12 Days of Christmas Challenge


Okay so I needed a small challenge to get back in the saddle of daily blogging. Mary over at Secret Obsession (from the October Daily Challenge I did) was smart and creative enough to host a 12 Days of Christmas blogging challenge. I think since there is a few more than 12 days left in the month I’ll go ahead and just start this challenge now!


6 THINGS YOU ARE GRATEFUL FOR THIS CHRISTMAS:

1. Being able to go to Denver and spend Christmas with my friends and family.
2. My job – I am one of the few that is actually doing what I went to school to do.
3. An uncompromised future – I’m gonna keep doing what makes me that authentic self.
4. Sobriety – the BEST gift I ever gave myself.
5. The Ugly Tribe.
6. Yarn.

GFK Weekend Round Up SANS Tornado

Well I had a great weekend! It’s my last one here in Chicago before I leave for Thailand on Saturday!!! (WHAT TIME FLEW BY!) On Saturday I got a new iPhone 5s for my trip/life. Ever since I updated my 4s to iOS 7 it was just so slow and the battery would not even last for a few hours. The upgrade came at a good time because I’ll be able to use this new one on my trip as my primary camera.

Anyhoo. I met up with an old Mullen (my high school) buddy who recently relocated to Chicago and finally got to eat the November burger at Kuma’s Corner – the immortalized SLEEP burger. Pretty much it is a ‘Thanksgiving style burger’ with cranberry, gravy, turkey burger, topped with tempura fried stuffing and sage leaves.

The Sleep Burger
The Sleep Burger

Yesterday I accidentally got into the holiday spirit… I know what you’re thinking – “But Bree it’s only the middle of November!” I know I know. BUT Since I’ll be gone for Thanksgiving I had to set up and shoot all the photos for my annual Ugly Tribe Calendar this weekend. That meant I got to buy/set up a tree – I didn’t get to decorate at all last year so this year is gonna get nuts.

My blue/green candy cane tree.
My blue/green candy cane tree.
Baby Boris's first ornament THANKS AUNT LORI!
Baby Boris’s first ornament THANKS AUNT LORI!
Spotted at BigLots!
Spotted at BigLots!

Then being such a coconut milk/almond milk enthusiast I was super super excited when I saw that this year there are even more holiday/seasonal flavors for the non-bovine ‘milk’ drinkers. So far – So Delicious is winning by miles and miles.

BARF.
BARF.
CRACK HOLIDAY JUICE
CRACK HOLIDAY JUICE
I bought these awesome slippers at BigLots! SORRY I'M NOT SORRY!
I bought these awesome slippers at BigLots! SORRY I’M NOT SORRY!

In terms of CRAFTS! I know it’s seemed a little dry here lately. BUT I’m gift making so I can’t very well put up photos of people’s future gifts. But do note that I finally bought the contrast color for my sweater and have been marathon knitting gifts so once I can give those gift I’ll post all the photos here. I did manage to use the sewing machine extensively last night/yesterday afternoon during the Chicago Tornado watch 2013.

STITCH WITCHERY. From now on what I will call my sewing crafts.
STITCH WITCHERY. From now on what I will call my sewing crafts.
Stars for a GIVEAWAY Holiday door panel!!! Get excited!!!
Stars for a GIVEAWAY Holiday door panel!!! Get excited!!!
Epic PRO patch job on werk pants. Just look at that reinforced stitch witchery.
Epic PRO patch job on werk pants. Just look at that reinforced stitch witchery.
These will be made at some point.
These will be made at some point.
Then here is a shot from the Calendar Shoot....
Then here is a shot from the Calendar Shoot….

It was a super busy, but fun weekend – Now on to the busy week before I jetset to Thailand on Saturday!

Godspeed!
xxx
GFK

10 Photos Past 10

I tried to do this every :10 of the hour, but honestly most of those :10s I was sitting in my doom cube at work. That’s boring so here are 10 photos that may or may not be from :10.

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Summer Epiphany

DANG – November Daily Blog you’re good.

Of course I changed a TON of things in my life this summer, but I will be really candid here in saying the best epiphany that occurred to me was that I should always come first. Has it gotten to the point where I’m annoying about this ‘authentic self’ yet? Over the summer I realized that I had given so much of myself away in the hopes that someone would finally come around and change/give back for me that I had essentially lost myself entirely. I felt like I wasn’t able to do anything that I really wanted – ever. Not to mention I didn’t stand for anything really and was someone I didn’t want to be. I also accepted that I cannot drink at all anymore. I’m sure many of you have known me to throw back a few over the years, so it may be shocking that suddenly I’m sober, but it is the best gift I have given myself. The time was right to cut that out of my life in a rather un-dramatic way. I can look back now seeing how much I’ve done and just kind of wonder where I would be if I had phased that out a long time ago. But, I digress since giving that up was not a big deal at all. I finally feel like I’m on fire. I’m able to concentrate, give the appropriate amount of energy and be motivated about anything I choose.

I generally dislike summers because they require me to re-examine my life and my status quo. This summer was no exception and ultimately, I walked away with the foundations for the authentic self that I am falling hard in love with everyday as well as the gifts of joy and contentment through sobriety. You should always put yourself first. I learned that over the summer and now that it is deep into Fall, I have never been more content and happy.

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XXX
GFK

UNSTOPPABLE TIME

The blog challenge for Sunday was “A time when you felt unstoppable” – this is easy.

It’s right now.

I don’t think I’ve ever been so ‘on’ in my life. I have a clear head – I have hobbies – I have goals – I have connections – I have fun – I have healthy relationships – I have awesome animals – I’m eating well/feeling great – my job is rocking – plus I have some majorly insane travels and tattoos coming up.

I’ve talked a lot about ‘DO’ and the only reason my life is so unstoppable and ‘on’ right now is because I just started doing. Reaching that authentic self is so exciting. I’m meeting new people who not only share my interests, but are supportive and kind. By doing, I have put that positive energy out into the world and it is finally coming back ten-fold for me. I can promise you this I will never compromise again. Ever. Being the authentic me I am supposed to reach is what makes me unstoppable.

The GHOSTFACE
The GHOSTFACE

A Typical Day for GFK

The challenge was a day in the life – this is a typical work day. Sometimes I do these things sometimes not. Creep on my day…..

First my alarm goes off followed by the shrill mews of Boris.
First my alarm goes off followed by the shrill mews of Boris.
Then I turn on Spotify to get hyphy for the day.
Then I turn on Spotify to get hyphy for the day.
Then I check the homies in Springfield - also Instagram is checked extensively.
Then I check the homies in Springfield – also Instagram is checked extensively.
After I get ready and feed the keeks/pug I walk to the Bus.
After I get ready and feed the keeks/pug I walk to the Bus.
I take the bus to the train like a big girl in my Hello Kitty hat.
I take the bus to the train like a big girl in my Hello Kitty hat.
I arrive at work.
I arrive at work.
And do werk.
And do werk.
At lunch I usually walk around - look Macy's already decorated.
At lunch I usually walk around – look Macy’s already decorated.
After work I sometimes run errands - look Target is ready for Xmas too.
After work I sometimes run errands – look Target is ready for Xmas too.
Sometimes I make my DH4L homie eat froyo with me.
Sometimes I make my DH4L homie eat froyo with me.
And I always knit - look here is the ribbing of my sweater done.
And I always knit – look here is the ribbing of my sweater done.

Favorite Recipe

My favorite recipe isn’t just a one trick pony – it’s an infinity trickery pony wizard recipe. Martha Stewart’s basic pie crust recipe is the end all of amazing pie crust recipes. I can tell you I have made dozens of pies with this (big/small/open/closed) and have always had everyone say it was the best crust ever. Plus if you work the dough a little more it’ll make it flakier. mmmmmm flakey pie crust……..

Here are some terrible photos of mini-pies I made with this recipe. I don’t know where all my other glorious pie photos have gone. Bummer. Photo fail.

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Martha’s Favorite Pie Crust
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for rolling dough
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
8 tablespoons (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 tablespoons ice water, plus 2 more, if needed

Step 1
In a food processor, pulse flour, salt, and sugar several times to combine. Add butter. Pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal, with just a few pea-size pieces remaining.

Step 2
Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons ice water. Pulse until dough is crumbly but holds together when squeezed with fingers (if needed, add up to 2 tablespoons more ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time). Do not overprocess.

Step 3
Turn dough out onto a work surface; form dough into a 3/4-inch-thick disk. Wrap tightly in plastic, and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour.

Step 4
Before baking, unwrap dough; place on a large piece of floured waxed paper. Roll dough to a 14-inch round. Using paper, lift and wrap dough around rolling pin (discarding paper); carefully unroll over a 9-inch pie plate. Gently fit into bottom and up sides of plate.

Step 5
Trim overhang to 1 inch; fold overhang under itself. Pinch between thumb and forefinger to make a uniform edge around the rim. Crimp edge; refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.

I’ll just say that I love Martha. She is the god I worship most often. This crust is perfect for just about any pie/tart whether sweet or savory. The food processor does awesome, but if you don’t have one, a pie crust ‘masher’ will do the job.

Just look at this wizard. She’s amazing.

xxxx
GFK

5 Favorite Blogs & 5 Fav Apps

I took a blogging mini break… deal with it. I’ve been BUSY. I also kind of have blown the November Daily Blog Challenge already so let’s try to get mildly caught up. Here is a two-fer.

I’ve shared several blogs prior with you here, but I’ll go ahead and list the full 5 for today’s November blog challenge.

1. Oh Happy Day – the cutest party planning blog ever…. ever.
2. makeXdo – Jen from knitXmidwest’s blog
3. Cartoon Network Adventure Time blog
4. peanutbutterrunner
5. lookbook.nu

My top 5 apps
There is no surprise here: The Simpsons Game, Moldiv for photo collages, Flickr, Beemo (Adventure Time) and of course my end-all Instagram.

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FRIDAY FLASHHHHHH

It is Friday! Also I’m so excited because today I get to go to Des Moines to meet up with Lois and my aunt for a knitting weekend! Sayyy whhhhhaaaat? You heard me! A KNITFEST!!!! Anyways, I packed last night (sort of) and am set to be there this evening. YIPEE.

IM SO EXCITED ERRRRMMMEEEEGAWWD
IM SO EXCITED ERRRRMMMEEEEGAWWD
I painted my nails and am doing another nail challenge with instagrams : CALIFORNAILS & TNTNAILS887
I painted my nails and am doing another nail challenge with instagrams : CALIFORNAILS & TNTNAILS887
My homegirls got their GIVEAWAY COWLS! Look what great things you win when you read GFK!
My homegirls got their GIVEAWAY COWLS! Look what great things you win when you read GFK!
trying to pack last night...
trying to pack last night…