I saw this clever clip art, and decided to make a fun little treat box to brighten up Monday for a friend at work, because, well, frankly, Mondays are too far from Fridays, and Fridays are just too close to Mondays.
We had a new treat for our Easter breakfast this year. For Christmas, my daughter had given us these adorable little skillets (it came with cookie mix, for making chocolate chip cookie sundaes) and then, I happened to find two more at the Greed-Will about a month ago.
Anyway, I decided to use the cutie-patootie little skillets to serve up individual berry cobblers as part of our Easter breakfast...
You simply combine the berries with a bit of flour, corstarch and salt, spoon it into the little skillets, and then top with a crumbled topping mixture of oats, flour, butter, sugar and cinnamon.
I popped it in the oven, and served it warm.... some of us wanted whipped cream on top, some of us preferred it unadorned. Either way, it was yummy!
Plans are underway for the next annual Camp Cupcake, coming up this summer. Each year I am adding a new thing or two. Last year, my Rock n' Roll Buddy got me tent, as you may recall (here.) and this year I have added individual enamel mugs for each camper to use for their hot cocoa.
I'll be adding little name tags to each handle, and I'll share that soon. (I ordered my mugs here.)
The other thing I am adding, which is far more exciting than mugs, is that the two eight year old Grands are being promoted from Campers to Jr. Camp Counselors! They will be given some extra duties, and are going to be helping with the planning a bit more.
When I was in the biggest Little City a few weeks ago, I shared this big news with my eight year old grand daughter, and we began to create a list of potential newactivities for the Camp this year. (Some things we will do every year, like s'mores, but going on the exact same scavenger hunt in the neighborhood each time can get a little predictable...)
Oh how I lovethis girl.
After we looked at my Pinterest board (here) so I could share the ideas I had found, she grabbed a pen and paper and decided we should make a list of all the possible games and such. Once that list was complete, she had us go back through it, and put the activities in the order we felt would work best for our day. She then made me a copy, and kept one for herself. (I know! Yes, I may be her Gramma, but I can tell she is going to do big things in life!)
The two Jr. Camp Counselors with have something special added to their Tee shirts, and it’s going to be so much fun!
Today is my Ralph's sixty third birthday, and this birthday he is actually out of town, so I slipped his birthday present into his carry-on bag for him to find.
We have a bucket list of sorts, filled with places we want to see around the US, and concerts we want to attend, and I was feeling pretty smug a couple of weeks ago when I discovered that Tom Petty was going to be in Seattle this summer. (Seattle is a mere three hour drive, and oh! How we love our little road trips!) I could not have found a more perfect birthday present for him.
(And, I get to enjoy the present too! It doesn't get any better than that, I tell ya.)
Anyhoo, after I got over the concert ticket prices sticker shock, I was thrilled to have secured two tickets for us that are not in the nose-bleed section.
My next big challenge was how to wrap and present the present. Do I give it to him before he leaves on his trip?
Or when he gets home on Saturday?
Or...do I have him find it while on his trip? Yes, that was the way to go, I decided.
My next hurdle was how I was going to wrap the present. I don't know about you, but I like to make the wrap job extra fun on presents like gift cards or tickets to events. I mean, they are flat, and they are not the actual gift, but a paper or piece of plastic that will lead to a present at a later time, so it is fun to make the presentation a little more exciting.
I ended up creating a little flip book of sorts, with a clever cover showcasing Tom's smiling face, and then the concert details, followed by the seating chart, and then a closing page with an appropriate song lyric.
I completed my little flip book by connecting it all together with a customized tag on a ring, and then popped it into a manila envelope with another song lyric personalized with a birthday greeting.
I placed the envelope in his carry on bag when he left the room for a minute, and then stashed a snickers bar in the side pocket of the bag, and it was all good to go.
I had so much fun creating all of this. I think it's much easier when you're working with a theme, because once you get going, the possibilities are endless!
I am quite happy with the way it all came out, and I can't wait to hear what the birthday boy thinks.
This past weekend was one of those now very-rareweekends where we had no huge commitments to jump out of bed at o'dark-thirty for, or be away from the house for extended periods of time. Don't get me wrong, I love spending time with family and friends, or going to do fun things, but sometimes I just yearn to be home.
Home, where, once in a great while, I can enjoy a long leisurely cuppa cocoa before jumping in the shower.
Home, where, sometimes... I can tinker around with my latest spring time center piece for a half hour while glancing over at HGTV on demand shows on my TV.
The older I get, the more I find that I prefer being home to going on extended trips or getaways for the most part...I find myself feeling torn when invited to do things...wanting to go have fun, but equally wanting to stay home and enjoy my nest.
I'm thankful for those rare weekends with no big plans, and I realize time and again, just how truly blessed I am, to have a place such as this, where I am so content.
...and I'm still trying to figure out where February went.
Time is flying faster than ever for me these days, with 28 hours worth of living crammed into each 24 hour slice of time. Between family, my grown up girl job, and all of my various crafting and junking adventures, I seem go one step forward, and two steps back each day.
I'm back from my trip to the biggest little city, (more on that whirlwind, wonderful trip later this week....) and I am newly inspired to start off this brand new month with a more organized approach to each day.
I bought a time management book in February, but I haven't had time to read it. Still, I am feeling oh-so-optimistic that April just may turn out to be a turning point of sorts, where I scale down the want-to-do stuff from the needs-to-be-done stuff on my to-do lists each week. (I think it's a form of spring fever.)
I finally broke down and got myself a cheap hard-copy planner, and I have my monthly calendars ready to hang on the wall in my newly renovated home office later today.
(Yes!More on that renovation project coming later this week as well!)
I guess what I am saying is that I am slowing things down a notch, (trying to anyway) and trying to make more well thought out decisions surrounding my time. I being more purposeful in planning my days.
We'll see how it goes.
Time will tell, as April unfolds. I hope that your April is off to a great start too!