Category Archives: Making Moments

This Site Has Moved!! “Just Like Perfect” Becomes “The Awkward Bird”

Come visit me over in my new website “home”. It’s sweet! Click here to go to my new site “The Awkward Bird” and thank you so very much for joining me in my adventures. There must be something in the air this time of year that makes me create websites. “What?”, you must be thinking. Well, my happy people, I […]

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Belly, Billie & Baileys

Good eats and no exercise have left me searching for my “big” pants as we roll into the New Year. Luckily, we have been on school vacation so my “big” pants selection expanded into my jammies wardrobe since my belly has expanded too. The month of December usually finds me letting everything go in favor of savoring every moment as […]

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Contest Winner Cranberry Orange Shortbread Bars

On a snowy morning the first week of December, I woke early, as I have been doing (or at least trying to do), to my alarm. This once a “night owl gal” has become an early morning person because lately there is nothing left of me by the time I finally get all of my wee ones snuggled into bed. It’s […]

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Enjoy Today’s Crazy Moments

This morning as I was washing last night’s dinner dishes in preparation for the cooking that I have to do today (which will mean more dishes), because I just didn’t feel like it last night and went to bed early, I took a pause to enjoy the moment. My wee ones are all home with me and it shows. I […]

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National Family Pajama Night

The Company Store, a Wisconsin based company, and Ronald McDonald Charities created National Family Pajama Night to donate pajamas to the Ronald McDonald House and to encourage families of all sorts to don their PJ’s and spend time together. Since that is the preferred attire in our home, there’s a big “Woo-hoo!” from us! Today was our first snowstorm and […]

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Make Doughnuts for the First Snowfall

After a very long and unusually warmer fall, we are expecting our first snowfall tonight. The first snowfall is always exciting and that this one is predicted to arrive on a Friday eve when everyone is home and to last through late Saturday morning, is such a fabulous way to bring on the first snow. We are high in anticipation […]

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“I’m Off to See My Wizard”

“I’m off to see my ‘Wizard’, because she gave me the answer that I had been searching for a very long time.” I know that doesn’t fit into the Wizard of Oz tune very well, but work with me. The Pioneer Woman, AKA Ree Drummond, has just released a new cookbook and I have big plans to go to a book […]

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Just baking WAS the contest for a cookie contest

I decided to enter my first ever cookie contest and I have been a crazy person on a mission this past week. I donned my Halloween apron, ’cause it is only October, and set out to make winter holiday cookies. It did not start well. In the first place, I really have no business entering any contests right now that call […]

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Our “Leaf Pile”

Ahhhh, Fall. A fabulous time of the year for all things pumpkin, cozy sweaters, snuggling up and the crisp cool weather with crunchy leaf piles. We live in an undeveloped development and there are few trees, aside from the struggling sapling in our backyard and an ornamental tree that we have. We get no fallen leaves, no leaf piles, no crunch […]

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“Goodnight Moon”

Last night I was organized enough to remember that there would be a Super Moon and an eclipse that would produce a “Blood Red Moon”. I was also lucky enough to be able to catch it before I went to bed. The last Blood Red Moon, which happened this past spring-ish I believe, was in the pre-dawn hours. Before bed, […]

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Funny Face Pizzas & Pineapple Upside Down Cake

First off, I just have to say that I am soooo out of sorts with the overlapping of summer weather where I feel like I can be completely lackadaisical (I always say “laxadaisical”) about my daily routine and totally wing it against the beginning of the school year where I definitely need a daily routine and really cannot wing it […]

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“Go Pack Go”

My oldest wee one is a Green Bay Packers fan so it was only natural that at some point we needed to make a trip to Green Bay. I am not sure where his deep love of sports comes from because neither my husband nor I are diehards. My closeness to sports was as a cheerleader in high school and […]

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“Just Me, My Coffee & My Dreams…”

This morning it was “just me, my coffee and my dreams”…and a blanket. One of my favorite coffee cups has that saying on it, minus the blanket, and I love it. I have been waking early to have some quiet time before my day begins since the school schedule has started, which has included me and my coffee outside to […]

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Breakfast Anyone?

Bugs do not bother me so much, but I can’t handle spiders. I think my “yuck” factor came from my father. He never ran screaming from them but I think I could sense the internal struggle between that choice and acting like a grown-up. Now that I am technically a grown-up, I have to make that choice too, especially when […]

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I Went to Yoga & Brought Home a Baby

Three years ago I went to my early morning prenatal yoga class and came home two days later with a baby. I kinda had a feeling that it would be the day because it seemed like I was having contractions. You would have thought that by my third pregnancy I would know the signs of labor and not be surprised, […]

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Summer Ain’t Over

It’s September 1st but summer ain’t over. I am cramming in moments, relishing moments, making moments and creating moments all over the place. For us, school has started and one more wee one has joined the ranks with kindergarten this year. Another sniff, sniff. Those of us left at home, who have aged out of school or who are not […]

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That Guy

My daughter has the most wonderful ability to describe life and all of its components in such a fantastical way that you often think she is out in “left field”. Recently, I was getting my toddler out of his room from a nap when she called in from outside that she saw an animal with brown stripes and golden eyes. We […]

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A Post Card From Iowa

This has been a summer for making moments that matter. With my husband joining us full-time this summer as we search for the next employment adventure, we have been taking full advantage of the gift that we have been given. We started out working on our home in the event that we need to sell it and relocate. That became old […]

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A Western Birthday Moment

A professional baker, I am not. That is why it is so much fun to make birthday treats for my family. I love to make birthday moments. Last year I tried to make Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cookies. It was comical. (Click on it to see that post.) I did make a respectable looking big cookie for another birthday. Recently, […]

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I Owe You One…Or A Bunch

I know that I owe you the recipes from my previous post about “Breakfast in Bed”. And I have actually been working on them, I promise. Just getting my buns to sit for a spell to finish the posts and write the recipes is what I need to do. But I did not like my picture of the Orange Zest Whipped […]

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“Breakfast In Bed” – A Classic Menu

I am not sure if I have ever had breakfast in bed, if so, it was in a land far, far away. Actually, if truth be told, I prefer to eat lunch and dinner foods for breakfast and breakfast foods later in the day. Those close to me know that I would pick a chili-dog over an egg for breakfast. […]

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Not the Look I Was Going For…

When I purchased my brand new vintage bike (is that possible?) I had a certain look in mind. That “look” included a baguette in my bike basket and flowy hair as I meandered the countryside. I had to be extravagant and change out the metal bike basket for a real “basket” looking basket. The metal basket did not match my […]

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A Picnic by the Lighthouse

We are fortunate to live pretty close to lake Michigan and there are a plethora of options for enjoying the views. (Don’t you just love to use the word “plethora”?) There are parks on cliffs and parks at beach level. There are small beaches, rocky beaches and a beautiful large sandy beach. Beaches with snack shops, beachy music, palm trees […]

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Happy Hour – Family Style

The cheese started it. A Swiss cheese that my husband picked up at a local farmer’s market last Sunday gave him endless pleasure and he hadn’t even taken a bite until Tuesday evening. It was the thought of the cheese and how he would eat it that was so pleasurable. I know the feeling and have been there myself, many times. And […]

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Homemade Watermelon Popsicles

Watermelon is just one of those fruits that I automatically think of for refreshing summer treats. The color is amazing, a real treat for the eye. The flavor is so sweet and mellow. The crunchy melty texture is pure fun. And served cold, is it so perfect for summer. So, since the calendar says that it is summer, even though […]

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