Archives for December 2012

Couch day




I’ve got an awesome head cold going on here so my day is consisting of
laying on our couch snuggling with these furry cuties for the rest of the day.
Of course football is on and I promised the hubs
that I’d make him Chili Con Queso to snack on while we watch games
so he’s out getting the ingredients for me so I don’t have to get off the couch!  😉
Excited to make it for him though…  Such a sweetie!
My sweet lil dogs keep nuzzling up to my belly and licking it… They love that baby in there already
and it is so so sweet!  Such a blessing!!
Happy Saturday, friends…  Hope y’all are having an amazing day! 

Friday Letters


Dear Jesus
Thank you for another year of life!

Dear Friends
Thank you for the amazing birthday dinner last night and for the very fun and thoughtful gifts.

Dear Family
I can’t wait to celebrate my birthday with you today…  You all make me feel so special!

Dear Husband
You are wicked amazing and I’m so proud of you!  🙂

Dear Lower Back
Please stop with the pregnancy pains already…  I would greatly appreciate it.

Dear Portland
Do you think you could snow for my birthday today?  That would be so much fun!

Dear Bed
Thank you for being so comfy…  Please prepare a warm spot for me this afternoon so I can take a nap!

 Dear Cocoa & Chloe
Thank you for being my precious furry snuggle bugs…  I don’t know what I’d do without you!

Dear Ultrasound
I am so excited to see baby today and so are the kiddos.  Thank you for existing!! 🙂

Pull Aparts

This is truly one of my favorite breakfast treats of all time…  Cold snowy Utah weekend mornings and the smell of these in the oven had me jumping for joy!  I don’t think I’ve had a better gooey goodness for breakfast than these yummy pull aparts!  I’ve been asked for years for this secret handed down recipe and I’m finally ready to share…  Must be the joy of this pregnancy and the season of giving that’s got me in such a mood!  😉 Hope you all enjoy these treats as much as my family does!




25 frozen Rhodes Rolls
1/2 packet of butterscotch cook’n’serve pudding mix
1 cup blight brown sugar
1 stick unsalted butter (or margarine)
crisco for greasing the bunt pan


Grease a bunt pan with crisco
Arrange 25 Rhodes Rolls inside
Sprinkle 1/2 packet of butterscotch pudding on top of the frozen rolls and let rise for 1 hour
Melt the butter and brown sugar in a saucepan until melted, combines and bubbling and then pour the mixture over the rolls.
Cover tightly and place in refrigerator overnight.
Let it sit out at room temperature for 1 hour before baking.
350 degrees for 30 minutes
Turn into a large bowl so the yummy gooey goodness all drips out and serve immediately!  🙂


Baby Shower Faves

 I love baby showers and all of the cuteness and fun that comes with them!  There are so many great ideas and expressions while planning any party and since I will be having a shower of my own in a few months…  Naturally, I had to check out all of the new and fun ideas out there!  And besides that, I love hosting parties for people and love putting together all of the intricate details that come along with them!  Pure cuteness!  <3





Baby Shower

Homemade Hot Cocoa

Winter is the perfect time for a hot cup of cocoa…  Sitting around the fire this morning with stockings hung, and the excitement and giggles of our children, I am so excited to make some sweet, warm chocolatey goodness!  As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, I created a yummy hot drink featuring Sweet’N Low.


This recipe is so simple you’ll love it!  I already had the ingredients on hand and the sweetness that the Sweet’N Low brings without the guilt of sugar makes it that much better!  It’s sure to be a hit in your home, and you can adjust the chocolate and sweetness to your liking.

I love using Sweet’N Low during pregnancy because I try to watch my sugar intake to not gain an unhealthy amount of weight.

1 cup milk
2-3 tablespoons cocoa powder
2-3 packets of Sweet’N Low
Whip Cream for topping

Warm the milk in a saucepan until hot.
Add the cocoa and Sweet’N Low to taste and bring to a boil.
Remove from heat and pour into a mug and top with whip cream.

Disclosure: As a part of the DailyBuzz Food Tastemaker program, Sweet’N Low™ provided me with a stipend and product for sampling. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Christmas Wreath Cupcakes

My bloggy friend, Erin, made the most adorable Christmas Wreath Cupcakes EVER and so I just had to ask her if I could share with you…  Check out her adorable site at Currently Coveting…  This recipe and photos are taken from her site.  You’ll find tons of cute fashions posts and delicious and fun recipes.  Enjoy!



Cupcakes (recipe concocted by yours truly)
1 box white cake mix
2/3 cup oil
1 cup coconut milk (from the milk section, not the sugary canned kind)
4 eggs
1 box coconut cream pudding mix
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon imitation coconut extract (seriously a little goes a long way with this stuff)
2/3 cup sweetened coconut flakes

Bake on 350 degrees for 20 mins.

recipe here.

When I have to dye my own icings those non-pastel hues I end up having to use so much dye and it gets a bit runny so I cheated a little and bought the red and green Cake Mateicings with this four pack of icing tips.  I used the starred one for the green wreath part and the small circle one for the red bow.  I threw on some sprinkles but they kinda went all over the cupcake so you can leave that part off if you don’t dig it.


Scripture Sunday


Christmas Loves

Merry Christmas


FREE Carseat Cover


Hi friends!!  I just received this car seat cover in the mail last week and I can’t tell you how much I love it!  The quality is amazing…  I must be honest and say that I wasn’t expecting the greatest quality and I’m really glad that I was wrong!  🙂  I would recommend it to anyone with a baby…  the inside is plush and very soft and you can even use it as a little blanket while you’re out…  It’s a great gift for someone whose expecting or for yourself!



So here’s what you need to do…  visit Carseat Canopy and choose whichever one you’d like and add it to your cart.  They are regularly $49.95 each but use coupon code FAMILY2012 and get it for FREE!!!!!  Just pay for the shipping!  You’re welcome in advance…  I know you’ll love it as much as I do!  Enjoy, friends!

Amazing Grace

I was so touched by this yesterday that I just had to share…