Hangin' with the Animals

The little man has clothes...and I mean CLOTHES. Shirts, socks, pants, coats, accessories. And he has WAY more than I do. I am in no way complaining - I love rarely looking into his closet and realizing there's nothing clean to put on him - but we live in a shoebox and his bigger stuff (towel, wee-one-keeper-warmer, snow suit) keep ending up in a big pile on the floor because there's no where to put them.


A Pintermission: January Results

I've been true to my word completing a Pintermission every month, but this month I forgot one key element: PROOF! Yes, this will be a photo-less post. My parents recently moved from Minnesota to Georgia and stopped at our place for a night's rest on their way through with the moving truck. I decided to load them up with healthy goodies for the road, and quick bites to grab while they unpacked. Nothing makes me feel less like moving (belongings or just in general) than fast food.

When it's okay to air your dirty laundry

Okay, so it's not dirty anymore by the time it's being aired, and you still probably shouldn't hang it on the sidewalk. But as a cloth diapering momma, I find a clothesline full of cloth diapers to actually be somewhat peaceful and beautiful. It gives me the same feeling as looking at the wind turbine fields.


Yes, yes. I know “everything pumpkin” season is pretty much over, but I finally remembered to take pictures of this recipe! I hate having to make dishes right before they’re consumed. Nothing is ever done when I expect it to be (I either mess something up, calculate the time wrong, require a last minute mid-recipe store trip, or the universe is just working against me), so I love any recipe that is make-ahead. This panna cotta recipe is a super easy make-ahead with a lush, velvety texture and refreshingly delicious flavor.

Handmade Holidays

Happy New Year! Yes, yes, I know it’s late. The whole family rang in the new year with a stomach virus, so I’m just now catching up. Now that everyone has had a chance to open their handmade gifts it’s safe to share what I’ve been up to the last several months! Because so many of these were Pinterest inspired (especially the food), I’m counting Christmas-ing as my December Pintermission.

Tatted Necklace Re-creation

I will be the first to admit that as much as I like to fancy myself a “creative”, I am not the Martha Stewart kind of person who just thinks crafty thoughts, wiggles her nose, and produces a beautiful masterpiece. My brain is so big-picture oriented that I get these grand ideas, but reality is almost always a disappointment because I have a nightmare of a time executing the details.


A friend of mine is hosting a white elephant and cookie exchange party this weekend, and I took that as a sign that I needed to create a new cookie recipe.

S’mores are an all-time favorite of mine. Just seeing graham crackers sends my mind whirling into memories of summer time, campfires, delicious s’mores, and being sticky…head to toe. Mr. Indulgent, however, gets to the memory of “sticky” and loses interest.


Play-N-Go Mat: Tutorial

Who likes cleaning? Not me…and neither do any young children I know of (if you have a child who likes to clean, please tell me how you tricked them…it’s not too late for me!). So, when I saw this idea on Pinterest for a play mat bag, I knew I had to make one for my nephews.


O Christmas Tree!

O Christmas tree! O Christmas tree! How dangerous your ornaments…

I love decorating for Christmas. The lights, the tree, the snowmen and gingerbread men. Love it. In my family, the day after Thanksgiving is THE day for Christmas decorating, so on Thanksgiving Day, when I had a horrible vision of the cats knocking down an ornament and Lincoln swallowing one of the hooks, panic set in. How was I going to have a festive tree that couldn’t also be dubbed “chocking hazard display”?

Answer: Ribbons.


A little handmade love

My parents are in the process of moving, so I took the opportunity to try out something I’d seen on Pinterest. With three grandsons and lots of wall space, I decided they needed me to help them decorate.

A few months back I saw the DIY photobooth canvases and fell in love. I mean, what could be more perfect than capturing some of those sweet expressions and displaying them in the context of such a fun past time?