i’ve been out of touch with the internet for a few weeks now. sorry it’s taken me so long to update. but here’s minnetonka 07/09 which should have come to you 2 weeks ago.



Check out today’s Minnetonka DIY Project created by blogger Courtney Kennedy from Always Rooney!

minnetonka tramper ankle hi boots are my new favorite fall boot. Not only are they the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned, they are so versatile and perfect to wear with the new season that just arrived. I made these bead attachments to go over the fringe on my new boots to add a different flare to these brown boots.



Supplies: Minnetonka Tramper Ankle Hi Boots, gold jewelry links, clear jewelry string, assortment of beads, leather cord.

1. Tie a 10 inch piece of clear string and tie securely to one gold jewelry link.

2. Begin to pile on beads to your liking. I began by adding red to the turquoise beads and didn’t like the turnout so I decided to go solely with turquoise and silver beads.

3. Tie off string onto another gold jewelry link.

4. Repeat steps 1-3 on the same gold link to make two layers of beads.

5. Add a 4 inch piece of leather cord through each chain link and tie onto boot through the holes meant for shoe strings






only 3 more left to share with you guys 

Supplies: Minnetonka Suede Ankle Boots, scrap pieces of colored leather, round studs, leather glue, scissors, paper and pen

Instructions straight from minnetonka

1. Begin by folding your paper in half and drawing one side of the shape of your choice. Courtney chose a geometric aztec shape, as well as a diamond. Unfold the paper and cut around the lines. This will be your guide for cutting leather.

2. Trace shape on back of leather and cut.

3. Lay out leather in a pattern and glue with leather glue.

4. Finish by folding the prongs to the stud and glue to shoe. This adds a perfect subtle accent.



everyone in my house is ill so I thought it would be a great idea to make some really good homemade soup. I found a great recipe on food52. here’s the recipe direct from the site.

Serves 4

  • 8 medium beefsteak tomatoes, cored and quartered
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for the tomatoes
  • Salt
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream
  • Sugar, if needed
  • Coarsely ground black pepper
  • 4 thick slices country bread, toasted and brushed with olive oil, for serving


Heat the oven to 375 degrees and line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Lay the tomatoes cut-side down. Add the garlic cloves (with skins on). Sprinkle with olive oil and season with salt. Roast until the tomatoes are soft and caramelized, about 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let cool.


Add the ¼ cup olive oil, the rosemary and thyme to a small saucepan and place over low heat. Let warm until you begin smelling the herbs, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.

 Peel the tomatoes and add the pulp and juices to a soup pan. Squeeze the garlic from its skin and add it to the pan. Place the pan over medium heat, and begin mashing the tomatoes with a potato masher until it’s pulpy, but not chunky (if you prefer to use a food processor, go ahead – just make sure you leave it pulpy). When the mixture is hot but not boiling, stir in the cream. Season to taste with salt. Add a pinch of sugar, if needed. Ladle into bowls and season with pepper. Sprinkle a little herb oil on top of the soup. Pass the toasts at the table.





….and enjoy. hope everyone stays well. it’s going around hard in my town and it’s finally hit my family.


one of the main things im doing to try to change my life is changing my eating habits. one big problem with me is snacking, usually on not so healthy things. so i was on the web and came across a web-site that delivers healthy snacks to your house. its called nature box. every month for less than $20 you get a box of healthy snacks. so far what i’ve seen is all products are gmo free. they have such yummy sounding treats as blueberry nom noms, dark cocoa almonds and roasted kettle kernels. i am really excited about this company and can’t wait to receive my first box. after the first box you have the option to go in and pick what snacks you would prefer. i think until i find a fav i will stick with being surprised. soon i will post a video review and you guys get to see my ugly mug for the first time. then to follow the start of the fat girl project.




not sure how i feel about another year being gone. and im not sure how i feel about 2014 yet.

this year im going to try to do things better. so far not so good. im not resoluting (yeah not a word) because i don’t believe in them just gonna change some things. going to start a new project called “the fat girl project”. yeah sounds mean but it’s true im fat, lets not sprinkle sugar on it (um sugar) im overweight, plump, lumpy….FAT! the project will follow my progress and hopefully inspire me to actually do it considering all of you will be watching me.

i also want to make my blog more cohesive. right now it’s kind of a bowl of lucky charms. a green shamrock here, a rainbow there and some crunchy bits over here. i want it to flow more. instead of me just spitting out ideas all over the place. but maybe that’s a good thing..keep people on their toes?

etsy..oh etsy. i have been trying to open up a shop on etsy for what seems like a year now.  i am not happy until i have everything perfect. my pics are crap, i feel i don’t have enough product etc. but it will get done i promise myself this.

want to do more traveling and hobbies. i love seeing and trying new things and this year a few new places and hobbies are on my list. i would love to start in florida and drive all the way to cali, stopping in louisiana then texas, the grand canon, area 51 and ending in cali.   and a few new hobbies are on my agenda. my hubby bought me a banjo for xmas so gotta learn how to play. i want to start adult dance classes like tap or ballroom. and i want to just spend more time doing things even simple things with my family.

so what are your plans this year?

photo credit


just found a great site to sell your art. not too familiar with it so hope it turns out good. can’t wait to put some of my art on the site. there are some really great artist.  here’s a few examples.Fotor0104121444






ac photography

zach terrell

derek eads

jazzberry blue



the latest minnetonka diy

Minnetonka Back Zipper Boots
Leather or faux leather (mine is faux from the upholstery section)
2 Buttons
Needle and thread
Glue (I used fabric mod podge)
Scissors and (optional) exacto knife
Studs (optional)

Step 1. Cut around 3.5 to 5 feet of leather material per shoe about 1/3″ to 3/4″ apart.

Step 2. I had to cut shorter pieces that were about 2 feet long, so I needed to glue (or you can sew) together strips to make 3.5 to 5 feet long. Make 2 strips of 3.5 to 5 foot long piece, one for each shoe.

Step 3. Wrap the strips around your shoes and make it the length you want, leaving enough overlap for the button and the button hole. Sew on a button to one end, and slice a few button holes with scissors or an exacto knife on the other end. Done!

Step 4. Optional: You can add studs to the straps to add a little more edge or character! Do this by puncturing little holes into the strips where the prongs of the studs will go, then push them down on the other side.

Step 4. Optional: You can add studs to the straps to add a little more edge or character! Do this by puncturing little holes into the strips where the prongs of the studs will go, then push them down on the other side.

 have fun and get creative.