Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Biscoff Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats

 This is just one of those weeks! It starts off simple, straightforward... and then somehow manages to unravel itself. We haven't finished all the last few details of the home makeover (our evenings keep getting interrupted), so we're still camping out in the middle of the living room in a jumbled pile. Bracken mysteriously hurt herself, but I can't figure out how, or whether I should take her to a vet because it comes and goes. I'm worried about her, so I'm not sleeping well, which of course makes EVERYTHING harder. Why is that? Such a simple little thing, sleep, yet the dynamic of our whole family can change if there is a sleep deficit. I'm thinking that's also why my Joe is deteriorating into pools of frustration. Whenever he goes through a growth spurt he needs naps like crazy, but of course doesn't want them. I must hold my ground. Besides, then I get a nap!

Mmmm, naaaaps... That sounds heavenly. Two of these and a two hour nap and I'll be a new woman!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Weekly Menu April 21

This week we have:
Biscoff Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats
Spaghetti Carbonara 
Roasted Balsamic Asparagus
Ginger Citrus Bundt Cake

For today, April 21...

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Easiest Pineapple Cake

 Ahhhh, General Conference, my second favorite (and bi-annual!) holiday of the year! Technically it isn't a holiday, but it sure feels like one. We get to stay home from church in our jammies (or brand-new comfy jeans, yay!), bake lots of treats and listen to our church leaders speak to us (on TV, radio, or internet) on every subject under the sun. I love how my home feels during Conference. I love that my boys already have a favorite apostle. And I love how much I learn. I don't talk about my faith very often on here, that isn't really one of my goals. But if you're ever intrigued, I do have a link to more info over there on the left! Now I will leave you with this cake and go make rice krispie treats. :)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Small & Wonderful Things 42

My very first ever pair of REAL Converse sneakers!! I am in love. I need more.

The way the air smells right before it rains 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Cinnamon Roll Cookie Bars

It's been a busy, busy week! I was supposed to get a lot of cleaning done, but that didn't happen. I've been on a mission, to finalize our carpet order! It's the first home improvement job that's been completely mine, and it's been quite an experience. I had to check the color I wanted twice, to make sure it was still what I remembered, re-scheduling appointments over and over because of that family stomach bug, waiting for calls back, changing my mind about carpet type... I'll be so glad when it's finally installed!! Dog hair is a serious pain to sweep, but a cinch to vacuum. The house is developing beastie-hair tumbleweeds in the corners...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Awesome Chicken Enchiladas

My garden is like a box of chocolates. I never know what I'm going to get! *giggle* Most of the things that are coming up, I have already identified. I've got some succulents in the rock garden, a dozen or so random tulips, a patch of irises, and some hyacinths (which are the only things actually blooming so far). There were big patches of dead something-or-other, and something weird-looking has been coming up underneath them... 
Do you know what these ARE?!
You garden-y people probably already know, just by the pictures. I'd say they're pretty distinctive. I had no earthly idea, until a lady stopped by to pick up the blinds we posted on Craigslist, and said, "Oh, your peonies are coming up too!"

Wait. Hold on one ding-dang second. 

*proceed with ecstatic freak-out*

Can you believe it?! They're only my second favorite garden flower EVER!! I always thought they'd be finicky and there'd be no way I could grow them myself. But they're already here!! Four whole patches of them!!! Can you tell I'm a little excited about this?? I just hope I don't kill them... Time to study up on the care and feeding of peonies!