October 15, 2011

entryway subway sign...

look what I found at this site: for those of us who live in the Tidewater/Hampton Roads area...this is awesome...ain't it? I NEED one now!!!!! Plus Amy@HomeRemediesRX's blog is inspiring. So...I'm heading on back to browse through it once again for more ideas.

September 13, 2011

organizing ideas...

all of these can be found on my Pinterest Board: Organize

labor day cupcakes...

Zoe baked these cupcakes for Labor Day.
We had a nice lunch at my folk's house and relaxed awhile.
The minions started school the next day...(those photos to come soon).

making it from scratch...

I found this simple recipe and photo at: Noshings

Brown Sugar Pancake Syrup
2 c. brown sugar (I used light)
1 c. water
4 T. butter, unsalted
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla

Add all but vanilla to small saucepan, bring to boil while whisking to dissolve the sugar. Let boil rapidly over medium heat for a full 3 minutes.

Immediately remove from heat, whisk in vanilla and let cool for a couple minutes until serving.

To keep: I poured the excess into a canning jar to place in the refrigerator. (DO NOT stir it as it cools, it will form grainy sugar crystals in the syrup.) It will thicken up quite a bit, but you can pop in the microwave for a few seconds to warm it up before serving next time.

August 20, 2011

8/20 Surfers Healing and 8/19 Welcome Luau...

Porter was all ready. 
 The surfers put him on Jay's board.
 They waited for a good set.
 Finally, after a good while...a wave!
 Porter rode it all the way in.
 Back out for round two....look at how comfortable Porter is.
Jay stands Porter up!
 Porter is stoked!!!
He got a medal, but didn't want to wear it.
Thanks Jay for surfing with PMan!

 Carson at the Luau the night before.
What?! Brig got Cameron to smile?
Porter enjoying himself in the water!

Hula Dancers....

Dancing again...

 She was excellent!
 The beach movie screen. We watched 'Clay Marzo: Just Add Water'
It was 9pm and we had a fun evening!!!

August 10, 2011

8/10: regular days...

NOTE: We are missing Brigham (who comes home from his RI vacation tomorrow).
Here's a few snaps from today....a regualr day:

Cameron prepares lunch for himslef and Porter. PB crackers and apples.

Carson prepares her own lunch...a fluff-a-nutter sandwich.

Porter plays on my laptop as Yuka stares at me.

Yoda waits to be let outside.

8/3: regular days....

NOTE: I moved this from my knitting blog (knitapalooza) to this blog, where it belongs.

A 'regular day'...laundry, iced coffee for mom, Cameron on his headphones, Carson playing LPS, Lola suns herself, Porter wraps himself up, Yoda watches TV, Porter plays with moon dough, James works (from home) and Yuka lounges anywhere she can.

the end....

May 31, 2011


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May 30, 2011

little vignettes...

This is the bar in our house. I have a thing for birds, nests, eggs, teacups, glassware and vintage shabby chic.

May 5, 2011

more wedding stuff...

1. Definately having a huge fruit platter.

2. Like this simple way for the food to be served....we'll do this.
3. Really like this idea of everyone writing messages to Lauren & Nick on stones....hmmm.