Monday, January 30, 2012

wigwams & monster cookie dough dip

Both caused many giggles!
This past weekend I headed up north to Traverse City with a few friends to celebrate pure Michigan, shop, relax and just have fun!

We started the day out with some snow shoeing
Koree remembered her feet warmers!

At the start of the two hour adventure!  very pretty

In the middle of the adventure someone fell
that is right, backwards on my bum

At the end of the adventure we enjoyed this fire

First time out snow shoeing was a success and really fun!

As for other intriguing info from the weekend.
THANKS sooo much to Dougie for the detailed layout of how to turn the water on and off
Loved it
But I am just not great at following directions [I guess] How about some cold water!

 This is the deadly DIP!
can you say cookie for every bite, I can!

So great to be away and it was also great to get over ten hours of sleep!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

two pins

were created for one dinner

First up: Mexican Lasagna Bake
rating pretty good!

Three ingredient homemade ice cream [no need for an ice cream maker]
Five stars in the delicious category and the easy category!

Good meal
All my pinning of food payed off on Wednesday night!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Cross Country Skiers coming through!
Fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon
Enjoying the pure Michigan

The hills were scary fyi
But we made it through with just a few falls

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

second time around

Soup's on for all
Fun event
Location of our first date
that it makes one year!

Monday, January 23, 2012

monkey see and monkey do

Happy Birthday to my little nephew
peanut butter cup
Benjamin Scott
Auntie loves you!

There was lots of monkeying around for this first birthday
Monkey Cupcakes
Banana Bread
What most monkeys like to eat

Monkey cups and sign


Ohhhh I love to snuggle this little man!

Enjoying the party and food with Jason

Sugar sugar- First time eating sugar

Looks like he loves it! not surprise his last name is Lipinski

Playing around...sugar buzz!

Gift time!
We gave you clothes.  You are young you won't know the difference between clothes and a toy because it came in a bag with paper!

Oh how this little man loves his grammy and grampy

What a great day celebrating Ben. 
Can't wait to see what the next year will bring!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

babies and banana bread

Love these girls and now their sweet little babies.
Such a fun time on a Saturday afternoon

First outing of the banana bread and I think it was a success.
It was easy to make and it tasted very good [I was not the only judge of this! haha]

Friday, January 20, 2012

may I recommend

a new app! ha
down to even the second
Woot woot!

[i am the case you wondered!]

Marco Island here we come in
48 days
13 hours
14 mins

Monday, January 16, 2012

dutch and cookies

but not windmill dutch cookies

The good stuff JELLOOOO..aka make it an official dutch function
Family reunion time

Cookie bars that I found on Pinterest [at least all the time I spend pinning food paid off]
These babies were good
also good warmed up again with ice cream!

Good weekend of food making and eating 

Friday, January 13, 2012

winter wonderland

As I was driving through the winter wonderland on the way into work today [safely driving not rushing of course] I thought that it was a good day for a random installment of what is rolling around in my head today:

take it or leave it

One:  The first snow fall...well the first snow that actually produced enough snow to look pretty and resemble winter...makes me want to go sledding....real bad!
Two:  My nails are painted and pretty [gray...lovely lovely] thanks betsy for the prompting
Three:  I work out....known fact.  I like to think that I am 'in shape' ha  Well this week I had a reality check.  Betsy suggested that we try out a new class at the y, great suggestion year, new things.  I like. SOOO I jumped right on board.  Meet Wednesday at 555 y locker room.  Be there or be square. 
Cardio Sculpt.  During the class seemed manageable....kinda giggled our way through and at the end we both looked at each other and said...ahh yeah.  it was ok...kinda a good work out and went on our way.
WELL WELL WELL!!  let me tell you legs have been sore and my buns have been burning for two days now.  Live and you learn....and then you maybe try again next week ;-)
Four:  I retired a sweater this week.  A green hoodie from old navy.  I thought it was nice and kept it in the rotation.  UNTIL i stopped and really looked in the mirror this week.  It was short, slightly boxy and just old.  When I dated ended up being a hand my down from my mom...maybe eight or more years ago.  Time to go.  It was a good run but now we are done!
Five:  Friday the 13th, so much hoopla on the radio.  Do not fear, I am here! 
Six: Is it bad that most things I pin on pinterest are food, what does that say about me!
Seven:  There has been discussion and a new word has been invented or at least going to be used in everyday jargon now: BLINGO!  you heard it hear first people!

will end on lucky number seven.  though I am not superstitious :) ha

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

on the other side

I love the gap.  that is a known fact!

BUT now I can also say I love the Baby Gap.

almost a year ago....i was privileged to step into the gap [on the other side, the super cute side!]  I could oooo and ahhhhh for a purpose.  I had a new new NEPHEW. 

Well I was able to oooo and ahhhh all over again because this little man is about to turn one.

Being born birthday gift JEANS

Being one birthday gift JEANS

maybe a new trend! ha

Check these babies out.  Happy Auntie.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

number six

First check and only eight days in

Navy Pier!
It was really neat to see and walk around
happy girl

Saturday- Sunday quick trip to Chicago
How about a little jazz music?
fun weekend over all

Thursday, January 5, 2012

driving down the highway

going 99...mama something something something
please tell me there is a song like this...I sooo sooo thought so, but I google and found NOTHING!  which is strange because google is my go to life saver....

anyway....we were still driving down the highway with this...

can you guess???
oh come is easy :)  not blankets or desk or cabinet BUT
A treadmill!

I was excited.  Thanks to my uncle and the many other muscles that day.  I have a treadmill in the basement!

Monday, January 2, 2012

count down

to midnight
Started downtown with dinner

then we walked downtown

To the GRAM

Ready for the ball to drop


Happy New Year!