Archive for November, 2012

Food Fun Friday: The Ultimate Caramel Apple Dessert Pizza

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 by by

Want to have a delicious apple treat but don’t have the time to make apple pie? Then you’ve come to the right place. If you don’t have all the ingredients listed below, run out and get them now. This is THAT good.

You will need:

  • Pre-cooked pizza crust
  • Apple pie filling
  • Caramels
  • One tablespoon of milk
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Cinnamon
  • Cinnamon Chex (or substitute your favorite flavor)
  • White chocolate candy melts

We used a mini gluten free pizza crust for our pizza. All the other ingredients (more…)


Why EVERY Child Should Have a Baby Doll

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 by by

If you’ve been following my blog for nay length of time, you know how passionate I am about children’s toys . I have written many posts on on the subject of toys and language learning and have more in the works.

So, I was BEYOND excited when my friend Christie from MamaOT, a pediatric occupational therapist, contacted me about collaborating on a post all about the importance of baby dolls in children’s development. Especially in respect to boys having dolls. Together along with clinical psychologist Laura from PlayDrMom the three of us tell you all the reasons why, developmentally, EVERY child should have a baby doll. Yes even the little boys. So head on over to MamaOT right now and tell us what you think!

See you over at MamaOT!

Good Argument

Monday, November 26th, 2012 by by

“Ryder, can I play with your airplane?”


“Why not?”

“It’s mine, Bob.”

“But sharing is caring, Man.”

Upcycled Leggings DIY {Made from an old T-shirt}

Monday, November 26th, 2012 by by

Upcycled Leggings DIY Made from an old T-shirt
upcycled t-shirt baby leggings tutorial

I have so many t-shirts that I have been hoarding to do upcycled sewing with.  I finally had some time to play around and decided to make a pair of leggings for the new baby.  I made my own pattern and I am going to show you how quick and easy it is.

Pair of leggings that you want to use as a pattern
Cardboard or Butcher Paper for Pattern
Old T-Shirt with a color or pattern that you like

leggings for creating a pattern



Cora’s stocking

Monday, November 26th, 2012 by by

We put up Christmas yesterday.  I’ve posted about Cora’s stocking before, but this time was a little different.  Erin was helping me, and she’s a lot more aware about things this year.  She asked me what Santa would put in Cora’s stocking, and why there were envelopes in it.  So I told her that Santa puts something to the family in the stocking, because she can’t play with her own toys so it doesn’t make sense to put something for her in it, but he doesn’t want Cora to be forgotten.  I of course teared up.  I always do.  And she hugged me as she always does.

I hope that seeing me grieve for her sister not only shows her how deeply I love her sister, and therefore her, but that grief is okay.  That you don’t have to cover it up, and that it’s okay to feel.  Mostly, though, I hope she never ever has to know what it feels like to grieve for her child.

Cinnamon rolls

Sunday, November 25th, 2012 by by

My apologies. These are so not healthy, but a girl’s got to splurge now and again. And I’m totally blaming Hubs for this one. He’s been talking about cinnamon rolls for days. One of the downsides of knowing how to make just about anything from scratch, is there’s enough of something in the house to make something I shouldn’t. Oh, these were so good.


1/2 cup butter, melted, divided
2 1/2 cups bread flour
1/2 cup sugar, divided
1 egg
2 tsp yeast (1 packet will work fine)
2/3 cup warm milk or water (I used half water, half almond milk)
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup powdered sugar
And a bit more milk (more…)

The Regulars

Saturday, November 24th, 2012 by by

There is a restaurant in our neighborhood that we find ourselves in a couple of times a week. It’s an old school coffee shop with booths and a counter and a glass case filled with pies and cakes. They serve breakfast all day and the music they play is always pre-80′s. (Winchester Cathedral, Horse With No Name, Standing in the Shadows of Love) I think of it as an extension of our house. When Bob was younger, sometimes he would lay down in the booth with his head in my lap and fall asleep. Now he goes up to the cashier to pay the check on his own. My order, however, stays the same.


Breaks my heart

Saturday, November 24th, 2012 by by

I just made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies with Erin.  After everything was all mixed up, she got out a book and stuff and started to pretend to make her own cookies.  Gingerbread men. With her cousins…and Cora.

I hate that to play with her sister she has to pretend.  I LOVE that she knows her sister, but really?  It just hurts that she doesn’t really get to know her.  I wasn’t the only one robbed.  Erin, Patrick, and Allison were robbed of a sister.  And as Erin gets older it’s becoming more and more evident to me.  How long until she meets other kids and realizes what a big sister is supposed to be?  Will she go crying to me like I did to my dad at not having one?  I didn’t know about my stillborn sister at that time, and that’s when my dad told me, but how will it feel for Erin?  When she understands what death really is and sees others have what she should?

It just breaks my heart.

Turkey Fruit Display

Saturday, November 24th, 2012 by by

Such a festive and healthy idea for your Thanksgiving spread! My sons class had a little Thanksgiving feast so my creative juices kicked in when I realized the evening before that I had to bring something in the next day.

You will need a pumpkin, skewers, feathers and some construction paper. For the feathers I used yellow and red bell peppers and crafting feathers. You can either do a fruit display or a cheese and deli meat display.

I have also done this on a smaller scale for my boys lunches using an apple and alternating the skewers with fruit, lunch meat, tomatoes and cheese. Same as above except on an apple. They love it!!!

Easy Dried Strawberries

Friday, November 23rd, 2012 by by

We recently had an over abundance of strawberries. I had bought some on sale and my mom came over with a bunch she got at her local farmer’s market. What to do with all these strawberries before they spoiled? I have always enjoyed the dried strawberries you find in some cereals and thought I would try and make them myself. We don’t have a food dehydrator, so I used the oven, well, the toaster oven to be exact. You can use either. So how simple are these to make? Read on… (more…)