Author: Amber

Easy Pink Princess Curtain / Dessert Table Backdrop

We know I love party things.

We also know that I love party things that can be re purposed and used everyday.

I wanted to make a backdrop for the dessert table for Averie’s Princess Party and decided I wanted to go a little ‘shabby chic’ and use lots of different fabric.  I also wanted to make sure it was something that we could use throughout the year.  Thankfully our little princess only has one window in her bedroom, and it’s a big window, so I decided we could make a backdrop that could double as a curtain for her room.

I should note that I decided all of this as I was standing in Hancock Fabrics, without knowing the measurements of Averie’s window, and without having a CLUE as to what I was doing, so poor Aaron was on the other end of the phone trying to help me out…

Good news is, I got it all figured out and came home with a stack of fabric.  How much fabric?  I have no idea.  All I did was get at least 2 yards of each color, making sure that the ream length would cover the height of the window with 5-6 inches to spare for tying.  Like I said, I was making it up as I went!  I walked out the store with just shy of $36 worth of fabric – hooray for sales!

Pretty Fabric!

Pretty Fabric!

I started to carefully cut each strip of fabric – about three inches wide, making sure that it would be at least 5-6 inches longer than the window itself.  PLEASE make sure you check that your fabric is the right way before you start to cut it, or you could potentially end up with some strips that aren’t long enough (don’t look too closely at the gold strips in mine…)

After a while, I decided I would try to rip them.  Afterall, it was shabby chic – it didn’t need to have perfectly cut edges.  It worked amazingly well.  I was able to not only get all of the fabric ripped to size in less than 2 episodes of Law and Order SVU, but I was also able to work out some pent up aggressions!!

I snuck into Averies room and pulled down her curtain rod – she had a cafe rod in her room – which is PERFECT for things like this.  I removed her curtain and started tying the strips of fabric on, in random order, trying to keep the knots at the top so they were relatively the same height.  At this point I didn’t worry about the length.

After I was done I hung the curtain back up in Averie’s room and then went along the bottom with scissors to make everything CLOSE to the same size.  Again – shabby chic, so it’s not supposed to be perfect.

DIY Princess Curtain Backdrop

The end result was awesome.  I need to shift her artwork hanging strip down, but otherwise I love it!  I’m almost a little sad that I have no reason to make another one for my bedroom!!


Quick Princess Lunch!

We’ve been crazy busy the last few weeks.  Averie has been very patient with us as we managed multiple shopping trips, cookie orders, cooking and cleaning.  So we finally got the chance to have a ‘stay home day’ and I thought I would do something special for her for lunch.  I told her to stay in the living room and surprised her with her very own ‘princess’ lunch!

This took less than 45 minutes.  Here’s the rundown:

  • Covered the table in leftover wrapping paper
  • Fetched as many princess related toys as I could without her seeing
  • Covered her chair with her fuzzy blanket, tied it on with a cloth diaper and attached one of her hair flowers to it
  • Used a purple Norwex window cloth for a placemat (I couldn’t find ANY of ours!!)
  • Dipped the rim of her cup in syrup and then into pink nonpareils and filled with milk and topped with a paper straw
  • Made peanut butter and jelly and used a crown cookie cutter.
  • Sliced strawberries and arranged them to look like a necklace with a lemon cookie underneath the bottom one that was cut to look like a heart.
  • Put a drop of pink food coloring into cool whip for strawberry dip and added some pink nonpareils on top.
  • Added a couple of butterfly shaped pretzel crisps.
  • Added a ‘glowing’ candle and a glass of sparkling apple cider at the last minute, so it’s not in all of the pictures!

She was a happy girl, which in turn made me a very happy mom!

Golden Girls Cookies

Faces are one of the hardest things to put on a cookie – right after faces are words.  Especially when there are lots and lots of them!

I had a request to make some Golden Girls cookies that combined both of those two things – faces AND words.

Mike from Semi Sweet Designs has previously conquered the golden girl cookies, so I can’t take credit for the idea!  He’s absolutely amazing, and if you’re looking for a talented cookier to follow, you should hop over and follow him!  The original artwork for these girls is done by Glen Hanson.

In the end, I was able to take some inspiration from Mike and create these beautiful ladies and all of the amazing quotes and phrases that go along with them.

Golden Girls Cookies

Golden Girls Cookies

 I only managed to snag ONE in progress shot of these lovely ladies.  Probably because I was so focused on making sure I didn’t spell anything wrong on the rest of the cookies! 

Work In Progress!

Work In Progress!

I’m going to have the Golden Girls’ theme song stuck in my head for WEEKS now.  Good thing I love it!!

Averie and Shanny

We have two cats in our house.  Moxie and Shanny.  I’ve had Shanny for a long time.  She was around before Aaron.  Which means she’s getting OLD.

At one point, Shanny had a playmate named Essence.  Shanny and Essence loved eachother, they cuddled, they were buddies.  When Essence died, Shanny because incredibly clingy, so I decided she must need a friend and brough Moxie home.

Shanny and Moxie hate each other.  It’s LOVELY.

Shanny is a complete lover – she’s never bitten anyone.  She was abused as a kitten and is wary of being held, but she wants EVERYONE to pet her, and once you start you aren’t allowed to stop.

Moxie, by contrast, is the epitome of a spoiled brat.  She isn’t MEAN, but she wants you to pet her in the exact way that she wants to be pet and she has no problem with giving you a ‘love nip’ to prove her point.

Needless to say, Shanny is Averie’s favorite kitty.

Averie and Shanny


It’s amazing how much she adores this cat.  Shanny doesn’t play with her.  She doesn’t cuddle with her.  She just hangs out and gets excited whenever Averie goes near her in hopes that she’s going to get pet.

Averie and her Favorite Kitty

I find this highly entertaining, because every night, Moxie stands guard over Averie’s room.  Averie dresses Moxie up in hats and makes “collars” out of pop beads for her.  Moxie crawls under her “tents”.

But Averie still loves Shanny to pieces.

I jokingly asked her the other day, “Can we get rid of Shanny?” and her response was “What if we get rid of Moxie instead?”

That poor cat… no matter how hard she tries she’ll never live up to Shanny 🙂


Man Candy – Super Bowl Sunday

So apparently there’s a football game or something that I’m supposed to be paying attention to?  I’m not really sure…  I’m too busy hanging out in the kitchen, stuffing my face with amazing food!  Whatever’s going on in the other room sounds like fun, but I can’t bring myself to walk away from the smorgasboard of deliciousness!!

Especially these.

Man Candy

Man Candy

And here I bet you thought by the title of this post that this was going to be all about some good looking men.  It’s not.  It’s even better – it’s about FOOD!

I love man candy.  Or bacon/brown sugar little smokies.  Whatever you want to call it – and I don’t even like pork all that much (I can hear the chorus of “But you’re from IOWA!”, I know!).

It’s my absolute favorite appetizer.  I love trying to find random reasons to make it, but it tends to be forgotten most of the year… until Superbowl Sunday anyway.

We have other delicious food too…

I totally brought that full circle back to Man Candy again, didn’t I??  Guess I better leave you with a recipe then!

Man Candy
Cuisine: Appetizer
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Make as many (or as few) as you want - I recommend erring on the side of caution and having A LOT.
  • Little Smokies
  • Bacon
  • Brown Sugar
  • Toothpicks
  1. Preheat oven to 325
  2. Cut bacon into thirds
  3. Wrap ⅓ of a slice of bacon around each little smokie and secure with a toothpick.
  4. Place on a tinfoil lined baking sheet
  5. Cover (generously) with brown sugar.
  6. Bake for 40 minutes, or until brown sugar is bubbling



Time for some girly pampering!

Averie and I spent Friday night at a hotel with a friend and her kids.  The girls had an absolute blast in Iowa City at the Children’s Museum and swimming in the pool.  Bedtime cracked me up – Averie was the most adult out of all of us!  The other girls were talking, us two mom’s were giggling, and Averie was pulling a pillow over her head and telling us to be quiet because it was bed time.  To be fair though, I couldn’t help but giggle at her – It was pretty hilarious!

Saturday morning we parted ways and I took Averie with me over to Coralridge Mall.  We had lunch, did a little shopping, and then decided we would get pedicures.  When she wasn’t giggling because her feet were ticklish, Averie was carrying on a conversation with the woman next to her about everyday life.  I swear, it felt like a flash forward into my future.  I sure hope she keeps her outgoing attitude and friendliness throughout life!

Cookie Cutter Organization!

FINALLY managed to go through my cookie cutters, sort them into boxes and get labels made.

Don't they look so nice and organized?!

Don’t they look so nice and organized?!

JUST in time for me to turn around and by a huge bag full of cutters and not have room in the boxes to store them.  And no, I’m not kidding 🙂  Guess I’ll be redoing this project here soon!

Scooby Doo Cookies – Averie and Mommy’s

Averie LOVES to make cookies alongside of me.  Often I don’t have enough time to make extra cookies or icing, but I try to make it a point to make blank circles whenever possible so that she can play while I work.  I had been asked to make some Scooby Doo themed cookies for a friend of mine, and since it’s Averie’s favorite show, I knew she would want to participate too!

Averie Decorating her Scooby Doo Cookies

Averie Decorating her Scooby Doo Cookies

I think she did a pretty darn good job in the end.  It’s definitely amazing to see her decorating skills improve over time.  She’s going to be one amazing cookie decorator if she keeps this up!

Averie's Scooby Doo Cookies

Averie’s Scooby Doo Cookies

I almost think hers turned out better than mine!

Scooby Doo Cookies

Scooby Doo Cookies

Am I finally getting patience??

I’ve had this puzzle for years.  It was a gift from a boyfriend in high school.  I’ve NEVER managed to put it together, try as a might.

I think parenthood has actually had an impact on my patience…

Finally Conquered!!

Finally Conquered!!