• birthday,  friends

    Birthday Weekend in the North Woods

    This weekend I was blessed enough to celebrate yet another year in the life of well, me! That’s right…It was my birthday! It was a really great birthday, I have to say. My family was invited to spend the weekend “up north” at my BFF’s “cottage.” It seems everyone in Wisconsin either has a cottage “up north” or knows someone with a cottage “up north.” Which means you head north to one of the many lakes in this beautiful state and hang out in the woods and generally recreate on the lake.  Fishing, boating, jet skiing, water skiing, relaxing, heavy drinking, what have you…Because late August is prime time for…

  • Parenting,  sappy mommy

    Monopoly Lessons

    It’s a quiet day around here. Miss A has been sick since Sunday morning…high fever, upset tummy, sore throat, the whole nine yards.  My nephew has the same symptoms and his doc thinks it might be Mono. Awesome. Did I mention we spent the weekend with my nephew last weekend? Yeah.  I’m saying a little prayer every five minutes that she gets better soon and that neither of those germy little punks actually has something serious…school starts in a few weeks and we have a lot more summer to soak up!  So…Mr. Man decided today we needed to play some board games. He loves a good board game.  His current…

  • Recipe

    Sinful Macaroni and Cheese With Bacon

          If you happen to be a vegan, vegetarian, or just someone who is even remotely concerned about your overall health you may want to avert your eyes.  I promise though, that if you choose to peak through your fingers at this scrumptiousness, I won’t tell a soul… It’s been about a week since I’ve gone grocery shopping so supplies were running low around here last night.  It was one of those nights where I was combing through the cabinets trying desperately to come up with something to make for dinner.  There was a huge sale on cheese slices last week and I had a big stock of that so I decided to make homemade Mac and Cheese.  But then…I noticed…

  • My Girl,  Parenting,  Princesses

    In Defense of a Princess

    I’ve been seeing and reading things in the media lately about the evils of little girls and all things “Princess.” Well, all things pink, sparkly and overtly “femine” in general, I suppose. I’m not sure if this debate is new or if it has always been around and I’m just now tuned into it since I am knee deep in the prime princess years myself with this rather sparkly four year old girl: A small part of me feels like I should hang my head in shame, turn in my feminist membership card, and report myself to social services for allowing my innocent child to prance around in this get…

  • birthday,  funny kid conversations,  My Boy,  Recipe,  sappy mommy

    A Chocolate Vanilla Layer Cake From Heaven

    Mr. Man had the audacity to turn seven earlier this week.  I distinctly remember forbidding him to turn seven last year at this time (you can read about that here) and the little punk went ahead and did it anyway.  I didn’t cry this year…even though my inner Sappy Mama really wanted to what with all the reminders that my baby is gone and this big, stinky, opinionated kid is slowly replacing him that every birthday brings.   Instead, I focused my sentimental energies into creating the best birthday cake ever. Okay, maybe there have been prettier birthday cakes and technically superior birthday cakes but this one was definitely the tastiest…

  • DIY,  home decor

    DIY Framed Fabric Wall Decor

    It’s silly, but I’m so freaking proud of myself right now.  I’m DIY-er, who knew??   I was inspired by something I saw on Pinterest and instead of just repining this little idea to my “Home Decorating Ideas” board and then immediately mentally pinning it to my “Crap That’s Cool But I’ll Never In A Million Years Actually Do” board, I actually did it.   Procrastination: 0 Me: 1…Yay me!! Okay, so this has got to be the easiest DIY project in the history of DIY decorating projects.  Like, I’m talking a monkey could do this.  But hey, you’ve gotta start somewhere, right?? So here’s my inspiration from the Better Homes and Gardens…

  • berry picking,  Book Recommendation,  funny kid conversations,  Recipe,  sappy mommy,  YOLO MONDAY

    The Raspberry Tradition

    It’s that time of year, again. Raspberries! Today was opening day of the raspberry picking season and the kiddos and I indulged in all the very berry goodness.  We did this last year as well which I thoroughly documented here if you would like to go back and read all about the early stages of my fruit picking obsession. I’m sorry to report that my enthusiasm for u pick fruit has not waned one bit since last year.  I will not bore you with the gratuitous berry shots this time around. I promise.   I would like to share a new raspberry recipe I found.  Yum!  First though, we need…

  • home decor

    My New Polka Dot Chair

    I just accidentally deleted a post I’ve been working on all day. All. Day.  I feel like I need to cry a little but right now I’m still in the staring off into space in disbelief phase…. Rather than trying to recreate the Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece that I was about to share with you, I’ll just leave you with this for now…sigh…   This is the chair I bought today!  I’m so excited!  I’ve been searching and searching for an accent chair for my living room and I came across this one at www.homedecoratorscollection.com and I think it will be perfect! The best part is that it’s on clearance for…

  • Uncategorized

    I’m Baaaaaak

    Hi.  It’s me.  I’m still here.  Rather then offer you lots of excuses/reasons both good and bad for my prolonged absence I thought I’d just quickly get you up to date on what’s been going on in my little world for the past…uh…seven months. (Has it really been that long? What the hell’s my problem?) After the recap, let’s just move on and never speak of this again, shall we? Agreed?  Okay, here we go… Last we spoke it was around Thanksgiving 2011.  I did not actually fall off of the face of the earth since then and here’s some photographic evidence to prove it… December 2011  Merry Christmas!!  Mr.…

  • Recipe,  Thanksgiving

    A Classy Thanksgiving

    I had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and I hope all of you did too!  The best part of my holiday is pictured above…Oh, Mr. Man-please stay six forever… Unlike last year, I did not host 237 people at our house. Instead we went to my in-law’s house which meant I had blissfully little responsibility around the whole event.  All I made was this, my favorite Thanksgiving side dish… It’s my version of Classy Green Bean Casserole found on my go to cooking website, Allrecipes.com  You read that right, it’s green bean casserole-only classy.  How great is that?  I feel like maybe Ron Burgundy submitted this recipe… It’s actually a really great version of green…