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Sitting, Waiting, Wishing

I have blogged about my love of Pinterest before. I know my blog is supposed to be about Spain and stuff, but forgive me just this once? I love reading others’ blog entries about what they’re loving lately. Thus, my favorite pins from my favorite boards.

Yum. I love cooking. (Mario knows this well.) Asi que, I love sites like Tastespotting or Foodgawker. Pinterest is a good source of cooking inspiration, too. Here are some of my favorites lately:

  1. Crockpot Chile Lime Black Bean Soup. This sounds so good and so easy!
  2. Homemade Goldfish Crackers. I absolutely love the idea of the little fish cookie cutter.
  3. DIY Coffee Syrups. Who doesn’t love a good pumpkin spiced latte? (Don’t answer that.) I don’t love pumpkin as much as other flavors, but these recipes give you so many options.
  4. Strawberry Torte. This is a Martha Stewart recipe, so you know it’s fancy.
  5. Chile Lime Grilled Corn. It’s called elote in Mexico (according to the blog author) and is a Mexican street food. Street food is usually authentic and good, so I’m pretty sure I’d love this.
  6. Double Chocolate Espresso Sandwich Cookies with Peanut Butter Frosting. I think we could safely call these indulgences, don’t you agree?

DIY. I learned to knit and sew this summer. Crafty much? I don’t want to turn into a stereotype, but creating something is very satisfying. I knitted a scarf for Mario and while he hasn’t had a chance to use it yet, he does like it. Score one for me! Here are some more things I totally wish I could do.

  1. Grocery Bag Holder. I’m a sucker for tutorials. I made some pillowcases this summer based on a really awesome tutorial and they look great. This would be a fun thing to have, especially after having lived in Spain, where no one throws away their old grocery bags; they save them.
  2. Homemade Playdough. I’m pretty sure my elementary school teachers knew how to do this; however, I didn’t. One day, I’ll do this. Maybe I’ll even do it for any future children.
  3. Deep Purple Yarn Wreath with Lace and Felt Flowers. This is from an Etsy shop, but that doesn’t mean I can’t take inspiration from it, right?
  4. Basic Crochet Tutorial. I just bought some crochet hooks, so I probably better learn how to crochet.
  5. Herringbone Stitch. I wish I could knit this, but I have a feeling it won’t happen for a long (long) time.
  6. Old-Fashioned Soap. You make this in a crockpot. Soap in a crockpot? I admit, it does sound odd, but I’m okay with it.
Gifts. I love giving gifts. Now if I only had an infinite amount of money in order to buy all the fun stuff I see in Oprah’s favorite thing section of O magazine. Here are some things I wish I could buy others (or, cough cough, me).

  1. Wood Weather Station Clock. Mario’s parents have a clock that tells you the weather, barometric pressure, wind speed, etc. I like it a lot, but this one is prettier.
  2. Bon Voyage Duffel. Lululemon is one of those places where you wish you could buy everything, but you end up leaving with nothing because a pair of shorts costs $50. This is a cute bag. Buy me it? It’s only $108.
  3. Le Creuset Tea Kettle. I date a boy who, oddly enough, loves tea. Any kind, basically. Someday I’ll buy him this. It’s pretty and since it’s Le Creuset, I’m going to guess it works pretty dang well.
  4. Lemon Salt Scrub. I love bath and beauty products, but I’m over Bath & Body Works. It feels like I’m still in high school when I put it on. This, however, feels very much today.
  5. DIY Romantic Star Projector. I would love this. How fun would it be to light this up on a Saturday night, open a bottle of wine, and just lay back and observe?
  6. Listography. I love lists. I would love to buy this book to make lots and lots of lists – about me, about my life, about my goals and interests.

  1. Vera Wang Jeweled Flats. If I had $295, I’d be all over these.
  2. Portrait Collar Dress. Unfortunately, this dress seems to be sold out.
  3. A nice little work outfit. Yes, please.
  4. Green Kitten Heels. I love green and these small little heels are perfect for me.
  5. One Shoulder Dress + Rosettes. I admit, I love dresses; I have a weak spot.
  6. Wedding Ballet Flats. I like them, even if I didn’t have any weddings to attend.
I hate to end this with a cliché question, but what are you loving lately?