Wednesday, September 24, 2014

good reads #12 little house on the prairie


book #12 is crossed off the list! little house on the prairie tells the story of pa, ma, mary, laura and baby carrie as they settle in indian territory in kansas. the prairie has all sort of fun, but also a bit of danger comes as they settle into this untamed land. 

i'm ready for book #3 in the little house series!

here is how my list is looking so far....not sure if i'm going to make it, but i'm going to keep trying

1. The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett 
2-10. The Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder 
      Little House In The Big Woods
      Little House On The Prairie
      Farmer Boy
      On The Banks of Plum Creek
      By The Shores of Silver Lake
      The Long Winter
      Little Town on the Prairie
      These Happy Golden Years
      The First Four Years
11. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
12. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
13. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
14. The Giver by Lois Lowry 
15. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White 

16. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
17. Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
18. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
19. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
20. Harriet The Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
21. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
22. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
23. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell I started, but had to return it to the library before I could finish :(
24. Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia by Jean Sasson
25. The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
26. They Were Still Born: Personal Stories About Stillbirth by Janel Atlas 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

latest obsession

ok you guys want to know what my latest obsession is.....pork chops. not just any pork chops, but lemon basil grilled pork chops. they are TO DIE FOR! we just had some for dinner and my mouth is watering just thinking about them. i can't wait for lunch tomorrow. 

so, i've been doing the paleo diet thing off and on for a few weeks. i did great for 2 weeks in a row and then had a little road bump. my road bump may have been the cupcakes that were at our house for georgia's birthday party. but anyway, i got back on track this week. anyway, i have been looking all over pinterest for delicious paleo recipes to try and i came across these pork chops. 

i don't have a photo of my own to share, but here is the link to the recipe. http://bitzngiggles.com/2014/06/lemon-basil-grilled-pork-chops.html

tonight, i made the chops with a side of grilled veggies...a combo of yellow squash, zucchini, mushrooms and onion seasoned with S&P, garlic and oregano. it was delicious, if i do say so myself. 

so here's my point.....go and grill yourself some of these pork chops, you'll be thanking me later. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Can you believe that the twins turned 2? I can't!

Did you know back in August, the twins turned 2? Two years have passed since this photo was taken....



And my how have things changed...well, we get more sleep around here than we did two years ago, we have ZERO bottles in the house, there is a lot more noise, a lot more stuff to pick up, we go through WAY more milk than I ever expected, our pantry is stocked with Goldfish crackers, and Sesame Street completes our morning. 

Sometime ago I began thinking about what kind of party to have for the twins for their 2nd birthday. So, since Sesame Street is a staple at our house, what better way celebrate year #2 than to have a Sesame Street birthday party. 

I began searching on etsy and pintrest for ideas for this party. If anyone you have been to one of our kids birthday parties, you know that I total go overboard. Its silly, but I really like doing it.

I found these invitations on etsy and had them printed at Costco. Seriously, I think its the easiest way to do party invitations. I just found an invite that I liked and when I ordered it, I submitted all the information that I wanted and sent a couple photos. Then a couple of days later I had a file that I sent directly to the Costco photo center. 


Once the invites were out, it was time to get to planning this party! First I decided what the dessert table would look like. And what says Sesame Street more than Hooper's Store? Well, maybe a sunny day that's chasing the clouds away. Why not both? 



And it's not a Sesame Street party without.......

Cookie Monster

and Oscar (with Slimy)

No, I didn't make Nolan make these characters. There was a woman on facebook who had a 2nd birthday party for her little one. She made these, didn't need them any more and then sold them to me. And guess what, I sold them to someone else! It was fantastic!

Something else that I just needed to have for this party was a Sesame Street lamp post. I saw several of them on Etsy, but I knew that between me and my hand dandy Daddy, one could be made! I ordered the street signs from Etsy and then found instructions on Pintrest to make one! And while I had every intention of painting the post myself, my Dad just took care of that for me. Thanks Dad!

Cute, right? It's now in the twin's bedroom.

What did we serve, you ask? Oh well, nothing but the finest toddler delicacies....hot dogs, cheese, and goldfish crackers! Oh and juice boxes! In addition to this fine assortment, we had Cookie Monster cupcakes and Elmo cake pops! 


Oh and we also had to serve chocolate chip cookies for Cookie Monster and I made some cute white chocolate covered Oreos with a candy Elmo face. 



Evie and June looked super adorable in their Bert and Ernie dresses. It is clear who is who....Evie is a total Bert and June is absolutely Ernie! 


those dresses were ordered from Etsy

The girls had a great time at their party. They enjoyed their friend and family celebrating with them. We are so blessed to have this village to help raise our girls!










Happy Birthday Twinks! Mommy, Daddy and Georgia love you and we are so glad that we got to celebrate with you!!!