Sunday, January 11, 2015

Surprise Cupcakes

I did a lot of baking {and eating} over my Christmas vacation.  We were getting together with some friends on Saturday evening so I thought I'd try to make some yummy cupcakes for our dessert.  I was on a mission to use things from my pantry and this is what I came up with...
Strawberrry cupcakes, strawberry jam filling with whipped topping for the icing.
And oh they were yum!
Now I just want to try variations of this with other flavors.  
I foresee a diet needed by summer :)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

What I Wore | December Review

Thankfully we had a few mild days in December.  My bag for the month was so versatile...perfect size for carrying everything I need on the go.  It was a month of mixing old & new pieces. 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Where did December go??

I think December got skipped or something because a whole month has passed and I don't feel like I remember it happening!

Work was pretty busy during the month of December and I knew I had time off coming up so it felt like I just couldn't get things done quick enough.  I was out of the office for a week and a half at the end of the month and it was wonderful!
We started out our Christmas festivities by participating in a Live Nativity at our church.  We worked in the toddler Jesus scene.  Chase was the perfect age for this and did great.  He was a bit nervous about his first acting gig here :)
Next, my husband's business partner (and our friends) celebrated by going to dinner together.  We had a gift certificate to Ruth Chris and it proved to be a lovely evening with our friends!
 I think by now Chase was getting wore out with our hectic schedule.  He was either fighting off a cold or teething, but went through a couple of days of just wanting to cuddle in Momma's bed.  I really enjoy the cuddles and he's growing up so quick that I don't really mind these times one bit!
 Our 1st family Christmas was with Nathan's family.  Chase got all kinds of goodies! (including this drum set) He had so much fun playing with his big cousins while we were at Grandma Randall's.
 Christmas at Mama Herring's was fun and by now, Chase understood what this present thing was all about!
For the first year (in forever) we were able to have a relaxing day at home on Christmas day.  We all slept in, opened presents and just relaxed all day.  It was perfect! 
 At end of the month, we took a quick trip out to Kansas to visit our new niece, Maisy.  She is so tiny and perfect...we enjoyed every second we were able to love on her!  Since it is a 10 hour drive, we decided to drive through the night so Chase would (hopefully) sleep most of the trip.  And it worked like a charm.  He did so well!
 Once we got home, we were all worn out so we decided to enjoy a few low-key days @ home to help us all get feeling better.  Lots of sleep & football were enjoyed during those days :)

...and that's a wrap!  Somehow we did Christmas shopping, baking, work, parties, wrapping, decorating and living during this time as well.

Now I'm in this frame of mind...
have less
do more
be more!

The New Year clean out is what I'm concentrating on now :)

Friday, November 28, 2014

What I Wore | November Review

I don't have much to show this month.

It's been a lot of repeats and a lot of layers to keep warm!
this dress is one of my favorites right now!
...and then some ruffles, polka dots & sequins :)

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Ten Things I'm Thankful For:

With every passing day, I realize how important it is to concentrate on the positive and be thankful for the big & small things.

It sounds trivial to name small things, but I'm starting to come in contact with more and more people that don't have those small things.

1.  Health.  
Today I do not say that with little thought...  I say it knowing that acquaintances are saying good-bye to their loved ones.  People that are young, leaving small children behind.  People that have fought cancer with every fiber of their being.  And people that didn't know they wouldn't wake up tomorrow.

I have been blessed with good health and those in my immediate family have faced little to no health crisis.  I know I don't have a forever guarantee of this, but I'm grateful...

2.  Family.  
I've read stories recently of family dysfunction and tension.  Though my family is not perfect, I can hardly fathom what these stories mention.  My brothers both married ladies that compliment them and seem to fit in our family with ease.  Not having sisters of my own, I treasure the relationships I have with my sister-in-laws.  I am thankful for parents who pray for us and assist us with childcare on a weekly basis so that I can work in the office a few days a week.

God blessed me with in-laws that love and support me.  They don't seek to tear me down and would do anything to help us.  They faithfully pray for us and also assist us with childcare on a weekly basis.

3.  My Son.  
I could list this under family, but that cute little guy deserves his own number :)  I fall more in love with him each day.  Being his Momma has changed me and made me a better person.  We love being parents and watching our little guy grow and learn new things.

4.  Friends.  
I am not the type of person to have a ton of close friends.  I have a few people that I am close to (my inner circle) and I value those friendships immensely.  I claim some of my girlfriends as sisters since I never had any of my own and I'm lucky enough that they treat me that way as well.  These woman have been in my life practically from childhood on.  We share many memories and laughs about growing up together and I am so thankful for them!

5.  Employment.  
I know a lot of people have been out of work with the downturn of the economy over the last few years, but I am thankful for the employment I have and the financial benefit I have been able to give my family through that income.  Much deeper than that, I am thankful for my coworkers and the family atmosphere we have in our office.  I am thankful for the way my job pushes me to learn new things.  I am thankful for opportunities to grow in my career and for a boss that values me.  I am thankful for an employer with Christian values and that they support that in their employees as well.  I'm also thankful for an employer that supports the fact that my family is my top priority.

6.  Salvation.  
I'm thankful that God's love is unconditional.   I do not have to earn His love through good works.  I am thankful that a relationship with God can be obtained from me asking for forgiveness from my sins and seeking to honor God with my life.

7.  My Church.  
I am thankful that God has blessed me with a pastor & wife that love their people.  They give of their time & talents to show us they love us.  I am thankful for a church family that supports each other in prayer.  I am thankful for a church that enjoys singing and worshiping together!

8.  Hobbies.  
I am thankful for the down time I have to shop, decorate, blog, watch TV, DIY, organize or whatever I am in the mood for.  I am glad I have things in my life I enjoy and that can give me the time to "cool down" that I need after a hectic day or work week.

9.  Social Media. 
I am thankful for these avenues to stay in touch with friends & family.  I love being able to see activities my friends/family are doing along with how their kiddos are growing.  I love that even when miles keep us apart, I can still feel close to people who mean a lot to me!

10.  Playing Dress-up.  
Don't laugh.  I always tell Nathan that clothes/shoes/purses/watches are "my thing".  I enjoy dressing up, creating new ensembles in my wardrobe or evening helping other people do this.  I'm come to the conclusion that the show What Not To Wear would be a perfect gig for me.  I love fashion blogs and learning to create new looks with items already in my closet.

(above items in no particular order)

What is something you are thankful for this year?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

On A Lighter Note...

I have been trying to lighten things up a bit as much of my decor resembled my black or dark color obsession from a few years back.  Ross made my day with the find of these curtains for my living room.  Nathan brightened up my entry by simply repainting the table right inside my front door.  It was dark brown and a purchase we made right after we got married (13+ yrs ago).
I don't know if you've seen Walmart's Better Homes collection, but this wall clock is from there and I am in love with it!  It goes great in our master bedroom - the texture and colors were just the boost this space needed.

Normally people are brightening up their spaces in the Spring.  I think I am just home more now that it is cold and in the mood to create a cozy atmosphere!

Monday, November 24, 2014

A Review of November

This month has been a blur with Nathan out-of-town doing quite a bit of deer hunting.  He enjoys his time out in the woods and it gives me the opportunity for a little one-on-one time with Chase.

November 2:  Chase attended his Sunday School class for the very first time!  It helped that Mama was his teacher and he enjoyed eating snacks, singing songs and making a craft.

I (sometimes) enjoy watching Chase do things he mimics from other people.  His Mama is always busy cleaning or taking care of things and he picks up on her hard work!

I gave Chase his 2nd haircut.  The 1st one was so traumatic on him (and I) that I decided to try to do it at home.  It isn't the best haircut, but I'm not embarrassed of it either,'ll do for now.
November 7: Nathan & I went Christmas shopping (with Chase along).  We wanted to get him a little recliner so we had him sit in one to try it out.  The look on his face told us we just had to get it!  He didn't even want to get out of it at the store.  So Nathan decided he could just go ahead and have it before Christmas.  I'll never get my shopping done with these two along... :)
The last weekend Nathan was gone our weather decided to get nasty.  It snowed big fluffy flakes that covered the ground quickly!  This was Chase's first time to really be out in the snow - he wasn't so sure what to think of it.  THAT he gets from his Momma!  I'm not so much loving the cold & snow either. 
We have some family time planned for Thanksgiving week and I am so looking forward to it.  A little time for relaxing, naps, cooking, shopping...and just whatever else we can find to get ourselves into :)