Friday, December 31, 2010

blueberry yumminess

So I decided to go out on a limb last week and get all crazy.  I made a brand spankin new recipe on Christmas morning.  I mean, really, it could have really could have gone either way.  Make or break.  But let me tell you, the natives were DELIGHTED.  It was so delicious and I have been asked to make it on the weekly.  But I kind of doubt Mama can do that because it's not the healthiest.  And believe it or not, I even made it "healthier" than the original Mrs. Deen recipe.  I also changed a few things according to the way things went while I made it.  I can never just leave a recipe alone!
So if you're looking for something special to please your crowd, this is a good one!

-1/2 c. packed light brown sugar
-1/2 t. cinnamon
-10 refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
- 3/4 stick of butter, melted
- 1 c. quick cooking oats (you can even use the packets, any flavor you have)
- 1 c. fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1 T. sugar

Preheat oven to 375.  Grease 9x13 pan.  In a small bowl combine the brown sugar and cinnamon and mix. Separate biscuit dough and cut each one into quarters.  Dip each piece into melted butter, then coat with brown sugar mixture.  Arrange in a single layer, fitting them together like cobblestones.  Sprinkle with 1/2 of your oats.  In a small bowl toss blueberries with sugar and then spoon blueberries on top of the biscuits and oats.  Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 of your oats.  Drizzle any remaining butter on top.  Bake for 25 min. or until center is cooked through.
Serve warm.
Enjoy each bite.
Lick your lips.
Take a nap.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010

festive pillow

A few years ago I found an adorable little Christmas fabric.  I made my Mom a pillow for Christmas and had enough leftover to make one for myself.  Well, my sister has been jealous since.  In fact she has threatened bodily harm.  Not really, but that does make the story more dramatic.  However, I searched for the fabric everywhere and it was nowhere to be found!!!  I even searched online to no avail.  I mean, you can usually hunt down anything online and I have some mad googling skillz.  Lo and behold, a handkerchief of all things was found at Hobby Lobby last year!  So this year, I got busy sewing and made my lovely sister a pillow.  I really love how it turned out!

The finished product.  Mine is just plain but I like how hers turned out with a little layered flower and button:

Linen backed.  What is it about linen that is just SO yummy?!

The little sledding children (scarves flying) are my fave.  :)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

winter wonderland

a moment caught in time.  climbing up to see the dancing snowflakes.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

cozy door sweater

My friend Kate directed me to the cuteness on Etsy (where else?!) that is the door sweater.  You can check out some inspiration here and here.  Kate made a cute one a few weeks ago and posted it on her blog.  I wrapped mine one night several weeks ago and finally got the ruffle done this weekend.  It's about time, Christmas is right around the corner!  This is so easy and so cute, I just might have to make one for every season.  :)  There are such awesome, elaborate ones on Etsy, but I decided to go simple for my first go at it.  Oh, and mine cost about $7 to make!

Here she is basking in the glow of the winter storm outside:
 I propped it in the window for light, but it really hangs on a door.  :)
 This old wooden button was a last minute addition and I love it:
 I left the edges of the ruffle unfinished and imperfect.  
 Loving my fuzzy, cozy door sweater!

Friday, December 10, 2010


If you haven't watched this MUST.  You won't be sorry you took the time to do so.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Now that I'm caught up with client editing and can take a little break for myself, I wanted to try to get some good portraits of the kids. Since I am so not a fan of artificial studio lights for photos, you have to look for natural light wherever you can find it in the winter!  Our kitchen window is pretty wide and gets good light so I set up shop.  I mean...these 3...I just can't get enough!

*click on photos to see larger.  my bloggity format won't allow me to post them all big and beautiful :)

Thursday, December 2, 2010


"Mom, sometimes when I'm in my room and I'm singing I sound like Daddy singing.  I really think that's pretty special.  And then other times I sound like Jimmy Fallon."