spring pinspiration

Oh gosh, is the semester over yet?

I hatehatehate being one of those people who talks about "just getting through this month" (you know, since every day is precious and life is beautiful and blah blah blah...), but really, I just want to get through this month. There is so much anticipation for me right now...multiple presentations, a couple of trips, and continued juggling of classes, jobs, wedding planning, and all the little bits and pieces of everyday life.

Summer might not be much better. I'll be taking my comprehensive exams at the end of August, so I'm sure stress will be high. But from this side of May, it just doesn't seem so bad. All I'll be thinking about then is a part-time job and studying...and enjoying those warm, balmy nights with friends and family. I can't wait.

Sometimes in the midst of busy-ness, I find that the best escape is to lose myself in a project that I simply don't have time for. I pin, and then I do.

So maybe it's a good time to throw a little more pinspiration your way...


I like the water, vodka, and essential oil combination over at The Spotted Sparrow. I've never found Febreze to be all the effective anyway, so I like this light version that freshens the air and kills germs, but doesn't linger for too long.

These brownies are super easy to make, use only a few ingredients, and taste and smell heavenly. The combination of cinnamon, chocolate, and hazelnuts reminds me of something wonderful I can't quite place (it's not Nutella, but yes, it's like that too). The only change I will make in the future is to leave off the topping...doesn't really add much and makes them messier!

One of the things I really love about pinterest is the chance to give and get gifts that you know will be very loved. For a birthday not too long ago, I was lucky enough to get one of these sweet magical notebooks from my sister. I carry it everywhere and use it for notes of all kinds (but mostly for inventing new spells).

This "cheese" recipe results in a block that's reminiscent of Velveeta. So delicious for grilled cheese, but I had plenty of leftovers and also enjoyed it re-warmed as a dip for pretzels. The ingredients might be a bit hard to find, but it's worth it!

What's keeping you (p)inspired lately?


  1. Those brownies really look incredible! And pretty easy. As soon as we get our food processor fixed, I'll try them out!

  2. I'm with Julie on the brownies! You sell them well, my dear. I still need to whip up a batch of Alicia's (over at Humble Foodie) sweet potato brownies. I am so far behind on the hacking the brownie train!

    Great picks!


  3. Benn inspired by more healthful recipes, especially now that I am into my second trimester and can focus on something other than carbs, carbs carbs....and I meant to tell you! Used the garbanzo flour recently in some sweet potato burgers, was delicious. Though my husband supersized the patties. He is still learning;)

    1. That's so great to hear! And I had no idea you were pregnant...congratulations! Will have to hop on over to your blog and catch up asap. =)

  4. Brownies and Harry Potter notebooks? I'm all over these!

  5. THOSE NOTEBOOKS. WHAT. I MUST HAVE. ugh, i want an arithmancy one bad!

    1. Me tooooo! They are just the perfect size too.


Thanks for making me smile. =)