Childhood throw-back…

After my post last week about the custom coloring book for Miss M, I’ve done a lot of thinking (and drawing). I’ve loved drawing my whole life. I jokingly tell people that if I could bake and draw my whole life, I’d be completely happy.

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Anyway, Since last week, I’ve been working on some coloring pages. Maybe for an Etsy site and maybe for a coloring book (I haven’t decided 100% yet).
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These are just little composites of some of the drawings I’ve been doing… What do you think so-far?

Coloring…

I found these little blank books at the Target Dollar Spot and decided to make a coloring book for Miss M.

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My only problem is going to be actually giving it to her….

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Coloring is incredibly therapeutic for both children and adults. In recent years, more and more adult coloring books have hit the shelves. What do you think – should I try my hand at designing a coloring book for real?

A new bread recipe…

I have been exclusively using the bread recipe by Scott Peacock and it’s pretty much fool-proof. Well, the other day I picked up this ADORABLE cookbook, by Cheryl Day, from the library and decided to try her bread recipe. It’s actually her husband’s recipe, but whatever. I must note that I used 2 cups whole wheat flour and 3-1/2 cups all purpose flour (instead of 5-1/2 cups all purpose). I usually mix my flours.

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WHOA… that’s some HUGE, poofy bread! Just look how TALL it poofed up over the loaf pan!

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As usual, I couldn’t wait until it completely cooled before I had to sample some and Oh.My.Heavens… it is SO light and fluffy! I don’t know if it’s the recipe or the fact that it proofed for about 2 hours instead of 1. Whatever it is, I’m TOTALLY doing it EXACTLY this way from now on!

Now I’ve got to figure out what we’re having for dinner. MAYBE something with bread?

Lake life…

I’ve got the girls this week before they go to the beach with their Dad for July 4th. Just in case you don’t know – the summer in Alabama is BRUTAL (this week is supposed to be record-breaking hot), so we decided to go to Wind Creek State Park at Lake Martin today.

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I love going to the beach, but there’s something really wonderful about packing a picnic, driving to the lake for the day and knowing that you will be back in your OWN home that same day. Speaking of picnics, I was informed the other day by the oldest that picnics are nasty and she just doesn’t like sandwiches. Well, picnics don’t have to be sandwiches, right? Ours consisted of pasta salad, cold fried chicken (from Kroger) and watermelon. BAM! No sandwiches!
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After our picnic and lots of beach swimming, we decided to rent a paddle boat and go tooling around the lake. What was I thinking? HOLY COW… I’ve never done a paddle boat without another adult. That crap is hard to do when your “helpers” are 12 & 9 and have the strength of a newborn puppy! About 20 minutes into our hour (thank goodness I didn’t agree to the begging and pleading for a 3 hour tour), Mommy needed a rest and decided to let the girls go swimming.

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They were so funny about jumping off the boat in the middle of the lake. They thought about it and thought about it, but I finally convinced them…

  1. you have on a life jacket
  2. there are no crocodiles in Lake Martin (We’re in Alabama, not the Amazon – even though it felt like it today at 100˚)
  3. if you can’t touch, you won’t have to worry about stepping on anything slimy (which I heard about 50 times when we were at the beach)

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First in was the oldest… the little one jumped in shortly after… and then it was ON. They jump, jump, jumped until I didn’t have too much time left to get us back to the dock.
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After I had rested my legs for a while, we had to boogie back to the dock (I had to do a 20 minute paddle in less than 10 minutes)… it was pretty painful.

I sure did have some happy little girls on my hands this afternoon though – these smiles (and a trip to Bruster’s on the way home) were the cherry on top of our super fun day…
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A little planning…

When I was working, the only thing that kept me on-task was an online calendar (an app on my iPhone). Now that I’m staying at home, I’m having trouble keeping up with stuff. You would think that I had plenty of time on my hands (and I do), but I’m forgetting some things that I shouldn’t.  Well, the other day I was at Hobby Lobby looking for popcicle sticks and ran across The Happy Planner by Create 365. OMG – this is exactly what I’ve been looking for! It’s inspirational… 

It has just enough room – without going overboard on info. 
  
 It’s a July 2015 – December 2016 calendar and since the pages are so easy to remove, I took out everything past May 2016 (I can put it back in later – when it’s relevant). I couldn’t wait to start playing in it and knowing how I obsess about things, I went ahead and created a few pages to get me through the month of June (until the calendar starts the week of July 1st). Just LOOK how cute it is!!! 

 

Scones, scones and more scones

Yesterday – this happened.   Yes, that’s 25 freshly delivered bales of Pinestraw just waiting to be spread in our flower beds. Thankfully I found a place that would deliver, because I think I could only fit like 2 bales in my little car. It took me about 3 hours to get it all down, but I did it! Oh, and leave it to me to pick the hottest day of the year so-far. I started early in the morning, but by the time I was done, it was already about 100 degrees. 

After I finished and got myself cleaned up (I probably lost 2 gallons of sweat yesterday), I decided to bake some more scones. If you know me, you know that I obsess about things. Well, scones are no exception. These babies are INCREDIBLE! Anyway, I made 4 half-batches (so I could experiment with flavors) and the flavors I chose were Parmesan/Rosemary, cha-cha (cheddar & chive), orange vanilla (Orange scone with vanilla glaze) and plain (butter).   I had so much fun experimenting with flavors that I decided to come up with a few more options.  

I’m really excited about the brown sugar pecan and the maple bacon one. On that one I’m going to incorporate the bacon into the scone and do a maple glaze. Mmmmm.  

I’m headed to a lunch lecture in Montgomery today and I’m going to drop off a few of each of them with a friend (if not, Steve and I will be 300 lbs), so I made some cute little labels for them. How cute are these little packages!?