Mar 25, 2014

Cornbread Muffins with Blueberries

Good morning!  Today we have snow in our forecast...it is supposed to hit us around 6:00 tonight.  As much as I have accepted the fact that I live in a very snowy place, I'm ready for it to GO!  Everything is screaming spring is coming around me....everything except for the weather.  I have seen Easter decorations out, spring flowers being put out in stores, and of course spring clothing!  I'm so ready for spring I can't stand it....but since the weather has decided not to cooperate I suppose I have no choice, I'm stuck with the cold a bit longer.  I'm going to share a new muffin that I have made that goes great with a warm bowl of soup.  If you are living somewhere warm, (lucky you!) store this one away for the fall...it's a good one!

Cornbread Muffins with Blueberries:

Ingredients:
1 box of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix and the ingredients it requires to make the muffins *I'm sure you could use any mix you would like though!
1 small tub of blueberries

Directions:
Mix up the corn bread exactly as the directions show on the package.
When done, throw in a small tub of blueberries
Cook the muffins for the normal time.  

I was never a fan of cornbread muffins growing up.  My husband picked up a box of Jiffy mix recently and said he wanted to have some muffins with his soup.  I knew there must be a way I could make them so that I would enjoy them too.  I had a tub of blueberries and just threw them in, delicious!  They couldn't be easier to make and really tasty too!


Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope warm weather greets you soon, wherever you may be!  We are ready for it here in Erie!  Have a great Tuesday!

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Mar 24, 2014

Monday...

Well another week is here and I have to say I'm ready for it!  Last week my parents were on vacation. Because Nana wasn't here to watch Harper I stayed home with her all week (which is okay because I substitute teach).  Harper didn't like the fact that Nana and Papa were gone all week and she was SO EXTREMELY CHALLENGING last week!  I'm ready to go back to work...I have never seen her like that before. She was a total alien child.  Anyways, when my parents got back she became the sweetest, happiest little girl again.  AMEN!  I guess this just goes to show she loves her Nana and Papa and hates change...just like her Mama!

Another reason I'm ready for this morning is because I'm starting my day with this...
                                  Archer Farms® Blueberry Granola with Flax Cereal 15 oz

I am in love with this cereal.  Archer Farms Blueberry Granola with Flax from Target.  I was out last Sunday and I went up to get more twice this past week and they were out.  Today when I went back they had it...I almost did a happy dance in the aisle!  This makes my morning ten times better!

One more really great way to start off the week is by checking out this website:  http://toneitup.com/  I just recently went swimsuit shopping for the summer.  I figured if I waited (like I usually do) there wouldn't be much left when I eventually got around to getting a new suit.  First off, it was a SCARY ordeal!  I never like seeing myself in a swimsuit but this year was the worst ever.  So of course I set off to find a way to get back in shape.  I came across this website and I was instantly hooked!  What really like about this site is they have different links for each part of the body (arms, abs, legs, etc...).  You can find these links under the "fitness" heading at the top of the page.  Anyways, when you click on one of those areas, they have different exercises you can do to tone up!  An added bonus, many of the links have different videos to really help you get a better idea of how to do the exercises!  I LOVE the videos.  I LOVE the site.

My Suit  This is the suit I went with.  I really love nautical anything and the moment I saw it I knew it was for me!

That is all of my randomness for the day.  I hope you all enjoy your week and stop back tomorrow for an easy muffin to make for the cold days we still have left ....yes, snow is in our forecast in the spring!  Thanks or stopping by!

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Mar 19, 2014

It's Been A Little While...

Hello!  It has been over a month since I last posted...time flies!  I just finished up another class for my reading degree so life has calmed down (for a little while anyway).  This past month has been busy but really good!  I'm so thankful for some down time!

Here is a recap of what we have been up to lately...

Warning...there is A LOT of pictures.  If you don't want an overload skip past the blog today! :)

She has a few loves in her life...one is her stuffed animals.  She was supposed to be sleeping but instead she was tucking in all of her favorites!  She is a good little mama!

She LOVES to feed all of her animals too!  We got her a play cake set for her birthday and she enjoys making everyone cake each day!  Today I found her animals enjoying some! 


We have also spent many a days playing with her Little People!  The animals are her favorite things!  A future vet maybe?!  This girl loves her animals!


She was keeping her dinosaurs warm!  It was their bedtime!


Bath time fun!  If she knew her hair looked like this she would have had a fit!  We put her hair up like this before and showed her in the mirror...she freaked out, badly!  I love that she has no idea!  

Celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday....this year! 

2 years ago!  We had fun squeezing into her 3 month outfit at age 2!  She was a good sport about it!  She was so excited to wear the "Cat" outfit!

Getting ready for St. Paddy's Day!  


We love the paint dots--I got them at the Dollar Tree!

An extremely sweet and kind person (that I have never met) made this beautiful quilt for Harper.  She LOVES the quilt and was thrilled to get this special gift!  Lucky girl!  


Another really sweet lady dropped off tickets to my dad for Harper to see Sesame Street Live on Saturday. Harper and I had a Mommy Daughter date night and got all dressed up!   

She was pretty thrilled to see Elmo!

We were pretty excited to be given the tickets!!  

She got up and ready for St. Paddy's Day.  I told her a leprechaun had left her a special treat in the kitchen and this is as thrilled as she got (at first).

Really?!?!  You find glitter...lots of it and no reaction?!?!  What is going on little girl??

The leprechaun left special clover cinnamon toast and raspberries.  Plus, he found a really cute book Green Shamrocks at a thrift store (it came with a cd too)...what a find!

Then she discovered glitter is fun to play with...

And...we finally cracked a smile!  Little stinker!  By the way, it made a total mess but it was really fun.  I had to hand feed her breakfast because her hands were covered in glitter and she couldn't resist continuing to play!  Good times though! 

One of her other true loves these days is playing with her "dupes".  She calls them that and she will say, "play dupes" all day long if you ask her what she wants to do!  


I have got to say this past month has been filled with lots of fun things but watching her grow and play are some of my favorites.  I will also say without a doubt in my mind that the twos are here and they have hit us like a ton of bricks!!  

My sweet little child can turn into an alien at the drop of a hat.  I can't believe how things have changed since she has turned two.  She officially uses the word "no" like it is her job.  She fusses and throws herself down at ANYTHING that she doesn't like, and she doesn't listen to half the things that come out of my mouth.  Stubborn doesn't begin to describe my little girl!  We have seen many of these moments in the past month...






Definitely a normal day at our house now....even through this little girl exhausts me every single day and she definitely makes me crazy with her new attitude, I wouldn't trade this little peanut for anything!

In the meantime, if anyone has any great advice for surviving a 2 year old I would appreciate it!!  :) 

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Feb 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day Randomness

Happy Valentine's Day!  I hope you all get to spend some time today with your loved ones!

Matt and I both had the day off of school (in-service for the school district I sub in and a planned day off for Matt's school).  We decided to have a fun breakfast for Harper this morning:

I tried to make heart shaped chocolate chip pancakes, sure not perfect but Harper enjoyed them!!

What holiday is complete without a sweet themed book??  That is the teacher in me coming out.  Anyways, Love Monster by: Rachel Bright is a really sweet little book!  We read it twice already!  And yes...she is wearing her FAVORITE pumpkin bib on Valentine's Day! :)  

Then, Matt is going to be a great daddy and play with her all day while I do some major school work!  I have only a few more weeks of the class I'm in and a huge project coming up!  I've got to make some progress on it!  I seem to do things last minute ALL.THE.TIME!  Aahh! :)

I also wanted to share two really fun things!  When our friends came in last weekend they brought Harper a birthday present.  They got her this really awesome recordable artwork canvas art kit.  The kit came from Hallmark in case you are interested!  It came with a plastic frame, a canvas board, and paint.  You paint a cool picture and when you are done painting you can record a message on the frame.  Every time you push the button you can hear the message.  It is so fun and Harper had a great time doing it!



My mom suggested putting masking tape over the canvas (I did it in the shape of an "h") and then we let Harper paint all around the masking tape.  Once it was dry we pulled it off the canvas and had a really sweet picture.  Then, I recorded Harper telling me what letter was on the canvas!  It was really easy and fun, I would definitely recommend it!



Finally, have you all ever seen the Crayola bath crayons?  Our friends got some for Harper and they are awesome!  She has had fun coloring all over our bath tub.  Then, we just use a wash cloth to rinse it all off.  If the tips go dull, you can push them up the crayon.  So much fun!!



Well, I hope you have a WONDERFUL Valentine's Day!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Feb 12, 2014

Another decoration...

It's going to be a quick post today.  I hope to be back tomorrow for another post! 

This weekend we got to spend some time with our good friends!  They came to visit on Saturday and we had so much fun!  We sent the guys with our daughter's (2 and 3) to a bounce house place and the girls got in some quick shopping and crafting time!

One of the craft projects I was working on turned out really cute (at least I think so) and I wanted to share.

I got the inspiration on Pinterest:  14 Sign Inspiration

Here is what you will need:
1 large piece of scrapbook paper (mine was red with the word love in a black font)
White paint or whatever color you want to use for a background
Stencils, a cricut, or free hand if you are really talented  (I used my mom's cricut)
Glue
Mod Podge
Wooden Flat Board (I got mine for 2 something at Hobby Lobby in the wooden section)

First I painted the board white.  
Then, I cut out the number 14 using a cricut.
Next, I glued the 14 on the board (once it was dry).
Finally, I applied some Mod Podge to the board to seal it.






I LOVE how it turned out.  I added it to the mantel and I feel pretty darn happy with my new Valentine's decorations!  

Feb 6, 2014

2 Years Old!

Well, my baby is growing up.  She turned two yesterday, I can't believe it!  It honestly feels like yesterday that we brought her home from the hospital!  What a crazy, fun, exciting, exhausting, frustrating, and blessed two years these have been!  I can't wait for many more together!

We started the day off with a cinnamon bun, a birthday book, and a balloon!

Birthday balloons are a tradition in my family.  Every year for many years we got a special birthday balloon.  I always looked forward to this tradition and it is one I'm passing along to Harper!  I hope she enjoys it as much as I did!  

Then, we posed by our cupcake countdown because the birthday was finally here!!  She really liked the countdown by the way!!  


We were going to go to the mall and play in the play place there.  They have a small kid's area and Harper loves to play in it.  She also loves to stop by the pet shop and see the puppies.  That was on our agenda but the weather had other plans!  It was so incredibly snowy here yesterday that I just didn't feel comfortable taking her out.  Instead we played games, read books, and just hung out all day.  It wasn't anything big or crazy but it was the perfect kind of day to truly enjoy my little one and her second birthday!  We also had a fun photo shoot!  




  

She also had her first official piece of restaurant pizza (although she only had one bite...she was more interested in eating the bread sticks).  Papa brought it home for dinner and then I made a cookie cake and we had ice cream!  She only wanted the ice cream!  Bread sticks and ice cream, what a birthday dinner! :) 


By the way, she has become obsessed with hockey lately.  I'm not sure where it has come from but she must say, "hockey" 100 times a day.  She LOVES it.  She has mini sticks, a mini net, and all she wanted for her birthday was, "hockey".  She doesn't say, "hockey sticks", or "hockey pucks"...everything is just plain old "hockey".  Her Grandma got her a hockey jersey and she wouldn't take it off for 2 days straight (except to wash it...and she wasn't happy about that).  Then, I found some hockey cake toppers for her cake.  I'm pretty sure they were one of her favorite things of the day!  Here is her cake with her "hockey".  


This is her in her new FAVORITE outfit...a hockey jersey! 

We finished the day with something so fun!  My cousin sent Harper some glow sticks and told me she throws a few in the tub with her son.  I thought that sounded so fun, and I knew it would be a great way to end her birthday!  She had a ball, it was the longest bath she ever took!  

The flash was too bright in the dark so I didn't get any with her eyes open!  

"Hockey" had to come to the bath with us too! 

I'm feeling pretty blessed and thankful today!  Looking forward to another great year!

Thanks for stopping by today!  

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