Hey everybody this is a simple one! We are finished with our crib mattress. So we used the mattress for a dog bed. Saves us money, wear and tear on our coach (which our new puppy thinks is HER couch), and it keeps the mattress out of the landfill.
WIN, WIN, WIN!
Here’s what we are doing for our cards this year. I cut the cupcake and fish shapes out on my CRICUT. The kids wrote their names on the back of them.
I have these very beautiful wood floors in my home. They are nearly 150 years old. They are one of the reasons I fell in love with the house the first time I saw it. I couldn’t believe anyone would sell a house with such beautiful floors.
Yesterday, while I was vacuuming, I realized why you would sell a house with such beautiful floors. The CRACKS! The floor boards have spaces in between them. The spaces add character and beauty to the floors and home. But those bloody CRACKS! I could spend my LIFEtime cleaning out those CRACKS!
My word the stuff that gets down in those CRACKS. I must have been on CRACK when I thought it would be a good idea to raise small children in this house with those CRACKS in the floor.
The reality is my LIFE’s story can be told by the CRACKS. Seriously.
What did you feed the kids for lunch? check the CRACKS.
Girls, where did all the glitter go? check the CRACKS.
Mom, where is my hair tie? check the CRACKS.
What color sprinkles did the kids use to decorate the holiday cookies? check the CRACKS.
Son, did you finish your peas? check the CRACKS.
Ellie (the puppy), what did you just chew up and swallow? check the CRACKS.
Mommy, where is my princess’s shoe? check the CRACKS.
My LIFE story is held in the deepest, darkest part of the CRACKS in my floors. And I am pretty certain that those CRACKS, no matter how much I clean, will never be completely clean. There will also be a piece (or two or three) of my family’s history in there.
He just walked through the door and was still in the mud room taking off his coat and shoes. “Oh my, what is that smell? Is that dinner? It smells delicious!”
I knew I had created a masterpiece. I did. He loved it.
I can’t tell you how exciting this is. My husband has so many food allergies that it is an ultimate feat to create a new dish that is flavorful, yet is a meal his body will accept!
Here are the ingredients:
1/2 cup chopped pecans
4-5 slices of bread cubed
1/2 cup + 1/4 cup melted butter
2 TBS. Worcestershire sauce
1 TBS. soy sauce
1/4 cup spicy brown mustard
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup red cooking wine
Chop pecans small and add to the bread crumbs. I just cut whole grain fresh bread up and used it. You could use dried bread crumbs or any type of fresh bread. I just liked the multi-grain. I think it added texture and flavor to the dish. Mix pecans, bread and 1/2 cup melted butter together. Sprinkle this over the chops in a glass baking dish.
Mix the remaining melted butter, brown sugar, wine, mustard, soy and Worcestershire sauce together. Drizzle this mixture over the chops and breading.
Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until chops are cooked through. Serve hot.
It’s My Birthday (and I am going to bake a cake) is a cute little children’s book that was given to my youngest daughter for her birthday a couple of year’s ago. Its illustrations are simple and inviting. The repetition of the story delights the youngest readers.
A little girl decides to bake a cake for her birthday. She first must collect the ingredients. She enlists a lot of help from her animal friends. In the end, the little girl shares her cake with them.
The back of the book has a yellow cake recipe. I love this part of the book. Not only can the kids enjoy the book, but you can take it one step further and bake the cake together too! That’s what we did today.
My youngest daughter pulled this book of the shelf and said, “mommy let’s read this book and bake a cake today.” I couldn’t think of a single reason why not. So that’s exactly what we did!
It’s not actually her birthday, yet. We sang happy birthday anyway and lightened candles. Why not right? Sometimes life’s about making the ordinary day, well, less ordinary!
She baked the whole cake by herself. I read the ingredients for her. She even chose the candles! (Oddly, now that I look at them, these will be the ages of my children this year! How interesting.)
It’s about time little miss Ellie makes an appearance on the blog. We’ve had her for a month now, and she’s grown so much already. I’ve been trying to capture a good photo of her, but she’s been moving too fast most of the time! Here’s the best I could do so far. Hopefully she’s not all grown up by the time I can get something better.
Miss Ellie is as sweet as she looks. We love her dearly. I have big plans for her. She will be a therapy dog someday, traveling with me to hospitals to meet and talk with sick children. It’s something I have wanted to do as long as I can remember. Miss Ellie and I are going to make that dream come true. She will be perfect for it, once she is grown. She is outgoing and not afraid of anything! I’m so excited about our future together!
From our home to yours, I hope you all have a very blessed holiday season.
We have a holiday party every year and this year was no exception. This year, I got a little creative with the salad. It was kind of fun!
I love to give sugar scrubs gifts at the holidays. They really are very easy to make. They are full of ingredients you may already have in your pantry. And best of all, you can put them in any container you wish (re-purpose something you have to save even more!)
Yesterday my daughters (age 7 and 3) made these recipes for gifts for their teachers. Now of course I let them do everything. So these are simply decorated. You could fancy them up however you chose!
CANDY CANE SUGAR SCRUB (PEPPERMINT)
2 CUPS WHITE SUGAR
1/4-1/3 CUP OIL (I used coconut oil to ensure the scrub stayed white)
5-10 DROPS PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL
RED FOOD COLORING
Melt the coconut oil until it becomes a liquid. I did this in the microwave. Add oil, sugar and essential oil until well blended.
Separate out half the sugar scrub into a bowl and color with red food coloring. Then put into your jar to make your scrub look like a candy cane.
Label your beautiful creation!
BROWN SUGAR SCRUB
1 CUP BROWN SUGAR
1/3 CUP EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
2 TBLS. HONEY
Mix all ingredients and then place it in your jar of choice. Label.
The trick with these sugar scrubs is to get the right consistency. You don’t want them to be over oily. They can be used all over the body to exfoliate and moisturize the skin.
Here is a link to my LEMON SUGAR SCRUB RECIPE.