Don't try to skirt around it, vintage skirts are pretty much one of my favorite thrifting finds. Last week while I was at home, I picked up this adorable vintage wool skirt. It's perfect for winter because it's dark and wool, but it has some color which my church-going wardrobe sadly lacks. I've always seen winter as a time to wear black, brown, and gray, nothing too patterned or colorful. Maybe dark colors keep me warmer in the blustery weather of the plains. Speaking of which, today was possibly the most wretchedly blustery day so far this (school) year. The good news? Tomorrow promises a high of 25º and a low of 13º not including the windchill. I told my dad I love summer, because it's like a warm hug every time you walk outside. He disagrees. He loves winter, wearing coats, and walking out to that cold that takes away your breath. I can take it for a month or so, but when the wind starts, it's like a cold slap in the face.
A quick hemming job and it's ready to wear!
These cookies really do crumble. Today Mikey and I decided to make these cookies I found here on the Martha Stewart website. They are pretty dry (flour and butter) but they have a ginger frosting filling which helps sweeten them up. I really enjoyed the ginger filling, but it was not popular among the boys. Ew, what is that flavor? was Logan's response and Mikey's face said he was not loving it. I really love fresh ginger though so I rather enjoyed it. 
Here's what you need:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Sanding sugar, in assorted colors
Combine all ingredients, form into small 3/4 inch balls, roll in sprinkles, and bake at 350º. I flattened mine a little after the first batch because they don't really melt at all.  

For the frosting/filling:
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon honey
Beat ingredients together and spread between two cookies. Enjoy!
Apparently I come with a log of baggage. Literally, I am notorious for over-packing, over-cramming, and trying to stuff anything I MIGHT need into a bag, usually for a long weekend.

Yesterday I scored a four-piece luggage set at Savers (Thrift) for only $12!! It's pretty much new, looks like the two big suitcases have been used once or twice.  Since I'm planning on studying abroad next year, this will be perfect. It came with one giant suitcase, one large, one medium duffle/rolling bag, and one small carryon. It's my favorite thrifting find of the week!

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Sometimes it seems like vacation is busier than the school year. Such is the case the last few weeks, I finally have time to do all the little things I've been wanting to, but time flies by. So here's a few catch-up posts from vacation.

I'll start with a little Christmas. We went down to OKC to see the grandparents for Christmas which was wonderful. 
For my mom and grandma, I'd made the Sheri Berry oven mitts and potholders.
My dad loves presents that are practical and take up little or no space, so Logan and I got him these natural Zum soaps that smell SO GOOD.