May you be blessed with warmth in your home, love in your heart, peace in your soul and joy in your life.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Time flies!

That it does, my friends. That it does. So, I'm trying to be better about posting on here. Today I made cranberry bliss bars, ham and bean soup, and pot roast. Yesterday, I baked the ham that I used the ham bone out of for the soup, and made real mac and cheese (as J calls it). And did I get a single picture taken? Oops. 
In regards to the title of this post, it has been over 3 weeks since my last update. But that's not actually the reason. I changed my profile picture today. To one we just had taken last month even. Look how big those girls have gotten! This weekend is actually the anniversary of when I first met J. Lots of things have changed over the years. Houses, cars, hairstyles (I'm blonde now!?!). We've made new friends, and lost some others along the way. We've had good days and bad, but still sticking it out. Love you ten forevers, J. 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Hey there....

So, my sister and I have been spending quite a bit of time on Pinterest lately. It seems to just suck you in and before you know it, two hours are gone and everyone wants to know where dinner is. Since she lives 16 hours' drive from me now, we log into AIM and send links back and forth and chit chat. Over the weekend, she asked when was the last time I blogged. Because she had to 'fess up to having not looked at this for a long time. And I had to 'fess up to having not posted in forever. So, here's a post. Won't be much to this one. I'm trying to figure out how to do this from my iPad, so hopefully I will get this learned and then will be able to post more often. This week has been laid back. B and D have both had colds, so I took some vacation time to stay home with them. So, I got the last of the Christmas decorations put away, scrubbed the kitchen floor, and got D's clothes switched out for the next size up. She's gotten too tall for the others, which were still too big in the waist. She's built like her older sister is, and her dad was as a kid. Tall and skinny. She got an Android tablet for Christmas, and has discovered selfies. 
Her tablet has over a hundred pictures, all very similar to each other. Crazy kid. 

Yesterday, I baked a few loaves of Amish Cinnamon Bread. J likes it a lot. It's okay, but man, does it like to stick to the pans! The batter almost reminds me of cake batter, so I think that next time I may try both grease and flour for the pans. But we have to eat this first. And the brownies I made. And now D wants to make granola bars and cookies.  We'll see. She has a kindergarten kick-off program this afternoon. She'll be starting kindergarten this fall already, and turns 5 in April. Yes, party plans are in the works. As long as she doesn't change her mind about the theme......again.  And hopefully I will be able to get more party stuff on here.
That's about it for now. Hopefully there will be more stuff here more often!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Sorry for the delay on posting. Haven't had anything major going on, just so many little things that seem to take precedence over others. 
Been feeling rather unsettled lately. We've had some changes at work, and my temp position (that I love!) may be ending soon. Makes me want to cry, or beg someone to please make it permanent. Please cross your fingers, and pray if you believe in it, that it works out.
So, to lighten my heart slightly, here is a pic of my biggest cake project to date. A coworker asked me to make the cake for her parents' 40th anniversary in October. This was 8 layers. 3 14" French vanilla cake layers with American buttercream filling, 2 12" chocolate layers filled with ganache, and 3 10" carrot cake layers with orange cream cheese filling. Ombré iced with American buttercream as well. Had rave reviews, and was very pleased with the results.
The sugar paste carnations on the top did not photograph well :(

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

First day of school!

Today was the first day of first grade for B. This year will be a little bit different, as she will be going full days and riding the bus both to and from school. Last year J would take her to the bus stop in the morning (provided they didn't miss the bus!) and then would pick her up on his lunch break to take her to daycare. However, this year I was able to drop an hour off my work schedule and will pick her up from the bus stop in the afternoon. The daycare savings and the loss in income will about average out, so we'll be okay there. And I will get to have a little more time with the girls. Bring on the homework!! Okay, not really. 
Been all over Pinterest the last few weeks. Looking for ideas for lunches. D isn't very picky, but B can be. So we did a "school lunch" shopping trip to the grocery store over the weekend and got to pick out some fun stuff. Tried to get some healthy stuff to mix in too. 
Today's lunch:  PB&J sandwich on whole wheat bread. Black plum, sliced for easier eating. 6 baby carrots with a dipping cup of ranch. Snack bag of Bugles corn snacks, and a KoolAid Jammers drink pouch.  Stuck a note in for first day. And while typing this out, realized that I didn't give her a dessert. Should have put some M&Ms or something special. Drat.  I did remember to put in an ice pack (the pink flower thingy) to keep it cool. 

Baked chocolate chip cookies last night for the bake sale at work today. Saved some though, so we can have an after school snack. So D and I took the ones to work after putting B on the bus. Here's my all time favorite recipe:  browneyedbaker's thick and chewy chocolate chip.  
If you like soft chewy cookies, these are AWESOME!  Make some! 

Only a couple more hours to kill until the kid gets done with school. Probably ought to go finish folding my laundry. UGH. 


Sunday, April 15, 2012

Almost party time!

Crazy D is turning 3! Where does the time go? We are having Elmo and Friends for her theme. So here we go!

Planning planning planning ~ all done! (except the cake)
Buying buying buying ~ almost all done! (Is it bad that I haven't figured out her present yet?)
Projects ~ barely started. UGH.

Here's the big plan. 
I have 8 activity stations planned out, with a prize or a treat to take home.

The first station is Abby Cadabby's Dress Up School. We have fairy wings, tutus, magic wands, Abby Cadabby headbands. Plus, we have Cookie Monster, Elmo, and Oscar the Grouch visors, and Big Bird headbands. 

We have Zoe's Jewelry Store too, since Zoe is never without her bling! Necklaces, rings, earrings, bracelets. We also have hair barrettes cuz she loves those too, and ring pops to take home as well.

The second station is Count with the Count. This is just a board with a few sheets of things to count, and we have Sesame Street flash cards for prizes. 

The next station is Bathtime with Ernie. There is an Ernie stuffed character for this one, and a blue oval plastic tub to be filled with bubbles and floating rubber ducks. Similar to the carnival game, kids will pick out a duck. On the bottom of the duck, they will be numbered 1-5. We have bouncy balls, crazy straws, Sesame street rings, small spinning tops, and PlayDoh for prizes. 

We have Bubbles with Big Bird. We have a small stuffed Big Bird and sign for this station, and tons of bubble jugs and wands. Plus extra bubble jugs in the treat sack to take home.

We have a station for coloring, cuz Elmo loves his crayons! Lots of coloring pages and crayons, and more coloring books and crayons for the treat sacks.  One of D's stuffed Elmos will hang out here. 

There is a station for Bert as well, but to date we have not had any luck finding a stuffed Bert. Bert loves reading Boring Stories, collecting bottle caps and paper clips, and feeding pigeons. He has also lost his nose a few times. So this station will be pin the nose on Bert! We have books here for some chill out time, and Bottle Cap candy for prizes. 

Of course we can't forget Oscar the Grouch! I saw two really cute ideas, and couldn't decide between the two. So, we have Oscar's Trash Toss and Tattoo Parlor. We have Sesame Street tattoos, and a trash can to toss trash into. And since Oscar's favorite "person" is his pet worm Slimey, we have gummy worms for prizes!

Food ideas at first were hard! But we got it figured out! Elmo's favorite food is pizza, and Snuffy's favorite food is spaghetti and meatballs! So we're having Italian food. Of course, we must have cookies for Cookie Monster (his favorite chocolate chip, plus sugar cookies shaped like 3's and A's (D's whole name starts with A), and we're going to have Slimey's dirt (chocolate pudding cups).  We will also have banana pudding cups, since bananas are Elmo's favorite fruit.  

Now I just gotta figure out the cake.........

Monday, February 27, 2012

Planning planning!

Well, I spent most of my day in front of the computer. Trying to get details nailed down for D's 3rd birthday party. Granted, it's still almost 2 months away, but that gives me time for hunting down the best prices on things we want. Would you like a hint?

 It is gonna be so much fun!!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Herbed Rice

Weeknight dinners are hectic.  There's always kids underfoot, phones ringing, trying to get stuff cooked and on the table as quickly as possible.  This is one of our favorite side dishes to have.  Minimal prep, just a little bit of attention, and then it cooks on its own. Easy to time to have done when everything else is ready.  This is best with fresh herbs, but we use dried herbs on a regular basis and it's still great!

Sorry no picture. D got a hold of my digital camera the other night and dropped it, so it's toast. 

Herbed Rice
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup onion, minced (about 1/2 medium onion)
  • 2 cups instant rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped (1 tablespoon dried)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped ( 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 1 teaspoon thyme (fresh or dried)
  • 1 teaspoon oregano (fresh or dried)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
Melt butter in saute pan (make sure pan has a tight fitting lid)over medium heat.  Add onion and cook until softened and translucent (about 2-3 minutes), stirring occasionally.  Add rice and cook for another minute before adding broth and herbs. Cover with lid, turn off heat.  After 7  minutes, fluff with fork and serve.