I decided

8:53:00 PM

Thank you for all your input on whether or not to cut my hair. I decided just trim it. Well, just a little more than trim it. I have a friend with a very wise mother, so I decided that I would keep it long just to see if I needed a change more than anything. So far, I really like my hair cut. I guess time will tell if I want my hair short again.

recipes

yummy fruit and blackberry muffins

1:24:00 PM


I went to the local grocery store on Saturday because a friend of mine told me of the great sales they were having on produce. I was so excited because I miss fruit so much when it's not in season. I canned some peaches last fall to help me hold out, but I didn't can very many and they are dwindling quickly.

Just look at all the deliciousness! I got blueberries and blackberries for 99 cents, strawberries for $1.25, a 10 lb bag of apples for $2.99 and bananas for 49 cents a pound. Those are awesome sales even when the fruit is in season! Yum for Macey's.

Robert made blueberry muffins with the blueberries. They were the best blueberry muffins I've ever had, so here is an adapted recipe from Mormon Pantry Family Dinner Cookbook.


Sweet Blueberry Muffins

1 large egg
1/2 c milk
1/4 c canola oil
1 1/2 c flour
1/2 c sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 c blueberries (simmer in a pot with water for a minute or two)

Combine eggs, milk, and oil. Stir in baking powder, salt and sugar, then add flour. Stir dry ingredients in until just moist. Fold in blueberries.

Crumb Topping:
1/2 c flour
1/2 c sugar
1/4 c softened butter

Mash together with a fork until it resembles coarse crumbs.

Pour muffin mixture into muffin pan and sprinkle with crumbs. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until tops are golden brown.

Enjoy!

color

hot colors for spring 2009

2:01:00 PM


I know that spring won't be here for another few months, but I thought I'd post about the predicted colors for spring 2009. I get very color deprived in the winter. Don't get me wrong, snow can be beautiful, but come January when it's all gray and white, I need color.

Anyway, I included pictures of flowers mostly for me. I love flowers! I used some pictures from few years ago. For my birthday, Rob and I went to Temple Square in Salt Lake City. (I love going there every spring.)

The hot colors for spring 2009 are lavender, celery, blush and beige. Lavender is the "signature" color. Looks like I'll have to take back the lavender shirt I lent to my sister. ;) It is a very muted palette, but there are other colors that brighten it up:


Here is a link to the complete color pallete from Pantone. Also, here is another link to a more expansive color palette from Color Association of the U.S. I visited CAUS last May in New York and they talked about how they forecast colors for Women, Men, Children and Interiors. They gather selected people to come prepared to discuss and decide the colors for each season.

It's a different concept I know, but if you think about it, their predictions (which are usually right on) are vital information for designers and manufactures who need to have products developed at the very least six months before it actually hits the market. They want to sell their stuff, so of course, they turn to one of these sources to pick colors that people will like.


P.S. Here is another picture of the beautiful flowers.

Short or Long?

5:29:00 PM



Short hair or Long hair?

I've been debating whether or not to cut my hair. I like my hair both lengths; Robert likes both too. I've been growing it out, but Jack likes to pull it (OUCH!). I've weighed it out and have come to the conclusion that I will cut my hair unless I get some strong opinions on keeping it long. If I do cut my hair, I will cut it in an A-line bob a little shorter than the first picture. Which looks better?

feelings of a mom

Flowers

10:45:00 PM


After Christmas break, Rob has been having tons to do at work. He has been pretty stressed about it. He thought he would be more stressed about school, but he loves school; it's work that is demanding. Hopefully as all the holiday stuff finishes up, Rob can feel less stressed.

On one particularly hard day, he came home with these flowers for me (finished off the rest of his Christmas money with them). He is so sweet and knows that I love gerbera daisies.

Oh spring. I hope it comes soon. I'm already sick of winter and we're still less than halfway through January. The daisies were so cheerful to look at, but now they are dead. I need to find a place that sells tulip or daffodil bulbs in the winter so I can plant them inside. Does anyone know where I could get those? If I can't find any, I'll settle for a little pot of herbs. I've always wanted to use fresh herbs for dinner.

Anyway, I think I know what I will do for Rob on Valentine's day. I found the idea on the Martha Stewart website. I think he'll like it. At least there is a lovely holiday to break up the yucky snow.

baby stuff

vintage cowboy nursery complete!

7:09:00 PM


I finally finished Jack's bedding today. I know, I know... he's five months old now. Yes, it took long enough. After Christmas, I decided we would try to make him sleep exclusively in his bed. He's been rolling around a lot since Christmas and the bassinet just doesn't work anymore. I can't say it's been even close to an easy transition, but it still feels good to finally have most of his room put together. Back about eight months ago, when I started this process, I decided on a vintage cowboy theme. Here it is all done.


It was quite a time finding the harlequin vintage cowboy fabric. I found it just on Micheal Miller's website, but very few places actually sell this fabric. For the bumper pad and dust ruffle, I just used a blue stripe fabric and red polka-dot. I bought a cream sheet at Ross and used that for all the cream in the bedding- good quality and cheaper than buying yardage. I actually painted the sheets- so easy and fun to do. Get fabric paint here.

We bought the crib at a second hand store and refinished it in a creamy white. The basket full of toys is a vintage 50's basket that I will switch out when Jack starts messing with it. I love it though because it's lined with red and white polka-dots. I found two different cowboy hats from out of my sisters old closet. The brown one above the bed is a beautiful suede. The horses are by Schleich (very cool kid's toys).


I found a very old and beat-up book at a secondhand store about 3 years ago for 50 cents with fun pictures and kid songs in it. I cut these pictures out and framed them. The glass reflects, so I couldn't get a good picture of the actual framed pictures, but I just had to show you these darling pictures. My sister did a nautical-themed vintage room for her boy, and I gave her some super cute sailor boy pictures from the same book.

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