Sunday, November 29, 2009

Let Me Draw Your Attention To...

My new blog! It's been getting most of my attention lately although I don't think this one has necessarily been neglected!  My new blog is actually a store of homemade goodness.  You might remember about 6 weeks ago that I mentioned starting an Etsy shop.  Well, instead of an Etsy shop I decided to go with my own blog featuring some of my handmade items.  I'm really happy with the finished product and hope YOU enjoy some of the items!


I've also completed my 2010 calendar!  I thought long and hard about a theme for this year's calendar.  Although there were lots of ideas between myself and my hubby, I knew that I wanted it to be something that would reflect who I was and something that was close to my heart.  It's been an interesting year of discovering and tapping into my creative side more than ever.  I've become one of the biggest advocates of people trying to discover what their personal creative outlet is.  So this year's calendar theme is Creativity!  It's a collection of photos from one of my creative outlets with quotes throughout on creativity.  I also love that I was able to incorporate all my kids and nieces in it!  You can buy a 2010 calendar for $29.95 at my Lulu site.

And today only you can get 30% off your order by using coupon code CYBERSTUDIO at checkout!

Click here to preview the entire calendar and purchase!

calendar cover

So as your browsing those Cyber Monday deals be sure to check out the I Believe In Love Storefront!  Go handmade!

Muffin Madness

You remember how I mentioned that my little girl was writing her own recipes? Well, we've begun baking her ideas! We started with your basic muffin recipe...

1 3/4 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 beaten egg
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup oil

In a mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Combine egg, milk, and oil in a separate bowl. Make a well in center of dry mixture. Pour in egg mixture and stir until moistened. Grease muffin tin. Bake in a 400F oven for 20 to 25 minutes or till golden. Makes 12 muffins.

She took notes of the ingredients we added for her original creations...

taking notes

Oatmeal, Cinnamon, Raisin Muffins

cinnamon raisin muffins

In addition to the basic recipe, we added...

1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup oatmeal
An additional 1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup raisins

Banana Nut Muffins

banana nut muffin

We substituted the 1/3 cup oil with 1/3 cup applesauce and added...
2 tablespoons milk (in addition to)
1/2 cup mushed bananas
1/2 cup chopped nuts (we used macadamia nuts)

Mix ingredients as above in basic recipe. Add bananas and mix well. Fold in nuts.

Strawberry Muffins

strawberry muffins

This one is super easy and my kids loved it!  Simply use the basic recipe and chop as many strawberries as you like and fold in at the end.  I also added a little more milk because it seemed a bit dry.

I did inform her that every baker must wash her own dishes! She gladly helped!

washing dishes

Now that we're back in the states, I'm hoping we can continue our muffin making adventures!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Miss Potato Head

potato head

Friday, November 27, 2009


making memories over holiday dinner...
thanksgiving dinner

full tummys from yummy desserts...
pumpkin pie

getting ideas out of my head...

family bonding...
playing blokus

holiday leftovers that just keep giving...
thanksgiving meal

What are you enjoying on this post holiday?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you and your family a day full of life, love, and laughs!
Happy Thanksgiving!

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

It's Called Snail Mail

Back in August, I came across this blog. I love discovering fellow knitters all over the world! Anyway, through an exchange of comments and such, we decided to do a washcloth swap! From Australia to South Africa! So fun! I'm usually knitting for other people so I was so excited to knit for someone else and receive something in return!

I knit the waffle cloth...

knitted cloths

stack of cloths

I patiently waited and waited and waited some more for my cloths to arrive. After over two months sadly they still didn't make it, and I left for the states. It gives snail mail a whole new meaning! My friends in S. Africa are on the lookout for them so hopefully I will have some new cloths when I go back!

I highly encourage you to visit Jelly Wares. She's got some super cute patterns on there!

Monday, November 23, 2009

On Being Thankful...

A simple craft to get our hearts in the thankful spirit!

mom and pop turkey

joshua's turkey


on being thankful...


emma grace...thankful

We have so much to be thankful for this season. What are you thankful for?

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sometimes Girls Just Gotta Have Fun


Emma Grace and I had a much needed girls day out last week!  I had been thinking of a fun mother/daughter day.  Well, we had fun.  We had laughs.  We had sweet little giggles as we went to one of my favorite girly spots...a tea room! 

eating pie

We went to a sweet little place, Into My Garden, where we enjoyed lunch, chocolate pecan pie, and watching the babies in the nursery. 

looking at the babies

I've realized even more so lately that these precious one-on-one moments with my children are not an option but a must!  You can never have too much bonding, memory making, or sweet giggles!

Cranberry Muffins

cranberry muffins

With the holidays just around the corner, it seems that fresh cranberries are on sale everywhere! I haven't used fresh cranberries much, but I envisioned yummy muffins when I threw some in my shopping cart. Lo and behold I found a recipe that sounded perfect. My kids didn't like the tart cranberry taste, but I loved it!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

On Originality...

orange flowers

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.  C. S. Lewis

Friday, November 20, 2009

Bible Study :: Times Of Rest

This has been my topic of study lately. I think we all agree that resting is biblical. After all, after God created the world, He rested. Most of us regard Sunday as a sabbath, a day of rest. But is that where it stops? Just one day a week for a sabbath?

There's been two passages of scripture that I've been studying lately. The first...Leviticus 25. This passage talks about the year of jubilee. After six years, taking the seventh for a sabbath. Now this is talking about land as well as taking a sabbath for yourself of sowing the land. And God says that in the sixth year, the crop will be so plentiful that it will last for 3 years. "Then the land will yield its produce, so that you can eat your fill and live securely on it."

Let's go over to Hebrews 4, titled in my Bible as The Believer's Rest. Verse 9..."So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His." He goes on to say that we must be diligent to enter His rest.

The past several months these passages have stood out to me, almost like a blinking light saying, "Read Me!" After the holidays, read more about what God is doing through this...

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


april 3, 2002
april 3, 2002

first haircut
1st haircut

joshua's first christmas (we were in S. Africa)
christmas in africa


september 29, 2004
sept 29, 2009

joshua's 1st birthday
Joshua's 1st birthday

the forum class of 2003
Forum class

first airplane ride
joshua's 1st flight

first foods
Eating cereal Feb 28, 2005

our crazy move to connecticut
Ryder truck

Man, time flies! Just a simple reminder to savor every moment...

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