Category Archives: Ideas for Making Moments

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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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Peanuts & Ice Cream Parfait

Ever since I picked up these taller size mason jars and then the colorful lids, I have been dreaming about the treats that I would make with them. While traveling on Road Trip, I decided that it should be an ice cream treat and over this past weekend, I knew that one treat needed to be the Peanut Buster Parfait […]

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Gourmet Bonfire Goodies!

Are you ready for those picnic fires? You will be the one everyone wants to sit next to at the campfire if you show up with these goodies. Hot dog/marshmallow sticks with colored handles make it easy to keep track of your perfectly toasted marshmallow. I don’t want anyone stealing my perfectly charred one.These would make a great party gift […]

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Making Memorial Day Moments That Matter, Pulled Pork & Other Ideas for Picnics

Say that 10 times fast!! Take a quiet moment this Memorial Day to remember those who have served us and protected us. And to thank and pray for all of those who lost their lives doing so, and the families that they left behind. We wouldn’t be what we are today without their sacrifice and bravery. Because Memorial Day is a […]

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My Mother’s Day Moments

My belly is still full. And I am exhausted from celebrating and we didn’t really do much in the way of celebrating. It was planned that way and it was a lovely weekend. I warn you, this posts starts out with me showing my emotional side, a side that does not often creep into my days. But then it gets less […]

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When Breakfast is for Dinner…

When breakfast is for dinner, what do you eat for breakfast? I have no problem eating dinner foods for breakfast and quite often I do, but it is usually in the form of leftovers. When I asked my wee ones what we should have for dinner on Mother’s Day, one of them suggested “breakfast for dinner, because you love that […]

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Celebrating Teachers With Breakfast Baskets

This week is National Teacher’s Week and the teachers at our elementary school have been treated to all sorts of goodies thanks to a committee at the school that is recognizing them for all of the fabulous things that they do, not the least of which is being loving and supportive to all of our wee ones. My kindergartener and […]

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Mother’s Day Waffle Sundae & “No Diet Day”

I am preparing for my own Mother’s Day celebration this weekend and one of my favorite desserts came to mind – a waffle sundae. I love Vanilla Ice Cream on a store-bought waffle. I might like it on a homemade waffle too, but right now, it is an easy toaster oven fluffy waffle that sets my heart afire. For this […]

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Happy Cinco de Mayo! and National Hoagie Day! and Oyster Day! and National Teacher’s Day and Teacher’s Appreciation Week! (I am charge of some breakfast goodies for our preschool teachers so wait ’til you see what I have planned for a wonderful Teacher’s Breakfast Moment for Thursday morning.) It’s Cinco de Mayo and I have already been busy cooking up […]

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My May Day

My grandmother would be proud. I managed to pull off some May Day surprises and thanks to the imaginations of wee ones, my role in the festivities is still anonymous. With some crepe paper, small shipping boxes and butter cartons, my wee ones and I made a few May Day baskets to deliver to some neighbors. Two of those baskets […]

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Trail Mix Party

I have been on a kick lately making things that we eat often from scratch now instead of buying them at the store. Chewy Granola Bars are one of those foods that we have on hand and we go through quite a few of them, so I decided to make my own. It has been fun and I have been […]

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April Is National Card and Letter Writing Month

I was so excited when I learned that April is National Card and Letter Writing Month because I love writing cards and notes. I know myself, that it is so much fun to find a personal letter in my pile of bills and junk mail, so I love thinking that I could make someone smile by receiving a letter from […]

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“Box it Up” Fun Movie Night Dinner Moments

Wandering through Hobby Lobby the other day, proved to be an exercise in self-control. Big time. That store is loaded with so many fun things and it is impossible to leave without buying something. But, I was on a mission. I was looking for a special way wrap a “moment” and I knew that this was the place to be. When […]

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

How does your garden grow? Do you have one? Do you want one? Is it big or little? Is it fenced off and serious, in raised flower beds, on your patio or just a hodge-podge of plants? Do you have just herbs, just veggies, just plants or the whole kit n’ kaboodle? Since my Open House theme is spring, one really […]

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The Vacant Tent

Many times I start drafting posts and then forget about them until I take a scroll through my listings and see all of my “work in progress”. Sometimes it comes in handy and sometimes, by the time I find a draft, the moment has passed and it is no longer relevant. Although I drafted this a few weekends ago, it […]

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