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Monthly Archives: January 2012

Improving on a Classic

Banana Bread

My family does not do a great job eating bananas. We seem to buy some almost every week, but a week rarely goes by when we actually finish a bunch before it turns brown. So I have several go-to banana bread recipes, including one that’s been in my mom’s family now four generations. The original was passed down to me ... Read More »

Lesson of the New Year #2: I Can’t Do It All

knit skirt

I had been doing well with some of my New Year’s resolutions, especially working out every day during the week and taking some extra time each day for cleaning and organizing chores that don’t always get done. Last week it all went to hell. In the span of a couple day the week before I learned of or was reminded ... Read More »

Found It On Pinterest: The Great Playdough Throwdown, Part Two

finished orange playdough

For the second round of the Great Pinterest Playdough Throwdown, I tried a pretty basic recipe (courtesy of the blog adeylnSTONE), which may actually be the recipe I tried the first time I made playdough (though I thought that one called for more cream of tartar; no matter). I like using Kool-Aid  as a coloring agent because it’s so cheap ... Read More »

Things I Love: My Notebooks

pattern sketch

We all have different ways of trying to keep organized. Some people keep calendars in their email or on their phones. Some people have paper calendars. Some people write lists. I have notebooks. I call them “my brain” because if I lost them, I’d lose it. My notebooks are a dumping ground, a storage system, a first-draft collection device and ... Read More »

Pantry Raid

green pasta

Clearly I watch too much Food Network. Last week I was talking about “here’s what’s happening” and this week I’m stealing episode titles from “Good Eats.” Shameful. Over the weekend I decided at the last second, hours before going to a friend’s house for dinner, that I was going to make a pasta salad to take. Of course I was ... Read More »

Woman’s Dress to Dress up Clothes

dress up formal

Last year sometime I read an article online, which I did not keep so I can’t give credit to, all about using teen and women’s formal dresses from the thrift store as dress up clothes for little girls. I thought this was a fabulous idea, and when my MOPS group had a rummage sale I picked up a couple of ... Read More »

Warning: Do Not Leave Child Unattended

toilet paper play

I originally thought this post might be a good entry for Listen to Your Mother, but then I decided there’s no way there’s a moral or heartwarming end to this story. So I share it with you now. You’re welcome. I am lucky to be a work-at-home mom whose child goes to day care. For about 6 hours a day, ... Read More »

Things I Love: Homemade Bread Made Easy

finished bread

I love to bake. But even though I’m home pretty much every weekday for about six hours at a time without anyone else in the house, I don’t bake all that much. Or at least I don’t bake a lot of fussy stuff. I really love to bake bread. I would love to have fresh-baked bread for supper every night ... Read More »

What’s Happening: Naked Stairs!

upstairs gate

I love that part at the beginning of the Pioneer Woman’s show where she says “here’s what’s happening.” It makes it all the more personal, and because I live in Arkansas and she lives in Oklahoma, we’re practically neighbors, so I can imagine she’s come over for a chat. And maybe to make me mashed potatoes. There’s nothing so exciting ... Read More »

Adult Sleeves to Kid Legwarmers

embellished fabric legwarmers

When it first started getting cold, the Bit went through a brief legwarmer phase. She wanted to wear them to bed (which was great, because she never wants to wear socks, and is sketchy about using a blanket, so any little extra warmth she can get is fine by me) and occasionally wanted to wear them to school or around ... Read More »

Rice, Rice, Baby

There are so many cool things on Pinterest, and I know it’s hard for all of us to create things as fast as we pin them. It’s all too easy to pin crafty goodness and never actually make anything. So, I’m going to make an effort, at least once a week, to explore something I pinned and share it with ... Read More »