Friday, September 16, 2016


these cute cousins who
are just 6 weeks apart in age
recently spent a weekend together
{one from Vancouver - one from Vermont}

Selah and Opal

Grandma Mary, Pa Jim, and Uncle Seth

one more cousin coming in 4 weeks

more cousin are waiting

Ezra, Cedar, Selah, Amanda and Daniel

Saturday, September 10, 2016

magic jigsaw puzzle

There are a few games I play on my ipad and this one is my favorite.

Magic Jigsaw Puzzles {by Zimad}

This daily updated collection of more than 20,000 HD pictures will help you relax after a long day, avoid stress and will surely become a favorite pastime for you and your family.

Plenty of puzzles are free which are the only ones I do. You can purchase sets of puzzles or upload your own photos to turn into puzzles. Every month there is a free set that sends you a puzzle a day. My go to size is 143 pieces.

I also play Words with Friends {by Zynga}

Words with Friends is a multi-player word game. Players take turns building words crossword puzzle style in a manner similar to the classic board game Scrabble. Maybe we could play each other :)

Do you have a favorite app you like to play?

Thursday, September 1, 2016

zucchini brownies

Zucchini Brownies
{Thanks Cousin Renee Hanley}

Mix together:
1 ½ cups shredded zucchini
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup almond milk (or half and half)
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup sugar

Stir in dry ingredients:
1 ½ cup flour
½ cup  cocoa or carob powder
1 tsp baking soda
pinch salt
½ cup nuts (optional)

Spread in 13 X 9 pan, Bake @ 350 for about 25 minutes.

Top with frosting, if desired
Eat & enjoy!

Ganache Frosting Glaze
8 ounces dark chocolate chips
8 ounces (1 cup) heavy cream

Place the chocolate chips into a medium bowl.
Heat the heavy cream in a sauce pan until it just begins to simmer
Pour the cream over the chocolate and let stand for 2 minutes.
Stir until chocolate mixture is smooth.
Allow the glaze to cool slightly and pour over brownies

Ganache Frosting Whipped 
8 ounces dark chocolate chips
8 ounces (1 cup) heavy cream

Place the chocolate into the bowl of a stand mixer.
Heat the heavy cream in a sauce pan until it just begins to simmer
Pour the cream over the chocolate and let stand for 2 minutes
Stir until chocolate mixture is smooth.
Allow it to come to room temperature {approximately 3 hours}
Once at room temperature whisk on high for 4 to 5 minutes.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

river walk

Enjoying a morning walk along the Allegheny River
with three handsome sons, three lovely ladies, 
and one adorable baby

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

shrimp salad with lime dressing

Shrimp Salad with Lime Dressing
Easy Summer Salad ~ Serves 4

1 lime
1/2  teaspoon kosher salt
1/8  teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound cooked medium/large shrimp
2 avocados, halved, seeded, peeled, and sliced
2  tomatoes, cut into chunks
1/2 cup celery leaves
2  scallions thinly sliced {optional}

For Lime Dressing:
Zest lime and then juice same lime {3-4 tablespoons juice}
In a small bowl combine zest, 3 tablespoons juice, cayenne pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt.
Slowly whisk in 2 tablespoons olive oil until combined.

For Salad:
Rinse and thoroughly dry shrimp.
In a medium bowl toss shrimp with remaining lime juice and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt.

On four individual plates divide and arrange: shrimp, avocados, tomato, and onion {optional}.
Drizzle with dressing and top with celery leaves.

Monday, July 18, 2016

cord wrangling

With so many devices in our home
we needed a way to wrangle and label all their cords.

I bought some at RuMe but you can make your own


Picture Tutorial
{I couldn't find neoprene so I used vinyl}

These little cord wranglers would make great 
stocking stuffers or party favors
don't you think?

Monday, July 11, 2016

grandbabies update

Opal Josephine
{Bringing so much love to her parents}

Selah Kiri
{A wonderful new spark in her family}

Monday, July 4, 2016

affordable mascara

I have been looking for the perfect mascara for quite awhile.
It seems like after trying new ones 
I pretty much always return to 
L'Oreal Voluminous

Lately I have combined it with 
CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume
layering them both together in several coats

Next on my list to try is 
L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes

recommended by 

I am curious if you have a favorite mascara
that cost less than $20. 

Monday, June 27, 2016

fabric banner

Hymns and Verses 
recently posted this fun project
I look forward to trying it.
{blog shout out #12}

{photo credit: Hymns and Verses}

Hymns and Verses:  how to make a fabric banner

Monday, June 13, 2016

three little four leaf clovers

Red hair and blue eyes is the rarest combination in the world

The majority of natural redheads have brown eyes, with others likely to have hazel or green shades.

But like red hair, blue eye colour is a recessive trait, meaning that both parents must carry the gene for a child to be blessed with it. This makes those with red hair and blue eyes the rarest minority in the world, with only 1% having both.
So, each one is about as rare as a four-leaf clover.

Here we are with our three little four leaf clovers


Selah likes when Cedar and Ezra do whoo voices for her.