When I stand before God at the end of my life,
I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say,
"I used everything You gave me."
~Erma Bombeck

June 22, 2011

Yummy Rootbeer Cookie Recipe!

When I was 16 years old, I spent the summer with my cousins in Utah. Looking back, my favorite things from that summer were when we would threaten to tattle to my Aunt Peggy (who had 5 children) and she would say she didn't want to hear it (I use this today with my own children) and these yummy, yummy, yummy rootbeer cookies.

My children have recently become rootbeer lovers like their Mom so I decided to dig out Aunt Peggy's recipe.

Rootbeer Cookies

1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. butter (softened)
1 egg
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 c. buttermilk or water
1 tsp. rootbeer extract**
1-3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt

Mix as for any cookie and bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes

Rootbeer Glaze

2 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup butter softened
1-1/2 tsp rootbeer extract**
2 T. hot water

Glaze the cookies generously.


**I used to be able to get rootbeer extract at the grocery store. Now it is rootbeer concentrate which I don't think is as strong. So I ordered my extract from Cooks Vanilla online.

Enjoy the cookies!

June 21, 2011

Pregnant lady who loves lettering will work for food....

Last week, my friend Dianne messaged me through Facebook asking if she could bring me breakfast in return for writing on some baseballs for her son's team.

Of course I said yes. I mean what woman who is 21 weeks preggo and ALWAYS hungry would say no?! Plus, the fact that I love Dianne and I love to letter made it easy to say yes.

Here is how they turned out...

All in all, I wrote on 14 balls while visiting with Dianne and she finished the outline at home since we ran out of time. I think they turned out nicely and I hope some daddies thought they were a great gift from their little ball players on Father's Day.

P.S. Dianne so thoughtfully brought a gift card to my favorite store ever... Hobby Lobby! Thanks Dianne!

June 19, 2011

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June 10, 2011

ICAD #4-7 Courtesy of my Katiebug...

ICAD#4 Katie says, "Only big guys in red pickup truck have seen ufo's except for this guy."

ICAD #5 Katie says, "If he lays in the sun too long, he'll melt." (I love the reflection of the sun on the water.)

ICAD #6 Katie says, "How long do you think he will last dancing?" (Personally I think he looks like he could soar!)

ICAD #7 Katie says, "The flamingo looks like he is going to burn his beak on the sun!" (Flamingos are well loved in our house, especially by Nikki!)

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Inspiration Friday (6/10/11)

Okay, so it has been a pretty busy week.

We found out we are going to have a "son". I can't believe I'm going to have a little boy! Katie fell off a skateboard and chipped her permanent front tooth and got a bloody and fat lip. Nikki lost her first tooth. And we are simply busy having summer fun.

The girls love to go to the craft store. Katie takes after me spending hours making latch hook rugs and pot holders on a loom. And they both love to draw.

Thank goodness for the drawing. Katie has a stack of her own ICADs so since I haven't kept up this week I will post ICADs 4-7 in a little bit and they will be from her ever growing stack. She has some fantastic drawings for an 8 year old! You can see ICAD #1 here, ICAD #2 here (my fave so far) and ICAD #3 here. It's also not to late to join Daisy Yellow in the summer ICAD challenge here.

I'm never to busy to peek around the web though so I thought I'd share some inpiration I have for this week...

Love, love, love these artsy canvas shoes! Gabriela Delworth has a tutorial for these and more on her wonderful blog. Go check it out!

CrAzY HoUsE asks if you can say "yum"?! I'm pretty sure I could if I made this yummy looking recipe for Apple Julep!

Oh how I wish I could really sew! I would use this tutorial from Sew Like My Mom to make my girls each one of these swimsuit cover ups. Cute and fun!

Surviving Motherhood shows us how to make this patriotic and cute bunting. (A great new blog I just discovered this morning!)

YUM! Coffeehouse shared a recipe for healthy blackened tilapia baja tacos. Say that ten times real fast! Delish! :)

Would you believe this is a pasta necklace?! Suzy's Artsy Craftsy Sitcom proves they aren't just for kids with this wonderful tutorial.

Check out the tutorial for these adorable and handy little boy burp cloths at Made By Rae. They are made by using quilting cotton fabric and jersey knit cloth. Awesome!

Scrapbooking can be so overwhelming. I love Red Ted Art's Blog simplification of the process. It would be nice to just get the photos in a safe and pretty book. It doesn't have to be extravagant!

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Catch ya later with Katie's ICADs! :)

June 6, 2011

Back to report....

It's official! We are expecting a boy! :)

ICAD #3 Girl or Boy?

We are not ones to wait for the surprise. We are planners. Today, we will find out if this little one is a girl or a boy.

Votes among the family:

Katie (8): Girl
Nikki (5): Boy
Mommy: A healthy baby
Daddy: A healthy baby (but secretly he wants a boy)

Somebody will be disappointed today, and it better not be me! ;)

What's your vote?

June 5, 2011

ICAD #2 A Beautiful Mess...

ICAD #2 (Faber Castell Pitt Pens, Zig Writer, Zig Ball .5mm, Copic Sketch YG07)

It's priceless when you amaze your 5 year old. "What do you think?" I asked Nikki. To which she replied with eyes wide, "You did that all by yourself?!"

June 3, 2011

ICAD #1 Being motivated to create...

For a while now, I have been following a blog called Daisy Yellow. Tammy came up with a fun idea for the summer. I think this just might get my creative juices flowing. It is called ICAD or Index Card a Day. I dare you to join in! Go HERE to see the details.
ICAD #1 (Faber Castell Pitt Pen and Copic markers)

Talk about needing to let go of perfection! Would you believe I wanted to draw this over again? I decided not to of course, look what the card says after all. Besides didn't I say I was going to EMBRACE imperfection this year?

Maybe I can get some more doodles like THESE goin' on. I really had fun there!

Trying to get my little Katiebug to do this along with me. Wish me luck!

Inspiration Friday (6/3/11)

 I am absolutely loving Google Reader and checking out all the blogs I subscribe to and follow. There is so much inspiration to be found out there! Check out these fabulous links...

If you have lots of ribbon like me, you can make these cool Ribbon Wrapped Letters at She's {kinda} Crafty!
I can just imagine all the ways to use these adorable hand painted buttons by Katydiddys.

Flamingo Toes shares how she made this cute, cute "Pretty Windows Dish Towel". LOVE it!

An utterly clever use for shelf liner! Make DIY Placemats with Frugal Family Fun Blog.

I'd absolutely LOVE to "accidentally paint" something this cute! Check out the tutorial at Lil Blue Boo. I think I'll try this once we find out Baby J's gender.

I'm pretty sure I could conquer this great keychain tutorial from Amy at The Idea Room. These would make great gifts!

Because I have several years of scrapbooking to catch up on and a long, hot, pregnant summer ahead, I was overjoyed to find this fantastic post full of tips and ideas from Kimbo at A Girl and A Glue Gun.

Another great gift idea! Check out this tutorial from Sew4Home. I'm thinking this would work wonderfully for some cute burp cloths for Baby J.

Can't wait to try this yummy recipe for Eggs Ranchero Brunch Pizza at Stockpiling Moms. YUM!

Ummm... yeah.... this one looks really good too! Passed along to us from allrecipes.com by Coffee House. Looking forward to giving this White Pizza a try!

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June 2, 2011

Quick totes for 1st Day of Summer Gifts...

Target had these straw totes for $2.50 in the dollar section. I ran over to Hobby Lobby and bought some ribbon to make the bows and hot glued them on to the totes.

This morning my girls got a fun surprise for the 1st day of summer. New flip flops, a beach towel, a bathing suit, sunglasses and a nail polish for their toes.

They're definitely ready for some summer fun!

By the way, I was at Target yesterday and the $2.50 totes are 30% off. Making for a pretty great bargain!