Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Food Favorites of the Week

I can already tell it's going to be a difficult semester if it's only the second day and when I should be doing homework, I'm blogging, playing with Mia, getting my hair done, being social...pretty much anything else but homework. Oh these next couple months are going to be interesting!

Yep, that's right Eric and I have both started school this week and one of us was more excited to start then the other...wonder who that could be? ;) Regardless for my less then excited attitude to go back to school, my first day of classes wasn't all that bad, except after only being gone for less then 4 hours I had to come home and hold Mia pretty much the rest of the night until she went to bed. I missed that little girl!!!

Anyway, on to the real reason I am posting, I just wanted to share with all of you my new favorite foods for the week! Yes, they are that amazing, worth blogging about.

Food #1) Homemade Soft Served Chocolate Ice Cream

Of Course one of my favorite foods would be something involving chocolate! Anyway, for Father's Day Eric' grandma gave him one of these:


Hamilton Beach Half Pint Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker






We've loved this little ice cream maker. It makes the perfect amount of ice cream for a night treat and it's SO good! Usually we just make the vanilla ice cream and add fresh strawberries, which is also to die for, but yesterday I tried the chocolate ice cream and it was like making Ben and Jerry's at my house and for anyone that knows me, I LOVE Ben and Jerry's! You can buy these half pint ice cream makers at Walmart for $30 and you won't regret it if you do!

Food #2) Baked Zucchini Fries

Two words to describe these... nutritious and delicious! I got this recipe from Our Best Bites for a side dish for a BBQ we had the other night and we loved them so much I'm making them again for dinner. They are crispy and flavorful. We dipped ours in ranch dressing.


Hope I've convinced you to give these favorite foods of mine a try! And please, let me know of any recipes you like, especially that involve garden foods! Eric and I love trying new recipes!


Friday, August 26, 2011

Living Room Revamp!

Check out my living room revamp over at SHA Designs along with a post with some tips on redecorating on a budget!


Monday, August 15, 2011

SHA Designs: Simple Jumper for Baby

Hey Everyone!

As part of starting SHADesigns and our blog we have decided to post a new tutorial every Monday along with other posts throughout the week to keep all you crafters up on the latest craft crazes. Check out our first tutorial post here to make this cute basic jumper!

(Mia wasn't in a very "picture taking" mood.)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

More Summer Updates and a Not so Original Title

Wow, only a month has gone by and oh the updates! I've decided to give each update a title and paragraph so choose which you care to be updated on :)

July 24th: Eric and I made a last minute decision to go home for the 24th of July. Grandma said she was having Mia withdrawals and we hadn't been home in a little while. Once again, I managed to not take my camera out once and snap any pictures, but the trip was nice nonetheless. The boys went biking and fishing and mom and I just relaxed, did a little shopping at the local craft store, and managed to get a chick flick in there as well. We also got to visit with friends and of course do what my family is known for, which is eat really good food.

Birthday: I got to be spoiled on my birthday by my amazing husband. He surprised me by getting me a new laptop, which has been much needed. Mia also gave me a great present by being on her best behavior all day :) She actually ended up sleeping pretty much all afternoon and evening and still went to bed on time and had a good night. We also went to dinner with my siblings and their spouses which is always fun to spend time with them.

Family and Seven Peaks: At the end of the month Eric's Aunt, Uncle and niece came to stay with us again. They are so fun and we love when they come out to visit! Friday night we staying home and watched a movie. Saturday we spent at Seven Peaks. Eric's grandparents also came out for the day to go to Seven Peaks as well. This time we decided to let Mia have a go in the water and she loved it!



Cousins! Sophia and Mia are so cute together. Mia will always smile when Sophia comes up to talk to her.

Sophia in her cute little swimming suit. She loved the water as well. She would slash and slash and even when it got her in the face she just would laugh and keep going. What a cutie!

SHA Designs and Art's in the Park: I was also really busy this month as Sara, Annelise and I got ready to start our craft business and our booth at Art's in the Park in Ely. That's right we now have an online business called Sha Designs! Check out our blog! We plan to continue updating it with tutorials, crafting tips and new items each month that we are adding to our store to sell. To kick off our business we had a booth at Art's in the Park, which is an annual fair that Ely holds each summer. We were a little nervous to see how it would go, but our booth was a success! Our fastest selling items were our windows. Our husbands and my mom were so supportive and wonderful to watch our kids for us while we did the fair!

Grandma with her cute grand-babies!

Mia: Mia deserves a whole paragraph full of updates, she is growing so fast!! She is now 3 1/2 months! Her newest thing is screaming. She screams when she is happy, bored, sad, mad, laughing...pretty much for every emotion. She is definitely a girl in that sense! She also has started to play with toys now and can roll over from her back to her stomach! Mia also loves boys! She will give her biggest smiles to them without them even really having to work for it. We better watch out or Eric will be constantly chasing the boys away lol. I still love being able to be with her during the days and will be sad when I have to go back to school in a couple of weeks.


Mia has discovered her hands and feet so we got her these toys that go on them and she loves to look at them.

She will also try to eat anything she can get her month on!


Oh I almost forgot to mention that Eric and I also had our 2 year anniversary! It'a s crazy that's it been two years already! I've loved every minute of it so far and am excited to see what the next 50+ years have in store for us! Sadly, our anniversary was during the fair so we didn't really get so celebrate it, but this weekend Mom and Dad are coming in to watch Mia while we have a weekend get-away! I'm so excited!
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