I can see clearly now

After enjoying a delicious blueberry pancake breakfast, it was nice enough yesterday that we were able to get outside and start some yard cleanup for spring. We also managed to wash our windows on the outside which made a huge difference; I don’t know why we waited so long to do that, but it’s amazing what a difference just washing your windows can make - so nice to have some warm sunshine and clean windows to see the world through!

And today (besides being National Beer Day, Coffee Cake Day, Caramel Popcorn Day, No Housework Day, and World Health Day) is my Mom’s birthday – Happy birthday, Mom!!!

by Valerie | 04.07.14 | Around our home, For Funsies | No Comments »

Happy National Walk Around Things Day to you!

Yesterday I enjoyed a nice birthday dinner out with Ryan where I treated myself to a Rose Hip Martini which was not only tasty but also lovely to look at with the little rosebud floating in the glass. We had plenty of rain too, which I didn’t mind so much as I was just happy it wasn’t snowing – plus I really do believe that April showers bring May flowers, which I’m so looking forward to!

If you were ever curious to know, here are some fun facts about April 3rd:

  • National Chocolate Mousse Day
  • National Don’t Go To Work Unless It’s Fun Day
  • National Tweed Day
  • National Find A Rainbow Day
  • World Party Day
  • Famous Birthdays: Alec Baldwin (actor), Marlon Brando (actor), Doris Day (actress), Jane Goodall (primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist), Leslie Howard (actor), Washington Irving (author), Eddie Murphy (actor)

Apparently today is National Walk Around Things Day – so if you see something, be sure to walk around it.

by Valerie | 04.04.14 | Around town, For Funsies | No Comments »

Weekend (work) fun

We had a busy weekend with a little fun in between; beautiful weather and fun with friends on Friday and Saturday, complete with a fabulous, double birthday celebration, garden cocktail party (where I finally found a reason to debut this fun party dress) along with some shoe molding installation and trim paint in our house mixed in. It feels so great to be wrapping up some of the finishing touches and make our house feel polished and pretty. Ryan made these delicious banana nutella crepes for brunch on Sunday and we picked more heirloom tomatoes and hydrangeas from our garden.

by Valerie | 08.12.13 | Around our home, Garden | No Comments »

“I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.”

Tomorrow is Ryan’s birthday and we had a pre-celebration with a cheeseburger cake last night. When we saw this in the dessert case at Whole Foods, we couldn’t pass it up – it’s a cake…that looks like a cheeseburger! And we just so happened to be grilling hot dogs & bratwurst for dinner, so it had to go home with us. Wimpy would have been proud; Wimpy loves his hamburgers. Mmmmm, delicious cheeseburger cake…

by Valerie | 06.05.13 | For Funsies | No Comments »

Numero Uno

We celebrated Averie’s first birthday with a party last weekend at the lovely home of Ralph & Suzanne & all had a wonderful time! It was great to see & spend time with so many friends & to watch Averie very daintily take apart her first birthday cake; like the true lady that she is, she seemed a bit unsure about diving right into it in front of an audience of adoring onlookers. Happy birthday, little A, we love you!

by Valerie | 09.11.12 | For Funsies | No Comments »

Coo-pie-ke

Months ago, our friend Michael shared a dream with us…to make & eat a dessert version of a Turducken which he named a Coopieke. A Coopieke is a cookie inside of a pie inside of a cake. Michael celebrated his birthday with us last weekend and thus the dream was realized – we made him a Coopieke & it really was delicious!

We started with a large chocolate chip cookie, then we baked the pie crust separately and put together a no-bake chocolate pie which we layered the cookie inside of, then we baked a chocolate cake, cut the cake into layers, topped each layer with chocolate frosting, cut out the center to place the pie (or coo-pie, I guess I should say) inside, inserted the pie into the cake, & then frosted the whole thing with vanilla frosting. If you can’t decide if you’d rather have a cookie, pie, or cake, then just have all three!

by Valerie | 08.19.12 | For Funsies, Recipes | No Comments »

Happy birthday, to you!

Happy birthday, to you, Dad!
You can fix just about anything, you play a mean guitar, and from the looks of this picture you would’ve killed it on the runway too.

by Valerie | 05.12.12 | For Funsies | No Comments »

I’ll be home for Christmas…

We drove to Texas for Christmas with a car full of presents, our adorable dog, & delicious treats from Michigan (Zzang! bars, fresh MI apple cider, Trader Joe’s Joe Joe’s, etc.) & spent a wonderful holiday with our family. We enjoyed celebrating my brother’s 30th birthday on Christmas Eve (Ryan made a Banana Split Cake from scratch, yum!) & visiting with our family in Gatesville & Abilene. It was so nice to be home for Christmas!

by Valerie | 12.28.11 | For Funsies, Holidaze | 1 Comment »

365 – Day 305

365 - Day 305

by Valerie | 12.24.11 | Photography | No Comments »

Birthday boy

Costume Party

Today is my sweetie’s birthday & there will be much rejoicing – complete with cupcakes, a delicious dinner out on the town, & a workout he’s named “It’s my party & you’ll cry if I want you to.” Happy birthday, baby – I look forward to celebrating with you for many years to come!

by Valerie | 06.06.11 | For Funsies | No Comments »

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