Saturday, April 28, 2012

Cooking, Crayons, and Care Packages

This past week, we have:

Made homemade bath crayons!

Eaten lots of meals at home:

I made homemade chicken noodle soup with oven braised garlic brussel sprouts.

I used this recipe.

David has cooked a few meals out on the grill.

I've made homemade {nondairy} banana muffins.

We're not allergic to milk or eggs, but this is a great recipe
when you find yourself out of eggs,
like we were. : )

Those muffins were so, so soft and moist. 
Biting into them, it felt like eating cookie dough.
Dreamy. : )
I used this recipe to make them.

And I have, of course, made meals and snacks for Harbor.
I've considered taking a daily picture of his meals, not only to document them, but to show you some of the strange combinations he loves.

Point in case, mac and cheese with olives. : )

I suppose he needs that food to keep up his energy
 for marathon train track building!

Harbor has a huge closet full of clothes,
but those camo sweats are his "favorite",
so you may end up seeing them a lot.
As in, like every post. : )

He also needs lots of fuel to rip open big care packages sent all the way
from home sweet home in Arkansas.

We've been burning calories today ripping up the landscaping in the front yard.
Those sad bushes were so overgrown, so unsightly, and so.. not me.
Pictures to come soon! : )


  1. Such a cute post! That chicken noodle soup looks DELICIOUS, so do those muffins! Thanks for sharing the recipe's I think'll I'll have to give them a go!

  2. the soap is so cute! thanks for sharing! i will have to make some for the boys. and the muffins look good too, yum! hope you're having great weather up there! getting hot in AR. scared for the summer! :)

  3. I LOVE the idea of the bath time crayons. As in like LOVE it times a million!

    Haha - that's a lotta love. Anyway, glad to see you and the little Mr. are doing well!

    Hugs from Chicago!

    The Peanuts Gang

  4. you always inspire me to get up and do something crafty! Im just now catching up on your posts and I did want to say I am so sorry for your loss..I have been there and my prayers will continue for you and your precious family!
    I love the garden that is exactly what we are doing because the GA clay is too much of a pain to dig up. LOL Much luck to you on your garden! Have a blessed week sweetie!

  5. Hi Jessica! I've been reading your blog for quite some now, but haven't commented before. I need to do better at that! :)

    Anyway, some things about our lives are similar and I just wanted to tell you how much I look up to your positive outlook being so far from home. My husband and I moved from TN to SC (which doesn't sound as far when comparing it to your distance!) 4 years ago and I never in a million years dreamed or wanted to live anywhere but where I grew up. Four years later we are still here and I am still wishing we were at home. You seem to have such a positive outlook being so far away and taking in all that you can in Michigan. I'd like to say that I've had that same outlook for the past 4 years, but I haven't. Anyway, I just felt led to tell you how much I look up to your positive outlook! :) I'm also a teacher so we have/had that in common as well. Have a great Sunday!

  6. Love all of the ideas you posted! Love the soaps! You have been making amazing treats! Harbor is getting so tall! Such a cutie pie!

  7. Love to see Harbor's trains are still being used, I miss not building train tracks. I wonder if I have for gotten how. Those muffins look so yummy & I bet they just melt in your mouth while they are still warm, you might have to make Dad & I some when you come to vist. Plus you might want to cook for us also,ha!!!! Since your mommy will be in school & all. Can't wait to see what David had in mind for the front yard, I bet it will look great knowing David since he loves to mess outside, of course he had his little side kick for a helper so I know the yard work went so much faster,ha!!!!!Dad & I can't wait to see Harbor, David & you. We miss & love you guys so much. Love always....Mom