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A Bunny in My Garden

Easter is just over a month away so I thought I would share a couple pictures of the bunny that was living in my backyard last summer.



It's definitely a very cute bunny and was fun to have around, even though it liked to eat the veggies in my garden!

Lobster!

One of my favorite simple meals is boiled lobster. I just throw the fresh lobster into a huge pot of boiling water for 10 minutes (for the first pound of lobster and 3 minutes for each additional pound), then melt some butter with a few garlic cloves in a small pot for dipping.

I serve it alongside steamed vegetables and pasta topped with storebought pasta sauce to keep it quick and easy.

Easy Homemade Applesauce

Applesauce is one of my favorite snacks to feed a baby. It is so easy and quick to make and the baby loves it. Here is a very simple recipe if you would like to try making some too!
2 apples - peeled,cored and quartered
1/3 cup of water
1/2 tsp. of cinammon

Place apples and water in a pot. Boil for 2 minutes, then simmer for 8 minutes with the lid on.
Let cool and blend with cinammon. Easily double or triple the recipe by by simmering for an extra 10 minutes. If you are in a real hurry, chop the apples into small pieces before boiling them.

Basic Handmade Card Tutorial

As I have mentioned before, I love making handmade cards, but don't usually have the time for it. However, my sister is going to a baby shower next weekend so I thought I would take the opportunity to make a card using the scrapbooking goodies I bought quite a while ago. The mom to be does not know the gender of her baby so I made a pretty neutral card using yellow, brown and green cardstock.

I wanted to keep things as simple as possible so I could make the card quickly, but still get to try out the scrapbooking chalk, stamps and ink pad that I haven't used yet!

List of items that I used: Bazzill Basics 8x8 cardstock
Brown Cardstock
White Cardstock
Pebbles Chalk, Yellow and Green from the Basic Brights Palette
1/8 or 1/4 inch Brown Ribbon
Glue Dots
Cricut
Cricut Sweet Treats Cartridge or 3 inch Scalloped Circle Punch
Cricut New Arrival Cartridge
Ink Pad
Imaginisce Snag Em Stamp
Fiskars Punch

Instructions:
First, I chose the yellow cardstock from the paper pad and folded it in half.


Fr…

Cupcakes Everywhere!

Who doesn't love cupcakes? That must be why you can find them in so many forms besides the traditional edible variety.  I especially LOVE the adorable cupcake clothing for children!









Cupcake Earrings


Cupcake Lip Gloss

Cupcake Candles
Cupcake Beanie

There are so many fun cupcake items, out there still, but it would take forever to list them all! I hope you enjoyed this little bit of "sweetness"!

Introducing a Page Just for Giveaways!

For those who love giveaways, I have just added a giveaway page to the blog.


It has a giveaway linky for those who are holding a giveaway on their blog or website.

For those who love to enter giveaways, feel free to check it out and enter some giveaways!

Giveaway Listings Linky

Have fun!

Wedding Cake and Cupcakes

A friend of mine asked me to make cupcakes for her wedding and at first I declined since I had never made wedding cupcakes before.

I love to bake (as a hobby), but was too nervous to seek out a cupcake stand, the perfect cupcake recipe, cupcake packaging, cupcake liners and cupcake toppers to match her wedding decor. Weddings are a big deal, especially to the couple tying the knot so I definitely didn't want to be the one responsible for such an important piece of their special day. Nonetheless, after saying no the first few times, I ended up saying yes! For months, I was thinking I was crazy for taking on such a huge task, but was relieved when the big day came and everything worked out.

I looked for and tested a few cupcake recipes, but found that this simple Martha Stewart Cupcake recipe was the one I liked most. You can find it on her website here. I didn't put the orange zest in it though, because I wanted to keep the flavor as simple as possible. The cupcakes still turn…

Giveaway from BabyJShop!

It's time to announce the winner of this giveaway! It is comment number 20 which belongs to Jolee. Congratulations Jolee! Jessica will be e-mailing you shortly so you can make arrangements to receive your prize.

Thank you so much to everyone who participated and thanks especially to Jessica for sponsoring this giveaway!

This giveaway is perfect for anyone looking for something for a little boy or little girl! Sponsored by BabyJShop, the winner will get their choice of one item.

About Baby J...................

Baby J is the creation of a proud mother of two wild little boys.

In between feedings, diaper changes, and naptimes, an idea was born to design accessories for babies to complete and stylize even the simplest outfits.

That being Jessica's inspiration, she began designing baby beanies from Newborn-Child size. Her theory being, “if all else fails....accessorize!”

All beanies are made with the most unique and fun fabrics. Every fabric is chosen specifically for comfort, ab…

Interview with Andrea of amarie

It is Andrea of amarie's birthday this upcoming Tuesday, so she will be having a sale in her shop! Use the discount code, "birthdayblog" to receive a generous 28% off of anything in her shop until the end of the day Tuesday February 8th. After Tuesday, the code will still work, but the discount will be 15% off. I hope you have a Happy Birthday Andrea!

I also got to interview Andrea, the founder and designer behind amarie. She is the one who creates all of these beautiful handbags in luxurious colors, pretty wristlets, and posh clutches which come custom made!

Here are my questions and Andrea's answers:

Me: How did you come up with the name of your brand?
Andrea: My name is Andrea Marie, so I combined the "A" with "marie" and voila!

Me: Which of your designs is your favorite?
Andrea: I have to say the Angie Mini tote is my favorite. It's such a great everyday bag that you can fit everything you need into. The braided handle is different from your…

Dots of Fun!

Dots are so simple, yet versatile. They can add splashes of color, dress things up, be casual, form designs and so much more. Here are some fun dotted finds that I found. From cards to home decor, there are dots everywhere!