Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Play All Day Kind of Day

Jason has been so busy with work lately and the boys can tell.  They weren't getting as much attention from their dad as they usually do and were pretty frustrated about it.  People were getting cranky around here and something had to be done!  I declared last Wednesday as a "play all day" kind of day.  I didn't do any laundry or any cleaning and took the boys sledding instead.  We were at the sledding hill by nine in the morning and spent two and a half hours having fun.  Since we went so early on a school day, we had the hill to ourselves.

This little guy wasn't such a big fan of walking up the hill, so I got my workout in for the day as I pulled him up on the sled a dozen or so times.

I lost track of how many times Henry went up and down that hill.  He was having the time of his life.

A morning of fresh air, exercise, and fun was just what we needed.  If Jason had been there, it would have been perfect.  We spent the rest of the day playing with Legos, tools, coloring, and baking cookies.  It was a pretty great day.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Some Cinnamon Rolls for Your Valentine's Day

Folks, I didn't come up with this idea.  I pinned it on Pinterest from the blog Poppies at Play and wanted to try it out for my three Valentines.  Turns out, making your cinnamon rolls look all lovey-dovey and cute is easy.  Here's what I did to make my cinnamon rolls look like hearts.

Roll out your dough and cover with your cinnamon sugar mixture.

Roll up the dough along the length until it meets in the middle.  You can roll as tight or as loose as you please.

Slice the cinnamon rolls up and place into your pan.

Bake according to your recipe.

Frost and share with the ones you love.

Well hello there, little Valentine rolls!

Have a happy weekend!

And thank you to Poppies at Play for the really cute idea!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


I can't wait for this...

Monday, January 23, 2012

Cream of Broccoli Soup

We love Martha's recipe for cream of broccoli soup.  Throw in some shredded cheddar cheese and it is an amazing little bowl of soup.

We had a little bruschetta with our soup and it made for a pretty good meal.  Rubbing a clove of garlic over the pieces of toast is the trick to making them taste extra special, or so those cooking show people say.

I topped half of those little toasts with some Parmesan cheese, sun dried tomatoes, and basil.

The other half got some leftover caramelized onions, kalamata olives, Parmesan, and rosemary.

Winter, you're really not so bad as long as there is soup.