As I posted yesterday – I thought I had a draft of my weekly new things. This is by a complete list, looks like I stopped adding after about three months or so but you get the idea.

So I’ve fallen behind reporting on my weekly “projects” which I have dubbed Pinterest projects because honestly 99% of them will be attempts to do things I saw on Pinterest.

So here’s what I’ve tried and how they turned out.

1) Homemade paint.  Recipe found HERE.  This….did not work for me.  I may try it again some time but it came out too thick to actually be used as paint.

2) Family Home Evening on Prayer – I just kind of made this one up.  I have pictures to go with all the answers to the questions.

3) Preschool Calendar Board – this one actually took two weeks because I had to order more ink and go back to the store to get more velcro and laminating paper.  I got the idea from HERE.4) Glazed Donut Muffins – HERE 

These were delicious! Enough said.

5) Pin the Tail on the Bunny (LINK – PS I love this website!) however – the project failed. Seemed simple enough but the Velcro was just too strong and the tails ripped off.

6) baptism FHE

7) Pound cake

I’ve made pound cake before but I wanted to try a new recipe. Recipe found here.

There may have been too much batter, or it was too fluffy, or the pan’s too small. So many options.

But it tasted delicious!

8) homemade guacamole

9) homemade Reese’s eggs

10) rice krispy Easter baskets

11) Wall signs


The Sweetest Things

A lot has happened since I last posted.

Stormy turned one year old two weeks ago! I can’t believe it’s been a year. I’m finally sleeping through the night (mostly) again.  We celebrated his birthday on Memorial Day with a cookout in the park. Chewy and I both have large families so we figured that would be easiest.  I decided several weeks ago that I wanted to make a monkey cake for stormy, since we’ve always considered him our little monkey. I was nervous, because the only other cake I’ve ever done was a puppy paw for my sister’s birthday and that was just a round cake with four cupcakes up top.

When I started I was even more nervous because it didn’t seem like it would look anything like the picture from the pan.


But slowly it started to look more like a monkey. #momgoals

It was humid, as is the norm here, but the temperature was good and the rain held off. Have I mentioned it’s rained most of the past month? Seriously it’s only been sunny and handful of days and Monday was not one of them.

The adults and teenagers under the park pavilion.  All others on the playground.



He was a little weirded out by everyone singing “Happy Birthday” to him.

We decided to give stormy sugar for the first time, Chewy and I are so prideful and stubborn that the more my family complained that we were waiting for a year to give him sugar, the longer we wanted to wait.  Seriously, babies don’t need sugar (well- no one does really but especially not babies). To our relief, he has no interest so far.

He had more interest in the plate the cake was on.  I even tried to give him a sugar cookie that my dad made. He promptly removed it from his mouth. I’m okay with that. He has his whole life to eat grandpa’s sugar cookies.
We waited to open his present until we got home. He was too distracted at the park but once we got home he kept going for the present.

We had the doctor on Tuesday for his one year appointment. Apparently it’s pretty impressive that I am still nursing Stormy…I personally like nursing a lot more than I thought, but I have started weaning because I will not be one of those ladies nursing a five year old. Stormy’s gotta grow up sometime.

Anyway, so Stormy has always been very good at the doctors. He is curious and watches what everyone is doing and sometimes the doctor lets him play with the doctor stuff for a second–but that wasn’t the case on Tuesday. The moment we put him down to be measured he flipped out. I guess it’s normal for them to start to develop apprehension. Doesn’t help that they pricked his finger later and then shot him four times in the legs.

By the end of that week both Chewy and Stormy had a stomach bug…I will only say that I am so glad all of that is over.  I don’t really like being thrown up on and my brain seriously didn’t know how to process that!  I think I’ve got it down now…but I’m not looking forward to that happening again.

So that’s the update.  Happy Birthday to my handsome little dude.  Can’t wait to see what year 2 brings!

I like to bake. I’ve been okay about it lately, I got my bake on during the holidays and then I stopped. Yesterday I baked a cake for my mother-in-law’s birthday, which she and everyone else loved so…there are no leftovers. Maybe if there were I would have this desire to make cookies. 

I emailed my husband at work and told Gino needed him to talk me down from baking cookies. He wrote back quickly and said, “what kind?”  I don’t k is if I am pleased or disappointed that he’s not trying to stop me. So I wrote back, ALL OF THEM. Well really I wrote back that I was thinking of trying to create Templetons or maybe I’d just make brown sugar cookies or snicker doodles or peanut butter or all of them. 

He asked if there was anything I could eat that would help. Have you ever just wanted to eat the whole world?  I’ve been feeling that way lately but Chewy has been home from work to stop me. Now he’s back at work and all I keep thinking about is eating a warm cookie. I don’t care what kind. I told him it’s not hunger, it’s pure want. He wrote back, “I don’t know why to say. Panic…panic!”

I held off for another hour, I thought not knowing what type I wanted would help but then I decided on brown sugar, because I could start that and add chips later if I should so choose. 




12 Days of Christmas: Tradition 

I mentioned sugar cookies in the last post. My grandmother used to make sugar cookies and assorted homemade candy and send them to us in these Christmas tins. Of course, my dad was also making the cookies as they were a favorite Christmas tradition from his childhood so we got lots of sugar cookies at Christmas time. This is my first Christmas as a mother, but I’m looking forward to continuing this tradition. With my kids. My dad would make TONS of cookies, the dough has to be refrigerated for an hour so he usually made the dough the day before. OUR tradition as kids was to sneak cookie dough 🙂

He taught us all how to do it, how to roll out the dough and how to ice them without getting icing or sprinkles everywhere (he may have had OCD). My mom would make fudge and we’d put the sweets on a paper plate and take them to people. I still love doing this and have already been delivering them (except I’ve added gingersnaps and peppermint fudge to the mix).


Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 

Here’s a quick and incomplete list of things I am grateful for. 

  • My husband who is also my best friend 
  • My sweet little baby boy, may I have 30 just like him. 
  • My siblings – my closest friends and my greatest foes…just kidding. But they sure do know how to grate my nerves at times. 
  • Visits from my best friend 
  • Tender mercies – those little things you get right when you need them. 
  • My parents – they believe I could conquer the world if I wanted to (maybe next year)
  • My young women – I was terrified at first but now I love serving those girls and am grateful for my calling. 
  • Sleep. I take what I can get right now but one day I’ll get a full night again. 
  • Baking and people who will eat what I bake, thus enabling me…thanks for taking one for the team. 
  • My brother-in-law who doesn’t have kids but will yell at everyone else’s to keep quiet because my baby is sleeping. 
  • The Internet – because being a mom would be so much harder without Google and Pinterest. 

I hope everyone has a great day. What are some things you’re thankful for?

Also – Referring back to baking – here’s my contribution to Thanksgiving dinner this year…

   I almost wish I ate chocolate…but I figured out there are over 500 calories in a slice so I’m ok feeding it to others.