Monday, June 30, 2014

inspiration monday: good samaritans

the inspiration
Anna Paquin
megan bird

dress ~ Forever 21
bracelets ~ thrifted
shoes ~ Ebay
necklace ~ Opitz

nora bird

top ~ Mpls Blogger Sale
shorts ~ Marshalls
shoes ~ Target
bracelet ~ H&M

Henry won a Target gift card on his last day of school. Yesterday, the whole family went to Target so Henry could cash in. As he was looking at all the toys (each aisle had to be browsed at least twice), he somehow lost his gift card.

Despite the searching (another two rounds through each of the aisles), we couldn't find the card. On a last ditch attempt, I asked an employee in a nearby aisle where to ask if anyone had turned in a found gift card, and as luck would have it, someone had turned it her!

So he got his card back, maybe learned a thing or two about being responsible for your money, and was able to buy a Wubble. Thank goodness for kind and honest people!!

megan bird

Friday, June 27, 2014

bird seed: best friend banana bread

When Jim and I got married (it'll be nine years ago in July!), one of our best friends gave us a recipe box filled with delicious recipes she had collected from her family and friends. It is something I have always cherished. Whenever I am in the mood to bake or if I can't figure out what I want to make for dinner, I will turn to that recipe box to try a new recipe or find one that has been tried-and-true. But my favorite part isn't the recipes. It is the note that she wrote to Jim and I that is the best part. And the fact that she typed out every recipe. Oh no, not on one of those newfangled computers that everyone is using these days. She typed them all out on a typewriter. A typewriter! That, and for so many other reason, is how I know she loves me.

So, I have adapted the banana bread recipe in this box and it has been my go-to banana bread recipe for a while. I have only changed the recipe slightly and it is seriously the most delicious banana bread. The only thing I changed is to sub out the 1/2 cup of shortening for 1/4 cup of applesauce. Any type of applesauce you like will do, but we REALLY love this local sauce, which is made with red hot candies. I know! SO good. It adds just the right hint of cinnamon and sweetness.

Here's the recipe. You can use the shortening, if you please. Or use my apple sauce substitute. Either way, it will be delicious!

~ Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
~ Grease two loaf pans and set aside.
~ Mix the flour, salt, and baking soda together in a small bowl. Set aside.
~ Using a hand held mixer, beat the applesauce (or shortening), butter, and sugar together until combined. 
~ Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix until fully combined. Then mix in the sour cream.
~ Mash the bananas (I used three very ripe bananas) with a fork.
~ Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the butter mixture.
~ Once everything is mixed, add the mashed bananas and mix until fully combined.
~ Add half the mixture to one loaf pan and half to the other. It should fill each pan about halfway.
~ Place both loaf pans on a large baking sheet (to avoid spillage) and place in the oven for one hour.
~ Remove from oven and let cool in the pans for about 30 minutes. Then remove from pans and let cool fully on a wire rack.
~ Serve with butter and enjoy!

If you have little hands around, this bread won't last long! Mimi and Ben love this stuff!

xoxo, nora bird

P.S. For all of you MN locals: don't forget about The Great Minneapolis Blogger Sale, happening tomorrow! It is going to be seriously awesome. We hope to see you there!!! xoxo.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

outfit of the day(bird): amuse bouche

(this is the face Chris makes after my 5th attempt at taking a cute selfie. I went with it and posted it on Facebook anyway.)
dress ~ Asos via b. (a resale shop)
shoes ~ Shoedazzle
rings ~ Forever 21 and vintage, thrifted
clutch ~ vintage, thrifted
headpiece ~ Etsy

Chris and I went to a pretty fancy restaurant for our anniversary last weekend. I can be fancy like the rest of them, but that doesn't mean that I won't feel a little out of place when trying to pick a wine that won't make me look cheap, but also won't require me to take out a second mortgage on the house. We ordered a five-course tasting meal, and every single bite was delicious. And by every single bite, I mean all 10 of them...because a tasting menu is called a tasting menu for a reason.

My favorite bite was the amuse bouche. The waitress told me is was "beets done so many different ways" which means a beet, stuffed with a beet, topped with a thinly sliced fried beet, and drizzled with some beet foam. Because also, a tasting menu isn't complete without some sort of foam.

The worst part about eating at a fancy restaurant is that it's so fancy, Instagramming your food is frowned upon. So sadly I have no pictures, but trust me, it was delicious, and very, very pretty.

megan bird

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

one year

While some find it odd that two people who have two kids and a whole life together have only been married for one year, we find it completely normal. We've been happy for so many more years than one, but it's still fun to celebrate that day we got married. Even more special because the kids call it "our anniversary", and I feel blessed that as a family, that is something we get to celebrate together.

So today I'm taking the lazy way out and reposting some of my favorite pictures from our DIY wedding.


Happy Anniversary to my three loves!! I'm happy we share the same last name!!

megan bird

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

outfit of the day(bird): almost pajamas

shirt~ Old Navy
pants~ Marshalls
sandals~ Target
necklace~ gift

Comfort is key for me when it comes to clothing. Of course, I like to wear skinny jeans and high heels and cute dresses, but I could find the cutest pair of jeans, the most amazing shirt, the coolest pair of shoes I have ever seen, and if I try them on and they're not comfortable, forget it. That's what I love the most about these pants; they feel like pajamas yet they are acceptable to wear in public. Okay, so some people might argue that last point. Some might say that these do actually look just like pajamas. That, paired with the messy, bedhead-like hair I am sporting lately, might give them a reasonably strong argument. But I don't care! I love my comfortable, almost-pajama pants and I will wear them proudly. In public, even!

xoxo, nora bird

Monday, June 23, 2014

inspiration monday: jackpot

the inspiration
Maria Menounos

megan bird

skirt ~ H&M
tank ~ TJ Maxx
shoes ~ thrifted
necklace ~ Forever 21

nora bird

tank ~ Urban Outfitters
shoes, skirt ~ Marshalls
necklace ~ gift from mother-in-law

This weekend, we are participating in a huge blogger garage sale (locals, see the Facebook invite here), and I asked the kids if they would help me make sure all the purses I was selling were empty. As an incentive, I told them that any money they found in the purses was theirs to keep. 

A few minutes went by and Eva ran upstairs screaming "JACKPOT!" and I asked what the deal was.

"Mama, we were cleaning out a purse and we found two twenties and a ten."

I guess I didn't know I had it, so it really wasn't a loss. Plus, we plan on buying some anniversary ice cream with it, so it's really a win/win!
megan bird