Monday, March 31, 2014

James's First Birthday

James turns 1 on Wednesday! So we had a birthday party with family, it was a ton of fun. Here is a mini picture montage.....


Grandpa and Grandma made him a puzzle board!

Grandma is reading a 'Daddy and I' book that I made James, to read to him while daddy is gone.

Birthday Decorations.
Live and Love!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Mr. Sir's Early Birthday

Mr. Sir enlisted in the Air Force. He is now an Airman. He leaves for basic training in April and will be gone for his birthday in May.

Me, being the awesome wife that I am decided to celebrate his birthday a little early. It consisted of one of his favorite (and time consuming) meals. It is called a Pasty (pass-tea). It consists of ground hamburger, potatoes and onions in a pie crust type shell and baked. Each shell is hand done and they are individualized so each person gets their own. So, I told him I was going to go 'cut fabric' at my mother-in-law's. Instead of 'cutting fabric' I got the the Pasty's all ready to go and suprised him the next day. He loved it.

I also sent him on a scavenger hunt. I bought him a 12 pack of beer along with a 4 pack of Guinness (his favorite). I made him wait outside while I planted the clues. I wanted to celebrate his birthday as early as I could because I knew I wanted to get him beer and wanted to give him plenty of time to enjoy it before he leaves for basic.

The first clue sent him to James's book box where there was a beer waiting for him, it told him to crack it open for the hunt.

One of the clues was
In the summer you like fishing,
but sometimes trout are missing,
So please don't pout,
about the Lost Trout
hiding in the shower yet,
waiting to get wet.

There was also,

Katy Perry is on her way
for a Three Way
but you better hide your Star Wars books,
or you will get some very weird looks. 

I won't go over all the clues, but there was a beer called "Lost Trout" in the shower. "Sugar Shack" in the bed. "Three Way" by his Star Wars books and so on. It finally ended in the fridge with the Guinness. He had a lot of fun with the hunt.

I still need to make him a chocolate cake (it is required for a birthday). But that can come later.

Live and Love

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Capes and frilly things.

I love bearing gifts to my niece and nephews. Especially when I get to make said gifts. Last week I got hit by the sewing bug and along with making myself a skirt, I made Tim and Tom both capes and Bug a skirt.

The capes are all upcycled out of old sweaters and other scraps that I had lying around. The skirt fabric I had been holding onto for some time for the perfect project. 

Bug is such a little ham, I love her. The minute she put on the skirt she started prancing around the house. 

The capes turned out really cute. They have fleece in the hood so that they are actually functional and will keep them warm during those spring days playing out in the woods.

Live and Love

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Birthday Wishes

I had a jam packed weekend which included a great birthday! Too bad I had to round it out with a virus, sleeping on the bathroom floor the next day. Now that I am feeling much better, I thought that I could give a birthday update.

My day started with donning my St. Patricks day skirt that I made.

 I bought this doily from an antique store located across the street from my apartment. I upcycled part of a green celtic patterned dress, the doily, and an old pair of jeans to create a new skirt for my birthday and a St. Patrick's day party.

So after dressing in my new skirt, I turned on the espresso machine and mixed up myself a fresh batch of chocolate syrup to make myself a morning mocha. James did NOT like momma not paying attention to him while she made her coffee, so he threw a little tantrum.

And then played in the cupboards.

After birthday cake at the in-laws. Mr. Sir and I drove to my sister's house for the annual St. Patrick's day party. Before going out to the party I read a bedtime story to my little superhero's Tim, Tom and Bug. Otherwise known as Superhero Sir, Superhero Ma'am, and Batman.

 After the bedtime story we made our way out to the party. My sisters and husband were sure to see to it that I celebrated well. It was nice to see my sisters, it's not often we three get together with our other halves all at the same time. 

It was a great day. Too bad by 1:00 A.M. the next night I had come down with a virus. The virus at least allowed me the chance to get plenty of sleep and snuggles with James. Happy Birthday to me.

Live and Love

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Bitten by the bug... the sewing bug.

My sewing time usually comes in spurts. I can go a couple of weeks without setting foot into my sewing room. (Unless it is stacking empty boxes in the middle of the floor.) Then, I get bitten by the sewing bug.

This bug dictates that I spend hours upon hours on Pinterest looking up tutorials and ideas, then I will push all those boxes against one wall to spend all of the free time that I am alloted (with an energetic baby) in my sewing room. Whipping out project after project.

Right now I have multiple ideas in my head for projects to work on. One of these is part of an outfit for St. Patrick's day. I plan on celebrating the luck o' the Irish with my sisters on Saturday. One of them is hosting their annual St. Patrick's day party that I have never actually gone to. Always time for a first! Anyways, I have been holding on to a shapeless green celtic dress for a while to upcycle it into something. I have some ideas, just need to get them done. Hopefully I finish by Saturday. Oh, and I didn't mention that Saturday happens to be my 23rd birthday. Nothing better than a new top for a new year!

I have also been looking at really cute little boy clothes on Pinterest too. Both for little James and my twin nephews Tim and Tom. They turned 4 in February. That perfect age where they are adorable in everything. Especially frozen blueberry juice, and mud. So looking at Pinterest has been inspiring me to create cute little boy clothes for them. We will see what comes out of the sewing room. It might turn out and it might not.

Well, lift your glass to some inspiration headed my way.

More to come....until then.

Live and Love 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Future Doctor

*Cue dramatic TARDIS music*

whoooo wheeeeeeee whoooo wheeeeeee whooo wheeeee

I am a Doctor Who fan. Yes, I am. I like the 'new fangled' doctors but I do enjoy a throwback day to the old doctors. Mr. Sir is not so easily impressed by sonic screwdrivers and old faded police boxes. So its a good thing that I dress James most days.

My sister got James this "Future Doctor" outfit a while ago, and he has worn it a few times. But today he wanted to climb into this box with his drumstick. I had to take pictures!

My little man, in his little blue box.

"Geronimo!" Or should I say "Allon-sy!"
Live and Love

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Meal Planning Monday.... on Wednesday...

I know that it is Wednesday, not Monday today. I really have no excuse for being two days late. My only excuse is that... well... I forgot. So here goes.

My meal list for this week includes:

Cornbread casserole (never got to it last week)
Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup -using canned tomatoes from last fall
Peach Crisp -using canned peaches
Steak'n Onions, with a side of mashed potatoes
Beef and Veggie soup

The rest will be filled in with leftovers and either cold cereal or oatmeal.

Here is the cornbread casserole recipe that I told you I would post.
Cornbread Casserole recipe:
1 lb hamburger
1 medium sized onion
1 pint salsa
Other veggies go well in it depending on your taste , I have used corn or broccoli

One batch mixed up of cornbread:
1/2 cup flour
3/4 cup corn meal
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 cup milk
1/4 cup oil
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp baking powder

I usually use my Dutch oven to make this to save on dirty pots, pans, and casserole dishes. First, fry the hamburger and onion in the dutch oven. Then add your miscellaneous vegetables, if the vegetables are raw, I suggest sauteing them before the meat. If they are frozen you can add them when the meat is halfway cooked. When the meat is cooked through, dump the pint of salsa into the mixture. Mix. Next, pour your cornbread dough over the top of the meat mixture and bake in the oven uncovered at 350 degrees for 1/2 an hour.

It may not look like much, but there is a reason that it was over half gone before I got a picture of it. It is freakin' delicious!

 Live and Love.