A Year In The Rear View

Confession... It's been a year since my last post.  BUT, what a year it's been!  Here's a look into my rear view mirror - and what's on the road ahead!

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Last march, I inquired about pop-up shops in San Antonio, and 2 weeks later I opened one!  I had no inventory, and NO CLUE was I was doing.  But, in true Carrie fashion, I jumped in with both feet and had a really fun and path-altering 90 days.

 

Because I was in downtown San Antonio, I was able to meet people from all over the world.  One customer wanted me to find out what it would cost to ship one of my pieces to Paris! (Much more than the piece was worth, by the way.)  The positive response gave me confidence in what I was doing, and at the end of 90 days I decided to start applying for Vintage Market Days.

The first VMD to accept my application was in Nashville, TN - and of course I went for it.  Again, NO IDEA what I'm doing or what to expect, but go big or go home, right?  AM I RIGHT??  So we packed up a trailer & the kids and headed to Tennessee, making a stop in Memphis.

 

I followed Nashville up with Greater San Antonio VMD, Austin-Hill Country  VMD, and Greater Asheville VMD.

I also became an Etsy failure last year.  I opened my shop only to learn that sitting around waiting for people to order stuff, isn't my jam.  I gotta go places and meet people.  SO, no more Etsy for me...except for shopping.

I've also learned that I can't stand to think of things to write about, so my blog posts from here on out will be mostly pictures of places to go, restaurants to eat at and recipes to try.   Sound good?

So, what's next for her Hippie Heart?  Thanks for asking!  In just over a month, I will be launching an online boutique that promises to be easy and comfortable style, for the free-spirited gal.  

For now, I'll continue to sell my junk at Vintage Market Days (see schedule for upcoming events), manage an upscale boutique in downtown San Antonio, be a wife & momma, adventure seeker, wine drinker, and Jesus follower.  Won't you go with me?

Peace & Love,

Carrie

Fancy Ramen

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I love to cook, but am often working with a tight budget.  Ramen is about as cheap as a meal comes, but who wants to eat that?  I tried a few recipes on Pinterest to “fluff” the ramen, but all of them fell flat.  So I decided to try my own recipe, which is chock-full of veggies and a current family favorite.  It’s cheap, easy and soooo delicious! My teens AND my hubby love it – we call it, Fancy Ramen.

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Pictured above are the kid-friendly chop sticks my friend gave to me, but sadly, I can’t even work those.  Where’s my fork?

There are probably a thousand different ways that you could make this, but this is our favorite recipe.

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Saute a 1/2 pound of shelled and deveined shrimp in a tablespoon of butter, in a non-stick stir -fry pan, or any saute pan.  Remove from pan once cooked through, about 3-4 minutes.  Crack 3 eggs right into your pan, and scramble them up until cooked through, then remove from pan.  Please note that if your budget is running really tight, you can omit the shrimp, or add another meat.  Eggs are always  great way to economically add protein to this dish.

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Pick a stir-fry kit from your local grocery store, in whatever flavor you like.  This is your no-fail step for success because all of the veggies and sauce for your recipe are in one bag!  Also grab a bag of shredded cabbage for this dish.

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Throw half of the bag of cabbage and the whole bag of veggies (set the seasoning sauce aside) into your stir-fry skillet tat has been coated with a bit of olive oil.

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While your veggies cook, boil two packages of ramen noodles, in any flavor.  Trow away the seasoning packets, you won’t need them.  You can also buy plain ramen from specialty stores if you desire.

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After the veggies have cooked down to your desired tenderness (we like ours a bit crunchy),  add in the other ingredients.

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The cooked noodles.

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The scrambled eggs and cooked shrimp.  Also add in sliced green onions, and toss with the sauce packet.

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Serve and enjoy!  This dish really couldn’t be easier, and if you have a veggie-lovin’ family like I do, then your Fancy Ramen is sure to be a hit!  And don’t be afraid to try your own variation – different meats, no meat, a different variety of veggies, or even your own home made sauce. There really are so many possibilities if your feeling adventurous!

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Peace & Love,

Carrie

Fancy Ramen

Ingredients

  • 1 T Butter
  • 8 oz. Shrimp, peeled & deveined
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 package of Stir-fry vegetables with sauce
  • 1/2 package of shredded cabbage
  • 2 packages ramen, any flavor (discard flavor packets)
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a stir-fry skillet, over medium-high heat.
  2. Cook the shrimp until pink, 3-4 minutes; remove from pan.
  3. Crack the 3 eggs right into the pan and scramble until fully cooked; remove from pan.
  4. In a separate pot, bring enough water to cover the noodles to a boil; add in the ramen and cook till tender, draining the water when finished.
  5. Add the olive oil to the pan and let it heat up.
  6. Add the veggies and cabbage to the heated olive oil and let them cook down to desired softness, stirring occasionally.Remove from heat.
  7. Add the noodles, cooked shrimp, cooked egg, sauce packet from kit and the sliced green onions to the veggies and toss until well blended,
  8. Serve & enjoy!
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Sunday Blessing 3-6-16

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Even our very breath is a gift from God.  Spend some time thanking Him today for the good things in your life, even if you’re facing personal trials.  

Peace & Love,

Carrie

Succulents in Vintage Coffee Cups

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Yesterday, I decided to plant some succulents in vintage coffee cups, that I purchased at The Salvation Army for just forty cents each.  There was something about the cups that I thought was cool, but I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them.  I remembered that Miss Mustard Seed had a blog post last Summer about  putting house plants in some of her vintage dishes, and thought that would be a good use for these coffee cups.

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Now, I’m not a “houseplant” person because it’s just one more thing to try and keep alive.  Succulents, however, are next to impossible to kill – seriously, you could not water them for like, a year, and they would still be kicking.  Maybe not a year, but you get the idea.  You can also break a piece off of one and re-plant it somewhere else and it’ll take root and flourish.  On top of all of that, succulents are adorable in my opinion, so I ran to the local florist to grab a few.

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In 10 minutes, I had the perfect, decorative greenery to place around my house.

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Placing succulents in vintage coffee cups and other dishes is a pretty, and easy way to add no-fuss greenery to your home!

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If you have pics of your stylish greenery, please send them my way! I’m always looking for inspiration.

Peace & Love,

Carrie

Touring L.A. With Teens

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With Spring Break and Summer quickly approaching, I wanted to give you some tips on touring L.A. with teens.  Traveling with teens is much easier than with small children, but demands a higher level of entertainment.  After an almost week long trip last July, my kids are still talking about our trip to the city of angels, and frankly, so am I! If you’re considering going, here are some things to put on your to-do list.

First, have a parent (grandparent to your kids) who will pay for your airfare and hotel, and almost everything else once you get there. It really is a huge relief to the wallet. 😉 I know, at 41 I’m still spoiled – but so grateful.  Thanks, Mom!

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But seriously, let the adventure start with a missed alarm that lands you on a flight to Chicago instead of straight to L.A. – that way you can see the beautiful lake Michigan, and have a celebrity sighting like we did.

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Don’t get snotty now, it’s Keegan-Michael Key and he was in Just Go With It, Pitch Perfect 2 and lots of other things.  Look it up – it counts as a celebrity sighting.  My son was tripping out, so i snapped this pic.

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First stop once we got to L.A. (after a dinner of Mexican food, of course), was the famous Chinatown where we all tried boba for the first time.  I can’t tell you what it is or what it’s made of, but I will say that it was a new experience that we won’t soon forget.  I’ll also tell you to plan a little better before heading to Chinatown so that, unlike us, you can see it lit up.  We had lots of laughs with the boba though, so #noregrets.

Next, be sure and put a studio tour on your list of To Do’s.  We picked Warner Brothers studios because we had just finished binge watching all ten seasons of “Friends.” Here’s your backstage pass:

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Holiday Road-mobile.

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Being Batman.

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Tricky Harry Potter cinematography.

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I can no longer watch movies or T.V. shows without thinking, “Is that the back lot of Warner Bros.?” (Hint: they all look the same.)

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Get a pic with the humongous version of Rory Gilmore, because you love her.

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While in Hollywood, see the famous sights like the Hollywood sign, the Walk of Fame and Grauman’s Chinese Theater.

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You can’t go to California without seeing it’s beautiful coast line. We rented bikes in Venice Beach, and rode them to the Santa Monica Pier for a day of fun, carnival-type activities!

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The next day, we played at Laguna Beach

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Next up, DISNEY!!  Started by dinner in Downtown Disney.

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Then, hit the Starbuck’s at Downtown Disney before a FULL day of Disneyland & Disney’s California Adventure!  Without having to ride all of the baby rides, you can actually easily see both parks in one day, so get the hopper passes. 

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This etch-a-sketch-ish photo of us is at the Starbuck’s.

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Never too old for teacups, even if your teen son thinks so.

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Remind you of anything? (I’m showing my age here, but hey…if you have teens, you’re probably feeling nostalgic right now too!)

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Now you’ll have that song stuck in your head.  You’re welcome.

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Don’t forget your Mickey treat!

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If you love roller coasters, the Knott’s Berry Farm is a must!

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On the last leg of our jam-packed journey, we hit up the Farmer’s Market in L.A.

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To keep it real, we visited the Holocaust museum of Los Angeles…no one said that a vacation couldn’t be educational and extremely humbling.

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Killing time before heading to the airport, we sat on the “lawn” at The Grove shopping center and enjoyed the perfect weather, hot dogs and some Sprinkles cupcakes.

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All good things must end, but we had a fantastic time seeing the the sites of L.A.!

I’ve attached a website link to all places mentioned, but please feel free to message me with questions about any part of this trip – I’d be happy to answer them!

Peace & Love,

Carrie

Sunday Blessing 2-14-16

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether or not you have a love here on this earth, I pray you know the love of a God who had you in mind before He created the world!

Peace & Love,

Carrie