like auntie, like niece.

(disclaimer. sorry these pictures are going to be random sizes and not all the same. i know. it bothers me, too. we will get through it together.)

 

so. i’ve been noticing that my niece, izzy, has been making this face, in every picture lately.

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funny, right? i know. she’s a HAM! and i always think, ‘where does she come up with this stuff??” because it’s been my observation that kids at this age are like sponges.

but then i started realizing this:

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and these.

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and oh, wait for it….

THIS.

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you. are. welcome.

updations.

it’s been way too long. i’ve been neglecting the ol’ blog! so sorry to all three of you who read this, ha!

so what’s new?

i got to spend a lovely afternoon and evening with my niece issy last week. my parents came in town and took mary and jason to see the president speak, so we got some good, quality time. here are some fav issy pictures from that day!

   

in other news, we are on our sixth week of ordering all of our groceries from greenling. i love it! we have actually cut back on our grocery bill…because in the store, i think i see things that aren’t on my list that seem like a good idea. like candy. mostly candy. haha!

i will update you more on this later but my current favorite product is drinkable yogurt from texas daily harvest. to my surprise, this farm is located in yantis, texas…about 10 miles from my home town! it says their products are made from the finest jersey cows and i totally believe it. i highly recommend the blackberry…but blueberry and strawberry are great too (not as sour, though). we have also been trying different milks, and enjoy tdh’s raw goat’s milk. it’s super expensive tho, so i’m not sure we will get it very often.

also, i got this juice from whole foods this week. check it out.

guess what the ingredients were? pineapple, banana and orange. that’s IT! it was so good, i bought a second one to take home. over the weekend i tried this experiment at home, with an orange, banana and 1/2 a pear. it was a little thick but soooo tasty! and i ate 2 1/2 pieces of fruit in one drink! haha! that’s a LOT of fruit, but experiments are now in full swing. i’ll report back and let you know how they go.

until next time, friends! thanks for reading!

easter!

might as well have been called ‘eater’ this year, because all we did was EAT!

the weekend was off to a great start saturday morning when it was time to dye eggs! i dont’ know if i’ll do this with my kids (jury’ s still out) but it was fun to get in the spirit of celebrating.  also,  for our family get together dan and i were assigned to the easter egg hunt, so i was set on making it super special for our nieces!

i confess. i have never once, in my life, boiled an egg. it’s true! i had to search online how to do it, ha! but i knew i wanted to use real eggs and knew there had to be a way to dye them without store bought chemicals. :)

it’s actually really easy, just time consuming. the basic solution is 1 pint of water per 2 tablespoons of white vinegar. so if you need 3 pints to fill your pan…you add 6 tablespoons of white vinegar, and so on and so forth.

i made three dyes. the first was using 3 tablespoons of turmeric. this one is the easiest because you put the raw eggs IN with your water and vinegar and bring to a boil, and boil for about 30 minutes. it was a gorgeous yellow-gold color! these came out the best.

the other two dyes i made, i used beets (4 cups worth) and red cabbage (also four cups worth). for these, i boiled the eggs and let them cool. same method as with the turmeric, except you leave the eggs out and just boil the veggies. everything must be at room temperature for best results when you get ready to soak the eggs.

  

the blue eggs were done by soaking eggs in the cabbage solution overnight (or for about eight hours). the purple eggs were made with the beet solution, soaking for about 30 minutes. i was pretty happy with how they all turned out!

sunday morning, we started off our day with cinnamon rolls, and then attending services (and working them, ha!) at our church, soma austin. we had a wonderful morning reading from 1st corinthians about the resurrection of Jesus and the gospel.

we realised saturday, that we had no lunch plans for easter, after all! so we sent out a big tweet and ended up with about 14 guests to easter lunch! we had a lot of brisket to share, and it was just enough, with everyone who came. i took a few pictures but none of them came out very well, so here’s a picture of my attempt to make our silverware look like carrots, ha!

we ended our day on a wonderful note, hanging out with my two sisters and their families. i LOVED getting to watch ruby and isabella hunt eggs! they were SO excited!

  
we had a beautiful dinner of potato salad, ham, salmon, goat cheese, tomatoes, bread…etc etc. with the family. amy made these awesome bunny shapes with the napkins. it was so fun!

what did you do for easter?

thanks for reading!