To say that George loves all things kitchen related would be a ridiculous understatement. He doesn’t just like “playing” kitchen…he likes using the real stuff, carefully stirring at the stove, watching every single step and trying it out himself. He even sort of non-verbally lures new guests or friends to lift him onto the counter near the mixer so he can touch it for a while (since he knows Jeff and I won’t). Obsessed would be a better word to use.
Since George is still mostly non-verbal, we had to guess what theme would be best for his birthday and “cooking” popped into my head as a fun thing for all kids to do! Here’s how we pulled it off: Continue reading
Is there anything more wonderful than bread smeared with butter straight out of the oven? No. Not really. This nutty and fruity cinnamon swirl bread is my favorite bread to make around the holidays. It combines everything delicious into one loaf; cinnamon, sugar, nuts and dried berries swirled into a soft, squishy and ever so slightly chewy white bread. Don’t be scared of baking bread! I know it can be daunting, so I’ve broken it down with photos to help make it fool-proof. Continue reading
Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away! Here’s a photo of my pumpkin pie from last year. I always use the rolled Pillsbury pie crusts for cutting out decorations because they are evenly rolled and hold up nicely to intricate cutting, but I like a thicker, homemade crust for the base of the pie. Click through for the recipe! Continue reading
Today is our fourth wedding anniversary, so to celebrate, I thought I’d do a little flash back post to the big day. We had the ultimate DIY picnic wedding, from my dress to the food to…well, everything. Click here for more. Enjoy!
Close up of the ceremony arch. A wild assortment of flowers including protea, eucalyptus, and clover.
Last summer, I tried my hand at professional party planning for a few friends who were getting hitched and the end result was just lovely. They wanted something very small and casual, with an emphasis on great food and lots of booze. Since it was only about 50 people, they asked me if I could handle it all, from planning to catering to flowers…so basically, it was my dream come true! While we did do our own wedding, it’s definitely more fun to be the person on the outside making everything perfect for someone else. More photos of the food and flowers after the jump. Continue reading
George’s stats: Name, birth date (on the calendar), Gemini, weight (5 lb. sack of flour plus 2 lbs. 14 oz. on the scale), time, and length (the ruler).
We got our idea for George’s birth announcement from an adorable and popular pin on Pinterest. We spent two of his naps setting everything up on our dining room table, checking the lighting and camera and then we gingerly lowered him into the photo before he woke up to eat! It was such a fun project for us to do in those early weeks, so it got me thinking about other cute birth announcements you could accomplish in your own home without a professional there to help. Here are some other ideas from Pinterest! Continue reading
The interesting (er…annoying) thing about nursing a newborn is that you only have a few hours at a time to do anything while they are not eating, and most of that time is spent pumping for the future, changing their diaper or entertaining them. As a maker and a doer, this has been pretty tough for me, so I started trolling Pinterest for all those quick little projects I’ve always wanted to try out to make me feel like I’m accomplishing something. Without further ado, I bring you three DIY projects that you can actually finish while nursing a new baby! Continue reading