Friday, October 15


 I have learned that from this spot I have the BEST view!!! Watching her from back here and seeing just

 how determined she is sometimes makes me giddy through my core.  Her posture even cracks me up.

So proud of her.
   (pictures from our camping trip in Oracle, AZ)

Wednesday, October 13


 Both of my children were born where the Saquaro Cactus grow tall... 

we are thinking of uprooting them to a place that would be closer to the people that we love.

 Its a hard desicion, but one that we feel is right.  We are home as long as we are together.

I have a hole in my heart just thinking of leaving...

Arizona is such a part of me that I can't imagine the last 11 years of my life anywhere else.

To the point that I almost can't imagine living a life anywhere else.

I know that wherever our path may lead us, it will be right for our family. 

Monday, July 19


In all the cleverness I have come across since a certain friend introduced me to blogging almost 4 yrs ago, I have to totally brag about this one.  I mean for real people this is a project that my kiddos would LOVE and I don't even think I have to go any further than the basket of magazines that are piling up, the tape dispenser and the recycle bin (cardboard boxes)!!!  The possibilities are driving me crazy so I felt that if I blogged about it (1) I won't lose the link to the infinity amount of 'want to try' list in my favorites folder and (2) I can continue for a moment to dance in my excitement, because I can promise you if I run in the other room to tell hubby he will just look at me with no response and totally be a buzz kill. 
Anyways... that's it, nightie night.

Thursday, July 15

how this post got started...

History: Last week I scored for $2.99 a Pampered Chef Floral cupcake pan... normally because of how weird my hubby is about second hand stuff when you eat or cook from it I skip this area
in Goodwill for our own kitchen, but is my favorite place for Myla's... however, not one thing was wrong with it and there look to be no wear and tear, it looked brand new. 

The hunt for a new recipe started last night.
  I needed a cake that didn't really need to be frosted, so I turned to my favorite cookbook (my other eye candy favorites) and came across something that struck my fancy...
'Random Cake'.

I didn't use the raisins.  It turned out really good and have added it to my 'make a second time for sure list'.
Though I will say, I have never ever had a cake recipe tell me to add all the dry ingredients and then mush with a fork the butter and then mix in the eggs... ALWAYS I have blended the butter with sugar, eggs, and spices and then added the flour... anyhoo... do you know that it was the creamiest and fluffiest batter!!!

This book not only has really yummy and healthy recipes its also a lot of
 fun to look at.  It was copywrited in 1971 by the La Leache League (hence the nursing picture above) and was given to my mother-in-law by a good friend of hers. 

My  finished 'Random Cupcakes'

How could I have not gotten that pan? 
I plan to do like a lemon sumpin' ruther and use a powdered sugar glaze on the flowers.  Cuteness. 
Have you baked lately? 

Monday, July 12

these were fun...

We've made them twice now they are so easy.  The marshmellows are already made.... duh?  So you melt chocolate, crush up graham crackers, poke marshmellows with tooth picks.
Roll marshmellow in melted chocolate, and then roll in the graham cracker crumbs.


Kids are perfect helpers with this one... (easy people... EASY!) And there are many different toppings that you could use.  We were thinking crushed peppermint with the chocolate and marshmellow would be great for serving with hot cocoa this coming winter.

Monday, July 5

Diary of a Kitchen...

Well these lovely ingredients (cream cheese, peanut butter and powdered sugar)were blended into a no bake pie. Peanut Butter pie that is. I forgot to take an 'after' picture... so you'll just have to invision it, sprinkled on top with chopped roasted peanuts.
The next photo is of a little lady, probably the reason I forgot to take the picture of the pie...

She wanted evidence to show her brother that she could hold herself up without falling.

She's so funny. And did I mention proud of herself.
Hope everyone had a nice holiday weekend.

Thursday, April 8

Molly Polly Wally Frog ....

went to the doggy park and made new friends!!! The little white dog is a fostered animal and comes here for therapy. Notice she became Myla's bestfriend in the picture underneath. Myla has a special heart for special animals, she never really left 'LuLu's" side. If you know my child she was quiet with her, real soft when she petted her, and just SAT beside her. So sweet!!

Monday, April 5

Friday, March 12

His moment...

(his dad is holding his car behind him)

He won first place at the Pinewood Derby!!!!

He earned his first trophy.

He was so proud.

You could just see it.

His Dad was proud.

You could just see it.

His Mommy was proud (and probably very loud, I just couldn't believe it)

and his friends and their dads were proud for him.

It was an awesome experience...

Thursday, March 4

my cub is growing up...

He has almost a full belt of loops that he has earned. We've begun to to fill up a vest with patches and pins.

This was taken after he had been at the table for a few moments...

Wish us luck in the PineWood Derby!