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a warm and cozy fall


is there anything better than fall?


warm and cozy coats, sweaters, hats and mittens.

soup in the evening and homemade apple sauce simmering in the crock pot all day.

sitting around the fire and drinking cocoa after playing in the leaves all afternoon.


it’s getting dark so early now.

the fall sunlight is changing.

i love the soft glow in the kitchen in the late afternoon.

 i walk around and turn on every lamp in the house.

i happily leave them on all day.

it’s so relaxing and peaceful.


i decided that the soft glow of christmas lights isn’t just for christmas time.

i strung a set up around the back door of our den.

the kids love them.

iris giggles when i turn them on in the morning.


the leaves have almost completely fallen off the trees.

on our way to preschool jonah announces from the back seat of the car all the colors of leaves he sees.

and iris calls loudly, “mama, pumkin! i see pumkin!” as we pass each house dressed up for the season.


our house, of course, is dressed up, too.


my sister, christie, is incredibly talented and makes beautiful things.

i asked her if she would make a bunch of fabric buntings for the house.

she said, yes. : )

she did such a great job. it turned out so blasted cute.

she made me 5 of them to drape across the front of our house, and i love it!


she doesn’t know it yet, but i’m also going to request some for christmas.

how cute would they be strung up next to christmas lights?

and, she has the most lovely fabrics for it, too.

you should stop in and take a look…


she’s not the only one that’s been hard at work crafting, though.

my kiddos made these little guys for each one of their cousins.

jonah wrote the names of his cousins on the back of each leaf.

(when did he get so big?)

and iris, very meticulously, glued each set of googly eyes on.

she’s so sweet.


oh, and mommy’s been crafting, too.

(that’s me… i’m mommy)



i’ve got plenty of new sets of pins to check out.


and, i’ve been working hard on wreaths, too.

how cute is the burlap paired with the chocolate brown and burnt orange?

i love these fabric roses and can’t get enough of them!


i hope you enjoy them, too.

the wreaths and pins are for sale in the shop now.

goodwill finds and chevrons in my shop!


lately, every time i swing by the goodwill i find something new i must have.

it calls out to me and asks me to take it home.

i swear it does.

no, seriously.

it does.

like, these beautiful blue ball jars!

all ten of them wanted to come home and pretty up my mantel.


and, this vintage globe.

it now lives on my file cabinet!


i’m in love with this wood box!

i’m not sure what it was original used for, but i’m storing all of our school supplies in it.


i found these glass pieces for our large shelf in the living room.

i filled the small guy with dried up sticks from our backyard.

bringing outdoor things in like rocks, sticks, shells and leaves is fun and always beautiful!


i also picked up these wire metal baskets to hold books on our new dresser.


this dresser was not a goodwill find…

it was FREE!

that’s right, FREE!

my mother-in-law was getting rid of it and asked us if we wanted it.

she loved it, but no longer had room for it.

so lovely!

so, does the goodwill call your name?

have you found anything that called out to you that you just had to take home?


oh, also…

we’re nearing the start of the school year and if you need a gift for a great teacher…

look no further!

i filled up my shop with sets of the cutest chevron pins!




a simple weekend



how’s your weekend going?

ours is good.

simple, quiet, rainy…


we spent the morning doing yard work.

we live on over an acre, so there’s always plenty to do.

when the weather is cold and rainy it’s actually relaxing and kind of fun.


i took my sweet 4 year old to a movie this afternoon.

he was simply adorable.

we haven’t been to a movie in a really long time.

he had so many sweet things to say.

“mom, why do they give us tickets?”

“mom, i can get candy here?!”

and my favorite…

“mom, this popcorn tastes so much better than the popcorn at home!”

yes, jonah… yes, it does.


look at this sweeet wittle face!

i’ve been gazing at it almost every afternoon while we play go fish and candy land.

board games and rainy days go hand in hand. : )


i made this lovely wreath.

ain’t she pretty?

she’s in my shop now.


i’ve actually been working on pushpins and magnets a lot lately, too.

i’ve added new sets and re-stocked some oldies.

make sure you stop in and take a look around!


right now, at this very moment,

as i sit here writing this post,

there is the most glorious smell coming from the kitchen.

it’s our dinner…

Perfect Roast Chicken.

i’m so very excited to devour this dish,

to suck every succulent bone clean.

(okay, i’ll stop before i take it too far.)

it’s a fantastic recipe that my kids absolutely inhale and request again and again.

you should make this chicken tonight.

you won’t regret it.

Perfect Roast Chicken

Recipe Courtesy of Ina Garten

1 (5 to 6 pound) roasting chicken
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 large bunch fresh thyme, plus 20 sprigs
1 lemon, halved
1 head garlic, cut in half crosswise
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter, melted
1 large yellow onion, thickly sliced
4 carrots cut into 2-inch chunks
1 bulb of fennel, tops removed, and cut into wedges
Olive oil
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Remove the chicken giblets. Rinse the chicken inside and out. Remove any excess fat and leftover pin feathers and pat the outside dry. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the chicken. Stuff the cavity with the bunch of thyme, both halves of lemon, and all the garlic. Brush the outside of the chicken with the butter and sprinkle again with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken. Place the onions, carrots, and fennel in a roasting pan. Toss with salt, pepper, 20 sprigs of thyme, and olive oil. Spread around the bottom of the roasting pan and place the chicken on top.

Roast the chicken for 1 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and thigh. Remove the chicken and vegetables to a platter and cover with aluminum foil for about 20 minutes. Slice the chicken onto a platter and serve it with the vegetables.

our 4th of july


well, it’s been a while now and i just realized that i never shared our 4th of july pictures.


every year we have a big independence day party at our house.

we invite aunts, uncles, grandparents and lots and lots of cousins.

it’s never anything too fancy

just food


and fireworks.

oh, and fun!


and feet.

okay, i’ll stop now.

but, seriously…how cute are these toes?!

iris just had to have them painted for the holiday weekend. : )


anyway, we all had so much fun!

these kids love being together.










and, this is my favorite picture that my husband got on his cell.

the kids playing with sparklers in our backyard.

so cute.


oh, also…

i put a few new (and pretty) things in my shop


stop in a take a look!

cows & fabric


we’ve had quite the week around here.

between end of the year picnics, field trips, house work and soccer

we’ve been busy.






i’ve also been busy buying this!


 so, i can make these!


to put on this!

isn’t it pretty?!


and, they’re so much fun to make!

i love digging through my fabric stash and putting all of the colors together.

so cute!

they’re in my shop and looking for a good home. : )

a busy week


it’s been a very busy week.

the weather warmed up so we’ve spent a lot of time out and about.


it’s been lovely. just lovely.


we went to the library.

(the best part of the trip… the windows)


for the first time in weeks we had soccer practice.


and a week would not be complete without a trip to target. (and a trip to the snack bar)


i’ve also been hard at work trying to get my shop filled back up. yay!


i’ve been crafting. up to my elbows in fabric scraps. mmm… fabric scraps.


i decided our house needed some spring inside, too. so, i got to work making fabric garland.



they’re so pretty that i had to make a few and put them up all over the house.

simple and so sweet.


IMG_1026it was a stay inside kind of day.  (again.)

IMG_2250it was a build a fort kind of day.


it was an add new pins to my shop kind of day.


it was a 2:00 cup of coffee kind of day.


it was a snuggle dexter on the couch kind of day.


it was a watch your girl scoot around on the hardwood floors kind of day.


it was a make yummy rolls kind of day.

so, off i went.

i’ve been dying to try paula deen’s quick cloverleaf rolls and, like so many of her recipes,
they were fantastic.

oh, paula.

the best part is you make them with plain old refrigerated biscuits.


they took about 5 minutes to put together and they were kid approved!

i’ll be making these again and again.