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I am alive but what just happened?

Thank you so much faithful followers for being so patient with me.  This last 2 months or so has been rough.  Life got the best of me and you all suffered.  I will be posting new recipes regularly again and can’t wait to hear how you like them.

Between 3 Holidays, 2 Birthdays, and moving life has just got the best of me.  Have you ever had a week that just doesn’t stop?  Well that is how I feel about the last two months.  I finally feel like I can breathe and most of my interior projects are done enough to live day-to-day.  Before I forget, we also added our first family dog which was just one more ingredient in the pot.

Our move was verily smooth.  Although Mr.Picky wanted to know how we acquired so much stuff.  I think he forgot that we didn’t have children the last time we moved.  How do kids have so much stuff?  My goal is to simplify their items even more.  I want to thank all the family and friends for helping watch our kids so we could do the moving!  I was overwhelmed with the lovely goodbyes from our wonderful neighbors.  You all are missed and I wish we could remain  close.  Within the first few days of moving I did meet a few of my neighbors and see great potential.

Thanksgiving was uneventful and tasty.  It was a quick in and out because we had moved just the day before.  Mr.Picky was already hard at work on our new home and checking projects off the list.  I was thankful this year to not have to do the turkey and main dishes.  I cheated and bought pies (this is terrible to buy food for Thanksgiving), but I had nothing unpacked to try to cook something.

Next was Mr.Picky’s birthday which was low-key and delicious.  I hope you all saw my Facebook post of the giant burger.  If you missed it tomorrow I will post how much fun we had eating and making it.

We adopted a 9 month old puppy at 70 pounds a few days before Christmas.  He is a Newfoundland/Lab mix and is one big love muffin.  He is fitting in so nice and was just the friend for us.  Mr.Picky has been hard at work to finish the fence around our place to keep the dog and kids in.  Having another boy in the house is just one more ball of energy.

Christmas was a bit overwhelming this year.  Every year we get invited to more and more events.  How does one say no?  We are our own family now and as much as I enjoy seeing extended family we need some traditions of our own.  Mr.Picky isn’t huge on crowds, especially when everyone celebrates on the same night and we have to go from house to house.  I see changes in the near future to this tradition.

My birthday and New Year’s Eve was wonderful.  I was surrounded by family and friends in our new home for the first time.  Lots of laughing, game playing, and junk food.  This was a night of new recipes for me.  We topped it off with an ice cream sundae bar.  We were so busy having fun we lost track of time and almost missed ringing in the New Years.

Between all these events I managed to paint the interior of our new house minus the bathrooms.  I am torn of the color scheme of both bathrooms.  The main bathroom will be an undertaking as I want to completely redecorated.  This kind of thing is fun for me and I can’t wait to share some before and after photos.

Now that life is calming down and school is about to start-up again I am happy to get into a routine.   Routine is everything in my life and I think that is what is making me so crazy.  When life gives you lemons start juggling until they all fall.  Of course you need to pick them up after that!
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Moved but far from done!

After a full week of non stop moving and cleaning, we can breathe today.  We have made our big move and are in our first home.  Our family is so happy and excited to have our own home.  Unfortunately the real work has just started.  We have lots of projects ahead of us but it will be fun.

Now to pick out paint colors and put up decor.  Not to mention trying to organize and reorganize until I get a good system down.  We went from a tiny cozy house which was older with a bunch of built-in cabinets and shelves to a little newer home with more floor space which is now empty.

On the plus side my new home has a great gas stove to play with.  Stay tuned for some great recipes.  Thank you all for the patients and faithful reading, I assure you it will be worth the wait when I have a chance to start posting regularly again.

gas stove

Special Buttercream Frosting

Frosting and sometimes eaten by the spoonful.  This recipe colors easily and makes a ton.  Not only tasty but versatile.   Special Buttercream Frosting is my go to frosting recipe for any occasion, it sets up wonderfully on a cake.   Please enjoy my decorating frosting recipe.

Special Buttercream Frosting:Special Buttercream Frosting

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered or confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp (clear) vanilla
  • 3 oz. heavy cream

Cream butter and shortening until fluffy.

Add sugar and continue to cream, until combined.

Add in salt, vanilla, and cream on low until moist.

Add 1 oz. more cream if needed and beat on high until fluffy.

Separate quantity needed and color as desired.

Construction and Truck Party

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 Construction Party 

My big boy is almost 2-years-old, the party was held before his birthday.  I wanted to pick a theme he would actually care about.  Who would have guessed this rough and tough boy loves anything tractor or truck related.  So I combined the two and came up with a construction party.

Orange and yellow were great colors to pick out, and not hard to find.  The kids parties were held on the same day.  I decorated a table with their theme.  The banner was super easy, and added a nice touch so they had a personalized table.

Bulldozer Cake

My little man’s table held the snacks and his special cake.  The cake was the focal point of his table.  I will post later instructions for this cake.   I winged it but took lots of photos on how I cut and stacked this cake.  I think it went pretty well, and he loved it.

We didn’t lack any trucks in our house, but it was easy to find some at second hand stores and wash them good.  Use the trucks to hold your treats, snacks, or dips.  If they are not large enough have them dumping their load into a bowl.  I completely forgot to add the road cones and hard hat to the table, but I don’t think it stopped the party.  Just some ideas for anyone throwing construction party.  All and all, we had a blast with lots of fun and treats.
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Zebra Print and Pink Party

For the big number 5 birthday my daughter picked out a zebra print and pink party.  It was kind of fun, so much zebra print ideas out there.  We ended up combining the kids parties to the same day due to Mr.Picky’s days off.  So I split the set up, her side was the drink and dessert table.

Zebra and Pink Cupcakes

 

Zebra and Pink Party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We found zebra and pink print cupcake liners, and went with a marble cake chocolate and white to stay with the theme.  Just a basic frosting and a bit of pink edible pearls.  At a local craft store we even came across zebra print candles.  I used our favorite lucious punch recipe.  With a few more zebra decor picked up at the grocery store on clearance.

Party Centerpiece

The centerpiece was easy with balloons simple blown up, tissue paper, a painted wrapping paper rolls, and a cup filled with rocks as a base.

 

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