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My Eyelids are Held Open with Toothpicks

Well, my eyes aren’t quite held open with toothpicks… yet! I’m totally tuckered out but I thought I’d share a few random thoughts from a very exhausted brain, hopefully you won’t need a translator to figure out what I’m saying.

chinqapinI love weekends a lot and this weekend was no exception.Β  Morgan and I found these little nature treasures on a walk Saturday morning. I love it when nature captures my attention so much so that I actually pause and thank God for being a total rockstar and creating acorns that look like this… I even offered up a few fist pumps {that’s for you Loerkes <– a fun blog you should check out!}
roveracorn

We kindly asked the homeowner if we could snag handfuls of acorns that had fallen to the ground and I just so happened to have bag to fill. I knew they looked like acorns but I also knew the tree from which they were falling looked nothing like an oak. Morgan and I both knew Justin would be able to identify them without a tree guide… sure enough in about .5 seconds he said, “Those are Chinquapins, where did you get them!?” They’re not even in the oak family, like I suspected, but I’m still going to call them acorns because they sure look like acorns… the coolest I’ve ever seen! I had to use a hot glue gun to doctor them up… very few were still in tact. Justin insisted that I save five “seeds” so that we can plant them! There wasn’t much resistance on my end, I’d love a Chinquapin tree or five. Now, I’m trying to figure out what to do with my acorns, any suggestions!? I think they’d be fun as place card holders with a name card tucked in their crazy tops.

jmmouth

Rover is two and has been since June. Lately Rover likes to act like he’s two. Thank you for your prayers. I go from thinking I might be loosing my mind to melting into a puddle… especially when he looks at me and says, “I won wok Mommy” {translation: I want to rock, Mommy} and so, we rock. And I’ll be the first to admit that rocking the little Rover is nearly the most precious encounter we can have, but when said Rover thinks it’s fun to fight sleep so we can “WOK MOMMY!!” Mommy starts to re-think this rocking business.

rovervulture

Before we “wok” we climb in the girls bed{s} to read a chapter. He always brings his “hawk” with him and makes birds of prey sounds while we try to read. One day I’ll have to sit him down and let him know that his “hawk” is really a black vulture! Our chapters sound a little like this,

birdsofprey2

“Ma, Pa, Mary, Laura and Baby Carrie packed up their wagon and headed north. Rover, would you like to go sit in the hall? Laura loved to listen to the wind blow across the prairie as the wagon wheels turned. Rover please take your “hawk” out of your sister’s eye. Once they reached Independence Ma started making dinner… is anyone listening to me?”

birdsofprey

{{{I couldn’t do it… I crashed fast and hard and now I’ve had my morning coffee and hopefully can finish this post before the little rovers wake…}}}

I’ve been “pumping” up my muffins and in the event that you have a bag of Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Muffin mix in your pantry & a can of pumpkin puree {word on the street is that again this year there’s a shortage… get it if you can} you should put them together, the results are quite tasty! In my opinion, these make a perfect 3:00 snack, that is, if you’re not popping hot air popcorn! πŸ™‚

chocchipmuffin

pumpchocchipmuffin

Here’s what I did: addded 3-4 tablespoons LESS of the water it called for, and added about 1/4 cup of pumpkin, and a dash of cinnamon. While they baked I made a cinnamon glaze with powdered sugar, cinnamon, and a little splash of milk… I suggest you pour that glaze over them while they’re still a little warm and then pop them in your mouth really quick before your kids come in… your kids will ask why there are so few and you can explain it was a small batch, which is kinda true… so, if you have two bags of chocolate chip muffin mix, make them both.

snackbag

This weekend I was craving a little project. It has been far too long since I’ve sat down behind my sewing machine. When we were at the lake last weekend my friend LA had the coolest little sunscreen bag… she made it with a vinyl inside so she could wipe out and sunscreen spills. We had a conversation on the boat about how she made it and what she used. Seeing as how it’s October I wasn’t really into making a sunscreen pouch but I did want to make a few mini versions of it to use as the kids snack bags. Saturday I sat down and cranked out a few using scraps from my very large scrap pile.

snackbags

I was pretty excited about the results until I put a snack in it, sealed it up and handed it to Raiger to open.

snackbag3

raigeryapping

That’s when I realized she couldn’t figure out which side of the square pouch was the opening. Granted it took her 3 seconds to figure it out, I still wanted her to grab it and know which side was the opening. Somewhat discouraged, I realized I should have done this on the opening side…

pulltab

Live and learn.
It was a really easy and quick project, I snapped a few pics along the way so I’ll try to put together a little one page tutorial for a snack bag {with a bonus top tab so the poor children can get into their snack}.

tees

I had a few shirts set aside that have now been added to the shop’s inventory and MORE should be to me by the weekend. I’ve had several folks ask me to email them when a certain t-shirt, in a specific size is back in stock… in a perfect world, I would email each of you and say, “The shirt you wanted in size 2 is in stock now”, but my family would suffer because Mommy would be on the computer a LOT, so the tough love side of me has to ask that you check back periodically to see if what you’re looking for is in… and I will do my best to inform you here! A friend texted me last week and said her kids were more excited about the Smarties… I told her, “The t-shirts are for the moms, the Smarties are for the kids!”Β  But, if your kids aren’t around when you open your boxes, feel free to eat their Smarties. This is the second time in this post I’ve suggested you eat your children’s food… what is wrong with me!?! πŸ™‚

I better go fix my kids some breakfast, believe it or not,Β  I promise I won’t eat their portions!

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  • Allie
    October 5, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Darby, you always make me laugh! You seem like such a fun mom and you deserve any smarties or pumpkin chocolate chip muffins you’d like! Thanks for sharing a glimpse of your life with us. Hope you and your family have a happy week! πŸ™‚

  • Lisa
    October 5, 2010 at 8:57 am

    I was reading one of your post from last fall. Did you ever post the chicken pot-pie recipe? thanks, love the blog!

  • Christina
    October 5, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Your blog update just made my day, so thank you! I have been craving pumpkin choc chip muffins for days and am thankful you posted such an easy way to make them (30wks pregnant, in the middle of a move, with a toddler, so you can understand that I need an easy recipe). Happy Fall!!

  • katevp
    October 5, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Love those little bags! Just curious, what did you line them with?

  • Lacey
    October 5, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Always such precious pictures…even if they are just of “acorns” or t-shirts or 3 sleepy kids playing in their bed. I hope that when I have children I am able to document their childhood through my camera as well as you do with yours.

  • Shay
    October 5, 2010 at 9:10 am

    I’ve been reading for a while, and I just love your updates! Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚ I also got really excited when you talked about fist pumps for the Loerke’s. That’s another favorite blog of mine to read!

  • Megan
    October 5, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Darby, My little rover is about to turn three and he likes to make motorcycle noises at his sister (vs bird of prey noises which is very cool too). But boy is he sweet when he wants to be – “Mommy . . . I love you” about ten times a day and wants me to lay with him at night.

    We are reading Little House too and my 4 year old was playing barbies the other day and one barbie had a toy gun and was going to “hunt for meat”! Lol! Thanks for that Pa!

  • McCall
    October 5, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Darby- I have missed you. In a perfect world at my house, you’d blog everyday…sometimes twice a day even. Those muffins look delish, and those bags are ADORABLE! πŸ™‚

  • rhonda
    October 5, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Oohh…so looking forward to the tutorial!! We have been trying to go more “green” at our house (and “dave ramsey” frugal) so those would be perfect for my scraps for school lunch bags.

    Can I just encourage you that one day, you will miss the rocking? I promise (cross my heart and everything!)…he will be a lanky, long armed teenager before you know it and you will remember that sweet chubby limbed boy climbing in your lap. I *know* its hard, but try to cherish it while you can. (trust me, my ocd, type A personality struggled with it…but I remember and cherish those moments now. Don’t care to go back- this time is precious and wonderful too…but those memories are sweet)

  • Laura
    October 5, 2010 at 9:23 am

    You’re hilarious! Thanks for the laughs and the recipe – yummy! Can’t believe that cutie, aka Rover, could ever have a moment of Terrible Twos!

  • julia
    October 5, 2010 at 9:28 am

    I have a realtive with a pumpkin addiction. Thanks for the recipe.

    I love the snack bags!

    I didn’t handle storytime with multiple kids very well. I finally figured out to read our story at naptime – now I don’t get too frustrated.

  • Katie
    October 5, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Y’all’s bedtime storytime sounds very familiar…except we are still on Dr. Seuss and Goodnight, Moon and Jack Jack just hollars “doodoo” at anything that looks remotely like a dog, which in the Seuss books is like every page. Ok, your acorns look like frizzy haired yanomamos (did I spell that right?). Ha!

  • Adriana L.
    October 5, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Those muffins look amazing! How do you know how much to substitute and change in your recipes? I’ve tried some changes but sometimes they don’t turn out so good. I’m too scared to ever veer off the recipe it suggests on the box. I’m obsessed right now with anything dealing with fall so I might have to try baking those cupcakes!

  • mama walker
    October 5, 2010 at 9:59 am

    i have been a follower of yours for quite awhile now and I have to say that I just LOVED the randomness of this post. A little kid stuff, a little food stuff, etc. It was great and made me feel not so scattered myself. Glad to know I am in good company. Keep up the great work!!

  • Megan
    October 5, 2010 at 10:02 am

    As a fellow pumpkin addict, I have to share this recipe for Pumpkin Streusel Bread. It’s a favorite in our house! http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/1478
    Enjoy–love reading your blog!

  • dorajane
    October 5, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Darby! Shell the Chinquapins and EAT them! They’re like baby chestnuts and are delicious. These were a real treat for me when I was a little girl…and still are! Wish I had some πŸ™‚

  • Ashley @ Ramblings and Photos
    October 5, 2010 at 10:38 am

    This post makes me so happy…I love random. But I couldn’t remember anything the moment I saw pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. I have to try that. Yum!

  • Aja
    October 5, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Cute snack bags! What a great idea. And ohmyword, I am going to stock up on pumpkin puree and and chocolate chip cookie mix on my lunch hour! They sound sooooo good!

  • Callista Troup
    October 5, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Darby,
    It’s such a treat to see a post from you!:-) I’m constantly having “small” batches of muffins and other treats at my house! Hahaha! We are reading the Bobbsey Twins for story time at our house and the interruptions are pretty funny ranging from general disorder to observations….I love it!

  • sarah ella
    October 5, 2010 at 11:00 am

    this months better homes and gardens did a whole segmnt about using acorn, check it out πŸ™‚ here is the link online, http://www.bhg.com/holidays/halloween/indoor-decorating/fall-decorating-with-nature-acorns-and-leaves/?page=7

  • Lauren Ahier
    October 5, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Darby,

    I just love the snack bags, so many functional uses for them!

  • Tippy
    October 5, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I just sent the pics of the snack bags to my mom and suggested she make them for the grandkids, only I’d like one long enough for crayons for easy transport to restaurants. Sew cute! And I just printed out the recipe idea. I seriously feel like a weirdo sometimes b/c I feel the need to always comment on your posts. But they are my absolute favorite and I so look forward to them!

  • Jennifer
    October 5, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Good times! Ok, about those sandwich/snack bags – where did you find food grade lining? I’ve wanted to make some, but cannot find food grade lining?

  • allison
    October 5, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Hi! Re the acorns…I’d make a wreath…get a styrofoam or other kind of base and hot glue them all over it…spray with some clear protectant so it will be gorgeous for years to come…

    I remember my mom doing something like this with all different kinds of nuts when I was young…

    Have fun whatever you decide!

  • Tessa
    October 5, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Thanks for making me laugh! I love the way you write. Those muffins sound yummy. I just put my little guy down for a nap, I’ve got a box of choc chip muffin mix (the kind you add egg and oil to) and a can of pumpkin puree…I need to experiment. The after school snack today will either be a big hit or a total blunder! πŸ™‚

  • raeann
    October 5, 2010 at 11:34 am

    brooks loved his shirt – he insisted on putting it on the minute they received it! thanks so much for your help, and the speedy shipping!

    love reading your blogs!

  • Cath
    October 5, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Darby,
    I’m sobbing and lauging at the same time. Can it be there is no one left in this house to “wok” or “read to” anymore? Rock and read till you can’t do it anymore, they will grow when you aren’t looking. I’m even considering “rent a grandbabe.”

  • Dina
    October 5, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Love the snack bags-would you be willing to post a tutorial? I’ve been searching for some like this on Etsy to put my baby’s pacis in for my diaper bag, but I’d love to use my machine and make some myself. What did you use for the inside? And to close it?
    Thank you!

  • Julie
    October 5, 2010 at 11:45 am

    I had to laugh about bedtime. I have twins two year olds who had a birthday in June. And usually they can’t agree on which book to read, and neither want to rock with me anymore.
    Oh, and do you have the girls’ beds pushed together? Do they like sleeping that close?

  • Janice
    October 5, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Oh you funny Americans who call those Smarties. Those are called Rockets up here in Canada. We have Smarties, but they are not the same. They are similar to M&M, but not the same – actually better. And they come in a little box, that you can blow as a whistle when it is empty. But, we also have M&Ms too.
    Here is what they look like:
    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_T3zkNYDSCv8/TIf0bsj7LeI/AAAAAAAAB-E/vivWV-WVKwA/s1600/smarties-3.jpg

  • Cassie Allen
    October 5, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Hello! This is from the blog of a good friend of mine! It’s not a craft tutorial but after seeing what she did with these acorns, the kidlet and I are going acorn hunting this weekend! How fun would these be hanging from Christmas gifts or tags or as ornaments for a mini tree?

    http://www.paisleywallpaperblog.com/2009/12/04/december-04-2009-bokeh-tutorial/

  • Nelle
    October 5, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Love your random thoughts. Keep them coming. I’m so glad to see you won the acorn necklace this weekend too over at PVE! Love how small this blog world is. I know you are the most busy mom in the world. So ignore this request. But…would you ever consider making baby onsies with you great designs? My first nephew is due late Nov. and I think your shirts are so rockin’ that a little baby with the “jeep-like-vehicle” would be precious. No pressure. xoxo

  • kathleen
    October 5, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Wow, either a chinquapin is old hat to the previous posters because dang that is a cute name and seed. It looks to me as if it is wearing a crown of thorns. a google search has far different images for the Ozark chinquapin for which there is a foundation to foster the planting of said trees as wildlife find them more nutritious than the white oak acorn … does the Hawk have a name… I nominate Karen think about it Karen …a great name to a vulture if you get my drift. Yes this post was worth the wait we love your blog yes have a life and then well we love it when you share. You could have a web tv show does this mean you would need a SAG card go ahead get one anyway hedge your bets

  • Lori
    October 5, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    I’ve heard the same thing about pure pumpkin – my target is out, so I am going to keep looking! we love our new air popper – thanks for sharing that on the blog!

  • Lindsey
    October 5, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    i loved the description of your nightly reading. hilarious. i wonder sometimes what a recording of my day would sound like:). and i confess, i did eat some of the smarties. not all, just some.

  • Amy
    October 5, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    I have to say Darby that I am with you about the night time story ad-libs that take place while we are “reading” our bed time picks of the night. It seems that there are always a few distractions that come into paly. I am sure that Miss Laura Ingles Wilder had her own nightly distractions as she read to her own precious children, so at least we are all in good company. As always, I love reading your blog!

  • Elizabeth
    October 5, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Hi Darby! Just wanted to pass along that our (Mobile) Walmart has had pumpkin the past few weeks..both Libby’s and an organic version! Check it out in the baking aisle!

  • angie
    October 5, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    inspired by the bags – thanks! and, can’t wait until you get more happy camper’s and to the bay shirts…especially in sizes 2 & 4 πŸ˜‰

  • Lindsay
    October 5, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    i love it when my worlds collide. like the other day when my friend here in dallas was all “do you read fly through our window” i chuckled and said yes and refrained from being all “you mean darby, yeah, I totally KNOW HER”. then today you posted about the loerkes who go to church with me and are just as neat as they appear on the web. hope you get some sleep soon. sad I’m missing the tailgate reunion. have a blast!! xo

  • Maggie
    October 5, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    I am looking to buy a sewing machine – any recommendations?
    I am a beginner, but want something that will last years and not too difficult.
    Thanks πŸ™‚

  • Julie Curtis
    October 5, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Did the kids eat any of the chinquapins? They’re pretty good!

  • Julie Curtis
    October 5, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    I had to share this site I found about chinquapin trees. It seems they’re quite rare!

    http://www.ozarkchinquapin.com/index.htm

  • Kari Hamilton
    October 5, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    PEVA is food grade. There are clear shower curtains that are made out of it. Super easy to find!

  • Catherine
    October 5, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    your little bags reminded me of the snack bags I purchased last month – “green” and oh so cute!

    http://www.lunchskins.com/home.php

    A friend of min in Beaufort SC sells them.

  • HannahJ
    October 5, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    fabulous post- great ideas as always- and I LOOOVE the little acron thingys- finding exciting things in nature is major highlight in my mommy life as well!

  • Melissab74
    October 5, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    I KNEW you had to have some little fall projects going on! Glad to see them!

  • Mandy
    October 5, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Ok…so my aunt every fall when I was a little girl would put eyes and a mouth on the acorn with a black sharpie, the rough part is hair and then hot glue a swaddled blanket around the back of the head with a piece of square cloth, and it looks like a little baby…She would even attach a little button on the front where the blanket met…Does this make sense??? I always loved my acorn babies and I make them for my children…they are too sweet! Mandy

  • Taylor Stewart Dobbs
    October 5, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    I probably would not have noticed those “acorns” before much less have known what they were but I had just read your blog and left for the gym. As I walked across the Vanderbilt campus, I noticed them everywhere. If you need any more, Nashville has plenty πŸ™‚

  • Ashley
    October 5, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Those acorny things are soo neat looking! Thanks for sharing all your sweet thoughts, pictures, crafts with us!:)

  • Tessa
    October 5, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    just wanted to tell you the muffins were delish! BIG hit with my little guys. I did use the box mix – added the oil and eggs as instructed and then used 1/2 cup of water + a heaping 1/4 cup of pumpkin. Thanks!!! πŸ™‚

  • Johnna
    October 5, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    I love those “acorns” too! They are just waiting for cute little faces to be drawn on them!

  • Melissa
    October 5, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Ya’ll are always having some kind of (tasty!) fun!

  • Tracy
    October 5, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    I picked up one of those rastafarian acorns awhile back, thinking it had the coolest hair ever (aka, its acorn top). Now I know what it actually is. Thanks.

  • Cat from iBlog
    October 5, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    I loved this post! and, I love rocking my babies, too. And yes, I think card holders would be perfect for the acorns!

  • carrie
    October 5, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    darby…i am feeling you on needing toothpicks to keep your eyes open. feel like that most days! i recognize the animals from callaway and realized i never posted all the other pics! oops…
    also, i went way back to your applique tutorial and it helped me make molly a pumpkin shirt today! it’s not perfect, but it’ll do! you can see it in my post http://carrieallen.blogspot.com/2010/10/way-behind.html
    and i am definitely going to try that choc chip pumpkin recipe! yum…hopefully i can find some canned pumpkin πŸ™‚

  • Samantha
    October 5, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Love the acorns. My little girl is a ‘treasure hunter’ right now. She likes to collect roly poly bugs, leaves, bit of fabric, marbles- really anything tiny (aka choking hazard for baby sister-eek!) Then she tucks them away in her pink strawberry purse. Those acorns would have been right up her alley!

  • hollie
    October 5, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Tutorial please, please, please! love those little bags you made! And those muffins. Hello, yum, hello, easy!

  • Amy
    October 5, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Yes, I’d love to see a tutorial! I’ve been meaning to make up a few of those snack bags, but just haven’t sat down long enough to wing it without some direction. Yours are adorable and the little ribbon tab makes them even cuter!

  • Bab
    October 5, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Dear Darby, I have recently stumbled into the blog world and backed into your blog. I enjoy it. Makes me long for the South. It is odd to look at some one’s “life” and they not know it, so, I thought I would say “hi” and “introduce” myself. This site reminded me of your children: http://www.popandlolli.com. I don’t know them, obviously, but they give such life to your dailies that I just had to write to you and share Mia’s site. Well, Happy Fall and pumpkin-ing, leaf stomping and what-nots. Isn’t the life God has given us so sweet.

  • Today's Letters
    October 5, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    darbs, get ready for a trade you won’t be able to resist. because i know how much you like acorns. and you know how much i like fist pumps. what what.

    thanks for the mention today*
    we. are. famous.

    over and out.
    em

  • erin
    October 6, 2010 at 7:21 am

    bake those little boogers (if they are like acorns) or you might have some white wigglies crawling around. after two years of collecting acorns (and then throwing them away!), i finally read this helpful tip somewhere.

  • paige
    October 6, 2010 at 7:43 am

    love the thought of trading out some popcorn action for some pumpkin munchies…great recipe my friend
    xo

    ps–took SMK for a college tour of UGA yesterday. next stop, war eagle

    any tips? πŸ™‚

  • Meredith
    October 6, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Love the snack bags! This blog update made my day! I have a 3 week old and a 3 year old and am getting very little sleep. I SO look forward to your blog posts! THanks!

  • Kelly@TearingUpHouses
    October 6, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Those acorn things are bizarre looking! I love ’em!

    Kelly

  • Maggie
    October 6, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    I love the snack bag ideas. We are constanting filling up little ziplocs for snack. This is a more “green” idea. I loved the shirts that we got for our little rover. My son was not there when I opened them and I have to admit that those smarties just disppeared…hmmm.

  • Melanie
    October 6, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Your photos are so beautiful and your little pouches are cute. I don’t know how you get so much done with three small kids. You’re my hero:)

  • Abbie
    October 6, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Darby,
    We love those crazy acorns, too!

    http://ellieandabbie.typepad.com/bright_eyes_blue_eyes/2009/10/fun-with-acorns-from-last-year.html

    Love your snack bags. I’d love to make some. Thanks for sharing your crafty projects.
    -abbie

  • hannah fields
    October 6, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Hey Darby, made the muffins today. Delicious! thanks for the inspiration.

  • Justine
    October 7, 2010 at 12:30 am

    I love it when there’s a new post from you! πŸ™‚

  • Julie
    October 7, 2010 at 6:54 am

    Enjoy rocking Rover. Before long, he’ll be too big to sit in your lap. It happens so fast. Your Rover reminds me so much of my Gav who spent his first two years propped on my right hip ~ I still have hip problems from carrying such a big, heavy darling boy for so long, but I treasure the thought of him there just happy to be with mom. πŸ™‚

  • Terry
    October 7, 2010 at 10:42 am

    I have just recently made muffins with a similar idea, only I used the new Duncan Hines Carrot Cake and added a can of pumpkin. It was delicous and definetely a make again.

  • Jennifer Key
    October 7, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    The “acorns” are awesome and your storytelling sounds a lot like ours. Always getting interrupted by the pitter patter of a 1 year old or the story is too girly for the 4 year old!
    My good friend just used Erika’s blog as a model to design hers. If I ever get motivated, I’d love to revamp mine.
    My Lillee wore the pink owl shirt to school today. She wears a 6/7 but found the size 4 shirt (it was a gift) in my office and couldn’t resist!

  • pve
    October 8, 2010 at 7:25 am

    We just take our eyeballs out for a rest. Less painful than those toothpicks. Our lids must be heavier than yours, those dang toothpicks, kept giving us splinters. Ouch.
    REst up! Love those acorns….
    pve

  • Hilary
    October 9, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Hey! The hubs and I have had a discussion about this “acorn.” He is a degree in landscape and he said it is not a Chinquapin. It is a sawtooth oak. If you look up pictures on google, there is a slight difference. We have these exact “acorns” in our backyard. My daughter and I both think they are wonderful! The Chinquapin has a slightly different coloration on the end of the nut, similar to a buck eye. these acorns do not have that. Also Chinquapins have a fuzzy top and the sawtooth oak has a prickly top. I’m not sure if you can eat these safely??? Anyways they are beautiful and God is once again AMAZING!!!

  • McCall
    October 11, 2010 at 11:41 am

    I just made your muffins and took a bite. OH. MY. LANTA. They are heaven in my mouth. THANK YOU once again for giving me an excuse to buy new jeans….in a bigger size.

  • Erin
    October 13, 2010 at 5:14 am

    My mom used to take me and my little sister out a place near where she worked that had a tree with those kind of “acorns”. We always gathered them up together and then used them to make the cutest little monkeys. Give them some googly eyes and use brown pipe cleaners to give them arms and legs. They should be able to stand up on the legs if you place them right. And don’t forget the tail! Use another piece of pipe cleaner for it but curl the end around the pencil for a little twirl. I think we only used a single pipe cleaner for each one. Its super cheap and they are the cutest things ever Oh! Sometimes we’d even add little ribbons for bowties or hairbows πŸ™‚

  • Shannon
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    I tried the muffins. Delish!!! Thanks for the quickie recipe.
    Shannon

  • {beth}
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    have you tried the can of pumpkin pie mix and angel food cake box mix…that’s it…so light and fluffy…I make it every fall.

    (i didn’t read all the comments to see if someone else posted about it)

  • Ellen
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    I just made the muffins with my almost-10 year old daughter. They were just what we needed! We didn’t have the powdered sugar, so we melted butter, dipped the muffin in it and then dipped it in the sugar/cinnamon mix. Yum! We love easy to do baking with a fun twist.

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