---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      
 FACEBOOK BUTTON    INSTAGRAM BUTTON    BLOGLOVIN BUTTON     PINTEREST BUTTON
    YOUTUBE BUTTON    TWITTER BUTTON       
----------------------

Delicious Homemade Donuts

If you are looking for a simple breakfast this is the recipe for you. It is so easy and fairly quick.  It will be 30 minutes from start to finish. 

This is what you will need to create this concoction:
INGREDIENTS:
tubes of refrigerated biscuits (one biscuit = 1 donut)
cinnamon and sugar to taste
oil to fry the donuts in (I used veg. oil)

DIRECTIONS:
First, you poke a hole in the middle of the biscuit to form a donut. 
Then, you put them in HOT oil and fry them until they are golden brown.  I do flip them to make sure they are cooked on both sides. 


I set them on a paper towel to absorb some of the excess oil.


Combine cinnamon and sugar in a bowl and mix it well.  Then, throw the hot donuts in the mixture.
I coated them generously in cinnamon and sugar.


And, then I enjoyed WAY too many of them.  :)  See... easy, peezy.

Birthday Date Night

For my birthday, Mark and I went out on a date... without the kids!  Unless we're going somewhere special we always have the kids with us.  Although, I love spending time with just Mark, I really love being with the kids- it's my LIFE. 

Here is a picture of me with Liam before we left for the city. 

In the car...


We ate at Texas Roadhouse before we went to see a movie.  We shared a slab of ribs and still had a "to go" box.  They gave us sooooo much food.  I guess eating a basket of rolls before the meal might have affected the amount of actual food we could consume.  Details...
 It was a fun night and a much needed "date" for the hubs and myself. 

My New Business Venture

So, a friend and I decided to put our creative juices to good use and try to start a little business.  Ummm... it turns out we both like to "take control" and neither of us likes to "let go."  This could be a problem if she weren't so easy going.  Thank heavens for that, because I might be the most stubborn person on the block (I'm working on improving this part of myself).  I don't know how valid that point is considering we live out in the country on a dirt road.  Anyhoo, this little business is really starting to take off.  We have only established a Facebook page, but we've done a few craft shows and are planning to do more.  Check it out and see what you think.  Everything is one-of-a-kind and pretty neat-o if you ask me.  :)




Easter

Easter is always an amazing day.  We reflect on what the holiday REALLY means.  I found myself thankful for all Jesus has done for us.  This was one busy weekend for the Lord of all Creation. 

So here is the best family picture we could muster up.  I was sweating by the time this shot was taken.  I set up my camera on Liam's high-chair with Liam's "bedtime bear" sitting by the camera.  I would set the timer and run in 4 inch heels back to the door, pick up Ella, and ask Liam, "Where's Bedtime Bear?"  We took a million pics, but it was worth it because we did manage to get one that was half way descent. 


This is Liam looking through his first Easter basket.  My kids get goodies from so many people.  Lucky ducks... I know my Easter baskets were never this full. :)


Here he is shaking his Elmo Easter egg.




This is our attempt at getting a sibling picture.  I'll take what I can get.  :)

I hope you had an amazing Easter weekend. 

It's ALMOST My Birthday!

I am for sure a BIG fan of homemade cards versus the other alternatives.  Especially when they are from my husband and kids.  When I turned 18 all I wanted was homemade cards from everyone.  I truly only got homemade cards... and it was FANTASTIC!!!  My friends and family all created a special card for me and I will never forget that day.  With that being said, I had to snap a few shots of the kids making my 28th birthday card... which I wasn't supposed to know about. *wink, wink*  

At first, Liam thought the crayon was food... typical for this little youngster. 


But, when he got the hang of it he really dug deep into his creative self and made a masterpiece. 


Ella is seen below giving me the "low down" on what is happening.  I'm sure Liam is doing something wrong to destroy her artwork.


Dad is shown overseeing the project. 


Once coloring time was adjourned, Liam follow his daddy across the kitchen with the chair.  I am not for sure why he did this, but he sure was cute in the process- pictures were a must in this situation!



This is the face he makes when he wants a lick of your ice cream cone.  No, really... he wants a lick!

Lamp Revamp


So I was in need of some "crafting" therapy today.  Well, actually... I needed to get a shade for a lamp I was given and didn't want to spend $15 to buy one.  That being said, I created one myself.  This is the shade that came with the lamp I was given.  Can you say "beyond retro???"  It was U.G.L.Y.!!!  I had some leftover fabric from another project, so I decided to wrap the shade with the fabric and glue 'er together.  This is how it went down...

The shade BEFORE:

The shade DURING:


The shade AFTER:



Pretty cute if I do say so myself.  :)

Total cost of project was : $4.00
Lamp was $2.00 at an auction and the fabric was $2.00 as well.  Cheap and cute- Score!

Linking to:

German Sour Cream Twists

Since I hosted Family Fun Day this weekend, I was in charge of brunch.  We had homemade donuts, an Italian Torte (yummy!!), fruit salad, and these twists.  These have a subtle sweetness to them that keeps you coming back for more.  By the end of the day, there wasn't a one left. 

After I made the dough and let it rise in the fridge, I rolled it out 3 separate times per directions.

I used a ruler to make sure my twists were an inch wide.  Then I twisted and placed them on a chilled baking sheet.

After baking, I immediately transferred them to racks.


Oooo, this is my favorite part.  The icing!!  I started out by drizzling them with the icing.  Then, I realized, since I couldn't stand to waste the amazing, sugary concoction, that I would "dunk" them instead (there are a lot of commas in this sentence)!  :)


Like I said, these are super yummy!!  Try them, and ENJOY!

Ingredients:
1 pkg active dry yeast
1/4 c warm water
3 1/2 c flour
1 t. salt
2/3 c shortening
1/3 c cold butter
1 egg
2 egg yolks
3/4 c sour cream
1 t vanilla extract
1 1/2 c sugar, divided
4 c confectioner's sugar
1/3 c half-n-half cream

Directions:
1. dissolve yeast in warm water. in another bowl, combine flour and salt.  cut in shortenin and butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs (this takes a little elbow grease, use a fork).  beat in the egg, yolks, sour cream, vanilla, and yeast mixture.  cover and refrig. for 2 hours.  place 3 cookie sheets in the fridge to cool (ungreased).
2. sprinkle 1/2c sugar on a clean surface.  place 1/2 of the dough on the sugar (leave the other 1/2 in the fridge until ready) and roll it into a 12x8 in rectangle.  once you have done this, sprinkle it with 4 t sugar; then fold into thirds.
3.  give dough a quarter turn and roll it out again, just as you did before; sugaring, folding, and turning.  do this two more times.  now, roll it out and cut it into 12- 1 in. strips.  twist and place on a cookie sheet.  repeat this with the remaining dough.
4. bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes, or until lightly browned.  immediately place on wire racks to cool.
5. icing, combine conf. sugar and cream.  dunk top of twists into the mixture.  i poured the icing into a shallow dish so i could dip it evenly. 

These would even be great to package and give away as Mother's Day gifts!!!

linking to:

DIY Project Parade
Metamorphosis Monday
Today's Creative Blog
All Things Related
Whassup Wednesday
The Shabby Chic Cottage
Somewhat Simple
The Shabby Nest
My Romatic Home
Be Different, Act Normal


"Quick" Spring Break

Mark and I hosted a "Family Fun Day" this weekend.  I had so much fun hanging out with all my fam.  The kids made stained-glass Easter eggs, Easter egg shape pizzas, did an Easter egg hunt, and Jax and Ella painted Easter stained-glass window hangers.  We ate brunch and played games.  Before I knew it the clock said it was time for bed. 
These pics a of the kids making their paper stained glass eggs.



Ella drew her "egg" shape and I cut it for her.  That's a pretty good lookin' egg if I do say so myself. 

 Next was the actual egg dying activity.  It wouldn't be Easter without the dying of the eggs.
My mom helped out with this project.


Anytime Ella can help out in the kitchen, she jumps at the chance.  Here she is making her "egg" pizza. 

 The eggs were filled with gummy worms.  I think Daddy ate most of Ella's... oh, well.  :)

After bath time, Ella and Jax painted their own stained-glass. 


It was a fun day and makes me realize why we make a point to get together.  I love family time more than anything!  I am also very grateful for Jesus who made the ultimate sacrifice for us all.  Without that, my job as a parent would be in vain.  I love you, Jesus!

More 1 year pics

I took some more pics of Liam at my parents' house yesterday.  The little stinker was too interested in playing than smiling at me.  Dad was also zooming around on the 4-wheeler, which didn't make things any easier.  Anyhoo, here are a few. 



This was the ONLY smile I got.  Gammy is being silly.  :)

I told Dad that I wanted to get some pics of Liam by the grass before he burned it.  He called and told me I better get my pics taken because he was in the "burning" mood.  That night he had to call the fire dept. because the fire got out of hand.  :)  Oh, Dad... you are quite the man.   

Liam really does have eyes.  It was just sooo sunny that he was squinting in all the photos.  Oh well, you live and you learn, right?

Bible Reading... Sideways

Ella loves reading her Bible to Liam.  She kept hollering at him to come and sit by her while she read to him.  He wasn't listening as you can see by the pictures toward the bottom of this post.  Anyhoo, right now her favorite story is about Adam and Eve being tempted by the evil snake.  Usually she reads it the correct way... today she thought it was to be read sideways.  Whatever!




This is what buddy-boy was doing while his sister was yelling at him to come sit down by her. 
Typical man... not listening to his better counterpart.