Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Day 028: A Special Treat

Wonder Boy had an early release day from school today. On days like today, he will typically invite a buddy over for an afternoon of rough housing, Nerf guns, video games, and snacks as far as the eye can see. But unfortunately, Wonder Boy's best bud is down with a stomach bug, so we were on our own this afternoon. I asked the Boy if he wanted to change pace and run around town until we found something to occupy our time, he declined and said that he would prefer to just spend the down time playing video games on his own. But .... he did make sure that the special snacks we typically serve were still on the menu! I held up my end and made him something totally sinful (bacon cinnamon rolls), but as I was smelling all of that cinnamon scented evilness emanating from the oven, I just knew that Wonder Dad and I deserved a special treat as well. Enter these bright red jewels of awesomeness - chocolate stuffed raspberries! This is my new favorite treat! It tastes so delightful that it feels like I am cheating on my diet, but the chocolate is dark (which is allowed!) and low in sugar, so it's all good!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Day 027: Ocean of Suds

I am still sans dish washing machine, but that's OK. As I fill my sink with an ocean of suds, enjoying the sweet fragrance of lemon Dawn, I'm OK with the situation. My dishes are clean. The kitchen smells nice. I can wait a while longer on the machine. That thing only makes me lazy anyway (since it takes about 2.5 days to fill it up). This way, since my sink can at most handle a day's worth of dishes, I know that my cupboards are full of clean dishes, the drawers full of utensils at the ready. I am prepared for the next meal - no question about it!

Monday, January 26, 2015


Day 026: Mr. Melty Face

I never seem to be in a position to properly catch this phenomenon, but I gave it a try tonight. You see ... Wonder Mutt has an excess of loose, flappy skin around his face. And when he plops down on my lap (like he did this evening), the skin pools around him and makes him look like his face is melting right off of his skull. It always brings a smile to my face to see. And I needed that tonight. Well timed, my loveable melty mutt!

Sunday, January 25, 2015


Day 025: Fresh Kicks

Before the winter holiday break, we splurged on new trail shoes for the whole family. But due to less than ideal weather, we are JUST TODAY getting the chance to break them in at a local park. With perfect 70 degree F temperatures, it's days like today that make me long for spring! I'm really looking forward to getting these pretty new shoes dusty and dirty in the months to come.

Saturday, January 24, 2015


Day 024: Monogrammed Morning

I'm not really a coffee drinker. I *love* the way coffee smells, but I really don't care for the taste. However, I do need my morning caffeine. By the time I am done doctoring my drink with sweetener and cream, it's not really recognizable as coffee, but it gets the job done. And on days like today, it gets the job done in this super cute monogrammed mug!

Friday, January 23, 2015


Day 023: Bacon-Wrapped Love

I had some late work to do this evening. So I was unable to accompany Wonder Boy and his dad to piano lessons like usual. I am thankful for being able to complete my work from home, but I'll admit that I missed being with my guys. In order to drive home the point that they were on my mind, I decided to whip up something special for our Friday night meal. I came up with these bacon wrapped chicken legs and they were a BIG BIG BIG hit! You can count on them making repeat appearances on special occasions - like the next Friday night at home alone.

Thursday, January 22, 2015


Day 022: Liquid Sunshine!

Even when it's cold and grey outside (like it has been here lately), I like to start my day with a bit of liquid sunshine in the form of these fresh fruit smoothies. This particular treat is a blend of orange, pear, mango, strawberries, carrots, cucumber, and papaya. YUM!