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We were featured!

Sorry for the continued silence (remember this announcment?), but I have a date now.  The transfer for SYTYC will be done and I’ll be back to blogging here pretty much daily on June 3rd!  I’m excited!

But I wanted to let you all know about this in the mean time.

I’m sure a lot of you are familiar with the blog Small Fry.  If you’re not you should be.  Those ladies are fantastic and their boys are totally adorable.

Anyway.  Right now they are doing a week all about adoption and featuring the adoption stories of different families, couples and birth moms.  Today they featured us.  So head over (HERE) and read a little bit about our story and hope as we wait for another little to join our family.


Grasshopper Whoopie Pies

I decided to try something that I have never done before.  Something I didn’t even really know you could do.  I decided to make some Whoopie Pies.  Did you know I didn’t even know what a Whoopie Pie was until about a year and a half ago?  I know.  What?

Well anyway, the other day I saw a pin for it on Pinterest and thought I’d give it a go.  In honor of St. Patrick’s Day and my favorite flavor combo I decided to go with green peppermint icing.

Grasshopper Whoopie Pies

For my first try I think I did pretty good. In no way do my look nearly as perfect as I know I’m capable of, but I’m happy with it none the less.  I also had a little green dipping chocolate laying around so I thought to myself, “Self?  What’s better than a grasshopper whoopie pie? A grasshopper whoopie pie dipped in green chocolate.”  And you know what?  I’m sure it would have been if the aforementioned whipping chocolate wasn’t Key Lime flavored.  Whoops :)

Grasshopper Whoopie Pies dipped

Oh!  And before I forget,  here is the recipe I used. Try it.  You won’t regret it.

Peppermint Whoopie Pies via Grin & Bake It

A Sew-Along Envelope Clutch

Did you hop on Kate’s sew along last week?  I was so excited when I saw she was hosting another (who doesn’t love a good See Kate Sew sew along?), and that it was a clutch made it all the better.  I love clutches.  It was such a fun, easy, fast project.  Although I did run into a few snags along the way.


One day last week I decided to brave the traffic and took the drive into the city (rather than the train like i usually do-it’s only about a 20 minute drive if you can dodge traffic, but i hate finding parking) and hit up a new-to-me fabric shop.  I’m so glad I did!  Right away I found this great cerulean blue and white faux bois fabric that I knew would be great for this clutch.  So I ran home (after much himming and hawwing over a few other fabrics i eventually bought for a dress for abi and some pillows) and went through my stash for a button and lining fabric.

I found the perfect shade of red apparel lining and a matching red button and got to work.  Here is where things got a little tricky the first time.  The faux bois is a home decor weight and I backed it with heavy interfacing to give it a even a little more body. And the lining is super light weight and kept being pushed around by the faux bois – it wouldn’t stay pressed down.  I was so frustrated!  Then I realized there was an easy solution – a top stitch!

Problem one was barely solved when problem two showed up, or rather, didn’t show up.  I could not find my button hole foot anywhere!  I still cant so I just ordered one from Amazon (along with a new sewing machine!).  In the mean time I just sewed the button onto the flap and it’s good to go!


If you didn’t make one this week, you can still get the free pattern HERE and try your hand at it.  Better late than never, right?

Family Game Nights {Help!}

Brad and I are a game playing couple.  We don’t discriminate against any game (well, I really don’t like Monopoly or Risk so that statement is kind of a lie), especially not those awesome board games from Germany. Have you ever played Ticket to Ride? It’s awesome!


We’ve passed that love onto our daughter. She wants to play games all day long.  The problem is that she’s three.  Abbi can’t play most of our games, and letting her be on our “team” is more of a hindrance than a help.  So we went out and bought a few kid friendly games.

Now we have a new problem… I’m so tired of Candyland, Hungry Hungry Hippos and Curious George! I really need some new ideas.  What games do you guys play with your kids?

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