Monday, August 03, 2015


This morning feels like a legitimate Monday. It's an odd feeling because for the past two months of summer, we've been living as if every day were Friday.  Even worse, I got so off track last week that the days didn't even have a feel. I really had to think hard about what day it was. I'm taking that as a good sign that we've had a great summer. I'm not ready at all for our carefree days to go away, but I guess it's fitting because school starts next week and it's time to get back on a regular schedule. Ugh.

I ordered Vaughn a new backpack and lunch box last night that she loves and I cannot stand. It was hard spending good money on something green. But she explained to me very rationally, "Mama, sometimes I like different things than you". Tru dat, baby girl. Can't believe she's starting 2nd grade and that Vance will be a 5th grader.

By the end of today we'll have all of our supplies bought and will be up to our ears in bouquets of sharpened pencils. Can't wait!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Make This: 3D Butterfly Picture

Vaughn is still very much into butterflies, so when she wanted to get crafty one day, I knew this was the project. I wish I could take credit for this idea, but I can't. It was someone else's brilliant idea. Here's the How To in case you need one too. 

Use watercolors to fill pieces of paper with color. We used Prang paints, which tend to be brighter than Crayola, and used heavy watercolor paper, but I don't think that was necessary. I say use what you have on hand! Let the paper dry and use a butterfly punch butterflies out. 

I did have to buy the butterfly punch. Use your weekly Michael's coupon to get a deal! 

While you're waiting for your paper to dry, paint a canvas and let it dry. 

Give the butterflies a little fold down the center and arrange them.

I stepped in to do the hot glueing. Use just a bit of glue on the fold of the butterfly and press it down onto the canvas. This step took a bit of patience, but it's worth it though!

So fun and ready to hang!

Have a great day!

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday Five(ish): Summer So Far

Hello! It's been awhile, so here's a little bit of what we've been up to.

We spent 4th of July watching two of Vance's baseball games, enjoying fireworks with friends, eating the Barefoot Contessa's Flag cake, and looking adorable wearing matching mommy-daughter dresses.   

 I dusted off my sewing machine and made this quick patchwork tablecloth using red, white, and blue bandanas. It's perfect for outdoor happy hours where the kids always beat me in Yahtzee. 

Vance started a blog and I've been helping him get it up and running.

I've been experimenting with watercolors. I never liked them much, but I'm thinking that's because I didn't know how to use them the right way. The key for me, so far, is less water and a good brush.

These cookies are so good and it's a plus that the kids don't like them. However, it's a huge minus knowing that when the bag is gone, I'm the one to blame and not the kids. 

Vance's corn is still growing and it's taller than me (and probably Justin) now. It's hilarious to see, a lone corn stalk growing from our landscaping, but Vance is absolutely thrilled with it.

Cheers to a great weekend everyone! 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Julia Child Printable Quote

I've been cooking more lately and while the kids don't always eat it, it's so nice to have Justin look up from his plate and say things like, "this sauce is really good!" I've failed so many times. (So many times.) It's a great confidence boost to have a couple "wins" under my belt.

Ever try heating oil up slowly in a sauté pan with a clove of garlic sliced into bigger pieces? When the oil (whichever you're using - avocado, grapeseed, evoo, etc.) starts to get hot and the garlic starts to brown, take it out and continue with whatever you're making. It's a great way to add flavor to the oil. 

Anyways, I came across this quote from Julia Child yesterday and designed a printable of it while hunkered down in the basement during tornado warnings last night. Click HERE for it and print at your desired size.

Bon Appétit! 

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

2-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream Failure...Again!

I noticed the "2 ingredient Banana Ice Cream" BuzzFeed video going around and it reminded me of when I tried it back in 2011. I didn't think it was bad, but the kids thought differently and their reactions were hilarious. If you're wanting to try it, I think the way to go is to add other fruit and make it sorbet-ish. (I can't seem to get the video working. Oops.)
2-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream
Posted by BuzzFeed Food on Wednesday, June 24, 2015
My original post from September 2011

A long time ago (June) I tried to dupe the kids. They called me out. Big time. 

Basically you cut up a bunch of bananas, freeze them, then use a food processor to chop them up, add whatever flavoring you'd like and it creates a pseudo-ice cream. I added peanut butter and cocoa powder and I thought it wasn't bad at all. I was actually surprised how good it tasted.

I told the kids to "come try this". I never said it was ice cream. These pictures were not staged. I pushed the bowls in front of them, waited, and snapped away at their first impressions.

(Look how excited Vaughn is here.)

I like how she gives it another try.

Poor Vaughnie. She loves, loves, loves ice cream. I think she had her hopes up because it looked so much like ice cream. Clearly, she was crushed. 

(I wonder if it would have been better if I added frozen berries to it - like a pseudo sorbet? Hmmm...)


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Monday, June 22, 2015

Make This: Quick Copper Garden Markers

Every time we make a trip to Home Depot, the kids beg to pick up one more veggie to plant and I usually give them the go ahead because we're gardening, man! Getting our (gloved) hands dirty! Growing food! Making magic! And really, just feeding the deer, rabbits, and chipmunks, but more about that later. It's starting to look bushy out back, which means it's time to add garden markers so we can tell what's what in our batch of crops. 

I picked up these metal tags from Target's $1 Spot and hot glued them to oversized craft sticks. I'm going to be honest - I wanted to write the names on the signs. However, I royally fought the urge, and let Vaughn do them all herself because I know how badly she wanted to do them. 

Let them dry and then stick them in! That's all it takes! It'll be fun to see how the copper changes with the weather. 

{If time allows, trim the fairy garden...

and rearrange their furniture. Gotta keep those fairies happy!}

Happy Monday, everyone! 

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Robert Rauschenberg's Key Lime Pie

One of my favorite artists, Robert Rauschenberg, loved making key lime pie and apparently was good at it because guests of his Captiva Island home always asked for his recipe so he kept photocopies of it on hand. I like knowing details like this about people and enjoyed reading about him in the recent story about him in the NY Times. 

The kids have never tried key lime pie, so we added the ingredients to our grocery list and whipped one up in no time. Everyone liked it, Justin loved it, but the next go round, I'll add more lime juice. Turns out Bob liked his pie on the sweeter side. 

Read the article and find his recipe here

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