DIY Dog Cookies

I’ve been planning to post DIY ideas on And Darling… since I started writing. So finally, here  is one to hold you over! A few weeks ago on craft night, Kristyn and Meg came over to make homemade dog treats. We had a blast and made tons of treats!

Kristyn using her muscles to roll out the dough!


Michele, Meg, and Kristyn


  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley

Dog Bone Cookie Cutters

Dog Cookies!


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease 1 cookie sheet.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, and salt. In a separate bowl, beat the egg together with the oil. Stir in the chicken broth and parsley. Gradually add the egg mixture to the flour mixture, stirring to combine and make a soft dough. Working on a lightly floured surface, lightly knead dough. Roll out to a thickness of 1/2 inch. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies one inch apart on the prepared cookie sheet.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes or until firm.

This spoiled puppy enjoyed her homemade treats!


Love, Rachael


A Box Full of Vintage Treasures…

So last night my dad dropped off two boxes for me…

Vintage, Antique, Dishes

Buried under a mess of old newspapers, doilies, and dishcloths…

Saucers and Spoons

I found lots of old dishes and glasses…

Some really cute vintage tea infusers and dishes…

Vintage Kitchen Accessories…

A calendar and some vintage wall decals…

And lastly, a hand written note from Nellie. I’m always amazed at how things end up with me. All of these items were packaged carefully in newspaper from the 70s. Somewhere along the line, they were forgotten or disregarded. I don’t know Nellie, or her family, or anything that happened in her life that isn’t in that note. None the less, here I am with her treasures. What items have found their way to you?

Love, Rachael

Oh Monday.

Disclaimer: If you are a member of my family, please skip over this blog until after Christmas so as not to spoil your gifts.

Monday’s are the start of the week. They are the day at work that I am supposed to play catch up on all of the paperwork that spilled over from last week. I have time in the morning to finish this work, plan my day, and accomplish stuff. This is not what I use my Monday’s for. Call me a slacker if you want, but the work does actually get done; usually before Monday night. Instead, I choose to use Monday mornings to explore my favorite blogs, think of new creative ideas, and do a little planning. For whatever reason, Monday’s always seem inspiring.

Almost every single day I visit these blogs:

They are some of my favorites.

Tomorrow is craft night. If I haven’t mentioned already that I do this, I do. Usually every Tuesday night, Meg and Kristyn come over and we do a craft. I’m hoping to post some of these as DIY tutorials. I am poor, but also thoughtful, so most of the gifts I am giving this Christmas are homemade. Since I am also a procrastinator, I am playing catch up. Tomorrow we are making homemade soaps, bath salts, and sugar scrubs. I am really excited. I have also been extremely busy knitting and crocheting for the holidays. As if all of these crafts won’t take up enough time, I’ve decided I want to skip wrapping paper and come up with some creative way of packaging my gifts this year. I have so many ideas brewing!

Although I am overflowing with everything holly and jolly, I am still very genuinely excited for Christmas. I am going to keep enjoying the season with friends and family. I am still looking forward to winter festivities! I want to see the Christmas lights at Nay Aug Park while sipping hot chocolate! I want to go ice skating and snowboarding! I want to bundle up and get caught in a snow storm. What are you looking forward to?

Love, Rachael

The most wonderful time of the year

I really love winter. I love the busyness and the bustle. I love the twinkling lights, the holiday cheer, the overall feeling of merriness. It’s not just that I really love Christmas, which I do. I really, really love Christmas. It’s not just that I like snow, or presents, or the food. I love the entire season. I love everything about it. I love spending time with friends and family. I love wrapping all of the presents that I bought last minute. I love bundling up to my nose in winter gear, and I love snuggling under the covers.

Winter is the one season that I really go all out. As soon as it starts to get cold, I fill up to the brim with excitement. My mind gets filled with thoughts of ice skating, sleigh riding, and snowball fights. All I can think about is Christmas carols, hot chocolate, and Eskimo kisses. Everything just feels different this time of year. Strangers smile more and everyone just seems happier.

Last Christmas was very special to me. I got to spend the holiday with people in my life who are no longer there. This year I am in a much different place and sometimes I feel nostalgic. As the holiday season approaches, I am very happy to be surrounded with the people I love. Winter seems to make time pass slower and everything feels more genuine. This season, I am going to remember to slow down, to take each breath in and then let it out. I am going to fully enjoy every single moment I am given with the people I love.

Next year will be different than this year, but these changes are what life is made of. Bundled up together, they make up the moments in our lives. They are moments I will tell my kids about someday. Sometimes people come into our lives and sometimes people leave. Old traditions are forgotten, and eventually, new traditions become old ones.

So for right now, here is to living. Here is to the people and traditions that have passed on. Here is to the new ones to come, and the memories we will create. After all, isn’t that what it’s all about?

Love, Rachael

At last, I think I found it.

After writing yesterday’s blog about inspiration I went home feeling guess what… uninspired. My night started out quiet. I talked with Michele and bummed around all night fully intending to just be lazy, which is actually what happened for the majority of the night. We watched our favorite shows, grabbed two forks, dove into a chocolate cake, and snuggled with Margot.

We exhausted ourselves doing nothing. Margot and I made our way upstairs, fully intending to cuddle up in bed and fall asleep. I was exhausted. I had a million and a half things weighing down on my mind. I pushed all of the projects I intended to complete off my bed and crawled in. I pulled the covers up and started to wind down. Then it hit me.

I couldn’t help but remember a drawing one of my favorite art teachers posted yesterday morning. I saw it earlier in the day when my mind was swamped with other things. But there it was, in the back of my mind, waiting for me to notice.

Something about that drawing got to me. Something about the figure on the left, her arms swung casually over her head. I love the movement of her body and the diagonal line to the right of her knee. I got out of bed and I grabbed my pallet. Lucky for me I had a canvas lying around from a project I never started. Sometimes procrastination pays off.

Painting is my favorite thing in the entire world but I’ve been in quite the slump lately. Although I love to do it, sometimes I just don’t feel it. I wish I could be inspired enough to paint every day but I just don’t work like that. I wish I could go back to school and draw or paint every day. I wish there was a perfectly lit model, in some amazing composition, waiting for me, but life just doesn’t work like that.

Lately I’ve been trying to focus on myself a little more. Sometimes I have to remember that I deserve my own attention. At times I lose focus of the things that really make me happy. I overwhelm myself on a daily basis and trip over my own thoughts. Sometimes my mind slows down without me noticing, like last night, and shows me what I need.

I can’t help but feel blessed when that happens. I can’t force it, or schedule it, or make it fit better. It’s not something that’s in my control. I’m tired today, and that painting isn’t finished, but I feel so good. I hope you find the thing in your life that does this for you.


Love, Rachael

Just because we could all use a little inspiration on Mondays.

So it’s the end of the weekend and Monday is here again. Hello old friend. Today I am going to embrace the day. I’m ready to take on the world. I can finish any project out there. I can start twenty new ones. I can look great and feel great and oh, who am I kidding? It’s Monday.

The weekend was really great. I saw great music and spent time with great people. Yesterday was a project day. I went to my mom’s house and ripped out some carpet in her living room for her. Here is the finished product!

So anyway, Mondays right? I think it’s fair to say that people generally dislike them. I’m not going to pretend that Mondays are my favorite, but come on, they aren’t that bad. Mondays are a fresh start. They are full of new ideas, opportunities, and hopefully if we are lucky; the start of all the fun this week has in store for us. Last week is already over and there is no point in living in the past. So, Instead of dissing Monday this week, I’m really going to embrace this one.

This week is going to be great. I can just tell. I’ve spent my morning listening to great music and day dreaming. Tomorrow is craft night with my girlfriends. As usual, I can’t wait. This week is going to fly by and before I know it, Friday will be here and I will be cooking my butt of making dishes for Thanksmas, the holiday party I’m hosting for my friends this Saturday.

So today, here is my inspiration; a look, a project, and a song.

Jenny Lewis is my favorite style icon. She is so effortless. I have a few rompers that could really use an update. Maybe this is the week.

I found this great tutorial on the Free People blog this morning. The leaf garland used in this dream catcher would be great wrapped around my Christmas tree. Hopefully there are some bottles left over in my recycling bin. You can find this tutorial here…

I can’t stop listening to Switchblade by Jenny and Johnny. I think i love everything about Jenny Lewis. What can I say.

I hope your Monday is at least a little less painful. I hope you feel inspired. I hope you live life today, it’s brand new. Enjoy it.

Love Rachael