Too Cute Ruched Shorts

I found this adorable owl fabric at Joann’s back in March.  Having no idea what I was going to make with it,  I bought it because it was too fun to pass up.  Originally I was thinking a dress or a skirt.  At some point I ran across this pattern for cute ruched shorts.  It seemed like a perfect use for the fabric.  The pattern was so quick and easy that I ended up making a couple of pairs for both of my girls.  The ones pictured are on my two year old.  I loved that you can adjust the length!

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They are still a little big on her, but they’ll be great for next summer.  E approved of them, calling them her “hoo hoo” shorts.  The style really lends itself well to older and younger girls.  Truthfully, thought about making some for myself, but decided against it…for now.

 

 

2014-05-21 10.53.24If you’re looking for a quick and girlie shorts pattern this is the one for you.  Check it out, too cute ruched shorts by Coles Creations..

Making a home (Part 2)

The Kitchen is the heart of our home.  I spend about 75% of my day in the kitchen.  I’m not one for dark wall colors or cabinets.  So the existing kitchen colors had to go.  Despite the tons of natural light in this kitchen, it kind of felt like a cave.  Plus there were a few quirks with the layout that just weren’t practical.  Like the sink at the end of the counter, I wanted a work space there.

 

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I love cooking!!  It was really important to me to have a very functional (and pretty) kitchen.   Having a gas range and an externally vented range hood was a must.  I’ve always wanted a double oven, but I really didn’t want a separate range, so we found a great alternative with this GE Cafe dual fuel double oven!

 

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We moved the range, the sink, the dishwasher, the fridge and even the microwave.

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All those dark cabinets were replaced with a bright modern white look.   The walls were painted with Sherwin Williams Rainwashed.  I absolutely LOVE this color.  It is so pretty throughout the day.

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Now that the refrigerator has been moved, you can actually walk through this doorway when someone has the fridge open!

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It’s the little details that really make a difference.  I certainly never thought of “where is the most practical cabinet to have the trash can?” or “on which side of the sink would I prefer the dishwasher?”  This made for hour and hours of planning, arranging, and rearranging.  stressful?  Yes.  Worth it?  Most definitely!!!

 

Making a home

Last summer we bought and renovated a house. I loved the layout of the house, but the inside was quite dated and in desperate need of love.  I know for some people it’s hard to see the end result when you’re house hunting.  I love envisioning what it would look like if you change this color or that floor.  There was so much potential in this house, it just needed help.  So here’s a little glimpse into the process of making a house into our home.

 

The dining room was really drab and dark.  The chandelier was really low. (Eventually, that particular one will be replaced, but all in good time!)

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So we lightened up the walls with Sherwin Williams Aloof Gray.  We put in new floors throughout the house,  this happens to be Mullican Maple Cappuccino.

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We used our existing Ikea table and a bookshelf turned side table.  Recently added the rug.  I have a really hard time committing to pictures.  I hate holes in the wall, so for now, the walls are pretty bare.

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I love the colors and how well they tie into the “office”.

 

Dark Chocolate No Bake Cookies

This is a cookie that my husband asks that I never make again.  Why?  Well, because he loves them, and would eat the entire plate.  They are entirely too addicting.  2014-05-04 04.05.52

The Ingredients for this are simple.  You probably have most of them in your kitchen.

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Here’s what you’ll need.

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 TBS Dark Chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 cups quick rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla

2014-05-04 02.08.58Combine the sugar, butter, milk, cocoa powder and salt in a saucepan over low heat.  Bring mixture to a rolling boil, stirring the entire time.  (This will take a while, but it’s worth it!)  Boil for about a minute and a half.2014-05-04 02.22.30Remove from heat.  Add the peanut butter and vanilla, stir until it’s combined.  Then add your oats.2014-05-04 02.23.19If only you could smell this.  Oh man.2014-05-04 02.24.08Spread out a piece of waxed paper.  Scoop generous portions onto the paper.  2014-05-04 02.24.21I like to use a small cookie scoop, it’s a little neater this way, and you get a pretty uniform batch of cookies.2014-05-04 02.27.23  Now this is the hard part.  You have to (or at least should) wait for them to cool and set.  It’s no fun being patient, but you can clean up while your waiting.  (AKA, scrape the pan and lick the spoon.)2014-05-04 19.12.51They’re good any time of the day.  Even for breakfast with your coffee.  What?  They have milk and oats in them!

 

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Simple and sweet.

We’ve had an overcast, at some times rainy, week.  So here is  a simple way to anticipate the May flowers.  Go make one (or 10) today.

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(FYI.  I used an old t-shirt to make this.  About a 2″ by the width of the shirt length.  Pin a couple to your shirt, scarf, attach it to a headband.  The sky’s the limit.  Use your imagination!!)

Boy Parties

When he was little, I loved having parties with lots of “stuff”.  Decorations, food, cakes, cupcakes, party favors, activities…etc.  I stressed about every little detail.  As A has gotten older, he has wanted to simplify.  Parties became sleepovers, lots of food and snacks became pizza and cake.  I love how much easier it is.  That is strange for me.  I make everything overly complicated.  Here are a few short, sweet pictures from his parties.

You’ll notice how they are simplified over the years.

2011

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2012

IMG_1133iThe words and the Death Star are made out of Wilton Candy Melts.  The small ships are from an advent calendar.

 

IMG_1132iThe Death Star was made using a water balloon as a base, then covered with numerous layers of candy melts.  I attempted to “carve” the death star details.

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These cookies were made using the Star Wars cookie molds from Williams Sonoma.  I put a layer of chocolate on the back.  YUM!!!

 

2013

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2014

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You can’t get much simpler than this.  Brownies, green frosting, Rice Krispy treats and blue jello.  Thank you Minecraft for the easiest cubed dessert ever.  The boys devoured it.

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