Saturday, September 20, 2014

Make a Wish! card!

It's Saturday and kids are napping (are rarity anymore), but we were up super early to go see the hot air balloons take off and then planting our winter garden.  So much fun and all before 10!  So here's a quick post before I go hop into the shower before we go celebrate a sweet 6 year old and eat S'mores! 

This summer, my mom bought some new stamps and then took off on a 2 month road trip.  This translated into 2 months of play time for me!  I mean, she couldn't take them with her, right?  

These cards were super simple and incredibly easy.  They were so easy, that they went really fast. . . which are sometimes the best cards to make a bunch at at a time so you have them on hand.  I saw the idea here via Pinterest.  

Stamps are Perfect Pennants, by SU!, Chevron border punch  by SU!, and the Banners Framelits by SU! The embossing folder with arrows is from this cricut set.  All papers are from various scraps laying around the house.  

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

zucchini love!

My garden was somewhat successful this year (as in things actually produced fruit).  I've got two plant zucchini plants that I really thought were done and suddenly started shooting out zucchini again.  Seriously.  I blame the Fresno heat.  I don't mind, though, because my heirloom tomato plant started making tomatoes last week.  Not kidding.  We must do things slow here.  My jalapeno plant is also going crazy, which means I should probably make something soon.  But, in the meantime I am going to share with you a super yummy recipe that might just make you feel better about your chocolate chip cookies.  Because, the very fact that you have loaded them with shredded zucchini makes them healthy.  Just ignore all the sugar and butter.  

Zucchini-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
From Nestle

1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 sugar
1 egg
3/4 tsp vanilla
1 1.2 cups shredded zucchini
1 cup quick oats
1 cup chopped nuts (I didn't add these)
1 pkg. dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add egg and vanilla.  Beat well.  Add in dry ingredients.  Add in zucchini, oatmeal and chocolate chips.  Mix until just combined.  Use a cookie scoop to drop onto lined baking sheet.

Bake for 9-11 minutes.  Cool for 2 minutes before moving.  Store on a wire rack until completely cool.  Eat with a tall glass of milk.  Share with a friend!


Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday Meanderings

photo from here.

I'm back from my hiatus. And dreaming of all things fall (and trying to block out how hot it is here).  Things got so busy fast, with back to school and Ethan's birthday.  My to-do list seemed endless.  So, obviously I didn't blog.  But, I have lots of things to post about, so hopefully I can get back into a routine.

But first, some thoughts and ramblings.

:: I can't begin to describe how done I am with summer.  My sister called me the other day that she had snow.  I might have been a little jealous since we've had triple digit temps this week.  It's so hard to drink a hot latte when it's so hot!  Bring on the fall. . . and pumpkin!!!

:: Halloween is starting to come to mind. I think we are going to be staying home again and getting to know our neighbors.  I want to do something creative, but I am not sure what at this point.  Thank goodness for Pinterest!  Oh, and I need to come up with costumes for my Jedi and possibly a super hero or a surfer for the littlest little.

:: I've been playing with Stampin' Up's Yee Haw stamp set.  It's so cute and since Ethan's party with a Lone Ranger/Modern Cowboy party I just had to buy it!  I can't wait to show you how I used it for the party and then for some baby cards I am working on for our Family Ministries at church.

:: I downloaded this book for free on my Kindle this summer and I couldn't put it down.  I then bought book 2 and now I am reading book 3.  I had no idea until half way through the book that it was a 400 page book! It's not free now, but it's only 99 cents!  So worth it though!  I highly recommend it!

:: I found this blog post about decorating your house on a budget.  Great ideas!  But, seriously!  I wanted the same couch (not white, though) and bought an IKEA ektorp!  Great minds think alike!

:: I really want to make a family command center (you know, when I have spare time!).  I like this idea, this one, and this one.

:: I am always looking for good lunch ideas!  Annie's Eats has some great ideas!  I plan on trying a few soon!
:: Up until this week, I was probably the only person without a pair of ballet flats.  Well, that what I was thinking anyways.  But I found some great deals on some at the Gap and Kohls this week and I spent less than 20 dollars total!  Seriously excited!  Now to find me a black pair!

::  Thinking about starting this with our 6 year old since he doesn't want to play soccer this Fall.  I think it would be fun for him.

::  I started a new Bible Study last week!  I am co-leading a table this year and I am having so much fun already (it's only been 1 week!).  We are doing Pricilla Shirer's Gideon and It is so good!  I love that I have been finishing up this Joshua study over the summer and it Gideon just follows right along!  I really want to go back and do the She Reads Truth Hosea study.  Since it just ended, I might just do that.

And finally, if you are in need of a good laugh. . . I highly recommend this post!  It made my day!

 Bring on the new week!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Easy skillet monkey bread

It's quiet.  I started preschool this morning with Weston, my littlest.  He cried and we didn't even leave the house.  I will leave that story for another day.  There is a calmness at my house that I haven't seen since. . . well. . . I don't remember.  It's peaceful.  I may never leave the house again.  Oh, wait.  We have to eat.  Well, I will leave the house to get food. . . and Starbucks.   Oh, and maybe to pick up Ethan from school.  But other than that, I am going to be a home body this year.  

Anyways, Now I am rambling and it's still quiet.  So, let me share this amazing breakfast treat (I am really sure that it's not good for you. . . which is perfectly fine every now and then, if you ask me!).  This recipe uses one of my favorite kitchen skillet. . . the Cast Iron.  Feel some Cast Iron love!  
Take a tablespoon or two and rub it all over your skillet.  It's already seasoned and if you forget this part, it probably won't matter.  It just helps add some butter to underneath.  
My skillet is the Lodge 8inch, so if you are using the 12 inch., you will need 2 packages of biscuits.  Put some sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.  No measuring required, just eye ball it.  I usually go heavier on the cinnamon, but it is completely up to your taste preferences.
Cut your bisucuits up into pieces. I just cut them into fourths.
Roll them around a few times in your cinnamon sugar mixture.  Get them nice and covered.
Throw them in your skillet.
Melt some butter.
Add some brown sugar
Give it a good stir until it is nice and smooth.
Pour it over your biscuits.
Stick in oven.  I did mine at 375, which is what is recommended by Pillsbury.
While that is baking, mix some powdered sugar with a tablespoon of softenend butter.  Then add some milk to taste.  I also added a smidge of cinnamon to the sugar for extra flavor.
Stir until nice and creamy.  And drizzle over the top of cooked biscuits.

Happy Eating!  

Monday, August 18, 2014

Back to School & Ethan's First Day!

The summer is over!  I am ecstatic!  I am completely ready for all things fall and pumpkin spice lattes.  But, first, the new school year!  This year, I officially have a kindergartner.  Not a whole lot has changed from last year to this year with our schedule and routine.  But, I did get a little creative, even though I did pretty much the same thing as last year (the printable is still there, if you want to print it).   But, this year, I changed it up a bit. . . and I think I like it.
 I really like the yellow chalk look!  Plus, it had to have bunting (because, I love bunting!).  I have one made for preschool and kindergarten, and if you want me to send you the link, feel free to comment with your email address and I will get that to you as soon as possible.

 This year, I had a thought about making the cookie look like someone took a bite out of it.  I had see some Cookie Monster like themes for birthdays, but I thought it might look cool.  I am pretty happy with it.  At the bottom of this post is a link to the printable and the directions are on it.  There are also two different size options.  Have fun!
 And now for this cutie!  He is just growing up way too quick!  Hard to believe I started this blog just after he was born as an outlet.  And now look, we're starting Kindergarten!  He's kind of a pro at this whole going to school thing since he did TK last year.  It's going to be a fun year. . . I just know it!

And yes.  He wants to be a Jedi.  A Jedi, so he can fight Darth Vader.   He's kind of a Star Wars fan!

free printable can be found here.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Making progress and making lists

I'm making progress on one of the littles quilts.  Most likely for Weston, our little surfer boy.  I fell in love with this fabric one day during spring break.   It has been cut up and is now being sewn up.  But don't let the 9 patch fool you. . . it's going to disappear shortly.  I have made the same pattern way back here.  It's a super fun quilt and I am sooo very excited to see it finished.  

I need to iron Ethan's rectangles, but my ironing happens in the garage and quite frankly it's just too hot.  So until then, my focus is on this quilt and Ethan's birthday party.  

Lists are starting to happen like crazy.  I have avoided them all summer.  But, now as school approaches (next week, folks!), I feel like I need to get things done.  

My house is a fairly clean.   But, you wouldn't know that by the piles of activities piled on our dining room table and counters.  I must de-clutter.  soon.  it's driving me crazy! 

I am starting Weston with preschool this year.  He has really developed a love for learning this year, where as last year he could have cared less.  I am excited to get things going and start playing with some of our new things!  

Ethan's birthday party is coming soon and I need to get things going with that.  The invitation is almost complete and then to start getting crafty and making preparations.  I think it's going to be super cute!  

I just ordered some new stamps to play with and I am sure some play time will need to be scheduled.  

So, for now, I am going to go play with my boys.  And enjoy them  both being home for one more week.  But, to keep it real, I CANNOT wait for school to start. . . he is ready!  

Happy Monday! 

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Peach Cobbler deliciousness

 We survived the second to last week of Summer vacation.  It helped that it wasn't 110 outside. We actually celebrated seeing it at 99 one day.  We even joked that we would have to bring out the sweatshirts (ha ha ha).  We hung out with friends and ate free Jamba Juice and saw my parents, who were back from their very long 2 month summer trek (our fridge has the postcards to prove it!).  This week, the hubby even brought up the fact that I haven't baked a single cookie all summer.  In fact, I haven't done much baking at all. 

 So, this afternoon, I had a crazy thought. . . why  not make some cobbler?  And wouldn't they look cute in those jars I bought for this?  So I spent some time (really, it was a lot) perusing Pinterest and searching for just the right recipe.   I didn't want a huge batch, just enough to fill up a couple jars.  I finally found this one, and decided to play with it a bit.  I really wasn't sure how it was going to turn out, especially since I opted not to add butter, decreased the sugar, and substituted almond milk.  Sometimes it doesn't work because recipes thrive on the milk fat.  But this worked.  And it worked beautifully.  It may have even been better because of the sweet, vanilla flavor of the almond milk (pure speculation, of course!).  It even tasted wonderful with some So Delicious Coconut Milk Vanilla Bean ice "cream".  I may also be obsessed now with baking desserts in cute jars.  Don't judge.  

Amazing Peach Cobbler
adapted from here

3 heaping cups of sliced peaches (I didn't peel mine)
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbs flour
1 Tbs lemon juice
1 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbs sugar
3 Tbs shortening
1/2 cup Vanilla Almond Milk

Preheat oven to 425.
Slice your peaches. I recommend cutting them into 1 inch chunks if you are going to be making them in jars or ramekins.  Sprinkle sugar and flour into your bowl of peaches.  Toss to coat.  Drizzle with lemon juice (Confession: I didn't measure mine).  Set aside.  Sugar will help release the natural juices in the peaches.
In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.  Toss with a fork.  Add shortening and stir with a fork until light and crumbly.  Pour in almond milk and stir until it looks like you could make biscuits. . . it will be almost in a ball.
Spoon peaches into your jars (or pour into a 9x9 inch baking dish).  Take a spoon full of dough and spread it out the size of your ramekin and press it in to cover.  Or just put spoonfuls all over the top of your peaches, if you are making in one dish.

Put your ramekins/jars on a baking sheet lined with a silpat or parchment paper (you will thank me for this. . . as some of the juices will bubble out the top).  Stick in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.

Mine made about 7-8 little jars.  They were the perfect serving, too!


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