Saturday, August 29, 2009

Fern Animals

Found this little bird awhile ago and loved it. Seriously, how stinkin cute. I need one for my window ledge. Check them out on Etsy and Big Cartel. More photos of her adorable birds here.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Jack and His Pal

My boys . . . hard to work with the little stinkers looking so cute.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Another Yo Yo Quilt

Can you believe it? Me either. I'm starting another yo yo quilt. I'm quite sure it won't be all that big, but I haven't decided yet how big it will be. This one will be for Jack and I decided to make it more colorful. I've even got orange in it. That's a new one for me. I'm not quite done picking fabrics yet. I think perhaps it needs a couple more. Maybe gray? I'm not sure the white fits in there either, but I'm still mulling it over.

I don't know when I'll ever manage to get it finished, but I just had the itch and figured that it was something involved a lot of hand sewing, which I can do at night after Jack has gone to bed. So we'll see if it ever gets done!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Fin + Roe

Found Fin + Roe a couple weeks ago on another blog (of course, I've forgotten which one. What else is new?) and decided to order a few magnets as a late birth announcement of sorts. Or just because I liked them. Take your pick.

They were super fast with the order. I got the proof that evening just a few hours after I ordered. I ordered on Tuesday night and they arrived on Friday. How's that for quick? And the packaging was cute. I'm a sucker for packaging.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Happy 2nd Birthday To My Little Friend

No cake this year, but we love him just the same. Extra Pupperoni instead.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Sheesh, I Am a Mom

Today is Wednesday. It is The Man's day off, and we run our errands together on Wednesdays. We do pretty much everything that we need to do on these days to save making multiple trips. We're not big shoppers, so sometimes it can be a long day for us, but we enjoy doing it together.

Now that we have Jack, our afternoons have become a little more complicated, but he's not too bad. I usually end up feeding him at some point, since the timing makes it rather unavoidable.

Today, I put him in cute little shorts and shirt and just after he started eating, he pooped ALL over me. It was one of those ones that shoots up the back, rather than down, and it was really wet. It went up and down my thigh and into the seat. Needless to say, this cut our day short, since I didn't bring myself a second change of clothes. Who knew you'd need one?? His shirt was completely clean and there was only a tad bit on his shorts, probably from what was on my thigh. I had a couple things for him to wear, of course. Figures.

Agh. I love the little guy anyway. How could I not?

We'll try again tomorrow, I guess.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Bobo Intriguing Objects

Found Bobo Intriguing Objects recently . . . can't remember whose blog mentioned it now, but they do have some interesting stuff.

I could use a few interesting objects in our house.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Small Cake

I recently bought some small, but deep cake pans because I have some sort of fascination with wanting to make tall layered cakes. I can hardly make large cakes with more layers (too much cake tempting me), so I bought these cake pans. They are 6" pans that are 3" deep.

Our anniversary was, well, last month (I'm way behind on things) and that gave me an excuse to make a cake. I made the fabulous chocolate cake and frosting that I used for The Man's birthday.

I am in love with the frosting. Not too sweet and its perfectly light smooth. Ack. I'd make the frosting just to eat it with a spoon. The cakes are the perfect size to sit on my littlest cake stands. Cute. The Man helped me frost it, since I've still got trouble having both hands available for very long. . .


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.

2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.

3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. 10 to 12 servings.

Old Fashioned Chocolate Frosting


Makes about 3 cups

  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 7 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
  • 2/3 cup sour cream


  1. Sift sugar, cocoa powder, and salt into a medium bowl; set aside.
  2. Put butter and cream cheese into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium-high until fluffy. Reduce speed to low. Gradually add sugar mixture. Mix in chocolate and sour cream. Use immediately.