Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Pennants and Engineer Prints

I've been crazy about the pennants on Three Potato Four.  Bought some felt and went for it.
It was weird how much joy this project brought me. Probably because I was not following any directions, just winging it. Maybe it was the freestyle foot on the sewing machine that I finally had a reason to use. 

Put a new Engineer print from Staples in this poster frame. $3.81

Finally filled this large frame I got at a thrift store. Fame with glass was $10. The print had to be the next size up at Staples so that cost $7.73. For some reason I could not commit to just one picture so I just did a quick grid of photos which was fun because I could use some poorer quality pictures like from my phone.

In case you are not familiar with Staples Engineer Prints:

Upload Photo on Staples Website:
Shop by Category/ Copy and Print/ Engineering prints/upload

Use a good quality black and white photo.

Pinterest. I love how this print looks. In case you have some tobacco lath lying around.

 One long drive this fall, we took our portable sound system along. I'm not sure the kids could hear in the back but it saved our sanity on the way home when the two youngest were bawling.

 We tried to get family pictures.

Nate's dad loading their wagon for a camping trip in the late early 90's?  

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Olive Turns Two

 He does not take it easy on this tractor. 

Throwback to his birthday in 2013. The wagon was his gift that year. That was the last year I had pumpkins outdoors to be pretty. The following year Olive was destroying them and this year it's the dog. I didn't even try it.

 I sewed the boys some beanies. Inspiration from Young Buck Beanies. 

 At 4 1/2 months Hank pushed his first tooth through.

 I don't remember why but we had a campfire one night. It is hard for me to enjoy a campfire the way the children zoom around it and Mia fluffs her blanket up almost on top of it. I'd like to blow this picture up and hang it in Stuart's room.

 Henry dear, what has happened? So big so soon. 

I don't like to see summer go but there is something about fall. I told Nate the other day that I just wanted to create something and all I was creating was soup.

Nate blew up the yellow balloon. He is fearless. I should have had him blow them all up. Mia and I blew them up and pinned them up all while Olive was calling for us from her bedroom the morning of her birthday.  

 Well Olive, we made it to two! You were way too shy to blow out the candles and you would not go to Sunday School either. I thought you would. Maybe next time. You funny girl. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Happy Tuesday

Mustela Hydra Bebe Body Lotion. I read on a blog about this baby lotion that you should use if you want your baby to smell like a French baby. I felt pretty silly while ordering it and even more silly when it came and I did not like how it smelled. Surprise though, it smelled good on Henry and people raved about the scent.

Covered Goods.  I sewed up a cover of my own and I love it. It is not warm and stuffy but keeps the sun out of baby Henry's eyes.

A friend of mine bought a real one and she said that the fabric was fantastic quality. Mine did struggle to snap back into place after I stretched good like this. I think a slightly thicker fabric would have recovered better. They can also be used as nursing covers and grocery cart covers. And you can wear it like an infinity scarf. I was getting pretty tempted to buy a real one but alas, the summer sun in the eyes is about over isn't it.

Zaycon Fresh. My freezer is full of their chicken and I just ordered some sausage and salmon so I am hoping I love it as much as the chicken. If you need to stock your freezer with meat look them up and see if they have drop offs in your area.

Swim Pack.   I picked up one of these swim packs early this spring at a consignment sale. We did not manage to go swimming very often this summer but Stuart wore this and each time we took another layer off. Two weeks ago he was brave enough to get in the pool at swimming lessons with out any pack on and he did great. I feel like he was able to learn to swim with that pack.

White Pizza with tomato and basil on my side. Brush pizza crust with olive oil and maybe some garlic, sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and then add tomato and basil. bake on stone in an oven as hot as you trust your stone getting for 5-8 min. This is hands down my favorite.

Parchment paper. Just started to love baking on parchment paper. I know, why now? Pizza and whoopie pies are just so much easier on parchment paper.

Olive keeps talking about "Happy Cake" as we are drumming her birthday up, showing her home video's from her siblings birthdays.

Bit the driveway last night, riding bike.

At the local small town lawn mower tractor pull a few weeks ago, Martin Appliance had a dressed up mascot walking around... he looked like a chef or something and Stuart said, "Hey, there is a fellow!"
Stuart is supposed to be learning Kindergarten stuff from me at home this year and I was surprised when we sat down to do his first workbook, he did not know how to hold his pencil, color, etc. I spent the next half hour trying to decide if I could swing the Kindergarten schedule and maybe I should reconsider. Blessings to all Kindergarten and first grade teachers!

Henry is rolling and cooing and being sweet. 

The best part about  making Low Country Boil for my meal at the cabin is that it is easy. The second best part is the soup that you can make with the leftovers. I just add a white sauce base like you do for broccoli soup and some garlic and lots of old bay seasoning. 


My porch this morning.