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Ready set LEGO!

13 Apr


setting the scene.. 3 boys ages. 7, soon to be 6 and soon to be 4.  Common interest LEGOS.  Buying Legos, building Legos, racing Legos, leaving a lone lego on the floor to be step on at 3 am (old lady potty run) and nearly taken out by, eating lego treats, watching lego movies…I think you have the picture now.

the invite:

Lego invite Lego invite Lego invite

the gift bags:


Included in the bag was a coloring book that Carin printed and I stitched down the center to hold it together (yes you can sew on paper!)


i spent an entire day making almost 200 lego crayons:

Lego crayons

And several lunch hours cutting out lego magnets:

we tossed in a little jar of bubbles that were super cheap and all we had to do was open the package!  Which after the crayon day, was about all I could manage!

and the attire:

Lego shirts Lego shirt Carin purchased shirts in their favorite colors and printed their name and mini figure with their birthday #  on an iron on transfer.

The cakes: lord Business, Batman, and superman.  Dairy free and made by Carin.

Lord business Batman Superman


The games:

Lego car Build a lego carRacetime and then race it!

Lego mini figure cookie decorating:

Cookies  Lego figure picture taking:Photo studio

Be your favorite lego character: Scott Karen emmett lego building:Lego  And lego toss, musical chairs,  lego carry and of course a Hard Hat Emmet piñata: Pinata  The kids had a blast.  And were almost as tired as the adults at the end of the day!




21 Nov

I think I have reached the pinnacle of success when it comes to burning supper.


That is correct.  I burned the take out pizza.  I am that good.

Eliana’s baptism

19 Oct

Welcome to God’s family sweet baby girl!

Such a beautiful day.  we channeled Kris and kept it “simple and elegant”


Eliana baptism

The sponsors:  Karen and Emmett Gundvaldson and Crystal Peterson


Guests typed a blessin’ for Eliana on a vintage pink typewriter…(the “g” isn’t working)

Baptism Baptism


Tablescape Tablescape

A pink and gold color scheme was reflected in the chevron and  confetti placemats and napkins as well as gold tissue confetti.   Carin spray painted Ball canning jars gold first with a matt finish and then with a glitter texture.  We filled them with baby’s breath.  First we bought twice as much as we thought we would need, and then went back for twice that amount in order to get the look Carin wanted.  The church had a large funeral a few days after the baptism and were able to use the jars and baby’s breath on their tables.

Lunch was simple but YUMMY!  Chicken salad croissants, noodle slaw and broccoli filled some of my favorite hobnail milk glass pieces and a mix of vintage and reproduction pink depression glass:


and punch and sweets:



French macaroons, cake pops, lemon filled with gramcracker’s jam and topped with vanilla bean buttercream frosting cupcakes, ruffle cake, krumcakes, meringue cookies rounded out the sweets.

it was a delightful day.

Get stuffed at Olympic flame

3 Oct

And boy oh boy did we ever!

Kays  i chose mezethakia … seasoned beef, pork and chicken with tomatoes, feta and olives.  and greek fries.  yum!

Scotts Scott chose fried squid with garlic butter and a couple of baked items stuffed with cheeses and spinach etc and orzo

Kris' Kris chose mezethikia dinner but with  seasoned pork, beef and chicken bits, orzo and the baked treats

Neils Neil chose pasticcio … macaroni and seasoned beef, baked bits and orzo

Dessert And we split dessert.  Baklava and kadaife.

roll me home.   Miss my little peepers.

Dilly dilly dill

26 Aug

And we have dills!



And guess what Scott came home with? Tomatoes and more cukes!  What have I gotten myself into?!?

Fms photo August 25 “culture”

25 Aug

Midwest culture includes summertime pickling and canning.  Carin and I had the opportunity to make pickles for the first time.

we chose to make grama dolly’s refrigerator bread and butter pickles.  Yum!


freshly picked and scrubbed cukes!


thinly sliced cukes and onions, hot syrup with seasonings


And we have pickles!

Grilled nectarines

8 Aug

We got 25 pounds of nectarines as an add on with our bountiful basket and they are ripening almost faster than we can eat them.  so instead of just a fruit snack, I whipped up this simple but yummy dessert.

i used the pampered chef grill pan, and grilled quartered nectarines in non dairy butter and some brown sugar.  once they are nice and carmelized, dish ’em up and sprinkle some pecan cherry granola ( also a bountiful basket add on).  If you are not dairy allergic,  add a dollop of whipped cream!

Eat and repeat.

Nectarines Nectarines