So after a whole summer of preparing to paint, we finally have a painted house!!!

Our friend Craig brought his sprayer over and helped out a ton.
It's crazy how much work goes into prepping and the painting portion lasts only a few hours.
The finished product:
We love it so much!

 This makes our door look orange but it's definitley red.
 I just wanted to show you guys our awesome exterior fixture:
(Our fancy new light up doorbell is awesome too but you can barely see it.)
 While they were painting, the boys and I went to the zoo with Chris' mom.
Bennett decided that instead of stopping to look at each animal, he'd like to just run past them all.
This was our view the entire time:
 Except that he stopped to sit on the animal statues:
 and to watch the tractor bring sand into the elephant area:
(Buck wasn't too into it either)
 Saturday afternoon we went to Bennett's friend Lucy's 3rd birthday party.
He had never seen one of these cars before and he thought that it was broken because it wouldn't go.
He kept getting out to push it then quickly hopped back in as if he were giving it a push start.
"This car doesn't work guys":
I also did a lot of cooking and baking this weekend!
I feel like I haven't baked in a long time, so it was nice to get back to it.
(I've tested a lot of chocolate chip cookie recipes trying to find the perfect one, this the the one I always go back to. 
I love to eat them frozen!)
 I tried recreating Portobello's Beet Tartare:
(We agreed that I got pretty close! I made the whole thing in my was fun seeing what it could do. It's a vegan recipe but is so full of flavor. It's cashew cheese on the bottom with chopped beets mixed with a carrot aioli. It's incredibly filling, we both split this for a late dinner.)
I also made this cashew pesto veggie pizza, which was also SO good:
(I don't think I'll ever make pesto with those expensive pine nuts again!)
and we made lots of smoothies with the vitamix.
Best purchase ever:
 mmm smoothies:

Happy Wednesday Friends!


  1. Molly on September 26, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    I make pesto with walnuts--I'm never going back again either!

  2. Kira on September 26, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Since I get basil all the time in my CSA, I have made a lot of pesto this summer. I use toasted walnuts and I can't tell the difference!
    And your house looks so great. I want to see it in person!

  3. Nicole on September 27, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Ooo, I love that your vitamix has a white base! I also use walnuts in my pesto and love it! Oh and your house looks SO awesome!!

  4. Laura Doucet on October 12, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    love the paint colors soooo much Becca and that light is perfect!!!


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