed to drive and see pretty things.
I am particularly excited about Galway. Things to do here include walking around Galway (obviously), seeing Doolin, Cliffs of Moher, and possibly go visit the Aran Islands. This all looks good to me.
So after Galway we are going back to Dublin to fly to Ediburgh, Scotland. Originally we were going to split the trip more evenly between Scotland and Ireland but then we decided to spend most of the time in Ireland. In retrospect, I might should have instead had us spend this portion of the trip in Northern Ireland so we could go back to Scotland another time. Oh well. That means we don’t have a whole lot of time in Scotland so I will not get to go ride on the Harry Potter train which is really a travesty for me as well as you (because I will not have pictures to share). Also, we are not going to go see Nessy because apparently it is a big fat tourist trap and would not be as cool as I pictured in my head. However, we are going to Edinburgh for a couple of days which seems to be exceptionally good. I don’t think we can go wrong here.
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I have really been trying to eat more fruit lately so I have been super ambitious with my fruit purchases. But inevitably my fruit consumption has been having a hard time keeping up with my purchases and so a few weekends ago I ended up with an entire carton of strawberries that were going down hill pretty rapidly. I found what looked to be a pretty easy recipe for strawberry muffins and decided to give it a little bit of a floral twist by substituting rosewater in place of the cinnamon. I love floral tastes in foods so these are right up my alley but if you don’t like the way roses smell, you will not like these muffins.
This is the recipe I used for Berry Smash muffins. I removed the cinnamon and added 1/2 tsp of vanilla and 1/2 tsp of rosewater. If you are unsure about how you feel about rosewater, you may want to start with 1/4 tsp of rosewater because the taste and smell is pretty potent. Somewhere between 1/4 and 1/2 is probably the rosewater sweet spot. If you try these, let me know how it goes!
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Remember when I said I was going to buy a headboard about a year ago? And then talked about it again a couple of months ago? Well it’s a Christmas miracle because I finally did it and obviously bought a completely different headboard than I said I was going to. Then the exact same day I happened to find a really good rug in World Market for sale and I couldn’t say no. So approximately one year later, we are making some definite progress on the bedroom. Now all I need to do is figure out the nightstand situation, decide on wall art, and buy fabric for my mom to reupholster some chairs.
ONE – I’ve been going back and forth about large scale art over the headboard vs. round gold mirror but I’m leaning towards gold mirror even though I already have 200 of them. They just make my heart happy.
TWO – After one year, two posts, and hours upon hours of online searching, I finally decided to go with a simple upholstered headboard with nail button trim. Maybe one day I will buy the one I desperately want from Serena and Lily, but I just can’t fathom spending that kind of cash right now. This one is very reasonable, even more so when I bought it at 20% off, and it gets great reviews.
THREE – This is the classic bedding I purchased last year from Restoration Hardware. It is about a million degrees right now so we have been using a light blanket instead, but I will break it back out when it gets to be fall (FALL IS COMING)!
FOUR – A pretty pillow for cheap from World Market. Real cheap.
FIVE – I really didn’t have any intentions of buying a rug for under the bed. Our bedroom is carpet and we already have a rug in the little sitting around on the right side of the room so it wasn’t necessary. But I fell in love with how this one is a little bit tribal while still being neutral. The website says that it is black but in person it looks a bit navy, which is perfect since I have mostly navy, blue, and black in the room.
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