Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Pugs and Kisses

Yes, we own a pug.  Yes, I'm a sucker for any piece of clothing with a pug on it; especially when it's clothing for my children.  These adorable jammies can be found at your local Gymboree store.  Yes, their clothing is expensive, but the jammies were 20% off.  Well, that's my rationalization.  And I bought them big, so rather than gifting children with more goodies when they just made out like bandits at Christmas, these will be saved and put in the Easter baskets. 


What I'm Drinking

Harney & Sons make some of my favorite teas.  Their tins are beautiful!  I save them and reuse them around the kitchen and house for different things or just to put on display.  And they have the most delicious and unique tea blends. 



This blueberry green tea blend is one I picked up today.  Starbucks had it on display by the cash register and seriously, even though the tin is sealed, I could smell the yumminess of the tea while standing there.  So, of course, I placed it on the counter.  And I could smell it in the van while driving home.  When I opened the tin at home, the smell was divine!  Seriously, this is aromatherapy in a tin right here.  And it tastes just as good as it smells!  Not overpowering and not weak either.  Just the right amount of blueberry taste. 


Saturday, January 3, 2015

Sibling Sleepover

Last night I went to check on the kids before going to bed myself and this is how I found them.  Bella had snuck into William's room and was sleeping in his bed and he had built himself a tent and was sleeping on the floor.  In the morning they proudly proclaimed to me that they had had a sleepover! 


yes, he's really in there






Friday, December 19, 2014

Ground Turkey & Rice Casserole

Our home got hit with the stomach flu bug.  3 of 5 down and out.  Thankfully it was just a 24 hr bug.  And it seems everyone in our town is getting their turn of it too.  So, as today was the first day we're back to eating solids I was looking for a nutritious yet easy on the stomach recipe for our first sit down meal.  This is simple, tasty and a great way to ease back into eating solids. 

1 lb ground turkey
1 can green beans, drained
2 C. rice milk, divided
1/4 C. flour
2 tsp. dry chicken soup base
1/2 tsp. tarragon
2 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. black pepper
dash of salt
1/2 C. water
1 C. instant rice, uncooked

Preheat oven to 350.  Fry up ground turkey in a dutch oven over med-high heat.  Meanwhile mix flour with 1/2 C. of the rice milk until smooth.  Mix remaining milk, water and seasonings in a medium bowl, add in the flour/milk mixture.  Add this to your dutch oven along with the beans and rice.  Stir.  Cover and bake in oven for 30 minutes.  Stir and bake, covered, for another 20 minutes. 


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Cate is 1!!

We celebrated Cate's birthday with a family party at home.  She had sloppy joes for supper along with orange creme birthday cake. 














Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Cake Wreck

So, for Cate's birthday I got gifted with 2 nasty viruses.  One on the computer and one in my body.  Both are causing lots of headache and grief.  Then, to put the icing on the cake (pun intended), this happened...


Troy found a really nice Nordicware bundt pan at an auction.  This pan retails for $40.  Very nice, fancy pan.  This is what Cate's birthday cake was supposed to look like... 





A very nice castle bundt.  But despite liberally spraying Pam all over the pan AND dusting it with flour, this happened...




 So, I scooped up those pieces, smooshed them in a pyrex rectangular pan and created this...


Definitely not one of my cake successes.  I love making my kids' birthday cakes and try to make them so special, so this just really stings that baby girl won't have a special fancy cake for her First Birthday. 

Oh well, life happens.  The cake still tastes great, and Sweet Pea will still have a lot of fun enjoying her first taste of sugar! 


Sunday, November 30, 2014

It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas...

I love decorating for Christmas!!  I even love the smell the decorations have, they just make me feel all warm and toasty and jolly.  I do make myself keep up my fall decorations through Thanksgiving, and then, usually the Saturday & Sunday after Thanksgiving, I change out the decorations and celebrate a month of Christmas before everything comes down after the New Year. 

This year the kids were super big helpers and bouncing off the walls with excitement as we pulled all our cherished decorations out of the attic and carefully put each in its place.  I've always decorated for Christmas, but having kids around makes it so much more fun! 

brand new this year, our Advent Calendar




my nativity set I received last year

Troy's lamp


This book has recorded every Christmas since 2003

our family stockings made all hand knit by my Grandma