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On the Ball Treesh

Oh, Kate Spade. 

I have been eyeing this bag for quite a while. But the 328.00$ price tag and the deal with husband (do-not-buy-any- more-bags) made me wait. Imagine my glee when I saw the sale on sale taking place at katespade.com. The bag was slashed from 328$ to 123$.

But the husband-deal aspect…put the brakes on buying this little love.

no more bags?

I gave it a few days and headed back to katespade.com again. The bag was still there. Meant to be!

I texted husband and prayed. All turned out well… I just bought this pretty little thing. 

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the summer on fire

This past winter was a miserable one. I say miserable, meaning that we hardly had any snow! The land is so dry. Combining dry conditions and stupid people has made for one huge fire season, and we are only at the end of June. From my back deck, I have a gorgeous view of Mt. Timpanogos, however, the view today is nothing except for smoky air. So smoky in fact, that even being outside makes your eyes burn. 

A special thanks to the fire fighters and the many others who have kept most structures safe, more importantly, who have kept all people safe. 

It is hot, windy and dreadful here in the desert. And I am dreaming of gorgeous places.Image

favorite find

When I was in Junior High, the school had a brilliant idea, they gave each of us weekly planners. I honestly think that I was the only one in my class that used the thing, but I fell in love.

As I grew up, I bought a lot of planners, Franklin Covey had just made it mainstream and that was the one I loved. I had (and still have in dusty basement boxes) so many of them! They were so cool ~ leather cover, snap or magnet closure, I was so ‘in love’!

The next big thing that came along were personal computers. The Palm Pilot probably rings a few bells. I had a Casio Cassiopeia.  It was the worst purchase ever. It always froze and then deleted every calendar event. Very frustrating. So, I headed back to my trusty three ring binder planner. Remember buying yearly inserts?

Along came Apple with the iPhone, iPad, and it revolutionized the way people plan their days. iCal makes it so easy to keep track of appointments and because of the cloud, it syncs to all devices. Very impressive. Very 2012.

But…

I just cannot get on board with it, I just can’t. I like my pretty pens and my week laid out in front of me. I like scheduling my days: mornings, afternoons, evenings. I like making lists. I like having a place to jot down thoughts. I like to be able to pencil in events. I especially love that having a paper planner helps me keep a journal. It is neat to look back in my old planners and see what I had going on that day ~ not to mention the countless quotes, thoughts and scribbles that I made. Yes, I am a paper planner person!

Now that I am all grown up, (old), I needed a planner that was set up a certain way. I have to keep track of the lives of husband, twin A and twin B, not to mention my own schedule, goals and plans. I started my search and came across Erin Condren Life Planners. Finding this  amazing website has been one of my favorite finds!

This planner has it all! It has tons of room to write anything and everything you can think of! I ordered one of the life planners last year, and am waiting for my new one to come in the mail.

I cannot wait to see it!

Oh, did I mention you get to personalize it?

Erin has lots of covers to choose from, and you can change the colors, the fonts, etc. to really make it your own. My favorite new cover for this years planner is the ‘favorite things’ cover. For this cover, you type a list of your favorite things,then they put all of them right on the cover.

I told you, this planner is amazing!!

I just have to add one more reason to love erincondren.com. I have purchased lots of iPad covers and have never found one that I liked. I love, love, love how all of Erin’s stuff looks, and guess what, she makes an iPad cover. It is called an iPad folio and it is fantastic! You get to personalize this one too, and I choose the same ‘favorite things’ cover. The folio is my favorite cover, in fact, husband has sold all my other covers on eBay!

And, another reason. She makes adorable address labels, iPhone covers, stationary, gift labels, note pads, invitations announcements, transfers photos to canvas… I could go on and on!

I am definitely glad that I found the amazing life planner. I cannot wait for my 2012-2013 to arrive in the mail. I keep checking the porch…can’t wait…any day now…

Check her out, you won’t be disappointed!

fruit snacks

let me start out this post by saying… i miss winter, snow and the cold. it is blazing hot and only june. it is going to be a long summer. today i had a bunch of kids over. food is pricey these days and i found a neat little recipe on pinterest for fruit snacks. we were going through these by the box full due to my darling child who needs to share all we have in our pantry with the neighborhood. i headed over to the market today and picked up some jello and gelatin. these were super simple to make, and taste a lot better than your average fruit snacks. i made mine with peach jello, because it happens to be my favorite.

i don’t know if there will be any left for the kids.

Homemade Jello Fruit Snacks Recipe:

Ingredients:
1 (3 oz) package gelatin, any flavor
2 (.25 oz) envelopes unflavored gelatin
1/3 c. water

Directions:
Sprinkle the gelatin over the water in a small saucepan.  Heat over medium heat and stir until gelatin is completely dissolved.  Pour into molds and allow to set at least 20 minutes.

thanks sixsistersstuff.com

i love breakfas…

i love breakfast.

there is just something about all breakfast food that gets me. my breakfast ideas were running pretty low and i was existing off cereal and green smoothies. i decided to give this idea a whirl and it was great!

a must try!

Blueberry French Toast Sandwich

This is a yummy and easy breakfast. Try it..you will be hooked!

  • 1 3 oz package cream cheese, softened
  • 1- 1/2 tbl confectioner sugar
  • 1 package (12 oz) frozen french toast slices
  • 3/4 cup fresh blueberries

In a small bowl mix cream cheese and sugar. Set aside.

Heat french toast according to directions. Spread cream cheese on one side of bread, add blueberries, top with other slice. Garnish with extra blueberries and confectioner sugar if desired.

thanks blue willow.

cinnamon roll waffles

i am a cinnamon roll lover. so when i pinned this, i knew it was a must try.

unfortunately, i wasn’t that impressed with this idea. i like cinnamon rolls for their gooey – sticky goodness, and that was just missing in these.

darn.

Heat up your waffle maker and grease it with a bit of non-stick spray. Separate your rolls then place them into a belgian waffle maker. Close the lid and press down slightly.

Set the timer for 2 1/2 – 3 minutes.

pinned from a hens nest

whoopie pie recipe with cake mix

we attended a baby blessing a few weeks ago and my husband just about died when he saw a bowl of these on the table. i decided to look for an easy way to make these whoopie pies, and i hear they are the ‘new cupcake’. i made mine with a box of devils food cake with vanilla frosting in the middle. yum.

i decreased the oven temperature to 350 and baked them for only 7-8 minutes.

Whoopie Pies
from a cake mix

1 chocolate cake mix
3 eggs
1/2 cup of water
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
……..

2 sticks of butter, softened
3-4 cups of powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a mixer, combine cake mix, eggs, water and oil.  Whip together for 2-3 minutes.

On a parchment paper or Silpat lined baking sheet, scoop out batter into round mounds.  I used a small ice cream scoop that measured 1 2/3 inches in diameter.  Use the back of a spoon to round out scoops of batter into perfect circles.

Bake for 8 minutes.  Cool.

For the icing, in your KitchenAid with the paddle attachment, whip together butter and sugar (start with 3 cups of powdered sugar, then add more if necessary for thickness).  Whip for 5 minutes until light and fluffy (the extra time makes all the difference!).  Scoop into a pastry bag with the end cut with a 1/2 inch opening.

To fill, pipe icing onto the bottom cookie (wrong side up), then top with another cookie (right side up).

thanks jenny steffens hobick!