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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

EAT. Like I need reminding.

So with all my spare time, I thought I'd do a little kitchen project. In case you don't know, I am weird and have a 'winter kitchen' and a 'summer kitchen'. My winter kitchen is lots of black and white and it a little more fancy~schmancy; summer kitchen is colorful and vintage-y. I thought the perfect addition to Summer Kitchen would be an EAT above my pantry, in case anyone needed instructions.
 
 
 
My favorite look is 'torn from an old building'.  Didn't have time to look for old buildings to tear down, didn't want to pay for chunky wooden letters.  So....I did a little 'reverse distressing' technique on some paper mache letters from Joann Fabrics.
 
 
 
I didn't think that paper mache would hold up to a lot of painting and sanding, so I used a sponge brush with black paint, and DIDN'T paint where I would normally sand.  I had to be careful to make it look properly 'worn', by leaving streaks of bare paper mache.

 
Like this.
 

 
The picture isn't very good, but it really does look like old wood. 
Now, let's eat!

Monday, August 20, 2012

I think he's going to be surprised...

Because when J went to work this morning our bedroom looked like this...



and now it looks like this...





Think he'll like it?

Friday, August 17, 2012

A Tiny Party


So, yes, her party was in May, but I'm a tad behind (chronologically speaking).  So here are a few pics from Girlie's Tiny/American Girl party.  She had so much fun with all her friends and their dolls.  Above, I baked her cakes in tin cans and presented them on cupcake stands.





Tiny fruit kabobs on toothpicks



The tiny buffet.  Bite-sized sub sandwiches made with breadstick 'hoagies', tiny lunchmeats and cheeses, lettuce, pearl onions and grape tomatoes.  Also on the menu: tiny tacos, small cinnamon rolls, petite cupcakes, tiny milkshakes.


The cinnamon rolls were made from crescent roll dough. Who doesn't love a guilt-free cinnamon roll?


Slices of personal-sized watermelon, anyone?




Tiny drinks in bathroom-sized cups and half straws.




The photo booth was a big hit.  These girls like to put on a show. :) The backdrop was a striped sheet.


The birthday girl with a good friend from school.


They made doll bracelets from tiny beads, and paper flowers (from an American Girl Crafts kit).
I forgot to take a picture of the goodie bags, but they were tiny tote bags with a tiny paint set, erasers that look like little food (Target), miniature composition books, pencils, ...I can't remember what else.  It's been too long...)


J made miniature ice cream cones with caramel Bugles "cones" and tiny cartons of ice cream (we had big ones for back up).


"Just my size!" she thinks.


Happy Birthday (in May) to my own sweet American Girl!  The loveliest person I know.




Thursday, August 16, 2012

The last to know

Okay, taking a break in My Favorite Summer Ever, to tell you what we did for family home evening this week.  My cousin Kimberly introduced us to homemade donut making.  Apparently everyone else in the world already knew about this, but it was news to me.  Really good news.

All we needed was some cheapo refrigerated biscuits, canola oil, powdered sugar and cinnamon sugar.


We popped the biscuit can open (that moment when it finally pops open! Ugh!) and made holes in the middle of the biscuits with our thumbs.  I heated about an inch of oil (I used canola, because that's a 'good fat' right?  I'm pretty sure it actually makes donuts a health food.) in a pot and J did the frying honors.



The kids were on hand to shake up the donuts in a plastic Ziploc with powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar.  I actually preferred the powdered sugar because the cinnamon sugar was, dare I say, a little too sugary for me.  Gasp.  I know.


When I explained the whole idea to J in the first place he was skeptical that it could be that easy.  Half way though, he looked at me very seriously and said "This opens a whole new world."



The kids said it was the best 'treativity' yet. (Treat+activity)

Okay, tell me this is news to you too.  Please.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

To the Man of My Dreams


12 Long, short, blissful, eventful, growing, fun years, if you can believe it.  I can't, because it seems like we just got married.  I look at our 'young' pictures and feel like it was yesterday, then I look up and wonder where in the world all these kids came from. 

Thanks.  I mean it, and not just for all those kids.

Thanks for letting me yell out my movie predictions of what is going to happen next.

Thanks for liking me better with no makeup.

Thanks for working hard to support our rock and roll lifestyle.

Thanks for being so even keel, to offset my crazy.

Thanks for muttering about the 'captive pricing model' at the Tulip Festival, because you know your finance nerd things always make me laugh.

Thanks for thinking I'm funny, because even if I'm not really, I am to you and that is enough.

Thanks for talking me through the births of our four kids.  I couldn't have done it without you.  Well, technically the baby probably would have still come out, but it wouldn't have been nearly as much fun.

Thanks for letting me dress you up in "that ridiculous outfit" (above) and suffering through another grueling round of family pictures.

Thanks for going along with most of my design ideas, even though they are "weird, so weird."

Thanks for teaching our kids ninja moves, using my furniture and sofa pillows.  Thanks a lot.

Thanks for being my absolute favorite, ever.

Thanks for loving me, despite me.  You're the best, my darling husband. I love you, forever.

Happy Anniversary.