May 20, 2010

This Is What It's All About

And so it begins for us, summer at the lake! I am so ready for campfires (and mosquito's), pontooning (and mosquito's) picnics outside (and mosquito's)

lazy days of swinging for hours

and lots of playground fun.
This time of year (as busy at it gets) reminds me to slow down and enjoy my girls. Watch the excitement of summer through their eyes!

May 10, 2010

Happy Mothers Day!

Happy Belated Mother's Day to all of you! I had a WONDERFUL weekend of relaxing, homemade cards, flowers and meals cooked for me (yay!!!). I had to show you what I made for my Mom for Mothers Day. I found this and knew I had to make one.
The bottom piece of wood I found in our garage, and the top three, I purchased at Crafts Direct. The bottom says, "You Taught By Example, I Learned By Love". To keep them together, I used Gorilla Glue ( a very.tiny.bit. I learned my lesson before, lol!) to attach the blocks to the bottom piece of wood.
I absolutely love how it turned out, and I know she will love it! I am so blessed to have the most wonderful Mom, she has always been there for me through thick and thin. Even in my worst times (and Lord knows there have been many), I always knew I could count on her. And in those days when she didn't know anything (aka, my teenage years) she never let me go. I couldn't imagine my life without her, she is truly my best friend and confidante. I love you, Mom!

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May 5, 2010

Blueberry Oatmeal Coffee Cake

For those of you that don't know me personally, I looooove breakfast foods. Like, L.O.V.E. I could eat breakfast for lunch, supper and snacks. There is something ohhhh so comforting about eating a hot breakfast. Don't get me wrong, cereal and I have quite the love affair too, but bring on the soft, warm, doughy, dense, caramely anything, and I melt. Along with my favorite cup of joe, breakfast is my favorite time of the day.

So naturally I am always on the lookout for yummy breakfast recipes. This one I found on and it definitely gets my stamp of approval!

Blueberry Oatmeal Coffee Cake

1 1/3 C. all-purpose flour
3/4 C. quick cooking oats
1/3 C. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg
1/2 C. fat free milk
1/4 C. Canola oil
1/4 C. reduced fat sour cream
1 C. fresh or frozen blueberries

Streusal Topping
1/4 C. quick cooking oats
3 Tbl. all purpose flour
3 Tbl. brown sugar
2 Tbl butter

In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients, stir; In separate bowl, combine egg, milk, sour cream. Add to dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in blueberries. Pour into a greased 9 inch round baking pan. For the topping, mix oats, flour and sugar. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle on top of batter, bake at 400 degrees 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clear.

May 3, 2010

Alayna's Four!!

This is our last birthday for the year, my baby turned four yesterday! I can't believe it's been four years already, she has grown up so much and given me gray hair, all at the same time. She wanted a Tinkerbell cake, which was a lot of fun to make! She got her very own big girl bike, which she looooooooves! Now, I am not one for character toys, but, I totally love this Barbie bike. It even has a mini bike attached to the handle bars for her Barbie!!! Too fun.
I love this pic of her trying to put up four fingers, she keeps wanting to put up three:)

From her aunt and uncle and cousins, she got a kite which her and Daddy had lots of fun flying!

It was a fun day, as it's always so fun to have a special day for the kids!!
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