Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy Saint Patrick's Day 2018

Carolyn would like to wish you all a happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Vegan Vanilla Cake with Chai Frosting

It was my sister in laws birthday last weekend and she recently has decided to become a vegan. Having lots of previous experience cooking and baking for a vegan friend I volunteered to bake the birthday cake!

After lots of Pinterest searching I came across this amazing recipe by The Almond Eater and we both decided that this was the cake to make! I'm not going to post the cake directly here because that would be stealing her awesome work but you can click this link to go get the recipe yourself. I followed it almost to a T except I used a different type of butter. My grocery store does not sell Earth Balance, although I have purchased it at a different store and really do like it. But they did have a new butter called Melt and I decided to give it a try! It's made using coconut oil and it definitely does have a coconut taste. I decided this would work well in this instance because coconut and chai are friends!

Everybody loved the cake and the frosting too! And as I predicted they did go well together! I think this is probably the moistest cake I've ever made it was so soft and delicious. If you are in need of a vegan cake recipe I highly recommend it.

To celebrate her birthday we all went out to eat at a restaurant called the Veggie Grill, they have wonderful food. Then we went back to my parents house and had cake and presents. And lots of fun with lots of little ones running around! 

By far my favorite photo of the night!

I am so lucky that the Lord blessed me with Lindsay as my sister in law! I love having her as my special sister that I can confide in and share all sorts of mommy experiences with! Happy birthday Lindsay! 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

My Favorite Things - Baking Edition

I started blogging because I enjoyed reading other people's blogs and wanted to share my own experiences with the world. Lately something I've been enjoying about other folk's blogs has been their favorite things recommendations. Not every product is something I want or need but it really has opened my eyes to lots of neat and helpful things out there. Without further ado, I bring you the things that I'm loving too!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Baking Hack

A little while ago I decided I wanted to make a trifle using angel food cake. I found a box for it at the grocery store and figured it would be easy!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Revolution 2018

This was the 3rd time The Revolution reenactment took place, and our 3rd time attending. It was a wonderful weekend!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Cloth Diapering - Tips - Tricks - the Truth

Oh, you cloth diaper! Wow I'm so impressed!
I hear it all the time! It's funny how to those that don't participate in this age old baby care tradition find it mysteriously scary and daunting. But is it really so difficult?

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day

Carolyn had her first Valentine's Day party this year and was super excited to pass out her Valentines!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Baby Led Weaning

This post should really be called Baby Led Feeding because that is what you are actually doing. There is no weaning involved here, Carolyn is 1 1/2 and she still nurses 2-4 times a day. What I'm actually going to be talking to you about is feeding your baby real food! When you begin the object is to introduce your baby to food (not feed them whole meals that replace their milk diet). Slowly as the baby eats more food it will take on the role of the nutritional source and the milk will become the supplemental source.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

LG 24 Cu Ft Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator Review

Our old hand-me-down refrigerator died three weeks ago and we were faced with a dilemma. Buy a used one off Craig's List or purchase something new that will hopefully last longer than two years. With some encouragement and support from my parents (they gave us some cash to help make it possible) we decided to take the plunge into buying a brand new appliance!  Thanks Mom and Dad, you're the best!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Halloween 2017

We began discussing Carolyn's Halloween costume right after last year, but didn't finally decide what to do until after Ben's big flying adventure. Carolyn has become enthralled with airplanes; pointing to them in the sky, making motor noises and playing with her Little People plane in the house.

That settled it, she NEEDED to be Amelia Earhart! Which left Ben and I to figure out how to dress to match. Ben decided to be her mechanic and I would be a reporter asking for an interview.

Monday, October 9, 2017

How to Make a Poodle Skirt

Back when I was still teaching my kindergarten coworkers were preparing for the annual Christmas performance when they realized their poodle skirts were MIA! I volunteered to help them quickly pull some together. Lucky for me they had the perfect red skirts left over from their Cinco De Mayo celebration the year before. All they needed were the cute little white dogs!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Gift Wrap Organization

Christmas is coming (sorta soon) so it's time to organize your wrapping paper and gift bags! It sounds frivolous, but trust me it's sooooo wonderful having these all organized.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Birthday Ball

I had dreams of throwing a regency ball for my 30th birthday, and with some help that's just what I did! Sorry this post has been overdue for two years now, but hey it was just my birthday so I thought I'd pretend I'm only 30 again!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Ben's Birthday Surprise!

When Ben and I first met we discovered that we have something really cool in common - our birthdays! We were born the same day just three years apart! We love sharing our birthdays together, but we decided a nice way to make each of us feel extra special would be to throw a party for the person who was having a big birthday. That's why for Ben's 30th we threw him the Birthday Expedition, to check it out click here. And for my birthday we threw me a Regency Ball, you can view it here.

It was another big birthday for Ben so I asked him if he would like a party or a surprise adventure. He chose the surprise, I may have given him some encouragement for that one. And surprised he was!

I sent him flying on a Stearman Biplane!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Mini Family Vacation to Big Bear

A few weeks ago we decided to try something new and rented an AirBnB in Big Bear for two nights.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

How to Make a Hair Bow Hanger

I think I'm not alone in saying little girls have A LOT of BOWS!  I finally decided it was time to pack up her infant head bands, and boy did Carolyn have a lot of those!  Now we've moved on to the little hair bow clippies and because I have a feeling she'll be wearing these for a long time I decided it was time to get organized.  So with a little help from my husband (he's my master spray painter) we made her this cute hair bow hanger.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Carolyn's 1st Birthday - Mermaid Party

Carolyn's 1st birthday was such a special day for her and me!  I've been planning this party all year! Actually longer than that even, but let's not get distracted with how crazy I am...  The way I looked at it, this was the only birthday party for her where I would be able to choose the theme, from now on she'll have more and more of an opinion and will pick her own theme.  So why not pick my absolute favorite, mermaids!!!!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Regency Gold Open Gown

I made a new regency open gown!  I LOVE it especially because it it goes over my other gowns that I've made and I can use it as a mix-n-match piece!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Vegetarian Sheppard's Pie

I have several vegetarian friends and I love making meals that they can enjoy as non-meat eaters. St. Patrick's Day is one of those meat eaters holidays where the main course is definitely not for them, but not anymore!  I have discovered the best vegetarian Sheppard's Pie!
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