Saturday, January 30, 2010

Fun With Food

I thought I'd make a post about some of the fun things I've made.  I'll probably do some food posts with recipes, etc soon.  This was a mini apple pie I made a few weeks ago.
Another picture of the apple pie because I love how they turned out.  How cute is the little leaf on the top?!  I got it and four other leaf pastry cutters at Williams Sonoma (one of my favorite stores!).

Valentine's Day cookies.  I know that they were a little early, but I was craving some good sugar cookies!  This was the first time I used royal icing on sugar cookies.  

Friday, January 29, 2010

How Do They Do It?!

So, I love all things Martha Stewart.  She's creative, articulate and seems to be the queen of details.  I can write off the fact that I can't be Martha, because she doesn't have any children at home, she doesn't have a husband, she's not in college (again!), etc.  Her life is all about being creative, and mine is really all about my family, so I do what I can, but I'll never be Martha.  THEN, I stumble upon Ree Drummond (AKA Pioneer Woman).  Ok, so PW has four children (whom she home-schools!), has a blog, writes cookbooks, does photography, and the list goes on and on.  Maybe it's because my kids are both pretty young and require a lot of attention, but I have to wonder, how does she do all of that and stay sane?!

She's my new favorite (I still love you Bakerella) because she seems so honest and she shares some of my strange neuroses ;).  She has a very well-rounded blog because she covers just about everything.  I wish I could spend a week with her so I could see how she does it all!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Things I Like...

Today has been another rough day. I got the kids ready, out the door and in the van, just to find out that our battery was/is dead. When it rains, it pours ;) Anyway, I'm trying to look on the bright side of things, so I decided to post a blog of things that I like instead of venting further!

I love long dresses, and I love purple. This one is a win-win from JCrew.

This skirt is from Anthropologie. I love the overlay and you can't really go wrong with an A-line skirt.

I'm finding myself really drawn to yellows lately (green is still my favorite). I really like this particular shade of yellow and this dress is cute. From Anthropologie.

This one is from JCrew and I think it's pretty cute. Ann Taylor Loft has a similar dress right now and I also really like it.

This Anthropologie dress is cute and summery. It reminds me of dresses I wore as a kid :)

Anthropologie (are you sensing a trend?) Another cute sundress.

LOVE this apron from Anthropologie. So, so cute.

Dish towel from Anthropologie. Sadly, they're not selling the SUPER cute Matryoshka measuring cups, otherwise those would have made the cut!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Yep, I'm a cliche.

Today was definitely "one of those days." The kids decided that it was against their better judgment to take a nap (oh man, were they wrong!). Tantrums were frequent and ugly. There are days when the best option seems to be to ship them off to their grandparents so that I can regain what is left of my sanity. I realize there's not much to salvage, but I'd love to do just that! One of my best friends told me that she loved how honest I was about my children. I will never be one of those moms who constantly says things like, "Oh, my children never misbehave! They are perfect little angels." Don't get me wrong, I think that my kids are the most amazing children who ever walked this earth, but they have melt-downs and freak-outs just like EVERY other toddler and sometimes it jeopardizes my sanity ;).

I've found that I have become a one-woman-cliche-spewing machine. I am constantly saying things like (the DREADED) "Because I said so!" and "Why don't you worry about eating your food, and I'LL worry about your brother?" Yep, that is me. I used to be somewhat eloquent. Gone are those days, apparently.

Today wasn't all bad. The kids were playing around in Anna's room this morning. She was throwing a bouncy ball and yelling "BASEBALL!" repeatedly, and for some reason that combination made Daniel laugh uncontrollably! I just about lost it laughing. All of the stress and nonsense of the day might have been worth it just for that fifteen minutes of bliss. None of us could stop laughing.