The Dwelling Tree

Friday, October 17, 2014

Dress up games

On Lil: Dress, Rapunzel Costume from The Disney Store
On Mom: Dress,
Lil has been wearing her Halloween costume for almost a week straight. She wants to be "Punz" this year (also known as Rapunzel). Rapunzel is her best imaginary friend. She often tells me I have "Rapunzel" hair (um, not sure where she gets that one), and repeatedly requests "her song" in the car, which is from the movie Tangled.

Naturally, she has been wearing her Halloween costume every day since she first saw it. To the gym, store, library. Everywhere. All day and night. I figure she can dress up all October. I don't really love Halloween altogether, but I am super fine with her dressing up to her hearts content. I know I am weird. I just hate the idea of her getting a giant bag of teeth rotting candy, and I stopped enjoying dressing up when I was around 20. I am so BORING. 

But, you are only two once, and why not wear as many princess gowns as possible before people start reminding you that it isn't appropriate to wear princess costumes to things like... interviews. I think kiddos should wear capes and ballerina skirts and cowboy boots as long as they can. Embrace the fun. I suppose that is why I loved Halloween as a kid. It is pretty darn fun to dress up like your favorite person. 

I was planning on wearing jeans today, but Lil pleaded with me to wear a dress. This one. This was our conversation:

Me: putting on jeans.
Lil: "NO mom, not jeans! Wear a dress. This one, it's soooo cute."
Me: "Fine. Just for a bit. I don't need to wear a dress today."
Lil: "Mom, you look so cute! I love the purple. A princess dress like me!"

Her little compliment melted my heart, because I did not feel cute. 

An hour later, as I am changing into jeans because I had no reason to wear a dress today where I was heading:

Lil: "NOOOOOOOO! Keep the dress. It looks so pretty!". 

She definitely made my day. Maybe she will start convincing to wear the dresses hanging in my closet more than once a year. I changed into jeans, anyways. She kept her Rapunzel dress on. All was well in the end. 

but... we did get some cute shots outside. Hubs was kind enough to capture us with a super-friendly (or crazy) squirrel. He kept coming up to us and standing a few feet away, chasing his tail and acting like a little dog... or something. We finally decided it was weird and went inside. I thought it might fly on my head. 

 I tried to get Lillian to jokingly model with me, but she was not in the mood. Normally she is a little ham.

Off to live some adventures. Actually, more like off to relax for a few days with my family after a few crazy weeks of illness and traveling. A movie night sounds good. And a glass of wine. 

We packed clothes for Lil, but chances are she will wear her Rapunzel dress all weekend. Definitely getting my money's worth!

By the way, I love this dress I ordered from eShakti for review. It fits so comfortably. I had such a good experience with them I ordered a second dress a week later, a beautiful red dress I cannot wait to wear at some point.

It is good I have a little girl who brings out the girl in me, too. Dressing up is indeed fun.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

A dutch oven bread recipe that is foolproof!

I am the person who ruins everything she bakes. Cookies turn out burnt or too soft. The problem is I get distracted.

Well, this little gem of a bread recipe makes me super happy because even I could make my own loaf of bread without screwing it up. I even put in too much yeast, and then tried to salvage my mistake by adding more flour and water and blowing flour all over myself, head to toe. (I turned on the mixer and the wet and dry combo didn't take well to one another.) My husband looked up at me with a confused look as I had flour EVERYWHERE.

Well, the extra yeast actually didn't affect the bread and it turned out super yummy. We have made this bread several times the past few weeks, and it is gone within a couple days if we have some self-control. So easy, so yummy.

Give it a shot!

Foolproof Dutch Oven Bread Recipe
Adapted from

4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling

1. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl, minus the extra flour. Mix until all ingredients are combined. Knead by hand or with a Kitchenaid for approximately 10 minutes. 
2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rise about 3 hours or when doubled in size. 
3. Knead bread again, gently, and form it into a tight ball.  
4. Sprinkle cornmeal on the bottom of the dutch oven or lightly oil the pot.
5. Bake for 30 minutes at 425 degrees, then take the lid off and bake at 375 degrees until the bread reaches an internal temperature of 200 degrees (usually another 25-30 minutes). Bread should be lightly browned. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Let's Be Friends Blog Hop is now Live! Come link up!

Welcome to the Let's Be Friends Blog Hop!

A blog hop is a set time frame for current or aspiring bloggers to find new blogs and quality content. It is a great way to make new friends and find inspiration! It is also a fabulous way to promote your own blog and posts.

Dear Friends,

What a day to celebrate! This is the 87th week of the Let's Be Friends blog hop! Thanks for joining us on this special day. Chelsee and Tiffany are extremely delighted to see the way this hop has grown and love to see your faces each week! 

Join us every Tuesday at 7am (MST). This blog hop focuses on content. LINK UP YOUR FAVORITE POST from last week in this fun content-sharing blog hop! I love the idea of blog hopping, but I love the idea of reading posts and quality content on new blogs I've never been to even more. Instead of simply linking up your blog button, you are now able to link up your favorite post you recently wrote. Have a delicious recipe to share, DIY tutorial, or heartfelt post? Share it with us! All hosts and co-hosts put up some unique and fun content from the past week. Make sure to check them out. P.S.- you may still link up your blog button and blog name, but it is encouraged to link up your favorite post instead. You will get more page views and interest if you do so! Some of the most successful blog hops I have participate in focus on content rather than just exchanging follows. You never know who will become a loyal follower or pin that delicious new recipe you posted!

The BEST part of this blog hop? Each week there will be a WINNER! That's right, each week we will choose one lucky blog to feature from the previous week's hop. This hop receives thousands of page views every week, so your blog will have the chance to be center stage for free. You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win. Only those who link up a specific post are eligible to be featured! *You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win.

The last exciting change is that the co-host spots will now be available to all sponsors of  The Dwelling Tree or Southern Beauty Guide. If you are interested in co-hosting the blog hop, email Tiffany or Chelsee about sponsorship opportunities and how to co-host the weekly hop!

There are a couple of great giveaways going on right now at Southern Beauty Guide and The Dwelling Tree. Go check them out! :)

Let's Be Friend's Blog Hop Guidelines
1. Link up your favorite post from your week.
2. Follow your hosts and co-hosts.
3. Grab the button and post it on your blog so we can share the love.
4. Visit 3 other blogs and follow them along!
5. Tweet about this blog hop, using #letsbefriends
6. Pin the button on pinterest so we can spread the news! 

***Once a week, one blog will be chosen to be the featured blogger from the previous blog hop. 

Meet your hosts: 

The Dwelling Tree: Blog, Bloglovin'

Southern Beauty Guide: Blog, Bloglovin'

& Co-Hosts
Rebekah @ Butcher's Niche
Rachel at Life as Rachel
Gayle at A Gayle Force

***This weeks featured post from last week's hop:

Hi friends! It's Chelsee this time! Thank you all once again for continually linking up at our blog hop. It is such a fun time and I am so impressed each week with all the amazing posts. Please continue to link up an actual post instead of your blog. We want to keep reading your content and it makes it more fun to pick a winner! 

... onto the winner! 
I have to say that Halloween movies are something I look forward to all year long. I am a sucker for ones like Hocus Pocus, which I admit scare me as a kid. However, I am always on the look out for other movies that are just as amazing that come on around Halloween. I have to say that I love this post from My Fair Daily! She also has a YouTube page and is a fellow beauty lover, who I love watching haul tons of beauty products.  Kaelyn picked some amazing movies that I feel you all need to watch, and who knows perhaps you have some that you can add to her list as well. Make sure you head over and check out the movies she picked and share some of your favs! 

Make sure you Go follow Kaelyn

Keep posting awesome content! You make it so fun for us to read all your posts! If you can, please link up a specific post. It makes it easier for us to come and visit! 

*Remember YOU can be next weeks winner! :)