Thank You Notes

Kate loves to fingerpaint and she especially loves doing “Kate’s hand!”  Yes, my daughter frequently refers to herself in the 3rd person.  Well, Michael had her making stamps of her hand on some index cards yesterday and I realized that they would make really cute thank you notes for her birthday gifts.

I had him help her make up a bunch and then I wrote notes on the backs this morning after they were dry.  I think it turned out cute!


Another CSA!

So we decided that one box of yummy veggies every other week was just not enough for us.  That’s right folks, we signed up for another CSA.  This time we went with Johnson’s Backyard Garden.  Don’t get us wrong, we are still loving Farmhouse Delivery, we just thought, why not try something different too?

Johnson’s Backyard Garden is more of a true CSA in that it’s one family farm.  It seems like we get more food with Johnson’s, but more variety with Farmhouse.  (Michael disagrees with this, but I still think we get more fruit with Farmhouse.  That may be because I’m not a melon fan and that’s what we got with Johnson’s.)  We got a ton of squash, a melon, a bunch of peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, garlic, onions, beats, mint, basil, and I think some other stuff that I’m forgetting.  It was seriously a ton of food.

Johnson’s will deliver, but there is an extra charge.  Plus, apparently their delivery route was full so we pick ours up at the Round Rock farmers’ market.  This was our first time at this farmer’s market and Kate really liked it.  It was hellishly hot, but Kate got a popsicle and all was right with the world.  The popsicles were *really* good.  Next time I’m getting one of my own.  🙂



A Few Good Eggs

So remember when I decided to dye the easter eggs?  Yesterday I worked on the corresponding scrapbook page.  Now I’m not one to reinvent the wheel, so when I came up with a layout that I liked the other day I planned to use it again and again.  After all, there are only so many ways that you can arrange 9 4×6 photos in a 12X24 space.  This time I wanted to play with a layered look for the patterned paper strip.  I’ve been really drawn to this layered look for a long time, but haven’t been able to replicate it until now.  I’m liking it!

The “sweet” and “adorable” strips are actually bits of ribbon that I’ve had forever.  I can’t wait to play around with some more layering!  Maybe tonight.  🙂


So, Michael has the day off and it totally didn’t register that today’s a Monday and I should have a blog post up. Whoops!

Yesterday was Kate’s second birthday party and we had a great time celebrating with family and friends.

I would love to say that I made these cupcakes from scratch… That’s a lie. I was *thrilled* to pay a bakery to make these cupcakes. Kate asked for pink cupcakes and boy were they pink!

And here she is blowing out her candles. 🙂 You can see her gorgeous dress here that was a present from her aunt and uncle. Love! The plan is to have my awesome mimi help me trace a pattern from this one so that I can make some more. So cute!

Happy Birthday Banner

So Raptor turns 2 today!  How did that happen?

I’m happy to say that I’ve busted out of my funk.  I don’t know what was going on…  First up, Kate’s birthday banner.  We went to Archiver’s and I let her pick the paper she wanted to use which she thought was pretty cool.

I cut out all of the circles and letters on my Cricut and then glued them together with a tape runner.  Then I punched holes in the circles and tied them together with some ribbon.

Overall, I’m very happy with it!  I was planning on making cupcake toppers as well, but I’m not sure if that’s going to get done before Sunday or not.  At least I got the cupcakes ordered!  I’m so glad that I’m not going to be making them this year.

On another note, we got our second CSA box yesterday and we’re still loving it.  I made some more lasagna, squash this time, but I froze half of it.  We’ll see how that turns out.  🙂  I thought that Kate was going to be all over helping me to mix the cheese, but when I showed her how to mix it with her hands she looked at me and went, “um, no.”

Maybe next time baby girl.

Crafting Rut

I am in a serious crafting rut.  I think partly it’s because I am in complete denial that my TINY BABY is turning 2 on Friday.  TWO!!!  How is this possible?  I am also freaking out mildy concerned that I have gotten nothing done for her party on Sunday.  Last year, high on sleep, I was a crafting machine.  (Kate didn’t sleep or nap until she was almost 10 months old.  For real.)  Seriously.  I finished a bunch of trim, redecorated the guest bathroom, made a banner, learned to decorate cakes with fondant, cleaned the whole house, baked cupcakes, made Kate a tutu for her birthday pics, hand stitched Kate a felt alphabet…  I could go on and on.  This year, not so much.  I think that I am so overwhelmed with everything that I wanted to get done that I have reacted by doing nothing but read angsty teen fiction about vampires.  Oh my.  It has to stop.  Tomorrow of course.  🙂

Michael took control today (thank goodness) and we got a few things accomplished.  I found some tasty cupcakes that we could order that weren’t $2.50 a piece and Kate and I are going to take care of that tomorrow afternoon.  We also went to the party place and bought cups and plates and stuff.  Now I can stop hemming and hawing over the “theme” because there’s not one.  Kate and I are going to buy some paper after yoga tomorrow and hopefully I can get her banner and some cupcake toppers knocked out during her nap.

I created an elaborate Pinterest board for Kate’s party but I think I’m just going to have to come to terms with the idea that I am not, in fact, Martha Stewart.  Kate’s one request?  Pink cupcakes.  I think I can make that happen.

Pretty Roses

So I have lots of crafty projects in the works, but nothing *finished* right now.  Yesterday I went over to help a friend with some flower arrangements for a third friend’s wedding.  I wish I could say that I had some mad skills as a florist, but usually I just get the grunt work.  This time I actually got to stick some roses into the gorgeous arrangements.  I claim no design credit.  🙂

By the time I left, they had gone through almost 1000 pink roses and were contemplating where they could buy some more locally.  Yikes.  The arrangements were stunning though.

Scrapbook Marathon

On Saturday, I did 8 layouts.  Eight!!!  I even liked one of them.  🙂  After a wee bit more scrapping on Sunday I’m almost out of adhesive, but I am caught up through the end of February.  At least on Kate’s book.  My goal is to be one month behind, so I should be scrapping May right now, but hey, March is way closer to May than January.

As I was working on this page, I found myself wishing for some red star brads.  I even looked through my red embellishments to see if I had any.  Then I looked over at the paint from the d-a-d pictures (that’s still sitting on my desk) and went, duh I can paint some of the silver brads that I’ve had for a million years.  Now the smart thing to do would have been to go out to my car and get the florist foam that I have leftover from doing the 30 sucks project, but I’m lazy so I just ended up with paint all over my fingers.  Eh.  It’s washable.

I love this picture.

More D-A-D Photos

So I figured, why mess with a good thing.  🙂  Kate and I did the D-A-D photos again this year and I think it’s really neat to see how much she’s grown.  Unfortunately, I gave away the letters from last year so I had to hunt down a new set.  I really wanted the exact same ones so that you could see how much bigger she has gotten.

I really like having them hanging side by side.  🙂  I wasn’t hugely pleased with the photos, but Kate’s always cute so it’s hard to take a *bad* picture.

Farmhouse Delivery

Michael and I have been kicking around the idea of joining a CSA for years now.  Sadly we’ve never gotten around to it.  Until now.  🙂  What sparked our sudden desire for crazy fresh produce?  A friend of mine from college started a cooking blog.  As I was looking at the tasty pictures, I noticed that she belonged to Farmhouse Delivery.  Huh.  Note to self: check that out.

So I took a look at their website and I liked what I saw.  One of the things that had been holding us back in the past was the thought that we didn’t think we could eat all of the food in a given week.  Farmhouse has an option for biweekly delivery, plus, we don’t eat out nearly as often as we used to.  I also really liked that they pull from several local farms so that you get more variety.  The fact that they deliver sure didn’t hurt.  We took the plunge and signed up.

On Tuesday, we had our first delivery.  I was all set to tip our driver, but I think that they must employ ninjas to deliver the food.  Our Ninja, who barks like mad whenever someone is within 30 feet of the house, never made a peep.  Whoops.  I guess we’ll add the tip to our bill next time.  🙂

I was super impresses with the contents of our box.  We got peaches, blueberries, corn, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce, radishes (or beets, not sure) and two types of eggplant.  It was a ton of food!  Way more than we were expecting.  I love it when something exceeds my expectations.  I was actually inspired to try and cook something.  Those of you who know me will know how rare this compulsion is.  🙂

I decided to tackle the eggplant because Michael doesn’t like eggplant anyway.  Nothing like low expectations to increase the odds of success.  I looked up a few recipes online, but they all called for random ingredients that we didn’t have so I decided to wing it and make egggplant lasagna.  Never mind that I’ve never made lasagna before in my life.  How hard could it be?  It’s just noodles, cheese and sauce, right?  Plus, we had lasagna noodles in the pantry.

Now Michael is generally the cook in our family, but I wanted to cook for him as a treat.  Sadly, this involved him having to make a run to HEB with Kate after work.  I was prepared to make lasagna with only mozzarella cheese, but our lack of tomato sauce was killing me.  Michael was a really good sport though and even picked up all of the different cheeses that go in lasagna.

I followed the recipe on the box with the addition of sautéed eggplant on one half of the pan.  I was not prepared for how much lasagna this would be.  I think we might be eating lasagna for the next 2 weeks.  It turned out really tasty though!  Even the half with the eggplant.  Apparently baking foods is really no different from baking bread.  Who knew.

I paired it with a salad and some marinated cucumbers.  And before you ask, why yes that is an octopus plate.  Kate loves to help set the table so we all eat off of kids plates now.  Don’t judge me.

As for the cucumber, I really need to start reading what the contents of the box are.  I totally thought it was a zucchini until I cut into it and I was planning on adding it to the lasagna.  It’s cool though; I love cucumber.  We didn’t have any regular vinegar, so I marinated it in some sushi vinegar.  Delicious.

All in all, I think it was a success.  Next time, I’m only making half a lasagna though.