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What week are we in?

29 May

Ok, so hey there.  I’m back.  What a whirlwind of a month and a half.  I’ve been working more and we’ve been getting outside and enjoying the wonderful sunshine and weather.  I’ve also done quite a few Pinterest projects, but just haven’t wanted to sit down and blog.  Forgive me?

I forgot to take pictures of some stuff, but I hope you enjoy the ones I did take!

Super yummy chocolate cake and frostingSuper yummy chocolate cake and frosting

Mother's Day Spa giftMother’s Day Spa Gift (brown sugar scrub, lemon sugar scrub, Kate Alvis spa washcloth)

All wrapped!All wrapped!

Tablet CoverTablet Cover from Crochet One-Skein Wonders

Wine Cork MonogramWine Cork Monogram

Berry-topped CakeBerry-topped Cake with vanilla buttercream frosting

For Mother’s Day I also made oven-roasted cauliflower, roasted garlic pasta salad, and rosemary and garlic roasted pork loin.  We feasted for Mother’s Day!

It seems I did more projects, but can’t seem to recall all of them right now.  If I remember, you’ll be the first to know! 😉

Dining Room Makeover

18 Mar

Have you noticed a pattern yet?  No?  Well, I’m a bit surprised.

As I’ve said before, our house needs a good face lift.  And I’m so happy to share, it’s on its way.  We’ve done 1 guest room, our main bathroom, and our dining room.  These spaces (minus the bathroom) still need some decorating, but we’ve gotten the big paint jobs done.  And I had some great help with the dining room!

Dining RoomA quick reminder

Mom primingWoo-hoo for mommies!

Lincoln Painting 2And puppies!  Especially when they stay out of the way!

Lincoln Painting 1He wasn’t too impressed I woke him from his nap…

CeilingHad to get the ceiling too!

HutchAnd the hutch…

Painting DoneWoo-hoo!  It’s done!

Hutch DoneAnd the hutch!

It’s so much better than it was!  We’re so pleased with it and now we just need to decorate a little bit.  I’ve got some vintage plates to hang up and maybe get some art work too!

Painting FailAnd only one painting fail…oh well…

Being Selfish

17 Mar

Today I’m doing things just for me.  Today I’m being a little selfish.

As you may remember, the hubs and I are trying to start a family.  It’s been harder than we thought it would be.  And we’ve been somewhat passive in our attempts to make things better.  But today I did something to help.  Today I joined Curves.

I cannot tell you how excited I am about this!  The hubs and I have tried joining a gym before.  It didn’t work.  We went a few times for a couple months, but then nothing.  It was hard for us to get into a routine and stick with it.  It was hard to go and feel judged by the other members and the staff.  And lets be honest, we’re lazy.  But last week I decided to set up a meeting at our local Curves and see what it’s all about and if it’d be a good fit.  I’m so excited to say it is a good fit!  I think I’m going to get so much out of it.  And the woman who runs it is great!  She’s supportive, informative, and is going to keep me on track.  And, damn it, if all the little old ladies who were there this morning can do it, so can I!

I’m also very excited about my afternoon plans.  Eric got me a gift certificate to a spa for our anniversary in October.  And I haven’t used it yet.  Well, this afternoon, 80 minutes of massage heaven will be enjoyed.  Again, I am so excited!

Am I being selfish?  Or am I taking good steps toward self-care?  Sometimes it feels like the line is a bit blurred.  I don’t get massages very often; I think the last one was over 2 years ago.  And starting to make a life change with Curves is something that will help me and my family for the rest of our lives.  Is that really being selfish?

Well, either way you look at it, the day is still about me!  And I’m ok with that. 🙂

Pinterest Projects Week 5

6 Feb

So, there are a few projects from the 5th week of the year.  We were in the middle of getting ready to head to Minnesota for my great grandpa’s funeral, so not a lot got done.  And what did get done, was mostly in preparation for our weekend away.  So, here it is:

Dirty MicrowaveI’m a little embarrassed to be posting this picture of my nasty microwave, but it must be done.  Wait until you see the after picture!

Sparkly MicrowaveTa-Da!!  Hot water and vinegar steam

Lemon Ricotta PancakesLemon Ricotta Pancakes with Blueberry Topping

Yummy BreadYummy Bread

Now, the bread I’ve been making for the past few months, but this is the first time this year.  It is DELICIOUS!  And EASY!  I forgot to take pictures after I made the loaves, but this looks much prettier than just a shot from the top.  I made three different kinds: plain; cranberry, orange, almond; and jalapeno cheese (not pictured).  The jalapeno cheese was a big hit, so I didn’t actually get to bring any home.  Or try it.  It’s ok, I’ve still got jalapenos and cheese…

I also made Sonoma Chicken Salad for our 7 1/2 hour drive to Olivia, MN.  I also forgot to take a picture.  But let me tell you, it was also damn delicious.

I’ve got some really exciting things coming up for this week and I can’t wait to share with you!  So, until next week, Pin away!

What a week…

23 Jan

This week has been an up and down kind of week.

I woke up Monday to a grey sky and cold weather.  It was definitely a day to stay inside and snuggle under the covers, trying to keep the cold winter blues away.  Unfortunately, the blues found me.  It was also the day my great grandfather passed away.

We knew this day would come.  We’d been told a fair number of times it could happen.  And somehow, my great grandfather always pulled through.  Somehow he beat the odds.

But something changed this fall.  We were told he would probably pass in the next few months.  The week of Thanksgiving was hard.  He wasn’t doing well and we were preparing for what might happen.  But somehow, again, he pulled through.  He even got a little better.  He got to spend time with his bride of 73 years before Christmas and family was able to see him for Christmas.  The last time I got to talk to him was the day after Christmas.  He seemed to be in good spirit and I was so glad to get to talk with him.  I can’t wait to share more with you about this great man.

I also had a doctor appointment about my PCOS.  The last couple years have been a craziness of do I have PCOS?  What is PCOS?  And what do I do about it?  I’m finally on some medication because what I’d tried previously didn’t work.  I’ve also lost 3 lbs. since my last doctor appointment in November.  I know it’s not a lot, but it’s something.  And I’m proud of myself for finally getting my weight under control.  And not letting myself just be OK with where I’m at.  I’m ready to move forward and it’s a great feeling.

And so this week has had its ups and downs.  My hubby has held me while I’ve cried, made me laugh when I’ve needed it, and has held my hand throughout.  We’ve also spent a lot of time in prayer.  And prayer is an amazing thing.  It brings my heart and soul peace and always reminds me I’m not alone.

Crazy Quilting – Part 2 of the Grand Adventure

6 Dec

Whoa, two posts in a day.  Watch out world, you may not be able to shut me up now!  Ah, who am I kidding, I’ll probably go on a blogging hiatus again as soon as this post is done.

We’ll try to be a bit more positive than that though.  Mm, k?

As previously mentioned, my aunt invited me to come quilt with her and my grandma.  The goal: make as many lap quilt tops as possible in 3 days.  They would then be donated to a church group in my grandma’s hometown to be finished and donated to a children’s hospital in the Cities.

Goal accomplished: We made 7 tops in three days!  They’re cute, and fun, and will hopefully bring a smile to a child’s face.  My aunt and grandma made 3 tops during a previous weekend.  10 total!

Quilts 1&2 Quilts 3&4 Quilts 5&6 Quilts 7&8

Quilts 9&10

Doing these tops was so much fun!  I usually quilt by myself, so to have others involved was a blast.  We also had to go to JoAnn‘s and Hancock Fabrics.  The abundance of fabric we already had wasn’t quite enough, we definitely needed more.

Don’t judge.  How much have you spent on those great hobbies of yours?  I thought so.

Jenny Noelle

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