Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Small Fix.

My newest project (in whatever other spare time I manage that I'm not using for a million other things) is helping my sister decorate & organize her home. She rents a house so there is limited things we can do as far as decorating. Last night we spent a couple hours doing various things and one of the things we worked on was her hallway. See the end of her hallway has the thermostat all awkwardly placed:

Actually, now that I look you can't tell it's awkwardly placed because I zoomed in but it's not centered...it's like off the the side. Last minute idea + no camera + low lighting = terrible quality cell phone picture.

Anyyyyyywho, I remembered that I had brought a little brown shelf I scored at Goodwill last week for .97 cents. I also remembered that I had brought black spray paint. I also remembered looking at small picture she hadn't had a change to hang yet. I was remembering a lot.

Again, I apologize for the horrid resolution. I have a terrible habit of night crafting/decorating in dim areas it seems. I have a list of pictures to retake during the day with my handy dandy DSLR. Big improvement, no? It was a small accomplishment but it made a huge difference.

 Linking up at:

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


The resolutions I made for this year are mostly nothing I will be able to cross off quickly but here's how I am keeping up so far:

  • Become more "balanced". With baby, a husband, a house, a full time job, & owning  photography business - life get's a little hectic. I will become better scheduled, better organized, spend more time with Zeke, & make dinner more often. (This is likely my most important resolution.)
    • So far, so good. I have been making more dinner & have discovered that cooking the night before allows dinner to be ready on hand the next day after we get home & my squealing toddler is ready to eat now. I've also been doing better at a more streamlined daily cleaning "routine", making some time in the few hours between getting home & bedtime to spend one-on-one with Zeke, & dedicating some me time. I still need to learn how to be a little more efficient at everything so I can get to bed at a more decent hour (not 12-1 a.m.)
    • I've also realized that this is the natural season in my life to be "busy" & that I feel like I am where God wants me to be. This one realization has reduced the amount of stress I feel about daily things & has brought some additional joy into my life. Always a good thing :)
    • I have organized Zeke's closet, my closet, the linen closet, the utility closet, the bathroom cabinets/drawers, & the kitchen cabinets/drawers. Hopefully I'll take utilize resolution #2 to take some pictures of said organization.
  • Take more pictures (not only professionally, but especially personally)
    • Eh, I did remember to get a replacement memory card for my phone. But it's early in the year so there isn't much progress to be made yet.
  •  Lose 30 lbs. (Yea, I know. Everyone has the same resolution year after year. I've lost 45, now I just need to lose the last 30 and I'll be one happy chick.)
    • I haven't lost a pound. I did however start a new diet today that I feel confident about sticking to. Goodbye muffin top.
  • Practice a healthier lifestyle. (Among these things - finally quitting smoking hopefully, eating less processed foods, trying more natural foods & products.) 
    • No, I haven't quit smoking. Yes, I know I need to. And yes, I know it will likely kill me one day if I don't. I have been trying to cook with more fresh veggies, buy more "organic" foods, & eat more wheat products. I look forward to taking advantage of my local farmer's market this spring/summer.

  • Make a serious tackle down on paying off our "debt"....pay off everything except our mortgage. (Of course, this requires a lot of actual work for Noah but I know he's on board with me.)
    • This is definitely a year goal. We actually started this mid-last year but have made great progress so far. :D Dave Ramsey is a smart man & more people should listen to him. The downside of it is that we have to sacrifice a lot of family time since Noah is working his butt off for us. In the end, it will be worth it.
 Nathan must have made a resolution to have the tooth fairy make the most trips to his house this year, he's already lost two teeth!

 So how about you? How are your resolutions/goals going?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Cinnamon Roll Fail.

Usually I just post my mostly successful  attempts at various things. Well, not this time...this is so bad that it has to be shared.

I found this recipe in some magazine. I'm sure it's not my the recipes fault even thought I'd like to think so. The recipe wasn't entirely homemade because instead of making your dough yourself, you used a refrigerated pizza crust dough wherein lies my biggest mistake: cheapy me bought Great Value pizza dough.

All in all my came out like this (drum roll please....)

Yes, I know; those...things...look nothing like cinnamon rolls. Wanna know something else? I almost needed a hammer to get them off of the pan. Ok, laugh away.

You can stop laughing now.

Anyways, I left them on the counter with a note explaining that they were a disaster that couldn't be missed. What did my sweet husband do? He ate them. Well, one. And it looked like it was a struggle to swallow. Bless it.

I always end up sharing my cooking failures with my sister. Why? My sister is a great cook so when I screw up a recipe I tell her so she'll start rambling off her cooking mumbo jumbo terms about where & why I failed. Plus, if I fail at it she will usually come over & cook it right for me.

See her beautiful homemade dough?

I know that it's hard to overlook the monstrosity of my 1970's oven but your just gonna have to do it. Yes, that is a non digital clock that doesn't even work.

We ended up getting like another 8 rolls out of that dough, too. The only thing I can say I accomplished was that the icing on the cinnamon rolls = yuuuuuuuuuuuuum.yum.

So a final comparison:

The moral of the story? If you ever ask me to bring food to any event, don't ask for cinnamon rolls.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Zeke 2011.

A little collage of the random (mostly mobile) pictures that I took of Zeke throughout 2011. (There were lots more until my memory card on my phone went MIA & I lost the majority of them.)

Sweet baby has turned into a sweet little boy but I'm much looking forward to continuing to watch him grow in 2012 :D