Well, it was in the 80’s here today and it got me all sorts of excited for the upcoming months because that means summer is just around the corner!! Woo-hoo!! It also got me craving one of our favorite summer desserts — Strawberry Short Cake.

However, today was extra special because I decided I was going to make the cake from scratch. Oh-weee! There’s some crazy stuff going on over here. I usually just buy the store-bought kind but I really liked the idea of having everything fresh. So introducing Hot Milk Cake (a.k.a the BEST made-from-scratch white cake). This recipe has been in the family ever since we received a Taste of Home magazine back in 1993 (okay, that was a long time ago and kind of dates me but I don’t care). This cake is the bomb! It was an instant favorite the first time our family tried it. It’s super moist, super delicious and super simple to make!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients
4 Eggs
2 Cups Sugar
2 1/4 Cups Flour
2 1/4 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 1/4 cups Milk
10 Tbsp Butter

In a mixing bowl, beat eggs on high speed until thick (about 5 minutes).

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 Gradually add sugar, beat until light & fluffy. Continue reading

As I sit before my computer writing this post, I have a million thoughts running through my head. I began the fun adventure of potty training my last child and while I’d like to say it is bitter-sweet it’s not. I’m really looking forward to not having to buy diapers and not to having him lie on the ground while I change the millionth poopy diaper. I WILL NOT MISS IT. I am however having a harder time taking his sippy away. I’m not sure why that is. Maybe because it symbolizes an end to the baby phase or that he is indeed growing up while I long for him to stay little. I know it seems a bit strange that I am potty training without any emotional turmoil while the sippy is causing me serious mental troubles. I have problems.

I wanted to share the realness of potty training and what I have learned along the way. Today is my second day and I have to say that I am amazed at how well the first day went. Usually it is filled with accidents and frustration and disappointment but my cute guy was full of surprise and excitement. I should begin by telling you that I start putting my kids on a the toilet at 18 months to get them comfortable with it. I don’t expect them to do anything but if they do it’s an added bonus and yes we do make a big deal about it. I realized on Friday that I was going to be out of diapers by about Monday so I started to mentally prepare myself for what the next few days would entail. I am not one of those moms who puts their lives on hold. It’s too hard with so many kids to find a time that won’t be busy to potty train so I just do it and make it work. This week will be no acceptation. So once I realized that the diapers were coming to an end I started taking him to the toilet more frequently. He was AMAZING. If I said push, he pushed. He understood what he was supposed to be doing. Surprising. Saturday he pooped in the toilet and peed several times. But I didn’t take him out of diapers. I was just getting him comfortable with the idea. Sunday was the same. I did have the one fun moment when I decided to put him in training underwear and while I went to get it he decided to poop on the carpet. Gotta love him!! Continue reading

Anyone that knows me knows I LOVE customizing things. If you remember a few weeks back I shared Holden’s adorable nursery with a picture of his custom woodland sheet. I’ve had this cute deer head fabric for a while now and I decided it’s time to make another sheet.

Crib Sheet Tutorial Supplies
Supplies
2 yards cotton, cotton-blend woven or flannel fabric (43″ or 45″ wide fabric will work)
1/4″ braided elastic
Sewing machine (a serger makes it SUPER fast if you have access to one) Continue reading

Honest post here. I haven’t been feeling well the last several weeks and everything I normally do has been severely neglected. I went to the dentist two weeks ago to have a cavity filled. Ever since then I’ve had excruciating pain on my entire right side of my face (starting at my temple and working it’s way all down into my shoulder blade — OUCH!!) to the point I knew I’d be getting a root canal (blah!) but because of life and circumstances I wasn’t able to get in until yesterday which I means I’ll be feeling better in the next day or two. So needless to say, I’ve had many sleepless nights, the projects have stopped, my homemaker duties have fallen to the wayside and I’m just trying to stay sane. This also means blogging hasn’t been on my mind. Sitting in front of a computer hasn’t been something I can even fathom doing (I never thought sitting could hurt so much). So this post will be short and sweet.

Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday. I don’t want to freak you out but that’s in five days! I always stress too much about the gift ideas and not so much about the true meaning of Mother’s Day. However, as I’ve had a lot of time to think about it lately and as I have gotten older, I look at it differently. I think it’s more about celebrating women. Or at least it should be. There’s special and unique characteristics that can only be found in women and I love knowing that. You don’t have to have borne children to be a mother. In certain circumstances, a child may cling to a woman and look up to her as a mother figure because they don’t have a mom in their lives.

There’s been two LDS talks that have stuck with me through the years that pretty much sum up how I feel and what I believe a mother is. You may or may have not heard these before. If you have, I think it’s always good to be reminded and if you haven’t, I hope it touches you like it touched me when I heard them for the first time. I also thought because I can’t think straight lately and likely can’t say what I feel in my heart as well as these two can, I’d just share their talks with you. To remind all women out there that Sunday is a day for all of us and that it is our responsibility to strengthen and uplift the rising generation to be better people — more loving, patient, kind, respectful, gentle and loving. Continue reading

I love being a mom, but let’s be honest there are some moments when being a mom is not amazing. Like when a kid is sick and they totally miss the toilet and all of a sudden you are the only one left in the house who knows how to use a rag. That’s fun, cleaning up someone else’s throw up. Or how about when there’s a school project and it’s due tomorrow? But your kid has known about it for 2 weeks. That’s my favorite. Any mom’s relate to that? And my all time favorite — a blow out. It’s EVERYWHERE!!!! You are left wondering what they ate and how it is possible when they ate so little that it could make that big of a mess? Where to start? Do you save the clothes or just throw them away? And is it possible that you could pretend you didn’t know it was there and hurry and leave dad in charge? Yeah, being a mom has some great moments.

But my ALL time favorite part of being a mom is POTTY TRAINING (NOT). OK that is not entirely true. I have done it 5 times now and have it down to a science. I have only had a couple of set backs and I am not ashamed to admit that. It’s part of being human and a mom. So today’s post is to hopefully call out to all those moms who are ready to potty train or getting ready to. I am about 3 weeks away. I seriously feel that this is one of those things that you have to prepare for. Mentally and emotionally. I think the first thing that you have to do to tell yourself that you are going to do it. I just bought my last box of diapers. That’s right LAST box EVER!!! Those words are fantastic. The best advice I received from my sister-in-law when she helped me potty train my first and I can give you is once you start never go back. Once you take them out of diapers, never put them back in. This is a very important part of potty training. Now I am getting off track. I will be doing much more blogging as I go through my wonderful experience of potty training. This post is all about preparation.

There is a lot of advice out there. I am one in a million, so do what works for you. I am just sharing what has worked for me 5 times. So today I am going to help you gather the necessary items so that if you want to join me in a couple weeks you will be prepared. Continue reading

This is one of those projects I’ve been wanting to make for months and I’m thrilled that I finally got around to it. And even more excited that it turned out cuter than I’d pictured it in my head! Depending on what supplies you already have on hand this could be a very cheap project. Let’s get started!

Paint Stir Stick Basket Supplies

Supplies
13 paint stir sticks
1/4″ wooden dowel
3 sheets of 12″x12″ scrapbook paper
Stain or paint (optional)
Mod podge
Staple gun and 3/8″ staples
Mason jars
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Who’s ready for a mind-blowing, super easy craft project?? I’ve got you covered! The picture below basically tells it all. 🙂

Michael's Artminds™ Wooden Laser Cut Frames

A while back I was strolling through Michael’s and a couple of their wooden laser cutouts caught my eye and I knew I’d eventually be buying a couple for my walls. These laser cutouts are awesome and can be used for so many things! My problem came down to trying to figure out exactly what I would do with them and where I would put them when I was done.

After debating for a couple weeks on which one I like the most, I finally settled on getting two of the lace laser cut wood plaques because I found the perfect spot for them in my house.

Michael's Lace Laser Cut Wood Plaque By ArtMinds

I have an archway leading into my kitchen with two bare walls on both sides. I love the fact that this plaque would fill up the space while keeping it simple. Once I had decided which one I wanted the other steps came fairly easily. Continue reading

I love the Seasons. I love to watch the changes take place in the world. Take spring for example, I love watching life happen, trees are budding and flowers are blooming. It’s beautiful to watch and to see all the wonderful changes taking place. Along with the seasons comes decorating. I DO love to decorate, I HATE taking down the decorations and putting them away. I was so excited when I was at a friend’s home the other day and saw a smaller version of season blocks sitting on her mantel. It gave me a great idea. We have all these left over post pieces from our deck that I have been trying to decide what to do with. IDEA!! Season Blocks. You put them up and all you have to do is rotate them with the season. Even better is that I had all the supplies.

 

Supplies

supplies

Blocks of wood-any size you desire, mine are 5 1/2 X 5 1/2
Stain
Sand paper or electric sander
Vinyl or paint if you choose to paint on letters
Cricut or a friend with one for letters
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Let’s face it, being a mom is crazy, hectic and stressful. We all had good intentions of filling out those precious baby books, and maybe we even did it with our first born but as the months/years went by and the number of children in the house increased, you simply didn’t have time to devote to that little book. Well let me introduce you to an AMAZING idea. One that I can’t even claim as mine. My sweet aunt Margaret started this idea YEARS ago and has continued it ever since. My mom told me of the idea and encouraged all us girls to do it, she even bought us the supplies!
Introducing  the easiest, most sentimental project you will ever do… the Memory Journal
Supplies
Spiral bound notebook (at least 100 pages)
Pen (or pens if you want a variety of colors)
Memories 🙂
Memory Journal

Obviously there are TONS of ways you could make your notebook cuter and more decorative but I just wanted to have mine done quick so I could start using it ASAP.

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On days I don’t have time to cook or when I’m feeling like I don’t want to spend my evening cooking dinner for hours, I usually lean towards finding a crockpot recipe. There’s just something about throwing everything in a slow cooker and leaving it to enjoy later. Yesterday was one of those days where I had no desire to cook but the family must eat, right??

Back in January my friend and I swapped recipes — I gave her my crockpot pork barbacoa recipe and she gave me this AMAZING island pork. I’m actually not sure where this recipe originated (if I figure it out I’ll let you know). My friend got it from her sister-in-law who probably got it from someone else, who got it from someone else…you know where this is going. I love sharing recipes!!

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Pork Rub
(will cover two pork tenderloins or one pork roast)
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cinnamon Continue reading