Category Archives: Homemaking

Hannah’s Jamberry Birthday Party

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed my obsession with Jamberry Nail Wraps. I love them! And, I seem to have passed this little addiction on to my oldest girl. So, a Jamberry birthday party was the perfect way to celebrate her 11th birthday!

Her actual birthday was on April 4th, and we had a simple family celebration that evening. But, we had a Parenting Conference at church that weekend, so we planned to have her party the following week. But, it had to be postponed. More than once. Of course, my sweet birthday girl handled the delays graciously. And, we finally got to celebrate last weekend.


Hannah is my little party planner. Many of the details were her doing. She picked out the wraps that she and her friends got to put on, helped set up the table, and even made place cards for everyone.

And, she had very specific ideas about her cake…as usual. This year, she chose Angel Food Cake, with fresh berries and homemade whipped cream. (She made it very easy on me!)IMG_3960

And, instead of ice cream, we made strawberry Greek yogurt popsicles.


Rebekah wasn’t a fan of the cake, but she really liked her popsicle!

After a lot of rain, the weather was perfect for enjoying their treats outside on the patio!


She received some very thoughtful gifts…and had a very enthusiastic helper!


Hannah has some very sweet friends, and we were so thankful to have them, and Grammy & Grampy come celebrate with us! (And we missed the ones who were unable to make it!)


Happy 11th Birthday, Hannah!


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Titus’ 4th Birthday Party

Our boy turned 4 years old!
So, we celebrated with a Monster Truck party!

Titus' Monster Truck Birthday

My children have very specific ideas about their birthday cakes. And, while my cake decorating ability is (very) limited, I try to comply whenever possible.
This year was no different. The birthday boy wanted chocolate cake and vanilla frosting…and monster trucks.

So, I did what any self-respecting, but artistically-challenged parent would do. I resorted to thievery. I used his “Monster Mater” trucks as part of the decoration.
IMG_4750wm(The one in the “ring” is I-Screamer. Get it? Cake and… Yeah, okay. He got it.)

We celebrated with Grammy & Grampy, and a few of his friends from church.
I can’t tell you how excited he was to have another boy at the party this year!


Because his birthday fell on a Sunday, we had his party on Saturday…

But, after church, we came home for more celebrating…and more presents!

Titus' 4th Birthday

Happy 4th Birthday, Titus!!

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Rebekah’s 2nd Birthday

Happy 2nd Birthday Rebekah

Our sweet girl turned 2! So, of course, we celebrated with a Minnie Mouse-themed birthday party!

IMG_4111Grammy & Grampy and our friends from church helped us celebrate.


Lunch was, appropriately, hot dogs! Inspired Rebekah’s favorite show, The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and the Hot Dog Dance!

IMG_4102We played “Pin the Bow on Minnie,” or something like it, since I forgot a blindfold. But, considering it was a game for 2-year-olds, that was probably for the best.


The Birthday Girl had lots of help opening her gifts…

IMG_4134She loved her baby doll from Grandma & Boppy!

Then it was time for…CAKE!
IMG_4075-020wmI really think this was her favorite part.
Any time someone asked her what she wanted for her birthday, she replied, in a whisper, “Cake!”
IMG_4145Make a wish!

IMG_4149Happy 2nd Birthday, my sweet Rebekah Ann!!

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Rebekah’s 1st Birthday Party!


We celebrated Rebekah’s 1st Birthday with a little party and few friends from church.


Jessie & Alejandra

Johanna & Sophia

Johanna & Sophia


Micah & Hannah

Grammy & Grampy came too!

Grammy & Grampy

Grammy & Grampy

Seeing as how it was October, a fallish-Pumpkin theme just seemed to fit.





Bethany & Hannah

Bethany & Hannah





Rebekah received some sweet gifts from her friends…although she was a bit overwhelmed by the unwrapping.


Opening a Gift…with help from Hannah & TItus

Then it was time for cupcakes!


Hannah lit the candle


In keeping with our theme, I decorated the cupcakes with little candy pumpkins…and that is the extent of my cake-decorating ability.

Rebekah’s first taste of sugar…

What is this?

What is this?

She was a little hesitant at first…


Licking the frosting off her fingers.

Just poked at the frosting…

Really? I'm allowed to eat this?

Really? I’m allowed to eat this?

But, then she got brave.

First Bite

First Bite

Yeah. I think she liked it.


Happy Little Frosting Face…She even had it in her eyelashes!

Happy 1st Birthday, Rebekah!! We love you!

With my Birthday Girl

With my Birthday Girl


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Apple-Cinnamon Muffins

Over the past few weeks, when I haven’t been busy with homeschooling, rearranging furniture, building towers, or washing and sorting baby clothes, I have been keeping just a little busy in the kitchen!

So far, that looks like…10 pounds of ground beef and chicken (for tacos, chili, casseroles, pasta sauces, enchiladas…); 50 breakfast burritos; and 9 dozen muffins: banana-chocolate chip, pumpkin, and apple-cinnamon.

Our freezer is well-stocked, and I hope it will make mealtimes a bit easier after baby arrives. (I’d also love to get a batch of honey-oat chocolate chip cookies in there too…if I have time!)

The apple-cinnamon muffins were a special request from my husband…

I got the original recipe from Dell’s blog several years ago, and I’ve made them a few times since, but not in the (almost) 3 years that we’ve lived here… Actually, now that I think about it, I don’t think I’ve made them since we lived in California! (Almost 5 years ago.)

But, maybe that tells you just how good they are! And, they are healthy!!

And, as an added bonus, they made the house smell delightfully Fall-ish…always a plus in my world.

Apple-Cinnamon Muffins

6 eggs
1 ½ cups honey
¾ cup applesauce
½ cup oil (I used olive oil)
1 Tbsp. vanilla
24 oz. sour cream
6 cups flour (I used ½ whole wheat, ½ all-purpose)
1 Tbsp. flax seeds (I used ground flax meal)
1 ½ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp. baking powder
3/8 tsp cloves
¾ tsp nutmeg
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
4 ½ cups peeled, chopped apples

Grease muffin tins (I used coconut oil), or line with paper/foil cups.
Beat eggs.
Cream together honey, oil, applesauce, vanilla, salt, and sour cream.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, flax seeds/meal, baking soda, baking powder, and spices.
Add flour mixture to wet ingredients, a little at a time.
Add chopped apples, and stir until all is moistened.

Fill muffin tins 2/3 full.
Bake at 350* for 12-15 minutes.

Makes approximately 3 dozen muffins.

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