Friday, April 30, 2010
last friday we took a family trip to the zoo. it was my first full day off in a REALLY long time. here is a group of photos from our fantastic day! first up is a photo of the boys in the train which was the hit of the day. (it's also the photo i chose for my new header)
Thursday, April 29, 2010
i just had to share this little tidbit with you. the lovely katrina over at pugly pixel informed me yesterday that i had made the top 100 arts blogs list on technorati! what's technorati you may ask? (so did i!) it's a site that rates blogs. i'm not totally clear on how the rating works. it has to do with links to your blog from other blogs. the higher on the list those other blogs are, the better your score. from what i understand, we're not talking about blogrolls here. these are content based links. so, things like being linked from design*sponge really helps my score because they're high on the list themselves. (see, i just helped her out by linking to them in my content! not that she needs it, but you get the idea)
so, anyway, just a fun little thing to share. right now i'm #55 on the arts list, but from what i hear it changes a lot and often. so, i'll bask in the "fame" for a moment in case it doesn't happen again for awhile!
i bought the tiny little cutie in this photo last summer with the little dude at an estate sale. i just picked up the other three (very used) pins at a local sale. i see a little collection emerging!
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
the little dude comes up with drawings sometimes that make my head go "waaah?". this is his drawing of "a house. and these are all the pipes under the ground". how on earth does a 5 year old know, or even understand that there are pipes under our house? (and then care enough to draw it!) just more fuel to add to my pile of evidence which makes me think he'll be some sort of engineer. (just like all 4 of my mom's brothers....guess it runs in the family.)
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
check it out! the new header, thanks to all of you, is live! thank you for all your votes and suggestions. i did take the advice from a few of you and switched up the owl and the photo of the boys so that it matches with my tagline. now that this piece is done, i hope to update the rest of the blog with a matching look! stay tuned!
it's a miracle! for one of the first times in as long as i can remember, I'M TAKING THE DAY OFF! we're having a true family day, and i couldn't be more excited. the hubby took the day off and we're taking the boys to the zoo! whoo hoo! we're packing a picnic lunch and taking the whole day to enjoy family. the boys are so excited. the last time we were there i was pregnant with the baby and the little dude was about 2 1/2 years old! so far the baby wants to see panda bears (which i'm not even sure they have) and the little dude wants to see monkeys. hopefully i'll return with lots of photos!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
got this fabulous mid-century modern chair at an estate sale this past weekend. it was at an amazingly cute little mid-century home (which was also for sale) and packed to the brim with authentic mid-century pieces. i heard it through the grapevine that the owner actually owned a furniture store downtown back in the day so every piece of furniture in their house was pristine and very well made. we went on saturday when everything was full price. there was a sofa and 2 side chairs (none of them part of a set, but all matching style). we wanted all of them but decided to take a chance and come back first thing in the morning when everything was 1/2 price. BIG MISTAKE! the couch and chair that i had fallen in love with were both sold. however, this chair, the one that the hubby liked, was still there. so, we picked it up for $47.50 ($95 the day before). it's in near-perfect condition. it's only missing a couple of the tufting buttons which can easily be replaced. it also has a little surprise of being a recliner! a little foot rest kicks out from underneath. the foot rest is quite tiny for the hubby, but would be good for me. right now it's calling our sunroom home. we hope that when we find a sofa and another side chair it will be part of our living room set.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
our family is trying to turn a new leaf and really change our lifestyle. our goals are to eat healthier and be more active as a family. i've recently discovered a few great food blogs and have committed to try at least 1 new recipe every other week. (ever week if i can manage)
about 2 weeks ago i discovered a blog that has really captured my attention. green kitchen stories is a relatively new blog and i've gone through the entire backlog of recipes an printed out ones i'd like to try. here's how they describe the content of their blog: "Here we mostly eat and cook vegetarian food with a minimum of sugar, gluten and milk products. It’s all very good, organic and … green." i've tried 2 recipes so far and both were great. one of my favorite things about the recipes is that they are super simple. very few ingredients....quick and easy!
i just made their recipe for sticky nut bars last night and boy, oh boy am i in trouble! this little snack bar is so, so yummy! if you like salty and sweet, this bar is for you! you can click on the link above to see their recipe, but i'll post what i did below. i have to say that mine didn't hold together very well. (not that it affects the taste at all!)
1 box dates (of course, i couldn't find fresh dates in my town, i'm sure fresh would have made a HUGE difference. when i make them next i'm going to hunt down some fresh ones!)
2 tbsp water
2/3 cup peanut butter (i just used skippy natural because it's what we had on hand)
1 cup mixed nuts (i used walnuts, pecans, and almonds)
(i skipped the coconut because i'm not a huge fan)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup dried fruit (i used golden and regular raisins)
1/2 tsp salt
in a small saucepan, stir together dates, water and peanut butter and place over low heat. add the rest of the ingredients and stir until the dry ingredients are coated. add some more nuts if the mixture feels too moist and some more water if it is too dry. i spread the mixture out on a sheet pan with parchment paper instead of a spring form pan. put in the fridge for half an hour. cut them into squares before serving. store them in an airtight container in the fridge.
if you don’t like them sticky you can instead make them as cookies, by baking them in the oven for about 20-25 minutes at 350°. (i think i might try this option next time to hopefully get them to hold together a little better) mine are not nearly as pretty as there's, but my stomach hasn't complained one bit!
well, here it is. i know many of you have been waiting to see the reveal of the artwork story i shared on twitter and facebook last friday. for those of you who didn't here the story, i'll share it here with you:
every friday the little dude brings home a folder full of worksheets and artwork that he's worked on throughout the week. this past friday was no exception. as i glanced through the packet i came across the usual worksheets and artwork. as i examined one of the worksheets more closely, i noticed something that didn't seem quite right....
i secretly hoped that what i saw was just another piece of food that was lower in the mouse's belly. however, in my heart, i knew what it really was. the fact that it seemed scribbled over made it even more certain for me. i called the little dude in to look at the artwork with me. i started easy by asking what the artwork was about. he showed me all the different food that he had drawn in the mouse's belly....and that was it. i had to step it up and address the obvious. "so, this red piece down here....is that another piece of food?" the little dude looked up at me with a guilty look that confirmed my suspicions and quietly and shyly admitted, "no, that's his junk".