Chocolate covered strawberries.

The best part of making chocolate covered strawberries

has got to be the chocolate goatees.



I'm pretty sure I get seasonal depression. Springtime is my saving grace. I love the light, the warmth and fresh air.

I'm not a skier nor am I an avid snowman builder. I do not hate the wintertime, just don't love it.

I love the way the world is renewed during springtime...
Ada and Hannah feeding the new baby sheep at Grandma Kelly's house.




Thursday: First day housekeeping, hard work!

Friday: Clean my place, finish speed decorating, stay up until 1 folding laundry. I'll try to post pics of what I did a.s.a.p.

Saturday: Open House, got to show off our new place, if you didn't make it, call me and stop by.
Thanks Ada, only picture from that day.

Sunday: Church, Ada went on a date with her Dad to Disney On Ice!, I visited my family and my in-laws...I came home with the flu...yeah.
Monday: I slept all day.

Tuesday: I slept half of the day...
Mark stayed home and took care of the girls and everything else I do on Monday and Tuesday.

Today: Taking it easy.


Motherhood is good

Today is Ash Wednesday. If you're Catholic, it means the beginning of lent...40 days of fasting and giving something up. If you aren't Catholic, it means you may have seen some people with black spots on their forehead and were a little puzzled or humored.

I take Ada every year on Ash Wednesday to the church I went to as a little girl. This year after getting the ashes she pointed to mine and then touched hers and said, "Mom, I want pink ones."

Ada wanted to wear her ashes ALL DAY and she even wore them to bed. Today also happened to be her first dance class ever. And the verdict is... she LOVED it. What a cutie. I loved watching her enjoy dancing with her friends.

P.S. The teacher is great and she went to the same Catholic School that I did as a girl...the same one where we got our ashes today.



Warm or Cold?

I like this, warm, warm, warm, comfy but light...something my girls could live in and not destroy...
Somethings to catch your eye but everything ties together, there's a lot to see...

Mark likes this, cold and modern...
He likes clean and plain...

This is what we have so far. I just brought this all home this weekend... Now, how do I make this a combination between WARM and COLD?

Maybe one of these?
Any suggestions?

I just got a job...and I plan on buying THIS, I think it will add a little warmth to the corner :)



Today is Friday

On Wednesday I said to Mark, Wow! This week has gone by so fast. Then I started talking about the weekend and he said, ...Tomorrow is Thursday.


So now I'm here, Friday. Finally, forgetting about days makes me an unhappy little planner.

So, Ada's dance class. Twenty minutes before class on Wednesday the teacher called and said she was sick so the class will start next week. Ada was BUMMED, because she is a little, well a lot, like me and wants to live as planned. You could say we like to live life according to Madison and Ada and would love the world to concede to our plans, thank you very much.

Anyway. Here is a sneak peak of the treasure I remembered I had last weekend.



Barbecue Chicken Pizza

Barbecue Chicken Pizza
12 pieces

Begin with shredded chicken, diced onion, green bell pepper and chopped spinach

roll out raw dough in a baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees F for 10 minutes

Let cool and add your favorite barbecue sauce and some parmesan cheese

Top with ingredients listed above

Bake for about 10 minutes more at 425F


1 1/3 cups water
4 tbsp dry milk
6 tbsp butter, cut up into small pieces
1 whole egg and 1 white
4 cups packed flour
2 tsp salt
5 tbsp sugar
3 tsp yeast

I use a bread machine but I've also hand made this recipe.

If hand making it, you would knead the ingredients above, let rest for about five minutes, knead it again until a good ball forms. Cover and let the dough rest and rise for about an hour.

2 Chicken thighs, boiled and shredded
1/2 cup diced onion
1 whole diced green bell pepper
1 cup chopped spinach

Optional toppings:
Diced olives, fetta cheese, diced sweet tomatoes, mmm, mmm, mmm.



Today was not all that exciting...

Really. Just cleaned more and finished arranging the closets. Mark helped me a TON by putting some things in our attic.

But, I did register Ada for dance class. She starts TOMORROW. Gonna take her to get some dance shoes tomorrow. Excited. More to come.