June 28, 2010

Days of June

June has flown by and I can not believe it is almost over. It certainly looks like summer around here and the high temperatures we have had makes it feel like the hot days of summer. Chloe is starting to get her molars. The second one just broke thru a few days ago. The molars seem to be much worse than when her front teeth came in.

On Saturday we got a call from the Realtor wanting to show our house, so we packed up Chloe and the dog and headed to the park for a bit. We were lucky there was a little cloud cover so it was not too hot. Here are some photos from the park.

In June we went to the local Cherry Festival. We stocked up on fresh cherries and cherry cider. We also got a cherry pie and some home made fudge. Our sweet tooth is in full capacity this summer.

For Father’s Day weekend I baked up Iny’s Prune Cake with Buttermilk Icing from Ree Drummond’s cook book. I just told Chris it was a spice cake. It turned out great and was real moist and sweet. I can not say enough about her cook book. Every recipe I try turns out fantastic. You can find the recipe HERE.

They started construction this month on our new house. It does not look like much right now. Looks like they have just put in the plumbing and electric pipes and have trenched it and braced it for pouring the foundation next. I am just happy to see they started.

We are looking forward to a few trips we have planned in July. The pasture is filling up with sun flowers and I can not wait for them to all start blooming.

June 16, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

June 13, 2010

A Baker's Sunday

I am starting the day with some homemade pumpkin scones. I love the pumpkin scones they have at Starbucks during the fall season. On occasion I will get to craving them when I am no where near a Starbucks. A few years ago I found the recipe online. I keep a stash of canned pumpkin puree in my cupboard all year round just in case. The scones are the perfect compliment to a cup of coffee in the morning.You can find the recipe HERE.

I recently purchased the cookbook Apples for Jam by Tessa Kiros using a gift card from Amazon. This cook book is amazing. For starters it is a big thick book with a ton of recipes over 200. I think it is thicker than my old school Betty Crocker cook book. It is also packed full of beautiful photography. I usually stick a post it note at the top of a page on a recipe I plan to try right away, and the first time going thru the book I had 17 pages marked and I was holding myself back. I have visions of baking and cooking with Chloe when she gets older and I am sure this cook book we will use together over and over again. I have even added 2 of the author's other cook books to my wish list.

There have been so many changes lately for Chloe. We recently switched her to these Munchkin 9 oz insulated straw cups. She took to them right away. I like that they are insulated it keeps the milk cold longer, which is nice when we are out and about and no where near a refrigerator. If we plan a long trip I will put an ice pack in with a couple of her cups filled with milk. These straw cups have a flip top that closes so nothing spills out while not in use. Chloe also has moved up a size in diapers. I can hardly believe that she started in the preemie size diapers and now is in Huggies size 4. She is not walking yet but so close. Not walking does not hinder her mobility and she is all over the place. To the cat and dogs amazement she is real fast. The pets have started to seek out new hiding places out of Chloe’s reach.

Have a great week and be sure to take a moment to enjoy the little things that make you smile and warm your heart.

June 10, 2010

My Creative Space....

Lately I have been making yo-yo’s. This fabric was originally planned for a yo-yo baby mobile. Since I am just now getting to making them and Chloe is now a one year old the mobile might be a little too babyish for her. I am getting into making them and it is a great small craft, easy to pick up and set down while watching TV or running after a toddler. I think I will make a ton of them and possibly string them along to make a yo-yo garland to decorate Chloe’s room in the new house. I should have plenty of time to make lots of yo-yo’s since the house won’t be finished till the end of summer.

New Office Chair
Here is a photo of my Mother’s Day gift. I have wanted a new office chair for awhile now. My old one was pretty beat up and was on its last leg. I spotted this Skruvsta swivel chair from Ikea. I don’t live near an Ikea store and it is an in store purchase only, of course. I was lucky enough to have a best friend whom lives in Oregon and near a store that had some in stock. Talk about the best friend a girl could have she went to Ikea picked up the chair then went to UPS and shipped it to me. I fell in love with this chair because of its round soft curves. Looking around my office, the furniture and large pieces are all straight lines. This chair is the perfect roundness to add to the space. At any given time the cat or the kid is playing with this chair they both like it as much as I do. I plan to make some slip covers that I will be able to throw in the washer, this way I can keep it clean and also change it up depending on my mood or the season.

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June 2, 2010

Sunbonnet Sue

We have our own Sunbonnet Sue living with us. For the last couple of days Chloe has insisted on wearing her hat around the house. I have taken to hiding it when she is distracted. As soon as she spots it she immediately wants to wear it. It is pretty sweet, but I have visions of her when she is a little older and insisting on wearing a tutu with purple striped stockings along with a feathered boa & sunglasses to school. She is definitely my kid.

I hope everyone in the states had a wonderful holiday weekend. We kept it low key around here gobbling down lots of watermelon. Chloe tried watermelon for the first time this weekend and she loves it. Eating watermelon is almost a right of passage to summer for me.

This is the summer of weddings in my family with a total of 3 so far. We are able to only go to one this summer. We plan to go to my sister-n-law, Stefanie’s wedding in Las Vegas this August. It seems like people don’t have long engagements like they use too, they just go and get married. Chris and I had a year and a half from the time we were engaged to the date we were married. It is nice to have that time to refer to one another as your fiancé, I mean when else are you going to say that. Also it gives you time to get a year subscription to the best wedding magazine. So you can ogle over all the photos and be excited in anticipation of your own special day. Anyway, while surfing the net trying to find inspirational photos to send to Stefanie in some of the colors she was contemplating on choosing for her wedding I came across this inspiration board above from Prima Donna Bride featuring a wedding in pale pink & apricot/orange. I would never think to put these two colors together, but I love them. Wouldn’t they be great colors for a summer quilt, you never know where you will find inspiration. Although Stefanie has not chosen her colors yet, I certainly have a new project idea to add to my list of things to make.

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