Monday, November 18, 2013

Goodbye Gift

It has been a really, really long time since I posted something on this lovely blog. Lots has happened since my last post on the 4th of July.

I took a new job, our youngest started Preschool and rides the bus, we switched daycare because of said new job and preschool.

Lots of changes this fall.

I thought I would share this gift we made for our daycare provider who we had been with for eight years (if I'm doing my math correctly). It was so, so, SOOoooooo hard to leave and I knew that we wanted to give a personal gift.

I enlarged a picture of the kids and bought a white frame with white mat and had the kids hand write things they liked about daycare and their daycare provider.

I tried to match it to her home decor. I wrapped it with a bow and attached a card and gift card.

She is an extension of our family and the kids called her "Grandma Jean."

If your reading this Grandma Jean, we MISS YOU!

Need more gift ideas? Head over to my projects page.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Simple 4th of July appetizer: Homemade bruchetta

If you don't already know this about me, I LOVE the 4th of July. Have you seen our family photo? #redwhiteandblue

Since this holiday, like any holiday, creeps up on us, I thought I would share a simple recipe that we eat weekly in the summer. It's especially delicious when you can get tomatoes right off the vine from your garden.

2 medium tomatoes (preferably home grown)
4 basil leaves
3 Tbls. olive oil
1 1/2 tbls. balsamic vinegar (or more to your liking)
Pinch of Minced Garlic (or fresh garlic if you have it)
1 large french bread loaf

Preheat oven to 350. Slice bread into desired thickness (I like them thin). Toast in oven for about 5 minutes, or until desired toasty-ness (I know it's not a word). Dice tomatoes and put in a bowl. Its easiest to cut the tomatoes with a serrated knife. Chop basil leaves and stir in with tomatoes. Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar, then sprinkle minced garlic. Let sit, if you can, so the flavors can blend.

This is such a quick and easy appetizer to bring to a party. I usually serve the bruchetta in a star dish and the bread on an american flag plate.


What easy recipes do you have to share?

Monday, July 1, 2013

Mommy Monday: 4th of July

We will be celebrating Independence Day this week! I LOVE this holiday, I mean, I might LOVE it more than Christmas.

I might have to make a Target run and get the kids all Red, White and Blue clothes. I love seeing their faces watching the fireworks and playing at night catching fireflies. OOooooh I love the 4th of July.

Wish I had some extra time to make this:


It will definitely be on my project list in the near future and I know the kids would love to help too!

What are you doing or creating for the 4th of July?

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