Friday, July 25, 2014

friday favorites

Here’s another round of Friday Favorites—a summary of things I’ve loved this week. :)

1. Our garden that has completely exploded! 
Our pumpkin flowers are enormous and it’s neat because they only stay open in the morning.

I think the zucchini will be our first harvest—and soon!

Can you spot the tiny cucumber? I’ve never had a garden like this before and I’m just amazed at how big it has gotten in just a month. Growing your own seeds is a surefire way to be in awe of God’s creation. I’m sure I’ll be talking about it every week!  :)

2. Shipping diapers to my door.
With both Ephraim and Nolan in my cart at the store, I don’t have room for big diaper boxes. I always do the math on to get the best deal and have it shipped to my house for free (with the Red Card)!

3. Coconut Cove Soap from Bath & Body Works
Bath & Body Works was having a sale last month when I got this soap online for $2.50. Coconut for me is hit or miss, but I took a chance on this scent, and I absolutely love it! So perfect for summer.

4. Hot Chocolate
Steve and I might be the only crazies who drink hot chocolate every night, even in the summer. What can I say? We’re addicted :)

5. Time with the boys.
I can’t believe my little guy will be half-a year old on Monday!

Linking up with Andrea, Erika, and Narci.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

playdate in punxsy

Last week, I got my first smart phone, and though I won’t be trading in my real cameras anytime soon, I can totally see how convenient it is to just whip out the iPhone and snap a few photos of the kids in action :)

We went for a drive to meet my friend Briana and her two sons, Coleson and Decklen in Punxsutawney for a playdate at the park.

Hammie had to go down the slide first to make sure it was okay :)
Punxsy has thirty-two “Phantastic Phil” fiberglass groundhog statues around town. It’s my goal to take photos of all of them someday!

We had so much fun hanging out with these guys—wish we lived closer!

After the park, we got some lunch at Punsxy Phil’s Cakes and Steaks. Can you tell they love their groundhogs?
  And a few photos from yesterday! I love seeing how Ephraim is sleeping when I wake up in the morning :)  Sleeping on his tummy is a new thing.
Waiting for Daddy to get home from paining ceilings all day!

Can’t believe it’s already Thursday!
Check back in tomorrow for my Friday favorites :)

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?


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