Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Veggie Mexican Quinoa Soup

Oh my word I made this the other day and it was so good I just had to share it with you! I make a lot of vegetarian/vegan friendly meals because I have several friends who are vegetarian and one who is lactose intolerant. This dinner fits the bill for all of them! Ben and I eat meat but we love this dish so much, I hope you do too!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Visit to the Air Show at March Air Force Base

Ben has been itching to take Carolyn to an air show since its obvious that she shares his love of air planes. Last weekend we had a wonderful time visiting March Air Force Base for their annual air show.  We were so happy that some friends and their family could come too!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Instant Pot Steam Hack

Do you own an instant pot? If you don't, what are you waiting for? I put one on my wish list for my birthday this past year and have been loving using it, thanks Mom! Although I have a lot of counter space in my kitchen I am restricted on where I can put my instant pot. You see you need to keep your instant pot plugged in and all of my outlets coincidentally happen to be under cabinets! The problem here is the steam!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Easter Celebration 2018

For me the Easter celebration actually starts the week before on Palm Sunday. When I was a child I would proudly proclaim that I liked Palm Sunday better than Easter. It's a day to celebrate the arrival of Jesus into Jerusalem. People were so excited for him to come they waved palm branches and laid their cloaks down on the road for his processional. I loved parading around the church waiving the palm branch, yelling hosanna! I was so excited that Carolyn was able to partake in the tradition  this year too!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Colonial Ball

Finally a colonial era ball that we could attend! Ben and I were so excited to be able to go to this ball. We've been to countless Regency balls but this was our first Colonial/Georgian.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018


It rained in Southern California! I know rain does not sound like a big deal but around here it is. It means are dry, dry earth finally get some refreshing nourishment. It also means that drivers have no idea what to do! This is how little it rain here, one of my friends children told her that the sprinklers were on in the sky! Best of all little children get to put on the rain slickers and boots and go stomping in the puddles! It's funny Carolyn was very confused by what I was encouraging her to do!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

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!
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