Friday, February 27, 2015

five on friday

Landon and I are spending today with my  mom. After school we're headed to Chuck E. Cheese and (finally) Target. We're just glad to be out after all this snow. Cabin Fever is real guys!

I'm linking up with Five on Friday again this week. Let's get right to it...

1. It's hard to find cute boy clothes the older Landon gets. I'm slightly obsessed with cute, seasonal pajamas and always buy new PJs for our spring and summer vacations. Now that I'm shopping larger sizes (5T), the choices are not as cute. Thankfully, Gymboree and Gap Kids always comes through & I also find good deals on ebay.  I ordered these cute Easter pajamas from Gymboree yesterday (they're on sale right now!)

2. I know it's nothing new, but I've just discovered that I LOVE hummus, especially roasted red pepper hummus. I bought a little snack cup with pretzels at Target recently and now I have to have it in the fridge at all times. I love it with pretzels and also warmed up to spread on a flour tortilla. It's so good! This particular flavor actually reminds me of the pintos and cheese from Taco Bell. 

3. We're planning to update our bedroom within the next month. Why does the master bedroom always become the catchall for everything? We need to bulldoze declutter and get new bedding and curtains. Right now I'm looking at this Isabelle set from Pottery Barn. I love the color and think it will go well with our black furniture. Target has a similar bedding set here.  

4. I'll be including a book in my Five on Friday every week. I just purchased this on Tuesday and was excited to see that another favorite author has a new book coming out soon - Death by Tiara (A Jaine Austen Mystery). I can't wait to read this either. I'm going to do a regular post next week about what books I enjoy the most if you want to check back in.

5. Do you love Bundt pans? I am really wanting this chiffon design.  Bundt cakes are so comforting to me. No matter the occasion or holiday, you could always count on my grandma and mom to have a Bundt cake ready to serve. I think this would be perfect for Easter - maybe a lemon-poppy seed cake dusted with powdered sugar. Sounds good to me!   

Have a great weekend!
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Friday, February 20, 2015

five on friday

Happy Friday! It's -9 degrees here this morning!   I'm joining in for some Five on Friday fun today. Are you ready? Here's a few of my favorite things lately...

I'm loving Burt Bee's lip products right now. The lip crayon in Sedona Sands topped with this gloss in Ocean Sunrise is perfect for a natural look with just enough color and shine. And after 2 feet of snow, I am truly ready for an ocean sunrise.

My sweetie got me these wonderful Uggs for Christmas. They remained in the box for over a month and I even contemplated sending them back because I thought they made my legs look chunky. But now that I've started wearing them...I'm in LOVE!  They are soooo soft and comfy. Now I just need a black pair. 

Have you tried the new Chai from International Delight?  It's so good. The caramel is my favorite. I've not tried it hot yet, but I'm sure it's delicious heated too...and maybe topped with whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce.

Are you thinking of Easter yet?  I'm already making plans.  I ordered this cute shirt for Landon yesterday. I love him in tie shirts - cute, festive and simple. He'll have his usual Easter church outfit and this shirt to wear for the rest of the day. Don't you just love the colors in this chevron? 

Reading is one of my favorite things; I've loved books for as long as I can remember. The latest installment on the Hannah Swensen series, Double Fudge Brownie Murder, by Joanne Fluke comes out on Tuesday. I cannot wait and have already pre-ordered the Kindle version. It's a fun, cozy mystery series. It can be a bit too fluffy at times, but it's still fun read.

Have a great weekend! We're expecting yet more snow tomorrow! 

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014


Wow...I cannot believe that today is the last day of 2014. It seems that I blinked and in a split second, an entire year passed. It's been a great year filled with lots of blessings, love and laughter, and of course, some tears. And now it's time to ring in 2015.

I've been thinking for a few days on what my word for 2015 should be. After a lot of prayer and a few looks at my list of goals, I've decided that my word will be "SIMPLIFY". From, simplify means  to make less complex or complicated; make plainer or easier. Doesn't that sound great?! That one word really does encompass all I want for 2015. By simplifying certain areas in my family's life and in our home, I feel like we'll be able to have more quality family time, adventures and fun. So I'm saying goodbye to chaos, complicated ideals and keeping up with anyone or anything. I'm embracing following God and keeping it simple.

Happy New Year. See you in 2015!

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Pumpkin Kahlua Muffins

I love pumpkin treats with my coffee. But I DON'T love pumpkin-flavored coffee drinks. Seriously, no PSL for this girl, thank you.  I do love baked treats that combine the two flavors though, so I decided to experiment with my usual pumpkin muffin recipe by adding some kahlua and espresso powder. Just tasting the batter, I fell in love. If you can't find espresso powder in the store, I buy mine here.   

Pumpkin Kahlua Muffins
1-3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
2 tablespoons kahlua
1 tablespoon espresso powder

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, pie spice, salt and espresso powder. In another bowl combine eggs, pumpkin, oil, vanilla and kahlua. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Stir in mini chocolate chips. Coat muffin cups with cooking spray or use paper liners; fill three-fourths full. Bake at 350°  for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

landon goes to school

My baby started school Monday. I'm not sure quite how it happened. Just yesterday he was learning how to walk. And this morning he didn't want to hold my hand as we walked into the school. I cannot believe how fast we got to this point. I remember right before he was born, a friend shared with me the best words she heard before her first child was born ~ The days go by slow, but the years go by fast. So much truth in that statement.

Now that we have the first week of school behind us, I am really enjoying this new phase in our lives. So much to do and look forward to. I actually surprised myself by not crying his first day as we walked him in. But he was so happy and excited, all smiles, so how could I not smile too?
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Friday, August 15, 2014

The State Fair

I'm so excited! We're headed to the WV State Fair tomorrow. It's such a fun day. We'll walk around and look at all the livestock, hold the sweetest baby chicks, see the most beautiful quilts, Landon will sit on lots of John Deere tractors and ride a few rides with my niece.  My mom, sister and I will do some shopping. And we'll eat. Most importantly we'll eat Ben and Ellen's delicious donuts. Seriously, they are amazing good. People will stand in line for an hour (or longer) just to get a taste of this cinnamon-sugar coated deliciousness. And most people order enough to take some home. 

I'll share some pictures from the fair on Monday. Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Chocolate Chip Day

Did you know that Monday was chocolate chip day? I didn't until I received an email last week from Taste of Home.  I decided to surprise Landon with some cookie baking. I got out a package of cookie mix and called him into the kitchen. Holding the mix behind my back, I  told him what day it was. "What could we possibly do to celebrate?" I asked him.  He knew that answer right away and exclaimed "Bake cookies!".  He grabbed a mixing bowl and took his place at the table while I got out a few ingredients.

I don't usually make cookies from a mix, but sometimes simple is best (and easiest).  The Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookie mix is convenient and has enough steps to make Landon happy.  The package calls for one stick of softened butter and one egg. I also add a teaspoon of vanilla and two teaspoons of brown sugar to deepen the flavor. Once Landon got everything mixed together and ate a bit a lot of the cookie dough, he went back to the play room and I popped the cookies in the oven. He was so happy to share cookies with daddy when he got home from work. 
We've got pumpkin vines sprouting up in the back yard. I'll share some pictures on Friday. 
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