Hi, I'm Megan and I've lived in LA for 3 years. Since being here I have grown to love the lack of weather, amazing food and style of the city!

I guess you can call this a lifestyle blog.

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Something I Love: Thrift Finds!

I had some magnificent finds today at my local thrift store. For a total of $8 I got a vintage Pyrex quart size bowl, an orange owl pot stand and 3 Christmas iron pot stands/ wall hangings.

The pyrex bowl, a whopping $3, will go great with the ones that my boyfriend got me for Christmas. He’s started an obsession and I don’t think he realizes it.  The owl is the first owl things I own and I bought it for $2.  I love it and I am hanging it on the wall in my kitchen. The Christmas decorations were on sale and I was happy to find them. For $3 each I couldn’t beat it. They are now resting in my storage boxes waiting for December. 

From my Kitchen: Mrs. Wilkes’ Homemade Pancakes

I reached into my pantry to pull out my box of whatever brand pancake mix I had stashed in the back. To my surprise I was out. I don’t normally make pancakes, say, less than once a month. However, today I really wanted some delicious fluffy morning food. 

I turned to my ever so loved Mrs. Wilkes’ Boarding House Cookbook circa 1990. I knew there would be a delicious recipe waiting. I was happy to learn that I had all the ingredients needed and this was going to be a simple task. 

They turned out delicious, everything I could have wanted. I did add a little splash of vanilla, but it would be equally wonderful with fruit, chocolate chips or anything else you might want to toss in, bacon? You won’t find me doing that. Over all great simple recipe to start your day off right!

Mrs. Wilkes’ Homemade Pancakes 
makes 9 six inch pancakes

1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 tbsp. sugar
3/4 tsp. salt

1 egg
1 1/4 cups milk
3 tbsp. melted butter, Oleo, or bacon drippings 

Mix well liquid ingredients and stir into dry ingredients. Mix only until dry ingredients are wet. Cook on hot griddle that is slightly greased. Reduce to low heat and cook to rim of each cake is free of bubbles and brown on bottom. Brown on both sides. Turn on once. If you desire you can add your favorite berry, fruit or nut to batter. 1/2 cup berries/fruit or 1 cup of nuts.

Book 3: Everything Matters! by Ron Currie, Jr.
This book was also purchased in 2011 when a Borders was having a final sale. I purchased the book because the description peeked my interest and the cover is pretty awesome. I didn’t notice until I finished the book that on the back cover, Janet Maslin of The New York Times, compares him to Kurt Vonnegut. I can totally see how you would get that from reading this book. The book handles dark subject matter with a lead character who battles with knowledge of the end of the world. 
Everything Matters! is based around a family in Maine and the tragic events they deal with during their lifetime. The chapters are written in first person depending up which character the chapter is titled after. Sometimes this doesn’t really work for me, like in The Help, but for this book I found it was fine, even enjoyable. The pacing is quick and the story never really lulls. The matter-of-fact personality of our main character, Junior, keeps the tales of drugs, abuse, and disappointment from getting too heavy. I enjoyed every character in the book and never felt like any of them were disposable. I highly recommend reading Everything Matters!  

Book 3: Everything Matters! by Ron Currie, Jr.

This book was also purchased in 2011 when a Borders was having a final sale. I purchased the book because the description peeked my interest and the cover is pretty awesome. I didn’t notice until I finished the book that on the back cover, Janet Maslin of The New York Times, compares him to Kurt Vonnegut. I can totally see how you would get that from reading this book. The book handles dark subject matter with a lead character who battles with knowledge of the end of the world. 

Everything Matters! is based around a family in Maine and the tragic events they deal with during their lifetime. The chapters are written in first person depending up which character the chapter is titled after. Sometimes this doesn’t really work for me, like in The Help, but for this book I found it was fine, even enjoyable. The pacing is quick and the story never really lulls. The matter-of-fact personality of our main character, Junior, keeps the tales of drugs, abuse, and disappointment from getting too heavy. I enjoyed every character in the book and never felt like any of them were disposable. I highly recommend reading Everything Matters!  

DIY: License Plate Wall Art & Dino Figurines

When I moved to California and registered my car I couldn’t get rid of my Georgia license plate. I felt like I was throwing away everything up to the move. So I clung to it and it sat in my closet for about a year. Then one day I had the idea to somehow feature it in my new apartment. After brainstorming I came up with what you see. 

I use my old plate plus 2 I found on ebay. I used zip ties to hold them together and then screw in wall hooks to mount it to the wall. Seriously, so simple. 

The dinos you see beneath were actually part of a Valentine’s Day present a few years ago from my boyfriend. I believe he found them at a 99cent store. As much as I loved my new toys they sat in a box in the closet. One day I pulled them out and decided they would be better white. So a bottle of spray paint later I had 6 white Dinos. Now, what? Originally they were going to go into the shadow boxes from goodwill, the very ones from the antique key post. But they were to thick to fit. And that is how they ended up on the shelf. Once I found the trey they are sitting on I was pleased with my super cheap and me decorations!

Pinterest

A few weeks ago I finally started using Pinterest. I know that for a while now everyone has been going crazy for this site. I was just reluctant to sign up for yet another social media website. I thought I could just use tumblr, bookmarks, and the folders on my computer to keep up with inspiring images. Man was I missing out. Pinterest is perfect for organizing anything visual, as many of you know. 

Since using the site I’ve been enjoying seeing what inspires others and the great ideas people have for their homes, style and future dreams!

Find me here! 

From My Kitchen: Strawberry Fudge

I found this recipe over at Cookies and Cups and thought I’d give it a go. I’m skeptical of any recipe that is 2 ingredients. Simply because, well I don’t know. But, I love strawberry icing and it was so simple that if it was a bust I wouldn’t be heart broken. 

I was mostly happy with the end result. They turned out pretty tasty, but extremely sweet. For being what they are (a fun easy dessert) I’d give it a good. I think this treat would be really fun to make with kids. Then they can also decorate the fudge with sprinkles or other small candies!

Ingredients
1 (16oz) container of strawberry frosting
1 (120z) bag of white chocolate chips 

Directions
1. Prepare a 9x9 pan with cooking spray or parchment paper.

2. Melt the chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave.

3.  When chips are melted, remove from heat and stir in strawberry frosting. 

4. Pour mixture into pan and spread evenly. Let set in the fridge for 30 minutes. 

5. Cut into squares or desired shapes to serve. 

Keep for up to a week in an air tight container. 

DIY: Antique Keys Shadow Box

Years ago I ordered a ton of antique keys off of Ebay. I put one on a chain as a necklace and the rest were just sitting in a box. I found two shadow boxes at goodwill for $2 each. After buying the shadow boxes I  got home and started trying to figure to what to put in them. How could I have forgot about the keys! I quickly grabbed some green spray paint and painted the back of the boxes (several coats), used some silicon adhesive to mount the keys and I was done. Over all it was a super quick, easy and cheap project. They currently hang over my dresser and I love them!

Something I Love: Nesting Doll Measuring Cups

For Christmas my wonderful boyfriend, Nick, got me these great nesting doll measuring cups! They are super cute and sit out on my kitchen counter right next to the flour and sugar containers. The doll heads have flat areas on top so they sit sturdy when filled. The measurement amounts are in raised plastic on the bottom so you don’t have to worry about them rubbing off over time! You can see them being used in my previous post about brownies! These were a wonderful addition to my kitchen.

From My Kitchen: Basic Brownie

This is my first attempt at homemade brownies. I’m not huge on chocolate so I had to really be in the mood for it to make these! I found a recipe on AllRecipe.com that had over 4000 positive reviews so i decided to start with that. I did leave out the icing because well, like I said I’m not a triple chocoholic. Over all I believe they turned out pretty good. 

Basic Brownie

1/2 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup unsweetened coco powder
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Chocolate Sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease and flower an 8 inch pan.

In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter. Remove from heat.

In a bowl combine butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Beat in coco, flour, and baking powder.

Pour into pan.

For flair drizzle chocolate sauce over brownie. Design and amount of chocolate are up to you!

Bake for 25 - 30 minutes. DO NOT over cook.

Book 2: The Fiddler in the Subway by Gene Weingarten
I didn’t know who Gene Weingarten was before I read this book. I found The Fiddler in the Subway for $3 in a closing Boarders sometime last year. I bought it because I’ve always wanted to play the violin and the cover blurb got my interest. 
 " The true story of what happened when a world-class violinist played for  handouts…”
This book is a collection of 20 articles Weingarten has written and had published in The Washington Post over the past 20 years or so. He writes about everything from hyperthermic children deaths, terrorized countries, absent minded magicians, his childhood crush, and the Armpit of America. His articles are well written and researched. Often they talk about uncomfortable situations and then he cuts the tension with a simple line that will make you laugh, think or feel warm and fuzzy inside. 
My favorite articles were:
The Great ZucchiniThe Armpit of AmericaIf You Go Chasing Rabbits…You Go, GirlFatal DistractionMy Father’s Vision, part 2The Fiddler in the Subway 
Being in my mid 20s I don’t read the newspaper much, I did in college (we could get them for free). I hate reading online so I don’t read the news sites leisurely, strictly for answers or information. I’m curious how many compelling articles I’ve missed. 

Book 2: The Fiddler in the Subway by Gene Weingarten

I didn’t know who Gene Weingarten was before I read this book. I found The Fiddler in the Subway for $3 in a closing Boarders sometime last year. I bought it because I’ve always wanted to play the violin and the cover blurb got my interest. 

" The true story of what happened when a world-class violinist played for
handouts…”

This book is a collection of 20 articles Weingarten has written and had published in The Washington Post over the past 20 years or so. He writes about everything from hyperthermic children deaths, terrorized countries, absent minded magicians, his childhood crush, and the Armpit of America. His articles are well written and researched. Often they talk about uncomfortable situations and then he cuts the tension with a simple line that will make you laugh, think or feel warm and fuzzy inside. 

My favorite articles were:

The Great Zucchini
The Armpit of America
If You Go Chasing Rabbits…
You Go, Girl
Fatal Distraction
My Father’s Vision, part 2
The Fiddler in the Subway 

Being in my mid 20s I don’t read the newspaper much, I did in college (we could get them for free). I hate reading online so I don’t read the news sites leisurely, strictly for answers or information. I’m curious how many compelling articles I’ve missed.