Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Stripes + Silly Blogging

Today is one of those days where this blogging stuff feels a little silly.

Case in point: these photos for this post.

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If I didn’t say anything about them, you’d probably think I got all gussied up and went out and did something hip and exciting like the cool young thing I am. But in reality, as you know if you are a frequent reader, I’m more of an octogenarian in a 20-something-year old body and of course I didn’t do anything cool while wearing this.

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( ^ resting b*tch face. I’m a sufferer. Is there medication for this?)

Prep yoself for the following real-life glamour:

9:15 PM – realized I needed photos for this post, but obviously too dark
7:00 the next morning – got fancied up for absolutely no reason beyond getting photos
8:15 – put kids in car
8:17 – drove to empty parking lot
8:22 – quickly and embarrassedly took pictures with tripod and remote while children whined in the car
8:22-8:29 – glanced around awkwardly and pretended I was taking pictures of trees in the distance whenever someone drove by
8:30 – drove back home and changed outfits

See? Silly.

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But when you have brand new awesome striped skinnies, you must dress them up and blog about them, even if it involves a rather ridiculous morning of getting fancied up for absolutely no reason, right? Right? It seems I had no choice. And this sort of thing has made me wonder how often other bloggers are doing exactly this sort of thing—staging something just for the sake of a post, but not admitting it? Maybe we’re all just sitting at home eating cereal in our pajamas all day, setting up cutesy little scenes to instagram, pretending we’re leading lives of glamour and excitement? If Jeff and I can manage to get out of the house sans kidlets this weekend for our anniversary, maybe I’ll wear this, just so this post doesn’t feel so silly. There. Post justified!

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Anyhoo, I’m a stripes sort of girl, through and through. Striped shirts, striped scarves, striped dresses, I’m in. And as of this post, I’m on board with striped pants, too. #TeamStripes all the way, baby. Which spring trends are you loving? It's time for a trend show-down! LuLu*s wants to know which spring trend will reign supreme this season. Follow along each week for a new trend report and enter via Instagram for a chance to be featured and score a $500 gift card to LuLu*s! Want more details? Head here: http://blog.lulus.com/contests/lulus-fashion-face-off-contest/

Top: c/o Kiki La’Rue // Pants + Shoes: c/o LuLu*s // Bag: c/o Lily Jade
Necklace: Walmart

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Coconut Lime White Chocolate Scones

I’m sure no one will be remotely shocked to hear that I did not deliver on the following Easter traditions:

1) Putting together Easter baskets for my children.

2) Taking Forrest to a community Easter egg hunt OR having a small egg hunt for him at home.

3) Dyeing eggs.

4) Any hint of Easter eggs anywhere, in any form, at all.

This a nice perk of Forrest still being too young for most traditional holiday stuff—I can procrastinate/forget/remember/procrastinate more/not care about doing things, and he doesn’t really know the difference.

I might just make an annual tradition out of what I did do on Easter morning: open a bag of candy, dump it on the living room floor, and let him gather it up into a basket. The enthusiasm with which this pathetic event was met confirms that I am absolutely zero fun and have set the parenting bar so desperately low that even the teensiest whiff of fun sends Forrest into paroxysms of joy. Please deliver my World’s Okayest Mom award at any time.

I made these Coconut Lime White Chocolate Scones for breakfast Easter morning, however, and they were delicious.

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They were inspired by this recipe from Food Babbles, which I thought looked delicious, but I was missing too many ingredients to make it. So I adapted my White Chocolate Cranberry Scones recipe and loved how they turned out. Toasted coconut and white chocolate chips in a rich and buttery scone, topped with a white chocolate and lime glaze.

Truth be told, next time I make them, I think I’ll do a more traditional powdered sugar glaze with lime added in rather than the full-blown white chocolate glaze that I typed up below—with white chocolate chips mixed right into the scone batter, the white chocolate glaze was maybe a little too much. Definitely super delicious, just a lot of white chocolate.

Coconut Lime White Chocolate Scones

1 cup flaked coconut
2 tablespoons butter
1 3/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 stick (8 tablespoons) cold butter, cubed
heaping 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
2/3 cup half-and-half or milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter and add coconut, stirring occasionally until the coconut is golden brown and toasted.

In a stand mixer, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Add cubed butter and mix on low speed; stop mixing when there are still fairly large chunks of butter. Add the toasted coconut and white chocolate chips and stir gently to mix. With the mixer on its lowest speed, slowly add half-and-half/milk, mixing just until the ingredients are moistened and the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl.

With well-floured hands, scrape dough out of the bowl and onto the baking sheet. Press it out into a circle measuring roughly 7 inches across. Use a floured knife to cut the circle into eighths (don’t cut all the way through). Bake in preheated oven until the scones are golden brown, 18-20 minutes. Let cool a few minutes before slicing through and topping with glaze.

White Chocolate Lime Glaze

3/4 cup white chocolate chips
2 tablespoons lime juice (mine was bottled)
1 tablespoon milk
3/4 cup powdered sugar

Place white chocolate chips and lime juice in a bowl and microwave, stirring every 30 seconds, until chocolate is melted. Stir in powdered sugar and add milk as necessary to reach desired consistency. Drizzle/spread over scones.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Darcy v. Forrest

Darcy, the forgotten child. Although she and her cute chub have more or less overtaken my instagram, she doesn’t get mentioned much on the blog. Which I guess makes sense, because she mostly sits around, all chunky and smiling, and doesn’t produce much news.

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She is absolutely the sweetest little peanut in the universe. Which leads me to a sort of dumb reason I haven’t blogged about her much—I almost feel guilty admitting how awesome she is. Back when Forrest was a baby and spending 99.999999992% of his time screaming his fool head off, I remember how much it infuriated and depressed me to see other moms going on about how happy and darling and lovable their babies were. It made me jealous and angry to see other moms enjoying their happy babies so much when I was mostly feeling depressed and stressed over my colicky, unhappy baby. Then I felt guilty about feeling that way about Forrest when other moms were clearly so overjoyed with their kids, so I must be a horrible mother to not be overjoyed with my kid, too, right, even if he happened to be in the midst of some sort of existential baby crisis?

Thank goodness he outgrew his awfulness (more or less), but I remember veeeeery well how hard it was to read/hear about happy babies during that time, so I’ve sort of avoided blogging about Darcy because she really is that happy, smiley baby who is just so dang pleasant 99.99999992% of the time, and I haven’t wanted to rub it in anybody’s face.

A long intro to mainly say she’s a sweetheart, and if you are in the trenches right now with a  difficult baby, I’ve sooooooooooooooo been there, and I hope this post about a happy baby doesn’t drive you nuts.

And if it does . . . I’m sorry, and I totally get it if you need to use the escape hatch via a certain little X up in the corner of this page :-)

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Darcy’s almost 6 months old now, and I feel ridiculously lucky and blessed to have gotten such an adorably cheerful little nugget. After Forrest’s exceedingly grumpy infancy, I pretty much assumed our gene mix could only produce monsters, so Darcy being pleasant is such a happy surprise. Of course she gets grouchy and angry at times, but overall, she really is just happy to be here. She’s not terribly friendly with strangers at this point, but she loves her family and especially adores Forrest. She absolutely lights up when she sees him and laughs at almost everything he does, and he’s starting to enjoy playing with her and making her laugh, which is just the sweetest thing ever for me to see. She’s started playing with toys recently, loves being outside, is enormous for her age, and sporting the most nom-worthy thigh rolls I’ve ever seen.

I’ve had a lot of people tell me recently that they think Darcy looks like Forrest and it always surprises me . . . I don’t see much, if any, resemblance. At all. But I dug through some older pictures of Forrest to compare with Darcy’s photos and, huh. Maybe they’re on to something.

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Why I felt it necessary to label the pictures with their names, I do not know. When one is dressed in blue and brown, and one in pink and red, it’s pretty dang obvious who’s who.

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And I may have to revoke my hard-earned Mother of the Year title, because I do think that although they are both adorable, one baby is cuter than the other. I just won’t say who.

(Darcy.)

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Plush Bunny Teething Ring (Free Crochet Pattern!)

We’ve officially hit the point where everything within Darcy’s reach goes straight into her mouth—her hands, toys, unvacuumed carpet fuzz—and every item within a 2 foot radius of her body is covered in goopy baby slobber. I loved the little hedgehog teething ring pattern that ChiWei of One Dog Woof posted recently, and she inspired me to take a crack at a teething ring of my own. I figured a little bunny ring would be appropriate for this time of year, and hopefully I’m giving you juuuuuust enough time in posting this tutorial that you’ll be able to pull one together to stick in your little slobbermouth’s Easter basket! Because a 6-month old baby will absolutely realize, care, and remember what was in her first Easter basket.

Get the free pattern and tutorial to crochet these sweet little plush bunny teething rings!

I used 100% cotton yarn to make my little bunnies, and although it typically isn’t my favorite yarn to work with, I thought it would be an appropriate choice for a project that will spend a good amount of time being chewed and sucked and drooled on. Any cotton worsted weight yarn—like Lion Brand Cotton or Peaches and Creme—should work great!

Darcy’s little bunny pal is getting a lot of love so far. The ring makes it easy for her to grab and hang onto, and the little ears are the perfect size to chomp on!

Get the free crochet pattern and step-by-step tutorial to make this cute bunny teething ring for Easter!

I’ll walk you through the pattern a step at a time, so hopefully this should be easy enough to complete, no matter what your crochet experience level is! If you hit any roadblocks, feel free to ask questions in the comments and I’ll do my best to help you out.

Plush Bunny Teething Ring
- use any worsted weight crochet yarn. You’ll also need a small amount of stuffing.
- gauge is unimportant in this pattern
- as with almost any amigurumi project, use the smallest hook size you can comfortably work with for your yarn . . . I used an F (3.75) hook . . . and crochet as tightly as you can!
- this project is worked in continuous spirals—instead of joining the beginning and end of each row, you’ll simply keep working around and around in, well, a continuous spiral.

Chain 8 and slip stitch into the first chain to form a ring.

Crochet Bunny Teething Ring (free pattern and step-by-step photo tutorial!)

Working in continuous rounds, single crochet evenly around, forming a narrow tube.

Crochet Bunny Teething Ring (free pattern and step-by-step photo tutorial!)

As your tube lengthens, stuff it firmly as you go (I like to use the blunt end of a larger crochet hook to jam the stuffing in nice and tight).

Crochet Bunny Teething Ring (free pattern and step-by-step photo tutorial!)

When your ring measures roughly 9” in length (or whatever length you need for the size ring you’d like!), slip stitch into the next stitch after your last single crochet and fasten off your yarn, leaving a long yarn tail.

Crochet Bunny Teething Ring (free pattern and step-by-step photo tutorial!)

Bring the two ends together to form a ring, and use your ending yarn tail to stitch the two open ends together.

Crochet Bunny Teething Ring (free pattern and step-by-step photo tutorial!)

Crochet Bunny Teething Ring (free pattern and step-by-step photo tutorial!)

Sew in the remaining yarn tails.

Crochet Bunny Teething Ring (free pattern and step-by-step photo tutorial!)

That’s it for the ring—easy enough, huh? On to the bunny head.

Start with a magic ring. Work 5 single crochets into the ring.

Crochet Bunny Teething Ring (free pattern and step-by-step photo tutorial!)

Pull the yarn tail tight to cinch the ring closed. Working in continuous spirals, work 2 single crochets into each stitch around for the first row (you should have 10 stitches total at the end of this round).

Crochet Bunny Teething Ring (free pattern and step-by-step photo tutorial!)

For the next round, work 2 single crochets into the first stitch, then 1 single crochet into the next. Repeat this sequence of 2 single crochets followed by 1 single crochet around (at the end of this row, you should have 15 stitches total).

For the next round, work 2 single crochets into the next stitch, then 1 single crochet into each of the next 2 stitches and repeat around. (So this row’s sequence will have 2 stitches, 1 stitch, 1 stitch, 2 stitches, 1 stitch, 1 stitch, etc.) At the end of this row, you should have 20 stitches total.

For the next SIX rows, you will single crochet evenly around—1 single crochet into each stitch of the previous row.

At this point, use yarn to embroider the eyes and nose to give your bunny a face.

Crochet Bunny Teething Ring (free pattern and step-by-step photo tutorial!)

Now we’ll start decreasing to bring the bunny’s head closed. For this next row, work a single crochet decrease (sc2tog) over the first two stitches, then work 1 single crochet into each of the next 2 stitches. Repeat this sequence around. (At the end of this row, you’ll have 15 stitches total.)

For the next round, single crochet evenly around.

For the next round, work a single crochet decrease (sc2tog) over the first two stitches, then work 1 single crochet in the next stitch. Repeat around. (At the end of this row, you’ll have 10 stitches total.)

Stuff the head firmly.

Crochet Bunny Teething Ring (free pattern and step-by-step photo tutorial!)

For the next round, work a single crochet decrease over the first two stitches, single crochet in the next 3 stitches, work a single crochet decrease over the next two stitches, then single crochet in the next two stitches. Slip stitch to the next stitch, and fasten off, leaving a long yarn tail.

Crochet Bunny Teething Ring (free pattern and step-by-step photo tutorial!)

Use the yarn tail to sew the head onto the ring over the ring’s joining seam.

Crochet Bunny Teething Ring (free pattern and step-by-step photo tutorial!)

Just the ears left now! Start out with a magic ring and work 5 single crochets into the ring (the same way you started the head). Pull the yarn tail to close the ring.

Work 2 single crochets into each stitch around (you’ll have 10 stitches at the end of this row).

Continue working single crochets evenly around in a continuous spiral until the ear measures 2” long.

Crochet Bunny Teething Ring (free pattern and step-by-step photo tutorial!)

Work a slip stitch after your final single crochet, then fasten off, leaving a long yarn tail.

Fold the ear in half along the open end, and use the yarn tail to stitch back and forth a few times to secure the fold.

Crochet Bunny Teething Ring (free pattern and step-by-step photo tutorial!)

Use the yarn tail to sew the ear securely onto the bunny’s head. Repeat the process for the second ear.

Done!

Crochet Bunny Teething Ring (free pattern and step-by-step photo tutorial!)

Please leave any questions in the comments on this post, and if you make one, I’d LOVE to see a picture!

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You might also enjoy these crochet tutorials on my blog:

Granny Stripe Baby Blanket Tutorial

Free Pattern and Photo Step-by-Step Tutorial to crochet this adorable baby blanket!

Quick and Easy Spring Chain Cowl

Free pattern and step-by-step photo tutorial to make this quick and easy spring chain cowl!

Bug Buddies Finger Puppets

Free pattern to crochet these sweet little bug finger puppets!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Livin’ on the Edge

Do you know what you get when you combine donuts with bacon and some gorgeous garden scenery?

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You get US. Give us donuts topped with bacon gorged upon in a lovely setting and the little Brown family will be there SO fast and SO enthusiastically that we just might become lawbreakers in the process.

Not a hypothetical scenario.

I heard tell that the Art City Donut truck would be at Thanksgiving Point (a beautiful museum/garden complex) on Friday night, so you better believe we high-tailed it over and got us some deeeeeelicious maple-bacon donuts, then thought we’d take a stroll around. We wound up here, in some beautiful gardens, and (on a bacon-donut sugar high) snapped some pictures for this post. Convenient, right? That Thanksgiving Point would just so happen to have these lovely gardens for me to use for blog photos? And that they would so selflessly offer public use of them without asking for anything in return?

I mentioned this awfully convenient photo location to my mom the next day, and her response was, “Um, I’m pretty sure you’re supposed to pay to go in those gardens.”

Oops.

I don’t know whether that’s true or not—we just waltzed in without seeing any sign of a formal entrance or ticket area and didn’t spy even a single burly security guard waiting to escort us off the premises—but it’s too late, I’ve already embraced my new outlaw identity and I figure I might as well make the most of it by wholeheartedly pursuing a life of crime. I started small with (maybe?) trespassing and (possibly?) illegal photos in a (potentially?) private garden, but who knows what’s next. The sky’s the limit! Now that I have criminal activity and donuts on the brain, I just realized that I gave Forrest a donut while grocery shopping yesterday and forgot to pay for it when I checked out, so I’m really on quite a donut-fueled crime spree over here. Hide yo kids, hide yo wives, and hide yo donuts ‘cause we’re felonizing everbody out here.

Barely related to donuts or my new life of crime except that they were all in the same place at the same time, may I present to you the big kahuna of diaper bags. I’m sure you’ve heard of Lily Jade by now, right? If you’re in the market for an absolutely gorgeous, totally fantastic, luxuriously high quality designer diaper bag, Lily Jade is definitely the solution. Period. End of story. And this is not one of those “I love everything on this blog and never give a negative review eeever!” situations because you remember that post where I got paid to tell you I hated the new M&Ms, right? I wouldn’t lie to you about something as critically important as chocolate or diaper bags. This is my blogging promise to you, always and forever. Chocolate and diaper bags and blogging integrity are sacred.

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I have truly found nothing not to love about my bag. The quality is impeccable. The style is timeless and beautiful. The organization potential is outrageous (my favorite feature? ok fine, since you asked, it’s that every bag comes with a 16-pocket removable ‘baby bag’ that is incredible for storing all your little baby and mommy items, either in the bag or it can be pulled out and used separately—organizer heaven). And if you don’t need a diaper bag, it would make a fantastic purse—roomy enough for a laptop, overnight items, your camera, using as a shopping tote, whatever. I totally love it, and love that it’s big enough for all these things but doesn’t look big. There’s a fine line between “what a nice roomy purse!” and “is that a suitcase on her shoulder?” and this bag stays nicely on the safe side of that dangerous line.

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And if you’re in the market for the bag of your dreams (or, at least, the bag of my dreams), stay tuned. Something exciting is coming your way next week.

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Until then, happy trails, good luck avoiding the fuzz during your accidental trespassing/shoplifting(/donut-lifting) endeavors, and I’ll just be over here training my little hooligan to follow in my criminal footsteps.

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Top: Walmart // Shorts: c/o Jane – totally love these and wish I had them in EVERY color! // Necklace + Belt: ebay // Shoes: Target // Bag: c/o Lily Jade (obviously dude)

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Budget Date Night + Peanut Butter Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes

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That advice you always hear about having regular date nights with your spouse so you have a chance to reconnect and just be a couple for a change? A lovely thought, and in theory, it shouldn’t be that difficult to make it happen. But in the past 6 months, I think Jeff and I have managed to squeeze in 1 kid-free date. (Romance abounds!) Between the extreme busy-ness of starting our own business, trying to stick to a tiiiight budget while the business gets going, and a baby who has taken a very determined anti-bottle stance (so determined, in fact, that I half expect to find her organizing a rally and filming a series of breast-only PSAs one of these days), it is almost impossible for us to get out of the house together, minus the children, for a date. So this weekend, we brought the date to us at home with a tasty, budget-friendly dinner and an amazingly delicious homemade dessert.

Budget-friendly date night at home with Tony's Pizza and DELICIOUS Peanut Butter Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes!

Budget-friendly date night at home with Tony's Pizza and DELICIOUS Peanut Butter Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes!

Since we’re working hard to stick to a budget, I didn’t want to spend much to make our date night happen . . . I mean, the whole point of the date night at home is to not spend a ton, right? I picked up 2 Tony’s Pizzas from Walmart and pulled together a little spinach and strawberry salad from the fridge for a fast, inexpensive dinner. Crispy crust, melty cheese, yummy toppings . . . don’t mind if I do. And I saved some money by using THIS coupon at Walmart: SAVE 75¢ on any TWO (2) TONY’S® multi-serve pizzas (11.04 oz or larger) in the freezer aisle--available while supplies last.

It was a quick, easy, and yummy meal, which gave me time to focus on the fun part: dessert.

Prepare yourself for the wonder and goodness that is
Peanut butter!!!
Chocolate!!!!!!!!!
Molten!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lava!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cakes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Sometimes I read recipes on blogs and I think the writer is purposely overselling the recipe for the sake of getting lots of pins and views and comments. I read their gushing review and over-the-top sales pitch and zillions of exclamation points and think, ok, cool your jets Speedy Gonzalez. We get it, you thought this was good.

But guys.

This was really so, so, so, so incredibly good. I cannot oversell it. I’m trying so hard to cool my jets on this one but I think my engine coolant has been all used up.

Rich and fudgy chocolate cake. Melted, creamy, gooey peanut butter and fudge centers. That perfect combo of peanut butter and chocolate, warm and oozy and delicious. All topped with fresh homemade whipped cream. My jets . . . they refuse be cooled. These were the perfect date night treat. Not to mention quick and simple to make, with adorable and scrumptious results. If you want a romantic, easy, beautiful at-home date night treat, this is the one. Theeee oooooone.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes

Peanut Butter Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes
adapted very slightly from Kraft

1 package (4 ounces) Baker’s semi-sweet chocolate
1/2 cup butter
1 cup powdered sugar
2 whole eggs
2 egg yolks
6 tablespoons flour
4 ounces (1/2 of an 8-ounce package) cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Heat oven to 425 degrees, and generously grease 4 oven-safe ramekins. Place the mixing bowl and beaters that you’ll be using for the whipped cream in the freezer to get cold while you prepare the cakes.

Microwave chocolate and butter in a large bowl 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until chocolate is nearly melted. Stir until chocolate melts completely. Stir in the powdered sugar, then blend in the eggs and egg yolks. Stir in flour and set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese, peanut butter, brown sugar, and vanilla until well blended (it might help to put the cream cheese and peanut butter in the microwave for just a few seconds to soften them enough to stir easily).

Divide half the chocolate batter between the prepared ramekins. Add a generous scoop of peanut butter filling to each ramekin, then top with remaining chocolate batter.

Bake in preheated oven 12-14 minutes or until edges are set but centers are still slightly soft.  (While the cakes are baking, prepare the whipped cream.)

Let cakes cool slightly, then turn out of ramekins onto a plate (if desired—you can certainly serve them in their cute little dishes!) and top with whipped cream.

Homemade Whipped Cream

1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon powdered sugar (or more, if you like it sweeter)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Remove the mixing bowl and beaters from the freezer. Beat cream until it almost forms stiff peaks. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until stiff peaks form. Don’t overbeat.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Revisiting Forgotten Clothes

So you’ve got a closet and dresser filled with clothes, right? And yet you rotate through the same 3 or 4 outfits without hardly touching the majority of your closet, right? And complain about having nothing to wear despite owning a plethora of items that are largely ignored, right?

Me, too.

In an effort to actually use some of the clothes I skim past and ignore regularly, I thought I’d see if I could find new ways to wear items I’ve gotten tired of. Starting with this shirt.

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I bought this shirt from Target 2ish years ago—I liked the print and the crochet detailing around the neck, but after just a few times wearing it, decided I wasn’t that crazy about it after all. These pictures don’t show it, but it has flutter sleeves (which I don’t like the look of on myself), and the body is just big enough to make me look like I’m sporting a maternity top. Not to mention that it always felt boring to just pair it with jeans, but I never bothered to try it with anything else. So it’s mostly been ignored for 2ish years, which is a shame, because it does have some features I really like.

black/white print + denim jacket + red skinnies

Turns out, it was super easy to come up with a way to wear it that hid the things I didn’t like about it while playing up the things I did like. Why didn’t I think to pair it with colored pants before, to let the cute black and white print really shine? Or add a jacket to hide the funky sleeves and imperfect fit?

black/white print + denim jacket + red skinnies

Now I feel kind of guilty for neglecting this top. It didn’t deserve it, really. It’s a little off, but it can’t help it. That’s just the way God (slash the Target designers—same thing) made it. I think it’ll be re-entering my closet rotation now.

Do you have any closet items you’ve been unjustly neglecting? Or ideas for me of other ways I could wear this top?

Top: Target // Jacket: thrifted // Pants: c/o Kiki La’Rue // Shoes: c/o LuLu*s 
Bag: c/o Lily Jade // Bracelet: Walmart

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Deep Thoughts with Forrest #2

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leaning over toilet as he flushes
Forrest: Bye-bye, pee-pee! I’ll miss you! I wuv you so much!

runs up and hugs me out of the blue
Forrest: Mama, I just wuv you a whole whole whole whole whole whole lot big!
Me: (melts into puddle on floor)

during a brief power outage
Forrest: Uh-oh! The house batteries are dead!

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supervising during a diaper change
Forrest: Oh no, Mama! Where is Darcy’s penis?!
Me: She doesn’t have one.
Forrest: Uh-oh, she lose it? Darcy, you lose your penis somewhere? (crouches down, begins searching under dresser, crib, etc. for lost penis)

standing in front of mirror wearing a pajama top tucked into his underpants, a bib turned backwards (cape), and snow boots
Forrest: Whoa, look at that! I look like gooooooood.

while he’s sitting on the toilet, after 2 days without doing a number twosie
Me: What’s going on? Don’t you need to poop?
Forrest: My poopoos are not coming out. They’re just sleeping in there.

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Forrest: Mama, what are you making for dinner?
Me: Tuna sandwiches.
Forrest: Ok, wight. But I just have a little secret to tell you. (leans in, whispers in my ear) I don’t like tuna sammiches.

while wandering down the candy aisle at the grocery store
Forrest: Wow, those chocwates look gooooooooood!
Me: Yeah, they do.
Forrest: ‘Member yesterday, I went poopoo in the potty?
Me: Yep, I remember that.
Forrest: I did a willy willy good job!
Me: You sure did.
Forrest: Those chocwates look so so so so yummy.
Me:
Forrest: I did a good poopoo. Those chocwates look yummy.
Me:
Forrest: I want a treat for my poopoo.

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during a dinner of pizza and sweet potato fries
Jeff: Can you finish your sweet potatoes?
Forrest: No, because I am the pizza master.

on a walk, during which Forrest asked roughly 4,000 times if we could walk to the playground
Jeff: If you ask about the playground one more time, we’re going straight back home. Do you understand?
Forrest: Yeah, okay.
(approximately 2 seconds passes)
Forrest: I just want to say somefing.
Jeff: It better not be about the playground.
Forrest: I know. I just want to say, real quick, can we go to the playground?

drapes his blankie over his head like a veil
Forrest: Look, I am a pretty queen! My name is Queen Fowwest.
Me: Hi, Queen Forrest.
Forrest: (shakes my hand) Hi, it’s nice to meet you. I am the queen, so I am in charge now.

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