Saturday, January 21, 2012

Homemade Honey Wheat Rolls

This morning, just a few minutes before I looked up at the clock and realized Ian had swimming lessons in less than 10 minutes, I was busy throwing the ingredients for beef stew into the crock pot.  Upon return from swimming lessons, I realized that I wanted to have some bread with the stew for supper.  I was looking for something along the lines of our favorite crusty rolls we get at Hy-Vee and bake for a few minutes in the oven. I didn't find a recipe like that, but what I did find was a delicious, slightly sweet, fluffy roll that I will be making again and again. 

If it isn't obvious, I have a lot to work on in the aesthetics department, but they tasted divine. 
I was going to type the whole recipe, but really, all I changed from adorkable's recipe on tastykitchen was that I substituted two cups of the flour with whole wheat flour.  You MUST try these.

And here's a shot of Ian at his first day of swimming lessons since July.  He was right back in the water like he never left.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Spontaneous Zoo Visit

Yesterday we were headed to the Children's Museum, and much to Ian's dismay, it didn't open for two more hours, so we headed to the zoo instead.  The zoo is going through a 15 year renovation, and as such, our favorite place, the aquarium, was under construction. But we enjoyed many of the other exhibits at the zoo.  Annaliese is more and more enthralled with the animals every time we go.

There was a time in his life when he was terrified to walk across this. Not any more.
 A monitor

Annaliese checking out a swimming otter.

A tortoise, one of Ian's favorite animals.

Warm enough for the tigers to be outside.

Annaliese leaned back into Darrin in fear of the lion right on the other side of the glass. 

Usually when we're at the zoo, the gorillas are too hot to sit on...

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Project Life 2012: Week 1

One of the blogs I read daily is Ali Edwards' blog.  Weekly she posts her Project Life layouts, and I was inspired.  I did something similar in 2010, but didn't like the format I was using.  I love this format from Becky Higgins, though, with the pre-made journaling cards. I'm so hoping this year I can keep up with weekly posts.  Here's the spread for this week:

 Left page spread.  The date will eventually go on the card in the upper-left corner. Just not sure I want that card yet. Journaling shares the stories of New Years and all the fun things the kids played this week- lots of dress up and playing with Christmas toys.  The insert is the newsletter from Annaliese's classroom.  We're pictured on the front at her Christmas party.
Right page: The back of Annaliese's newsletter, where she's pictured playing with friends.  Journaling talks about Annaliese going potty for the first time, our record temps, and Darrin's birthday.

I used a combination of products from Simple Stories, digital journaling cards from Project Life (Clementine), and some Thickers.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Guess after posting nearly every day in December, I needed a break from blogging.  Life hasn't been to exciting around here.  Just getting back into the routine of school and work. Lots of early bedtimes for the kids. I have been scrapping and quilting a bit. I'm working on a Project Life album, in which I do a photo journal, as Darrin would call it, to document our life each week, capturing the everyday stuff I normally wouldn't do a whole layout on.  I've got last week done and am just waiting for some good lighting to take a picture to share here.  But in the meantime, I have other pictures to share (starting with the most recent picture, since that's how they were uploaded):

Annaliese pouting... any guesses from who she learned this is how you should look when you pout?  If you guessed Ian, you'd be correct :)

We had a great time babysitting Walter on Monday.  Here Annaliese pretends to take his picture with Ian's camera.

Ian so willingly shared his Lego police vehicles with Walter... until he realized how easily they could be broken.  They went up high, but Ian was happy to share his other vehicles.

Annaliese and Walter playing with the word slammer on the fridge.  There are two different alphabet things on the fridge, they each could have had one, but I guess they thought this one was better...

Annaliese trying to climb up on the stool because...

She saw her brother standing up high trying to get some candy. Monkey see, monkey do.  Think we need to bring the step stool in from the garage. It would be a much safer alternative...

Just a cute capture of Ian.

I cannot tell you how much Annaliese's 'scrunchie' face makes me smile!

There has been A LOT of catch around here.  I told Ian this was the last winter for it. Once it turns nice, only ball playing outside.  He's got quite an arm on him now. Only problem is that it's not very accurate.

The scrapbooks have been all out a lot these past two weeks and looked at by both Ian and Annaliese. Makes my heart sing when they ask Darrin or I to read what the pages say or tell them about the pictures.

Dress-up box fun!

Arrr! Matey!

Darrin turned 31 a week ago Monday.  Actually got him TWO presents this year (usually it's none...). A tent and some Carhartt bibs for playing with the kids in the snow. 

Sunday, January 1, 2012

End-of-the-year Craftiness and New Year Plans

I forgot to post at the end of November, so here's what I was spending my free time doing in November and December (when I wasn't spending it on the computer).

My Hero Man.  The layout was one of the classes at CK Scrap and Play, so all I had to do was find pictures to go with it.  These of Ian and his 'sword' worked perfectly.  He called himself Hero Man.  I finished the layout for a challenge on Club CK that involved using at least 3 different fonts in the title.

Meeting You for Annaliese's book. I have pictures printed to make basically the same layout, but for Ian's book.  I so love looking back at these pictures and remembering how Ian was the first time he met Annaliese.  This was for a challenge on CK to use punctuation as an embellishment.  I used periods in the bottom left corner and around the journaling.
Maple Leaf block for Linda in the Friendship Block Exchange. It was only a month late...

There would be a total of 36 half-square triangles for Jen in the Friendship Block Exchange
That's me showing my calf Beatrice in the Kiddie Calf Show at the Clayton County Fair.  This was for a challenge to scrap pictures more than 10 years old.  It was fun to scrap some from my childhood; I need to do more of that.

The colors look terrible in this photo (I need to get my layouts done earlier to get photos in the sunlight).  These are photo attempts to get a good family picture shortly after Annaliese was born, but the three that should be were never all looking at the camera at the same time.  Challenge was to display pictures as if they were in a film strip.
My Mother-in-law opening the Kindle Fire cover I made her (made myself one, too).  Basically figured the design out completely on my own; pretty proud of how it turned out.
Baby Bliss was finished just shy of the new year. It tells the story of Darrin and I holding Annaliese for the first time.  This was for two challenges- use an emotion in the title and use three different inspirations from the magazine. I LOVE this layout!
You can add to the craft list the costumes I made for the dress-up box, but that was about it. And I'm sure you noticed if you read all the captions that most of my layouts are for challenges, but without those pushing me to finish a page, I know I wouldn't get as many layouts done.

Things may change a bit in the new year. Instead of making a New Year's resolution, I'm focused on monthly goals (off to the right on the blog).  If you talk to me often or see me online, help remind me to get them done. A lot of times during 2011 I was having an internal conflict between whether I should quilt or scrap.  I think I've made peace with myself, basically giving myself permission to focus more on scrapbooking than quilting, so be prepared to see more of that in the new year.  It's the first day of 2012, and I can't wait to share with you all the things we'll do this year!