Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sensitive Skin

Because I am a BzzAgent, I got to try out a couple of new products from Burt Bees!
The first product was the Sensitive Skin Cleanser.
The first thing I noticed about this cleanser is that it did not feel like a cleanser at all--there is no soap in it and it doesn't bubble up like you expect a cleanser to do. It felt like I was rubbing a cream on my face, which wasn't bad. It was just different. I kind of liked it! I even have a friend who is allergic to sodium laurel sulfate, which is what causes the bubbles in a lot of cleansing products, so it would be a great product for her!
I loved knowing that what I was putting on my face was natural and there were no chemicals or anything in the product.
The one thing I didn't like about this product was that it didn't do a great job of removing my eye makeup. I would have to use it multiple times or else just use a different cleanser when I had heavier eye make up on.

The next product I got to try was the Daily Moisturizing Cream.

I loved this product! It was so light and I couldn't even feel it on my skin.
The one thing I would have liked to see different, which might not work because it is for sensitive skin, was a sunblock added. My skin is very sensitive to the sun and I burn easily and so I would have liked a 15 spf added into the moisturizer. I understand though that for some people that might cause more problems for their skin because of it being so sensitive and it's probably not all natural ingredients like they have in their skin. So I guess I would have to use a different product for my little bit of sunscreen! Maybe they could offer one that contains that in it though? Just a thought.

Thursday, October 6, 2011


I love earrings. I own four pairs of earrings from Made By Jewls. I would love to own more if I won this giveaway!

Friday, September 23, 2011


When my husband and I were first married we would play scrabble all the time and we would do a 1000 piece puzzle during the summertime. Doing little things like this was fun! Now we have two little kiddos who are not old enough yet to do things like this with us, and who would probably sabotage our game/puzzle if we tried to do it on our own.
Since we had our first kiddo I have wanted to try and continue our weekly dates but it has gotten a lot harder as time has gone on.

These things being said, I just found out about this game Bananagrams. It's like scrabble but looks much simpler! Our almost three year old could probably "help" us spell letters if we wanted to play as a family until he is old enough to play on his own. How simple would it be to take camping or to the park for a fun family outing! No board, no mess. Just throw the banana pouch in the picnic basket and go!

Also I think it would be more likely we could use it as a stay at home date night activity after our kiddos are in bed and it wouldn't take forever like Scrabble or a puzzle does but we'd still be doing something fun together. I would love to try this game!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


today we made a little "tent" to play in. As you can see, it was pretty small, so the we made a bigger one. This led to some inspiration for our next fun activity when my husband leaves for work training again. 4-6 times a year he has to leave for work training...we always try to do fun things when he is gone...and I think building a fort or an indoor tent is in order.
This picture would be so much more fun with one of these Dreamlights in it!

I would love to try one out! I've never seen real fireflies, this would be so fun! How fun for a romantic rendezvous outside or for hosting a party in the backyard.
With two little boys, I'm sure they would love playing with these!
Here's hoping we get to try them out soon...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender

Oh how I would love one of these!

Recently I have been really trying to be more frugal when it comes to food--which includes making our own bread, making our own tortillas, and using powdered milk in place of fresh milk.

This would be aMAZing for mixing powdered milk! Not only that--did you know you can make your own sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk? This would be awesome in mixing those up.

Cooking would be so quick and much more enjoyable with one of these in so many ways!

I have a three month old. Can I just say baby food in a couple months?? So wonderful!

I've really been wanting to start making our own breakfast instead of just eating cold cereal all the time. How much more likely would it be for me to make pancakes, smoothies, etc with one of these?
Plus the fact that it is dishwasher safe! A-MAZ-ing.
This would help my stay at home mommy days easier and better! It would make my quest for frugality better! It would make my aspiring culinary goals possible!
I need one.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Bodun Glasses

These glasses would be a great addition to my new home. New house = housewarming gifts to myself, right?

Also, I've been wanting to start dating my husband again...two kids does not equal time for the two of us. Maybe these gorgeous glasses would lead to some date night inspiration!

Friday, August 26, 2011


I think it would be fun to try pickling someday!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Halloween Surprise Balls

Love this Pottery Barn cute little tutorial video!

food storage recipes

I need to make all of these. See a video here.

Fat-Free Nutri Grain Energy Bars

1 cup cooked white beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs (1/4 c. dry egg powder and NO water)
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup coarse oat flour (take quick oats and pulse in blender until a coarse flour)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder (make sure it's fresh!)
1½ cups chopped almonds, optional
3/4 cup raspberry (or other fruit) jam


Heat the oven to 350°. Grease a 9"x13" baking pan.

Place the beans and sugars in a large bowl, and cream them until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs (egg powder).

In a small bowl, combine the flours, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture, then mix or stir in the almonds.

Use your fingers to press half of the dough into the bottom of the baking pan. (You may need to grease your fingers with non-stick spray to keep the dough from sticking to your fingers.)

Put the jam in a small bowl and loosen it up with a small whisk or a fork (this will make it spread easier). Spread the jam evenly over the dough, leaving about a 1/4-inch border around the edges.

Sprinkle the remaining dough over the jam, all the way to the edges of the pan, and then press on it gently to form the top layer.

Bake until the top is golden and the edges are starting to brown, about 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely in the pan, and then cut into whatever size bars you like and serve. The bars will keep for at least three or four days at room temperature, or you can freeze them.

Homemade Pop Tarts

Easy Pie Crust
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup milk ( 1 T. dry non-instant powdered milk or 2 T. instant milk + 1/3 cup water)
½ tsp. salt
Use anything you would normally find in a Pop Tart. Jams and jellys are great for fruit
filling. I also love honey and chopped nuts inside.


Mix flour, salt, and dry milk powder together. Add oil and mix until mixture is crumble, then add water (or fresh milk if that is what you are using). Stir until mixture forms a ball of dough. Roll dough between two sheets of parchment paper to form a rectangle.

Cut dough into rectangles 6 inches wide by 5 inches high. Place filling on one half of the dough leaving ½ inch around sides. Fold over and pinch sides together with a fork to close.

Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Homemade Fruit Roll Ups

2 cups freeze dried fruit (I like to do 1 c. strawberries and a ½ c. each of raspberries and
1/3 cup warm water


Place fruit and water in blender and blend until very smooth. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick spray. Pour fruit mixture onto aluminum foil and spread evenly and thin on top of aluminum foil. Bake at 250 degrees for 25 minutes. WITH OUT OPENING YOUR OVEN DOOR, turn the oven off and let sit for 8 hours. After 8 hours, peel fruit leather off aluminum foil and place on wax, parchment or cling wrap. Cut into long strips with scissors and roll up.

Homemade Fat-Free Granola Bars

2 1/4 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup bean puree (blend white beans and enough water to form a puree-the
consistency should be that of a smoothie-in your blender)
5 T. honey
3 T. cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup rice krispies
1/2 cup toasted shredded coconut, optional
½ cup chopped almonds, optional
1 cup craisins*
1 cup white chocolate chips*


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F . Lightly grease one 9x13 inch pan. In a large mixing bowl combine the oats, flour, baking soda, vanilla, bean puree, honey and brown sugar. Stir in the coconut, rice krispies, craisins, white chocolate chips and nuts.

Lightly press mixture into the prepared pan. Bake at 325 degrees F for 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for 10 minutes then cut into bars. Let bars cool completely in pan before removing or serving.

*You can use any combination of add-ins you would like just make sure it equals 2 cups. Some ideas may be raisins, chocolate chips, etc.

In love with Pesto

Grilled Chicken Pesto Flatbreads

6 Rhodes™ Dinner Rolls, thawed to room temperature
1/4 cup prepared basil pesto sauce
1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken, seasoned with salt and pepper
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
4 ounces fresh mozzarella, diced
2 tablespoons capers
1/3 cup ricotta cheese
3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup baby arugula


Spray counter lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Roll each roll into a 6-inch oval. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest 10-15 minutes. Remove plastic wrap and place each flatbread on grill or in a grill pan heated to medium low heat. Grill one side for a few minutes or until grill lines appear. Remove to a cooling rack. Spread grilled sides with pesto and top with chicken, tomatoes, onion, mozzarella and capers. Spoon small dollops of ricotta over each and sprinkle with Parmesan. Place back on grill or in grill pan. Cover and cook for 3-4 minutes or until cheese begins to melt. Top with arugula leaves.

Laundry Room Helps

After seeing this I am inspired. I want my laundry room to be like this. See more info here.

Sunday, August 7, 2011


Watermelon Salsa

4 cups seeded chopped watermelon
1 green bell pepper, minced
1 jalapeño, minced
1/2 red onion, minced
1 cup chopped cilantro
2 Tbl lime juice
½ tsp mince garlic
Salt and pepper to taste


Combine all ingredients and chill.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Berry Sauces

I want to try all of these recipes! They sound amazing!

Warm Berry & Thyme Compote

4 cups fresh berries (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, etc)
1 lemon
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup sugar, more or less to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves


Rinse berries, half or slice strawberries. Finely grate or zest 1-3 teaspoons lemon peel, squeeze 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Over medium heat, in a large frying pan, melt butter; add 3 cups berries, sugar, lemon peel and juice. Cook, stirring occasionally, until fruit softens and becomes juicy, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in remaining 1 cup fruit and chopped thyme leaves. Serve warm over vanilla ice cream, with yogurt, or as a topping to waffles and pancakes. Also delicious as a fruit dessert served with whipped cream. Makes approximately 3 cups

Vanilla Bean Caramel Glazed Fruit

1 inch vanilla bean, scrapped (may substitute 1 teaspoon extract)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup whipping cream or half and half
6 cups diced or sliced fresh fruit (peaches, strawberries, mango, kiwi, grapes, etc)
French toast


Slit vanilla bean and scrape fleshy portion into small saucepan, add bean. Add sugar, corn syrup and cream. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and boil gently 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat, discard vanilla bean, cool (syrup will thicken as it cools; may thin syrup to desired consistency by stirring in milk, 1 tablespoon at a time).
Wash, peel and slice or cut into chunks fresh fruit of your choice. When glaze is cool, but not cold, drizzle glaze over fruit and gently toss to coat. Serve with French toast spread with cream cheese. Makes about 6 cups fruit

Simple Cinnamon Fruit

1 fresh orange
1 cup white grape juice or apple juice
1 cinnamon stick (may substitute 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon)
Dash nutmeg
Dash ground cloves, optional
1/4 cup sugar, more or less to taste
6 cups sliced or diced fruit of choice (nectarines, grapes, star fruit, apples, berries, kiwi)
Vanilla Yogurt


1 fresh orange 1 cup white grape juice or apple juice 1 cinnamon stick (may substitute 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon) Dash nutmeg Dash ground cloves, optional 1/4 cup sugar, more or less to taste 6 cups sliced or diced fruit of choice (nectarines, grapes, star fruit, apples, berries, kiwi) Vanilla Yogurt Finely grate orange peel and juice orange into small saucepan. Add grape juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. Peel, slice or dice fruit; place in serving bowl or individual bowls, drizzle syrup over top. Chill to blend flavors. Serve with a vanilla yogurt on top. Excellent served with vanilla ice cream, over or waffles. Makes about 6 cups

Homemade Popsicles

Now I just need a popsicle mold so I can make these delicious creations!

Key Lime Pie Frozen Cream Bars

· 4 graham cracker sheets, crushed
· 2 tsp sugar
· 2 tbsp melted butter
· 1 1/4 cups whole milk
· 3 tbsp instant vanilla pudding mix
· 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
· 3 tbsp fresh or bottled Key Lime juice


· In a small bowl, combine sugar, graham crackers, and butter. Set aside.

· In a medium sized bowl, whisk together milk and pudding mix. Whisk in condensed milk and key lime juice.

· To assemble bars: Fill pop molds to 1/2 inch from the top. Place in the freezer for about 20 minutes. Remove from freezer and fill in remaining half inch with graham cracker mixture. Press lightly until firmly packed. Freeze until firm.

Makes 6-9 pops

S'more Frozen Fudge Bars with Dark Chocolate and Caramel Pieces

· 4 graham cracker sheets crushed
· 2 tsp sugar
· 2 tbsp melted butter
· 1/3 cups marshmallow crème
· 1tbsp milk
· 1 1/2 cups whole milk
· 4 tbsp instant chocolate pudding mix
· 1/4 cup sugar
· 2-3 oz Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate and Caramel bar, frozen and chopped


· In a small bowl combine graham crackers, sugar, and butter. Set aside.

· In a small bowl, whisk together marshmallow creme and milk. Set aside in a medium sized bowl, whisk together milk chocolate pudding mix and sugar.

· To assemble pops: Drizzle marshmallow mixture into chocolate mixture. Swirl lightly. Layer alternately in pop mold with graham mixture. Freeze until firm.

· Makes 6-9 pop

Fresh Raspberry, and Almond Agave Granola, Frozen Yogurt Breakfast Bar

· 1 1/4 cups Greek or Smooth Vanilla Yogurt
· 1/4 cup milk
· 2 tbsp Agave or Honey
· 1/2 cup Almond Agave Granola ( Back to Nature brand )
· 1/2 cup fresh Raspberries


· In a medium sized bowl, whisk together yogurt, milk, and Agave.

· To make pops: Alternate layers of yogurt mixture, fruit, and granola in pop molds. Place in freezer until firm.

Italian Soda Party

This has made me want to have a party just so I can do this! Doesn't it sound so fun? And delicious?

Building an Italian Soda Bar

Setting up an Italian soda bar is a fresh, fruity alternative to the traditional backyard barbeque.

Studio 5's Executive Producer, Michelle Torsak shows how easy it is to create this big impact idea.

The original inspiration for an Italian soda party came from Elizabeth Kartchner's blog. You can check out the Dear Lizzy blog here, but be warned you will fall in love!

I found a similar idea on this darling blog:

What you need for an Italian soda bar:

· Lots of sparkling water or club soda

· A variety of flavored syrups, available at Italian import stores or restaurant supply stores. I love the Torani syrups available at Granato's:

1391 S. 300 West; Salt Lake City

4044 S. 2700 East; Holladay

1638 S. Redwood Road; Salt Lake City

The most popular flavors for sodas are the traditional fruit flavors like strawberry, cherry, peach, and raspberry.

· Ice

· Heavy cream or half and half (for cremosas)

· Whipped topping

· Soda glasses, available from Tai Pan Trading

· Striped straws, available from Orson Gygi located at 3500 South 300 West; Salt Lake City or online at The Bakers Confection Store:

Making an Italian soda:

An Italian soda is a combination of club soda or sparkling water and flavored syrup. For a traditonal Italian cream soda or cremosa, you add half and half or heavy cream.

Italian Soda: 8 oz. sparkling water

2 -4 Tbsp. flavored syrup

Fill a 16 oz. glass with ice. Add water and favored syrup. Stir to combine and top with whipped cream.

Cremosa: 8 oz. sparkling water

4 Tbsp. flavored syrup

1 oz. half-and-half

Fill a 16 oz. glass with ice, add syrup, soda water and half-and-half or milk. Stir to combine flavors and top with whipped cream.

Ice Cream: 8 oz. sparkling water

4 Tbsp. flavored syrup

Ice Cream

Fill a 16 oz. glass with soda water and syrup. Stir to combine flavors and add 2 scoops of ice cream and top with whipped cream.

Free Favor Download:

Right now Martha Stewart has a free download for a fun favor tag. Click here to link to the download:

Summer Fun

Love the ideas in this Studio 5 clip! I can't wait to try them out next summer! Or maybe I still have time this summer?


I'm intrigued by this idea:


Light up the night with white! Plant white flowers and light foliage to create a garden that glows.
White flowers are frequently overlooked because we want to see colors in our gardens. Reds, blues, pinks, yellows tend to stand out and we can see them quite well. White flowers reflect light and seem to shine at night.

White flowers can really be spectacular especially at night with proper lighting. Many plants flower at night and have wonderful evening fragrances. Bees are not the only pollinators in a garden. Moths also work spreading pollen around and are primarily out at night. So enhance your garden to include night time interest.

Proper lighting can really make your night garden come alive. Whether it's a small focal point, a pathway, a mass planting or a tree of any size, lighting will add new dimensions to your landscape.

The Patio

The patio is a perfect place for containers. Whether the area is shaded or sunny during the day, there are many whites that will bring life to evening.

Focal Point

Sometimes we have small gardens that don't allow for a lot of volume. These are perfect for creating a night time focal point: an individual flowering tree, shrub or perennial flower will pop out with a small spot light on it. The combination of a tree or shrub with a skirt of white is a great option. There are many grasses that have white variegated leaves which could work very well.

The Pathway

Pathways at night can be greatly enhanced by adding white along the way. Low overhead lighting can make your pathway shine and add some romance to the garden whether it's path through the trees or brightening up a cement walk way.

The Mass Planting

When space allows, mass plantings are a great way to make the landscape come alive at night by using a combination of flood and canopy lighting. From short bedding plants such as petunias, pansies, stock and creeping phlox to taller flowers like white Iris, Jacob's Ladder, Obedient Plant and Peonies; medium - tall shrubs like Variegated Dogwood, Mock Orange, Snowball Bush, Butterfly Bush, White Roses, ‘Diana' or ‘White Chiffon' Rose of Sharon and Dappled Willow to trees of all sizes: Western Catalpa, Flowering Pear, Tree Lilac, ‘Butterfly' Japanese Maple, Merrill and Star Magnolias and Spring Snow Crab Apple.

There are many more options than the few listed here. The site will dictate which plants will do better. When shopping for plants, always tell the nursery professional the area where you live and what type of soil you have and if the area gets full sun, part shade or full shade.

Lighting from Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah:

White at Night Plant List:


Four O'Clocks (Mirabilis jalapa)

White Petunia

White Geraniums


White Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Purity')

White Impatients


White Pansy

White Lobelia

Night Phlox

White Snapdragon


Evening Primrose (Oenotheraspeciosa)

Variegated Hosta (Hosta sp.)

Creeping Phlox (

White Garden Mums (

White Iris (

Moonflower (Daturawrightii) native, intense fragrance, watch open.

White Jacob's Ladder (Polemoniumcaeruleum)

White Obedient Plant (Physostegiavirginiana)

Goat's Beard (

White Nancy (Lamium)

White Peony


Variegated Japanese Silver Grass (Miscanthussinensis ‘Variegata')

Morning Light Japanese Silver Grass (Miscanthussinensis ‘Morning Light')

Overdam Feathered Reed Grass (Calamagrostisacutifolia)

Pampas Grass (Cortaderiaselloana) marginallyhardy


Variegated Red Twig Dodwood(Cornus alba ‘Baihalo' or ‘Elegantissima')

Mock Orange (Philadelphusvirginalis) and (Philadelphuscoronarius)

Snowball Bush (Viburnum opulus)

Yucca (Yucca filamentosa)

Dappled Willow (Salix ‘HakuroNashiki')

Butterfly Bush (Buddleiadavidii)

White Roses (Rosa sp.)

White Rhododendron (Rhododendron ‘Catawbiense')

Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus ‘Diana')

Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus ‘White Chiffon')


Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea anomalapetiolaris)

Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis paniculata)

Hall's Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)

Porcelain Vine (Ampelopsis brevipedunculata)


Western Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa)

Flowering Pear (Pyruscalleryana)

Whitebud (Cerciscanadensis ‘Alba')

Tree Lilac (Syringareticulata)

Butterfly Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Butterfly')

MerrillMagnolia (Magnolia x loeberni)

Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata)


I've been wanting to try pesto! Can't wait to try this!

Fresh Basil Pesto:

2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
2-4 cloves garlic
1/4 cup pine nuts (or chopped nuts of choice)
1/4-1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
1-3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, optional


Wash and pat dry basil leaves, place in food processor, add garlic and nuts. Pulse processor to coarsely chop. Add 1/4-cup oil and process until smooth. While processing add additional oil to create desired consistency. Season pesto to taste with salt and pepper; stir in grated Parmesan cheese and lemon juice. Freezes well; for convenience, freeze in ice cube trays then store in freezer bags.

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto:

1 jar (8 oz) sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil
1/2-1 cup canned fire roasted tomatoes, with juice
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup pine nuts
1 cup fresh basil leaves, packed
Salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon lemon zest, optional
1-3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Place sun-dried tomatoes (and oil) and approximately 1/2-cup canned tomatoes (drained), garlic, pine nuts and basil in food processor; pulse to coarsely chop. Add additional tomatoes and liquid from canned tomatoes and process to create desired consistency. Salt and pepper to taste, stir in lemon zest and Parmesan cheese; cover and refrigerate.

Mint Pesto:

2 cups packed fresh mint leaves
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste


Excellent with grilled lamb chops.

Place mint leaves and almonds in food processor; pulse to chop. Continue to process while gradually adding oil until desired consistency is achieved; salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate.

Pesto Cream Cheese Appetizer:

1 recipe Basil Pesto, made on the dry side
1 recipe Tomato Pesto, made on the dry side
3 package (8 oz ea) low fat cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup salted butter, softened
Pine Nuts or chopped nuts, optional garnish
Sliced Baguette, crackers, sliced vegetables


Blend 3/4 package (6 oz) cream cheese into Basil Pesto, set aside; blend 3/4 package (6 oz) cream cheese into Tomato Pesto, set aside. Beat together remaining cream cheese and softened butter until smooth; add fresh cracked pepper to taste.

Butter a 6-cup dish (with a flat bottom); line dish with plastic wrap. Carefully spread approximately 1/3 cream cheese butter mixture in bottom of prepared dish;* spread with 1/2 the tomato pesto; spread with 1/4 the remaining cream cheese; spread with 1/2 the basil pesto; repeat: cream cheese, tomato pesto, cream cheese, basil pesto; end with cream cheese on top. Cover and refrigerate overnight. To serve, invert bowl on serving plate and carefully remove plastic wrap. Serve with sliced bread, crackers and vegetables.

* Chilling or partially freezing between layers will help create a neat layered look.

Uses For Pesto:

Toss with cooked pasta; add fresh cherry tomato halves and additional cheese

Spread on pizza crust, add a few favorite toppings of choice and shredded cheese, bake

Spread on baguette, sprinkle with additional shredded Parmesan cheese and toast

Toss with fresh Mozzarella balls, serve with sliced fresh tomatoes

Spread inside a rolled pork roast or rolled chicken and grill

Stir into cottage cheese for a dip, or use with pasta

Mix with canned white beans (drained); mash beans to mix, serve as a dip

Serve on sliced cooked beef, chicken, pork, fish

Serve on sliced boiled potatoes, sliced tomatoes or other garden vegetables

Stir into soups

Soft Pretzels

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2 ¼ tsp yeast
1 ¼ cups warm water
Pinch of sugar
¼ cup packed brown sugar
2 cups flour
1 cup water
1 tbsp baking soda
Course salt (optional)
2 tbsp butter, melted (optional)


In small bowl combine yeast & warm water w/a pinch of sugar
Let stand for about 5 min while you prepare next step
In a large bowl, mix brown sugar, 1 cup flour, and yeast mixture. (when it's ready)
Then stir in enough flour to make a soft dough
Turn dough onto a well floured surface and knead for about 3 min
Cover and let rest for 20 min
Cut dough into 12 pieces
Roll each piece into a 12-15 inch rope and shape into a pretzel
In shallow bowl mix 1 tbsp baking soda w/1 cup water
Dip each finished pretzel in water quickly, shaking off excess
Place on greased baking sheet. Sprinkle w/salt if desired
Bake at 425 degrees for 6 min or till golden brown
Brush melted butter on top or serve w/your favorite dip

Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

1 ½ cups mayonnaise
¼ cup Dijon mustard
½ cup honey


Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well Cover & refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.

Breadsticks Ideas

Cheesy Potato Chip Breadsticks

12 Rhodes Texas™ Rolls or 24 Rhodes™ Dinner Rolls, thawed but still cold
12 strips pepper jack cheese
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
3/4 cup crushed sour cream and onion potato chips


Roll each Texas™ roll or 2 dinner rolls combined into a 7-inch rope. Flatten each rope. Cut twelve 6-inch strips of cheese 1/2-inch thick. Place one strip of cheese on each flattened rope. Tightly pinch dough around cheese to form a breadstick. Place butter and potato chips in shallow bowls. Roll each breadstick in butter and then in crushed potato chips. Place seam side up on a sprayed baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until double. Remove wrap and bake at 350°F 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Twisty Buttery Breadsticks

12 Rhodes™ Dinner Rolls, thawed but still cold
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
garlic salt, if desired


Roll each roll into a 16-inch rope. Roll each end in opposite directions about 3 or 4 times. Pick up and pinch ends together. The breadstick will twist. Place butter and cheese in shallow bowls. Dip each breadstick in melted butter and then in Parmesan cheese.

Place on a sprayed baking sheet about 1-inch apart. Sprinkle with garlic salt, if desired. Cover with sprayed plastic wrap and let rise until double in size. Remove wrap and bake at 350°F 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Junky Wind Chimes

I have always loved wind chimes. Now that we have our own home and have a place to hang them...I've been wanting to buy some! But how much more fun would it be to make your own wind chimes? I think I need to check out the local thrift stores now...

Junky Wind chimes

The first step in making a DIY wind chime is to collect the materials. You will need something to serve as the top of the chime, several items to hang as chimes, and something to connect it all together.

Just about any item can be used for the top of your wind chime. It is easier work with items that can be tied to (wire lamp shade, wooden clothes hanger). Next, collect the items to be used as chimes. Metal or wood items make a great sound when used in a wind chime. Vintage silverware can be flattened using a heavy weight hammer. Silverware can also be drilled through to so you have a hole to thread wire through.

To drill through silverware, lay the piece on a block of wood. If possible, clamp the silverware and wood block together. This will prevent the silverware from spinning while you drill. Use a 1/8" drill bit made for metal and apply pressure while you drill. Be patient, as it takes minute to drill all the way through and remember the silverware piece will heat up as you drill. Once the hole is drilled, clean-up the sharp edges using a small metal file. If the sharp edges are left, they may cut through the fishing line.

Lastly, select the material to string it all together (wire, fishing line, ribbon, cording, etc).

Lay out all the pieces before you begin. Make the chime visually appealing by staggering the lengths of each chime. Eye screws work well for connecting wood pieces. Simply tie or connect all the pieces together. It is helpful to hang the chime from a door frame or something high while you are putting it all together.

DIY Photo Backdrops

LOVED these ideas from Laci Davis on Studio 5! Now if only I could convince my husband we need an SLR camera...

Find a Fun Background

Look for a background that you love. This can be anything from wallpaper, fabric or even your favorite blanket. It's as easy as just taping it up on the wall.

Get Molding

Simply adding molding on the ground is a great way to make your backdrop look like a real studio. It's something you can pick up for under $10 at a home improvement store, and it makes a huge difference.

Use Natural Light

You need to find a space that has great natural light, but is still in the shade. I have use my garage to make my backdrops, but any place that has room and natural light is a great photo spot.

Find Good Flooring

Flooring really gives a finishing touch to your photo backdrop, and there are so many great options out there. You can buy small already cut portions of vinyl flooring at the home improvement store, or you can buy rugs that look like flooring at photography stores.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Make it at Home

All-Purpose Cleaner

1/4 c, white vinegar
22 tbsp. baking soda
1/2 gallon (1 liter) hot water
a few drops of essential oil (optional)
Combine in bucket, stir and let cool for a few minutes before pouring into a spray bottle.

Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner
Equal parts white vinegar and water
a few drops of essential oil (optional)
combine in spray bottle and shake

Carpet Cleaner, Heavy Duty
Equal parts salt, white vinegar, and borax.
Mix ingredients into a paste, rub on affected area and let sit for a few hours. Then scrub away with a brush or damp cloth. Make only what you need each time because doesn't store well.

Dishwasher Soap
Equal parts borax and washing soda
Mis and store in labeled conainer. Use amount nromalley called for in your dishwasher. If your water is hard, might want to increase proportion of washing soda.

Furniture Polish
1/4 c. oilve oil
4 tbsp. white vinegar
2 tbsp. lemon juice
Combine in spray bottle, shake well before each use. Store in fridge because lemon huie will sour. Should only be used on unvarnished wood furniture.

Glass Cleaner
2 stp. white vingar
1/4 gallon (1 liter) water
few drops essential oil optional
combine in aspray bottle and shake. Works best by wiping surface with crumpled newspaper.

Laundry Soap
1 c. unscented dye-free soap (such as Ivory), grated or ground with a food processor.
1/2 c. washing soda
1/2 c. borax
few drops essential oil optional
combine and store in labeled container. Use 1 TBLS for lighter loads, 2 TBLS for heavy loads.

Mold Remover
1 part hydrogen peroxide
2 parts water
few drops tea tree oil optional
mix in spray bottle. Let cleaner sit on stain for about an hour before scrubbing off.

Oven Cleaner
3/4 c. baking soda
1/4 c. salt
1/4 c. water
mix into paste and spread over a dampened area. Let sit overnight and scrape off and rinse clean.

Toilet BOwl Cleaner
1/4 c. baking soda
1 c. white vinegar
combing and pout into toilet. Let sit fo a few minutes then scrub with toilet brush and rinse.

Homemade Toothpaste
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 to 3 tbsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. Stevia powder
few drops of pure peppermint extract or essential oils lemon,clove, lime, cinnamon, peppermint, eucalyptus, or licorice. (not all safe to ingest, these are fine)
Mix until resembles toothpaste. Sotre at room temp in small lidded jar, use a small teaspoon to scoop out a small bit onto your toothbrush. Or store in empty squeeze tube found in camping section of sporting goods stores. Coconut oil has melting point of 76 F, doesn't change it's effectiveness if more liquidy. Stevia provides natural sweetness as does the oils.

Homemade Deoderant
1/4 c. baking soda
1/4 c. cornstarch
4 to 6 tbsp. coconut oil
essential oil optional
empty deoderant container
Mix soda and cornstarch in small bowl, add coconut oil tablespoon at a time until all have been mixed in. Add oil for scent. Pack deoderant into clean, empty deoderant container by twisting down the inside and filling with new deoderant. Shape into curve with spoon and apply as usual. Make sure coconut oil is in solid form, you may need to refrigerate it for a short time if it's warmer than 76 in your house. search homemade deoderant (soapnuts)

Color Me Beautifful by Carole JAckson

All of the above from Organized sImplicity.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Patriotic Decor and Ideas

Patriotic Outdoor Party Décor and Ideas

July is filled with outdoor parties, picnics, and barbecues. Create a festive atmosphere with simple and unique red, white and blue décor. Also use some fun patriotic food your guests will love as part of the decor!

Studio 5 Party, Holiday and Ideas Contributor, Alisa Bangerter shares creative ideas for the perfect holiday barbeque.
Some creative ideas to make your outdoor party great:

· Use a stencil and washable tempra paint to paint red white and blue stars along a sidewalk, patio, or driveway. A fun way to add some festivity! Patriotic quotes are also fun to add.

· Decorate your garage door like a giant flag using roll paper.

· Create large tissue paper balls using red, white and blue tissue. Hang from trees or from wires above a table.

· Make newspaper paper balls and spray with red, white or blue spray paint or glitter. Hang as you would tissue balls.

· Paint metal buckets or large pieces of masonite or sheetrock with red or blue chalkboard paint. Place around the yard Let guests write on the boards or write messages on the painted containers. This is also cute if you can find large frames to frame the boards.

· Use a die cut machine to cut various sizes of stars from red, white and blue cardstock. Hang from trees. Stars are also cute cut from newspaper or book pages or other creative materials.

· Create large pinwheels from red, white and blue poster board and place along a pathway. Tissue balls also look cute on sticks along a pathway or as yard stakes.

· Spray glass canning jars with red or blue glass paint (use contact paper to mask stars if desired) and add wire handles. Place candles inside for cool outdoor lighting. Hang from metal hooks low to the ground or from trees or other hooks.

· Place red and blue glow sticks in jars and vases. This looks cool when filled with water at night.

· Make a simple banner to hang along a fence line or above a picnic table. Simply cut triangles from various pieces of red, white and blue fabrics and attach/sew to a rope, twill tape or ribbon. Be creative and use burlap, denim, cotton, cheesecloth, net, etc.

· Attach flags or patriotic paper napkins to a ribbon to create a garland.

· Add patriotic cupcake liners to white strands of Christmas lights to make darling patio lighting.

· Use patriotic wrapping paper to cover picnic tables.

· Cover picnic tables with white paper and place red and blue crayons on them so everyone can color on the table covering.

· Make whimsical centerpieces by wrapping glass jars and vases with red white and blue yarn.

· Paint an assortment of chairs and small tables in patriotic colors and use on a patio during the summer. Check out yard sales and thrift stores for inexpensive and unique pieces.

· Paint the top of a wood picnic table like the American flag.

· Create fun centerpieces by painting assorted candlesticks red, white and blue. Place down the center of a table. Vases, pots, boxes, etc. can also be painted and used as centerpieces.

· Place assorted containers and jars down the center of a table filled with assorted different red, white and blue candies.

· Spray paint a variety of larger picture frames with red, white and blue paint (check out thrift stores for frames). Hang from ribbons/tuelle from trees throughout the yard. These are fun photo stations and simple but cute décor.

· Tie-dye a flat white sheet with red and blue for a fun tablecloth.

· If picnicking outside on a windy day, place a patriotic fitted sheet over the top of the picnic table for a cloth.

· Place buckets (metal or new plastic beach pails) or baskets filled with the makings for s'mores down the center of a table which doubles as a centerpiece and dessert.

· Place containers of popcorn down the center of a table. Make plain, caramel, red or blue popcorn, etc. Place a container with paper sacks or cones for guests to scoop the popcorn into or layer red, white and blue popcorn in cellophane bags and use as centerpieces that double as favors. Popcorn is an inexpensive and easy food to serve as guests mingle out of doors.

· Fill blue and white buckets with red cherries and place around the serving area - these are fun centerpieces as well as snacks.

· Dip red apples into white candy coating approximately ½ way up and then in blue sprinkles or place in a blue cupcake paper. Place a small American flag on a stick in the apple. Place down center of a table. Cute!

· Make sugar cookie stars with blue or red candy "glass" centers. Simply cut out the center using a smaller star cuter, place on foil and fill small star with crushed hard candy and bake. Place a hole in the top and hang over a table or place in containers on table for décor. If possible a tree branch suspended over a table would look cute with these cookies hanging from it.

· Place chips made from tortillas cut in star shapes and baked (tomato tortillas or flour with spices) and salsa/dips down the center of a table.

· Back clear plates with patriotic paper, symbols or patriotic facts. Simply use spray adhesive to the front of the item and adhere to back of plate. It can easily be removed.

· Wrap sandwiches in red, white and blue paper strips with ribbon and use as a focal point on a table.

· Make red and blue Playdoh and place in the center of tables for guests to use while they are waiting on the grill. Place a list nearby of patriotic items (liberty bell, star, flag, Uncle Sam, eagle, etc.) for them to sculpt. This is great for kids outdoors.

· Have a bubble station with all sorts of bubble making items in red and blue colors for kids to use. A great outdoor activity during picnics and BBQ's for kids.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Brown or Blue?

I love this picture for two reasons. 1. His eyes are OPEN! Everytime I try to take a picture of his big beautiful eyes, he goes back to sleep and I don't get a good picture. I'm still hoping they might be blue...but they'll probably end up brown...what do you think? 2. He has his little "toy" from big brother. Big brother always brings him toys throughout the day, it's pretty funny to see what is left where baby has been sleeping. This time it is the little picture of Harold. Love it!

I posted this picture to participate in Simply Modern Mom's Project 52, check out more here!
Project 52: Glimpse Into Motherhood

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

So Precious

This is my view for much of my day. I love cuddling with and staring at this perfect little boy.

This picture is part of Simply Modern Mom's Project 52, checkout more here:

Project 52: Glimpse Into Motherhood

Friday, June 17, 2011

Milkshake fake

Just saw this clip from Studio 5, can't wait to try these recipes out this summer! What a great way to use powdered milk!

Peanut Butter Moo'd:-makes two 8-ounce cups

1/2 C. Water
3/4 C. Dry Powdered Milk
1/3 C. Chocolate Powder (like Nesquick or equivalent)
one banana cut into 1 inch slices
2 spoonfuls of peanut butter
2 C. Ice


Layer ingredients in your blender as listed and blend until smooth. Serve immediately! Spruce it up with half of a banana for fun!

Banana-Pineapple Freeze

1 C. Unsweetened Pineapple Juice (you can use pineapple juice that you drain from using canned pineappe just double check that the juice you drained off is unsweetened - you could also just use crushed pineapple)
1/2 of a Medium Banana, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 T. Dry Powdered Milk (non-instant)
1 C. Ice Cubes


Place ingredients in blender jar in order listed. Place cover on blender jar. Turn blender on and use the "Crushed Ice" setting.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


This looks like an easy craft to copy on your own! I would love to make this!

Patriotic Ideas
Once my baby is here and I can really start to exercise again...I so need to do this! Find more info here.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Catching Up

Last week our internet did not work at all. It was frustrating, but kind of good too because then I didn't spend so much time online. Because of that I didn't get to post my motherhood photo for the week, so this week I'm posting two!

Another sleeping photo. We thought it was so funny that he was falling asleep while eating dinner, and wouldn't let us take his corn. He still wanted to eat it but fell asleep instead.

I am less than two weeks away from baby #2's due husband has been gone since Wednesday but now he's here so this baby can come whenever it wants to! I had a hard time getting a picture of my feet over my huge belly!

I posted these pictures as part of Simply Modern Mom's Project 52:Glimpse into Motherhood. If you want to participate or check our more photos, go here:

Project 52: Glimpse Into Motherhood

Friday, May 27, 2011

Bubble Party

I saw this Bubble party photographed by Nicole Hill Gerulat and am so in love with it! If only I had seen it yesterday so I could have used it today for my birthday...

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Nap Time

This sweet boy has decided the past week and a half that he is done taking naps. Unfortunately his very pregnant mother really needs a nap most days! Being less than a month away from having a baby, we have been getting out the baby the swing. My sweet boy loves to play in it and when momma was taking a nap, he fell asleep in the swing! It was pretty funny. He looks so big and grown up sleeping in the swing! I'm glad another baby is coming to our family soon!

I posted this picture as part of Simply Modern Mom's Project 52: check it out for yourself!

Project 52: Glimpse Into Motherhood

Thursday, May 19, 2011


A friend of mine posted this recipe on her blog and I'm re-posting it here so I can remember the recipe and try it out sometime! She calls it her lower-fat, lower-sugar, still-yummy oatmeal cookie recipe:

3/4 cup flour
1 1/4 cup oats
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
In another bowl, combine
1/4 cup softened butter
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
Mix wet and dry ingredients. Add pecans and whatever else you like (Matt always chooses raisins; I go for milk chocolate chips). Use a tablespoon to measure the dough--this always results in 24 cookies with an allowance for dough sampling. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.

Fold a Shirt

This is amazing. And it really works. Try it!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


image from here
I've been in love with cabochon earrings for awhile now. So much so, that I tried to figure out how to make them myself...with no luck. Until I found this segment from Studio 5! Now I know what to look for...which is not cabochon but more like sculpted flowers! Check it out!


Just watched this clip from Studio 5 about making Macarons...they sound so delightful!

Tahitian French Macarons - Macaron Base:

3 egg whites, aged*
5 tbsp granulated sugar
2/3 cup almond flour
1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract (amount will differ with variations )


In a food processor, process almond flour and confectioners sugar until well mixed. Sift the mixture through sieve, and divide in half.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, whip egg whites until foamy.

While beating on high, slowly add sugar. When soft peaks form, add extract and food coloring if desired.

Beat until stiff peaks,has a glossy texture, and mixture doesn't drip from the beaters.

Into the whipped merengue, fold in the first half of the almond mixture. When just blended, add additional dry mixture, folding until mixture is blended.

Be careful not to over-mix!

Place mixture in a piping bag fitted with round tip.

On to a parchment lined baking sheet, pipe in small circles, about the size of a quarter; leaving room for the batter to spread.

Rap sheet firmly against the counter, or flat surface. This helps the macaron to get it's pied shape.

Before baking, let batter dry, uncovered for 30 minutes.

Heat oven to 300. Bake for 15-17 minutes. Cool completely.

Pipe a small amount of french buttercream on flat side of macaron, top with other half making a sandwich. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Makes about 2 1/2 dozen filled macarons.

* Aged egg whites: Covered and set at room temperature overnight.

Variations - Guava Passionfruit:

Add about 8 drops pink food coloring to meringue mixture.
Add 2-3 tbsp frozen guava passion fruit concentrate to buttercream;


beating well after addition.

Kiwi Lime:

Add 1/2 tsp vanilla and zest of 1 lime to meringue mixture
Add about 8 drops neon green food coloring to meringue mixture
Add 3 tbsp kiwi purée, adding sugar to purée as needed to buttercream;


beating well after addition

Mango Tangerine:

Add 1/4 tsp vanilla and zest of 1 tangerine to meringue mixture
Add1/4 tsp orange extract to meringue mixture
Add about 8 drops of orange food coloring to meringue mixture
Add 2-3 tbsp frozen Mango Orange Concentrate or Mango purée to buttercream;


beating well after addition.

Island Pineapple:

Add 1/4 tsp vanilla to meringue mixture
Add 1/4 tsp banana extract to meringue mixture
Add about 8 drops of yellow food coloring to meringue mixture
Add 2-3 tbsp frozen Pina Colada concentrate ( Bacardi's ) to buttercream,


beating well after addition.

Blue Coconut:

Add 1/4 tsp coconut extract to meringue mixture
Add 1/4 tsp rum extract to meringue mixture
Add about 8 drops of neon blue food coloring to meringue mixture
Add 1 tsp coconut extract to buttercream,


beating well after addition.

French Buttercream:

3 eggs
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup water
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature, and stirred.


In a medium sized mixing bowl, beat eggs for about 5 minutes.

Eggs should be light and fluffy.

In a small sauce pan, heat water and sugar over medium high heat.

Cook until mixture comes to a soft ball stage. To test, spoon a small amount of mixture into a glass of cold water, if the syrup forms into a ball that can be picked up, it is ready.

While mixer is running, pour a fine, thread like stream into the egg mixture. Beat mixture until the bottom of the mixing bowl is cool to touch .

Add softened butter in 2-3 separate increments. The frosting will dramatically change texture. Do not be alarmed!!

Keep beating and it will lighten and become smooth again, about 5-7 minutes.

When adding flavorings, the butter cream will separate again.

Repeat beating process until smooth again.

Fill macarons with a small amount of buttercream. Leftovers may be refrigerated or frozen for next use; mixing well after becoming room temperature.

Makes about 2 1/2-3 cups

Monday, May 16, 2011


This little boy loves glasses. So he finally got a pair or his own. It was the first thing he grabbed from his Easter basket. And he looks pretty cute in them. Or cool. :)

I posted this picture as part of Simply Modern Mom's Project 52:Glimpse into Motherhood. To check out more pictures or join yourself, go here:

Project 52: Glimpse Into Motherhood

Monday, May 9, 2011

I Love to See the Temple

This weekend we went to one of my favorite places in the world--the LDS Temple in Provo Utah.
We don't live close to a Temple anymore, but we talk about the temple a lot. We sing a Primary song about the Temple every night before bed, and we have a picture of the Temple in his bedroom. It made me so happy that when we got there--my sweet son started running towards it! He was so excited to see the Temple! I wish I could have captured a better picture, and a better camera, but at least I have the happy memory!

I'm posting this picture as a part of Simply Modern Mom's Project 52! Check it out here!

Project 52: Glimpse Into Motherhood

Sunday, May 8, 2011

I'm anxious...

Seeing things like this gets me so excited for a new baby! I wish it was coming sooner...

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Project 52

This week the only pictures I took were from a trip we made to a magical place called Bananas! My little guy's bestest friend in the whole world invited us to Banana's to celebrate his birthday. It was our first time going and it was fun!
Because it mostly involved jumping and sliding--most of the pictures are blurry or filled with red eye...but I loved this picture of playing air hockey with Daddy. Daddy had just as much fun at Bananas. :)

I am taking part of Simply Modern Mom's Project 52: Glimpse Into Motherhood. To check it out, go here!

Project 52: Glimpse Into Motherhood

Monday, April 25, 2011


I love this picture. I'm not even exactly sure why--it would be better if this had happened while there were still eggs in the lawn and he was standing there not knowing where to start or something, but at least it shows what we did this past week! It was so fun having an Easter egg hunt with a toddler! He got so excited about the eggs and I got excited about taking pictures of him. :)

I'm loving being a part of this project 52: glimpse into motherhood, check it out here!
Project 52: Glimpse Into Motherhood

Homemade Yogurt

Homemade yogurt? I've been skeptical but this video clip shows how and it looks good! Make your own cream cheese even? I think this is great to know for food storage. If I ever get my year supply--I'll be trying this out!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Upside down and backwards

Ever since this sweet boy was born he has had a cowlick that makes his hair look like it is growing upside down (it really swirls!) and sideways. I love to play with his hair, and when he was a baby I would move my finger in the pattern of his cowlick. I can never get his hair to look right, but I love his cowlick. :) He has a swirl in the front of his forehead and in the back near his neck. If you look really hard, in this picture you can see the swirl and the side of his forehead where is grows sideways. :) I hope whoever he marries someday way in the future finds his cowlicks as endearing as I that weird?

If you want to be a part of this great Project 52 as well, go here!

Project 52: Glimpse Into Motherhood

Monday, April 11, 2011

Project 52: At Play

This picture is dark but I love it! I feel like it shows how much he loves to play. He will always come find me when I'm doing something else and say "Mommy, do you want to play ____ with me?" (fill in the blank with horsies/trains/dinosaurs, etc) Or he'll say "Let's play!" and bring me a toy or grab my finger to take me to the toys. What a sweet boy. I love that he wants me to play with him.

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Project 52: Glimpse Into Motherhood

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Easter Story Cookies

I found these at The Idea Room...and I'm hoping to try them this year!

To be made the evening before Easter.

You need:

1 cup whole pecans
1 tsp. vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch salt
1 cup sugar

zipper baggie
heavy wooden spoon
A Bible

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. This is important! Don’t wait until you’re half done with the recipe!

Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested, He was beaten by the Roman soldiers.

Read John 19:1-3.

Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink.

Read John 19:28-30.

Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us eternal life.

Read John 10:10-11.

Sprinkle a little salt into each child’s hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers, and the bitterness of our own sin.

Read Luke 23:27.

So far, the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1 cup sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him.

Read Ps. 34:8 and John 3:16.

Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God’s eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus.

Read Isa. 1:18 and John 3:1-3.

Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid.

Read Matt. 27:57-60.

Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus’ tomb was sealed.

Read Matt. 27:65-66.

NOW GO TO BED! Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus’ followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed.

Read John 16:20 and 22.

On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Easter, Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.

Read Matt. 28:1-9

Monday, April 4, 2011

Project 52: Growing Up

My little boy is all little boy and not baby at all anymore. It makes me sad that he has to grow up so fast! I think it is cute how he takes his own shoes off now. He uses one foot to step on the back of the other shoe and then does it again and they always end up in this sort of position when he is done. I had to take a picture of it to remember this little moment of cuteness that I love observing. :)

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Orange Julius

More like orange dream. Making this recipe took me back to my childhood. I remember my parents making orange julius...and early on in this pregnancy I was craving that--it was so weird because I knew that I wanted the orange and milk together. And so I called my dad and asked him about it--he told me they had used a mix, so I had no recipe to go off of. Since then I came across this recipe and finally tried it tonight. Yum... just right. Orange and milk together. :)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Favorite Place

I love that this sweet little boy loves to cuddle with us still. This is my favorite place for him to be--only with me instead of with daddy, but I can't really take a picture of us like that. When he snuggles with me like this we are reading books and I love it! Maybe I should try to keep the camera close by so I could snap a picture somehow. :)

I'm taking part of this awesome project 52! If you want to join or see other great pictures, take a look here!

Project 52: Glimpse Into Motherhood

Friday, March 25, 2011

Book Lists

I recently had this crazy idea. After reading a friend's blog back in January where she shared a list of the 52 books she read during the year...I kind of want to read 52 books in a year too!
At first I thought it was crazy...but then I thought about it some more. I already love reading and she didn't read a book each week of the year. Some months she read 8 books and others she read 2. So far this year, I'm only three books behind...
So far I have read (not in this order...this is just the order I remembered them):

The Count of Monte Cristo
Princess of Glass
Mansfield Park
Room with a View
Wuthering Heights
Bridge to Terabithia
Tuck Everlasting
The Gable Faces East

I also found this list of Newberry Medal award winners and books who didn't win but were honored...I think that is a great list of quick reads that just might make it possible for me to really read 52 books in one year!

And since we are talking about book lists...I found this great link to book lists for kids!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Jelly Roll Cupcakes?

I recently went to a baby shower where they served gourmet cupcakes and I tried one that was Jelly was amazing! Probably the best cupcake I've ever had! This recipe looks like it could be similar! I can't wait to try it out!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Yummy Finds

These Lemon Sugar cookies look so delightful and fresh! I wan't wait to make a batch of these sometime soon!

Homemade wheat thins! I have been lamenting the fact that snacks like crackers seem to be so pricey--but you can make them at home! I can't wait to try this out!

Homemade graham crackers are also a must try soon!

Sunday, March 20, 2011


I thought this was such a funny place to sit, but he looked for so completely comfortable sitting there like this!
Also notice his laundry in the chair that is waiting to be folded still! As soon as I get one load washed there are already more of his clothes that need to be washed...

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Project 52: Glimpse Into Motherhood