Tuesday, April 30, 2013

This and That - A Week in Review

I seem to be having a hard time posting regularly. Strangely, we have had less to do since soccer has wound down for the past week or so. Maybe it's because I don't have my usual chaotic schedule to pace myself?

Here's a little bit of what I've been up to...and I apologize these aren't in order.

I celebrated my 10th anniversary with my employer on April 14th. Ummm, am I really old enough to have worked somewhere 10 years? Sadly yes, the years have flown by. I had been looking forward spending my bonus on the ice cream maker attachment for my Kitchenaid mixer. The one whose box states fits any model of Kitchenaid. Long story short, it doesn't. I'm not sure if my KS55 model is just too old or what but it just wouldn't go. Put the batter in the freezer and it was still tasty. Salted Caramel ice cream. I wish I could find the recipe to link to. So yummy!
 I have been wanting to do a  painting for our bedroom for quite awhile now. Sunday I headed to Ben Franklin's and picked up a 30" x 48" canvas and sketched out the basic shapes. This morning I laid down the base color for the sky. It may take a while but I'm excited to work on it.
 Sunday I was in a very cranky mood for some reason. I just could not shake my attitude. Ken ran an errand with Bailey and brought me back this beautiful rose.
Practicing with my camera set to black and white. Took this picture of my mom yesterday morning. She comes over every morning to get Anique on the bus since I have to leave for work before it comes. So grateful!

Anique spent some of her birthday money on a table tennis set. She has been playing non-stop and is loving it. She has played her family soooo many times and she has had a couple of friends over just so they could play.

Can't remember if I already posted this one. Anique was totally immersed in her new Judy Moody book. Finished it in just a couple of hours.

Anique and Ken modeling their disguises. These were in the gift bags.

Bailey used his second cousin, Chayton, to help ask his girlfriend to the Freshman Formal.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

My Baby Celebrates 9

My baby turned 9 on April 2nd. We celebrated her birthday with her friends this past weekend. With her birthday always falling during Spring Break we celebrate it later so everyone will be in town.

She decided she wanted to have a Judy Moody party. This was a pretty loose theme. I picked up some plain tote bags in a variety of colors. Each place at the table had a bag and a printout of various Judy Moody illustrations they could replicate. There were a variety of fabric paints and pens for them to use to decorate their bags. 

The kids had fun decorating their bags with crazy sayings and pictures. They played some foosball downstairs and then enjoyed their cupcakes and ice cream cake.

I tried to include some Judy Moody themed items in the goody bags. Disguises (Judy Moody Girl Detective), grad cap bubbles (Judy Moody goes to college), and Flag wrapper mints (Judy Moody Declares Independence). I included a glow stick and M&M's just because.

They tried on their glasses and enjoyed making silly faces for their photos.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Texture Tuesday - Celebrate

This photo was from last year at my niece's birthday party. Anique just celebrated her 9th birthday a couple of weeks ago and I can't believe how much older she looks now.

Soulea is a year older but these two always have fun together.

I used Marabella set to Color for this image and then used a layer mask to brush in a little bit of color in their faces and the party hat.

Now, another reason to celebrate...last weeks Texture Tuesday post was my 100th post. I used a random number generator to choose the winner of my giveaway.

And the winner is...Carol.

Thank you all for your kind words and reading my posts. It's been a great year of blogging and I truly feel blessed to have "met" so many wonderful people and had the opportunity to read their blogs and share their experiences.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A Fluffy Light Completed

It's finally done! You can see the preliminary steps and how it started coming together here. Ken was kind enough to drag in the ladder and hang it up for me. Because it is covered with coffee filters and I worry about flamability and I'm a teensy bit paranoid, I opted to use an LED lightbulb in the fixture. Less heat and there is the upside of a bulb that lasts for several years. Since this fixture is way up high, that is a good thing.

Tulips for Texture Tuesday and a Giveaway!

This past weekend Ken, Anique, Chayton and I drove up north to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Chayton had spent the night before with us and is such a good natured, happy child. If you follow my 365 Days of Gratitude posts you will see I posted a non-texturized version of this photo yesterday.

It was windy and downpouring but the tulips were up and oh so pretty! I really loved the red barn behind the rows and rows of tulips. There are a few more shots from our outing below too.

Layers (from top down):
Daisy - Multiply 50% opacity
Kristin - Screen 52% opacity - Layer mask used with a very soft brush to bring out the color on the barn.
Background photo - Normal 100% opacity

Did you know this is my 100th post? No, really, it is. When I started this blog a little over a year ago, I wasn't sure if I would be able to manage my time and keep up with posting. I haven't always been super regular with my posts but I'm still going. I think that's worth celebrating don't you?

If you've been following my blog, you know I have WAY more craft supplies than I really need. I've put together a combination of some of my surplus supplies for you. A little paper, a little ribbon, a little yarn, a little, fabric, and a few other good things.

If you would like a chance to receive this box of goodies just leave a comment below and I'll announce the winner with next weeks Texture Tuesday post.

Thanks for reading!


Monday, April 8, 2013

Apple Pork Chops

We've been eating a lot of pork and chicken lately. I've been trying different ways to make the meals more interesting.

This was a quick and easy pork recipe. Quick prep too. I prepared it in the morning and Ken just popped it in the oven  when he got home.


4 boneless pork chops
2 small apples
3 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil (I used a heavy balsamic olive oil)

Peel and slice apples into thin slices.
Place a couple of slices beneath and on top of each pork chop in your baking dish.

In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, olive oil and vinerar. Mix together thoroughly.

Pour sauce over pork chops.

Preheat over to 350 degrees. Bake for 50 minutes or until cooked through and meat is no longer pink. The timing may vary a little depending on how think your pork is.



As we do every year, we had an early dinner with my side of the family and then headed over to Ken's family to hang out for a little bit too.

We did our traditional egg hunt in my grandma's front yard and the kids and dads played a little woofle ball at my in-laws.


Sunday, April 7, 2013




Last weekend while Ken and I were out searching for a venus flytrap for Anique's birthday, he found a geode at the pet store.  Have you ever had a geode?

Basically, it is a rock that you break open and there are crystals inside of it. You just put it inside a little bag or sock. Each of the kids hit it once with the hammer and then we poured out the bag to see all the pretty crystals. Anique scooped them up and put them in a clear jar that she keeps on her windowsill.

She thought this was pretty cool and I found a party supply catalog that carries them. For a small price, you get 12 geodes. I think these would make a great party favor. What do you think?

This year we will be holding Anique's party at our house (ack! cleaning time!) and she has chosen a Judy Moody theme. I'll keep you updated on how everything comes together and let you know if the geodes were a hit (no pun intended).

P.S. Venus flytraps aren't available until summer. At least here in the cold State of Washington.