the best use of 4 ingredients.

otherwise known as...
Dump Cake
you need:
1 can crushed pineapple
1 can cherry pie filling
1 box of cake mix
1 1/2sticks of butter
dump in the pineapple and cherry.
sprinkle on the cake mix evenly.
cover with pats of butter.
bake at 350 for 40-45m

yummy yummy. a little bit of heaven for your kitchen. or for my Bible study girls.

I used to make this all the time but completely forgot about this little goody...thanks for the reminder Michelle.
xo
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my first dress...

Happy Monday to you! Here's a beautiful face to start your day off right! :)
This weekend I completed my very first dress!! :) Back when I started sewing I just knew that I could never make clothes...at least nothing beyond a simple skirt but I did it!! :) And I LOVE it!
I started out with a pattern I got on Etsy...only to be very disappointed in it...so I took off and made it my own...I made it reversible and added a sweet initial! :)
I love the simple sweetness of it...
I just may offer them in my shop...I love them that much. :)

Hope your week is starting off right...I am trying really hard to make sure mine does. :) We have a busy week ahead...Bible study, MOPS and my lovely in-laws are coming in for the weekend! :)

Thanks for all your input on the leggings...I still love them...and you, if you sided with my husband! :O)

xo
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a debate.

There is a small debate in my house. It's small to me because either way I will do what I want. :)
My husband thinks these cute little baby leggings are just for girls.
I say that baby boys can wear them too.
And look darn cute in them.
Doug thinks it makes him look ready for Jazzercize.
I love to see his little sausage legs in them.
Especially this part right here.
So what do you think? Please chime in on our domestic squabble. Are these cute leggings made just for girls? Or can Aaron wear them proudly? I'll still love you if you disagree with me. And I will still do what I want.
xo
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2 months!

Really? Didn't I just make a one month post?
Honestly I am glad to see two months here. :) It means that we are just about past all the newborn stuff...and while I ADORE my baby boy...I can admit that the newborn stage is not my favorite. :)
Look at that chunky tummy! That is a 3-6months onesie that needs to be retired...he is already wearing several 9-12m clothes! Crazy! Can't wait to see what he weighs at his check-up this week! :)

Happy weekend! Hope your weather is just as warm where you are...90's here!
xo
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the perfect job.

Friday marks the beginning of the weekend...at least it used to for me. When you are a stay at home mom the days really seem to lose the meaning they once had. I don't dread Mondays or wait for payday. My weekend is when my husband has off. I rarely know what date it is. Instead of having numerous clients I have two very demanding ones...one of which speaks very little English and the other other none at all. Both change their demands often and without telling me...but I am supposed to know anyway. As soon as I learn their list of favorites they change those too. Their wardrobe is ever changing...one of them now demands a choice in the matter of what outfit to wear. I don't work 9am-5pm. I work 9am to 9am. No days off. :) These clients can't be avoided until I am in the mood to deal with them.
(not that I EVER did that with real clients). ;)
I can however wear whatever I want...and drink coffee all day. I can use the rain as an excuse to not leave the house. I have job security. I can't be fired. They have to eat my cooking. We can walk to the park because we want to...have lunch when we are good and ready...and read books all day if we feel like it. We can meet friends for coffee or to spend the morning playing.
I have never loved two clients more. Or been more confused by two either. I have never been as pushed to my limits...good and bad. I have never longed for silence more or loved laughter as much. I have never felt such extremes of success(like when Moses counted from 1-10 for the first time) or failure(when Moses seems to spend more time in time out than playing some days). I have never wanted to succeed so much. I have never wanted to be the best at somethings as much as I do now. I have never had so much to lose.
I have never been more thankful for tiny socks or baby snoring. Or Moses' lisp. Or the way he calls bee's "bum bum bee's". I have never, before now, wondered how much it will cost to feed two teenage boys. These are the details of my new "job". The one that, on paper, you would be crazy to take but the one I know I would be crazy to miss. :)
xo
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busted.

During the time formerly known as "nap time" in our house, Moses was apparently hard at work. We went in to find him at the conclusion of "nap time" completely nude from the waist down...the bed was luckily still dry. He had gotten out of the sleep sack, his pants and his diaper. When Doug went in to get him he was putting sleep pants on...with both legs in one leg of the pants. So at least his "smarts" stop somewhere for now, right? "
And here is the still innocent and cute one(Moses is still cute but not nearly as innocent)...proving that you can still be adorable in a poorly focused photo. :)

Happy day to you!
xo
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my favorite shade...

grass green...
...it's everywhere around me...
...decorations...
...coffee mugs...
...I dress my table in it...
...and myself...
...my dining room is painted in it...
...my favorite gifts tend to include it...
...I dress my kids in it...
...both of them...my husband too. :)

what's yours?

xoxo
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happy monday!

Our weekend was packed...with walks collecting wildflowers...
...cuddling and snuggling cute babies...
...admiring the blue skies and dogwoods in bloom...
...the usual household chores...
...and hanging out with friends at the park! :)
This past week I worked really hard to lose baby weight...and I lost a little over 7lbs!!! So I rewarded myself with these tasty brownies...smores brownies! The actual recipe called for making the brownies from scratch...but I turned to good old Betty Crocker instead...threw in a half a package of crushed graham crackers...some chopped up marshmallows...poured that all into a 13 by 9in pan....then placed large marshmallows on top of the batter like so...cook as directed on the box. yummmmm! :) the marshmallows get all toasty. :)
Two things in case you don't know...cut brownies with a plastic knife...the brownies won't stick...and to tell for sure that a cake/brownies are done without jabbing them a million times with a fork in the middle...look along the sides of the pans...the cake is ready when it starts to pull away from the sides. :)

The only bump in the road this weekend was the nasty case of food poisoning that I had all Saturday night...that led to a whole lot of nothing being done on Sunday...so thankful that Doug was home to take care of all of us. :)

Hope your weekend was just as wonderful and as full of sunshine! :)

xoxo
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what's that song...

As I was driving home from MOPS yesterday one of my all time favorite songs came on the radio. All time favorite meaning it is one of two songs that I l.o.v.e. to sing along to...as loud as I can...like no one can hear me. :) Well my two kids were in the back and they can hear but I consider them tone deaf until they are able to say other wise. :) One of those songs is "Stay" by Lisa Loeb. LOVE IT!!
The other is Duncan Sheik's "Barely Breathing".

I could have a CD with just these two songs on it and be happy for a pretty long time.
Is that sad? You probably didn't need to know this about me, right?

So I want to know...what is your song?
That one or two that you can hear over and over and never get enough.

Happy Friday!
xoxo

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remember.

to pray for the hokies today.

xo
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cute gift-3d photo...re-post. :)

Here is a re-post of one of my favorite how-to's...just in time for Mother's Day!What mother or grandmother wouldn't love to get something this precious? A cute 3D photo of their favorite grandchild...The best part is that it is inexpensive AND easy to do! Wanna know how?
First take some photo's of your kids holding something like they would a flower-like a pencil or crayon...nothing too large. I gave Moses one of my button flowers and told him to smell it (one of the few things he will do on command---the boy will smell anything). I couldn't believe how lucky I was to get this face!! If you have an older child you can get them to show you the "flower" this makes a cute photo too...keep clicking until you get one that will work...

Then I took an exacto knife and cut slits along the top edge of his hand (where it looks like the flower going into his hand) and again at the bottom. Then you just slip an artificial flower into the slits...this photo is a 4 by 6 so I used a small flower but you can use any flower you want...especially if you do an 8 by 10. When you put the photo into the frame take the glass out and put it in behind the photo or if you are mailing it, use cardboard to provide support instead of glass. Ta da!!! Cuteness you can do!!

Make sure you let me know if you do this project...I wanna see!!! :)

xoxo

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consider yourself warned.

Remember this bag?
My imperfect sample.

I will be listing it in the shop soon (as in the next couple of days)...for FREE!!
(almost free...you pay shipping)

So keep your eyes opened...it could be yours. :)

I am working on a new, less vinyl and more perfect one as we speak.
xoxo
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tasty.

Layered Strawberry Cheesecake Bowl
You need:
3 cups sliced fresh strawberries
3 Tbsp. sugar
2 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA 1/3 Less Fat Cream Cheese, softened
1-1/2 cups cold milk
1 pkg. (3.4 oz.) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
2 cups thawed COOL WHIP LITE Whipped Topping, divided
2 cups frozen pound cake cubes (1 inch)
COMBINE berries and sugar; refrigerate until ready to use. Beat cream cheese with mixer until creamy. Gradually beat in milk. Add dry pudding mix; mix well.
BLEND in 1-1/2 cups COOL WHIP. Spoon half into 2-1/2-qt. bowl.
TOP with layers of cake, berries and remaining cream cheese mixture. Refrigerate 4 hours.

Enjoy! It's super yummy and nice and light. :)

xoxo
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