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Carpe Donut

August 1st, 2010

So on a recent trip to the Doctor’s office I was flipping through a Virginia Living Magazine when an article about Donuts caught my eye. {imagine that!} Apparently I have been oblivious to the fact that there is a donut cart roaming the streets of Charlottesville called Carpe Donut.   And this is not just any donut cart.. it’s an ORGANIC Donut cart! {Yes- you heard me correctly.}

How awesome is a Donut that is made with organic flour, organic eggs, local apple cider, organic spices, pure sugar, and non-aluminated baking powder.  It is even cooked in 100% Soybean Oil!  I’d go so far to say that this sounds like a HEALTHY donut!  And their environmentally friendly too!  Well not the donuts, but the vendor. They go and convert the used frying oils into bio-fuel.  Could I love this place anymore??

For the record I haven’t actually tried the donuts yet, but I’m about to!  The article noted that Whole Foods carried Carpe Donut’s in their frozen food section and all you had to do was pop ‘em in the oven.  So off to Whole Foods I went last night while Mr. vB was out with the boys.  And this morning I’m going to surprise him with a yummy breakfast with fresh donuts..

Here we go!

Directions were super simple.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and then place donuts directly onto the baking rack for 8-10 minutes.

Next stop.. my belly!

{about 10 minutes later…}

WOW!!!  Those donuts were AMAZING!  Crispy and light with great flavoring.  If I hadn’t have cooked them personally I would have thought someone drove to C’ville to pick up hot donuts for me. YUMMO!!!

Next time you are in Whole Foods these are a MUST pickup!  And while you’re out there, will you grab a few packages for me??

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Fancy Nancy

March 21st, 2010

As promised I am back, and I have a fun story and photos to share.

For all my readers with daughters, nieces, or god-daughters have you ever read them the book Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Conner?  It is the cutest story about a little girl that makes every thing fancy by wearing tiaras and feather boas.  I have started a collection of these books for both my niece Maddy and my god-daughter Abbie. I often hear stories about how each little girl will walk around the house exclaiming that they are fancy “Maddy” or fancy “Abbie”.  I just love it!

So when we heard that a local tea house was having a Fancy Nancy Tea Party and book reading we just couldn’t say no!

Off to Williamsburg we went yesterday to the Yankee Candle Outlet.

Within their store they have a little tea house/restaurant where we had lunch.

{please note that Maddy is carrying a real Kate Spade purse, handed down to her by her Aunt TT.  It was too tiny of a purse for me, but just the perfect size for her.  Good Taste starts early!}

After lunch, Mrs. Claus read the girls a Fancy Nancy Book.

They sat very still and listened to the the whole story.  But they kept asking why Mrs. Claus was reading to them and not Nancy. Wasn’t sure how to answer that.  I wasn’t even sure why Mrs. Claus was there! {ha-ha}

It was such a fun adventure and I think the girls really enjoyed themselves.  On the ride back to Richmond, Keri {Maddy’s mom} and I were discussing how cute a Fancy Nancy Tea Party Birthday Party would be.  Or how we could do this very same Lunch and Tea with Nancy idea in Richmond, with a few improvements.  We are thinking about getting in touch with some local tea houses to pitch the idea.  What do you guys think?

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Mrs.vB

No Excuses

March 15th, 2010

I’ve been a bad blogger lately.  And the worst part is that I don’t even have a good excuse.

I’ve definitely been preoccupied with my Daddio but I also think it’s because Mr. vB and I haven’t started any new home projects.  We’ve been trying to restock the ‘ol savings  account which means no fun projects, how-to’s, or makeovers to tell you guys about.  In other words- BORING!! {Good for the Savings Account, Bad for the you guys.}

It’s also unfortunate because it means no frivolous trips to Target or Secret Marshall’s…  I “should” only when we “need” something.  Don’t I NEED one of the cute new dresses that Liberty of London just debuted at Target?!

I promise though that I do have some good things cooking.  Shoe of the Month-March, an update on my Parent’s House, and hopefully a new radiator cover or window sill to show off on Monday.

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Mrs.vB, Target

1 Year Blog-a-versary!

February 28th, 2010

Can you believe 1 year ago today Boots and Totty.com posted its very 1st blog entry! It was quite a boring entry if I do say so myself, but none the less it has gotten me where I am today!

So here is the breakdown of what B&T.com has accomplished in the past 365 Days.

{in no particular order}

1. We showcased over 18 pairs of shoes in the Shoe of the Month Club.

2. We showed how to build a raised garden, how to install an in ground sprinkler system, and how to attempt to grow grass.

3. Also showed how to collect and recycle rainwater and how to install energy efficient windows.

4. Don’t forget we also renovated our Bathroom, Basement, and Kitchen.

5. And gave face-lifts to our Guest Room, Master Bedroom, Living Room and Dining Room.

6. We also had Mr. Sanders refinish our Hardwood Floors.

7. Let’s not forget all the holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries.

8. Gave Target plenty of free publicity.

9. Gotten some free publicity ourselves.

10. And continue to search for the Best Burger in Richmond!

With a grand total of 151 posts in 35 categories, I’d say it was a pretty busy year!!  BIG THANKS to the the 16,681 visits to the site and the 352 people that published comments.

It’s a nice treat to read them and know that you guys enjoy my silly stories!

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Mr.vB, Mrs.vB, Wedding/Anniversary

Time to Make the Doughnuts

February 28th, 2010

Have I ever mentioned that I LOVE doughnuts?

I once had a doughnut eating contest with Mr.vB, his brother Justin and my brother Travers.  It was a long hard fought battle, but Travers and I won.  Must run in the family.

The other day I was browsing my favorite blogs and came across this image at The Newlywed Diaries.

EASY HOMEMADE DOUGHNUTS was the caption.

It stopped me dead in my tracks. Could it be true?

I put them to the test this weekend while my Mums was visiting.  Here is the play by play.

Ingredients needed:

A Can of Biscuits, Milk, Confectioner’s Sugar, Vanilla, and Shortening

As instructed by Jennifer at TND, we began by separating the biscuits and used a small cookie cutter to cut out the center of each doughnut.

We also had the oil preheating on the stove.  Jennifer said to heat it to 350 degrees, but since I don’t own a candy thermometer we used her doughnut hole testing method.  We plopped one in to make sure the oil was hot enough.

CHECK.

So it was my job to fry up the doughnuts, while Mums made the icing.

Following Jennifer’s instructions again, Mums filled a bowl with confectioner’s sugar and then added milk slowly while whisking.  I believe she also added a dash of vanilla for flavoring.

Once she had the right consistency Mums poured the icing into a shallow dish to make it easier to “dunk” each doughnut.

The end result was WAY beyond my expectations!!

This could be a bad thing, a very bad thing…

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Baking, Mrs.vB

Cover Girl…

February 11th, 2010

I’ve been keeping a secret from you guys.  About 2 months ago I was interviewed for an article in a local magazine called V Magazine for Women.  I didn’t want to say anything until I was for sure if was going to be published.

Well guess what?! IT’S BEEN PUBLISHED! {insert high-five here}

As soon as I heard this, I ran out and picked up the first copy I saw . As I was knocking people over grabbing for my copy, I thought the girl on the cover looked awfully familiar.

For those readers I have never met in person- THAT IS ME ON THE COVER!!

How crazy is that??  Now I knew there was going to be an article about bootsandtotty.com in the magazine, but I had NO CLUE that I was going to be the cover girl!!  I was so excited!

Click here to see the online article.  It is really good if I do say so myself!  It was written by a great writer {and family friend} named Terri Jones.  When she’s not writing about awesome blogs {oops, did I say that??}, she is a freelance marketing and editorial writer for her company called WordPlay.  {If anyone is looking for a freelance writer drop me an email and I can pass along Terri’s info to you! She’s great!}

I tried to get Boots and Bailey to pose for the photo-shoot picture, but they weren’t so keen on the photographer.  Instead they were sent outside and Milo shared the limelight with me!

I’m just kicking myself that the kitchen wasn’t {one} finished, nor {two} staged for a photo shoot!  We didn’t have a lot of options to choose from though, considering there was no furniture in the living room or dining room {due to the floor refinishing}. I was envisioning thinking that I could be sitting on the stairs with Boots and Bailey lying at my feet- yeah right.  Who was I kidding??

It’s been a very exciting week.  First we were nominated for the Best New Blog in RVA and now our first article in a magazine.  Maybe next week Martha Stewart or Nate Berkus will call and ask me for design advice. {ha-ha}

Seriously though, Mr. vB and I really appreciate all of your support!  We hope you enjoy reading this blog as much as we enjoy telling our story!  xoxo totty

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Famous, Mrs.vB

Best New Blog.. Could it be me??

February 9th, 2010

Hey loyal readers!

Bootsandtotty.com has been nominated as the Best New Blog in the River City!

But, I need your help!  Please click on this link and cast YOUR vote!  {Simply click on the link and then scroll down the page until you see the green writing that says Cast Your Votes for the RVA Internet Awards Now!}

Voting is open until Feb 19th at 10pm!

Thanks for your support!

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Famous, Mrs.vB

Idea Book

February 6th, 2010

So what I love most about reading other people’s blogs are the ideas they give me… As you can see in my blog roll to the right, I have several blogs I regularly stalk because I love their style and creativity. {you should check them all out too!}

From those blogs and blogs linked to their blogs, I have a stack of {idea} printouts for bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms and more.  Each printout has a different design idea that I would like to implement around this house.  But currently these ideas are in a messy pile tucked into a manila folder and that is no way to treat fabulous ideas!!

So tonight I thought it would be good to make…

My Rosewood Ave Idea book.

Pretty Cute eh?

I took a simple photo album from Target.. Some paper from my scrapbook-ing pile..

and these fun thickers (chip board stickers)..

And Viola!

A inspiring idea book for inspiring ideas!

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Gettin Crafty!, Mrs.vB

Snow ain’t so grand…

February 5th, 2010

Richmond is having it’s 3rd snow storm in 6 weeks.  Yes you read that correctly.  The first time it’s fun and pretty, second time it’s kinda cool, third time just straight up sucks.  Let me explain..

This morning I headed over to the local Kroger to pick up a few items to sustain Mr. vB and I throughout the blizzard weekend.  The place was INSANE!!!  There were no carts left, barley any food, and CRAZY people at every turn.  I took my time, gathered my groceries, and then hunkered down in line to wait my turn at the checkout.

As I was patiently waiting my turn, I heard someone behind me ask, “Is this the express line?”  I turned and said, “no we are all in the same line.”  They responded by saying, “Actually, this is the 15 items or less line and you have 25 items in your cart.”

I think my head whipped around like the girl from the exorcist.  In my most calm voice I responded by saying, ” We are all in the same boat here.  I don’t think it matters what line you are in today.”  {Mind you EVERY line was 30 people deep}  The ladies behind me continued to be obsessed by the fact that I had an extra 10 items in my cart.  They even had the audacity to tell me I needed to get in another lane.  Really people?? I don’t think I was in the wrong for standing strong in the 15 items or less lane.  I told the ladies they could switch lanes if they were that worried about the number of groceries in my cart!!!

UGH!!!!  It took me almost all day to calm down from that nonsense!  Snow really can bring out the worst in people, can’t it??

Any-who, we had to postpone the BBURP Outing #5 tonight.  Mums couldn’t make it to town and we {Dnort, dwayne, and mae-mae} didn’t think it would be good to be out driving in this mess.

So it looks like it’s going to be another weekend stuck indoors working on the kitchen.  Which is actually a good thing.  Keep those fingers crossed that I will be able to post some finished photos during the Super Bowl.  Not literally on CBS during the game, I meant on the blog.  But you probably figured that…

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Mrs.vB

A New BFF…

January 30th, 2010

{Don’t worry girls, you haven’t been replaced.}

I bought a new friend for my favorite Orchid yesterday.  Isn’t she gorgeous??

I’m thinking about naming her Dotty…

On to the weekend plans…Since it is currently pouring snow outside, I have a feeling Mr. vB and I will be spending a lot of time indoors today!

We are {hopefully} finishing up the kitchen cabinets and starting on our new breakfast nook area.  Have I mentioned this new project to you guys yet? {Imagine that- we are starting a new project before finishing others!} It will include a new tile floor, a cute eat in area with a fold down table and 2 chairs, and some extra storage space.  But I am getting ahead of myself.  I need to reveal why the Boots n the Bae weren’t allowed in the kitchen.  Wish it was something really exciting- sorry for the let down.  While Mr.vB and I were putting the fridge back into its cubby on Saturday night we put a BIG nice SCRATCH on the new floors!  I called Mr. Sanders crying, begging, asking him to come back over and work his magic.  Sure enough he did and the scratches are now gone.  But the wet polyurethane required some drying time.  Hence the reason no paws were allowed in the kitchen.

All-right- Happy snow day everyone!  I can hear Mr. vB upstairs starting on the kitchen cabinets.. gotta run!

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Hardwood Floor Refinishing, Mrs.vB, Orchids