Chocolate cake donuts for Christmas


I was suckered into buying Christmas sprinkles.  Again. 

There was an unspoken presumption that I would be making the labor intensive sugar cookie recipe and hauling out all of my 38 cookie cutters to choose from, but I just could not bear the thought. I changed it up to a new delight, conveniently requiring sprinkles:
Double Chocolate Donuts...yum.

No surprise, Pinterest came through for me again. Kiddos and I were on the hunt after school for a donut recipe and found a ton - so many that I had to make a separate board just for donuts. Right as I was starting to feel overwhelmed by choices, we came across this recipe from Style Me Pretty. Thankfully we had all the ingredients on hand for these chocolate cake donuts. 

They were a cinch to make and were sadly gone as soon as they were made!

I've filed this one away as a success and will definitely be making them again. Thanks Style Me Pretty!

Christmas card photo shoot


One hour, four boys and a setting sun. We raced against the sunset, transitioning between group holiday photos, individual pics, jumping and striking a pose. It was fast. It was fun, and it made some pretty amazing photos. It doesn't hurt that the subjects were absolutely adorable.

Couldn't you just eat him up?

Applying a vignette gave just a tiny hint of drama to this family picture on the concrete stairs. I love the repetitious background and the industrial feel to such a soft photo of the family.

We capped off our efforts this evening with a fun 'strike a pose' moment. These boys did amazing and I've already heard back from 'mom' that these are going on the Christmas card!

Fresh Outtakes Holiday Photo Sessions 2014

Handmade Halloween! Whoo! Whoo!


 "Can you make me a snow owl? And can I have a baby snow owl too?"
Here goes to another handmade costume. Made of fleece and felt from JoAnn Fabric, these were two very warm kiddos out trick-or-treating.

I saw amazing owl costumes on Pinterest of course, then followed the links to here and here. At first, I was SO intimidated, but in reality this was the easiest outfit I have ever made. 
Here's how I did it:
I measured my child's arm length and cut a wing shape out of fleece. Then I took my pre-cut (I cut all the feathers while watching tv the night before) felt feathers and layered them one at a time, no particular pattern. I ran a simple straight stitch, and repeated, over and over and over. Here is what it looked like: (pardon the blurry Iphone photos)


Once I was done with the wings I moved onto the hats.  I cut the hat shape out of fleece so that it would stretch, but used a combination of fleece and felt for the eyes and nose. I sewed on the larger part of the eyes but used a hot glue gun for the pupils and nose.

For my daughters costume I made her a sleeveless shirt out of felt. The felt is so stiff that it helped to hold the weight of the wings. I also quickly sewed in a loop of elastic at the elbow point and wrist and made about a 6" stitch on the collar of the felt shirt for each wing. It seemed to work perfectly.

For my picky toddler I sewed the wings onto a simple t-shirt from Target. It got the job done!

Absolutely Giddy on Valentine's Day


I screeched when I opened my mail - like a little kid. It's letterpress, bright ombre, beautifully designed Valentine's card! For me. 

It deserves nothing less than to be framed. Hahahahahaha. Yes!!! I love my new art. Thanks Heather at Real Card Studio, you made my day.
Happy Valentine's Day!

We're In!


Seeeeeaaaaaaa...Hawwwwwwwks! I can only imagine how much our neighbors loved us at 8 am, but these guys are so excited! 

Go Hawks!
#beastmode, #imin, #gettingloud, #nfcchampionship

by mlekoshi