when life gets in the way

no seriously life totally got in my way. i was minding my own business when boom, there it was, all "you think you're just going to float along like nobody is looking...wrong"

let's just say the past 6 months have been more than a handful and ones a might want to return had i not lost the receipt. where to begin...don't worry this will be short.

christmas was coming (yes we go back that far) and there were parties to go to, and shopping to be done oh and of course stomach bugs to be had. yeah i don't remember putting that on my list.

so christmas came and it was merry. spent away from home with family and loved ones. when we returned the day after we were looking forward to settling in for the winter and instead we had a small house fire. not a complete loss but enough that we were displaced for weeks on end and had months of reconstruction ahead of us.

after that we figured not much more could go wrong but we thought we might want to toss in a car accident on top of that and being a one car family this does derail the routine a bit. but hey we did get a snazzy rental car out of it while ours was being fixed.

then snowpocolypse occured and decided we needed a humongous tree to land squarely on top of our summer abode, otherwise known as a 1979 trailer but hey it was enough to derail our summer vacation plans a bit.

but on to the bright spot...while all this was happening we got knocked up! yup we decided to toss in some morning sickness and fatigue and thought "hey whats one more mouth to feed" :) so this october we are looking forward to the arrival of a little girl to this bunch and really couldnt be moer pschyched about it.

the next 6 months are going to be awesome i can feel it!



this is a public service announcement.

please, please don't leave the house in yoga pants unless you are actually heading to a yoga class. and if you MUST go to the grocery store in them, you know in the event of an emergency, please choose one that is next to a gym. at least that's what i do and then no one is ever the wiser, well until they see that there's a box of hostess cupcakes in my basket. after all i said it was an emergency ;)

but in all honesty, i'm only looking out for you. yoga pants are a slippery slope. at first you're all "oh it's just this one time and who's going to notice? they're black after all and look so much like regular pants. I'll just put on this cute matching zip front jacket and be quick. just in and out"

then all of a sudden you're leaving your house in your husbands red sox t-shirt from the '86 glory years and flannel snowflake pajama bottoms, wondering if no shoes really does mean no service. and then you end up a square on wal*mart bingo or worse an actual spy photo on the people of wal*mart website.

do yourself a favor just don't do it. i respect you more than that and realy a cute t-shirt and a pair of jeans (even mom jeans) is a better option in the end.


in all honesty

maybe i was really doing this...

let me just say that 36 hours in grand cayman can do wonders for your soul. i am still relaxed and that was almost a week ago. when things start getting crazy i just close my eyes and feel the sand between my toes. then i open my eyes and realize it's not sand, its an entire bag of sugar on the floor. same difference. now breathe.

how long was that flight again?


wow, i'm bad at this!

i think i might have to make a promise to myself to be better about keeping up here. as august quickly faded into september i kept thinking, no the summer can't be over it's still only...oh wait 2 weeks from halloween! eek! literally :0 i guess time flies by when you're chasing a toddler around with a fresh diaper.

so here it is. my promise. i promise to sit down and think about writing something here more often and perhaps even hitting save and close in the process. the past few days have been productive ones and the oven has barely had time to cool off. with cool winds blowing the leaves off the trees and into my back hall come a need to bake and fill my belly with comfort food. so recipes will come along and some festive decorating tips too, and sooner than later. i promise!


bake it easy.

Mixing cinnamon and sugar is tough work.

Okay, well its not that tough but this little grinder makes it a lot easier. So thank you Trader Joe's for giving me that perfect cinnamon to sugar ratio with a nice crystaly crunch. Sure you can put it on toast, but I like to use it sprinkled on pie crust. oh yum. now lets go make a pie!