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July 28, 2014

We're moving!

This week and last have been bittersweet around here. I've mentioned in passing a couple of times that we put our house on the market at the beginning of the summer -- we love our little home, but with a baby on the way, we think we'll outgrow it pretty quickly. The same builder we worked with in 2010 is developing a subdivision with his craftsman-style homes in nearby Watkinsville (about 15 minutes away from us now), so we decided to put things in motion to try and move out that way.  We had a couple of bites on our house in the last two months, but both fell through -- the real estate game is so not my thing! We feel thankful that our house is in an area close to the university, making it attractive as a rental property. A nice mother and daughter came along two weeks ago and want to rent our house early August, so we're moving on -- quickly!

It was tricky to find an apartment that would lease to us for 6 months and let us move in two weeks -- with Athens being a college town, most complexes were totally full with 2 and 3 bedroom apartments.(Insert mini-meltdown here.) We stumbled across something that will be tight but will totally work. It was literally their last apartment available for August 1. Whew! Moving trucks have been another tricky element in the mix, but we finally found one at Budget. Uhaul was booked for a 30 miles radius! Ah, the joys of living in a college town. Thank goodness for my mother, who came up to stay with us for three days last week to help pack up our junk stuff. James is working these two weeks, so having her here was amazing. She is the best. 

Oh, and kitty B is totally unaware that we're going to be uprooting her later this week:

I'm looking forward to working with Jared again on our "forever" house. We'll have a bigger yard and a little more space to grow into. Pinterest didn't exist when we built our house 4 years ago, so using it to browse design options has been really fun. I can't wait to feel settled -- permanently. And with the little man in tow! December will be here before we know it. We are feeling super thankful these days. 

We'll miss our first house and the memories we've made here. It's been real good to us. This new chapter is full of promise, though -- and I'm excited to see what the future has in store for us!

I'll be taking a week off from the blog to move, but you can always find me here in the meantime if you want to check in. I'm looking forward to sharing inspiration for the new house here soon! 

Until then! -- Natty

July 22, 2014

Strawberry Shortcake Popsicles

This morning I'm going to let my friend Meghan take it away with her delicious recipe for homemade strawberry Popsicles -- yum! I think I'm going to cross them off my summer bucket list shortly. Enjoy, and thanks, Meghan! -- Natty

Strawberry Shortcake Popsicles

There’s no summer dessert more ubiquitous than strawberry shortcake. Okay, maybe Popsicles and ice cream are also pretty quintessential summer treats. So here’s an idea -- let’s mash strawberry shortcake, ice cream and Popsicle into one dessert and call it the best summer ever.  These Strawberry Shortcake Popsicles are just that and they couldn’t be easier!

Blend together a little cream and sugar and you’ll have something akin to ice cream base, but not quite whipped cream. Add a ton of fresh strawberries, blend some more, and you have an amazing mix. Pour into Popsicle molds of any kind*, freeze, and the result will be a sweet, creamy strawberry treat. They can be devoured as is, but bonus points if you take a few extra moments to roll the frozen pops in some vanilla cookie crumbs.

This delicious summer treat should be on everyone’s summer bucket list -- they almost remind me of the classic Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake Popsicles that you could buy from the ice cream truck every summer – except tastier.

Strawberry Shortcake Popsicles
Makes 10 (3 ounces) popsicles

2 cups heavy cream
1 cup sugar
3 cups sliced strawberries, about 1 pint whole strawberries
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup vanilla wafer cookies, crushed (optional)

Blend together the heavy cream and sugar in a blender or food processor. Remove 1 cup of the cream sugar mixture from the blender and set aside. Add the strawberries to the blender and process until smooth. Pour the strawberry mixture into popsicle molds of your choice*, filling each about ¾ of the way full. Top each mold with a small amount of the plain cream mixture and freeze the popsicles until solid, about 4 hours.

Remove the popsicles from their molds and roll in the vanilla wafer crumbs just before serving.

*Im a fan of these popsicle molds for their classic style

Letterpress strawberry coasters and cards can be found here via Natty Michelle Paperie!

Meghan Splawn is a professional recipe developer, food stylist, and candy eater. Her personal blog, Stir & Scribble, is full of clever cooking, classic cocktails, and useful kitchen tips.

July 18, 2014

Christmas in July Shop Sale

Happy Friday! In honor of there being just 159 days until Christmas -- and crazy stores like Hobby Lobby already filling its aisles with Christmas trees, wreaths and stockings -- I wanted to host a little "holiday" shop sale of my own for the weekend. Yes; Christmas in July freaks me out a little, too, but honestly, I'm a total sucker for it every year. I will totally buy early gifts and stash them away (or take advantage and buy goodies for myself), and I've been known to even throw a Christmas item or two in my cart before -- especially if it's on sale. Don't judge me. 

Today through Sunday, enjoy 20% off everything in my Etsy shop using the code:


Yep -- everything's on sale, including custom stamps and art, iPhone cases, cards, tags, letterpress, magnets...all of it. Hooray!

I hope you guys have a fantastic weekend! Happy "Christmas in July" shopping -- Natty