Happy Friday, everyone!
I haven’t done a Friday post in awhile so I thought I’d check in this week. Hi! Hey! Hello!
My Friday and family type posts are never a fraction as popular as my recipe posts, but I love popping in and sharing what is going on in my life. I have been blogging for almost 5 (FIVE!!) years now, and most of you truly feel like old friends to me.
Lucy Goose is growing SO FAST. I realized yesterday that it has been MONTHS since I’ve gotten out my big camera and taken some real photos of her. So that is going to happen very soon! She’s at such a wonderful age right now — almost two. Although this age comes with challenges, it’s also so much fun. I love watching her personality develop and hearing her sweet baby voice. She’s wonderful at communicating and is a very loving little girl. She loves kisses and hugs, which makes me so happy.
I’ve started planning her birthday party for next month, which will be Minnie Mouse. I decided to go with the yellow/black/red and polka dotted Minnie versus the pink and purple Minnie…I think the color contrast will make for a really fun party table! I’ve got some simple treats in mind and I’m sticking to my favorite rules for creating a SIMPLE dessert table. Ain’t nobody got hundreds of dollars and hours to spend, am I right?
Jon David is also growing faster than I can keep up with. He made 4th grade Student Council, he’s in the Gifted and Talented program and on the chess team. Overachiever is probably the right word for that guy! I certainly didn’t know what my 23 year old UNPREPARED and very unmarried self was doing when I got pregnant with him all those years ago, but I was truly blessed with a wonderful boy. We face challenges as he matures and struggles for independence, but I know that I lucked out huge. On days when I feel like I am failing, I look at my loving little girl and my smart and humble little guy and I know that there is something I am good at, even if I don’t always feel that way. Aren’t kids just the best thing that ever happened?
I have been VERY busy with the blog over the holidays and am so excited about a variety of projects I am working on to share with you! As I plan recipes for Thanksgiving and Christmas (are we allowed to say that word yet? Will I be in trouble?), I’d love to hear what kind of recipes you want to see. Fun decorated treats? Classics? Partridges in pear trees?
I haven’t done a ton of reading this week because I’m spending my down time crocheting (I’m secretly 154 years old, you guys) but I’d love to hear if you’ve been reading anything good! Also — my husband and I went and saw Gone Girl. Good grief Ben Affleck, so awkward. Not even kidding, Ben, I didn’t know we were close like that.
I am LOVING Nashville right now and How to Get Away With Murder. Also, COMPLETELY obsessed with Sons of Anarchy. WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN WITH JUICE? Can someone please just tell me that so I can sleep at night?
Here’s what else I was up to this week:
If you’re looking for a simple, festive Halloween cookie, these fit the bill. It doesn’t get much easier!
If you’ve ever struggled with finding the right spot to apply your blush, I’m showing you on video! Weird.
Every day I get thousands of emails asking me what my favorite Halloween treats are.
These buttery, chewy cookies are pretty dang fabulous. Also, they contain antibodies that make you immune to Ebola.
Okay, that was also a lie. Sorry for all the lies.
Shopping for a toddler this holiday season? I’m sharing the best gifts that toddlers will actually play with!
That’s it for this week, friends! Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!