Archive | March, 2013

Sweet blessings.

28 Mar

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330.  I woke up at 5 am and made 330 pastel, silver-dollar pancakes. It sounds worse than it was.  I cheated (as I often do) and bought the Bisquick that only requires you add water and comes in a handy-dandy easy to pour container.  I added water and a little food coloring to no less than 5 containers.

I stacked 5 pancakes for each of the 1st graders at my son’s school and impaled them with a bamboo fork that was decorated with a foam cross.  Check out another variation here.

A team of moms turned the lunch benches into a fabulous Easter party.

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My favorite part was hearing the kids’ amazement that they were getting to have pancakes at snack today.  When they are used to the standard cupcakes and cookies, sometimes you need to take it back to breakfast and dress her up a little.

I’m grateful for all those shiny happy faces.

Reading Challenge

27 Mar

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I have signed up for the 2013 reading challenge this year! I pledged to read 50 books this year and so far, I’m on track! Woo hoo! So far, I have read 10 books. The genre varies, I think changing it up is important. The last book I finished was The Host by Stefanie Meyers. I never read the Twilight series, nor got into the movies. I was recommended this book and to be honest, I had some strange dreams the first two nights! That shouldn’t be a surprise, I have LOTS of strange dreams! The Host was a great book actually and I am looking forward to the sequel. The movie comes out soon, but as we all know… BOOKS ARE BETTER!!

Currently, I am reading Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker. I am enjoying it so far. I love to imagine the beautiful dresses that she makes and honestly, I picture Sally Fields as Mrs. Lincoln now. I haven’t seen the film, but it is on my list to watch.

If you are on Goodreads, look me up- Caasandra Copp! I love seeing what others are reading and getting recommendations on what to read next!

**UPDATE: I started this post and it was a draft for a week! I just finished The Fault in our Stars  by John Green and Look me in the Eye by John Elder Robison, both excellent reads! Still currently reading Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, I had to stop and read John Green’s book because I had many friends tell me it was so good! I couldn’t wait, had to know what everyone was talking about! Okay? Okay. 😉

Bathroom Update

26 Mar
The Plan

The Plan

So the renovation is well underway and should be done for our Spring Break visit next week! I can’t wait to see it and take some progress photos! Here are some sneak peaks of what we selected:

Brizo Wallmount Faucet in Bronze

Brizo Wallmount Faucet in Bronze

We are installing a vessel sink so we had two options for a faucet, a tall single handle faucet installed in the countertop or this wall mount style faucet. Of course the wall mounted style is the way to go… I love the look of this faucet paired with the tile we fell in love with.

Glass Tile

Isn’t this glass tile awesome? I love the combination of colors and it sets a calm and relaxing mood for the bathroom.

Tile below the glass border

Tile below the glass border

We liked the subtle green tone to this seagrass natural stone tile. This tile will be below the glass border.

Tile for above the border, in the shower

Tile for above the border, in the shower

This lighter tile will be above the glass border and in the shower only. The wall above the border in the shower is going to be painted, not sure of the color yet.

Moss Cabinet Color

While we haven’t settled on a wall color, the cabinet color has been for a while. This green painted cabinet will have a light brown glaze. I can’t wait to see the finished cabinets!

Home Grown

25 Mar
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Two Weeks Ago…

So two weeks ago we decided to plant our own vegetables. Last Spring/Summer we dabbled a little with tomatoes and we planted a raspberry bush. Growing your own tomatoes is so rewarding! you can’t get tomatoes that great at the local grocer and you pay a small fortune at the farmers markets. There was no question that we would be planting more tomatoes when it warmed up! As for the raspberry bush’s progress…they are a labor of love since it takes like two years before it actually gives fruit. It better be worth it!

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Two Weeks Ago…

This past winter we grew beets. It was more “just for fun” than serious because we grew them from seeds. We planted these thinking they wouldn’t actually grow, but they did! They didn’t grow as large as we would have liked, we may have pulled them too early. Our small, home-grown beets made a great borscht! We still have a few more that we are just about to pull…I’ll be sure to post an update. We let this round “bake” in the ground for a lot longer, fingers crossed!

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Two Days Ago…

Our newest crop will hopefully include, cucumbers, cantaloupe, watermelons, baby carrots, squash, Mr. Stripey heirloom tomatoes and Brussels sprouts. We bought the sprouts and tomatoes as a small started plant, the others are from seeds. So far, we have cucumber sprouts, carrot sprouts, cantaloupe sprouts and squash sprouts. Those little sprouts are just peeking though and I’m looking forward to seeing the progress.

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Two Days Ago…

Our tomato plant and Brussels sprouts have doubled in size already! I’m so happy!

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I spy a tomato flower hiding behind the beet greens

Since we are getting so serious about our home garden, we had no choice but to compost. Our other gardening friends say it’s the best way to get awesome fruits and veggies. We have been going back and forth on the composting for the past two years. Since we have dogs, we knew whatever we did, it needed to be closed. We set out to get this little jem from the local garden center, it’s big enough to compost in and small enough to hide near our garden shed.

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Our composter

At composting tips? Who else home grows veggies?

Flower Power

22 Mar

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I am thrilled that its warm enough outside for me to enjoy our flowers again! I love that we have such a wide variety of flowering plants! I’m so grateful that they are still around and I haven’t killed them yet. Maybe I have a greenish thumb after all! Enjoy the flowers!

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Here are some more…

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This little gem show up every year now, we figured them for dead two Springs ago.

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These remind me of Dr. Seuss’ truffula trees.

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I never thought these would stick around…they were so weak looking after we planted them. Now, they are 5 times the size and growing strong!

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My favorite color! I honestly don’t even remember buying and planting these! We have gone though quite a few flowers before finding out what will grow in our clay-like soil.

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How fun are these “Joey Paws”?

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These yellow buds are from one of our drought tolerant plants…we have more than a few of these because I don’t always remember to water.

Welcome Spring

21 Mar

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This photo was a “before” from last year…

Happy Spring everyone! I’m mostly looking forward to my trees not being naked anymore! I miss the green leaves and colorful flowers! I’ve been doing some more gardening in preparation for Spring, so far we are looking great!

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This is the “after” of our yard project…

We’ve been getting into gardening a little over the last year, I am proud to announce that not ALL the plants have been replaced! If you want to refresh your memory, this is the backyard planter here, and this is our front yard planter here. Some, you know, aren’t supposed to last forever, others we had a change of heart and sent them packing. Can you believe that they are coming back from the great beyond? We got rid of our unruly poppy plant midway through last year and it is back with a vengeance! I have poppy plants in four different spots now!

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This is the “now” photo of what the yard almost a year later…we’ve come a LONG way!

Looks Like Gold To Me

16 Mar

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In my last act as class leprechaun I made celebratory treats for my son’s class. Always one to use whatever is on hand, I had a not-quite-full box of yellow cake mix (used for flavoring in the cake batter bark here).  I added 2 eggs and a half cup of vegetable oil and BAM!  Cookie dough.  I dyed the dough green (obvious choice) and rolled them around in a dish of gold and rainbow-colored sanding sugar.  They were baked for 7 mins at 350 degrees.

I love a little shimmer…

DSC_0431Doesn’t this look like I’ve gone all in during the most amazingly delicious game of poker?  Dessert poker anyone?!  I see your cookie and raise you a pie!

Easily distracted…sorry…anyhoo, once the cookies were cooled I cut the tops off Ziplock sandwich bags and individually packaged each cookie, tying the baggies off with handy-dandy Washi tape.

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HAPPY ST. PADDY’S DAY!!

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