We have some cubby sized wall cutouts as you go upstairs in our house and I'm always at a loss as to what should go in them. I've used the infamous gold letters from Hobby Lobby for some front door projects before and thought maybe I could use it again to add a touch of summer to the house. I like how it turned out and the added texture is nice. All you need is some rope, your hot glue gun and a large gold letter from Hobby Lobby.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Dads are so special aren't they? I know mine is and I am so very thankful for his leadership, laughter, guidance, generosity, patience (wish that trait had passed on to me) and most importantly love. I love you Dad.
I also have the chance to see the sweet bond between a daughter and her daddy with Paul and Georgia. Paul, you are a great dad to our little girl. I wondered how you would handle having a girl, but you couldn't be more cut out for it. You embrace the cute clothes, the bows, the songs and dancing, princesses and painting toe nails. You enjoy those sweet kisses from Georgia too. I love you. Happy Father's Day!
Saturday, June 15, 2013
While at the beach I spotted a little girl wearing this bonnet and had to ask her mother where it was from. She got it at the The Beaufort Bonnet Company. How precious are these bonnets?!? If Georgia was still in the baby phase I would really be tempted to buy one of these. They have other cute items for kids too!
Sunday, June 9, 2013
We just got back from a wonderful week at the beach! It was so much fun to watch Georgia play on the beach this year. She really enjoyed the water and sand. We would go out to the beach and she would just run and jump in the little pools that had formed. It was adorable. She loved spending the week with her cousins too. The cousins sang and danced, played in the ocean, took golf cart rides, made friends on the beach, watched Rio (at least 3 times that I know of:), ventured into Charleston for a carriage ride, visited Princess of Tides, took a water taxi over to Charleston and ate lots of yummy food. The pictures are all out of order, but here's a snapshot of our week.
The best group shot we could get.
Now back to the laundry...
Friday, May 24, 2013
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Here's a perfect and quick summer recipe that I recently found that the whole family will enjoy. I've made this a couple times now and our family is really enjoying it - even Georgia. It's packed full of fresh veggies that you'll be able to get at your local produce stand, farmers market or maybe even your own garden this time of year. The BEST part is that it makes two batches of ziti - one for dinner and one for freezing.
1 pound whole wheat ziti
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup finely chopped yellow onion
1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 28-can crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 cups ricotta cheese
1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained (next time I may try fresh, cooked spinach)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 medium zucchini, grated
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1. Preheat oven to 375. Spray two 8 by 8 inch baking pans with cooking spray.
2. In large pot cook the ziti. Drain and return to pot.
3. Heat the olive oil in large pan over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper. Reduce to low and saute' until soft. Add garlic and saute' for a few more minutes. Add the crushed tomatoes, water and 1 teaspoon of salt. Bring to simmer and cook 20 minutes.
4. Add tomato sauce to ziti, along with ricotta cheese, spinach , Parmesan, zucchini and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Stir all ingredients.
5. Divide the past between the two pans. Top with mozzarella and add pepper to taste.
6. Bake for 20 minutes.
To Freeze: Complete the process thru step 5. Cover with foil and freeze for up to 3 months. To cook: transfer frozen ziti directly from freezer to oven and back for 90 minutes at 375. Remove foil and bake for 15 more minutes.
It's delicious! I was shocked that Georgia would eat it, but that's probably because it is smothered in cheese. Oh well, it is the only way I can get her to eat most vegetables. Enjoy!
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Here's a little bit of this and that from last weekend. We enjoyed lots of time outdoors playing, checking in on our plants and blueberry bush. The favorite highlight of the weekend though was little Leighton's dance recital. It was precious! Georgia enjoyed watching and Leighton was a star!
I hope your week is off to a good start and you are gearing up for a loooonnnng weekend! Happy Wednesday friends!