Thursday, February 14, 2013

happy hearts day

hope your day is full of
my little loves doing what they do best
making me smile.


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

to you and yours

image found here

have yourself a Merry little Christmas

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

{last-minute gift idea}

{this is a re-post from last year}
so fun not to share again...
I've come up with a fun, last-minute neighbor gift
that is so versatile, and can be
personalized any way you'd like
and best of all it's {cheap} and {easy}

hoop-art ornament

1. start with your embroidery hoop,
the smallest hoop you'll find is 3 in and that's perfect
for a little personalized ornament.

2. cut out your background fabric and leave
some extra fabric around the edges for later on.
{i used a linen blend for 2 and a cotton pattern for 1)

3. next i "google imaged" the shapes i wanted to work with
and simply traced those onto paper
(or if you're awesome and can free-hand any drawing, that's easy too)

4. cut out your desired shape and pin to felt
and cut out your felt piece

5. simply glue the center of the shape onto
the fabric in the hoop
(fabric glue works wonderfully)

I chose to do 3 different ornaments
an apple for my son's teacher
a "T" for a family friend
and a star for a neighbor

this is the fun part,
the possibilities are endless
a "1" for a couple's first Christmas
or a baby's first Christmas
a date
an initial
a snowflake
the word "JOY"

6. with cooridinating thread
hand-stitch the outside of the shape

7. lightly glue your leftover threads
out of the way of the edges, like the above picture

8. next, glue around the inside of the hoop
around the back and tuck in your fabric

9. cut out a small felt circle and glue to the back of your hoop
this way the thread's stay in place and it gives it a nice finishing touch

10. that's it.
you have a cute, personalized ornament
to gift to someone

...last, but not least
tie some twine, ribbon, thread or yarn
to the clasp at the top.
that way it can actually hang
like an ornament

I'm attaching my hoop ornaments
to little jolly treat bags
and spreading the joy of Christmas

need some treats to fill it with?
go HERE for a yummy gingerbread cookie recipe
or big white chocolate dipped pretzel rods would be just as delicious!

Happy Holidays,

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies

Happy Fall everyone!
not sure who is still sticking around with this blog
but life is busy, and it's been tough to get going on this
so here's a great recipe to get your pumpkin cravings in
it's a repeat post from last if you haven't tried it yet
you must...

the {BEST} cookie recipe you will ever try!


1 cup oil
2 eggs
1 large can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
3 cups sugar
5 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 pkg semisweet chocolate chips


add dry ingredients together then wet. mix well. bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 min.

(i always bake til 12 min. just be sure they're not gooey on top if you shorten the time)

*makes an enormous batch so share, share away!

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Stella & Dot

hey ladies
I am currently hosting an online
trunk show with
Stella & Dot

if you haven't heard of their jewlery line
or if you're interested
check out the link below
and let me know what you think!

their stuff is darling
and they have some killer deals right now
so take a look around and
let me know if you have any questions!

Friday, August 10, 2012

I scream, YOU scream

well hello out there
it's been quite awhile since I've posted
anything on this little blog...
life just got really busy
and it still is really busy, but in the midst
of traveling, buying a house and moving for
the upteenth time-not to mention enjoying
the beautiful summer's Michigan has to offer
I tried out a new ice cream recipe
because if anyone knows me they know
I pretty much love ice cream, with all my heart

Homemade Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream


2 Cups Heavy Cream
1 Cup Whole Milk
12-15 Large fresh mint sprigs, coarsely torn
7 Large egg yolks
3/4 Cup sugar
3 Oz. Semi-sweet chocolate
3 drops green food coloring


1. In a medium-heavy saucepan, bring cream and milk to a boil. Remove from heat. Add mint sprigs, cover pot, and allow to steep 30 minutes.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together egg yolks and sugar until thick and pale. Add a few tablespoons of warm milk mixture to egg mixture, whisking vigorously. Once combined, add egg mixture back into milk mixture, whisking continuously.

3. Return to saucepan; cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until custard thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon (a mark should remain when you can run your finger down the spoon). Now is a great time to add a few drops of green food coloring, this step is completely optional.

4. Take custard (mint sprigs and all) and cover and refigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 1 day. (To quicken chilling time, place glass bowl in a larger bowl filled with ice water until custard thickens slightly and is completely cool to touch).

5. Freeze custard according to ice cream maker instructions. To make chocolate chips, take 3 one oz squares of semi-sweet chocolate and melt in microwave for 30 seconds on half power. Stir and repeat until chocolate is smooth and completely melted. When ice cream has about 5 minutes left and you hear your machine slowing down, take chocolate mixture and gradually pour into ice cream. The heat of the chocolate mixed into the frozen ice cream will create chocolate shavings, or chocolate chips.

Serve immediately or for best results transfer to airtight container and freeze up to 1 day. Before serving remove from freezer to soften. Recipe adapted from

you may not want to share,
but trust me, kids of all ages will
love this homemade ice cream.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Easter Brunch

i know it's been awhile since my last post
but to make up for it i have something
to share with you that you'll love me for
this amazing, mouthwatering, delicious recipe
was first introduced to me by my friend at breakfast club
please check out her blog, you'll love her.
if you're in need of a fantastic brunch recipe for
Easter morning, this is it people. 

Whole Wheat Waffles

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 C. milk
2 Tbsp. butter (melted)
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 egg
1/4 C. oil

Mix together with whisk. May double or triple recipe.

Delicious Creamy Syrup

1 C. buttermilk (or 1 C. milk and 1 tsp. vinegar)
1 C. sugar
1 C. butter, melted
2 Tbsp. corn syrup
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla

Bring to a boil over stove, then simmer for a few minutes.

*when making one single serving of the waffle recipe for my family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children) i always half the syrup recipe.

You must make these two together, then cover your waffles in fresh strawberries. Trust me. It's the best combination you'll ever put in your mouth.

Happy Easter