Dec 17, 2012

8 months

So this post is a little late. Since I've been working on orders and taking time off from this little place, I nearly forgot to post little sister's 8 month pictures. These were all taken by my sister over Thanksgiving so while the post is late, the pictures weren't.

Anyway, here she was in all her cuteness.


I love you girl. Thanks for being so awesome.

Dec 15, 2012

Shop Closing Tomorrow


After today, my shop will be closed until the New Year.

You can use code JOLLYJOLLY for 25% off your entire purchase today!!

Thank you to everyone that has supported my shop and my family. It has blessed me more than you could ever know.

Dec 10, 2012

Prayers of a 2-year-old

Hello friends! Long time no talk, er, write, er whatever it is we do here.

I just wanted to drop in and say hi. I hope you all are doing well.

I will leave you with a prayer my two-year-old said last night.

photo by her aunt

Dear God,

Thank you for burgers. (it's how she says boogers)

Thank you for my nose.

And chin.

Thank you for knees.

And arms and fingers.

Thank you for mommy.

Thank you for daddy.

And mommy's blessings and daddy's blessings and sister's blessings and me's blessings.

Love you GOD.


Hopefully it made you smile and will help you remember to be thankful for the small things.

Dec 4, 2012

Nutella Ritzies - recipe

I'm sharing a new take on my traditional Ritzie recipe over at scottyboy and katygirl today! Come say hi.


If you want the original recipe, here you go.

Dec 3, 2012

party fun!

Happy birthday DAD!!!

Hope you have a great day.

Also, head over to my sister's blog to see how we celebrated our mom's birthday over the weekend.

It was so much fun and Ashley has the perfect party space. I even got a little crafty and made some tassels!


It was a tea brunch, complete with assorted teas and coffee and snacks galore.

I made a few things and if you thinking about having your own tea party, these recipes are tested and approved.

Tea party snacks

Ginger sugar cookies 
Crunchy on the outside and chewy in the middle. I saw them a while back when Hannah posted her recipe and have looked for a reason to make them since. They were so good. Go. Make them now.

Ombre grahams
My sister sent me the link for these from Cookies and Cups. I love how festive they are. My used to make graham crackers with chocolate frosting when we were little. I also used the buttercream icing recipe from Cookies and cups and it was perfect.

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
I saw these in a book my Aunt got me for Christmas a few years back, Martha Stewart's Hors d'Oeuvres Handbook. Pretty simple, cream cheese and sliced cucumbers on white bread then roll the sides in chopped chives.

Egg Salad Sandwiches
I used this recipe. (updated because I linked to the wrong recipe originally.) It was easy and delicious. I will use this recipe every time.

My sister made the most amazing scones for the party. Maybe we can all convince her to post the recipe!!

Oh, and not a recipe, but did you notice the print in the picture above? 


I designed it for party favors for the guests and now it's in the shop!

And no party is complete without a little pyro fun. The incident involved my child, a candle flame and a Tangled doll. Ashley posted pictures on the blog.

Happy Monday folks!!

Nov 28, 2012

Taking Final Orders

I just wanted to give you a little heads up about the ol shop. After this week, Friday night, to be exact, I won't be taking anymore customizable Christmas card orders. I'll still provide the photoshop templates but not the customizable cards.

I want to take a bit of an online break for the month of December so I can focus my time and energies on my family and advent. And although I have loved working on your Christmas cards the last month and getting to know some of you better, the time has come for me to finish up orders and spend more time with my loves. I'll have a post here and there but for the most part, this little space will be quiet. That's the plan anyways!

So, if you have been planning on ordering a card, you have two days left before I take them down. And just to clarify, you can buy the card now - even if you don't have your picture. Just send me the pictures when you get them and I'll take care it.

Okay, hurry over to the shop and get your card order in before you forget!


Thanks so much!

Catching up

This is where I post 27 pictures of what I've been up to the last few days.

sonic cups aren't a good idea for a 2-year-old in the back seat

hunting season

thanksgiving neccessities


one of my favorite kitchen tools




raw pie dough = so good

the husband's chocolate pecan pie


whipped cream down

girls learning the fine art of homemade rolls from my sister


loving my new compote dish!

my dad can make a mean thanksgiving turkey








remember that deer picture at the top...



"i wanted to stamp my face"

Nov 26, 2012

Thankful for the simple things

A little while back - before I got bogged down with shop craziness (not complaining, just haven't had much time to do anything else on the computer like upload pictures from over a week ago) the weather was still beautiful and I took the girls to the park.

Sweet P could live in a swing and be happy as could be.


Notice the double headbands on that girl. She picked out her own outfit and accessorized herself. Such a rockstar.

Little sister apparently needed a little push.



After over an hour of swinging, I needed a break and needed the two-year old to run some energy off so we took a little walk around the park and I stole a few pictures of my girls.


I have to admit. I always feel a little cliche taking pictures at this park. It's know as like "THE picture place" for prom pics, baby pics, engagement pics ... get the picture. Ha. I crack myself up.

But seriously, we live so close and it has swings for crying out loud. Not to mention the amazing colors of fall! There's obviously a reason this place is so popular and I just can't help myself!

Anyway, Sweet P wasn't so thrilled about the break. Obviously.


But she got over it when I distracted her with an adventure of finding different colored leaves.


A cool breeze gave Little Sister the chills. There's not much cuter than a sweet little baby getting the chills.


Don't worry, it was really warm in the sun. I wasn't freezing my kiddos - there's nothing cute about that.

Besides swinging, jumping just might be Sweet P's favorite outdoor activity. It never takes her long to find something to jump off of. Thankfully there are a lot of rocks at the park.


Perfect for climbing and jumping.

And wearing a two-year-old-ball-of-energy out!


I'm so thankful for the small things.



And a little sunshine!

Oh, and two girls that took long naps at the same time :)