Wednesday, July 23, 2014

what i wore wednesday

It’s a hot one here this week. I mean, no it’s not the 100s of Texas, but 85 is hot no matter where you go, and we don’t have air conditioning to retreat to :) In fact, we don’t even have ceiling fans in our house (it’s on Steve’s to-do list), and most of the windows do not open! In these days it’s fun to throw on a light cotton dress and call it good. How do you beat the heat?

Dress: Target Mossimo Racerback Maxi
Shoes: Crocs A-Leigh Mini Wedge
Earrings: Nickel & Suede
Sunglasses: Target (old)

This cute feather charm on my necklace came from my friend Kim (our MOPS leader). She gave these to all of us to get excited about next year’s upcoming theme, “Be You Bravely.”

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Linking up with Lindsey, Alison, and Shanna.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

oven pancake


I first had the oven pancake (pannenkoek)at my aunt’s house in Minnesota when we visited my family for Thanksgiving. It was the perfect blend of warm hospitality and a filling breakfast. In the years since, Steve and I have enjoyed making it for any meal, breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

6 Tablespoons butter
6 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Heat butter in a 13 x 9 glass pan in the oven until melted (I cut it into smaller slices so it melts faster). Mix eggs, milk, flour and salt together in a separate bowl and stir with a fork until blended (it will be lumpy). Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 25 minutes.

(Makes 8 servings)

Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with syrup (or your favorite pancake topping). It also goes great with fruit/pie fillings—apples, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, the sky’s the limit!

oven pancake

Monday, July 21, 2014

Steve’s birthday weekend

Can we rewind and do this weekend over again? We had so much fun as our little family of four, celebrating Steve’s birthday, which always falls perfectly in the middle of summer. It was fun to see Nolan old enough to sing happy birthday to his daddy and genuinely be excited for the cake and candles and presents :) It was a simple day, but I hope we were able to show Steve how much he means to us.

Enjoy some photos from our past week!

I signed Nolan up for the Build and Grow workshop at Lowe’s every other Saturday. Steve got to take Nolan there last Saturday morning to make a wooden “Turbo” snail together!

He loved it!!

My mom made her husband Don cute cupcakes for his 70th birthday!

These were part of Steve’s birthday gift :) The dozen did not survive the weekend.

We took a mini road trip to Target and Olive Garden :)

This picture will warm my heart for years to come :)
The mountains NEVER show up well on my camera. It was a beautiful drive home.

Our parents met us at home for some birthday cake. Steve chose a chocolate chip caramel oatmeal cake.


This was part of Steve’s birthday present from my mom!

I’m new at growing things, so I was pleasantly surprised to find zucchini growing from the flowers on the plant!

How was your weekend?

Friday, July 18, 2014

friday favorites

To wrap up this week, here are some of my favorite things that happened!

1. Nolan and his “Cars” cars.

Steve is on the lookout for diecast cars from the Pixar/Disney movie “Cars,” mainly the major characters from the town of Radiator Springs. Yesterday morning we gave Nolan “Sally,” the Porche—which was really hard to find! Nolan got so excited, and pretty soon he called us into the room to show us that they were all having a party :)

2. Ephraim’s toy-stage is in full swing!

This little guy always has to have a toy in his mouth. This is helping him have a little more independent time, as it keeps him entertained longer than five minutes. :)

3. Raspberries from our garden.

I think last year, our raspberry bushes peaked in late August, but we are seeing red this week! I have seriously picked almost a hundred raspberries a day! And all of this from only a few little bushes!

4. The things out of this kid’s mouth.

It has been SO fun to hear Nolan’s words turn in to such complete thoughts and conversations! We are getting to see his imagination at work and finally understand more of what goes on in his head :) Here are two examples:

When leaving a graduation party on Sunday, he said to the mom of the grad: "Tank you Mrs. H—. I love you!” Yesterday, after picking up some food items, he said “Bye grocery store, I love you!”

Also, he keeps repeating sentences like this every time he gets a minor injury: “I hurt mine thumbie. I need to go to the goctor and get a bandaid and then go to the ice cream store!”

5. My favorite friend’s birthday is tomorrow.

I can’t wait to celebrate Steve’s birthday!! It’s one of my very favorite days of the year, and hopefully I’ll be able to spoil him with cake and presents and all good things!

Check out that jawline! :)

Linking up with Erika, Narci, and Andrea :)


Happy weekending everyone!!

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

DIY box of sunshine

box of sunshine 
Several weeks ago, I compiled little “Boxes of Sunshine” for two very special people. I want to share what I included in case you have someone in your life who could use a little happy mail :)

box of sunshine

1. Yellow Post-Its (Full adhesive sticky notes)
2. Ring Pops (package of 4)
3. Box of Crayola crayons
4. Two Mr. Goodbars
5. Sally Hansen Hard as Nails polish in “Hard Lemonade”
6. EOS lip balm in “Lemon Drop”
7. Mott’s original fruit snacks
8. Juicy Juice gum
9. Lemonheads
10. Lipton White Tea in “Peach Mango”

I lined the box with yellow shredded crinkle paper, and threw in a few yellow balloons as well. All of it was bought at Walmart. :)

I want to try this again—using other colors!


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