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It's been a while since I {phfr}ed with the group!


My knitted heart garland that only gets about a week or two to adorn our faux mantle.

Brian and the boys picked out this plant for me for Christmas.  I've been wanting to have more plants in the house to help clean the air and just make things feel fresher.  The problem is that I kill any sort of ivy and the hardier, more popular houseplants always look too tropical to me.  He found this one and I really like it, though I have no idea what it is.  It's sort of a succulent but viney and (so far) hard to kill.  


Candlemas cupcakes.
These took all of ten minutes to make since me from several months ago thought to freeze the cupcakes leftover from making a birthday cake to pull out for such an occasion as this.  They were a hit.


David has been puzzle crazy lately.  Every morning he asks what he has to do for his "lessons" and every morning I give him a few choices and he waits until I say "or puzzles" and then always chooses puzzles.  This morning he was working on this dinosaur puzzle and decided that each dinosaur was someone he knew.

At least I get to walk upright.  

My sweet baby has inherited my wispy hair (poor thing) and it's beginning to mullet itself.  Once in a great while it looks like it has a curl or two and I love it.  But the other million times or so

it just looks like this and it's getting a little urchinesque.

Do I dare trim it?


Last week I had it in my head that I HAD to make something for the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas.  I don't know why.  I grabbed pie dough (another freezer find) and a buffalo cookie cutter (you have one of those, right?).  Then I used other cookie cutters to hold open some square pieces of dough while they baked.  We ended up with some sad looking "ox" pie crust cookie things and some deflated Summa Theologicas.  Not my finest culinary catechetical endeavor.  I didn't get a picture but we threw some chocolate frosting and an almond slice horn on those oxen.  They were still a hit, I got to use up that dough in the freezer that's been bugging me, and the boys learned a little about St. Thomas.  So I'll call it a win.

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  1. Shave his head, it will grow in thicker. If that's too scary, definitely trim it, I'm a big fan of clean cut boys.

    Your candlemas cupcakes look awesome, you really put such thought into celebrating the feast days. Love it.

  2. Hoppin over from P,H,F,R your cupcakes are gorgeous. I'll have to copy next year. And the cookie cutter comment LOL.

  3. I like Luke's wispy hair - it suits his cute little elfin personality! I laughed out loud at David's dinosaur puzzle names! I guess the Gills have made a big impression on him, except poor Aunt Kelly who didn't make the cut. Apparently she needs to practice her dino techniques. Too funny

  4. I get immense satisfaction with putting any homemade goodness in the freezer for later, but there's something especially delightful about pulling homemade dessert out for an easy treat!

  5. Did you ever find out what your plant is called? I really like it!

    1. No, I think I need to go to the store where he bought it and try and find it to ask! It's been relocated to my husband's office, though, because it started dying :( Our house just does not have enough sunlight to keep most things alive... He's hoping he can bring it back to life there. Sorry I can't help!


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