So long, temporary housing!

We are moving out at the end of this week! Woohoo! Dear temp housing, thank you for providing us a place to stay while we wait on selling our California home and purchase a Illinois one… but hot dang am I more than excited to move out and into our new home! I’m itch’n for some…

Words of Wisdom from watching CW’s Arrow? Apparently so.

The shark that does not swim, drowns. Who would’ve thought I’d gain some realization from watching Arrow (… and yes, for any of you that do watch Arrow, I know that I’m 2-3 seasons behind). So I think I’ve realized that my issue is that I keep fighting this move, even though I’ve already moved….

Midwest Adventure Musings

Things I’ve learned thus far (being from southern California): When little white things fall from the sky with no big snow storm on the radar, they are snowflakes, not ash from a brush fire. Rain will not get rid of fog like it gets rid of smog. Winter is super super dry, like, my scalp…

Midwest Adventure — Day 1

So the packing and moving were .. a crazy process on their own — I don’t think I even want to think about it right now. We arrived late last night and I’m still exhausted from the last several weeks. I’ve got a headache that won’t quit, and I’m feeling awfully nappy (my hair, btw,…

Isla’s FAVORITE Banana Muffins

I’m putting the “favorite” in caps because  we’ve baked these muffins every week for the past three weeks!  Isla loves them for breakfast (with her yogurt) or sometimes even as an after school snack.  Parish loves them because they’re great on the go as he grabs his coffee on the way out the door for…

Easy peasy, kind of cheesy, buttermilk biscuits!

Have you ever just woken up (relatively late) on an incredibly rainy morning and thought “ugh, the day is ruined because the XYZ activities I wanted to do today are completely rained out?” Haha.. yeah, that was me one rainy weekend morning last month. I was downstairs, sunk into the couch watching my darling daughter play with…

Holiday Baking ROUND-UP!

(insert banjo tune here) What better excuse is there to flour up the kitchen like the holidays?? Pecan Caramel Tart I saw the most mouthwatering photo of a pecan caramel tart, beautifully dusted in snowy powdered sugar in Homemade Winter by Yvette van Boven. I thought it’d make the perfect gifts for the sweetest neighbors…

Blueberry Crumb Muffins

Snapped the below photo of my baby pie eating a blueberry crumb muffin from CBTL on Saturday and thought it’d be fun for me and the little one to bake our own. Isla loves to bake.  She puts on the cutest little apron and mixes anything and everything.  I set up the ingredients for her…

Aquarium of the Pacific

Some days you just want to go feed the lorikeets. We took a trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach a few weeks ago when my husband’s parents were in town.  Yes, Isla loved touching a ray and seeing the sharks, otters and all the colorful fish (plus the scuba diver in…

Start fresh.

I’m pretty horrible at this blog thing. Sometimes I don’t know what to write about, or what photos I want to post (and sometimes I’m just too lazy to pick and upload the photos to post).  I guess I need to start making this thing more interesting to read, for maybe the one reader I…