the friday five

I’ve been drooling over these thumbprint wedding bands. You say, “But Cass! You’ve been married almost 6 years, don’t you already have rings?” Well, yes! I do! And I love them, but I find that I’m wearing them less and less because the country lifestyle is not so conducive to good up-keep of the intricate diamond setting in my vintage engagement ring. Plus, we couldn’t really afford super nice wedding bands when we were married, so Craig’s ring is scratched like crazy and I’ve lost two diamonds out of my wedding band (which we had replaced, but still). I’m constantly worried I’m going to destroy my ring when I’m digging in the garden or hammering on something. I think we’d both love to replace them down the road at some point. And something simple (but meaningful) like these bands is right up our alley. Maybe on our 10 year anniversary? Maybe we’ll get re-hitched on a beach in Hawaii? A girl can dream…

I’m kinda obsessed with decorating for the holidays, but we’re trying to sock away some money, so the budget for purchasing new holiday decor is low. I’m planning on doing a lot of DIY holiday flair this year and, that’s going to include a lot of found objects from around our property. I’m definitely going to be making these twig candleholders. I’m guessing I could snag some plain glass containers from the Goodwill for a couple of quarters. Which would leave me with some extra cash to splurge and pick up some of my beloved timer votives to fill them.

These Choco-Cherry-Cheesecake-Cookie bars combine so many of my favorite things in one dessert! I think people would flip if you brought these to a pitch-in this holiday season. Healthy? Not particularly. But totally worth an extra 20 minutes on the treadmill.

Julie and I are new friends, but I’m kinda totally obsessed with her and her blog, Table for Two. She’s sweet, smart, funny and her recipes (and photography!) are top-notch. The 10 days of Thanksgiving recipes she’s doing right now is especially incredible. If you served Caramelized Onion, Mushroom, Apple & Gruyere Bites or Pecan Pie Bars at your Thanksgiving dinner, I would totally come and eat, and then probably do your dishes for you. And maybe wash your windows. WILL CLEAN FOR PECAN PIE BARS.

People on NPR seriously have the best, most unusual, fun-to-say names ever. Name too boring to report for NPR? Well, you’re in luck, because the Public Radio Name Generator has you covered. I’m Genevieve Dubois-Diederman. Those that know me well just call me Genny. Or Dubs. Or Genny Double D. Wait. No. Not that last one.

Have anything fun to share from out there on the world wide web?

Photos: Brent & Jess, Spearmint Decor, Veronica’s Cornucopia, Table for Two, Public Radio Game Generator.


  1. Rachel says

    I love those rings and you should totally go for them… My husband conveniently lost his ill fitting uncomfortable wedding band one day when we were swimming in the ocean and he got a really nice one and LOVES it! I think unless you wore a lot of jewelry before you got married, it is really hard to know what fits into your lifestyle when you are planning on getting married… And then sometimes your lifestyle changes and your ring doesn’t fit anymore. I too have a beautiful antique engagement ring (was my hisband’s great aunts who never had kids) And i am always taking it off for various things. And I’m thinking it would be really sweet to give it to either Corban when he wants to get married someday, or maybe a future daughter…

  2. says

    I basically never wear my wedding band even though it’s actually really durable and versatile. I have a man’s ring because I don’t have an engagement ring so I wanted one that matched my husband’s band.

  3. says

    Thanks for the sweet & kind words about me and my blog!! *blushes* I hope you end up finding some delicious recipes for Thanksgiving – the fact I made the pecan bars AND those gruyere bites, my fiancé should’ve done the dishes for me! 😉

  4. Barb says

    My husband bough tour wedding bands from brent&jess. They were fabulous to work with and we absolutely treasure one of a kind pieces. Both of the imprinted rings are sterling silver and mine is edged in rose gold, while his is edged in 14ct gold. I’m proud to say my husband designed them himself. Having your loved one’s fingerprint around your finger is a great daily reminder of your love. And yes i just love brent&jess this much. Seriously!

  5. says

    I only wear my rings if I’m leaving the house. At home I am generally ring-less because I don’t want to worry about jewellery when I am gardening, cleaning, etc.

    But. The thumbprint rings are pretty nifty looking. :)

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